SYKES Philippines Dominates Manila and Cebu Inter-BPO Basketball Leagues

SYKES reigned supreme in the Recreational and Recreational Plus divisions of the Men’s Basketball Tournament in the recently concluded BPO ClassicsConference held recently at the Phenom Sports Center in Makati City while the SYKES Cebu Pioneers also clinched the title in the City Sports Club-Cebu’s (CSCC) E-League Basketball Tournament at the CSCC Gym.

SYKES’ Recreational Division team was a heavy favorite entering the finals after they swept the elimination round. Meanwhile, the Recreational Plus Division SYKES team finishedfourth in the elimination round but stunned everyone when they defeated top-seeded Wells Fargo in the semis.

In the first game of the BPO Classics double-header, the Recreational Division SYKES team built an early lead with its scoring efficiency and rebounding prowess. IQVIA rallied to close the gap but fell short to the two-time champions who secured another title with a decisive 73-67 win.

In the second match, SYKES faced the number 2 seed Sitel and trailed for most of the game. A late rally and crucial defensive stops in the last 2 minutes gave SYKES the edge andthe teamdelivereda thrilling upset win to claim its first Recreational Plus Division title.

SYKES’ Michael Mostrales and Renan de Leon received the Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards for the Recreational and Recreational Plus divisions respectively. Meanwhile, SYKES’ Jerson Moriska (Recreational) and Noel Rivera (Recreational Plus) were named Best Players of the championship games.

In Cebu, the SYKES Pioneers team had to force a do-or-die game in their best-of-three series versus Accenture to have one more shot at the title in the Elite Classic Division.

With the game locked at 65 apiece and only 1:13 left in the clock, SYKES relied on its stars to counter top-seeded Accenture’s late offensive push and finally end the Pioneers’ 14-year title drought. Finals MVP Victor Manuel Rabat, Jan Michael Auditor and Earldred Cesar Montillacombined for 61 of SYKES’ 70 points.

Auditor, who finished as the season’s top scorer, also bagged both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards, becoming only the third player to do so in league history.

SYKES’ strong showing in the Inter-BPO tournaments was no accident. The company has been known for its “Work. Learn. Grow” mantra which extends outside the office.

Lia Lynn Marcos, SYKES Senior Director for Human Resources in the Asia Pacific, shares SYKES’ formula for success, “We encourage our employees to pursue their passions even while working because we believe in the importance of work-life integration. Through their exposure to external competitions they learn to develop physical and interpersonal skills that would help them grow personally and professionally.”

To know more about SYKES and its employee programs, visit or follow @SYKESPHofficial on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

SYKES bags its third Recreational Division Championship in the BPO Classics Tournament

SYKES celebrates its first title in the BPO Classics Recreational Plus Division
The SYKES Pioneers ends its title drought at the CSCC E-Leagues’ Elite Classic Division

Michael Mostrales, MVP for BPO Classics’ Recreational Division

Renan de Leon, MVP for BPO Classics’ Recreational Plus Division

Jan Michael Auditor, MVP and Rookie of the Year for CSCC E-Leagues’ Elite Classic Division

JLL Helps Shape the Real Estate Industry with the Future of Work

            In the recently held The Future Summit of the Urban Land Institute, JLL’s PropTech Director Jordan Kostelac opened the forum by highlighting the importance of balancing the co-existence of humans and technology in the workplace. During the innovation summit, Jordan explained the realities happening in most workplaces today particularly the digitization in processes and jobs. Furthermore, Jordan emphasized that digitization has advantages and several positive attributes to organizations without having to lose the human factor.

We are standing on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Converging industries and shortening product lifecycles in today’s modern world are forcing companies to aggressively innovate and constantly transform. Driven by rapid technological innovations, both physical and digital worlds are merging, resulting to shifts in the way corporate real estate is evolving. Organizations globally are challenged to adapt sustainable ways tailored-fit to the operations in achieving a balance between the people and technology.

JLL, the country’s leading corporate real estate consultancy firm, continues to endeavor tech-driven projects to deliver global-quality of work utilized by JLL employees for the growing needs of clients. Jordan takes pride in JLL’s workplace strategy into making technology work for its employees to ensure that services are delivered conveniently.

