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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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Release Date: March 4, 2017

 

Driving Passion: TeamAsia Town Hall 2017

By Hapy Benitez

Last February 3, TeamAsians gathered in Launchpad Coworking, Alabang for a catch-up afternoon also known as our Town Hall.

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Launchpad Coworking’s wall of encouragement.

It was my first time attending a Town Hall of any kind, and as such, I looked forward to it. For this year-starter event, TeamAsia opted for a venue with a laid-back vibe (for which our own office is known for!). The Town Hall unofficially opened with refreshments. We were served a satisfying combo of burger and potato chips with iced tea—not to mention the popcorn and gummy bears free for the taking on each table. I must admit: for me, that set the good mood right off the bat.

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The best food combo to feed hungry TeamAsians.

When the official program began, TeamAsians were given an energetic welcome by Marketing and Accounts Director Denise Limon. She kicked it off by calling on the new members of the family and having them introduce themselves the TeamAsian way—by name butt-spell or talent presentation. You can just imagine the awkwardness of it all, but it was hilarious all the way through!

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The Web and IT team.

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The Finance and Administration Department.

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The Marketing and Accounts Department with Ms. Maricel and Ms. Bev of the Finance and Admin Department.

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The Experience Department.

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The Content Department with Meynard and Pat of the Creative Department.

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The Digital Department.

2017 is indeed a remarkable year for TeamAsia because we will be celebrating our 25th year anniversary in May. And to kick off this celebration, our Managing Director, Bea Lim, unveiled this year’s theme: “25 Years Driven by Passion”.

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TeamAsia Managing Director Bea Lim launches #OurSuper25.

To underwrite this mantra, a guest speaker, Sam Pimentel, shared with us important principles on passion and overcoming difficulties. Being the first Filipina to conquer the North Pole, Sam knows how passion plays a big part in winning against struggles to achieve your goals. She shared with us her rigorous training before joining the last degree ski expedition to the North Pole and the harsh environment she and the other hikers went through to reach their destination.

At the heart of it all, there are two things I learned from Sam:

1.      Never take your eyes off your end goal

2.       Finish what you started

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“If you believe that you can do it, you will find solutions to overcome the problems.” – Sam Pimentel on conquering the North Pole.

For TeamAsia, 2017 is the Year of Passion. That is why one of the highlights of the Town Hall was the Directors’ announcement of each department’s plans. Coming from the year where TeamAsians were challenged to “Think Big”, there really is no way to go but up. It really excited me to learn that so much is in store for us in the coming months—new projects, weirdly-named innovations (such as one of my favorites, the “Project Baby Monitor”), and new territories to foray.

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Directors Denise, Bea and Jeff announce what TeamAsians can look forward to in 2017.

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TeamAsia’s ManCom: Pam Jocson (Experience), Anna Limon (Content), Maricel Salialam (Finance), Denise Limon (Marketing and Accounts), and Beverly Aguilar (Human Resources)

Each of us has something we are passionate about. They may be the little things in life, or the big dreams we want to attain. Nonetheless, they motivate us to get out of bed and work hard each day.

Before she closed the Town Hall, there was one thing that Ma’am Monette Iturralde-Hamlin said that struck a chord in me. After observing what we had written on the big 25 standee that has been displayed in our lobby for weeks now, she discovered something interesting: most of us had written not just what, but who makes us passionate. Ma’am Monette gave us something to ponder when she made us realize that we do not need to look far to find our motivation—because we draw it from the people who are close to our hearts.

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TeamAsia CEO Monette Iturralde-Hamlin gives her closing remarks and a thought for TeamAsians to ponder.

For me, each day is fueled by the comforting thought that I can end it with my family and a good book. This makes me passionate to deliver the best that I can for each day so I can go home in peace, knowing that I can have tomorrow worry about itself.

How about you? What are you passionate about?

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)

An inspiring story: Kids sharing their blessings!

By: Johanna Pineda, Marketing & Accounts Intern

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I’ve always liked Christmas. It’s the season of giving, smiling and spreading love. Every Christmas, we have a family reunion where we eat together, enjoy games and exchange gifts. The highlight of our family reunion is watching the kids join the games and have them unwrap their gifts with bright smiles on their faces.

That’s why I was so excited when I heard about TeamAsia’s My Dream in a Shoebox Campaign. My heart was smiling with gladness and excitement to be part of this campaign.

It’s already the 8th year of TeamAsia’s My Dream in a Shoebox. We’ve brought hope and touched so many lives of underprivileged children around the Philippines through the 116,247 shoeboxes we’ve  already given for the past 7 years. And we’re continually making bigger dreams come true as we continue the My Dream in A Shoebox campaign this year.

I really love the idea! I like kids and I like the idea of alleviating poverty through bringing hope and by giving shoeboxes filled with school supplies, I know we’ve taken a big part of making their bigger dreams come true. I love seeing the beautiful smiles on their faces when they receive the shoeboxes.

