Last July 28, 2017, classes in all levels were suspended. Government offices had to close down due to heavy rains in Metro Manila because of Typhoon Gorio. But this did not stop the winners of “Biyaheng Proud Nanay, Trip Namin ni Nanay” selfie contest to troop to Manila to receive their prizes.
The selfie contest which follows the theme of “mother and child” is a collaboration between Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation, Inc. and Genesis Bus Transport Service. The selfie should be taken inside the bus with a caption that answers the question, “Why do you consider this travel unforgettable?” MYNP received 50 entries from different destinations of Genesis and Joy Bus.
Filipinas Bagorio is a 39 year old mother from Baguio City. When she heard that she won the contest, she immediately called the office of Joy Bus to make a reservation. Filipinas has three kids and she works in an insurance company for motor vehicles. “Tuwang tuwa po ako na ako’y nanalo dahil sa dami ko nang sinalihan ay ito ang pinaka una kong panalo,” Bagorio said.
Another winner is a CCTV and telephone operator of an electronic company from Cabuyao, Laguna. Nanay Gizella Martinez is 34 years old and has three children. She said that upon seeing the flyers inside the bus about the contest, she immediately posed with her daughter and sent it to MYNP and wrote a caption coming from her heart “Unang pag bisita sa pamilya at mga kaibigan sa norte. Salamat Genesis Bus sa safe na biyahe.” She added that she chose Genesis because she feels safe and comfortable.
On the other hand, another mother from the summer capital of the Philippines was very lucky during the rainy season as Genesis officials picked her entry. Nanay Sarah Grace Codilla, 25 years old has two children. She’s a native of Bukidnon in Northern Mindanao but settled in Baguio. Her work entails travel from Manila to Central and Northern Luzon as an insurance broker. She admits that there were times when she had to bring her daughter to her trip, Manila especially, where she has relatives too. “Genesis is always my travel buddy,” Codilla quipped. “Accomodating pa ang mga staff sa loob ng bus,” she added.
The awarding of prizes to the winners were attended by Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation, chairman Dr. Boy R. Abunda, MYNP Managing Director, Ms. Bemz Benedito and Ms. Loren Zubia, Assistant Marketing Manager of Genesis Bus Transport Service.
The three winners received a good for two all-expense paid vacation at Costa Pacifica Resort in Baler, Aurora and Php10,000.00 cash. The winners were very excited to their getaway vacation to rejuvenate with nature in picturesque Baler. After all, moms need a break, too.