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This month, Baguio celebrates the world-famous annual Panagbenga Festival and it's surely the time again for locals and tourists alike to experience the city in full bloom. Truly, the festivities and flower designs all over the city are one for the books. This month is even made more special as it’s also the “Month of Love” with Valentine’s Day just a few days ahead of the official Panagbenga opening ceremony.

In celebration of these big traditions, UTalk held a Facebook-photo liking contest. In the said activity, UTalkers were asked to post a picture of themselves with one of the famous Baguio scenic spots as background. The photo caption should include a Valentine’s Day-related Love Quote that captures one’s feelings while at the chosen scenic spot. Among the goals of the “Hugot sa Baguio” contest are to help promote Baguio City as summer capital via online platform, to show support to the local tourism office by informing  tourists regarding major scenic spots in the city, and spread awareness of our Facebook Group page via the tagged photos of contestants.

Several entries from UTalkers came pouring in as early as the launch date of the contest which ran for a week. Some actively promoted to their Facebook friends to react or like their uploaded entries. Ultimately, there could only be 5 winners out of all the entries. Congratulations to our big winners!

 

 

 

This month, Baguio celebrates the world-famous annual Panagbenga Festival and it's surely the time again for locals and tourists alike to experience the city in full bloom. Truly, the festivities and flower designs all over the city are one for the books. This month is even made more special as it’s also the “Month of Love& Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

UTalkers were all about elegance and prestige on the night of February 9, 2019 as they celebrated the annual Spring Festival. This year’s theme of #UTalkGlam2019 highlighted the year’s most anticipated event. Everyone came wearing their gorgeous dresses and most charming coat-and-tie ensemble all looking forward to a night of fun with fellow UTalkers.

The event welcomed 250 employees of UTalk at Albergo Hall of Albergo Hotel along Villamor Drive, Baguio City. The grand ballroom was a captivating witness to how UTalkers walked the red carpet (and owned it!) by way of the parade of all 16 teams. No less than the Department Heads – Collin Abul (Quality Assurance and Training), Brandy Aluyao (Education), Stephanie Arellano (Operations Support), Cristina Austria (Lesson Development), Tyrel Fecha (Information Technology), and Don Lagadan (Software and Application Development) – and UTalk’s Senior Operations Manager, Norhaine Dadula, led the way for the said dazzling entrance to the main hall. Meanwhile, masters of ceremony, Rommel De Guzman and Katrin Hipona, took care of the official team introductions. 

Kicking off the night of activities was the opening speech by SOM Norhaine Dadula which was shortly followed by the first draw in a series of raffle draws throughout the night. Another highlight of the event was the “UTalk Your Face Sounds Familiar” contest. Several members of the Education Department showcased their talents in lip-syncing and copying the look of music icons. It proved to be a big night for Timothy Balanga (Team Humble Asuras) who impersonated Beyonce Knowles as he brought home the grand prize. Winning runner up prizes were, Ashley Dulnuan (Team Audacious Anunnakis) with her Bruno Mars number and Mercy Lynn Torres (Team Dauntless Adarna) in her Axel Rose rock star groove.

The annual party wouldn’t be complete without the traditional employee and team recognition ceremony dubbed as “UTalk Elite Circle”. Eight employees from different departments were awarded the “Outstanding Employee of the Year” with their respective plaques of recognition and cash reward. Three employees who were top applicant referrers were also given plaques and cash rewards as UTalk “Employee Referral Program Ambassadors”.

For the team category, the Lesson Development Department (Formidable Hydre Team) won the coveted “Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Champion” as they garnered the overall highest KPI score for the entire 2018 among all Non-Teaching Departments. Similarly, Team Humble Asuras bagged the KPI Champion from the Education Department for this year’s ceremony.

The UTalk family photo shoot capped off the night of glam, awards, rewards, prizes and lasting friendships. Cheers to a new year and to more success, UTalkers!

 

UTalkers were all about elegance and prestige on the night of February 9, 2019 as they celebrated the annual Spring Festival. This year’s theme of #UTalkGlam2019 highlighted the year’s most anticipated event. Everyone came wearing their gorgeous dresses and most charming coat-and-tie ensemble all looking forward to a night of fun with Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

 

Spreading the Christmas cheer in 2018, UTalkers participated in a gift drive dubbed as “Share the Joy, Give a Toy” that aimed to share the holiday spirit with the kids of Helping Hands, Healing Hearts Ministries Philippines Inc., by way of toys and books. The beneficiaries of the gift drive are the kids of the Children’s Home who are comprised of abandoned and rescued kids.  This was the second time that UTalk took part in a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity involving the kids of Helping Hands. The first activity was held in June 2018 where volunteers provided entertainment via a values-oriented puppet show much to the delight of the kids.

The toy and gift drive started December 10th and lasted until December 20th. Both Abanao and Quezon Hill centers of UTalk, each had actively participated in this cause. Toys and books have been repackaged in boxes ready for the official turn-over from UTalk representatives to Helping Hands officers. The actual turn-over happened on December 27, 2018 with the presence of the members of Human Resources and Communications Department (HRCD) - Marilou Adonis, Gerald Fabro and Edward Mauri. They were assisted by the in-house officers of the Children’s Home who were gracious to allow the UTalk representatives to meet some of the kids during the turnover.

The kids had smiles on their faces and pure joy in their eyes upon learning that the boxes contained toys and books. After the boxes were opened, each of the kids had taken turns into getting their choice of toys and books. The room was filled with their giggles and excited small voices.

Indeed, Christmas is for everyone, most especially the kids. It’s in this season that we get to show them the value of sharing and the magic of love. Love, that UTalkers have always been generous to share.

  Spreading the Christmas cheer in 2018, UTalkers participated in a gift drive dubbed as “Share the Joy, Give a Toy” that aimed to share the holiday spirit with the kids of Helping Hands, Healing Hearts Ministries Philippines Inc., by way of toys and books. The beneficiaries of the gift drive are the kids of the Children’s Read More...

- HR and Communications Department
"Paskong Pistang Pinoy" 27 December 2018

 

Joining the spirit of the Christmas holidays, UTalk held its yearly Christmas Party tradition on December 19, 2018.  It was a night of celebration, fun games, raffle draw prizes, good food and the ever-present essence of Filipino Family. With this year’s theme of “Paskong Pistang Pinoy” (Filipino Christmas Feast), tenured and new employees of UTalk gathered together at the Quezon Hill site amidst the welcoming cold night breeze of Baguio City.

 

The party kicked-off with the traditional welcome remarks from Operations Support Manager, Stephanie Dawn Arellano, followed by the first game of the night. The game focused on getting the contestants to eat Filipino local delicacy called “Suman” (rice cake) the fastest, while the pairs were blindfolded. The game elicited quite a good laugh from the other UTalkers as the pairs came up with different ways of achieving the end goal of the game. Another fun-filled game geared towards testing team agility and creativity was the “Longest Straw Challenge”. In this game, three teams of 10 were tasked to create the longest possible straight line of drinking straws in 2 minutes, with each member taking turns in attaching the straws one after the other. The competition went down the wire as 2 teams came really close to each other in terms of the length of their straw line. Ultimately however, the winning team was the one that had a mere 2 inches of advantage. Talk about a close fight! Capping-off the games for the night was another pair-up activity where the goal was to showcase the best looking gift wrapping skills. Excitement escalated as the contestants encountered varying difficulties in accomplishing the task due to the main restriction which was doing the wrapping using only one hand of each pair. The winning pair received nods of approval from the Department Heads who served as judges.

