Be sponTAneous when things don’t go as planned

by Johanna Amancio, Media Relations Associate

Like a singer losing his voice or a bride getting stuck in traffic, nothing is more upsetting for an organizer than a plan going out of hand. When I was assigned to create a three-day program for this year’s TeamAsia geTAway, I knew I had to make a foolproof plan. After all, it was my first time being a part of the outing committee. After a few meetings, meriendas, and revisions with my fellow committee members, we came up with the theme “Slip ‘n Slide”—inspired by the huge inflatable island in our resort, MB Cove. With the help of our directors, the committee came up with an engaging plan, even for a group of rest-seeking individuals (including yours truly). But as they say, the future is promised to no one.

No power, no problem
After three hours of travel, TeamAsia made it to the MB Cove Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas. Our bus, however, was too big to enter the resort’s parking space so we had to make a short walk to the place. Upon reaching the resort, I had a sudden urge to dive into the sea and play for the rest of the day, but being the supposed adult that I am, I went to our designated room and began unpacking like the rest. Before I could even open my bags, one of my colleagues came in and said that there was no electricity. Power outages are not that uncommon especially in a remote area such as our resort. From my previous family outing, I learned that some areas in Batangas had a power distribution schedule so a brownout is nothing to me. But after three hours of travel and walking under the stupefying heat, I knew that such slight inconvenience can come a long way for some. Upon stepping out of our temporarily aircon-free room, to my surprise, I saw an active crowd. The power outage somehow kept everyone from locking themselves inside their rooms. Everyone was out, appreciating the place, playing cards and beer pong, and enjoying each others’ company. And just after enjoying our sumptuous lunch, the power was back at one!

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Letting nature take its course
After a brief siesta, we called everyone for a short game briefing. The game was a one-shot music video that each team can shoot in the afternoon before we play it during the evening program. In preparation for our President’s, Monette Iturralde Hamlin (MIH), talk in the afternoon, we took a personality test that would determine our temperament type. In a bright and sunny day such as what we had, a destructive storm is the last thing you would expect—but that was exactly what we got. Just as everyone started to put their ideas into action, a violent storm hit our area. Tents, plants and even the inflatables were all over the place just as everyone was running aimlessly, looking for a safe and dry spot. After the unexpected downpour, everyone entered their respective rooms and tried processing mother nature’s stunt. But despite being disruptive, I realized that a brief and violent storm was just what we needed after hours of scorching heat. It even gave way to a longer personal and rest time. Some even took this time to bond and share stories. After the rain, the resort staff also put the inflatables aside. But even without it, the team had an amazing afternoon swim together and had fun even with just each other’s company.

In the evening, right before dinner, MIH gathered us for a brief session about the personality test we took earlier that day. I learned that there are four temperament types namely Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholic, and Phlegmatic. I turned out to be a Popular Sanguine and just like everyone else, I was surprised to discover how on-point my characteristics were. The night ended with a bonfire session near the beach with a few cold drinks and warm company of each other.

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Improvising is the key
The next day was filled with adventure. Vince, Thea, Althea and I from the Content Department decided to go island hopping with Abi, Gena and Justin from the Experience Department and Enzo, Clarisse, and Joyce from the Marketing and Accounts Department. We went to the nearby islands, which are owned by two prominent politicians in the country. That day was filled with many firsts–my first boat ride, first island hopping activity, and my first coral injury. But despite our wounds, the fun must go on!

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In the afternoon, everyone was gathered to join the highlight of the outing– the obstacle relay in the inflatable island. But just as everyone got out of their rooms for the game, a heavy downpour struck our area again. With that heavy rainfall, it was almost impossible to go through the obstacle relay and the staff would not let us play in the inflatables until the rain stopped. But with everyone already by the shore, people began to improvise and started a game of agawan base (stealing base), which brought out the kid in us. After the storm, there was a go signal to use the inflatables. Though it may look easy from afar, using the inflatables was no easy task. It was slippery, bouncy, and made everyone fall on their backs. But now that I think about it, the short agawan base game became sort of a warm-up exercise for everyone, with the team running around and jumping in the shoreline. Everyone enjoyed the inflatable island particularly the human projectile inflatable slide. By the evening, everyone had a chill time over a fun trivia game.

