MANILA, Philippines — Getting rich is a lifelong dream for many Filipinos. Just the idea of winning the jackpot and becoming an instant millionaire is enough to induce fantasies of taking it easy and living the good life.
Imagine if you manage to snag the P25 million grand prize of the Smart Amazing 25 promo. What are you going to do with it? What things and experiences can you buy with that amazing amount of money? This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime chance, so to help you decide, here are ten suggestions on where to spend that cool P25 million.
1. Robinson R44 Raven I helicopter (P19M)
The Robinson R44 Raven I. Photo from Robinsons Helicopter Company/www.robinsonheli.com
Late for your meeting? Beat the traffic and take to the skies aboard the four-seat Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter. The R44 has a two-bladed rotor system, T-bar cyclic, streamlined instrument panels and crashworthy bladder fuel tanks. A quick trip from Manila to Tagaytay that takes up to three hours via land is only less than 30 minutes by air. The R44 Raven I carries a base list price of $367,000 or roughly P19 million.
2. Penthouse condo unit (P13.5M and up)
Living the high life atop one of the tallest skyscrapers in an upscale locale has many benefits.
Living the high life atop one of the tallest skyscrapers in the upscale locale of Bonifacio Global City in Taguig has many benefits. In this coveted address, waking up high above the city skyline affords you the unparalleled convenience of having world-class schools, offices, parks and leisure activities almost at your doorstep. Unit sizes of penthouse condos may range from 108 square meters and up and can cost from P13.5 million or more.
3. Fast-food restaurant franchise (P12M and up)
Because fast-food and quick service restaurants are always in-demand, putting up your own fast-food franchised restaurant is a popular business idea.
Filipinos like food that is hot, quick and always on-the-go. And because fast-food and quick service restaurants are always in-demand, putting up your own fast-food franchised restaurant is a popular business idea. Franchise fees and minimum investment range starts from P12 million up to more than P20 million for any one of the top five most popular fast-food chains the country.
4. Gas station franchise (P3M and up)
People will always need gas so buying a gas station franchise can be a profitable decision.
Next to food, gas is the most basic need of any society. People will always need gas so buying a gas station franchise can be a profitable decision. To benefit from the popularity of top-name franchises carried by the big players of the oil industry, prospective investors must shell out P3 million to P9 million for a gas station franchise, depending on the size and location. The P25-million jackpot should be more than enough to acquire a couple of franchised gas stations under your name.
5. Flight to space (P10M per person)
Space flight company Blue Origin reportedly plans to start selling tickets in 2019 to send tourists on suborbital space flights. Photo from Blue Origin/www.blueorigin.com
In terms of ranking the ultimate travel destination, very few can come close to the experience of riding a rocket as a space tourist. Space flight company Blue Origin reportedly plans to start selling $200,000 to $300,000 tickets in 2019 to send tourists on 11-minute suborbital space flights. Meanwhile, Virgin Galactic has sold 650 tickets to space at about $250,000 a pop.
6. Tesla Model S (P3.5M)
Tesla has taken the lead and revolutionized the global electric vehicle market. Photo from Tesla/www.tesla.com
When it comes to posh electric cars, Tesla has taken the lead and revolutionized the global electric vehicle market. The company’s signature Model S is touted by many as one of the safest and quickest cars on the road —with industry-leading performance, range and storage. The Tesla Model S comes in at a starting price of $68,000 or roughly P3.5 million each. With a cool P25 million, you can afford seven of these, only you’ll have to wait once it’s available in the Philippines.
7. Acer Predator 21x (P549,000)
When it comes to pricey and ripped gaming laptops, only one name reigns supreme, the Ace Preadator 21x. Photo from Acer/www.acer.com
When it comes to pricey and ripped gaming laptops, only one name reigns supreme. The Acer Predator 21x is Acer’s biggest and most powerful gaming laptop yet, packing dual GTX 1080 graphics cards in SLI feeding a 21-inch, curved, ultra wide display. The Acer Predator 21x costs a whopping P549,999 each and is limited to only 300 units.
8. Imperial Residence, Sofitel Philippine Plaza (P300,000 a night)
The luxe Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila currently holds the record for having the most expensive hotel accommodation in the country: the prestigious Imperial Residence. Photo from Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila/www.sofitelmanila.com
The luxe Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila currently holds the record for having the most expensive hotel accommodation in the country: the prestigious Imperial Residence, yours for P300,000 a night. It’s a 6,200-square feet suite built with five bedrooms, private office, maid’s quarters, expansive living and dining areas, 180-degree view of the city, lounge privileges, personal gym and complimentary use of the helipad.
9. Eastern Europe pilgrimage tour (P220,000 per person)
Take the entire family to an immersive cultural experience as you travel in 11 key destinations of Eastern Europe.
Why not take the entire family to an immersive cultural experience as you travel in 11 key destinations of Eastern Europe. During this 16-day tour, go to Berlin, then Dresden, Salzburg, Bled, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow, Czestochowa and finally, Warsaw. It costs around $4188 or P220K per person, which isn’t much compared to the small fortune of the jackpot prize.
10. Latest flagship phones (P50,000 to P90,000)
Cutting edge tech doesn’t come cheap of course, as these highest spec phones costs P50,000 and above apiece.
Several current flagship offerings from well-known brands such as the Apple iPhone XS Max Samsung Note 9, Huawei Mate RS Porsche, all offer top-of-the-line specs: rich displays, updated chipsets, upgraded cameras, premium build quality, high IP (or Ingress Protection) ratings, wireless charging and AI support. Cutting edge tech doesn’t come cheap of course, as these highest spec phones costs P50,000 and above apiece. But hey, when you have P25M to spare, you can buy more than 250 pieces of these to give away to family, friends and relatives with many dozens more to spare. And what’s better is that you can enjoy these new smart phones with the country’s fastest LTE brought to you by Smart Communications.
Smart Amazing 25 raffle promo is open to all active Smart, Sun, and TNT subscribers. Aside from the P25 million cash grand prize, also up for grabs are brand new smartphones, MVP Rewards points, and free data to enjoy your favorite apps, videos, games and music.
To join, Smart, TNT, and Sun subscribers must first complete the one-time registration: Simply dial *121#, choose AMAZING 25 on the menu, and follow the steps to confirm your sign-up. Once registered, you can start earning and accumulating raffle entries for a shot at winning amazing prizes.
To know more about Smart Amazing 25 raffle promo, visit www.smart.com.ph/amazing25 and follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications ), Twitter and Instagram (@livesmart).