Duty Free Philippines and UnionPay launch new rewards programme

By Andrew Pentol |


Left-right: DFPC Deputy COO Bernardine Belmonte, DFPC COO Vicente Pelagio A. Angala, General Manager for UnionPay International Southeast Asia Mr Wenhui Yang and Country General Manager Zhang Qing.

Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with UnionPay to officially launch a new rewards programme featuring special discounts at all DFPC stores nationwide.

DFPC Chief Operating Officer Vicente Pelagio Angala and General Manager for UnionPay International Southeast Asia Mr Wenhui Yang acted as signatories to the MoA which was signed at the Duty Free Luxe in Pasay City.

Under the terms of the agreement, all UnionPay credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued outside the Philippines will be entitled to rewards. Rewards include $50 off each receipt of $300 or above, $6 off for a single-time purchase of $200 to $299.99, $2 off for a single-time purchase of $100 to $199.99 and $1 off for a single-time purchase of less than $100. The promotion will run until 15 February 2020.

Angala said: “As China becomes the biggest contributor to world tourism, we sincerely welcome and acknowledge this memorandum as a significant step forward.”

He added: “Duty Free Philippines’ shops have become a must-see destination for tourists during their travel and as we target increased market share, we make sure that we keep up with the trends in this fast-paced market to meet the needs of our customers.”


Wenhui Yang said: “We are delighted to be partnering Duty Free Philippines once again to offer UnionPay Cardholders one of the most attractive discounts at DFP stores nationwide. We at UnionPay are constantly looking at ways to enhance cardholders’ payment experience by providing greater convenience, payment security and exclusive privileges.”

“UnionPay now serves the world’s largest cardholder base of over 8 billion cards worldwide and spending from Chinese tourists in the Philippines jumped 71% for the first 10 months in 2019, comparing to the same period last year. I am optimistic that this partnership will spur spending, especially during the year end peak travel season,” he added.

Data from the Department of Tourism showed that about 1.36 million Chinese tourists have visited the Philippines in the first nine months of 2019.


The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with UnionPay was signed at the Duty Free Luxe store in Pasay City.



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