Western Union Introduces A New Generation of Modern Day Heroes
Twenty-five Filipino migrants will be recognized for their heroism for a reason.

In celebration of 25 years of moving money for better, The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), a leader in global payment services, announced today that they will conduct a search for the top 25 Filipino migrants whose outstanding accomplishments have contributed in creating a better world.

Contrary to how heroes are portrayed such as possessing superhuman strength and abilities, these top 25 Filipino migrants are ordinary men and women but have made a huge difference in the lives of this nation.. 

For migrant workers abroad, the goal is simple yet difficult, to give their loved ones a chance to live a better life—at the expense of being away from them. But their individual efforts combine to offer an invaluable boost to the Philippine economy despite global economic slowdown.

According to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), there are approximately 10.4 million Filipinos who either work or reside abroad. They have given up time with their family, the familiarity and security of home and the comforts of being in their own land for a greater cause. That’s 10.4 million Filipino mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and friends making personal sacrifices that lead not only to the betterment of their families’ lives, but an entire country.

Upon establishment of its services in the Philippines 25 years ago, Western Union has strengthened the remittance business in the country and has consistently been bridging the connection between migrant Filipinos and their loved ones through convenient and reliable money transfer services. They have journeyed with the migrant Filipinos working hard and striving for excellence to uplift lives and it has been the company’s firm belief that these stories need to be told.

“Western Union empowers Filipinos by providing a pivotal service to millions, locally and abroad. Thanks to the heroic efforts of Filipino migrant heroes, the Philippines has become the third largest remittance receiving market in the world, ,” shares Patricia Riingen, Senior Vice President, South East Asia & Oceania, Western Union. “That said, we wanted to find a way to show the nation the heroism that Filipino migrants display every day.”

The “Heroes for Better” campaign will recognize and celebrate the country’s modern day, unsung heroes, by putting the spotlight on those who have made an outstanding difference, dedicating themselves to a cause that continue to make a positive impact in the community.

This initiative is set to handpick 25 Filipino migrant heroes, whose stories follow inspiring tales of bravery, creativity and courage. To start the campaign, Western Union introduces the story of “The Barefoot Bandit” by Eddie Vega. Mr. Vega has joined hundreds of marathons around the world running barefoot. His cause not only raises awareness on the lack of footwear for children but also raised funds to put shoes on over 300 million children worldwide, including those in the Philippines.


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