St. Peter Life Plan, Inc. is the Philippine’s biggest Pre-Need DeathCare company. Founded by Francisco M. Bautista, the company has been in operation since 1970 and is well recognized for its innovative approach in the DeathCare Services Industry.

Its primary contribution to society and its most important advocacy is perhaps educating Filipinos all over the world about the importance of a DeathCare plan. To change the mindsets of traditional Pinoys on death to better prepare them and their families for an inevitable future. Because, whether we admit it or not, a lot of Filipinos are still mortified with even the thought of it.

Last night at Blue Rocket Cafe in Quezon City, select Manila bloggers met with St. Peter Life Plan, Inc. executives led by the company’s Chairman of the Board Dr. Mildred Vande Vusse Vitangcol together with head of Marketing Ms. Jen Delos Santos and Ms. Rona Gianchand.Β The group had prepared a short program for the invited online media to launch their company’s DeathCare Week activities for 2017.

Dr. Mildred Vande Vusse Vitangcol

DEATHCARE WEEK

Now on its 10th year, DeathCare Week is a major corporate social responsibility and public service program of St. Peter Chapels that aims to promote awareness on DeathCare planning and preparation. The events usually starts on the 27th of October and culminates on November 2. While this coincides with the traditional Undas here in the Philippines, St. Peter selected the dates primarily because it’s their anniversary week as well.

For this year, St. Peter has several activities instored for their plan holders, employees and the general public. Here are five awesome ways to celebrate DeathCare Week with St. Peter:

TRICK OR TREAT

First up is their annual Trick or Treat program for employees and their families – this will be held at their head office at Quezon Avenue. It is scheduled on October 27 (Friday) and the theme is Marvel Vs DC – so everyone will in their Superhero costumes for the party.

THANKSGIVING MASS

On Sunday (October 29), in thanksgiving of their colorful years in the DeathCare Industry, St. Peter will sponsor a Talitha Kum Healing Mass on TV that will be aired at 8 in the morning on PTV4. The Eucharistic celebration will be attended by employees, plan holders and officers of the company.

PINK TENTS & CASKETS

During Undas (October 31 to November 1), St. Peter will put up once again its Pink Tents in selected cemeteries nationwide to provide assistance to the millions of Filipino people who participates in this annual tradition.

St. Peter will also provide free hand fans and umbrellas as giveaways to cemetery goers who will take a picture inside their standing Pink Casket (Ataul) replicas found inside the tent and avail of their products during the period.

Here’s my poor imitation of dirty clothes inside a washer

The signature pink color and the pink casket idea was formed in 2009 while looking for ways to help change the views of Filipinos about death and DeathCare plans. They wanted the casket to have a light color but non-traditional and as unconventional as possible to stand out, so that it will help the company to make a clear statement. And so it has for 8 years already.

Budget Size Pink Casket πŸ™‚

PINK TRICYCLES

Another thing that’s pink are St. Peter’s Free Tricycle Rides during Undas (October 31 to November 1). Launched last year as an added service to Filipinos going to the cemeteries, the company has commissioned tricycle drivers in sellected areas nationwide to offer free tricycle rides.

I was secretly laughing when the folks from St. Peter announced that they have partnered with TODA’s (Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association) for this project. TODAS is of course the Filipino slang for DEAD. πŸ™‚ St. Peter is the so-called guardian of the gates of heaven – so it’s like, you know, St. Peter partnering with death and they’re using pink tricycles to get the work done. hahaha

Pink Tricycle – Symbolism
Pink Tricycle – The Real Thing (photo by @ronskieg)

Go and look for the St. Peter Tricycles in the following areas:

  • Bicol Memorial Park (Legaspi)
  • Marilao Catholic Cemetery (Meycauayan)
  • Tuguegarao Public Cemetery (Tuguegarao)
  • Laoag Public Cemetery (Laoag)
  • Manila North Cemetery (Mayon)
  • Love Memorial Park (Kawit)
  • El Reposo Cemetery (Tacloban)
  • Catholic Cemetery (Calamba)
  • Holy Family Cemetery (Calamba)
  • Rizal Memorial Park (Calamba)
  • Holy Garden (Calamba)
  • Everest Hill Memorial Park (Calamba)
  • San Carlos Memorial Park (San Carlos)
  • Oton Public Cemetery (Iloilo)
  • La Filipina Public Cemetery (Tagum)
  • Lower Lamak Cemetery (Oroquieta)

BREAKOUT

To emphasize the need to plan ahead, not just for one’s memorial needs but at all times, St. Peter have partnered this year with escape room game expert Breakout Philippines to offer special discounts for all St. Peter plan holders, employees and sales agents. 100 Pesos will be deducted from their booking fee upon presenting documents like St, Peter IDs or the White Copy of their St. Peter Life Plan Contract.

The discounts will be available from October 1Β  to November 6, 2017 at the following branches and games:

  • SM North EDSA (Boogeyman and Sleep No More)
  • Greenbelt 5 (Corpse Bride)
  • Katipunan (Clownhouse)
  • Paragon Plaza (Hide and Seek)

We actually played a sample Breakout game at Blue Rocket Cafe last night, it involves opening boxes, reading weird messages on acetates (yes they still have that), travelling around the world, turning off a fan and killing a bear. All for the sake of fun! πŸ™‚

So here’s our team trying find out if what we’re holding is paper and if what’s on it is some form of writing. πŸ™‚

Aside from these activities, St. Peter will also have an “IT Movie” themed booths in SM Megamall, Trinoma and Glorietta on October 28 and 29. Get your picture taken with Pennywise the Killer Clown and sign up for a plan on the spot.

A WELL-LAID PLAN

St. Peter has been a pioneer of many DeathCare innovations here in the Philippines through the continuous development of its wide range of memorial products and services attuned to the changing needs of Philippine society.

You can avail of their Traditional Memorial Plans for as low as 625 pesos per month (5 years to pay) with the following features:

  • Transferability (transfer the plan to another living person)
  • Assignability (assign the plan to a deceased person)
  • Unrendered Service (a beneficiary may receive cash value if memorial service is not performed)
  • Viewing Period of 4 Days in accredited mortuary chapels or at home
  • No Medical Examination Required
  • Unpaid Balance Deemed Paid (when plan holder passes away anytime within the paying period – after 1 year and 1 day of payments – must be within insurable age of 18 to 60)
  • Installment Balance Waived (if and when a plan holder suffers an uninterrupted disability of at least six (6) months during the paying period – must be within insurable age of 18 to 60)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (beneficiaries shall receive cash benefit equivalent to contract price for accidental loss of life, both hands, both feet, sight or a combination thereof – must be within insurable age of 18 to 60)
  • Additional Cash Benefit (beneficiaries shall receive 100% of contract price if the plan holder dies during the paying period or within 5 years after the full payment – must be within insurable age of 18 to 60)

St. Peter also has Money Back plans that guarantees to give your money back during your lifetime along with your Memorial Service Package. The contract price will be returned to you in the amount equivalent to 20% of the contract price payable each year beginning at the end of the 16th year until the end of the 20th year while you are living. So it’s like you’ve saved up for your future and getting your memorial plan for FREE!

For those who prefers cremation, they have that as well for as low as 1, 255 pesos a month.

But probably their most significant innovation so far is their eBurol online viewing and eLibing online interment services. They’ll be exploring more technological innovations in the coming years like online booking services.

In light of all these, I can truly say that DeathCare here in the Philippines is indeed a booming industry but don’t get me wrong, by “booming” I am not saying that we have more people dying now compared to the past years (although that seems to be what the news are saying, but anyway..) – what I’m saying is that St. Peter’s business strategy to educate people about the importance of planning ahead is probably working.

So in the IMMORTAL words of my “dearly” but not yet departed friends who saw my posts last night – BUHAY NA BUHAY ANG NEGOSYO SA PATAY! πŸ™‚

P.S. While trying to categorize this entry, I was confused.. don’t know if I am supposed to put it under Health, People, Places or Living. I don’t have a category for Dead hahaha – sa Events na nga lang. πŸ™‚Β 

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