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