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15
Oct

Xoom Celebrates Diwali with Cash Sweepstakes

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Tell us what you miss most about celebrating Diwali in India and enter for a chance to win $1,000

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 15, 2013 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider is celebrating the auspicious festival of Diwali with a sweepstakes for customers to enter for a chance to win $1,000.

For most Indians, celebrating Diwali with family and friends is one of the nostalgic and joyous memories of growing up in India.  Share your nostalgic moments and tell us how much you miss the festivities from back home and enter to win $1,000.

How to enter:

  1. Visit Xoom’s Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes tab: https://www.facebook.com/Xoom/app_159937697536889
    (note: tab not available on mobile devices).
  2. “Like” Xoom on Facebook. If you already “like” Xoom, the question page will be displayed.
  3. Post a comment to the question:  ‘What do you miss most about celebrating Diwali in India?’
  4. Complete the sweepstakes form and submit it by 11:59 PM PDT on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Limit one entry per person.
  5. The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be notified via email with instructions on how to claim the $1,000 cash prize.

For complete rules, visit: https://www.facebook.com/notes/xoom/official-rules-of-the-xoom-2013-diwali-sweepstakes/10151951272444721

Earlier this year, Xoom announced that NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) can use Xoom’s money transfer service to send bank deposits directly to their NRE (Non-Resident External) and NRO (Non-Resident Ordinary) bank accounts in India. NRIs can now send bank deposits within four hours to recipients with NRE/NRO accounts, with great locked-in exchange rates.  Customers can visit Xoom.com/india for more information.

About Xoom
Xoom is a digital money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using a smartphone, tablet or computer. During the 12 month period ended June 30, 2013, Xoom’s more than 915,000 active customers sent more than $4.3 billion to family and friends in 30 countries. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.xoom.com.

14
Oct

Xoom Launches a New Tracking Service for Filipino Money Transfer Recipients

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Xoom customers in the Philippines get peace of mind with SMS text notifications, letting them know that money has been sent to them

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 14, 2013 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, is introducing a text update service to money transfer recipients in the Philippines so they are notified when their money is available.  Earlier this year, Xoom launched StatusTrak (www.xoom.com/track-transfer), a tracking center that provides Xoom customers who send money a variety of ways to track their transfers, including email updates, SMS text message updates and 24/7 online and phone support.

“When our customers send money, they want the peace of mind of knowing that their loved ones have received it—which is why we introduced StatusTrak,” says Julian King, Xoom’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. “Now we can notify their family and friends who are receiving money in the Philippines, by texting them to let them know that the money is ready for pickup, delivery or on its way to their bank account.  This new feature makes sending and receiving money more convenient for both the sender and recipient, which is very reassuring to our customers.”

A majority of remittances sent to the Philippines are picked up in cash by the customer receiving the money. In the past, the sender would have to relay the transaction number to the recipient before the money could be picked up.  Now, with Xoom’s convenient tracking service, the sender no longer has to relay the transaction number and alert the recipient that money is available to them.  Xoom can automatically send a free text to the recipient.

“According to a report by Business Monitor International (BMI), Filipinos use SMS texts to stay in touch with their loved ones back home, and the number of Filipino mobile phone subscribers has grown to more than 100 million people,” added King. “The same report showed that Filipinos generate the largest SMS texts volume in the world, accounting for more than 10% of global SMS texts.”

About Xoom
Xoom is a digital money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using a smartphone, tablet or computer. During the 12 month period ended June 30, 2013, Xoom’s more than 915,000 active customers sent more than $4.3 billion to family and friends in 30 countries. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.xoom.com.

18
Sep

Xoom Launches Latest Filipino Advertising Campaign

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“Ubos Oras” and “Ubos Pera” join Xoom’s Award-winning Filipino Commercial Lineup

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September  18, 2013 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, has introduced its latest advertising campaign for the Philippines with two new television commercials.

The first commercial, entitled “Ubos Oras” (“Time Wasted”), introduces the new Xoom Money Transfer App for Android and iOS devices.  “Ubos Oras” shows a frustrated husband who is trying to send money but is faced with long lines and traffic.  Fortunately, his wife comes to his rescue and shows him how to use the Xoom app, with the slide-to-send technique that allows Xoom customers to quickly send money transfers in just minutes.  She concludes by telling him “now you have time for… me” as they head to a nice dinner at an elegant restaurant.

