Making Christmas Merrier

By Elymae Valeriano and Valerie Delos Reyes, TeamAsia Marketing and Accounts Department Interns

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa

It has been a great year filled with blessings. And as everyone was preparing for the festivities that come with the season, we were also sharing some Christmas cheer on our own! We were fortunate enough to meet  many kids who did not only make us smile but also taught us about the essence of the Yuletide season.

It is about giving back the blessings we received and share them to people who were not as fortunate as all of us. Ultimately, it’s about spreading joy and love!

For this year’s My Dream in a Shoebox, TeamAsians together with several sponsors gathered once again to bring the spirit of the season to kids from various parts of the world. As interns, this was our first time to join a CSR event and our experience was nothing short of amazing.

Though it was raining hard during our My Dream in a Shoebox gift-giving event, all volunteers soldiered on despite the inclement weather. Upon arrival at the venue, other volunteers were already unloading the shoeboxes for distribution. We were astounded by the number of shoeboxes that were delivered, we were so sure that through these gifts we can make the kids smile and enjoy the holidays.

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The program started with a prayer, followed by parlor games. We were able to share with the kids the fun of the activities by guiding them through the various obstacles. We were also entertained by the fact that the kids were really giving the games their all, knowing that various surprises await the winner.

 

We also had story telling by our very own Ma’am Monette. It was heartwarming to see these children with big smiles on their faces. They were so excited to receive their gifts.
When the gift-giving came, one by one we saw the faces of the kids light up as they received the shoeboxes filled with school supplies. It was truly an emotional experience that opened our eyes to the importance of the day’s events and the preciousness of each and every dream that we were able to enrich that day.

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We are really thankful that we met these kids, because they made us realize the essence of the season. We were able to open our eyes about their plight and how we as individuals can help them move past this and achieve bigger dreams and grander goals.

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The experience of meeting and spending time with these kids was enough to make us smile. And for us, that’s enough to make our Christmas a tad more merry.

 

So Happy TA-gether!

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The TeamAsia family celebrating the success of another year

TeamAsians either spend their days sitting down and creating campaigns or running around making events happen. Not to toot our own horn, but it’s this dedication to our craft that helps us bring brands and ideas to life. But even if we love our job, we love to party, too!  

On December 18, we took our work hats off and replaced it with Santa hats as we closed another successful year with a street party at the South Bay Clubhouse in Paranaque City. Because if we can rock conferences and bring in lots of publicity, we know how to throw a killer bash.

Paella

Mrs. Hamlin’s famous paella, a hefty dish that can serve an army of hungry IMC professionals (Photo from @monettehamlin)

Besides the sumptuous dinner (the highlight of which was President Monette Iturralde-Hamlin’s famous paella), colorful cocktails, and raffle prizes that ranged from useful gift certificates to personal refs to even a flat-screen TV. TeamAsians also gave entertaining performances, with Drew Liberato channelling his creative energy for creating  digital campaigns to choreographing the winning dance for his team performed to a mashup of OPM songs.

Winning Dance

Drew Liberato, Florence Joy dela Cruz, and Cid Santillan showing everyone how it’s done

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Denise Limon [center] accepting her TeamAsian of the Year Award. With her are [L-R] Web Development Director Jefferson Enriquez, Finance Director Maricel Salialam, President Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, Experience Director Pamela Jocson, Managing Director Bea Lim, and HR Officer and Executive Assistant Beverly Aguilar

One of the highlights of the night was the awarding of exceptional employees with recognitions and funny awards. Marketing and Accounts Director Denise Limon won the most awards that night, taking home the Carpe Diem Award, the Fully Present Award, and TeamAsian of the Year for the passion, dedication, and optimism she brings to work every day. You go, Denise!

Rookie of the Year Award

Gagni in tears as he received an Oscar, we mean, the Rookie of the Year Award

Content associate Elton James Gagni, only five months into the job, was awarded Rookie of the Year for his focus and enthusiasm for the International IT-BPM Summit 2015 and the 2015 ASEAN Corporate Governance and Awards. Elton was so overwhelmed that he accepted the award in tears, as if he received the Best Actor Award at the Oscars.

From Rookie of the Year, TeamAsia also recognized the experts in their fields. The company awarded the following members for their continued passion and loyalty, which inspire others to work the same way:

  • Patrick de Jesus, Creatives – Three years
  • Marvin Desuasido, IT & Web – Three years
  • Leo Halili, IT & Web  – Three years
  • Drew Liberato, Content – Three years
  • Cid Santillan, Accounts – Three years
  • Raymond See, Creatives – Three years
  • Edna Leona, Accounting – Five years
  • Nina Oli-Roy, Content – Five years
  • J Darell Sapin, IT & Web –  Five years
  • Zyra Millamina-Sapin, Experience –  Five years
  • Gary Aure, IT & Web – Seven years

For his sense of humor and the joy he brings to the people around him through hashtags and catchphrases, newly-appointed Accounts Supervisor Cid Santillan was awarded the Hashtag Award.