Last Day
As expected, almost everyone was up late morning and had their breakfast. Some of us stayed in our rooms after and enjoyed an anime series called “The Promised Neverland”. By lunch, some of our colleagues were still swimming at the beach. I was so jealous and wanted to follow, but I had to tend to my wet clothes and towels. By noon, the teams were gathered just before our departure to declare the winners. And even if I enjoyed the activities from afar as a committee, I still felt like a winner because I got the rest and adventure that I badly needed. Throughout the geTAway, a part of me was consistently worried given that the outing did not entirely go as planned. Storms would come and go, the power would be out, and activities will be put to a halt. But at the end of it all, I learned that just like life itself, things won’t always go as planned. And sometimes, the key is to not wait for the perfect moment. Instead, let’s take the moment and make it perfect instead.

Santa At Ascension

Being Santa Claus

by Roland Andrei T. Carada

I was still in school when I met a real live Santa Claus. Michael Allan Hamlin (MAH) went to our Parish Gift Giving in full Santa regalia. Imagine this tall American, decked in what was probably the hottest Santa costume of all time, in the sweltering heat of Manila. When MAH went out to that court, the kids went wild. Like me, this was probably the first time they ever saw Santa Claus for real.

My First Real Santa

Boy were those big shoes to fill.

You see, I never once imagined that I would get to play Santa. But that fateful day came when a colleague playfully asked me if I wanted to be Santa for the My Dream in a Shoebox Pamasko sa Mga Bata. My answer? “Seryoso ka ba!?!?” Turns out she was just joking. But it got me thinking. And being the impulsive Andrei you all know and love, I went over to her and I said yes.

So I told my mom. And knowing my mom, because I’m a Carada, you have to be EXTRA. She sent forth her ever resourceful EA Ate Dana who found two awesome Santa Costumes just in time for Christmas.

My mom then hand-stitched and repaired them so they fit just right. She even made a belt out of velcro and this stretchy cloth that wraps around perfectly.

It’s amazing the effect of a wig, a fake beard, and bright red pajamas can do. The kids looked at me with this look of genuine awe and wonder. It’s Santa Claus come to life! Kids came up to make mano and gave me high fives. There was a kid who hugged me for five minutes straight!

 

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Last December 29 was my last day as Santa. And as the kids were being lined up for the obligatory picture taking, at around the tenth group or so, I found myself silently weeping. It was overwhelming to feel that much love. Good thing I was under all that fake hair and nobody noticed. But suffice it to say, I was genuinely touched.

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In any case, as I stow away my Santa costume, all I feel is this sense of gratitude that I was able to contribute a small part in this. I guess that’s what TeamAsia teaches you. We always pride ourselves in creating next level experiences – because at the end of the day, that experience can touch people’s lives.

Dressing up as Santa Claus is small in the grand scheme of things but you never know the effect it will have on the children who saw you. Maybe a decade from now, one of those kids will dress up as Santa Claus and reflect on this just as I am doing now.

Here’s to more next level experiences this year. Cheers!

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Making TeamAsia POP!

I do not look the part but I have already been working for well over a decade and a half. TeamAsia is the latest stop in this crazy adventure I have been on since I graduated from college.

When I got here, the first thing I noticed was the culture. You felt it in the air. It animated the way people spoke and interacted with each other. Even though the backgrounds are as diverse as in any organization, there is a palpable sense of a singleness, a unity that you just cannot define. It makes the word “team” in TeamAsia more real somehow.

The question is: what makes TeamAsia tick?

Read our feature from BusinessWorld SparkUp! About Pop-Up! here: Staying Alive – Employee Engagement in 2028.

WHAT’S OUR SECRET SAUCE?

