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December is not just the month of holiday festivities, it’s also Virtualahan’s Anniversary month! This 2018 marks the 3rd founding year of the digital skill training program breakthrough that changed many lives of PWDs.

Virtualahan, formerly GO2Virtualahan, was founded in December 16, 2015 in Davao City. It is a dream-turned-reality when the CEO, Ryan Gersava, put his imagination into works.

And now, three years later, Virtualahan has soared to different heights. It has been awarded both internationally and nationally for the social impact it gives, and influence it creates to marginalized communities. It continues to be a forefront in excellent social welfare, tending to the digital employment and well-being of PWDs.

This December celebrate with us as we look back on the steps taken, enjoy the present success, and prepare for the leaps to take this 2019.

The three-day fun!

Our third anniversary is not just a one-day celebration but a 3-day fun, December 16, 17 and 18!

 

December 16—The first destination was Uraya Resort at The Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), which is just a few minutes away from the southern metropolis, Davao City.

Samal Island is likened to many known tourist destinations like Boracay, El Nido and Zambales. It has been the location of many national and international events like the Bb. Pilipinas and Miss Universe pageants.

Virtualahan folks got to enjoy this paradise for the next 24 hours since it was the venue of the in-person well-being session and Christmas gift-giving.

The following morning, December 17, the team took the ferry boat and headed to the main city to prepare for the gala night. The gala was held at the World Palace Hotel in Davao City and attended by Virtualahan alumni, employees, staff, coaches, partners, and family members. The long night ended with thanksgiving to all who have contributed to the success of the company for the past three years. Special awards were also awarded to the outstanding members of the community. (See the list of awardees below.)

December 18 – It was the schedule for the strategic planning and the annual pictorial of the community. The main venue of the pictorial was at the famed Davao City Hall and Rizal Park. The strategic planning of the internal team was held at Verdon Parc and Catalunan Grande in Davao City.

With the three-day event, everybody got to see the important parts of the city like the City Hall, People’s Park, Kublai Millan’s ArtDeco Place; and experience Davao’s Penongs and Twin Tuna.

This year’s anniversary was attended by community members from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Various cities from all over the country were represented. And to name a few, we had participants from Cainta, Rizal; Cebu, Camiguin, Ozamis, Iligan, and Davao.

Virtualahan’s anniversary is indeed an annual event we all have to look forward to! We are hoping to see more of attendees this 2019!

Here are Virtualahan’s 2018 Awardees

Community Leadership Awardees
Lance Balleza
Maita Eg-Ogan
Joelito Anabieza
Ann Delgado

Most Outstanding Ambassadors
Karsten Eskelund
Mary Grace De Loyola
Topher Quilalang
Charina Tenajeros
Ronniel Javier
Maita-Egogan
Anne Honeylee Rigor
Lance Balleza
Gerry Gelle
Elsie Jane Gersava

Most Outstanding Scholar
Johanna Erika Valdueza

Most Outstanding Coaches
Joas Gersava
Chris Del Monte
Billie Bautista
Rose Villamor

Most Outstanding Staff
Ronniel Javier
Janeen Gersava
Virgie Botenes

Certificate of Recognition (for Partners)
Department of Information and Communications Technology
Lenovo Philippines
Taskus Philippines
Globe Telecom
Hemophilia Advocates Philippines
Philippine Business for Social Progress
Accenture Philippines- Corporate Citizenship

Certificate of Appreciation
Jerico Canlas
Ronald Go
Edge Jurilla
Darlene Sabandal
Andrea Echavez

Certificate of Appreciation for Mentors.
Karsten Eskelund
Christian Ehl

Let’s blow candles for our
December Celebrants:
Dec 10 – Jazz Pascual
Dec 13 – Ronniel Javier
Dec 14 – Arlene Canete

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OUR IMPACT MODEL

DIGITAL SKILLS
UPGRADE

A six-week digital skills training using blended life-long learning approach. The curriculum is co-developed with Accenture and British Council and delivered 100% online.

EMPLOYMENT & ENTEPRENEURSHIP

Three months of employment support or one year of business mentorship depending on which track a graduate decides to take at the end of the six-weeks training.

LIFE-COACHING &
DIGITAL SUPPORT

Life-coaching through well-being sessions led by our resident psychologist with a strong focus on restoring human dignity, embracing disability, career guidance, patient education, and community-based therapy.

Community Building and System Change

Community projects led by Virtualahan alumni such as awareness campaigns, policy recommendations, public events, and activities focused on advancing SDG 1, 3, 8, 10 and 17.