Like Cid, Program Manager Darwin Santiago was awarded the Talk Show Award for knowing the latest office chika and his eagerness to share it, as well as the Wikipedia Award for having an answer to everything, may it be right or wrong. Knowing Darwin, he probably knew he was going to be awarded for both before it was announced.

Behind every successful digital campaign is a skilled web developer, and one of TeamAsia’s best is Marvin Desuasido, who was awarded Mega Efficient for his eagerness to create innovative websites and mobile apps (His team also designed this awesome blog!).

Equally skilled but easily distracted is Associate Editor Immanuel Pastolero, who was given the Shiny Silver Syndrome Award. Are you still with us, Pasty?

Other fun awards included:

The  Facebook Award – Creative Director John Gonzalez

The Human Vulture Award – IT Associate AC Esguerra

Kaladkaring Friend Award – PR and MR Manager Jennifer Fidel

TeamAsia also recognized remarkable employees by giving out department awards for their outstanding work. The winners of the departmental awards were:

  • Joerilyn Mae Milla, Accounting
  • Kia Sta. Ana, Marketing and Accounts
  • Florence Joy dela Cruz, Content
  • Lien Dimzon, Experience
  • Michael Alac, Creatives
  • AC Esguerra, IT & Web

At TeamAsia, we believe in making our clients happy, and at the same time, having fun while doing it. If the company can provide award-winning service to their clients, they sure don’t hold back with their employees!

Cheers to 2015!

2016, we’re ready for you!

Halloween gone Mad Creative!

By Jemimah Dadula, Account Executive

For me, Halloween was never a big deal. I never dressed up in a costume; I never hauled candies in a pumpkin bag.

BUT I was one of the chosen and we were called for a meeting to organize a Halloween Pop Up for all the people in the office. We brainstormed of pranks and gore. We really wanted our Halloween to be a freaky one. Eventually, we decided on a mix of C.S.I. and X-files.

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It started when we sent out this eDM to the whole office. Everybody got excited about the contest and started thinking of their original crime story.

I actually was amazed with everyone’s preparation for Halloween.  And just like Christmas, the office was fully decorated in RED but in a creepy kind of way – with blood and dark rooms. Besides the Caution tapes and the bloodied tissues, we decorated our faces with the appropriate crime scene makeup, too!

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There was a rivalry between our team and the Halloween-contest-two-peat Content department. They’ve been consecutively bagging awards since 2013. This year, they opted for a hair-raising psycho-thriller mass murder story. Here they are posing for a creepy selfie:

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Our team, the Marketing Accounts Department (MAD) teamed up with Creatives… We actually called ourselves The Mad Creatives. Get it? We stuck with the concept of “Ouija Board Gone Wrong” and even shot a CCTV video of the whole thing. Talk about effort, right?

Guess what? We actually won against Content’s mass murder and the Finance-Executive’s rubber duckies homicide! Of course, there won’t be a contest without our beloved clients to judge each department’s narration. They even wanted to celebrate Halloween next year TeamAsia style!

Yay to the amazing Halloween committee – Anna P., Denise, Vince, Lien! I have to quote Bea (our awesome Managing Director) on this, “It was the best TAkot ever!”

 

Interesting Read: Boosting women’s health, powering women’s hearts and minds

They say health is wealth, and though we may consider it a cliche, those five words still holds resonance today. With more and more Filipinos suffering from various life-threatening diseases, the need for a healthier lifestyle is becoming more and more apparent.

TeamAsia President Monette Iturralde-Hamlin’s article on keeping healthy especially for Filipinas has been recently published in Business Mirror, and we are more than happy to share it with you to remind you that your journey to health starts today.

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They say people die of a broken heart. I must be walking dead then since it’s happened twice in the last three years. Seriously though, I was intrigued when the topic of the Women’s Business Council’s WomenBizPH Talks last month bannered “Boosting Women’s Health, Powering Women’s Hearts and Minds.”

Our first speaker was prominent cardiologist Dr. Maria Adelaida “Leni” Iboleon-Dy, chairman of the Philippine Heart Association Council on Women’s Cardiovascular Health. As her many accomplishments were mentioned, what struck me most was that here was a tall, gracious and beautiful woman who has made it to the top in a field dominated by men. What an outstanding testament to womanhood! And instead of just resting on her laurels, she has been campaigning for women’s health.