As a response in the rapidly changing workplace, JLL advocates The Future of Work where it envisions a sustainable outlook on the evolving work environment focused on the overall human experience thriving in a digitally-advanced job set-up. At the Future Summit, Jordan mentioned the need for developers in creating work spaces that put the humans or its users at the core. Human experience should be the priority in building a tech-driven work environment. JLL’s vision of the Future of Work provides a better understanding on how industries must transform to remain relevant and admired while creating impact to the next generation.

            According to JLL’s research, the Philippine industries must be equipped with future-ready organizational approaches to maintain growth in its performance specifically among the employees. JLL cites the Philippine Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, which employs 1.2 million people, as one of the most prominent sectors that may face several disruption factors, particularly the Robotic Process Automation (RPA). The RPA is predicted to have a significant impact on jobs held by humans in the next five years wherein the automation of jobs will take over call centers and customer service resulting to major reduction in the number of employees needed for operation. As reported by the International Labor Organization, about 89% of BPO workers in the Philippines are at high risk with the imposition of job automation.

JLL further adds that innovation in the traditional business models may be deemed as a challenge for organizations that continue to function in silos especially when collaboration is highly-fostered among employees across industries, making jobs effectively and efficiently accomplished. JLL expects that these challenges will bring positive changes to various industries that can embrace uncertainty, turn disruption into opportunity, and take clear and collective action.

JLL Philippines’ Country Head, Christophe Vicic is currently the Chairperson of the Property Guru Philippines Property Awards where he continues to impart the principles of the Future of Work by guiding organizations and industries in determining the success of their future work space.  In JLL’s Future of Work, it shares forward-looking approaches to companies that charts a five-dimensional path to a future-ready environment for the employees by that will lead through formidable disruptions and changes.

The five interrelated dimensions in JLL’s Future of Work model are:

  1. Human Experience

Putting humans at the center of the workplace is key. It’s not just about the space – companies need to create workplaces where employees want to be. Users’ experience has to be enhanced through engagement, empowerment, and fulfilment.

  • Digital Drive

Utilizing digitization and rich date to enhance people and enterprise performance. Utilize robotics and automation – freeing employees to focus on highest value activities.

  • Continuous Innovation

Combining new thinking and coming up with solutions and processes to drive value creation and accelerate transformation. Innovation is about avoiding obsolescence – all organizations must constantly innovate or be disrupted (ex. Co working spaces, VR can support creativity; Leverage crowdsourcing & open innovation).

  • Operational Excellence

Optimizing enterprise resources and service delivery to increase productivity, mitigate risks, and ensure high performance.

  • Financial Performance

Managing spending to enable growth and enhancing return of investment. 

Christophe takes pride that the new JLL Philippine hub enlivens the vision of the Future of Work where human experience is the focused of the company’s initiatives in achieving digital drive, innovation, operational excellence, and financial performance. All throughout the design planning for the new Philippine office, the goal was to make the Future of Work happen for the employees, to ensure that technology will adjust to the needs of its user.

JLL avers that regardless of priority and response, these five dimensions are all vital to running a thriving organization. However, a thorough understanding on the needs of every industry and organization is crucial in determining a tailor-fit approach in ensuring a future-ready workplace. JLL says companies should explore and study each one of the Future of Work’s five dimensions to be able to build both a vision and strategy that will help them achieve their ambitions.

JLL continues to contribute in the changing world of work with the Future of Work by taking the lead in industry discussions, where companies globally are guided to be empowered and transform to its very best. JLL’s Future of Work is designed to equip companies amidst disruption with framework and tools necessary to adapt to changes, remain relevant, and create more opportunities in achieving the business goals.

       **To learn more about JLL’s Future of Work, visit

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 90,000 as of December 31, 2018. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

In the Philippines, JLL has been operating in the country since 1997 as a 100% wholly-owned entity and currently manages about 5.2 million square meters of real estate with a workforce of over 1,100 employees. With more than two decades of local expertise working hand-in-hand with its global legacy, JLL provides to the Philippine real estate market an unparalleled synergy of services with a strong commitment to achieve real estate ambitions through future-ready approaches. For more information, visit

Contact: Chele Mendoza
Phone: +63 917 840 3536

Mother’s Day Surprise at F1 Hotel Manila

Every mother deserves to be honored and spoiled for the sincere love and care they give generously and endlessly. Why not show your appreciation to your mom by celebrating her special day at F1 Hotel Manila with the whole family.

