How to Send Money from Gcash to Your UnionBank Account

Can I transfer money from my Gcash to my UnionBank account. The answer is yes, you absolutely can. And it's actually very easy. The process takes just a few steps and a few minutes of your time. It's an easy and efficient way to cash out your Gcash funds. Once the money has been transferred to your UnionBank account, you can withdraw the funds from any ATM with your UnionBank debit card.

Here are the steps on how to transfer money from Gcash to UnionBank:

1. Log into your Gcash account through the app.
2. In the homepage, press the "Bank Transfer" option.
3. Select UnionBank from the listed partner banks.
4. Enter the amount you want to transfer. Keep in mind that the maximum amount of cash you can transfer from Gcash to UnionBank is 50,000 pesos. Your transfer should not exceed this account.
5. Enter your bank details (Account Name, Account Number). Double check these before you continue.
6. Enter your email address. The app will send a digital copy of your receipt to the email address you entered. Don't worry, this is an optional step which means you don't have to divulge your email.
7. Press the Send Money button.

That's it. You are good to go. The amount you transferred should reflect in your UnionBank account in real time or in just a few minutes. Of course, you will also receive an SMS in your smartphone with the details of the transaction.

Is there a transfer fee or transaction fee when you send money from Gcash to UnionBank. Yes. Gcash refers to this collected amount as convenience fee. But don't worry because it's not that high. You will charged 15 pesos per transaction. I repeat, per transaction. That means that if you transfer twice successively, you will be charged 30 pesos (15 x 2). With that said, as much as possible, try to transfer all the funds you need in a single transaction to save on fees.

Here's an example of the SMS you will receive as confirmation that your Gcash funds have been transferred to your UnionBank account:

"You have sent PHP 3000 of Gcash on 2021-Aug-03 to UnionBank of the Philippines account ending in 0532. Convenience fee for this transaction is PHP 15. Your new balance is PHP 55 with Gcash Ref. No. 1234567899874 and InstaPay Trace No. 123456. Thank you for using Gcash."

Why You Should Send Money from Gcash to UnionBank

1. It's very easy to do and it's very convenient. As I mentioned earlier, it's just a few steps and will take a minute or two of your time. You have very little to lose.

2. It's a great way to easily replenish your UnionBank account. If you are looking for an easy source of funds for your bank account without too much hassle, transferring via Gcash is the way to go. For example, you are shopping online and you need to pay via your UnionBank card but you have short funds, you can easily send funds to it via Gcash. The funds are transferred in real time.

3. The transaction fee is very minimal. It's only 15 pesos per transaction. And remember that you can transfer funds at a maximum of 50,000 pesos. 

Facebook Ads Account in Grace Period: How to Resolve the Issue

If Facebook is unable to charge and collect your payment for your ads at the end of the month, your Facebook Ads account will be placed under "In Grace Period". If you open the Facebook Ads app in your smartphone and press on the hamburger button, it says right there that your account is "In Grace Period". The only reason this happens is if you are unable to pay for your outstanding balance. 

If you go to Billing, there's a payment due notification there that says "We could not process your payment. Pay the amount due to keep your ads running." In other times, the notification says this: "We were unable to charge your ad account using __________ because you may have reached your card limit. Please add a new payment method or pay your card balance and try charging it again."

If you open your Ads account through a desktop browser, the "In Grace Period" tag isn't there. Your account only says that you have an outstanding balance and that you should pay for it immediately. 

An account being placed under "In Grace Period" is understandable. You have to pay for your outstanding balance before you are able to create another ad. But there's a problem that a lot of advertisers face when it comes to resolving this issue. Many of them get stuck "In Grace Period" despite paying for the outstanding balance. 

What's worse is that when you settle your balance, a notification will say that the payment went through but your outstanding balance still remains. It doesn't matter if you pay for the balance through the Ads app or through a desktop browser. The account keeps reverting back to one with an unpaid balance. It's very frustrating to say the least.

When I encountered this problem, I tried paying for the balance several times. I use three payment methods and I tried to pay for the balance using all of them but to no avail. My payment is not reflecting at all in my account. It just keeps on saying that I have a payment due.

The big question now is this. How do you resolve the issue? How do you make the "In Grace Period" tag go away?

I paid for my balance via PayPal and this was the message that I received: "Your PayPal (________) was successfully charged. It may take up to five minutes for this change to be visible on your account. You can now create new ads and any existing ads will start running again."

I waited for 5 minutes, an hour, a day. But the payment is still not reflecting in my account. 

