BeamAndGo: The New Way to Send Money to Philippines through Electronic Gift Certificates

Beam and Go, a company run by a team of 5, is revolutionizing how OFWs and other Filipinos abroad support their loved ones back in the Philippines. Lead by CEO Jonathan Chua, Beam and Go, claims to be the very first company to offer a digital SMS gifting solution for Filipinos.

The company is actually a segment of a Singapore-based firm that specializes in eCommerce products. Other members of the team are Marbleise Tan, who handles Business Development, Albert Go, Marketing Director, Ador Jao, Product Manager, and Ross Lindell, the only foreigner in the team, who handles Infra.


BeamAndGo makes it possible for Filipinos outside the country to send purchased gift certificates to their loved ones back at home. These digital gift certificates can then be redeemed at participating stores nationwide. Unlike paper-based gift certificates, there is no need to go through the hassle of falling in line and redeeming your rewards when you use Beam and Go.

BeamAndGo’s goal is to provide a new way for OFWs to support their families. According to their website, BeamAndGo aims to enable OFWs to show their love and care not just through sending cash but sending gift certificates targeted to specific needs like food, medicine, health insurance, education, and other essentials. This reassures senders that the money they send goes to the right purposes. What’s more, the company offers their service for a cheap fee of USD$ 1.99 or roughly P 94 only.

Availing for the service is easy. You don’t even have to sign up to use it although this is advisable so that you can have your own personal record of all your transactions. To use BeamAndGo, go to their website, select the gift certificate you want to purchase, and accomplish accompanying forms. When you’re done just send the money to the Philippine-based mobile number of your recipient. Your recipient will receive an SMS notifying him or her that you sent a gift certificate. This SMS contains the merchant’s name, the gift certificate amount, the gift certificate code, and the sender’s information. The SMS arrives depending on the merchant’s availability. Your loved ones can then redeem their gift certificates at participating stores.

It is important to sign up for an account as this can help retrieve transaction details in case the SMS is deleted. However, retrieval of details is subject to fees so users are advised to take good care of their SMS.


Payments for BeamAndGo’s services including the gift certificates purchased can be paid through a credit card. But in cases where the sender doesn’t have a credit card, cash payments are accepted at several banks. Aside from sending money, loved ones in the Philippines can also make requests to family members abroad through the website.

Some examples of participating merchants are PhilCare, Managed Care Medical, Cherry Mobile, Gaisano Capital, Generika Drugstore, Prince Warehouse, San Roque Supermarket, Super 8 Grocery Warehouse, George Optical, Standard Insurance, and Globe.

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