 

Aside from the games, the night was also filled with raffle draws with exciting prizes given away throughout the program. It can be said that this is the highlight of the night as each UTalker hoped and anticipated with bathed breath if he/she will get to bring home one of the coveted prizes. Big winners include Marife Manuel of the Quality Assurance and Training Team (3rd prize), Richemem Medes of the Teacher Support Team (2nd prize), and Janine Dayao of Team Leslie (Grand Prize). Other than the major prizes, several minor prizes were also given away with the help of Department Heads present – Collin Abul (Quality Assurance and Training Department), Melvin Rivera (HR and Communications Department), Brandy Aluyao (Education Department), Don Lagadan (Software and Application Development Department), and Cristina Austria (Lesson Development Department).

A special set of gifts were also given to the House Keeping team as simple tokens of appreciation for their year-round providing diligent service in maintaining the cleanliness of both the Abanao and Quezon Hill sites. Closing the event, Senior Operations Manager, Norhaine Dadula thanked everyone who attended the party and wished UTalkers blessed holidays.

 

 

 

  Joining the spirit of the Christmas holidays, UTalk held its yearly Christmas Party tradition on December 19, 2018.  It was a night of celebration, fun games, raffle draw prizes, good food and the ever-present essence of Filipino Family. With this year’s theme of “Paskong Pistang Pinoy” (Filipino Christmas Feast), t Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

 

As UTalk continuously pushes for active involvement in activities that aim to strengthen ties with the focal institutions in the Benguet community, it’s with great pride and excitement that we became part of the 33rd PEZALUBONG and BCEZ Kick-off @40. The event which was held on November 26, 2018, spearheaded by Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Baguio City was attended by several other PEZA Locators (PEZA certified companies).  The program was an avenue to bring together organizations all over the city that are one in aspiring for quality services and quality life.

Gracing the event were Baguio Councilor Joel Alangasab, Dr. Rowena P. Galpo (City Health Officer), Dr. Rolando Enrique Domingo (Undersecretary of Health), Dr. Gundo Aurel Weiler (WHO Representative in the Philippines), Atty. Rene Joey Mipa (Zone Administrator, BCEZ and Head, Cluster 3) and BGen Charito Plaza (Director General, PEZA). Together, they helped launch several programs involving PEZA and PEZA-certified companies including UTalk.

Launch PEZALUBONG IT-BPO Convergence Exhibit

The event began with the ceremonial ribbon cutting headed by Atty. Rene Joey Mipa and BGen Charito Plaza .The ribbon cutting held in the morning marked the official opening of the PEZALUBONG activity which will run from November 26, 2018 until January 25, 2019. In the PEZALUBONG activity area there are several food kiosks, overruns bazaar, BPO and ESL companies information booths (including that of UTalk). A recruitment Job Fair is also set to happen as part of this 2-month long activity wherein UTalk will surely take part in with high hopes of sourcing another batch of excellent teachers.

Launch of Revolution Smoke-Free

Councilor Joel Alangasab, the principal author of the Smoke-Free Baguio shared some inspiring thoughts on why he has been very determined to put into action the city ordinance. He put emphasis on the importance of valuing the lives of not just that of the smokers but more-so those who may suffer the effects of second and third hand smoking. He further calls the act of smoking as “evil” in nature since it ultimately brings the early end of the lives of the members of the community.

Dr. Gundo Aurel Weiler, put to light the international perspective of the current situation when it comes to smoking-related illnesses and social problems. He pointed out relevant data that would definitely cause everyone to think twice on their smoking habits. He further calls on all of Baguio to continue with its campaign in promoting the Smoke-Free community.

To further affirm everyone’s cooperation in the Revolution Smoke-Free advocacy, participants were asked to leave their handprints on the Breathe Clean Air commitment wall. The handprints symbolize each organization’s pledge to promote and support the Smoke-Free Baguio campaign. Representing UTalk in this commitment was UTalk Company Nurse, Fretzie Salonga.

Launch of Ecozone Worker’s Welfare Desk

Another highlight of the event was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Ecozone Woker’s Welfare Desk which is a combined helpdesk for the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-ibig, Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), PhilHealth, and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The Ecozone helpdesk will be strategically situated in select PEZA-certified establishments all over the city that aim to provide prompt assistance to inquiries from employees of companies that are PEZA-certified.  

 

  As UTalk continuously pushes for active involvement in activities that aim to strengthen ties with the focal institutions in the Benguet community, it’s with great pride and excitement that we became part of the 33rd PEZALUBONG and BCEZ Kick-off @40. The event which was held on November 26, 2018, spearheaded by Philippine Economic Z Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

“Time is a gift that most of us take for granted”- Cheryl Richardson

Many of us would say that we are very much aware that time is an essential part of human existence, if not right at the very core of life. We have different perspectives when it comes to its relevance and value. It seems perfectly fine that we agree to disagree on certain specifics about time particularly those that concern our personal lives.  Despite our individual pre-conceived opinions though, we still seem to take it for granted based on how we make use of this element.  

In this issue of UTalker in Focus, we got the chance to speak with Teacher Elsie Aquiapao of Team Dauntless Adarna about her thoughts on the value of time.

Question1: What comes to mind when you hear the word “time”?

Teacher Elsie:  Time is precious. It is more precious than money or even the most expensive things in the world. It is precious because once wasted, you can never get it back.

Question 2:  Why do you think we should all start valuing how we spend our time?

Teacher Elsie:  Time is fleeting and we can’t control it. So just like what I said earlier, if we waste time we can’t get it back. And if we value time, we also value the opportunities that come our way as well as other things that life has to offer.  

Question 3:  Do you ever think life as a race against time?

Teacher Elsie:  I don’t think life is a race against time. I think it’s an opportunity for me to do what God has commanded me to do and to maximize on those opportunities that will allow me to fully utilize time profitably. 

Question 4:  What’s your perception of the saying “We don’t waste time. We waste ourselves”?

Teacher Elsie:  I believe this is true especially when we keep doing things which are not right over and over again. For example, it’s not right to go to your workplace late yet you keep doing it. If this continues to be the case, you might lose opportunities, possible promotions and you might even end up losing your job.

Question5: When do you usually find yourself spending your time well?

Teacher Elsie:  I find myself spending my time well when I know that I’m able to do what is right for the day. So, let’s say in the workplace, I’m able to be good to my co-workers or whenever I have successfully followed what my bosses instructed me to do. It is when I know that what I have done is right as that would ultimately give me a sense of self fulfilment. I think these things can contribute to what we can call a well spent day.

Question 6:  Do you have any recollection of a point in your life when you wanted to turn back the hands of time?

