TeamAsia at 25: Looking back, moving forward

by Jeff Enriquez, Web Development Director

1They say that practical work and experience lead the young to maturity. That saying definitely came true for me when I crossed paths with TeamAsia.

It was July 9, 2004 when I received a call from one of my batchmates in University of the Philippines-Los Baños about a career opportunity. I was fresh out of school then, and with no work experience yet. She found out through Friendster (how old is that, eh?) that I was not yet employed, and she referred me to an Alabang-based company called TeamAsia. In retrospect, I honestly did not have any idea who TeamAsia was and what they did. But I decided to give it a shot.

I was hired as a Junior Web Developer under the Creative Department. My first few months consisted of maintaining the TeamAsia website, backing up files for my department, and creating a lot of eDM’s. I was the only web developer at that time. (A fun fact about TeamAsia: we were one of the first companies in the Philippines to have a company website back in the 90’s.)

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Going into my 13th year in TeamAsia—now as the IT and Web Development Director—here are glimpses of my journey and the milestones that I have achieved in the past years.

2005 —This is the year when I was regularized and first promoted, moving up from Junior Web Developer to Web Developer. This was the turning point when I realized that I had finally adjusted to the professional life, and that I was a good fit with TeamAsia. This was a huge deal for me because one of the biggest challenges I had faced was transitioning from the student to the professional life.

By this year I was able to contribute to the development of the TeamAsia website, I had worked on some Microsoft projects, and participated in events of clients such as Global Steel, Bayantrade and Microsoft as technical support.

32009 — Fast forward to this year when the Web Development team branched off from the Creative Department, I became the Web Development Director with one senior staff. Indeed, the practical work and experience that I gained from my past five years with TeamAsia led my young, fresh-out-of-school self to the maturity that I needed to possess to take on my new role as department director.

During my first months as director, I had to learn how to coordinate with the other departments on our processes. Aligning the Web Development Department’s plan with the company’s strategic plan also became a challenge. But with the help of my boss and mentor, the late Sir Mike Hamlin, I was able to overcome all these and learn new skills that I needed to accomplish my job effectively.

Our department was able to move beyond developing just the TeamAsia website to the website of our clients, such as ExcelAsia, International Outsourcing Summit, and Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP).

42010 — As TeamAsia found itself gathering more new clients and expanding its core services, the Web and MIS Departments were merged into one. In turn, this merger widened the scope of my responsibility. It was surely another challenge because it meant that my responsibility as director now went beyond my expertise. But with a team to back me up, we were able to streamline the processes, resulting in the elimination of redundant workload. I am proud to say that the Web Development Department became more productive, ready to cater and support the company’s internal requirements and its clients.

We had advanced the technologies we used for TeamAsia’s processes by utilizing Google Apps, moving some tools to cloud storage, and creating an online and on-site registration system for events.

5.png2012 to 2013 — These two years are certainly memorable for me because two members of the Web Development Department, Gary Aure and Darell Sapin, were promoted to Web Manager. Three other guys who completed our team were also hired during these years—Leo Halili, Marvin Desuasido and AC Esguerra.

I have always believed that as a leader, you should always bring out the best in your people. That is why I consider it a great achievement when I see my team growing professionally, gaining more knowledge in their fields, and being able to exercise their skills in their respective projects.

With our team of six we were able to improve our event technologies like mobile apps, audience response system, and tweetcasting. We had also begun adopting open source website platforms and creating website responsive design.

62016 — Moving to the new TeamAsia office proved to be a whole new challenge for our team. I certainly learned a lot from planning the logistics of our move to actually executing them. One moving mishap that I won’t forget anytime soon was when our IT supplier informed us that they will not be able to deliver the service we hired them for. It was definitely a cause for panic, but thankfully, we were able to switch to a new, reliable and cost-efficient supplier under a short amount of time.

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8People ask me why I chose to stay this long in one company. I will be lying if I said that leaving has never crossed my mind. But I chose—and I still choose—to stay because TeamAsia has become more than just a job to me. TeamAsia has become my family, which I have learned to love through ups and downs.

