Wells Fargo to greet customers with ‘ensaimadas’ and folk dancers June 12
SAN FRANCISCO — A “surprise and delight” campaign will greet Wells Fargo customers at three San Francisco Bay Area banking stores in celebration of Philippine Independence Day on Friday, June 12.
People at each event will enjoy ensaimadas pastry, courtesy of House of Silvanas, a local small business. Customers will be entertained by Parangal Dance Company, a troupe of Philippine folk dancers. Wells Fargo will provide information about ExpressSend remittance services to the Philippines.
“Surprise and delight” will be at the following sites:
- San Francisco, CA (4648 Mission Street) 12:30 p.m.
- Daly City, CA (601 Westlake Center) 1:10 p.m.
- Daly City, CA (135 Serramonte Center) 1:45 p.m.
The Bay Area is home to a sizeable Filipino population. In 2014, Wells Fargo celebrated 20 years of serving the remittance needs of the Filipino community in the U.S. Filipinos can learn about ExpressSend at the events.
Mark Ng, the Bay Area’s regional marketing manager for Wells Fargo and a native of the Philippines, says, “As the Bay Area and the U.S. become increasingly diverse, we want to demonstrate to our customers that ‘we know and understand you.’ We are excited to celebrate this important day with our Filipino customers.”
“We are honored to celebrate Kalayaan or Philippine Independence with Wells Fargo. We are glad to showcase the rich heritage of the Philippines through attire, music, and dance,” said Eric Solano, artistic director for Parangal Dance Company.
Wells Fargo opened an office in the Philippines in 1901 to handle money, valuables and goods by sea. In 1918, Wells Fargo’s worldwide express business ended, but banking services continued with foreign correspondent connections to Asia.
In 1976, Wells Fargo’s Global Financial Institution (GFI) business began providing trade, payments, deposits, credit and other banking solutions to customers in the country.
In September 2014, Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III met with Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf in San Francisco to review the long history and discuss future opportunities between the company and the Philippines, including the search for additional office space in Manila.
Today, in addition to the GFI business, Wells Fargo has 1,500 team members providing global customer service and other activities from the Philippines.
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