As per Wikipedia:
"A balikbayan box (literally "repatriate box") is a corrugated box containing items sent by overseas Filipinos (known as "balikbayan's"). Though often shipped by freight forwarders specializing in balikbayan boxes by sea, such boxes can be brought by Filipinos returning to the Philippines by air."
I know many immigrants send money back to their home countries to support relatives, but didn't realize there were businesses set up especially for sending boxes back.
When we first came to Canada we used to send gifts via mail for all special occasions. However due to the rising price of shipping I don't do that very often now, I tend to order online and ship directly from the UK. However I did send a package over to my mother last Wednesday and she got it in Britain on Saturday morning. Fast or what!
So this was my new thing I learned about on Monday. Always good to start your week off by learning something new, right?