2 Reasons Why Getting An Auto Loan in the Philippines May Be A Good Idea

Nowadays, a lot of people prefer buying cars in cash instead of applying for an auto-loan. 

This is acceptable, if you have enough savings to tide you over, but if not, your entire life savings may get depleted and you won't have anything left for your emergency fund. 

Sometimes, to get a car as soon as possible, people also buy pre-loved cars -- but if you don't have enough knowledge, time, or help from an expert to check the car, you may end up paying more than what you've bargained for. 

In the Philippines, all commercial banks offer auto-loans. The good thing is that despite loans seemingly being expensive, they really have lower interest rates compared to other types of loans.

Here are two reasons why getting an auto loan in the Philippines is a good idea:

1. Car loans are flexible

No matter how much your lump sum is, you can afford an auto-loan in the country. Most banks offer an auto-loan for as little as 20% down payment.

For a car or SUV that is worth P1,000,000, you only have to shell out P200,000 plus around P20,000 for taxes, documentation and other miscellaneous charges.

It will take you some time to save up for the 20% down payment, but it's faster than saving up for a higher percentage down payment. And if your car is to be used as an income source, the opportunity cost alone is enough reason to get an auto-loan so you can start making money with your car. 

If you can afford to pay the monthly amortization of the car for five years, then all it takes is roughly two years to save up for your 20% down payment.

The average interest rate for auto-loans is between 4% to 30% -- but since we're under the assumption that you're buying a car to use it as a source of income, this is much better than getting a personal loan which doesn't have any goal behind it. 

2. Accessibility of car loans

All commercial banks in the country offer auto-loans. The interest rates may vary so you can go with the best bank that meets your specific needs. 

All banks also offer flexible terms: you can buy a car for 20%, 30%, 40%, or 50% down payment. 

For you to get started with the process, research for the starting price of your target car. Then, to save time and resources, you can also check online to compare car loan offers of different banks. 

Once you've decided, you need to dedicate a day when you will contact the bank (either online or in the branch) so you can receive the list of documents required from you. 


If you want to shop for a loan, you can use a tool called UpFinance. It is an online tool that can help you compare loans between financial institutions. With this, it will be easier for you to decide which bank you want to do business with.

#MyBankHero: Here Are 3 Things BDO Did To Show Their Reliability And Compassion During COVID-19 Crisis

In a way, the COVID-19 crisis has been an eye-opener for Filipinos. 

It has enabled the people of the Philippines to prioritize their health and well-being. 

It has made us all realize the true nature of the politicians we voted -- if they were helpful or not during this crisis. 

And it has also let us know which companies really cared enough for its customers to help them during their times of need. 

Personally, I'm happy to have a BDO Gold credit card, because I find BDO to be helpful during COVID-19 crisis. Here are three things they did to help Pinoys -- they found ways talaga.

1. Payment Extension for 60 Days 

During the Enhanced Community Quarantine announced to flatten the curve for COVID-19, other banks didn't make any announcements about payment extensions.

Other banks announced a 30-day payment extension.

BDO decided to take it one step further and announce a 60-day payment extension. 

I considered this announcement as a sign of the company's reliability. They know that because of the quarantine, a lot of people were strapped for cash, so they gave their customers a two-month adjustment period to catch up. 

Such a #MyBankyahinan move, don't you think?

2. Safer way to bank with BDO Online Banking 

While banks remain open to service the banking needs of clients amidst the enhanced
community quarantine prevailing in Luzon, BDO Unibank encourages the heightened
use of online banking service to protect the public from the spread of the pandemic.

“We urge our online banking users to share and teach their family and friends how to
sign up and use BDO Online Banking so they can bank safely from home,” the Bank
said in a statement.

BDO has provided steps to guide its customers on how to sign-up for online banking.

These are found on its official website www.bdo.com.ph.

They also posted the instructions on their official Facebook Page. 

For those who are visual learners, you can follow their instructions via their BDO Youtube channel as well.

With BDO Online Banking, customers can perform transactions such as Send Money,
Pay Bills, Reload and more. 

