First Posted 10:02:00 09/20/2007

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San Francisco, CA ? As part of its national expansion efforts and objective to continually find new ways to serve the needs of the Filipino American community, LBC Mabuhay USA (LBC USA) will start providing sea cargo services in the Chicago area starting October 2007.

LBC will be opening a sea cargo hub in Elk Grove, Illinois where a team of couriers can process the shipment of goody-filled ?balikbayan? boxes to the Philippines.

The Elk Grove facility will be LBC?s 60th branch in the U.S. In addition to its branches in the mainland U.S., the company also has branches in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and Canada.

During the introductory period, LBC is offering a special introductory rate of as low as $35 for the shipment of ?balikbayan? boxes to the Philippines from Chicago.

Unrivalled service
Hugo Bonilla, president and CEO for LBC USA, is confident that the company?s new team in Elk Grove can adequately meet the high standards of Filipinos in the Midwest when it comes to delivering their balikbayan boxes to the Philippines.

?LBC?s unrivalled quality of service across the U.S. will be the same standard in Chicago. In LBC, we take pride in the high level of service our customers receive. Our customers can rely on LBC to deliver their boxes on time and safely,? Mr. Bonilla said.

Trust, respect
?The decision of LBC USA to open a facility in Chicago and offer sea cargo services there is rooted in the company?s mission to effectively serve the needs of Filipinos abroad. We hope that with our services we can ease the challenges met by Filipino immigrants who have been separated from their families and loved ones in the Philippines,? said Patricia Garcia, marketing director for LBC USA.

As proven in its track record, LBC gives importance to every customer who has come to trust its services all these years. ?We know that overseas Filipinos work hard for what they send back home. We respect and value their hard work by ensuring that what they send to the Philippines reach their loved ones safely,? she added.

Community outreach
The company also expects to be a significant part of the Filipino community in Chicago area through its LBC Foundation. The foundation will be working closely with Filipino American organizations in the area on several projects that will benefit community members.

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