TeamAsia provided me with the best mentors back when I was still a fresh graduate with no work experience. They have given me opportunities to learn, to grow, and to lead. Most of all, they trusted me enough to challenge me with tasks that I honestly thought were impossible to accomplish—but I was proven wrong every time.

This year, as TeamAsia turns 25, I am confident that we will continue to come out strong as a seasoned independent IMC agency, full of bright people who are passionate about delivering the best out of each day.

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Eat Your Way Through Madrid Fusión Manila

By Kia Sta. Ana, Senior Account Executive

Join me as we discover and try out the different flavors of the Philippines (and the world) in Madrid Fusión Manila 2017!

This gastronomic event was held at the SMX Convention Center in Manila, Philippines on April 6 to 8, 2017. It was attended by world-renowned chefs who shared their expertise with fellow culinary connoisseurs in the Regional Lunches and the Fusión Manila International Gastronomy Expo. Entrepreneurs and regional exhibitors also participated in the three-day Gastronomy Expo, where foodies shared their mutual love for unique and delicious dishes.

Integrated marketing communications agency TeamAsia has been Madrid Fusión Manila’s digital sponsor—and one of its Expo exhibitors—for the past three years.

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Artist: LYFO
Release Date: March 4, 2017

 

Embodying the best of TeamAsia

By J Darell Sapin, Web Development Supervisor

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For the IT-Web department, the above saying is very true. Who would have known that the young man that unassumingly entered our office a few years back would be heralded as the best employee of our company and one of the most consequential additions to our team?

We started out as the Three Musketeers of the IT-Web Department. Sir Jeff, Gary, and I worked together to create award-winning websites that helped our clients meet their goals and share the story of the brand in the digital space. As time progressed, more and more companies approached us to create websites and mobile applications, and we realized the need to add more people to our team.

The first person added was Leo. He proved to be a great team member, showing a deep interest for the things we worked on while providing insight that led to successful projects. And just like before, we saw an influx of projects coming our way. Soon after, we came to the conclusion that we needed to expand the team once again.

This is where this story gets interesting.

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I remember it just like it was yesterday, we were still housed in our old office in Plaza B when three young applicants who were looking to fill a position within our Telemarketing team was spotted by our IT administrator then. He exchanged a few pleasantries and invited them to interview for a position with our department, the other two answered with courteous smiles, while one showed genuine interest for the opportunity.

He looked like this unassuming gawky teen. He shyly introduced himself as Marvin Desuasido. But this scraggly-looking teen blew me away with his deep knowledge and innate brilliance. He was humorous, honest, and very engaging. That convinced me that he’d be a perfect fit for our team.

The entire team agrees that we saw a spark within Marvin. But through his continuous effort to excel, he succeeded in fanning that spark into a flame.

He has an incessant drive to learn, a passion to serve, and an incredible drive towards professional growth. I believe that this is what sets Marvin apart. Quietly, he has shown excellence in everything he does. He has been a strong backbone for many events, activations, and even something as small as a conference call or a meeting. Marvin, without causing much noise, brought us to the next level experience.

I sincerely believe that all of this is what merited his latest recognition, being the TeamAsian of the Year.

Marvin has embodied the best of TeamAsia and for that he has made TeamAsia better.

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The IT&Web Department. (Clockwise: J Darell, Jeff, AC, Gary, Marvin, and Leo)

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MAHat3: Father of TeamAsia Celebrates His 3rd Birthday in Heaven

via Love in Pictures | Monette Hamlin.

Three years ago, we lost the father of TeamAsia. March 9, 2013 is a day none of us will forget, a day filled with immense sadness as we said goodbye to Michael Alan Hamlin, a second father for us here in the company.

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But though we still grieve his loss, we continue to be grateful that we met someone as wonderful as Sir Mike, or MAH as some would endearingly call him. Through an intimate mass celebrated with TeamAsia employees and officers, everyone remembered the greatness of MAH and his passion for life, family, and work.

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Not a day goes by without us remembering MAH, our mentor, leader, and friend. But the loss of Sir Mike is best articulated by our president, his partner, his wife, Ma’am Monette. Through her blog post Love in Pictures, Ma’am Monette shares the story behind the caricatures and movie posters that are lovingly displayed in the office of TeamAsia.