Apart from online banking, BDO’s network of ATMs and Cash Accept Machines is
always available for cash withdrawal, bills payment and deposit. It's very convenient, since you can do basic transactions without lining up in the bank branch anymore.

3. Option to lock cards online 

I don't know about you, but I've experienced credit card fraud with another bank before. 

One day, I decided to check my online account and I saw around P26,000+ debited from my credit card -- these were purchases made from my account, purchases that I did not make! 

In panic, I tried calling my bank's hotline. It took me around 2 hours just to speak with an officer. 

That's why I'm thankful that BDO allows you to lock your credit card online. This way, no one can use your card while you're settling your account and waiting for the results of the investigation. 

You can do this in less than 3 steps:

In addition to these, BDO Unibank also makes sure to protect the health of their employees by encouraging the customers to put their masks on when entering their branches. 

Considering that employees of banks like BDO are also considered front-liners during the COVID-19 crisis, I urge every reader of The Wise Living to kindly pray for these amazing individuals and give them the appreciation they rightfully deserve. 


Cheapest Ways to Transfer Money from the Philippines and from Overseas to Philippines

It's no secret that the congenial manners, impeccable English and reasonable rates of Filipino professionals have made them indispensable to the global workforce. Personally, I'm proud to say that my parents were OFWs as well. :)

Their value to corporations and small businesses can be immense. In fact, some companies in the BPO industry compensate their employees with a salary up to $700/month – more than some doctors make. As such, there is no shortage of skilled workers waiting for entrepreneurs to hire them.

Filipinos are also multi-talented and educated experts who can perform a variety of tasks professionally: from accounting, virtual assisting, writing, coding, customer support and even graphic designing, you can depend on them to do a job well done.

As a result, countless businesses hire Filipinos as remote employees. Want to join the party? To do so, you’ll need to send money to a Philippines bank account from abroad every month. Sure, this task may sound simple enough, but if you don't do it right the first time, it may cost your business thousands in losses.

In today's blog post, you'll find out why sending money via bank transfer or Paypal is actually hurting your company. To remedy this, you'll also learn about the best way to do money transfer cheaply and conveniently.

How much does it cost to send money to the Philippines?

Paying $300/month to your Filipino employee sounds straightforward enough. But because of the costs associated with money transfer, you need to consider that you need to pay more than that. 

How much more, you ask? Well, if you're sending the money electronically via banks like Wells Fargo, it'll cost you $35/transfer: almost 12% of the money you're transferring.

And the unnecessary charges don't stop there. You're also subjected to bank's own exchange rate.

Their USD/PHP rate – 48.5509 – is 4.4% off the interbank rate of 50.7854. To pay your remote employee the $300 you owe them, you’ll need to send roughly $350/month to pay for the money transfer costs. An extra $50/month translates to $600/year that's wasted on ridiculously high transfer fees.

PayPal isn’t any better. When receiving funds outside the US, a 4.4% withdrawal fee applies, too.

Moving to the Philippines? 

You may be ahead of the game when it comes to outsourcing to the Philippines. If you already have an organization there, you may be heading there to manage the team.

If you’re about to move to the Philippines, you’ll have to move assets abroad to avoid double taxation.

Let’s assume you’re moving $30,000 to BDO Bank in Manila.

When setting up the transfer, Wells Fargo will offer what they say is a “reasonable” rate. Usually, their USD/PHP price will be 2% off interbank – in this case, it would be 49.7697. This means you’ll end up with Php 1,493,090.

So, great news for you, right?

Not really. It'd be better if you could trade at the interbank rate. If you moved your assets at USD/PHP price of 50.7894, you’d get Php 1,523,680.

That's a difference of P30,000 or $600 – and imagine what better things you could do with this amount of money, instead of paying your bank just to click some buttons and maybe type a little bit on their keyboards.

Don't lose hope just yet, though. Times are changing. Companies such as Transferwise, and Currencies Direct can get you far closer to interbank than you ever thought possible.

Which money transfer firms are best for moving cash to the Philippines?

According to InternationalMoneyTransfers.org, Transferwise is the best choice for small transfers. They charge the interbank rate for cash shipments of ANY size. To make money, they charge a nominal fee on transfer amounts.