Surprise that special woman in your life by rewarding her with a happy experience at F1 Hotel Manila this Mother’s Day. Treat her with the MOMentous Room Packageprepared specially for all the wonder women out there. Let her experience a grand staycation for only Php 6,500 net per night in a City Suite available from May 8-15, 2019; perfect for family bonding! More pampering is in store for your mom as this promo is inclusive of a free one (1) hour F1 signature massage, breakfast buffet for two (2) persons, access to pool area and Wi-Fi, compliments from the hotel for being such an amazing woman. Furthermore La Filipinawill also be giving free lootbags for those moms who will check-in on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019.

Introduce mom to the luxury of a staycation and let her feel appreciated at The Home of Happy Experiences. Moms are entitled to relax and unwind too, and there’s no place better to celebrate Mother’s Day than F1 Hotel Manila.

F1 Hotel Manila is centrally located at 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City. For room reservations, please call 908-7888 or e-mail and for more information, visit

F1 Hotel Manila’s New Ala Carte Menu

Nestled at the heart of Bonifacio Global City, F1 Hotel Manila’s F All-Day Dining presents its new ala carte menu offerings with classic Filipino cuisines infused with different techniques and traditions from various continents.

The selection was carefully curated by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Angelo “Chubby” Timban, who is known for creating classic inimitable dishes. The focus is to produce quality dishes with ingredients delivered fresh everyday from local suppliers to secure the upper-class quality of taste and texture.

The new Ala Carte menu offers a wide range of gastronomical selections but also retained long-standing favorites, including the all-time favorite Mexinigang; Philippines famous Sinigang infused with a Mexican twist.

From appetizers and main courses to the choices for desserts, the highlights of the menu are the chef’s three recommended dishes. The “Chairman’s” Burger, which is the hotel owner’s personal favorite is made with US grade home-made patty, spread with salsa sauce and topped with swiss cheese and a Sloppy Joe fries on the side for delicious contentment. Followed by the eccentric Classico Rogu Pasta which is made with a pasta combination of Italian-Filipino Caldereta sauce, garnished with tasty black croutons and potatoes.And lastly, the 3-Way Lechon for the pork lovers! Carefully steamed and roasted pork for those delicate features and deep-fried the second time for scrumptious crispness on every bite sided to serve with bagoong rice.

Explore and taste F All-Day Dining’s new ala carte menu that will surely satisfy your palate. Visit F1 Hotel Manila at 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and try our Chef’s recommended dishes. For inquiries and restaurant reservations, please call 908-7888.

Fil-Global Celebrates Anniversary Through Immigration EXPO: Study, Work, and Live Abroad!

Fil-Global Immigration Services Corporation once again celebrated their anniversary with a blast. The company welcomed the public with a keynote entitled #FGlobalBridge EXPO 2019 last April 12th, from 2pm to 6pm at the Roberts Hall, 4th flr. of Times Plaza Building, United Nations Avenue corner Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila. The event educated the public about the opportunities that the company and its partners may cater to them, shared the innovations of the company within their successful years in the industry, promoted the progress of the immigration industry in the Philippines and the company as well and lastly, fostered and strengthened the cooperation and communication within the company, the partners and the public as well. Attendees were given rare opportunities specifically: 50% discount on the consultation fee, waving of 2,000 canadian dollars on those who wishes to proceed with Niagara College, massive discounts on different schools in Canada and Australia and on review sessions for Pearson Test of English and IELTS. Moreover, the event would not be possible without the help and cooperation of Fil-Global’s following partners: Security Bank, Niagara College Canada, Queensford College, ACSENDA School of Management, Skills Australia Institute, Stanley College, New Era Institute, Glen Institute, International House – Sydney, Strathfied College, Southern Cross University, Cambridge International College, International College of Advanced Education, Academic Centre, Philippine Residences, JVB Travel and Tours, Pearson Test of English, Niners IELTS Review Center, and Australian Technical College of Western Australia. To give further background, Fil-Global Immigration Services Corporation is a world-class company that started in London, United Kingdom (August 11, 2014), offering different kind of visas (Student Visa, Business Visa, Dependent Visa, Spousal Visa, Fiancee Visa, General Skilled Migrant Visa, and J-1 Visa) to United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United States and many others. For more inquiries, you can visit their office at the 9th flr. of Times Plaza Building, United Nations Avenue corner Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila. Get constant updates by following their facebook page, instagram, and twitter at @fgonestepcloser and their MSA website: Book appointments for a FREE consultation, you can call (02) 798 0302. Undeniably, Fil-Global Immigration Services Corporation believes that taking the first step in achieving one’s goal and ultimate dream shall start from acquiring knowledge and information through a delightful and jubilant Immigration Expo! Call us TODAY and make that life-changing choice!