“A culture is strong when people work with each other for each other. A culture is weak when people work against each other for themselves.” – Simon Sinek

Forbes.com defines employee engagement as how much employees are emotionally committed to the organization and to the organization’s goals. Employee engagement is important because of how it affects the bottomline – Brilliantfuture.se reports that companies that have engaged employees experience at least an 8.6 percent increase in profits.

That same employee engagement is important to creating the culture we have in TeamAsia. When employees put an emotional investment into their organization, it leads to a smoothing of egos; a unity of ideas; a single language that pervades each and everyone on the team.

A big part of why TeamAsia’s employee engagement is so pervasive is also because of its engagement activities. If we pride ourselves in bringing next-level experiences, it should be fitting that we also bring next-level employee engagement.

Enter TeamAsia Pop-Up!

MAKING TEAMASIA POP!

Work Stops, Everybody Pops

Here at TeamAsia, we have our own employee engagement tradition which we call Pop-Up! Every month we set aside a few hours for meaningful activities with the whole team.

My first Pop-up! happened just a few days from my first day in TeamAsia – the annual TeamAsia GeTAway (note the use of TA in our activities which stands for TeamAsia). For the following month, we all stopped working for a few hours to do some spring cleaning and create something wonderful from all the things we accumulated over the years.

Just last month we had our special Halloween Pop-up! called TAkot. We all dressed up in our musical Themed Halloween costumes presented a twist to happily ever after.

The Experience Department

The Creatives Department

The Marketing and Accounts Department

These activities have an impact on the people that participate in it. For Justin and Chiara, two of our newest members on the digital team, TAkot definitely left an impression. “TAkot was a reminder that at the end of the day, people need to experience life even in the workplace,” says Justin. Chiara notes that TAkot was a great opportunity to get to know her new officemates better.

This concept has been a hit for TeamAsia, garnering it two Quill awards for Employee Engagement.

CONCLUSION

The Digital/IT Web Teams

In all my years working, I have always believed that the deepest bonds are formed on the proverbial battlefield. It is not the stress that forms that bond, it is the moments in between that create stronger relationships.

That single purposeful voice in TeamAsia leads to us taking that next step in making brands more engaging. That energy makes us all bright and shiny and renews our commitment to taking brands to the next level of experience.

Read all about our latest Pop-up! here: Staying Alive – Employee Engagement in 2028.

Work and Play: What I learned about TeamAsia during my very first GeTAway

by Patrick de Jesus, Marketing & Accounts Department

Coming in as a new Accounts Manager in TeamAsia, I immediately noticed how the culture is a great combination of work and play. I enjoy the fact that working overtime is not encouraged, even though it’s a trend among agencies. Because my personality is a mix of serious and quirky, I realized that getting along with the team would be a breeze.

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This is why when they announced the summer outing, I was sure that it would be an unforgettable experience even though Laiya, Batangas is a familiar place. The theme was Summer TAmbayan–very characteristic of the fun and laid back TeamAsia culture. In fact, we were given the liberty to do what we wanted upon arrival. I for one enjoyed the morning sunshine by the beach with my awesome teammates from the Marketing and Accounts department.

MADness

Being a new member of the TeamAsia family, I had reservations about spending time with the other departments; but everyone’s warm welcome and easygoing manner quickly washed away that feeling. The team activities especially helped me warm up with the others, as we were grouped in random. It was a great chance for me to get to know them better.

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The “The Longest Waste Line” was a highlight for me. The goal of the game was to collect as much trash in the resort and beach front as we can to make the longest line of trash possible. Aside from honing our competitive spirit and uniting us as teams, the activity also served as an opportunity for everyone to take part in conserving the environment. It was a memorable experience that made an impact in the way I see the trash we leave behind.

Beachside

Upon sunset, we concluded the day with a bonfire and a heartfelt speech by our principals. Afterwards, a handful of people decided to stay up to hang out or take a dip in the pool with music and some drinks. As I chatted and talked about life with my new colleagues under the stars, I realized that they are the bunch I want to stick around with. 