For example, to send $300, you just need to pay an extra $4.50 (1.5% of the transfer amount). Shelling out $304.50 compared to $350 is a much better deal for you, don't you think?

What about if you’re moving funds to the Philippines?

Then, a firm like OFX is well-recommended. This company has decades of experience working with businesses, traders, and high net-worth individuals.

5 Reasons Why I'm Saving Up For Paris Next Year

In the past, I treated Paris like a standard item that needs to be checked in my (not-so) bucket list just so I could say I truly lived. 

Everyone says you need to go to Europe. 

All the movies I've watched romanticized the idea of Paris, the fashion, the culture, the people - the food! 

Ask every millenial where they'd want to go to, if they had a chance, and there's a 75.99% possibility that they'd include Paris in that list. 


15 Unexpected Ways to Save More Money Today

Save your money. One day, it'll save you.  

Tired of personal finance tips that advise you to save money, without actually telling you how to save money in the first place?

In this short but packed blog post, we talk about 15 ways on how you, my fellow millenial, can save more money, starting today:


How To Be A Financial Advisor: 5 Reasons Why Being A Financial Advisor is Perfect For You

A few years ago, I never thought I’d become a financial advisor.

I’m an introvert with no experience in sales – how could I join this career?
But then last 2012, something devastating happened to our family. My lolo suffered his 2nd heart attack and still insisted to be taken to a public hospital far away from our house just because he didn’t want us to spend a lot of money.
And even though I was already working and earning money, I didn’t have the confidence to tell him, “Ok lang yan, ako na po bahala magbayad…” because even though I had an income, I didn’t manage it properly so I didn’t have any savings of my own!

It wasn’t until my lolo Tatang passed away that I realize something: I wanted to be a financial advisor because I’m passionate to share my story to other Filipinos. It was a heart-breaking experience. I don’t want you to experience the same thing.
Now, if YOU desire to teach Filipinos about:
  •  How to manage their money properly – so when they encounter an emergency, they have funds to use for it,
  •  How to protect their income – so that whatever happens to the breadwinner, their family is taken cared of financially,
  •  How to achieve a comfortable retirement – so when they finally stop working, they can enjoy their “golden years”,
  •  How to start investing their hard-earned money, so they can get higher returns than banks…
Then YOU may also be interested about how to be a financial advisor, don’t you think?

Ready to be a financial advisor and change people’s lives for the better? Email me your updated CV/resume at [email protected] or add me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LianneMarthaLaroya today.

5 Reasons Why You Should Be A Financial Advisor

1. You want Time Freedom.

You’ll work, yes, but you can also enjoy more time with your families. 
When you become a financial advisor, you DON’T need to go to the office from 8 am – 5 pm. You work at your own time.
Have children you’d love to spend more time bonding with? Wouldn’t it be nice if you can make them breakfast and help them with their homework, too? You can do this when you become a financial advisor.
My friend who’s a single mother and also an amazing financial advisor works from 7 am – 2 pm only. She gets to help Filipino families improve their financial lives and she still has time to pick up her son from school everyday.
Have aging parents you’d love to take care of? Or do you have a spouse/life partner you’d love to enjoy life with together more?

What if you want to go to Japan for your honeymoon? Or you want to go to South Korea to celebrate your father’s 60th birthday? You don’t need to file for leaves. Just manage your own working time properly. Whether you work from 6 am – 12 noon, or 3 pm – 9 pm, or 8 am – 1 pm or whatever other working schedule you’d like, it’s all up to you. 

2. You want Location Freedom.

When you become a financial advisor, it’s like a mini-adventure everyday. One day, you may be meeting your clients at a coffee shop in Ortigas City. The next day, you may be meeting clients at their offices all throughout BGC Taguig City. Or maybe next week you’ll meet your client at their home based in Laguna. Or what if next week you choose not to work for three days? It’s all possible.
You can dictate where you want to work. 
Just last June, my family and I went to Tagaytay to have a staycation for my birthday. At the same time, I met with two of my clients based in Tagaytay so I can service them personally. That’s working hard and playing hard – at your own time and at your chosen place!