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Originally posted at monettehamlin.com
http://www.monettehamlin.com/2014/07/26/love-in-pictures/

TA Goes to The Chosen Children Village

By J Darell M. Sapin, Web Development Supervisor

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The marker that welcomes visitors to Chosen Children Village Foundation in Lalaan II, Silang, Cavite

It is always better to give than to receive – that has always been true to me since I started giving Christmas gifts to my godchildren. It just warms my heart to see the little angels’ faces light up.

It all started last July 2014 when our IT and Web Director, Jeff Enriquez and I talked about conducting our own CSR.  The first one I thought of was the Chosen Children Village Foundation (CCVF) since it has been very close to my heart since my first visit four years ago.

Last December 21, 2015, we gathered 20 boxes of donated Milk Magic products and set out for the Chosen Children Village Foundation (CCVF) in Lalaan II, Silang, Cavite.  AC and Marvin from the IT and Web Department, as well as Zyra, Ayen, and Teresa from the Experience Department accompanied me on the trip. We were greeted by the cool and refreshing climate of the place. It was entirely different from the hot weather in Alabang. We were given a brief background on how CCVF came to be and the success stories that have happened in the village. One of our new found friends, Charlie, suffered from hydrocephalus and a walking disorder as a child, but is now healthy and able to walk without crutches.

CCVF is a non-profit organization that aspires to provide a permanent home for abandoned, neglected, and surrendered children / adults who are mentally and physically challenged. For security purposes, we were not allowed to take solo pictures of the children. CCVF admits that the foundation provides early intervention to children between one to nine months old and those who cope with multifaceted delays. Through its adoption program, CCVF places children in permanent homes locally and even internationally. Children who don’t get adopted grow up in the village and are trained at The School for Chosen Children to maximize their potential to become productive members of society.

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(L-R) TeamAsia employee AC Esguerra, Chosen Children Village Foundation Executive Director, Ms. Che Naval, TeamAsia’s Ayen and Teresa, that’s me beside Marvin.

As our donations were unloaded, we were warmly greeted by Ms. Che Naval and her colleagues, the teens and young adults of CCVF as well.

We played a few games with them, namely basketball and volleyball. The CCVF team was very happy, and so were we.

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Ayen from TeamAsia’a Experience Department serving the ball.

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Marvin of TeamAsia’s IT and Web Department playing volleyball with the kids.

We were then given an hour to freshen up before dinner time. While we waited for dinner, TeamAsia visited the children in the different cottages within the village.

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Ayen and Teresa posing at the logo hedge of CCVF

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Marvin and AC posing at the logo hedge of CCVF

A bell rang that meant dinner was ready. We proceeded to the dining hall where we were greeted by the children. We saw the boxes of Milk Magic beside the gifts under the Christmas tree.

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The 20 boxes of Milk Magic products that have been donated by TeamAsia

CCVF welcomed us and thanked us for our help in ensuring the continuity of the foundation.  

The children prepared a short song and dance number to show their appreciation for the support that TeamAsia has given. It was so much fun that even our very own AC and Ayen joined in their performance!

 

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The IT and Web, and Experience Team enjoying the Welcome Dinner at CCVF

It was a heartwarming experience to spread the love and joy of giving back to our community. In her welcome speech, Ms. Che mentioned that hopefully our visit will not be the last. We went home feeling fulfilled knowing that we are not just a world class integrated marketing communications company but also a champion of CSR.

Hope you enjoyed reading our experience. For the full album, you can see it here. To know more about CCVF, you can check it out here.

(Photo credit:  Ms. Teresa Espino)

Internship 101: It’s more fun in TeamAsia!

By: Ailey Belardo and Nicole Abalena (Marketing and Accounts Interns)

People tend to say that internship sucks, but why is that? Maybe because they had the most crappy and boring internship experience. But guess what! We proved them wrong. There’s a lot of questions in mind about this team. Is it amazing? Yes. How about fun? Check. Bright people? Definitely check. And that is TeamAsia, built with bright people who create amazing stories that exceeds people’s expectations.

