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.

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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.

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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!

TeamAsia’s sweet LU escape: three days in Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel

by Axl Ross Tumanut, Kaye Chua, and Luigi Almario 

Three days at Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel in La Union could fill any traveler’s newsfeeds with all sorts of upload-worthy snapshots–beach selfies, groufies, sunset photos, surfing shots, influencer poses, live videos, stories, and more. For us at TeamAsia who are all too deeply absorbed in the fast-paced agency life, our getaway was a chance to unplug from the busy city life.

And though it’s been weeks since we had our outing, we still look back fondly to the moments we spent in surfers’ haven away from the Metro’s concrete jungle. Here are our newbies Axl, Kaye, and Luigi sharing about their very first TeamAsia getaway.

Pre-getaway: the anticipation builds

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Axl: Planning this entire adventure was like pitching for an event and bringing it to life. All of us who worked behind the scenes knew that the entire experience is not just about sights or sounds. We needed to tell a story like we do for our clients. After all, this is not just another out of town trip, this is a celebration of TeamAsia’s 25th anniversary.

There were brainstorming sessions and timelines to follow, and everyone worked together to make it happen. The time, talent, and effort we all shared to make our clients happy were shared with equal dedication so that our colleagues could have a wonderful time.

Kaye: As a person who is so enthusiastic to explore the great outdoors, I have always believed that travelling to places and trying out new things are like bringing my dead-tired body back to life. Adventures do not just introduce me to new places; they immerse me into diverse cultures.

I was excited about going to La Union because I have always wanted to try surfing there. Aside from that, I’ve seen how everyone in the committee exerted so much effort in putting everything together to make sure we all enjoy our three-day break.

Luigi: I have never been to LU but it has been featured extensively on my friends’ Instagrams, so much so that I already have a gameplan in mind of what I’m gonna do when I get there: swimming, surfing and most of all, trying out that hipster coffee place – El Union Coffee – that seems to be a main fixture on my friends’ IG posts.

DAY 1: Getting to the surfers’ haven

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Wooden artisan chairs and tables at the Flotsam and Jetsam (with Abi!)

Axl: The last person you would expect to miss the call-time is the person who wrote the “be on time” EDM, who is no other than myself. On the day of the departure for La Union, I woke up at the very minute that the bus should leave.

The bus left without me, and I managed to ride with my colleagues, who happened to be holding an event that day. When I arrived at Flotsam that evening, the chill night program that my colleagues from the outing committee planned was underway.

Kaye: LU captivated my heart instantly not just because of its beauty and laid-back vibe, but also because I was with a bunch of amazing people. There were a lot of new people in the team, and there were games such as Charades–but with a twist! We had to act out a song, a movie, and mimic the mannerisms of TeamAsians. It resulted in a lot of laughter and amusing guesses from everyone.

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So much team spirit!

Luigi: Our home for the duration of our stay is the Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel – it has this “wooden shack” vibe that I’ve always been very fond of. During the program, I had to do the infamous butt spell for the second time in my thus short stay here in the company. You see, it’s tradition here in TeamAsia for the newbies to perform the butt spell during their first week in the company, and even though I already did it a task I undertook as tradition permits.

After the program ended, drinks were had, songs were sung, and guitars were played til the wee hours.

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Crashing of the waves

DAY 2: Game on!

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Group activities under the sun

Axl: The TA getaway day two was a day for games and surfing lessons for most of us. One part of the day that I really looked forward to was the fun night, which I had to host. And since my co-host was sick that day, I had to do a solo act.

Hearing my colleagues laugh while I do the hosting was such a rewarding experience.Though a long time have passed since our outing, remembering my colleagues’ laughter that night still inspires happy thoughts.

Of course there is only one part of the entire getaway that can top all performances–the toast led by our president and founder Ma’am Monette Hamlin. Most of us imagined a quick celebratory toast around the bonfire but she asked us to form a circle and arrange ourselves based on our birth order–a scenario which meant to show how long TeamAsia has been elevating stories and experiences to the next level.