Teacher Elsie: Yes, there were many times that I really wanted to turn back the hands of time especially for moments when I made bad decisions. One particular moment in my life that made a whole lot of difference on how I view the value of time happened a few years ago. See, our family went through a difficult time when my mom got really sick. Since I’m the second to the eldest child, I took it upon myself to help out with the expenses by getting a job. I had to choose my career over personally taking care of my mom. At that time, I thought that if I choose to earn more money it could make my mother well. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. So, looking back, the time I didn’t get to spend with her while she was still with us was a missed opportunity. We didn’t have much time to talk about life, how I should take care of my own family and other things that a mother and daughter usually share. But with those experiences, I came to know how to make better decisions. I learned how to be more mature on how I deal with situations.

Question 7:  Some say that we make time for what we feel is most important in our lives. Why do you think this is the case for most people?

Teacher Elsie: We make time for the most important people in our lives because we know what needs to be prioritized the most. For example, your friend invites you to a simple get together after not seeing each other for a long while. Naturally, you would make time to show your friend that you value the relationship. You spend time with her/him. Moments that you make sure would be something to be remembered. Now, THAT’S investing in your relationship.

Question 8:  Do you agree that people can always make money; but, no one can ever regain a time lost?

Teacher Elsie:  I strongly agree with that because time is precious. Time is a very strong and powerful element more than anything in this world. Once it’s lost you can’t get it back. Today can be gone in a few hours or minutes. Whereas money is something we can gain anytime we want, provided that we work hard. We can work tomorrow, today, or later. But each and every person is equally given 1,440 minutes every day. You can have more money than me for a day because of our difference in job designation, but when it comes to time, we are all equal. So, it’s up to you how you make these minutes count and just how productive you will be.

Question 9:  What are some best practices you can share with othersa about "time"?

Teacher Elsie:   Time is really precious. As a teacher, I make time for preparations before my classes. I believe that the more you prepared the more successes that you’ll have,and ultimately,  the more that you’ll have good results. On the other hand, if you are constantly late for work, you might not have enough time to prepare. Consequently, you might even lose your job, or yes, even bring forth negativities around you.

Question 10:  Any final thoughts about valuing time?

Teacher Elsie:   I’m Teacher Elsie from Team Dauntless Adarna and I believe we should value time because time is precious once lost we can never get it back. So, spend your time wisely.

 

“Time is a gift that most of us take for granted”- Cheryl Richardson Many of us would say that we are very much aware that time is an essential part of human existence, if not right at the very core of life. We have different perspectives when it comes to its relevance and value. It seems perfectly fine that we agree to disagree on c Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  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 UTal Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

 

 

What happened on September 15, 2018 in Ucab, Itogon Benguet was one of the biggest typhoon-induced catastrophes that tested the heart and resilience of Filipinos. The strong winds and heavy downpour caused by Typhoon "Ompong" (international name is Mangkhut) left  landslides, flooding, and power outage for most of Northern Luzon.  Amidst all of these was Itogon’s landslide which wiped out several houses and approximately 60 people died.

This unfortunate event brought about the renewal of the sense of community not just among locals of Itogon but also other concerned citizens and various organizations.Volunteers helping out with the search and rescue, and eventually retrieval operations came from as far as Metro Manila. Other concerned citizens and organizations helped by providing the volunteers, and combined workforce of government agencies, with equipment as well as supplies throughout the search and rescue operations duration.

UTalkers, never ones to hesitate in helping those in need, answered the call for donations  via "Bangon Itogon UTalk Donation Drive" launched right after the reported landslide in Itogon. The 2-week donation drive among UTalk employees yielded a total of 1,455 items comprised of clothes (adults and kids), rice, grocery items, personal hygiene-care kits, blankets, home cleaning supplies, and bottled water. The donations were then turned-over to Benguet Philippine Red Cross as represented by Oscar Paris, Chapter Administrator. He also provided an update regarding the current status of the Itogon operations based on the in-depth assessment of Red Cross. According to the latest information gathered from ground zero in Ucab, Itogon, so far there have been an overwhelming continuous flow of relief donations from several organizations. Therefore, Red Cross will now focus on providing livelihood for displaced families through cash grants for Ucab residents. Since this the case, succeeding donations such as that of UTalk were re-allocated to Kibungan, another hugely affected area in Benguet. The municipality of Kibungan is still currently in need of relief goods as of writing since most organizations have concentrated their relief operations in Itogon. Mr. Paris, on behalf of Red Cross, has expressed his gratitude for UTalkers’ generosity and willingness to help those in dire need during such calamities.  UTalk on the other hand will continuously support and participate in such humanitarian activities.

Filipinos are known to be resilient and have strong ties with their community. Both are essential characteristics that make them overcome difficult times. The UTalk “Bangon Itogon” drive is in its simple way a manifestation of such strong character. May this be another testament and an inspiration that together, we can succeed in our pursuit of a nurturing and united community.

    What happened on September 15, 2018 in Ucab, Itogon Benguet was one of the biggest typhoon-induced catastrophes that tested the heart and resilience of Filipinos. The strong winds and heavy downpour caused by Typhoon "Ompong" (international name is Mangkhut) left  landslides, flooding, and power outage for Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

 

On September 28, 2018 UTalkers had a field day participating in the “Spelling Bee with a Twist” contest held at both Abanao and Quezon Hill centers. Each team was represented by two of their team members in the said activity. The game was made even more exciting by the surprise exclusive UTalk tokens as prizes.

The Spelling Bee was in accordance with the celebration of the English Week. Its goal is to test the prowess of UTalkers in getting the correct spelling of the frequently misspelled words in the English language. Some words in the list appear to be very simple and widely used however, as it turned out, these words in most cases are among those that are incorrectly spelled.

Each participant was given 30 seconds to come up with their final answer. Most of them got the correct spelling at the first try. Meanwhile, those who got a bit confused were given a second chance wherein they successfully gave the correct answer.  Each took home the exclusive and limited edition UTalk umbrella as shown in these pictures.

  On September 28, 2018 UTalkers had a field day participating in the “Spelling Bee with a Twist” contest held at both Abanao and Quezon Hill centers. Each team was represented by two of their team members in the said activity. The game was made even more exciting by the surprise exclusive UTalk tokens as prizes. The Spelling B Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

 

Recently concluded Mascot Design Contest which had its awarding ceremony on September 21, 2018 was one of the many proofs that talented UTalkers are always ready to shine. The contest, which ran from mid-August until mid-September, had several UTalkers both from China (CH) and Philippines (PH) sites eagerly participate. In fact, there were a total of 12 entries for the design contest all of which emphasized the ability of UTalkers to think creatively and out-of-the-box whenever the situation calls for it.  

The selection process took roughly a week when select judges from both PH and CH sites were tasked to make the challenging final decision on who will bring home the 10,000 cash prize. Some of the criteria for judging include: 1.) Design of the mascot should be used to reflect UTalk’s corporate image, corporate culture, corporate vision or spirit, and corporate philosophy 2.) The mascot must suit the preference of the Chinese K12 age group and capture the interest and affection of students. The entries from different departments and groups had their respective interesting backstories which provided the judges a better understanding of how the designs came to be.