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. That’s what they call the broken-heart syndrome, Leni shared. Most often seen in post-menopausal women, Takotsubo is brought about by recent severe emotional or physical stress. Emotional stress can be triggered by the death of a loved one, relationship breakups, arguments with a spouse, or constant anxiety due to financial problems. Physical stress examples include acute asthma, surgery, chemotherapy and stroke. First studied in Japan, this stress-induced cardiomyopathy has symptoms similar to a heart attack. It can be lethal, but could clear up in four months if treated right.

Leni urged us to take care of our health, as heart disease is the No. 1 leading cause of death in women regardless of race or ethnicity. In fact, she said one in three women dies of heart disease, compared to one of 30 who dies of cancer.

Leni was on a passionate quest to wake up women to the reality that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major public health issue, and to make them lead healthy lifestyles as a preventive measure. Because women have a higher tolerance for pain (due to childbirth), women are more difficult to diagnose, and are more likely not to get appropriate treatment following a first heart attack. As Leni said, we tend to “tough it out” more than men. Women also have different symptoms from men, ranging from a “doomed” feeling, or being “suddenly very tired,” vomiting or having indigestion.

Leni categorized the risk factors for CVD into what can be changed and what cannot. The bad news is that we can’t do anything about heredity, about being women, or about getting older, especially when we hit menopause. The good news is we can adopt healthier lifestyles by quitting smoking (and staying away from secondhand smoke), eating healthier, exercising, controlling weight gain, and taking the necessary medication for conditions like high blood cholestrol, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Leni recommended vigorous activities like brisk walking, running or swimming, or even dancing for at least 30 minutes, six days a week to get the heart and lungs in top condition. As for nutrition, it was best to avoid cholesterol-rich food and fad diets that promise quick results, and instead opt for a healthy, balanced diet.

Another casualty of aging is our minds. “My yesterdays are disappearing, my tomorrows are uncertain, so what do I live for? I live for each day. I live in the moment.” Quoting neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, our second speaker Gina Lumauig, director of Communications of Neeuro Pte. Ltd., Singapore, highlighted the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention to close the treatment gap for dementia.

Dementia, a syndrome caused by different brain illnesses, affects memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday functions. There are an estimated 44.4 million people worldwide suffering from dementia. Meanwhile, according to the Dementia Society of the Philippines, an estimated 200,000 Filipinos suffer from dementia, with many more having to live with the problems the illness brings, not just as patients but as caregivers.

There are things that we can do to keep our brains fit, such as being fit physically, getting enough sleep, eating healthy, laughing and volunteering. Writing by hand is one of the best ways to sharpen our mind.

We all had so much fun while learning how important it is to keep our bodies, hearts and minds healthy. But more than the fun and the learning, it was great bonding with other women at the Women’s Business Council (WBC).

WBC provides a platform for discussing women’s issues in business and finding solutions to challenges women face in the conduct of their business. WBC is working with the Department of Trade and Industry to organize the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Public-Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy in September 2015. And it looks like we’ll be very busy mounting this.

So, is it possible to die of a broken heart? According to Leni, yes. Can it be cured?  Yes.  Can we delay the onset of dementia? According to Gina, yes. So, ladies, let’s start living healthy.

Harness information, power nations, and connect the world in IIS 2015

International IT-BPM Summit 2015

Are you excited for the upcoming International IT-BPM Summit this October?

Yes, we are! TeamAsians are all pumped up and excited for this year’s IIS. So better watch out as we gather all pieces together in preparation for the grand #IISPH2015 day.

For more updates, regularly visit the IIS blog at http://blog.internationalitbpmsummit.com.

We got recognized by DOLE!

Last Wednesday, we were recognized by the Department of Labor and Employment as one of the most compliant companies to the general labor standards. We also got a certificate of compliance for following occupational safety and health standards.

We are so happy to be recognized because of the work we are doing to improve the lives of our TA wonders because they are at the heart of everything we do here at TeamAsia.

See how excited we were? A selfie was in order =)

See how excited we were? A selfie was in order =)

TeamAsia is one of the first 18 companies recognized by DOLE out of the 288 member companies of the Information Technology and Business Process Management Association of the Philippines. The award was received by TeamAsia managing director, Bea Lim, last April 29. 

10 Awesome DigicatsPR Moments

Exactly one month ago, we decided to document all of our silliness on Twitter as a sort of online scrapbook of our most cherished moments as part of the TeamAsia family. Life is fleeting and in some ways this helps remind us—especially during such high-stress times—just how much fun we’re actually having together.

Don’t ask me or any of us Content people what the significance of the Twitter handle ‘DigicatsPR’ is, because I doubt we’ll be able to explain where that came from or how that term even encompasses us all. It just does.

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