PHOTOS: Facebook Philippines' New Office in Bonifacio Global City
Now they just need to invent the "Super Like" button.
(SPOT.ph) The Philippines has kept the top spot in terms of social-media use for three consecutive years, with 67 million of us online, spending over four hours each day on social media—most of it on Facebook. Given those stats, it wasn’t all that surprising when Facebook set up their Philippine office in 2016, with the intention of working more closely with local businesses. Today, the social-media giant opened up their new office in Bonifacio Global City, in an event that aims to promote the “digital bayanihan” spirit.
In a press event attended by SPOT.ph today, May 28, Facebook Philippines Country Director John Rubio spoke about the company's efforts to educate and inspire local businesses to use the digital arena to connect with potential consumers. These include a series of digital literacy initiatives in partnership with Mano Amiga and the Department of Education, digital marketing workshops for small and medium enterprises held in partnership with Bayan Academy, and the #SheMeansBusiness initiative, which wants to empower female entrepreneurs to start up businesses of their own.
Rubio shares that more Filipino companies are collaborating through Workplace by Facebook, an online network created for corporate setups. He notes that companies such as Meralco, Philippine Savings Bank, and 7-Eleven have been using the platform successfully.
A panel discussion featuring Gina Romero, CEO and co-founder of Connected Women, May Layugan, Operations Center Manager of the Philippine Red Cross, Suzanna Yuzon, founder of the Miss Possibilities Foundation, and Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Globe Telecom, highlighted the importance of Facebook and Messenger in building communities and giving people a sense of belonging.
We also got a quick tour of Facebook Philippines' new office with its bright, casual vibe. The workspace is a modern, open-plan layout that allows for plenty of natural light, as well as alternative options such as standing desks. High ceilings give the office a relaxed atmosphere but also look almost unfinished to remind the employees, says Facebook Philippines Client Partner Chay Mondejar-Saputil, that there's still a lot of work to be done. Check it out:
Employees can blow off steam using the treadmill or the air hockey table.
Employees are not allowed to work at the Quiet Room, found a few steps away from this area. As it's meant specifically for rest and relaxation, they can't bring laptops there.
The mezzanine features meeting rooms with names selected by employees (such as "Saan Banda?", "Petmalu", "May Forever", and "Walang Forever").
Posters adorn the office's walls to remind employees of the company values. (Some of them were inspired by the employees themselves, too.)
The lobby features a mural by artist Kris Abrigo.
The "Facebook Wall" is a staple at every Facebook office around the globe.
The Wayfinder helps people get around the office.
A shelf door conceals the cool, neon-lit karaoke area!
We wonder if anyone's tried to sing "My Way" here...