Travel Guide

Travel Guide to Help You Stay Healthy this Summer

Summer in the country also signifies family bonding, this is the season when family and friends plan
their getaway and along with your travel checklist, a to-do list for your health should not be missed.
With the heat index rising to an uncomfortable level, knowing what to bring and how to relieve yourself
from its effect can have an impact in your general well-being. The following items should be present in
your bag at all times.
Having this anywhere is a must. UV rays are present everywhere even at off-peak of the sun. Rid
yourself from sunburn by regularly applying sunblock lotion.
Drinking Water
Always have a bottle ready and quench up regularly. Water can help bring down body temperature and
hinder you from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Vitamin C
Never neglect to bring Vitamin C whenever you travel. Heat level varies from place to place and the
frequent change of weather can spell health disaster as it triggers weakening of your immune system.
Supplementing on Vitamin C during these times can be very helpful.
In as much as supporting your immune system, Vitamin C plays an important role in generating energy
in the body. It is part of a complex mechanism in the body that helps to supply nutrients to our cells for
energy production thereby allowing our body to function optimally at all times.
Heat exhaustion or heat stress is also a common condition during the season. Both adult and children
are prone to have this problem one way or the other. Heat rash may not be far behind as skin irritations
from the weather and physiological aspect in our body reacts to heat. Regular intake of vitamin C also
reduces the interval of time for your body to adjust to hotter environment. Research also shows that
vitamin C helps the body physiologically respond to heat stress.
Aside from these factors, Vitamin C was also found to reduce histamine effects. Allergic reactions to the
environment as well as mosquito bites that leaves stings that causes itchiness and irritations and vitamin
C can help curb the effects.
In taking Vitamin C supplements, make sure you are using its safest form. Bewell-C Sodium Ascorbate,
a non-acidic Vitamin C is safe to be taken in large doses to get its full potential. Bewell-C Sodium
Ascorbate also comes in handy individual pack.
Bewell-C Sodium Ascorbate is available in Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. For
more health guide and updates, Visit their Facebook page: .

Airspeed Bridging the Gap Through M Lhuillier Branches

Lhuillier Financial Services, Inc. and Airspeed have entered a business partnership involving their latest product, ML Kargo Padala. This service allows customers to send and receive documents and parcels within the Philippines in select M Lhuillier outlets nationwide. The logistics services will be provided by Airspeed, ensuring that customers will be experiencing cost-effective, efficient, and fast service.

“We are so excited for the opportunity to partner with M Lhuillier and offer this type of service. We believe this will bridge the gap, making delivery services more accessible and convenient for those in far-flung areas, small online sellers, or busy people who are never home,” says Rosemarie Rafael, the Chairman and President of Airspeed.

Not only will Filipinos nationwide be able to benefit from these delivery services, but so will our kababayans abroad—namely in the Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego counties. Airspeed has also partnered up with select ML Remit by M Lhuillier branches in Southern California to offer delivery services to the Philippines. Our kababayans can now send packages weighing up to 7 lbs. by visiting these branches: West Covina, Chula Vista, Long Beach, Carson, Woodland Hills, Eagle Rock, Panorama, Oxnard, and North Hills.

Airspeed is an express and logistics company that has been in the industry for 33 years, and offers multi-modal solutions combining air and sea freight, and land transportation. Airspeed also specializes in customs brokerage, cargo handling, local distribution, e-commerce deliveries, and warehousing.

With over 2,000 branches, M Lhuillier Financial Services Inc. continues to spur customer loyalty with its trusted services that include Kwarta Padala, Quick Cash Loans, Pamilya Insurance Plans, Pawnshop, Money Changer, Tele-communication/TV Loading, and Flight Booking Payments.