The second commercial, “Ubos Pera” (“Money Wasted”), features Filipino star Ai Ai delas Alas who shows the same husband and all the “hidden costs” of sending money in person.  Xoom saves customers time and money with fees as low as $4.99 to send up to $2,999.

Both ads end with the tagline “Stop waiting in line – Xoom it online.”

“The Xoom experience is truly magical and transformative,” says Julian King, Xoom’s Senior Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development.   “Xoom offers senders a service that is safe, convenient, fast and fairly priced, and people can send money to their loved ones any time, anywhere from their desktop, smartphone or tablet device.  With these two new ads, we are able to deliver these messages with likeable characters that resonate with consumers.”  The ads are running on TFC and GMA through the end of the year.

Xoom’s Filipino advertising has won back-to-back Bronze Award prizes in the 2012 and 2013 Telly Awards under the Regional TV and Multi-Market Category for TV commercials.   The Telly Awards honors the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. For over a quarter century, the Telly has been a symbol of creative excellence.

About Xoom
Xoom is a digital money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using a smartphone, tablet or computer. During the 12 month period ended June 30, 2013, Xoom’s more than 915,000 active customers sent more than $4.3 billion to family and friends in 30 countries. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at Xoom.com.

9
Sep

Colombia has its Eyes Focused on the World Cup

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Colombia has its eyes focused on the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro and is a breath away from securing a berth, but it is running up against some jarring history Tuesday when it plays tough-minded Uruguay in a vital World Cup Qualifying game.

With 26 points, Colombia is tied with Argentina for first place in the nine-country field of the South American Confederation (CONMEBOL) that sends the top four teams in the qualifying standings to the World Cup. Brazil, which hosts the World Cup, is an automatic qualifier.

Standing squarely in the path of Colombia is Uruguay, which defeated Peru, 2-1, on Friday, the same day Colombia edged undermanned Ecuador, 1-0. Colombian scoring machine Radamel Falcao played despite a sprained right ankle, but it was teammate James Rodriguez who scored the only goal.

Uruguay’s victory was its seventh in a row at home and Estadio Centenario in Montevideo will surely be rocking with Colombia in the house, and for good reason. Uruguay has not lost at home to Colombia since 1973.

On the other hand, Colombia is on a roll. Colombia has not allowed a goal in its last three qualifying games and leads the nine-team qualifying group with eight goals scored and just seven goals allowed.

There is much on the line, but there’s even more. Get your official Colombia adidas soccer jersey free with your first Xoom money transfer of $150 or more.

6
Sep

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Entering Xoom’s Sweepstakes

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Tell us what you miss most about tu tierra and enter for a chance to win one of three $1,000 cash prizes during Xoom’s Hispanic Heritage celebration

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 6, 2013 – September is Hispanic Heritage Month and this year Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, is giving customers even more reasons to celebrate with a sweepstakes.

How to enter:

  1. Visit Xoom’s Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes tab: https://www.facebook.com/Xoom/app_159937697536889  (note: tab not available on mobile devices).
  2. “Like” Xoom on Facebook. If you already “like” Xoom, the question page will be displayed.
  3. Post a comment to the question:  What do you miss most about tu tierra (your home country)?
  4. Complete the sweepstakes form and submit it by 11:59 PM PDT on Monday, September 30, 2013. Limit one entry per person.
  5. Winner(s) will be selected in a random drawing and will be notified via email with instructions on how to claim the prize.

For complete rules, visit: https://www.facebook.com/notes/xoom/reglas-oficiales-del-xoom-2013-hispanic-heritage-sweepstakes-xoom-2013-hispanic-/10151870470014721.

About Xoom
Xoom is a digital money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using a smartphone, tablet or computer. During the 12 month period ended June 30, 2013, Xoom’s more than 915,000 active customers sent more than $4.3 billion to family and friends in 30 countries. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at Xoom.com.

