Broker bounces back from pandemic woes with Shell's P1 million prize

One’s situation can shift from hardship to happiness in a blink of an eye. In the case of Juan Ardales, the winner of Shell’s Spin for Great Journeys, the good news came through a phone call which he almost did not pick up. The Shell representative at the other end of the line told him that he had just won P1 million -- a great way to start 2021.

Broker bounces back from pandemic woes with Shell's P1 million prize

Just like everyone else, 2020 was a rough year for Ardales. He got hit hard by the pandemic, especially since he was in the real estate business working as a freelance broker. Amid all the uncertainties faced by the market, Ardales was not just losing prospective buyers, he was not getting any at all.

“Nung nagkaroon ng pandemic, may mga buyers na ako na naka-schedule na sa contract signing. Nag-withdraw lahat sila,” he recalled.

It was a far cry from the pre-pandemic business boom when real estate property was being bought up like hot pan de sal.

Recovering from the setbacks he experienced was quite a challenge, especially since he has a wife and two kids to feed.

This pushed him to try his luck at the Shell Spin for Great Journeys raffle promo. While doubtful he would win anything, seeing the grand prizes gave him hope for a better future.

He almost missed the golden call as he initially did not answer his phone when the Pilipinas Shell team reached out to him. He eventually picked up the phone and was informed of his P1 million cash prize.

Ardales said he is very thankful to Shell, especially to the station where he made his winning purchase– at Shell C5 Heritage.

“Actually, yung Shell gas station na ‘yon, ever since nag-open sila, regular talaga akong nagpapagas doon," he said.

He said he will use his cash prize to pay his living expenses, while the rest will be put into investments.

Shell, which has always advocated for helping Filipino communities, came up with the promo with an aim to assis Filipinos who were affected by the pandemic.

“Ang pinag-isipan po namin, ano ang mga pangangailangan ng Pilipino? Una, ang pangangailangan nilang makapag-aral sa bahay. Kaya may laptop. Pangalawa, matulungan sila in terms of livelihood. Kaya may cash prize. Pangatlo, naghahanap ng way of transportation. Kaya may kotse,” said Arvin Obmerga, Shell's Head of Marketing

Shell’s ‘Spin for Great Journeys’ raffle promo will run until January 31, 2021. For a minimum single receipt spend of at least P500 on Shell fuels, P250 on Shell lubricants, or P250 on Shell SELECT products from participating Shell stations, customers will get to spin a digital wheel. Prizes include a laptop, Shell Go+ Points, Shell Car Care Items, a brand new Hyundai Kona, and P1 millon.

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Topics: Shell , Spin for Great Journeys , Juan Ardales , Pilipinas Shell team
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