GenSan with Rose and Max
Virtualahan’s mission to expand and explore remote areas to help spread Virtualahan’s social cause has begun since year one. But this year, the company has leveled up with living to its mission.
On May 15, Coach Rose, our community builder, along with her little one, Max, visited Virtualahan community in General Santos City. This is the first of many more #roadtrips for this year.
Pearl Anonuevo, Jerre Mei Bernasor, Hazel May Balayo, and Darwin Berja, our Virtualahan General Santos community members joined Coach Rose in this short visit
Pitching for ISIP partners
Makati- ISIP’s 10 accelerators gave their final pitch at the Diamond Hotel, Makati last May 10.
Virtualahan was represented by our very own Chief of Operations, Mario Salcedo and Coach Doreen Gersava, our Curriculum Development Head.
The Social Impact Accelerator is one of the strategies of the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP), a project co-implemented by the UNDP Philippines and PhilDev Foundation, with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
PhilDev’s ISIP has been instrumental to many other partnerships and collaborations Virtualahan had for the past months. We are sincerely sending our gratitude to the ISIP team, partners, mentors and sponsors for supporting Virtualahan. Special mention to our venture manager, Katherine Khoo for being an amazing coach.
Cebu community meet up
The more, the merrier and the fonder. Indeed, Virtualahan is expanding wings within big and small cities in the country. This time, the divided region of the Visayas will soon be united through Virtualahan.
Coach Maita, our regional coordinator, has personally met the community champions and graduates of our virtual training program. Baby Upduhan and Bimbo Bartolata dined with Coach Maita as they discussed the future expansion of our Ceby-Visayas community.
Kudos to all of you in Cebu!
Congratulations to the Newly-hired
Also, let’s celebrate with our newly-hired family members: Marissa Patricio, Ritchell De Loyola, and Veronica Tabrilla. With earnest prayer, sheer determination, and diligence, they have found their long-awaited meaningful digital careers. You are an inspiration to many of us. Continue to do your best in all that you do. May utmost excellence be the standard you live by.
Virtualahan TV with Coach Billie
Our bi-monthly Virtualahan TV is again on air last May 6 and May 20, and of course with our in-house inspirational speaker and host, Coach Billie Bautista.
Two community members, with interesting life stories, are again featured this May.
Life Through An Accident: A Road Safety Awareness
Last May 6, Rialix (Lex) Nantes gave us a peek of his life and the story behind how he had his Spinal Cord Injury which eventually affected his mobility. He shared how he coped up and overcame his physical and emotional struggles especially on the early stages of his condition. And most importantly, he also gave a road safety awareness to our live audience.
For those who missed the live session, you may still watch and see the full episode on Learning Life through an Accident: A Road Safety Awareness with Lex Nantes by clicking this link: https://web.facebook.com/virtualahan/videos/2234839093246363/UzpfSTEwMDAwMTg3NjM3NDY4NzpWSzoyMzk1OTMyMzQwNjM4NjU5/
Know him more, his condition, and his story.
Lex is a graduate of our Virtualahan Skills Training, Team 17. Thank you Lex for gracing Virtualahan TV with your presence.
Brittle Bones, Unbreakable Determination
Another episode of our Virtualahan TV this May was aired last May 20 with Adrian Gail Cabuang.
Adrian has a genetic disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta which is also known as “brittle bone disease”. The condition causes his bones to break easily and this greatly affected not just his growth but as well as his everyday activities.
But this never disheartened him. As how he is described, he is a man with a warrior’s heart. His unbreakable determination never stopped him from the happiness and successes life has brought him. His bones may be brittle but his spirit is stronger than any sturdy wall.
Know him more in this episode and join Virtualahan in our monthly awareness campaign on Osteogenesis Imperfecta Awareness.
Mati with Rose and Max
The next destination of the mother-and-son duo was in Mati, Davao Oriental. Mati City, is one of the developing cities of the province which gravely needed the Virtualahan’s social impact.
For this roadtrip, sharing Virtualahan’s impact formula and raising awareness on various medical and social conditions that Virtualahan addresses are the key purpose of this visit.
At Microsoft: Ryan for Virtualahan
Our CEO, Ryan Gersava, once again made it big for us at Virtualahan. Our tech enterprise has reached many global platforms because of the CEO’s earnest effort to make us big and make us global.
Over the years, one goal has consistently prevailed, “Let the World Know About Us”. Indeed, Virtualahan never stops in its daily grind to make it out there with the big names. And YES! We are there with them.
Last May 10, a year after Google’s partnership with us, Microsoft has given ears to what Virtualahan could offer not just in the Philippines but in the world scale. Coach Ryan is doing his best to make these things happen. And as a community, let’s be even more on our knees for the greater feat.
2019 Cebu employment summit
Last May 23 and 24, I represented Virtualahan in the 2019 Cebu Employment Summit at the Alpa City Suites Hotel in Mandaue City.
The event was organized by the Resources for the Blind Inc. (RBI), a non-government Christian organization that serves the visually impaired throughout the Philippines. This is in partnership with The Nippon Foundation and International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI).
The summit was attended by representatives coming from different government agencies, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Local Government Unit of Cebu (LGU Cebu City). Various employers like JP Morgan Chase, Global Link, Sutherland Philippines, KGS Philippines Corporation and Realty Options Inc. also graced the said event.
On the first day, Director Mateo Lee, the Deputy Director of the National Council of Disability Affairs, Ms. Bernice Villaran, AVP Human Resource of Sutherland Philippines, and Dr. Joseph Sol Galleon from Cebu Normal University talked about BSP’s goals of setting more accessible paper bills for the visually impaired, working journey of visually impaired employees and the roles of the higher education in helping the visually impaired, respectively.
While on the second day, Mr. Ryan Operario from RBI discussed about “IT Accessibility at work”. He shared information on different modern tools and equipment currently used and available in the market to be utilized by the VIs. I also presented and pitched about “Coaching for Success” and introduced Virtualahan and its cause to the community. I presented Virtualahan’s successes and achievements at the same time shared how we at Virtualahan create social impact in our society by making a difference through changing and uplifting the lives of PWDs. I also had the opportunity to interview and interact with the VIs who showed interest in availing the scholarships.
It was the start of many more opportunities for me to echo Virtualahan’s impact. The gratitude and the happiness are truly mine.
- Jubilee Foundation . Good news! There is already a Davao-based foundation that creates and provides hearing aids, prosthesis or physical therapy. This is The Jubilee Foundation located in Catalunan Grande, Davao City. For those who are interested kindly visit their Facebook Page and their Website by typing in the foundation’s name.
- TEAM 26 Graduation Rites. We are happy to inform you that once again we have successfully trained another batch of virtual assistants last May 8. Team 26 is brought to you by Virtualahan in partnership with Department of Information, Communication and Technology (DICT).
- 2019 CEO Summit. Virtualahan is now an official community partner of the 2019 CEO Summit.
- Online Job Skills Training Scholarship. Last May 15, we have launched the Online Job Skills Training Orientation Scholarships which are available for Persons with Disabilities, Solo Parents, Former Drug Dependents, Former Prisoners and Prostituted Women. This was launched at General Santos City in partnership with DICT.