 

 

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We gathered around the bonfire by the beach

Then she asked each one of us to share about the things we are grateful for. Some of us are grateful about work, some of us about life, some of us about our families, and some expressed their gratitude to God. The toast served as a reminder of the things we are passionate about and how passion fuels everything that TeamAsia does.

Kaye: We played games by the beach not minding the scorching heat of the sun and made a group yell out of spontaneity. On the night of the awarding, our team, Live, placed last among the four groups but we really didn’t mind because we all had a great time!

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The beautiful beach of La Union at sunset

After the awarding, we all headed to the beach for the toast. That was the most heartwarming moment that I never thought that I’d actually feel home with this family that I have now. Being the not-so-confident person that I am, I grabbed the opportunity that night to to thank everyone in TeamAsia for believing in me when I can’t even believe in myself.

Luigi: Day 2 was wholly devoted to contests of skill, cunning and intellect, of which, my team was in abundance of. Hence, we emerged victorious. (I may or may not be exaggerating, but we really did win.)

The true highlight of the entire trip, though, would happen much, much later. In the night, we started a campfire beside the shore and a formed a circle around it. Our esteemed president, Ma’am Monette Hamlin, delivered a thoughtful speech to kickoff the proceedings, and then, it was party time!

It was an unbelievable atmosphere – a campfire by the beachside, people jamming to the sound of acoustic guitars and free-flowing drinks all around! Y’know, just wholesome stuff. For the first time ever, I got to witness people from other departments bond with each other. Drinks were being passed around and while the fire eventually burnt out, the feeling of being just under the stars only served to heighten the experience.

Post-getaway musings

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TeamAsia fambam!

Axl: Of course, not everything turned out the way they were planned no matter how meticulously they were put together.  Yet for all these challenges that came along the way, we knew that the show must go on. And then there were surprises such as the amazing TeamAsian talents who really caught the spotlight during the two evening programs of our getaway.

For those of us who worked behind the scenes, it was a rewarding feeling to watch everything we planned (and didn’t plan) unfold. And all those unforgettable moments would not have happened if our TeamAsian colleagues were not equally willing to share their time, talent, and efforts to create unforgettable moments during our getaway.

Kaye: Aside from the usual happy stuff and good food we shared that day, there was something else that came up. Sarah, Dezza and I had to look after one of our colleagues who had so much fun on our last night and got a massive hangover before we left LU! Hint: his name starts with an L and he may or may not have also written about his experiences here.

My stay in La Union was beyond amazing, and I definitely look forward to more geTAways with these bunch of people I love to call as my family.

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Content team in Flotsam and Jetsam

Luigi: I woke up to the view of the sun directly above me and the sand beneath me, with only the faintest recollection of how I ended up there. Then, it hit me: I recalled resting my head on one of the beanbag chairs we had set up on the beach after taking what would’ve been my last shot of whiskey sip of grape juice. I passed out on the beach! was probably so exhausted from last night’s festivities that I fell asleep where I laid by the shore.

Still tired and suffering a massive headache after a night of fun, I skipped breakfast entirely and barely touched my meal at lunch time. If I’m going to be completely honest with you, everything was a blur that day. Even the long, six-hour journey back home was a blur.

And so there it was, two days of pure, unadulterated fun, followed by a day of headaches. That being said, even though I was not able to do everything I set out to do in LU: the surfing, the hipster coffee experience, not to mention suffering through a massive hangover migraine, it was time well spent with the most amazing people you can ever hope to work with. I would do it all again if I could, preferably minus the headache.As for La Union, I will be back! And next time, I may even try surfing.

Postscript

Those three days at La Union gave us TeamAsians a well-deserved respite from work. Every day was an opportunity to bond with our teammates and our colleagues from other teams. Each day was full of discoveries about our fellow TeamAsians–things we would not have found out within the familiar corners of our office. Those three days offered us glimpses of the things that our fellow TeamAsians are passionate about.

There is a bittersweet feeling at leaving Flotsam and Jetsam after soaking in the sun and waves with our friends and colleagues turned family, but we all came back more energized and refreshed, ready once again to bring our clients’ stories to the next level experience.

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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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Track: High
Artist: LYFO
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?