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Even though I’ve only been with TeamAsia for over a month, people treated me as if they knew me so well. What’s more, it was interesting to see how everyone took the activities seriously all while having fun. It was a clear picture of how everyone is able to balance work and play–a culture that I personally look for in a company. It’s no fun when your colleagues treat you as merely colleagues, so I’m glad that in TeamAsia I feel like I am part of a family.

 

Piggy Bank Sessions

by: Maricel Salialam, Finance Director

We all need to manage our finances well. We know that this is important. The funny thing is that, when discussions about finances arise, people tend to be a little uncomfortable about it and even shy away from learning more. This is because many of us have a mindset that finance is an intimidating, complicated, and boring topic.

That is the reason why we created the Piggy Bank Sessions. We want to help TeamAsians understand financial topics in a simple and fun way. We choose topics that we think are relevant to our team, filled with young people, such as:

  • learning how to balance their spending vs their earnings
  • for newly married individuals learning how their new tax status can change their budgeting priorities
  • for new parents who want to be prepared with the right information to raise their children

And in the spirit of all our TeamAsia Pop-ups, we also wanted to make sure that all the activities that would lead to making better personal financial decisions would be engaging and insightful for our team.

When employees get their payslips every payroll period, not everyone understands why and what the breakdowns listed are for. So we devised a session dedicated to explaining the different types of deductions, why they are necessary, and what they are used for.  We also defined in detail what the benefits for each corresponding deduction and how this would benefit their future. We realized as the crowd listened intently that most companies don’t explain these concepts to their employees, making the assumption that employees know and accept what is written on their payslips.

 

In the same session, we also covered the often headlined but much misunderstood provisions under the new Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law that directly affect employees. We needed to do this to enlighten TeamAsians of the many benefits and adjustments we need to make because of the TRAIN Law. At the start of 2018, I’m sure everyone felt the impact of even a little increase in their take home pay because of the adjusted tax rates and exemptions. We were able to show that even if we loved the additional funds for ourselves and our families, there is a downside, as prices of certain products such as soda and petroleum also started increasing.

During the second Piggy Bank Session, we tackled the topics of personal investments and insurance in a session that we held in partnership with Unionbank and InsularLife. The highlight of this session was seeing our TeamAsians gamely engage in T Praxis game, a game similar to Monopoly, that simulates one’s life into a short board game, compressing 30 years of your life in playing a 2-hour game. The nature of the game involved making decisions for the type of career you choose, making investments, the impact of not having insurance when you need it, the impact of the economy in one’s personal finances, owning property, and preparing for your retirement.

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Personally, I really enjoyed partaking in this activity, and was happy that I was able to play the full cycle –even reaching the part of paying estate taxes after “death”. I was also proud of my Finance team, fully expecting (haha) that we would be one of the last ones standing when the earnings at the end of the game was computed. It was a great experience to find TeamAsians learning to be more proactive and mindful of their personal finances. I also shared with everyone that it is never too early to start saving for your future through investment and insurance.

The topics we’ve covered so far have received great feedback from the team, and we are happy that we’ve achieved our objective of enlightening TeamAsians about the benefits of financial literacy.

We will continue our search for other interesting Finance topics that will spark the interest of our teammates.  We will find new partners to have more engaging activities with and continue to do sessions that veer away from the traditional lectures but rather something fun and enjoyable so our TeamAsians continue to appreciate and learn from these sessions.

As we look forward to the continued support and participation of TeamAsians for all our future Piggy Bank sessions, we the Finance team ask you — What do you want to learn about next?

The Passion for Helping Others

by James Chiong, Marketing Manager

Last 2017, we celebrated our silver year with the battle cry: Driven by Passion. The theme was fitting as we have been marching to the beat of its drum for the past 25 years.

The recipient of the TeamAsian of the Year Award is at the core of every project. She worked behind the scenes, and helped others until the plans of the team are realized — i.e. someone that embodies passion.