6
Sep

Celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana Participando en el Sorteo de Xoom

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Cuéntanos qué es lo que más extrañas de tu tierra y tendrás la oportunidad de ganar uno de tres premios de $1000 en efectivo durante la celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana de Xoom.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 6 de septiembre de 2013 –Septiembre es el Mes de la Herencia Hispana y este año Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), un proveedor digital líder en transferencias de dinero, le está dando a sus clientes aun más razones para celebrar con un sorteo.

Cómo participar:

  1. Visita la página de Facebook de Xoom y haz clic en la página de sorteos: https://www.facebook.com/Xoom/app_159937697536889.
    (Nota: La página de sorteos no está disponible en los dispositivos móviles).
  2. Haz clic en “Me Gusta” en Facebook. Si ya lo hiciste, pasarás directo a la página de preguntas.
  3. Ingresa tu respuesta a la pregunta: ¿Qué es lo que más extrañas de tu tierra (tu país de origen)?
  4. Llena el formulario de inscripción del sorteo y envíalo antes de las 11:59 PM hora de verano del Pacífico el lunes, 30 de septiembre de 2013. Límite de una participación por persona.
  5. El/los ganador/es será/n seleccionado/s en un sorteo al azar y será/n anunciado/s por correo electrónico y le enviaremos instrucciones sobre cómo canjear el premio el o alrededor del 1 de octubre de 2013.

Para ver las reglas completas, visita: https://www.facebook.com/notes/xoom/reglas-oficiales-del-xoom-2013-hispanic-heritage-sweepstakes-xoom-2013-hispanic-/10151870470014721

Acerca de Xoom
Xoom es un proveedor digital de transferencias de dinero, cuyo enfoque es ayudar a los clientes a enviar dinero de forma segura, rápida y económica utilizando un teléfono inteligente, una tableta o una computadora. Durante el periodo de 12 meses que finalizó el 30 de junio de 2013, los más de 915,000 clientes activos de Xoom enviaron más de $4.3 mil millones a sus familiares y amigos en 30 países. La compañía tiene su sede en San Francisco y puede ser encontrada en línea en Xoom.com.

6
Sep

The Heat Will Definitely be on Today in Barranquilla

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The heat will definitely be on today in Barranquilla, Colombia, where the latest round of World Cup Qualifying pits Colombia against Ecuador – both teams on the verge of earning the points needed to automatically qualify with only two more games remaining.

In hot and humid Estadio Metropolitano, Colombia can fire up the crowd with a victory that would leave it only one point short of the 27-point level that has usually guaranteed teams qualification from the South American Confederation (CONMEBOL).

And there’s an added bonus for fans.  You can get your official Colombia adidas soccer jersey for free with your first Xoom money transfer of $150 or more.

So far in the qualifying, Colombia has 23 points, Ecuador has 21 points, and a victory by either team would take some of the pressure off their remaining games in qualifying.  Argentina leads the eight-team group with 26 points.

Chances are it’s not going to be easy for either team.  Colombia’s star forward, Radamel Falcao, 27, is questionable because he sprained his right ankle Sunday in a game playing for AS Monaco against Marseille.  Jackson Martinez will probably fill in if Falcao is unable to play.  Ecuador’s top striker, 27-year-old Christian Benitez, passed away July 29 because of heart failure in Doha, Qatar.  He was a member of El Jaish Sports Club of the Qatar Stars League.

This is the fifth meeting between Colombia and Ecuador in the first round of  World Cup qualifying in the last 13 years. Ecuador won the last one, 1-0, in 2012 while Colombia won, 2-0, in 2009.  The other two were 0-0 draws.

20
Aug

Donate to Philippine Flood Victims with Xoom

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Xoom to donate 100% of money transfer fees for all donations sent to the Philippine Red Cross August 20-31, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA August 20, 2013Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, has announced that it will donate 100% of money transfer fees for all donations sent to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Xoom.com from August 20-31, 2013.  Customers can visit  Xoom.com/philippines to send a donation directly to PRC’s Peso bank accounts.

“The most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has triggered landslides and floods, affecting thousands of Filipinos and devastating many coastal provinces,” said Julian King, Xoom’s Senior Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development. “In support of our Filipino family and friends, Xoom is encouraging people to assist the Filipino community by donating to the Philippine Red Cross.”

To make a donation to the PRC with Xoom, customers can follow these steps:

Step 1 – Sign up for a Xoom.com account, or sign in to your existing Xoom account.