After thorough deliberation of the judges, the China Marketing Team was declared the Champion while two special awards along with corresponding cash prizes were given to the PH teams- Most Creative Award given to Earvin Canaveral, Paolo Vincent Julian and Juanito Ocumen (Software Development Team); Best Story Award won by Melvin Rivera (Human Resources Department). During the awarding ceremony, “Certificate of Appreciation” and tokens were given out to all participants of the said contest. Norhaine Dadula, Senior Operations Manager of UTalk, also personally thanked the winners as well as the participants and further encouraged everyone to take part in similar future activities.

UTalkers can look forward to more activities and contests that will further showcase their amazing talents and skills. 

 

  Recently concluded Mascot Design Contest which had its awarding ceremony on September 21, 2018 was one of the many proofs that talented UTalkers are always ready to shine. The contest, which ran from mid-August until mid-September, had several UTalkers both from China (CH) and Philippines (PH) sites eagerly participate. In fact, there w Read More...

- Marketing and Communications Department

It’s said that a great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. Teaching may be in the form of one-on-one, classroom or in the case of the ESL industry, it can also be online. Despite the difference in formats or platforms, it's an undeniable fact that as educators, they are some our society’s unsung heroes. It truly takes a lot of passion and love for teaching for one to be an effective and successful teacher. Once every year, teachers are celebrated on the 10th of September for their priceless contributions in developing the young minds of their students.

On this special day this year, UTalkers who are part of the Education Department and Lesson Development Department were each given a simple token of gratitude for their valuable contributions to the students’ success in learning the English language. The tokens will hopefully remind them how much they are loved and how much love they give in return to the students by being excellent educators.

Happy Teachers Day and Thank You!

It’s said that a great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. Teaching may be in the form of one-on-one, classroom or in the case of the ESL industry, it can also be online. Despite the difference in formats or platforms, it's an undeniable fact that as educators, they are some our society’s unsung heroes. It Read More...

- HR and Communications Department
Join the UTalk Family Today! 14 September 2018

- HR and Communications Department

Throwback Thursday last September 6, 2018, had UTalkers walk down memory lane as they enthusiastically participated in the game “Memoirs of Baguio”. The aim of the said game was to test the memories of UTalkers regarding some of the important landmarks that made Baguio City famous throughout the Philippines, and even all over the world.

The Marketing and Communications Team facilitated the said game that started as early as 11am. Two classic photos of Baguio City landmarks were posted every hour until 4pm of the same day. Those who were able to give the correct answer first were declared winners. A total of 10 UTalkers won special tokens as their prize for having the best memory and quickest typing skills. It was a day filled with fun and fond memories of the City of Pines.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Geraldine Sab-it

Brandon Boado

Jazelle Toledo

John Arjona

Michelle Tiw-an

Yvonne Anicang

Elsie Aquiapao

Miriam Abela

Melvin Rivera

Wee Young Villasi


 

Throwback Thursday last September 6, 2018, had UTalkers walk down memory lane as they enthusiastically participated in the game “Memoirs of Baguio”. The aim of the said game was to test the memories of UTalkers regarding some of the important landmarks that made Baguio City famous throughout the Philippines, and even all over the Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

In support of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)’s efforts to help locators to improve their smoking cessation programs through proper counselling as well as to assist locator enterprises in their compliance with the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance, UTalk representatives participated in the “Smoking Cessation Training Program” held last August 28 &29, 2018.

Merry Luz Labanio and Milady Vhianne Tapla represented UTalk for the said 2-day training. They were joined by participants from other companies throughout Baguio City. On the first day of the training, several distinguished guest speakers were invited to discuss essential topics related to understanding tobacco health and economic feedback, as well as identifying effective interventions. Come second day of the training, the speakers focused more on several medical solutions, ways on how to deal with low motivation, and ultimately coming up with concrete plans on the implementation of smoking cessation in the workplace.

It was re-iterated by the speakers that Executive Order (EO) No. 26 must be followed for workplaces that have Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs).  In the EO, details of the guidelines on the standards for DSAs are outlined. It also provides the exclusion of certain public places (e.g. schools, optical clinic, elevators, etc.) from having DSAs.  Further, the EO stipulates the duties and obligations of Persons-in-Charge along with the possible penalties. Section 8 of the EO is dedicated to the Smoking Cessation Program which was the goal of the aforementioned training participated in by UTalk representatives.

UTalkers can look forward to future announcements from the Human Resource Department (HRD) regarding further details of the Smoking Cessation Program implementation.

 

 

 

In support of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)’s efforts to help locators to improve their smoking cessation programs through proper counselling as well as to assist locator enterprises in their compliance with the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance, UTalk representatives participated in the “Smoking Cessation Training Prog Read More...

- Marketing and Communications Department

 

 

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

For the longest time, I’ve always believed that there is only one purpose of life---- to be happy. Why else do we go through all the pain and hardships, right? It’s to achieve happiness in some way. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who believes that. In fact, if you look around you, most people are continuously pursuing happiness in their lives. We are who we are. Let’s just accept that. Most people love to analyze why people are not happy or why they don’t live fulfilling lives. I don’t particularly care about the why, as I care more about how we can change. Just a few short years ago, I did everything to chase happiness.

I bought material things, and I thought they will make me happy.

I engaged myself with people, and I thought that will make me happy.

I got into a well-paying job I thought I liked, and I thought that will make me happy.

I went on holiday trips, and I thought that will make me happy.

But at the end of those days, I ended up lying in my bed, and thinking: “What’s next in this endless pursuit of happiness?” Well, I can tell you what’s next based on my experience--- You, chasing something random that you believe will make you finally genuinely happy.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Happiness can’t be a goal in itself. Therefore, it’s not something that’s achievable.I believe that happiness is merely a by-product of usefulness.When I talk about this concept with friends, family, and colleagues, I always find it difficult to put this into words. But I’ll give it a try here.

Most things we do in life are just activities resulting to different experiences. You go on a fantastic holiday. You go to work to earn your keep. You go to a shopping spree. You have drinks with friends. You have a fancy dinner with your family. You buy your dream car.These things should make you happy, right? But they are not useful. You’re not creating anything. You’re just consuming or doing something. Don’t get me wrong, these things are great! I love to go on holidays, or go shopping sometimes. But to be honest, it’s not what gives meaning to life.

What really makes me happy is when I’m useful. When I create something that others can use, or even when I create something I can use.For the longest time I found it difficult to explain the concept of usefulness and happiness. But when I recently ran into a quote by the American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, the dots finally connected.

Emerson says:

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

I didn’t quite get the logic behind this quote up until I became more conscious of what I’m doing with my life. I know such topic always sounds heavy and all, but it’s actually really simple.

It comes down to this: What are you DOING that’s making a difference?

Have you done any useful things in this lifetime? You don’t have to change the world or anything. Just make it a little bit better than before you were born.The last thing I want is to be on my deathbed and realize there’s zero evidence that I ever existed.Being useful is a mindset.  And like with any mindset, it starts with a decision. One day I woke up and thought to myself: What am I doing for this world? The answer was nothing. On that same day I started writing. For you, it can be painting, creating a product, helping the elderly, or anything you feel like doing.

Don’t take it too seriously. Don’t overthink. Just DO something that’s useful. Anything.