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Lorna Cadiang with Mic Oberio from the Exhibits and Productions team (left), and Jeff Enriquez, Web and IT Director (right)

Passion is the life blood of Lorna Cadiang, TeamAsia’s Procurement Manager. It’s the Filipino value of malasakit that enabled her to be recognized as the Rookie of the Year in 2016 and eventually, as the TeamAsian of the Year last 2017. We sat down and had a chat with her, and asked her to share how she stays inspired amidst the daily hustle.

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: My passion and purpose in life is to serve other people. Growing up with a single parent, I had to learn how to do things on my own from an early age.  Instead of having my mom prepare my uniform and baon for me, I did it for myself. I took summer jobs and stitched together unused pages of old notebooks, and reused school supplies to help my mom financially. Because of all of these,  I know how lonely it can be to do things on your own. I know the value of having someone who is constantly there for you. I know it makes a huge difference so I aim to be this person for the people I work with every day.

Q: What inspires you to wake up and go to work everyday?

A: My family is my top priority. Kumakayod ako para sa pamilya ko. And of course I am inspired to go to work for the people who need me. Knowing that I contribute to bringing brands to the next level experience, I am inspired to go to work.

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Lorna (right) with the fam-bam

A: I really like reading quotes, and this one really struck a chord within me: “Don’t feel bad if people remember you only when they need you. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.” I know that the work I do is valuable for TeamAsia, and my heart is filled every time I am able to help others.

Q: Tell us more about your work principles and how you developed them.

A: My first work principle is putting my heart in everything that I do. I believe that by doing things wholeheartedly, at merong malasakit sa kapwa at sa trabaho, we are able to elevate our work. I equate this with serving my loved ones, because for them, we are able to go beyond the call of duty.

A: The second principle I live up to is that I aim to be optimistic. I don’t see obstacles as challenges, but as opportunities through which I can learn new things that are beyond my current abilities. My job description exposes me to a lot of new learnings, and thus, new mistakes. Thinking about them positively enables me to learn from them and not dwell on them too much.

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Lorna (second from the right) with Bea Lim (rightmost), and Monette Iturralde Hamlin (middle, in the foreground) and the rest of the volunteers for My Dream in a Shoebox last 2016

A: My third principle is to open my heart to everyone that I work with. I believe that by treating everybody with openness and respect, we cultivate an engaging work environment—and that’s what makes work more fun, right?

Q: How do you seize opportunities, overcome challenges, and work excellently at the same time?

A: My work for TeamAsia really brings a lot of opportunities and challenges, and for me these things really bring out the best in me and in everyone. These things really mold us into better versions of ourselves. And personally, I get bored without challenges.

From trying times, we gain strength and fortitude

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Lorna embodies the steadfastness in her job, but she also admits that there are days when she feels burned out. There are days that the stress sometimes overcomes her. But, she shares that she feels a genuine joy of doing her job and of learning from other people, enables her to be stronger and pull through with the requirements of her job.

Q: What was one memorable challenge that you had, and how did this experience help you grow?

A: I remember my first biggest project was to facilitate and put into motion the relocation of the TeamAsia office – from its former home in Northgate Plaz@ B to our current home in Aeon Prime Building. And because we are relocating to a PEZA zone, we also had to file PEZA-certifying requirements. It was a monumental task because it meant a lot for the agency – a new leaf that we’re turning, in line of our 25th anniversary in 2017.

A: I was new back then, and I didn’t know so much about TeamAsia. Still, I was accountable for making this happen. The task required back-tracking all company documentation, invoices, and records; and making sure that all the requirements were on point. I had to work with people who, prior to the task, I did not get to know personally. This made me uncomfortable, but with the bigger goal in mind, we succeeded.  

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Lorna with the Finance team, during the blessing of the new office in 2016

A: At this point, I cannot recall the details of how I completed that challenge but I am thankful that I did. And through the support of my TeamAsia family – I am grateful that we succeeded in this task.

She embodies the virtue of malasakit

Humbly, Lorna tells us that she is honored to be recognized for all her effort and hard work. Believing that all the opportunities and challenges that she has faced in TeamAsia is rewarding enough, being recognized for it is simply the icing on the cake for her.

