Luggage or balikbayan boxes

I just accompanied a friend of mine to the mall in search for a luggage. She is going home to the Philippines for the first time after 15 years. She's contemplating whether to use balikbayan boxes or luggage.

After going from one store to the next, she finally decided to buy a Samsonite luggage online. It’s way cheaper than the prices in store even if you add the delivery charges.