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In our pretty little stay here in TeamAsia, we came up with a list of the things we learned and discovered:

 

  1. Tick tock! The clock is running

Pretty sure that everyone knows the saying “Time is Gold”. But in reality, it’s actually more than gold (if there’s such a thing). There’s a big difference in managing time between being a student and an employee. Remember, the way you handle time also reflects on what kind of person you are.

 

  1. A big no-no to bum time

Let’s face it, there comes a time where we just want to bum around, do nothing and just stare at the ceiling. But hey, being productive is not a bad thing. We’ve learned that bumming around will do no good. You gotta werk those mind muscles out of your system and relax because it will always be worth it.

 

  1. New experiences, new discoveries

From events, to meetings, to random errands (to ingress and egress), we’ve encountered and interacted with different people from different industries. Being capable of new things that sooner or later will help us out in the real world.

 

  1. When in doubt, eat it out!

Let’s be honest, food makes everything better. Having a crappy day? Just go out and grab something sweet. Or a cup of an ice cold coffee will do. Stressed? Pressured? Remember that Fastbytes is just around the corner. *wink*

 

  1. Ring ring! Dont let the bees wait

Three A’s. Be alert, attentive and awake. These are the things that everyone has to comprehend when you’re in a company. Never let them wait because it could mean an opportunity lost in a missed call. Be quick and pick up the phone!

 

  1. Squeeze out the creative juices

Even though we’re just interns, there were times where we were given the opportunity to squeeze all the ideas and bring out the inner artsy and marketer in us.

 

  1.    Co-workers are pretty much your best buddies

They’re the ones you spend most of your time with, five days a week. They’re the people that you could spend your happy hours with and even the most stressful days at work. Your co-workers make your workdays fly by, you won’t even notice it!

As the saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” We say no. When life gives you lemons, make pineapple juice and leave the world wondering how you did it. That for us is what Teamasia does. This company surprises us with such amazing things that you won’t even know what’s in store for all of us.

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We’ve learned so much from our stay here in this company. Being able to work and interact with such an amazing team, to experience different kinds of events, go to places and learn from the professionals. These people taught and made us feel what it’s like in the real world and we really do look up to them now. Waking up and going to work early was all worth it when you’re surrounded by people who spread positive vibes. Plus, they treat us like a real family. At the end of the day, it’s the people that made our stay here worthwhile. Because all in all, it was really one hell of a ride.

23 things I love about TeamAsia

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This past year has been a rollercoaster ride, but what I love about TeamAsia is that we make the most of it!

Here are 23 things that make being a part of the TeamAsia family amazing:

1.  We cheer each other on.

 

We cheer each other on2.  We’re a pretty chill bunch.

 

We’re a pretty chill bunch3.  We’re dog lovers and cat lovers! Animal lovers really!

 

We’re dog lovers and cat lovers! Animal lovers really!4.  Our love for food brings us together.

 

Our love for food brings us together5.  We’re creative and we know the value of teamwork.

 

We’re creative and we know the value of teamwork6.  There’s always time for love life.

 

There’s always time for love life7.  We celebrate our personal milestones together.

 

We celebrate our personal milestones together8.  We’re sexy and we know it!

 

We’re sexy and we know it!9.  We work hard and go the extra mile. (Look at all those tired eyes!)

 

We work hard and go the extra mile. (Look at all those tired eyes!10.  We go all out to win!

 

We go all out to win!11.  We’re definitely festive.

 

We’re definitely festive12.  We enjoy each other’s company.

 

We enjoy each other’s company13.  We’re there to witness and share the most beautiful moments of each other’s lives.

 

We’re there to witness and share the most beautiful moments of each other’s lives14.  We’re totes cool.

We’re totes cool15.  So, of course, we win awards!

 

So, of course, we win awards16.  We’re proud to be a part of the team.

 

We’re proud to be a part of the team17.  Our clients are exciting!

Our clients are exciting!18.  The work can be exhausting, but we always feel accomplished afterwards.

 

The work can be exhausting, but we always feel accomplished afterwards19.  We play together! (Bowling night)

We play together!20.  We help each other out.

 

We help each other out21.  We clean up well.

 

We clean up well22.  We’re out there!

 

We’re out there23.  What can I say? We’re a big happy family!

 

What can I say? We’re a big happy family