The night of November 7, 2018 was filled with games, prizes, food, wine and entertainment. Indeed, the perfect mix of elements that help build a stronger sense of camaraderie among UTalkers. This year’s Acquaintance Party with the theme of post-Halloween held at Abanao Square Activity Area also bore witness to several lucky UTalkers bringing home some tokens after winning in the raffle draws throughout the program.
Providing fun-millennial brand of hosting were Jefferson Rufino and Ponseca Del Rosario. Their friendship in and out of the office showed as their chemistry on stage was very evident. Some of the early birds were no less than the Department Heads namely: Stephanie Arellano (Operations Support Manager), Brandy Aluyao (Head Teacher), Don Lagadan (Software Development), Collin Abul (Quality Assurance and Training), and Richemem Medez (Teacher Support). Also present and partakers in the night’s prepared fun activities ware Team Leaders – Leslie Lang-ayan, Jerard Timbalopez, Jennifer Dela Cruz, Harold Garcia, Michelle Bamba, and Heidi Banglag. Similarly, Lesson Development Assistant Team Leaders Florence Leo and Paulo Guinto were active participants in the games.
Senior Operations Manager, Norhaine Dadula was in Manila on the date of the party to attend to some UTalk business matters but sent her message to all UTalkers:
“This is such exciting times for UTalk. As of date, we have 11 new batches of trainees, 176 teachers and about 256 employees in total. That’s double the number of employees we have this time last year. Having so many employees and two centers, it is likely we have not met or talked to some of our colleagues and so this is the perfect time for us to get acquainted and have fun as we finish the year 2018 and embark on a new journey next year. Enjoy each other’s company, meet a new friend and get to know your fellow UTalker. Have a wonderful evening!”
Several raffle draw winners as well as those who won in the fun-filled games went home with special tokens from the party. Entertainment portions in-between raffle draws and games were provided via individual song numbers from Christian Peralta (Teacher Support) and Harold Garcia (Team Leader, Team Anunnakis). Christian charmed the audience with his own version of the Weeknd’s “I Feel it Coming”. Meanwhile, TL Harold serenaded UTalkers with his heartfelt rendition of the song, “You’ll Be Safe Here” by Rivermaya. Both performers have the natural ability to keep their audience engaged and wanting for more. Indeed, they once again proved that UTalkers are very talented.
Bagging the “Best in Costume Award” was Teacher Maylyza Tangalin with her adorable onesie bear costume that won the nods of the Department Heads who served as panel of judges for said award. To cap off the night, the entire UTalk family took a group picture on the stage with their new found friends from this year’s Halloween Acquaintance Party.