Still clueless as to what the problem is, I consulted with Google. A lot of page owners and advertisers are having the same problems and issues. Solutions vary but these are the most common ones:

Ways on How to Fix and Resolve Your Facebook Ads Account That is "In Grace Period"

1. Submit a support ticket. This is the first thing you should do. Facebook Support can be very unreliable but you never know. Some users say their problems get fixed immediately, others say it took days to even receive a response, and some say they never heard back from Facebook. Nevertheless, submit a support ticket. It will take just a couple minutes of your time.

To submit a payment support ticket on the Ads smartphone app, go to the Main Menu, press Billing, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and press Get Payment Support. From there, just follow the prompts.

2. Try paying again for you balance. On the app, go to Billing, press, Pay Now, and finish the transaction. If this doesn't work, try repeating the process. Some users say their payments went through after the second or third attempt. 

If your payment is still not reflected, try waiting for 24 hours. Check on your ad account the next day if the payment went through.

3. Try adding another payment method. There's a good chance that the problem is not with Facebook but with your payment method. The good thing is that Facebook allows several payment methods at once. This means that if your primary payment method doesn't work, it will try to charge your other payment methods. 

So add another payment method to your account and try paying again for your outstanding balance. 

4. Try deleting your primary payment method then add it back again. Then tray paying for your balance. Many users say this worked for them and it immediately removed the "In Grace Period" tag. For example, if your primary payment method is PayPal, delete PayPal as a payment method then add it back. Then go through the payment process all over again.

Romeo Catacutan: a Businessman from Pampanga Making Waves on TikTok

Romeo Catacutan is a business owner based in Pampanga who has a huge following on the social media site TikTok. As of this writing, he already has nearly 350,000 active and avid followers. That number will surely grow in leaps and bounds as he continues to upload interesting short videos about his daily life and about his various business ventures within Pampanga.

The videos that Romeo Catacutan uploads are usually snippets of himself as he runs his businesses most especially his farm where he has poultries and fisheries. He usually records himself as he goes around his farms but a lot of his videos are also taken by someone. Probably a videographer he hired ( he can obviously afford a personal videographer) or one of his employees he instructed to take videos of him.

The videos are simple, direct, and random. That's what makes them very interesting. It gives people a chance to look into the daily life of a wealthy owner of a huge and profitable farm. One moment, Catacutan is enjoying a breakfast of eggs, sinigang, and fish. The next moment he's at one of the fisheries casting nets and dragging in schools of fresh fish.

Not only does Catacutan shows life at the farm but he also goes into the nuances of running a successful farm business. Farm owners or entrepreneurs planning to go into farming should watch Catacutan and learn from how he runs his business. The videos may be random and short but there's a lot of business lessons that can be learned from them. 

Based on the videos, it seems like Catacutan nearly works full-time or at least dedicate most of his time at his farm. His uploads on TikTok are quite fast and regular. Sometimes, he even posts several videos a day. 

Aside from his videos of life at his farm, Catacutan doesn't talk much about the financial side of his businesses. For example, he doesn't talk about his net worth. However, it's understandable that he doesn't talk about these. After all, these are sensitive business and financial information. Not everything should be divulged on social media. 

Watching his videos, anyone can see that Romeo Catacutan is a humble and caring business owner. You can see that in the ways he treats his workers and employees. He often takes videos of himself cooking for his workers. That's admirable and that's one of the reasons why thousands of Filipinos find him endearing so they follow him on TikTok.

In some of his videos, Catacutan showed that he also owns and operates a resort somewhere in Pampanga. 

In short, Romeo Catacutan is a very interesting fellow. His videos are worth watching and you can learn a lot of business lessons from them - from the way he runs his poultries and fisheries to the way he treats his employees. He's a very inspiring man, to say the least. The guy should write a Romeo Catacutan biography. It will be interesting to learn how he built his businesses and turn himself into a very wealthy man. Now that's a book I'd read in a heartbeat. 

If you perform a Google search for Romeo Catacutan, there's not much information out there about him. He also doesn't have a Wikipedia page. That might change sooner or later as his popularity continues to grow courtesy of his sizable following on TikTok.

Back to Bataan: Classic Movie Starring John Wayne and Anthony Quinn as Capt. Andres Bonifacio

Back to Bataan is a war film released in 1945 and starred John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Beulah Bondi, Fely Franquelli, Richard Loo, and Lawrence Tierney. It was directed by Edward Dmytryk from a screenplay written by Ben Barzman and Richard H. Landau. It had the working title The Invisible Army.

There are several very interesting things I found out while doing research about this war film from the 1940s but there are three tidbits of information that stood out. One, filming occurred while the war in the Pacific was in full force. War news from the frontlines were rapidly changing so the production had to rewrite the script several times to keep up with the changing landscape of the war. Because of these rewrites and the corresponding delays, shooting took 130 days or 4 months and change.

Another very interesting trivia about the film is that it had Anthony Quinn as John Wayne's co-star. Quinn played a character named Andres Bonifacio, a Captain in the Allied army. Just like you, the first thing that came to my mind when I read that was that there was no way this character is Andres Bonifacio, the national hero. The timeline simply doesn't jive. Well, he wasn't. In the movie, the character Andres Bonifacio is the supposed grandson of Andres Bonifacio. There solves the mystery.

As I mentioned earlier, shooting for Back to Bataan happened while the war in the Pacific is ongoing. In fact, two-thirds of the way through filming, the invasion of the Philippines by American forces occurred. This was marked by General Douglas McArthur's arrival in Leyte.

Don't watch this film and expect it to be an accurate depiction of what happened in Bataan in the Philippines during the war. It's highly recommended that you read well-researched books about the Bataan Death March for a clearer picture of what actually happened there.

Back to Bataan movie poster featuring John Wayne and Anthony Quinn.

Back to Bataan trivia:
1. The opening credits for the movie featured actual footage of prisoners-of-war who were freed from a prison camp in Cabanatuan on January 30, 1945.
2. Before the start of the film, an onscreen prologue states, "This story was not invented. The events you are about to see are based on actual events. The characters are based on actual people."
3. A technical advisor for the movie was the commander of the U.S. Infantry Philippine Scouts.
4. John Wayne who played the lead and Robert Fellows, a producer, opposed making Wayne's character the hero. They argued that a Filipino character should be the film's hero. However, the final film had Wayne's character as the main hero.
5. The film made $2,490,000 at the box office. 

The Best Books About the Bataan Death March in the Philippines

Undefeated (America's Heroic Fight for Bataan and Corregidor), 2012
by Bill Sloan

Tears in the Darkness (The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath), 2010
by Michael Norman and Elizabeth Norman

Bataan Death March (A Survivor's Account), 1944
Previously titled The Dyess Story (The Eye-Witness Account of the Death March from Bataan and the Narrative of Experiences in Japanese Prison Camps and of Eventual Escape)
by Lt. Col. William E. Dyess

When it comes to history books (especially ones about wars and violent conflicts), it's always a good idea to read first those written by men and women who actually experienced the wars and conflicts being talked about in the book. This is what makes this book special and a must-read for history buffs. It was written by someone who actually was there and participated in the infamous march. 

Dyess was shipped to Manila in the spring of 1941 as an army pilot. The young Texan was among those captured when the combines American and Filipino forces surrendered to the Japanese army. In a daring attempt to achieve freedom, Dyess escaped from his POW camp and made it back to the United States. He was among those who first brought home actual reports about the unimaginable suffering experienced by Filipino and American soldiers during the Bataan Death March. 

Historical articles about the Bataan Death March are often too neutral and devoid of sympathy. They usually list the numbers and statistics of the wars. In his book, Dyess gives these statistics their well-deserved humanity. He puts faces to the thousands who suffered and died during and after the march. 

Ghost Soldiers (The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission), 2001
by Hampton Sides

My Hitch in Hell (The Bataan Death March), 1995
by Lester I. Tenney

Bataan (The March of Death), 1962
by Stanley L. Falk

Inside the Bataan Death March (Defeat, Travail, and Memory), 2014
by Kevin C. Murphy

Philippines' Resistance (The Last Allied Stronghold in the Pacific)
by Stacey Anne Baterina Salinas and Klytie Xu

I Was on Corregidor (Experiences of an American Official's Wife in the War-Torn Philippines), 1943
by Amea Willoughby

We Band of Angels, 1999
by Elizabeth Norman

Never Plan Tomorrow, 1992
by Joseph A. Petak

Doomed Horsemen of Bataan, 2016
by Raymond G. Woolfe

The Battle of Bataan, 1992
by Donald J. Young

Bataan, Our Last Ditch: The Bataan Campaign, 1942, 1990
by John W. Whitman

General Wainwright's Story, 1970
by Jonathan M. Wainwright

The Fall of the Philippines, 2016
by Louis Morton

The Naked Flagpole, 1980
by Richard C. Mallonee

The Battle of Bataan: America's Greatest Defeat, 1969
by Robert Conroy

Outnumbered, Outgunned, Undeterred: Twenty Battles Against All Odds, 2011
by Rob Johnson

The Reckoning
by John Grisham 

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