For the list of M Lhuillier branches (Philippines) being serviced by Airspeed, please visit or ask your friendly M Lhuillier front liner associates. Airspeed is a corporate logistics company focused in Freight Forwarding Solutions, Customs Releasing, Customized Logistics, Warehousing and Distribution. With its growing network, Airspeed aims to make it happen to all of its stakeholders, as it has for over 30 years.  Founded in 1985 as an international air freight forwarder, Airspeed is now one of the country’s most trusted and fastest growing logistics brand serving the B2B and B2C market. Airspeed can make it happen for you: Visit, or call (632) 854 -1284, 852- 7359, 852-7376 or 854- 1291; Email us at, and follow Airspeed_International

Lamudi Kicks Off Housing Fair 2019 at TriNoma

Lamudi has once again hosted another successful housing fair. This year, the number one real estate platform kicked the series off at the TriNoma Activity Center. Like previous housing fairs, the Lamudi Housing Fair in Trinoma offered an extensive selection of property offerings from some of the country’s biggest industry players. The exhibitors were SMDC, Aspire by Filinvest, Futura by Filinvest, Prestige by Filinvest, The Hauslands, Amiya Raya, Taft Properties, Robinsons Communities, BPI Family Housing Loan, Grand Monaco, Ortigas & Company, Phinma Properties, Pag-IBIG Fund, SandariBatulao, and Suntrust.

Several experts in various facets of real estate also imparted their knowledge to property seekers and sellers. For instance, a talk on Property Photography was discussed, as well as Interior Design Essentials, especially for small spaces.

“The Lamudi Housing Fair is the perfect venue for those actively and passively looking to invest in a property. Each one of our housing fairs has a goal to connect buyers to the right people so they can make the right decision. By bringing together property seekers and property sellers, we are helping them understand the steps involved in the decision-making process and learn from each other. ”Lamudi CEO Bhavna Suresh said of the Lamudi Housing Fair.

“We had hoped that TriNoma would set the tone positively for this year’s run and needless to say, we were not disappointed by the turnout. The following ones will offer the same benefits, if not more, to attendees as we really want our housing fairs to provide value and worth their time.”

The next Lamudi Housing Fair will be happening on July 20 to 21 at Glorietta, followed by SM Cebu in September, and lastly, SM Mall of Asia in December.

The Lamudi Housing Fair in TriNoma was sponsored by DMCI Homes, Aboitiz Land, Land Bank of the Philippines, Land Registration Authority, Food Panda, and Red Doors, also, in partnership with Philippine Daily Inquirer Property, Business Mirror, Business World, Malaya Business Insight, The Philippine Star and ThinkBIT as official registration partner.

For more information, please visit the official website.

Las Casas beats sweltering heat with summer treats

In Photo: Bask in the waters of Umagol River aboard our kayak while appreciating the unique architectural treat of Las Casas.

The sun is up and summer sizzle is finally here.

During this time of the year, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar adds a modern flair to its patriotic premise. All geared up to be the perfect go-to escapade this season, Las Casas welcomes its guests with incomparable Filipino hospitality, umpteen options of exciting activities, and thirst-quenching delights.

Nestled on the tip of West Philippine Sea, Las Casas takes pride of its private beach where guests may take pleasure of its fine sand, serene waters, and picturesque views.

To keep our guests’ adrenaline pumping, a selection of water sports activities are made available. This includes jetski, bandwagon, UFO, banana boat, kayak, and flying fish. For the fainthearted, worry no more as you may unleash your inner child through our inflatable playground or simply opt to bask in the afternoon sun while dipping into our batis-inspired swimming pool.

Transform your dull vacation into a fun-filled one with Las Casas’ ‘Beat the Heat’ treat. Groups of four may avail their summer package at PHP 14,000 inclusive of one (1) Large Superior Deluxe themed-accommodation, a choice of 2 water activities for two, 45-minute traditional massage for two, and free access to the resort’s heritage walking tour.

Adults and kids sure get hungry after a long euphoric day. Good thing, Las Casas offers a diverse collection of thirst-quenching delights made perfect for solo adventurers, romantic couples, and even feasts for families.

For more information, visit Las Casas’ Facebook page or website at Interested readers can also reach them via 332.5286 or 332.5338.


Located at the heart of Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is the only Philippine destination that showcases the best of Filipino heritage and culture through the colorful stories as retold by Jose “Jerry” Acuzar’s collection of restored Spanish-Filipino houses.

From the majestic architectural design to heart-warming revival of traditions, Las Casas is a complete package to a one-of-a-kind travel to the past.

All these unique initiatives of Jose Acuzar in line with his mission to bring Filipino heritage to greater heights has caught the attention of the international scene by being the only Philippine property to be a part of the Conde Nast Johansens Luxury Global Collection and Historic Hotels Worldwide.

This heritage resort is also the Asia Awards of Excellence winner for Asia’s most excellent destination for 2017 and is a project of the New San Jose Builders, Inc.

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