Saving And Preparing For My Children's Education

Back when my brothers and I were still studying, I would never think about how hard my parents had w...

Back when my brothers and I were still studying, I would never think about how hard my parents had worked to send all four of us to good schools.

Shameless Grade school graduation picture!
 Now that I'm a mother of two studying boys, I realize how financially preparing for education is important.  True, there may be a lot of affordable schools, but quality education is an investment, something we as parents ought to save for.

I remember my mom saying to me, "Ito ang pinakamamana namin sa inyo.  No one can look down on you if you finish your studies."  Forward to today, YES, totoo lahat ng sinabi ng mga magulang ko.  I can actually hear myself saying this to my first-born (the little one could not understand those phrases yet.)  Education is no doubt the best gift we could give to our children.
College graduation picture.
I am in my mid-30s and I have to keep on working to earn money and send my kids to good schools for another 16 years.  So that means I have no right to retire until I am in my mid-50s.  One couldn't blame me if sometimes I think of the worst case scenarios. What if something happens to me? What if I get sick? What if I become financially challenged due to disability?  How will I continue sending my children to the best schools to get the best education so they may fulfill their dreams in life?
My son Dandre is now a Grade 6 student.
This little one just started schooling this year.  He's in Kinder.
To answer this normal paranoia of parents like me, Manulife Philippines launched the Manulife Education Builder.  It is an education fund builder powered with life insurance which helps parents ensure quality education for their children.

I used to veer away from investments and insurances because I so wrongly thought they are just additional expenses which I wouldn't be able to use anyway.  Now I am very open to them, even though I keep on saying to myself, "I should have started earlier!"  But the important thing is I have started and have realized how important these are in building a good future for the kids and preparing for my retirement as well.

Here are other great features and benefits about the Manulife Education Builder:
  • It helps parents build education funds for their child through investments in professionally-managed funds.   
  • It also offers life insurance coverage, helping parents secure their children’s future, even in the event of unfortunate circumstances like death or disability.
  • It allows parents to choose whether the Annual Education Benefit will be paid out annually for 4 or 5 years, starting from the time their child reaches 18 years of age.
  • Parents can avail of an Education Rider that guarantees the Annual Education Benefit, while also providing their child with a pre-college allowance until he/she turns 18, in case of the parent's death or disability.
  • Parents may choose the amount and duration of payment that will enable them to build enough funds to cover the cost of their child’s college education.
According to Mr. Ryan Charland, President and CEO of Manulife Philippines, “With the rising cost of education, it is important to start saving for our children’s future early...It is equally important to ensure that they will receive quality education, no matter what happens. Manulife Education Builder allows parents to do that. With our new product, parents can build an education fund over time, while ensuring that their children will be cared for, should the unexpected happen.”

I couldn't agree more. We need to prepare early, save, and invest in our children's education and good future.  If ever you'd also be open to this, I would suggest to consider Education Builder, from one of the oldest and most trusted life insurance companies in the Philippines, Manulife.

To learn more about Manulife Education Builder, call Manulife Customer Care at (02) 884-7000 (for Metro Manila), or follow them on Twitter or visit www.manulife.com.ph. You may also contact a Manulife insurance advisor at any Manulife branch nationwide or e-mail phcustomercare@manulife.com.

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