3. You want to improve the lives of your family and friends. 

Aside from choosing when to work and where to work, I’m sure you’re interested to be a financial advisor because you want to secure a better and brighter future for your family, your relatives and of course, your friends, right?
As a financial advisor, you can make a positive difference in the lives of your friends and families.
After all, you’re teaching them to how secure their income and invest their hard-earned money for college fund of their kids or for their own retirement fund in the future! You’re there to help them and their families, in sickness, in disabilities and even during, God forbid, death.

Being a financial advisor is a career that you can be proud of. Through this, you get to give practical and doable financial advice that your clients can use to manage their income properly.
You get to help families achieve the brighter life that they desire – it’s a noble profession! 
Ready to be a financial advisor and change people’s lives for the better? Email me your updated CV/resume at [email protected] or add me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LianneMarthaLaroya today. 

4. You want unlimited income.

When you become a financial advisor and join my team, you write your own pay check. There is no limit on how much you can earn because you’ll receive fair compensation for all your hard work – and only you can dictate how much money you’ll receive in your bank account every 15 days.
Because of Sun Life, being a financial advisor helps me send my brother to college, purchase multiple lands in our province, start several life insurance and investment accounts, buy my first car (this 2017!) and travel to local and overseas destinations with my loved ones.

5. You love getting awards and being recognized for your hard work.

If you’re driven to succeed and you’re passionate in receiving recognition for all the meaningful work that you do, then you deserve to be a financial advisor.


  • Since Sun Life is committed to helping you become the best financial advisor you could be, you can attend Sun Life’s free training sessions regularly – you’re learning and earning at the same time.

  • Additionally, if you become a financial advisor and join my team, Sun Life provides you with a Retirement Plan that you can enjoy when you reach your own golden years!

  • Love travel? As a Sun Life financial advisor, you have the privilege to receive travel incentives locally and abroad. 

How to Be a Financial Advisor:

It’s simple. You just need to email me your updated resume/CV: 
Subject: Lianne, I want to join your team! 
After you email me your CV/resume, I’ll contact you and we’ll talk about why you want to be a financial advisor. You can also call me at 0906-243-5059. And then you can start training online: 


Sun Life Insurance: Why Sun Maxilink Prime is My Client's Top Choice

Why did my clients get Sun Maxilink Prime? 

This blog post is for you, if you're interested in getting a Sun Maxilink Prime plan for yourself and your family. 

As a licensed Financial Advisor, I frequently receive emails from interested Pinoys who want to start their own journey towards financial freedom. The email would often contain concerns, like: 

-"Lianne, I've read your blog posts about "9 Investing Quotes that Inspire You to Invest Now" and I got hooked. I don't want to put my money in the bank only! Can you help me start investing today? I'm married with 3 children." 

- "Hi, do you know a plan with investment, life insurance and also can cover me until I'm old? I just want to pay for 10 years only but I'll be covered until I'm old." 

- "I want to invest in the stock market but I'm still a beginner. Help! Can I just let pros handle it? I have a son; I'm a single mom." 

- "How much do you spend on hair care?" :) (I spend P500 every two months for hair coloring!) 

- "Do you have your own VUL plans?" (I have 2 VUL plans, and I'm in the process of getting my 3rd one this year, because my assets are growing in size, so my life insurance coverage needs to grow, too.) 

Yes, 9 out of 10 emails I get are about product inquiries. 

And it's thrilling! 

Because this means that more and more Filipinos are now becoming more aware that there are better places they can put their money in, instead of just letting it sleep in the bank! 

But it's also awakening. 

You see, I've written around three articles explaining why a VUL product like Sun Maxilink Prime is most preferred by my clients: 

But based on the emails I've been getting, it seems like you want more details, so I thought, why not let my own clients do the talking? :) 

Let's ask them, shall we? 

Gil Miranda, loving husband & father, engineer based in Riyadh 

"We chose to get VUL like Sun Maxilink Prime because working abroad is not secured and stable. Time will come that we need to go back to our home country to start a new living."

"Our hard-earned money should be invested wisely to secure our future and retirement age. Choosing a VUL enables us to have life insurance plus investment plan for our family." 