My Dream in a Shoebox inspired me to inspire others.  I reached out to the people close to me and invited them to take part in our campaign.  I told my family, friends, church-mates and professors about it. They loved the idea of My Dream in a Shoebox and they gave school supplies and cash donations to help with the campaign. I am blessed and overjoyed to see people sharing the same vision of My Dream in a Shoebox.

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Left: Timothy Raymund Geneston; Right: Matthew Raymund Geneston

One of the families who helped with our campaign is the Geneston family. They are known for being one of the generous families in our church, and they donated school supplies to My Dream in a Shoebox. They embody the spirit of giving and it’s so inspiring to see their kids, Matthew and Tim, sharing in our efforts. I’ve discovered that Matthew and Timothy bought and donated school supplies using their own savings!

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Donations of the Geneston Family

They are already making a difference even at a young age. The world would be a better place if children are taught to share their blessings.  The Geneston family – and all our generous partners and donors – are making bigger dreams come true for underprivileged children.  

Be a part of the My Dream in a Shoebox campaign and make #BiggerDreams come true this year! To learn more, visit http://www.teamasia.com/shoeboxcampaign.

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Baptism by Fire

By Emman Salazar, Senior Program Associate

 

 

To say that working on an event can be challenging, is an understatement. No matter how small the size or scope, the level of attention to detail remains the same for every event that TeamAsia produces. I can say this with confidence as TeamAsia took on the huge Kyäni Asia Convention 2016, an event expecting over 2000 delegates, that I was tasked to directly manage a mere few weeks after joining the company. It was, by all accounts, a baptism by fire, and I am happy to say that I am all the better for it.

 

Kyäni Asia Convention 2016 was assigned to me on my second month with TeamAsia, and at first I doubted my skills to take command of an event of this scale. It was not only massive, it also had so many moving parts which needed careful tending. A colleague advised me not to worry. She said that after completing this successfully, I would have the proficiency to handle any event that will come my way.

 

It was an event that tested my mettle as it had different components that forced me to be at my A-game for every single moment. It was a heady mix of all the types of corporate events –with registration, sessions, dinner, celebration, recognition, store, exhibit, sponsorship, etc. all rolled into one.

 

Though I was able to manage the event to the best of my capabilities, I would have not succeeded if not for the continued support and guidance of my TeamAsia family. People like our Program Operations Manager Karen Balce, Experience Director Pamela Jocson and TeamAsia President Monette Iturralde-Hamlin were there to help me make the most of the experience.

 

I am proud to say that our client was very satisfied by the service that we’ve provided them. Kyäni Philippines General Manager Kate Bellosillo was very effusive and even said that, “if not TeamAsia, no one can do it.” This line became my inspiration to strive and work on this project together with my Account Manager Jenny Uriarte.

 

All in all, Kyäni Asia Convention 2016 is a formative and educational experience not only for me but for everyone involved in this project. It is a rare opportunity to be part of such a momentous event, and I will be forever grateful for this opportunity.

 

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Woman’s edge

The female advantage at work

By Karen Balce, Program Operations Manager

I remember working for a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company and telling myself, “I thought this is my dream job, but it’s not, and I’m glad I figured it out while I’m still young.” I looked back and checked what I enjoyed the most during my brand marketing role, and I realized it was doing events.  And like it was meant to be, a good friend of mine told me about TeamAsia and told me I should apply. After almost three years, I’m still here doing events for the company.
I started like how most people in the team began: doing smaller roles, assisting project managers, learning the tricks, and familiarizing myself with the job and the scope of work. It was all somehow new to me but I agree it was a learning process. I remember my first project was not the grandest event, but the fulfillment of finishing an event, regardless of its size, is the same to me.

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With the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) team at the Social Enterprise Conference in 2014

In my opinion, most of my events were fairly challenging. They were all unique, and they each had their own challenges I had to conquer. My favorite projects were the toughest ones because they pushed my capabilities, my limits, and my skills. I believe that’s how I progressed and grew in this industry.

In events, there are certain skill sets that make being a woman an advantage. Traits such as patience, creativity, being a perfectionist, being attentive to details, and being able to handle emotional stress are usually associated with women and have helped me in my projects. But the women in our department need to be ready to get the job done by all means, even if it means carrying heavy items, running around during events, and being buddies with suppliers. In case you’re wondering, the girls at TeamAsia are up for it.

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With Ma’am Monette at the 2014 TeamAsia Christmas Party

The perfect example of a well-rounded woman in TeamAsia is Ma’am Monette. I often find myself wondering how she excels in all her roles as mother, boss, daughter, and friend. When I see her, I ask myself, how does she maximize the 24 hours in a day? How does she get everything done? How does she make everyone love her?

Celebrating National Women’s Month empowers the women in the country that we now live in a society that believes that women are equal to men in all aspects. There is no more gender discrimination and both men and women deserve equal opportunities. And this Women’s Month, I would like to encourage everyone to praise and give recognition to these women who exceed expectations, who balance their work life and home life, and who take care of their family both at home and in the office. Whatever men can do, women can do it, too. Sometimes even better.

 

 

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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/