Step 2 – Select Bank Deposit as the way in which you would like the money received.

Step 3 – Enter the following:

Recipient Name  Philippine Red Cross (PRC)

(PRC) Bank Account Details The following Philippine Red Cross (PRC) bank account details will be needed at the time of the transaction and customers can enter either one of the following bank accounts to make their donation:

PRC Peso Account
Banco de Oro: 00-453-0018647
Metrobank:  151-3-041631228
Philippine National Bank: 3752-8350-0034
Unionbank: 1015-4000-0201

Enter Recipient Address and Phone Number
Philippine Red Cross
National Headquarters
Bonifacio Drive, Port Area
Manila 2803, Philippines
Phone Number:  527-0000

Note: In addition to the money transfer fee, Xoom may also generate revenue when it changes your dollars into a foreign currency.

About Xoom
Xoom is a digital money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using a smartphone, tablet or computer. During the 12 month period ended June 30, 2013, Xoom’s more than 915,000 active customers sent more than $4.3 billion to family and friends in 30 countries. Xoom is headquartered in San Francisco.

16
Aug

Celebrate India Independence by Entering Xoom’s Photo Sweepstakes

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Post a Photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag: #xoomindia with Xoom’s Times Square Video in the background

What
Xoom is celebrating India Independence with a video featuring India’s biggest superstar and Xoom brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan.  The Xoom video will appear on the Nasdaq Tower and Thomson Reuters screens in the heart of Times Square in New York City.  Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win $1000.

Details
People can post a photo or video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of themselves posing with the Xoom video display on the Nasdaq Tower or Thomson Reuters screens. Use the hashtag #xoomindia and qualify for a chance to win a $1000 cash prize. The photo can showcase Amitabh Bachchan’s Xoom video (or any Xoom advertisement) and posted no later than August 19, 2013, 11:59 PM (PDT). Read full terms and conditions.

When
Thursday, August 15 – Sunday, August 18, 2013; photos must be posted by Monday, August 19, 11:59 PM (PDT)

Who
Anyone can qualify – as long as they post a photo with a Xoom ad in the background ($1000 prize winner will be selected at random)

Where
Times Square, 43rd Street and Broadway, New York, NY or anywhere in the United States with a Xoom advertisement in the background

Event
Come join us as we light up Times Square to celebrate India Independence!

About Xoom
Xoom is a digital money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using a smartphone, tablet or computer. During the 12 month period ended June 30, 2013, Xoom’s more than 915,000 active customers sent more than $4.3 billion to family and friends in 30 countries. The company is headquartered in San Francisco.

 

13
Aug

Several plans exist for saving Manila Bay

Several plans exist for saving Manila Bay

Despite being one of the most polluted bodies of water in the Philippines, there is still hope among several organizations that Manila Bay can be saved, albeit under different circumstances.

A number of people working abroad send money back home to the nation, and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada believes that a new reclamation project for the bay has the potential to boost the economy and create new jobs, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The plan to turn 148 hectares into a commercial hub named "Solar City" was put in place before Estrada became mayor, but he still supports the proposal and believes it can work.

"What would be my reason to go against it?" Estrada told the news source. "It will provide jobs and income for the city. I want to attract investors to Manila."

The reclamation project hit a bump in the road when environmental advocates spoke out against the plan, but in 2011 the Manila city council authorized the mayor to move forward with the proposal, the news source noted.

However, multiple environmental groups have an alternate solution for Manila Bay, and these other ideas might be a reason why some are against the reclamation project.

Instead of converting the body of water into a commercial center, Greenpeace and scientists from the University of the Philippines believe it can be cleaned, according to Philstar.com.

"With strong political will, the comprehensive rehabilitation of Manila Bay is not impossible," said Greenpeace southeast Asia oceans campaigner Vince Cinches. "Government agencies and local government units should not lose sight of fulfilling this goal."

People who send money with an online money transfer can help the Filipino economy, and Greenpeace believes that the pollution of Manila Bay is actually costing the city money.

In turn, there are significant profits to be gained from cleaning the water around Manila. Recent economic valuation estimated more than P5 billion earned from aquaculture and P2 billion from tourism in the area, according to Philstar.com.