Bianca Gonzalez, Manulife cite importance of saving for daughter’s college education

March 7, 2018 - 9:29 PM
Bianca Gonzalez-Intal and daughter Lucia

Manulife Philippines is partnering with celebrity mom Bianca Gonzalez-Intal to educate parents about saving for their children’s college education with GradMaker, a mobile application that offers flexible and convenient investing with just a few clicks.

Even though her daughter is only two years old, the TV host, author and social media personality knows she needs to start saving now to give her child a good education.

“My husband and I were looking at tuition fees and it’s sort of crazy how high they will be by the time our daughter enters university,” Gonzalez-Intal said. “It made us want to start saving and investing for that right away, so I’m happy Manulife launched GradMaker. It gives parents like us a convenient way to prepare for our children’s college education.”

GradMaker, launched in January 2018, is designed for parents who may be too busy to meet with investment counselors or financial advisors. They can get started with just P10,000. Customers can buy policies anytime, subject to terms and conditions, and are not bound to a monthly payment schedule because they decide when to invest.

“Investing for your child’s college education does not need to be expensive or difficult,” said Ryan Charland, President and CEO of Manulife Philippines. “With GradMaker, Manulife wants to help parents like Bianca as they make plans to send their children to the schools of their choice.”

GradMaker invests in professionally managed funds of stocks and bonds to help customers achieve long-term growth. It also gives life insurance coverage of at least 125% of the customer’s single premium.

“It took me less than 15 minutes to sign up and make my first investment on GradMaker – all on my phone! It’s super simple and fast,” Gonzalez-Intal said. “So whether I’m at work or in traffic or at home, I can check on my investment, manage and pay with just a few clicks on my phone. It’s really something worth checking out.”

Customers can pay for policies online using their credit or debit card. GradMaker is a free download on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store for select Android and iOS devices.

For more information about GradMaker, visit