The Philippines is one of the fastest growing countries in the APAC region (well on its way to becoming Asia’s Fifth Tiger). The country offers an eclectic mix of culture, history and tradition infused with a Western influence. This is complemented by a friendly, welcoming population, unbelievable tourism and a stable, thriving economy.
Business Opportunities in Manila
Metro Manila is considered the home of opportunity in the Philippines. Both local and international companies have established themselves in Manila because of its superior infrastructure, availability of resources and access to skilled staff members. It has a reputation of being a thriving business hub. Many Filipinos know that working in Metro Manila provides them with the widest professional opportunities. It is also why many of those living in provinces travel to Manila to find better career opportunities.
The Thriving Expat Community
If you decide to visit the Philippines, don’t be surprised to see plenty of expats during your stay and enjoying themselves. Whether they are there for business or on vacation, many expats in the Philippines often never want to leave. Some even call it their second home! The Philippines it provides them a unique experience amidst the challenges that come with moving to a new country.
Diversify CEO Angela Vidler spent two months living in the Philippines and even though there were usual problems like traffic congestion and being out of a familiar comfort zone, it was an overall fulfilling experience where she was able to tackle challenges head on and learn much about herself.
Our Marketing Manager Mark Evans also recently stayed with us when he first commenced with the business. Over a one week period, he was able to experience day to day life within Metro Manila. He was amazed at how busy and vibrant the CBD was and found it incredibly safe. He regularly walked around at night looking for a new place to have dinner.
Recently, we held a launch party for our brand new office in Bonifacio Global City. Many of our clients, business partners and directors of Diversify were invited to open our new facility. They were also taken on a tour of the city and experienced the Philippines first hand. Metro Manila is currently experiencing a development boom and is now considered a safe and strategically viable place to do business!
I invite you to check out our new corporate video which showcases both Bonifacio Global City and our exciting new office. It also focuses on our employees’ day at the office and what it’s like working in Metro Manila.
In recent years, there has been a push from the Government to promote tourism in the Philippines. The aim is to get both locals and visitors to visit other locations in the country. The tourism department’s slogan of “It’s more fun in the Philippines” certainly encourages a sense of exploration for anyone in the country. Whether for business or recreational purposes, there will always be something to discover and admire wherever you are in the Philippines.
Working in the Philippines
I am lucky enough to work at our new office in Bonifacio Global City. It’s a great place to come into each day because of the new and innovative workspace. Most of all, I get to work with some awesome people on a day-to-day basis. Our location gives us access to great restaurants, cafes and entertainment precincts which are important in my work/life balance.
We’re also well serviced by a seamless public transport system. Although the traffic can be a bit troublesome, I get home to my family safe and sound every night! The Philippines is a great place to work in and I’m proud to call it home. Many clients that have visited our new facility have been amazed at the bustling city it is located within. Many have even said it reminds them of some of the larger Australian cities. With the huge level of development underway, BGC will only get better as my work destination.
Safety Comes First
All visitors to the country must be mindful that the Philippines is a developing country. As such, being vigilant and taking safety measures is always important. As with any country, there are areas that visitors should not visit – those most commonly impacted by crime mainly in regional and provincial locations that are affected by crime.
You may see much in the press about the Philippines and security. But I can assure you, as a Filipino, the country is incredibly safe and accessible. Areas like Metro Manila are as safe as any first world city. It has all of the infrastructure and technology required to take your business to new heights. Although it is on a rapid path to being a more prosperous country, it is still developing.
Overall, the Philippines is a wonderful country that is as rich and diverse as its culture. Filipino hospitality and kindness are second to none, and you will feel immediately welcome even as a first time visitor. By knowing particular aspects of the country and certain cultural intricacies that are distinctly Filipino, you will gain a better understanding of who we are and what makes us great to engage with!
If you’re ready to begin your offshoring strategy with a high performing team in the Philippines, Diversify can help you get started. Drop us a line today to see if you are ready to take on this new challenge.