Life is not about how to impress people. It’s about how we love and serve them at the same time. When we die, there are only two things that people will remember about you. How you served and inspired the ones you met along the way, and how you treated them. Being good is effortless for those who have the heart to serve and inspire. After all, the end of education is character. Character and attitude matter the most.

So, try to be useful and rest assured that finding happiness will not be far behind. I think whatever the circumstances maybe, always keep smiling. Always have the guts to be vulnerable. Try to be brave, go out and help others.

I’m Harold Garcia, and I believe that happiness is being useful.

 

    “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” For the longest time, I’ve always believed that there is only one purpose of life---- to be happy. Why else do we go through all the pain and hardships, right? It’s to achieve happiness in some way. I’m pret Read More...

- TL Harold Garcia

In commemoration of Baguio City Day which is officially every 1st of September, UTalk will hold "Memoirs of Baguio" a fun and nostalgic game focusing on retracing the history of the city as caught in photographs. UTalkers will have the entire day to walk down the memory lane and rediscover the rich history of the City of Pines. The whole-day activity will be held on the 6th of September as a post-celebration.

Looking back, based on the city’s historical accounts, Cordillerans marked September 1, 1909, by virtue of Act No. 1963, as the date when Baguio, then a municipality of Benguet province in Northern Luzon, was declared a chartered city.

It has been known that the name “Baguio” originated from the word "bagiw" in Ibaloi, the indigenous language of the Benguet Region meaning "moss." This perhaps was then thought as reflective of the thick lush greeneries found all over the region way before WWII. Since the 1900s, continuous development of Baguio as the premier summer destination has resulted to a thriving tourism industry, and catapulted the city into one of the must-see places for locals and foreigners alike.

Exciting prizes await participants of the Memoirs of Baguio Game. So, UTalkers, let’s all look forward to  a different taste of #throwbackthursday on September 6th!

 

In commemoration of Baguio City Day which is officially every 1st of September, UTalk will hold "Memoirs of Baguio" a fun and nostalgic game focusing on retracing the history of the city as caught in photographs. UTalkers will have the entire day to walk down the memory lane and rediscover the rich history of the City of Pines. The whol Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

 

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Baguio Chapter awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation” to UTalk during the “Blood Donor Recognition Day” program held at SM Baguio Atrium on August 23, 2018. The said award was exclusively given to partner organizations to show Red Cross’ grateful recognition of meritorious service rendered in the promotion of the Blood Services. UTalk was specifically recognized for being able to donate a cumulative 95 units of blood for the past 2 years among all other organization-partners within the same period. The company came second after DZWT (Mountain Province Broadcasting Corp) that donated 103 units of blood.

The ceremony for blood donors and partners was to serve as the highlight of the month’s Red Cross campaign. The said August theme is "Be there for someone else" with the secondary message “Give blood. Share life". Red Cross hopes to put focus on the importance of giving blood regularly, and by doing so, the blood supply will be enough for those in need.

 

The gathering of donors was graced by the presence of no less than Baguio City Mayor, Hon. Mauricio Domogan who gave a short but inspiring speech to start the program. Among the Red Cross officers who also witnessed the event were PRC-Baguio City Chapter Administrator, Mr. Erdolfo Balajadia and several PRC Board of Directors.

Stephanie Arellano, Operations Support Manager, accepted the award on behalf of UTalk.  This recognition is dedicated to all low-key and silent heroes of UTalk. Heroes who have so willingly donated their blood for the past 2 years with the hopes of extending their help as well as sharing a part of their lives to those in dire need of blood. According to PRC, in a day, Red Cross releases a minimum of 20-30 units of blood to meet the needs of various patients such as those suffering from cancer and leukaemia. This is why, taking part in blood donation drives is an initiative that is highly appreciated by the organization as this literally helps save lives.  

Indeed, it’s with great pride that blood donor UTalkers are part of this Baguio community of selfless Filipinos.

  Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Baguio Chapter awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation” to UTalk during the “Blood Donor Recognition Day” program held at SM Baguio Atrium on August 23, 2018. The said award was exclusively given to partner organizations to show Red Cross’ grateful recognition of meritorious service Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

UTalkers had fun having their tongues twisted (figuratively, of course) during the “Pamilipit Dilang Patimpalak” (Tongue Twister Contest) which was done in celebration of “Buwan ng Wika” (National Language Month) held last August 17, 2018.

Representatives from each team were given three chances at acing the tongue twister challenge. Once they successfully repeated the tongue twisters 5 times in succession without stuttering, each contestant got to win the corresponding prize allotted for the number they picked. While most succeeded, there were a few who had some challenges with the task but were all a good sport and had a good laugh about the experience.

Tokens and cash were among the prizes that went up for grabs. But more than the prizes, it was the fun that came with the activity that served as the highlight. Also, the event became an opportunity for most participants to reacquaint themselves with the versatility of the Filipino language. Indeed, being multi-lingual is an advantage most Filipinos share. We take pride in our National Language, at the same time, flexible enough to excel in other languages, among which is English.

“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world”- Chinese proverb.

UTalkers had fun having their tongues twisted (figuratively, of course) during the “Pamilipit Dilang Patimpalak” (Tongue Twister Contest) which was done in celebration of “Buwan ng Wika” (National Language Month) held last August 17, 2018. Representatives from each team were given three chances at acing the tongue twist Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

UTalkers are in for another fun celebration as we commemorate the proclamation of Filipino as the Philippine’s National Language under the Commonwealth Act No. 570 of 1940. This law was later amended and strengthened in 1997 via the Presidential Proclamation No. 1041 whereby declaring the whole month of August as Filipino Language Month.

In observance of this nationwide celebration, the Marketing and Communications Team has prepared an exciting contest entitled “Pamilipit- Dilang Patimpalak” (Tongue Twister Challenge) set to happen on August 17, 2018. The activity will have teams from both Abanao and Quezon Hill centres prove how well they can flawlessly recite some well-known Filipino tongue twisters.

It is the goal of this celebration that UTalkers reflect on the pivotal role that language plays in the development of culture and its people’s character. We aim to make UTalkers realize the fact that we are a nation whose ability to learn diverse languages is something to be proud of. We would like to bring forth a renewed equal appreciation of what makes the business (excellence in the English language) and what makes the people behind the organization (cultural relevance of the Filipino language).

 

UTalkers are in for another fun celebration as we commemorate the proclamation of Filipino as the Philippine’s National Language under the Commonwealth Act No. 570 of 1940. This law was later amended and strengthened in 1997 via the Presidential Proclamation No. 1041 whereby declaring the whole month of August as Filipino Language Month. In Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

After the success of the first ever UTalk Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activity via the “Lend a Hand, Heal a Heart with UTalk” project,  UTalkers are again set to embark on another outreach program in August. This time around, we shall focus on the kids from the Quezon Hill Day Care center. Scheduled on August 24, 2018, UTalkers will be conducting a feeding program, kiddie games and puppet show to enrich the toddlers’ bodies and mind, at the same time, help them learn positive Filipino values. 

The said CSR activity is dubbed as “Baby’s Day Out, Day Care Center Edition” and is currently on the look-out for UTalker volunteers. Registration for interested participants is open until August 17, 2018. Please contact the UTalk Marketing and Communications Team and register today. Together, let’s bring fun and hope to these kids!

After the success of the first ever UTalk Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activity via the “Lend a Hand, Heal a Heart with UTalk” project,  UTalkers are again set to embark on another outreach program in August. This time around, we shall focus on the kids from the Quezon Hill Day Care center. Scheduled on August 24, 2018, Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

Benguet State University (BSU) one of the premiere universities in the Municipality of La Trinidad held a Job Fair last July 26, 2018. UTalk, the fastest growing Online ESL Company was invited to participate in the said Job Fair.

Different companies came together at the BSU Covered Court early in the morning of the 26th with the goal of providing job seekers an opportunity to be employed. Most of the job seekers came from the La Trinidad community while a few travelled from nearby municipalities upon learning about the Job Fair.

As expected, the demographics of the applicants varied. While most of them were newly graduated BSU students, a few of the applicants were once Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). The OFWs were trying to land themselves a job locally so they can be with their families in the Philippines. Since one of the Company Core Values of UTalk is “Equality”, the applicants with different backgrounds, gender and age, were all accommodated accordingly by our Recruitment Team.

UTalk’s participation in BSU’s Job Fair is another proof of our strong efforts in promoting one other Company Core Value which is “Relationship Building”. The organization aims to further enhance our partnerships and establish strong ties with different organizations within the community by way of participating in similar activities. We can all look forward to UTalk’s active involvement in Job Fairs and other community-related engagements in the days to come.

               

 

Benguet State University (BSU) one of the premiere universities in the Municipality of La Trinidad held a Job Fair last July 26, 2018. UTalk, the fastest growing Online ESL Company was invited to participate in the said Job Fair. Different companies came together at the BSU Covered Court early in the morning of the 26th with the goal of provid Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

Neither the rain nor the thick fog was able to stop the 5 UTalk teams that participated in the recently concluded UTalk Race to the Finish Challenge 2018. They were the epitome of the saying “If there’s a will, there’s a way” as they braved the challenge of the current Baguio weather to represent their teams in the race.

The five teams that took on the challenge this year were : Team Formidable Hydra (LD Department); combined Team Magnanimous Shisa (Admin Department) – Team Majestic Unicorns (HR Department); Team Gallant Valkyrie (Team Young – Education Department); Team Humble Asuras (Team Jennifer –Education Department); and Team Assiduous Avalokiteshvaras (Software Development Department).

UTalk Race to the Finish Challenge 2018 was designed to test teamwork, endurance, speed, patience, strategy and wit of the participants. All five teams came prepared and went through the tasks per pit stop with determination. No member was left behind as each team made sure to encourage and support each of their members to complete the assigned tasks.

Since the goal of the race is to finish the tasks within the shortest possible time, Team Formidable Hydra (LD Department) bagged the grand prize with their official time at 15:10:32. Coming in second was the combined teams of Majestic Unicorns (HR Department) and Magnanimous Shisa (Admin Department) who finished the race at 18:03:82. Bringing home the third prize was Team Assiduous Avalokiteshvaras (Software Development Department) completing the race with the end time of 18:49:22.

This activity also marked the official launch of the respective 2018 Team Names of each UTalk Department. There are a total of 16 teams with each carefully choosing their own mystical creature that best embodies their team’s character. Each team also has its own official color which they will use in the upcoming exciting UTalk events as a way to identify their respective teams.

Congratulations to all winners and participants of UTalk Race to the Finish Challenge 2018! You can expect bigger, better and more exciting challenges in  next year’s race. Stay updated UTalkers on how you can be part of the 2019 race by checking the UTalk website and Dingtalk announcements.

 

 

Neither the rain nor the thick fog was able to stop the 5 UTalk teams that participated in the recently concluded UTalk Race to the Finish Challenge 2018. They were the epitome of the saying “If there’s a will, there’s a way” as they braved the challenge of the current Baguio weather to represent their tea Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

 

 

The Marketing and Communications Department (MaCD) of UTalk has lined up two exciting activities for UTalkers this July. First in the list is dubbed as “Race to the Finish Challenge” scheduled on July 20, 2018. This activity will test the participants’ wit, strength, endurance, speed, heart and teamwork. Each team will be represented by 5 members who will be asked to complete several tasks within the shortest possible time. The team that gets to complete the tasks the fastest will be declared as champions. The champion, along with two other runners-up teams, will win corresponding cash prizes. The new team names will also be officially launched during this activity. It'll definitely be even more exciting as we reveal all 16 team names!

The second July activity is set to happen on July 27, 2018. This marks the birth of the exclusive skills club for UTalk employees. The “U-Skills Sharing Club” aims to serve as an avenue for all members of the UTalk community to share their special skills and talents to their fellow employees. Our online teachers and non-teaching support team members will be given the chance to learn from each other and by doing so, promote individual growth and additional learnings that are not exclusive to what they do as employees. UTalk believes that learning is a never ending process that is why this club is set to bring more positive opportunities to UTalkers to freely exchange skills.

Stay tuned and keep updated for these events and the upcoming UTalk activities throughout the year by checking the Announcements section of www.utalkphil.com.

    The Marketing and Communications Department (MaCD) of UTalk has lined up two exciting activities for UTalkers this July. First in the list is dubbed as “Race to the Finish Challenge” scheduled on July 20, 2018. This activity will test the participants’ wit, strength, endurance, speed, heart and teamwork. Each t Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

As part of UTalk’s continuous efforts to build a strong relationship with the major institutions of the Baguio Community, UTalk will participate in this year’s University of the Cordilleras (UC) Job Fair. The said activity is set to be held on July 13, 2018.

This will be the second consecutive year that UTalk will join hands with UC in its efforts to provide job opportunities to both its graduate students and soon-to-graduate ones.  UTalk has quite a few UC graduates who have joined the team in recent years. This is why, the UTalk Recruitment Team is optimistic that they will find qualified candidates from this Job Fair to fill-in the current vacancies.

See you all on July 13, 2018 for the UC Job Fair 2018!

As part of UTalk’s continuous efforts to build a strong relationship with the major institutions of the Baguio Community, UTalk will participate in this year’s University of the Cordilleras (UC) Job Fair. The said activity is set to be held on July 13, 2018. This will be the second consecutive year that UTalk will join hands with UC Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

There’s a saying that goes, “Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden.” UTalk volunteers bore witness to the realness of this famous quote as they were welcomed by the amazing kids from Helping Hands, Healing Hearts Ministries Philippines Inc. (HHM) on June 23, 2018, in Camp 7, Baguio City.

The preparations leading to the visit in June was well underway as early as the first week of May. It all started with the Talent Acquisition and Communications Department (TACD) reaching out to Helping Hands’ Marissa V. Dela Peña  (Center Head  Children's Recovery Unit – Baguio) to inquire if they can accommodate UTalk for an outreach program at their Camp 7 office. We  were indeed blessed to be given approval since there were instances when such similar requests from other organizations had to be declined by HHM.

Upon receiving a notification from HHM that UTalk was given a confirmed schedule for the visit, a call for volunteers was launched with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity officially named as “Lend a Hand, Heal a Heart with UTalk”. The response was awe-inspiring with the number of volunteers exceeding the goal of maximum 15 employees! Due to the guidelines from Helping Hands on the allowed visitors per company, TACD had to carefully select those who will be part of the volunteer group. However, other volunteers who signed up, but didn’t quite make it to the 15, were assured that they will be invited again for future similar outreach programs as it would be an honour to have these other volunteers on board such activities.

UTalkers again proved that behind each UTalk heart is a big golden one, as donations in kind kept arriving mostly from anonymous donors – clothes for kids and infants, shoes, toiletries and medicines. Boxes and boxes of donations filled with different items accompanied with love and care came pouring in even after the initial deadline given. Indeed, UTalkers are one in mind and heart especially when it came to how much we care for the children of the future.

On the day of UTalk’s CSR activity, the kids of HHM, who are lovingly called “warriors” by their in-house staff, were treated to a fun-filled morning where they got to watch a puppet show with our very own UTalkers as puppet masters, played indoor games with the volunteers, learned basic hygiene tips from the company nurse, and shared a hearty meal before the end of the program. Throughout the activity, volunteers personally saw how HHM has managed to keep the sick, abandoned and orphaned kids appreciate the gift of life by strengthening their faith in Christ. 

To culminate the “Lend a Hand, Heal a Heart with UTalk” activity, Senior Operations Manager, Norhaine Dadula, presented a special Certificate of Recognition to Helping Hands for their passion in helping the children housed in their center. Ms. Marissa received the said certificate on behalf of HHM.

The program ended with hearts filled with hope and strong desire to make this heart-warming activity happen again in the very near future. After all, you don’t have to wear a cape to be a hero. You just need to care.

We would like to make special mention of the volunteers:

Norhaine Dadula – Senior Operations Manager

Brandy Aluyao –Education Department

Tina Austria – LD Department

Melvin Rivera – HR Department

Fretzie Salonga – HR Department

Alyanna Padilla – HR Department

Rocky Ba-awa – IT Department

Milady Tapla – Administration Department

Jayrick Dondo - Administration Department

Jeff Rufino – Education Department

Christine Pelor - Education Department

Marilou Adonis - Marketing and Communications Department

Gerald Fabro – Marketing and Communications Department

Edward Mauri – Marketing and Communications Department

 

….and all UTalkers who shared their blessings by donating in kind, you guys are the best!

There’s a saying that goes, “Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden.” UTalk volunteers bore witness to the realness of this famous quote as they were welcomed by the amazing kids from Helping Hands, Healing Hearts Ministries Philippines Inc. (HHM) on June 23, Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

 

 

June continues to be a special month for UTalkers as we celebrated Father’s Day on June 15, 2018. The activities prepared for this celebration was summed up as “Father’s Day, Three-point Play”. The said three-point play was actually in the form of a triple treat for our UTalk dads – Free Massage, Special Tokens and “Who’s the Father?” trivia contest.

The day started with the free massage exclusively for dads and single parents. This is to provide them with a much deserved help in easing the tension from their bodies after a week’s worth of work. UTalk got the services of some of Baguio’s expert blind masseuses who also happened to be fathers themselves. They shared stories with UTalk dads, about their experiences as masseuses at the same time as dads, while they performed the massage. Seeing them enjoying their father-to-father chat was indeed heart-warming.

Another special treat for dads came via the awarding of the exclusive “UTalk Best Dad Ever” key chains. These served as simple tokens that will remind them that their unwavering support for their family, their continuous hard work to provide for their kids, and their many other sacrifices are much appreciated by the their UTalk family. This, along with the hope that they remain steadfast in their dedication to be the best dads their kids can ever have.

For the remainder of the day, UTalkers were given equal opportunity to join the “Who’s the Father?” trivia contest carried out via Dingtalk. One trivia question was posted every hour and whoever got to provide the correct answer first, got to win for themselves special prizes. There were 9 UTalkers who got lucky and won in the hourly trivia contest.

It was indeed a fun-filled celebration and we can all look forward to more upcoming activities that will not only celebrate special occasions but also feature employees' special skills and talents. It will surely be a busy year for UTalkers!

 

 

    June continues to be a special month for UTalkers as we celebrated Father’s Day on June 15, 2018. The activities prepared for this celebration was summed up as “Father’s Day, Three-point Play”. The said three-point play was actually in the form of a triple treat for our UTalk dads – Free Massage, Specia Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

UTalk strongly supports the efforts of the local government to provide jobs to the members of the Baguio Community. As such, UTalk has actively participated in several Job Fairs facilitated by the city government and DOLE.

The first Job Fair was held last May 1, 2018 in celebration of the National Labor Day. The activity was held at the gym of Baguio City National High School (BCNHS).  A lot of aspiring ESL teachers and PHP developers approached the UTalk booth to undergo initial screening. While some of them are still in need of additional practice, there were quite a number who were endorsed to visit the UTalk Abanao site to continue with the next phase of the application process. Some applicants came from as far as Tarlac, La Union, and Manila who wished to try being employed here in Baguio City.  Those who didn’t quite meet the requirements just yet were given some coaching points and advised to try applying again after a few months.

Next of the Job Fairs was held at Porta Vaga Mall on June 12, 2018, amidst the strong wind and rain that marked the start of the rainy season. Despite the weather condition, job seekers still flocked the Job Fair hoping to get hired by participating employers. One of the more popular employers that day was UTalk. Eager applicants from all walks of life, former OFWs looking for job opportunities in the Philippines, and newly graduated aspirants lined up at the UTalk booth wanting to take a shot at a possible employment. This event was another proof that for applicants wanting to land a job, the saying “if there’s a will, there’s a way” applies.

We wish all the applicants success in their applications and we’re looking forward to participating in  more Job Fairs!

 

UTalk strongly supports the efforts of the local government to provide jobs to the members of the Baguio Community. As such, UTalk has actively participated in several Job Fairs facilitated by the city government and DOLE. The first Job Fair was held last May 1, 2018 in celebration of the National Labor Day. The activity was held at the Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

 

UTalk is scheduled to join the June 12, 2018 "Independence Day Job Fair" to be held at Porta Vaga Mall, Session Road. Applicants for ESL Teacher post are more than welcome to drop by our booth and our Recruitment Team will be  happy to assist you. Please make sure to bring your most updated resume. 

  UTalk is scheduled to join the June 12, 2018 "Independence Day Job Fair" to be held at Porta Vaga Mall, Session Road. Applicants for ESL Teacher post are more than welcome to drop by our booth and our Recruitment Team will be  happy to assist you. Please make sure to bring your most updated resume. 

- HR and Communications Department

UTalk celebrated Mother’s Day last May 11, 2018 at the Quezon Hill center via an event dubbed as “Baby’s Day Out on Mother’s Day”. The activity aimed to give UTalk moms and their adorable kids, ages 2-5 yrs old, a fun-filled morning.

The program which was spearheaded by the Talent Acquisition and Communications (TAC) Department, started with a short getting-to-know you portion. Kids were asked of their names and their Mother’s Day message. The kids gamely answered with their respective simple but heartfelt Mother’s Day messages, much to the delight of their very proud parents. Afterwards, the kids were asked to gather around the stage where the puppet show will be held. Intending to highlight on the importance of the Filipino trait of perseverance and strong-will, the puppet show was entitled “Si Kuneho and si Pagong”.