She also shares with us a secret ingredient in working excellently. “Having a sense of malasakit is something that allows me to push for my best effort all the time. Malasakit. This is not something that you learn in a seminar – it comes naturally when you do things out of love,” said Lorna.

Q: Has working in TeamAsia contributed in making you a better professional today?

A: Yes! What I like about the company is that it’s very generous in giving you chances to excel. It exposes me to a lot of opportunities to learn and show my capabilities. Even though I do not know some of the things I am tasked to do, they show their trust and confidence that I can pull through. I also love the feeling of belongingness, that no matter the circumstance, the team has got your back.

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Lorna receiving the Rookie of the Year award in 2016

Q: How do you envision TeamAsia five years from now?

A: There’s definitely no other way for TeamAsia but up. I know that TeamAsia will be recognized more for its passionate and committed people, and be able to provide next level experiences for more international brands. Being part of the team that envisions and realizes this is an honor, and I will make sure that my efforts are excellent and consistent.

Q: What’s the best advice that you can give to your TeamAsia family?

A: My advice is to never lose the ability to dream. That whatever our circumstances are, we should always be able to dream, set goals, and realize them. These achievements fuel us to do better. And her second advice, and possibly the most important advice, is to know our passions. Embracing our passions help us to do great work – for ourselves and for the people we love.

 

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Why working in the south is awesome

By: Marielle De Guzman, Content Department Intern

When I found out that I was going to have my internship at TeamAsia, one of the top PR agencies in the country, and what some call “The Ahensya of the South”, I was pretty excited. While most of my classmates wanted to work in creative agencies and companies in central business districts such as Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and Quezon City, I looked forward to spending my days in the south as I worked with the Content team to help out with their PR campaigns for the duration of the program.

When people hear the word ‘south’, they usually associate it with food trip destinations and malls, and not so much with building a career here. Although there are some pretty great places to visit in the other business districts in Manila, I have to admit that for the past couple of weeks I’ve been here, I have become a work-in-the-south advocate.

Together with the awesome folks over at TeamAsia, we have compiled a list of things we love about working in the south:
”Dito, isang tumbling lang.”

Most of the employees from TeamAsia live nearby — in Muntinlupa, Las Pinas, Cavite, and Laguna, although we have a handful who reside in the north. For those fortunate enough to live near work, having an office that doesn’t require us to pass through EDSA and other congested highways makes life a lot easier. It doesn’t mean we’re the only business here though. Did you know that Filinvest City’s Northgate Cyberzone, the BPO IT Park of the South, is in the same area as our office? This 18.7 hectare PEZA-registered IT zone was designed and built to accommodate the needs of technology-based companies engaged in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO), and other IT support businesses.

And even if TeamAsia is happily based in the south, majority of our clients are situated in the north. In fact, it’s rare for all TeamAsians to all be present at the office since everyone almost always has an offsite meeting or event. They wouldn’t have it any other way though — after all, it keeps things exciting! With clients such as Jollibee, Board of Investments, Schneider Electric, and more, there’s a variety of events and industries they get to work on and learn from.

Whether it’s for a client pitch, an alignment meeting, a press conference, or an event, it isn’t difficult for them to reach their destination in the north since the office is located near the Skyway.

”No need for you to unleash your ‘inner ‘mandirigma’.”

There are around 2.35 million cars competing for road space in the Philippines. Edsa, the most frequently used road of office workers, has a capacity of 200,000 vehicles a day. If the volume nears capacity, the speed decreases. These days, the average speed there is approximately 10 kph.

Doesn’t it sound stressful? Well, southern residents working in Alabang won’t have to experience that. The roads here aren’t as congested as its northern counterparts. You won’t need to leave the house four hours early, only to still arrive late at the office due to the traffic regardless of whether or not you brought a car. And if you do bring a car to work, you would never have to pay toll fees every single day. It’s an instant sweldo-saver.

”Working for an Ahensya of the South, you don’t just get any ordinary cityscape.”

One of my favorite things to do at TeamAsia is to work at the pantry because of the view I enjoy from there. Everyone at the office is usually free to work wherever they want to so it’s a common occurrence to have people from different departments busily typing away on their laptops there. Unlike the other offices in the more crowded areas of Manila wherein the only views you get are up close and personal views of nearby buildings, the TeamAsia office lets us catch a glimpse of the Alabang cityscape, which features a few buildings, open fields, and a view of the Laguna Bay. Who wouldn’t be inspired and/or relaxed with that view?

Some of TeamAsia’s visiting clients have been as equally awed by the view, remarking how they wished they had it too. In fact, we’ve had clients who’ve gone in for a meeting and stayed a little longer just so they could appreciate it more.

”You can always go for casual strolls, or a night out with your colleagues or friends outside work.”

Working in an agency can be incredibly busy and fast-paced, and sometimes it’s also necessary to find time to take a break and unwind. I’ve been part of some of the Content team’s brainstorming sessions, and there have been times wherein the Best Idea Ever for a pitch came when the team had been out for a quick stroll to grab a snack from Family Mart or Fastbytes. Taking a walk can be a relaxing experience because of the wide roads and the laid-back feel of the area — and it sometimes does wonders too for idea generation!

When it comes to a fun night out, there’s a lot of talk about how Makati and Bonifacio Global City are the must-visit areas. That’s all well and good, but the south is also actually a great place to hang out in after a busy day (or week!). The malls and restaurants here are 10-15 minutes away, and even if the roads get crowded, you will never have to endure a 2-hour stay on the road because everything is right around the corner. You might want to check out the restaurants in Alabang, such as Neil’s Kitchen, which serves traditional Filipino food with a modern twist, or Butumaru and Ramen Yushoken, both of which can whip up some delicious ramen for you.

Some of the TeamAsians here usually head out to Molito, which is directly in front of Alabang Town Center. Given the nature of the job and the fact that they spend a lot of time together working on their respective accounts, the teams are all pretty close and they like unwinding after a busy week. It was nice to see that they don’t just treat each other as colleagues, but as friends they can also laugh and share fun moments with.

“Work-Life Balance is really in the South.”

For me and my fellow southern dwellers who don’t have to encounter heavy traffic spanning for hours on our way home, working in the area enables us to save a lot of time since we’re not on the road that long. Decreasing our travel time enables us to make more time for our loved ones.

In fact, one of the newest TeamAsians, shared how working in the south has enabled him to go home early to see his kids. He had worked in Makati before and would at times arrive by 11PM, only to find his kids already asleep. Now, he gets to see them by around 7PM, enabling him to bond with them.

Not only that, there are schools in Muntinlupa that are also near the business area in Alabang. TeamAsia, for example, is near schools such as De La Salle Zobel, Woodrose, and the like. It’s easy for some of the TeamAsians to pick up their kids after work because of the proximity, giving them more time to bond.

Of course, work-life balance also applies to making sure that you also take some time to take care of yourself. Whether this is in the form of spending time with your friends food tripping or taking some alone time to focus on your health by hitting the gym or going to the spa, you won’t have a problem because of the myriad of gastronomic and recreational establishments nearby.

Some of the TeamAsians here have their own badminton group wherein they would make time to play after work, and some of them just prefer to hit the gym or watch a movie with their coworkers. How’s that for awesome?

I’ve learned so much during my stay in TeamAsia, and I’m thankful that I got to experience what it’s like working in the south. Although convenience due to its proximity to my house was one of the things I loved about being an intern there, I realized that what made my time there special wasn’t just working in the south. It was working in the south with the TeamAsians who have been nothing but welcoming and helpful.

Each work location definitely has its own perks, but if being based in the south appeals to you and you want to work in a creative and challenging environment filled with awesome people, then TeamAsia might just be a great fit for you. I know I definitely had a blast there.

Interested in learning how you can be part of this awesome Agency of the South? You can send us an email at hr@teamasia.com or visit https://www.teamasia.com/careers to learn how you can join our passionate team!