New York - Philippine National Bank (PNB) relocated & officially transferred its office from downtown to Midtown Manhattan, near Times Square & the Philippine Consulate with sister company, Philippine Airlines (PAL).
The inauguration held on May 7th, was officiated by Monsignor Oscar Aquino and attended by Ambassador Mario L. de Leon, PNB & PAL Executives, Philippine Tourism-NY, Travel Agents, FilAm community leaders and members of the Press.
Michelle Narvaez, PAL Area Manager-NY and Ricky R. Villacisneros, PNB Regional Head of North America welcomed the guests of this momentous occasion.
Ambassador Mario de Leon delivered his opening remarks and extended his best wishes to PNB & PAL for a very timely decision to hold their offices in Midtown Manhattan. He said, "The new office location of the two institutions will definitely serve a lot of our Kababayans."
Marila Revilla, PAL Country Manager-Americas who is based in San Francisco said, "The office in NY symbolizes both company's presence in the East Coast, representing PAL's availability and PNB's clientele in this corner of the world. We hope to serve the Filipinos and other tourists and encourage them to visit the Philippines with the help of PNB, Philippine Department of Tourism & the NY Philippine Consulate." With the new office location, Michelle Narvaez, proudly announced that PAL now flies four (4) times a week from New York to Manila and three (3) times a week from Los Angeles to Cebu.
Currently, there is a low fare promo ($674 RT) from JFK to MNL. For more information, please call the PAL office at 917-675-7429 or visit your local travel agent.
This year, PNB is celebrating its 100th year and PAL, its 75th year in the business. According to Benjie S. Oliva, Global Filipino Banking Group Head, PNB is the first Philippine Bank to go overseas to serve the Filipinos in the East Coast.
As PNB celebrates its 100 years, they strive to improve the services for the Overseas Filipino. Just recently, they launched the following products to further serve the Global Filipinos:
1. Global Filipino Card - a prepaid loadable card, offers safety from ATM theft. The customer will be protected with up to maximum P15k for ATM theft. The card also comes with a free Globe SIM Card with 30mins of talk time and FREE membership to popular supermarkets in the Philippines.
2. Healthy Ka Pinoy Card - for just 3 remittances, it entitles the beneficiary of Overseas Filipinos including those in NY to free hospitalization benefit in any hospital in the Philippines accredited by PNB, including regional clinics.
3. PNB/PAL PALIPARAN LAKBAY PROMO - leveraging the services with PAL by adding value to the Overseas Filipino relationship, PNB intends to offer the FREE Travel to the Philippines promo this year as they celebrate100 years.
4. Own a Filipino Home Loan Program - PNB is the first bank to offer financing for house construction, condominiums, house & townhouse loans to Overseas Filipinos. The collateral is situated in the Philippines but the loan processing will be in NY.
"These services are the clear testament to PNB's unrelenting commitment to improve the lives of our Overseas Kababayan. As we celebrate our 100th year anniversary, we remain steadfast in our commitment to serve our customers, first", says Mr. Oliva.