The kids were awed by the colourful puppets and engaged to closely listen to the animated voices of our volunteer puppeteers from the Education Department: Jefferson Rufino (narrator), Christine Pelor (Kuneho), Marjorie Bronola (Pagong), and Mirriam Abela (Matsing). The puppet show ended with enthusiastic claps from the moms and kids alike.

As no celebration is complete without food, the kids got to enjoy a simple snack after the puppet show. Their respective moms of course lovingly attended to their kids making sure that they enjoyed their meal. Later on, the kids got to play together as they were enamoured by the colourful balloons placed around the activity area.

The event ended with the kids and moms taking a group picture with smiles on their faces. Indeed, this is but a simple gesture to say "Thank you" to our UTalk moms.  Your sacrifices, love, patience, hard work and care will always be appreciated. Again, Happy Mother’s Day!

UTalk celebrated Mother’s Day last May 11, 2018 at the Quezon Hill center via an event dubbed as “Baby’s Day Out on Mother’s Day”. The activity aimed to give UTalk moms and their adorable kids, ages 2-5 yrs old, a fun-filled morning. The program which was spearheaded by the Talent Acquisition and Communications (TAC Read More...

- HR and Communications Department

March 5, 2018 marked the grand opening of UTalk Tutorial Services' second branch in Abanao Square located in the City of Baguio, Philippines.

After a brief UTalk  history presentation and a short opening message by the Senior Operations Manager, Norhaine Dadula,  the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held 11:00 AM. In attendance were the Department Heads, Non-Teaching Staff and of course our dedicated Online English Teachers who also did a short tour of the center after the ceremony.

This launch of our second branch is indeed another testament of  UTalk Tutorial Services' undeniable fast growth and development. The Abanao Square branch will officially serve as the main office of UTalk.

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us and we hope to celebrate more grand openings together!

March 5, 2018 marked the grand opening of UTalk Tutorial Services' second branch in Abanao Square located in the City of Baguio, Philippines. After a brief UTalk  history presentation and a short opening message by the Senior Operations Manager, Norhaine Dadula,  the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held 11:00 AM. In attendance Read More...

- Paulyn Aira Mabutas

Last March 16, 2018, UTalk's Recruitment team went to the City of Dagupan to cater to hundreds of incoming graduates of the well-known school - Colegio De Dagupan. The Job Fair  gave UTalk a total of 121 potential employees. Congratulations to all the incoming April Graduates and a BIG THANK YOU to Colegio De Dagupan for your warm welcome. Watch out for more job fairs with UTalk! 

Last March 16, 2018, UTalk's Recruitment team went to the City of Dagupan to cater to hundreds of incoming graduates of the well-known school - Colegio De Dagupan. The Job Fair  gave UTalk a total of 121 potential employees. Congratulations to all the incoming April Graduates and a BIG THANK YOU to Colegio De Dagupan for your warm wel Read More...

- Azalia Baguisa

After a week-long vacation in celebration of the Spring Festival, UTalk employees in the City of Baguio attended the Fire Safety Orientation  as well as  the Fire and Earthquake Drill held at UTalk's First Road Quezon Hill office last February 22, 2018. The orientation on Fire Safety and Fire Drill was led by Mr. Leo Mendoza, our guest speaker from Baguio Fire Department,  while the Emergency Preparedness Lecture was facilitated by our very own company nurse Fretzie Salonga. 

Following the Seminar and Lecture was the fire drill with a demo on how to properly use a fire extinguisher and earthquake drill to practice proper action and response during an earthquake and fire incidents.

The activity gave awareness and importance on preventive measures not only for the benefit of UTalk employees but also for the bigger Baguio community. 

After a week-long vacation in celebration of the Spring Festival, UTalk employees in the City of Baguio attended the Fire Safety Orientation  as well as  the Fire and Earthquake Drill held at UTalk's First Road Quezon Hill office last February 22, 2018. The orientation on Fire Safety and Fire Drill was led&n Read More...

- Azalia Baguisa
UTalk Annual Party 2018 14 March 2018

 


The UTalk Annual Party 2018 held on February 21, 2018 at the Pines View Hotel located in the City of Baguio, with the theme of "UTalk Glam" saw our employees actively participating in the various activities throughout the program which really captured the essence of the night.

Our employees were gathered to celebrate the diversity of our teams. It was an opportunity to come together, celebrate past achievements and look forward to new perspectives!

Norhaine Dadula,  UTalk's Senior Operations Manager, took the stage to share an encouraging opening message about how UTalk as an organization, comprised of hardworking and competent professionals, successfully overcame challenges brought by the previous year:

"Welcome to this year's Utalk Annual Spring Festival Party. 2017 has been a year full of trials and tribulations. We have endured many hardships and seemingly hopeless situations. We have encountered many obstacles and challenges but despite all that, we have triumphed! All of those trials made us stronger, more united and committed to our goal of providing the best English education to Chinese students. We have not faltered. It was also a year of gains and milestones. We, as one united family, celebrated these successes together. With your continued effort and dedication, we shall face another year of Utalk ups and downs, gains and losses, hard work and successes."

The party continued until the wee hours with more entertainment and UTalkers enjoying the scrumptious food with plenty of options much to the delight of everyone who came from different departments. This event certainly gave them another opportunity to socialize and enjoy the festivities.  One of the much talked about part of the program was the singing contest that showcased our employees' talent in music. Congratulations to Glen Anthony Balangao of Team Alexis who won the first prize for the singing competition! Well done to Ellyshah Giana La Torre and Christianne Peralta for runner-up winners.                                                       

Another highlight of the night was our annual awards ceremony that recognized the hard work and dedication of our employees who consistently go the extra mile in their roles and ultimately contributing to the success of the entire team. Congratulations to Rommel De Guzman of the Lesson Development Department, Nikko Cortez of the IT Department, Acey Clay Rosete of the Software Application Development Team, Eden Anyayahan of the Admin Department, Bon Peralta of the Teacher Support Department and Fretzie Salonga of the Human Resources Department who were awarded as our Star Employees for this year's annual party. Your contributions to your respective teams make us truly proud!

 Just before the glamorous event came to a close, the much coveted award - Star of the Night - was given. Said award was to show appreciation for employees who put in extra effort in dressing up for the night's theme. Several candidates took part and UTalkers cheered for their respective choices. The selection of the winner was a challange since the candidates were very competitive and equally glamorous which eventually resulted to a quadruple tie! Congratulations to Jacel Mar Javar, Joselito Ydia Jr., Julius Clifton Dacanay and Kenny Lowell Ngaosi for being our Stars of the Night. You all looked glamorous!

Congratulations to everyone who won awards, as well as to all UTalkers who attended the annual celebration and dressed up in theme. It was great to celebrate our achievements together. Let's all look forward to an even more glamorous Annual Party in 2019!

 

  The UTalk Annual Party 2018 held on February 21, 2018 at the Pines View Hotel located in the City of Baguio, with the theme of "UTalk Glam" saw our employees actively participating in the various activities throughout the program which really captured the essence of the night. Our employees were gathered to celebrate th Read More...

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