American Express Shop Small

BDO and American Express Support Local Businesses

Bringing Shop Small to the Philippines for the First Time


Manila, Philippines, 15 March 2021 – BDO and its partner American Express, are coming together to support local businesses; those hit hardest by the pandemic. Through this partnership, American Express is bringing its global Shop Small movement to the Philippines.


To encourage shoppers to show their love for local businesses, BDO and American Express are launching a special Shop Small offer of 5x Rewards* for purchases made at participating Shop Small merchants using BDO-issued American Express Cards from March 15 to June 30, 2021.


With over 1,000 merchant locations, ranging from retail shops, restaurants and specialty stores, reward points earned can be used to redeem a reward of choice from a selection of gift certificates, gadgets, appliance, air miles and more.


“Together with BDO, we are bringing Shop Small to the Philippines to lend our support to local businesses. They are such an important part of our lives, and they have been particularly affected by the pandemic,” said Sanjiv Malhotra, Vice President and General Manager, Global Network Services, South East Asia and South Pacific, American Express. “We want to play our part to support them and we hope our Shop Small movement encourages everyone to support their local businesses.”


Started in 2010 in the United States, American Express’ Shop Small is a movement to celebrate the contributions local businesses make to their communities and the economy, and to encourage shoppers to support them. Since then, it has been introduced in countries around the world including Singapore, Australia, the UK, India and Japan.


“Shop Small is one of the ways we can support local businesses in the country,” said Ma. Nannette R. Regala, BDO Senior Vice President and Consumer Banking Marketing Head. “With this initiative, we’re encouraging Filipino shoppers to do their share and help small and medium enterprises bounce back. Every spend can help make a difference.”


To learn more about the Shop Small movement and view the complete list of partner merchants, visit


*Terms & Conditions apply.


About BDO

BDO is a full-service universal bank that provides a wide range of corporate and retail banking services. These services include traditional loan and deposit products, as well as treasury, trust banking, investment banking, private banking, rural banking, cash management, leasing and finance, remittance, insurance, retail cash cards, credit card services, and stock brokerage services.


BDO has one of the largest distribution networks, with over 1,400 consolidated operating branches and more than 4,400 ATMs nationwide. It also has 18 overseas remittance and representative offices (including full-service branches in Hong Kong and Singapore) in Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.


In the credit card industry, BDO issues the most brands in the country, including corporate and co-branded cards.


The bank likewise dominates the merchant acquiring business in the Philippines with BDO Point-of-Sale terminals being the only one capable of accepting seven (7) credit card brands and all locally-issued ATM/Debit cards. Services offered to merchants include Online/Digital Solutions and other payment wallets to provide convenience and alternative payment channel options.


For more information, please visit


BDO Unibank Inc.
Liza M. Montajes
Consumer Banking Group – Marketing Services & Operations Head
Tel: (02) 8667-1679


About Shop Small

Shop Small is a movement founded by American Express to ignite passion for small and local businesses, call attention to the valuable contributions they make to their communities and the economy and encourage shoppers to support them. Learn more at



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American Express
Michele Batchelor
Head, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Southeast Asia
Tel: +65 6864 9050