Sheera Punzalan, pretty & responsible wife & mother, nurse in Qatar

"VUL has insurance and investment and since OFW kami ni hubby, especially my husband, we never know when kami kukunin ni Lord, lalo nasa dagat sya most of the time."

"Our priority is always the safety and security of the future of our kids, and having VUL like Sun Maxilink Prime makes me feel protected and secured kahit ano mangyari samin, hindi mahihirapan mga maiiwan namin kung papaano palalakihin mga kids namin, if ever."

"And if both of us are blessed to live longer until we are old, we also have retirement money to enjoy our remaining days and help our kids if they needed us.. 😊"

Reneelene Prieto, fit & fabulous mom & wife, events coordinator in Qatar

"I chose a VUL plan (like Sun Maxilink Prime) because it is both an investment and a life insurance product, meaning, you are protected. There is a death benefit attached to it aside from providing additional savings and investment options." 

"Even though fluctuations in the market can affect the value of the policy's investment component, the death benefit amount that goes to my beneficiaries is guaranteed and this give me peace of mind knowing that whatever happens in the market, funds will be available from this portion of the policy if needed." 

"Another reason is I want to diversify. I have another VUL plan with another insurance company, a health insurance, have set up my emergency fund, invested in stocks & mutual funds, built up my passive income and I believe it's high time to be protected and get another VUL plan from Sun Life. I want to ensure my child's future in case something happens to me and I am confident that with 3 insurance policies, my child will survive. Thank you for that wonderful question 😂"

Sun Maxilink Prime is a good financial tool that can help you meet your financial goals. 

If you want to request for a FREE proposal, just fill out this form and I will contact you within 24 hours. 

Lianne, do we need to meet, after you send me my proposal? 

It's like this. Imagine you were talking to a doctor. You emailed the doctor, "Doc, here are my symptoms. Based on my symptoms & medical history, please email me the best medicine & treatment I need to take." 

So then your doctor emails you with a list of the best medicines to take and treatments to undergo. 

But you don't have any idea what they mean and what you should do, because you're not familiar with medical terms! So it's better to meet the doctor personally, right? This way, you can ask more questions and understand it easier. 

It's the same thing with financial planning. 

Yes, you filled out that form to request your free proposal. 

But the form's going to contain financial terms that you may not be familiar with - unless, your financial advisor explains them to you in simple and easier to understand terms. It's also easier to meet, so that you can ask me questions and we can address all of your concerns, don't you think? 

I want to meet you, Lianne, but I don't think we can, since I'm far/too busy. 

- The friends/clients I serve are based in Metro Manila, Laguna, Tagaytay, Batangas, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac and Rizal. 

(If you're not based in these areas, you'll be referred to my trusted partner financial advisors near you, so don't worry.)

- Since I'm a full-time financial advisor, my calendar consists of client meetings, so if you arrange to meet with me, I'm available to meet you. To date, my latest client meeting done was at 9 PM, but if you're only free around 10 PM, then why not? :) Let's meet! 

- Contrary to popular beliefs, when you meet a financial advisor, you have NO obligation to get a product yet, if you don't think it's helpful. That's fine with me. But, if after the meeting, you get enlightened and realize how amazing and helpful it is, then you're free to go ahead and start it right away. That's fine with me, too. 

As a financial advisor, my goal in meeting you is to let you understand and make you realize how important it is to finally reach your financial goals. 

You want to achieve a sizable retirement fund when you get older - I'll help you get started. 

You want to invest for your child's college fund? Fill out this form and I can help you prepare for it. 


10 Affordable (Less than P500!) Things That Make Me Feel Like A Millionaire

I'm celebrating my 26th year of existence today!  

If you're reading this blog post right now, THANK YOU for being here. :)

I'm thankful that this blog has been - and always is - a significant part of my life. 

For my 26th birthday, I'm going make a TWO-PART blog post.

First one is today, which will feature the 10 affordable things (can be items or experiences) that always make me feel like I'm extremely rich, blessed and loved. 

Second is to be posted tomorrow, which will feature 16 easy ways for millenials like us to save money.

Hopefully, this blog post today can help you #treatyoself without breaking your financial goals. Here they are: