Cloe Anne Marie Malaga, a Psychology student of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Negros Occidental, got the biggest surprise ever, and on her 19th birthday, no less.
This was after she received a text message from Smart Communications, telling her that she won P100,000 in grand prize in the “Balik-Tuition” promo of the telco.
She had just made the switch to Smart when online classes began.
Now, the prize money will make it possible for her to reunite with her family in Cebu, for good.
“The cash prize is a big help for me and my family. I am grateful to Smart for this opportunity and blessing,” Malaga said. “With this money, I can finally continue my education in Cebu where my family had been staying. This blessing has opened so many doors for me.”
She said she plans to buy a laptop and “save the rest for my future”.
She said she only knew of Smart’s Balik Tuition Promo through her school’s official Facebook page, a press release from the company said.
Launched in October 2020, the promo is an electronic raffle where students using Smart and TNT prepaid SIMs have the chance to win cash, gadgets, and data load, just by subscribing to any of Smart’s Giga promos.
“Joining the promo makes sense since I’ve already been using Smart Giga Study 99 for my online classes,” Malaga said. Smart’s Giga Study 99 offers 2GB of open access data for seven days plus 1GB daily allocation for learning tools, such as Google, Google Search, Google Plus, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft 365.
She said she only started using a Smart Prepaid SIM when online classes began. “I figured it was time to move to a more reliable network that could consistently connect me to my online classes. When I experienced Smart’s stable and fast internet, not only did I become a believer but an advocate as well,” she said.
That switch proved to be the right move for her. Aside from bringing home the grand prize, she also won Smart Bro Pocket Wi-Fi devices for her school.
“Our Smart Giga Study promos were launched with students in mind. Realizing the challenges of online learning, we created Giga Study packages that maximize their use of the internet so they can live smarter for a better world,” Jane Basas, SVP and head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart, said in the press release.*