True to its testament of helping businesses to grow online, Emerge, a digital marketing agency in the Philippines, celebrated its 5th anniversary with a virtual but festive online celebration via Zoom last January 18, 2021, with the theme #HighFiveforFive!
The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop the team from preparing and celebrating this momentous event together. It is a milestone for us, and we want to celebrate it even if it’s online.
The main idea behind High Five for FIVE came about as Emerge’s trait of celebrating milestones we get and having every team member lift each other.
The online celebration began with the team members dressed up in their work-from-home (WFH) outfits in a special 5th-anniversary Zoom meeting to commemorate the event.
After everyone settled down, our Masters of Ceremony took center stage. He is none other than one of our copywriters, Gerone Baladhay.
We started the celebration with our Founder Richard Noromor delivering his warm welcome remarks, encouraging each member to press on, despite the current situation caused by the pandemic.
Best Dressed for the Work-From-Home Party
After the Founder’s heartwarming speech, each team had their chance in the spotlight by introducing each of their team members, flaunting their work-from-home outfits.
Before the festivities, the team was tasked to participate with the motif “Work-From-Home,” which was formal attire for the top and house clothes for the bottom.
Everyone submitted their Outfit Of The Day (OOTD) and creative shots to the team during the party. The winning entry would get Php 2,000.
In the end, Patrick Orquiola of the Creative team emerged the victor, sporting his blue long sleeves polo with a blue jacket and boxer shorts look.
We definitely will get hungry during the program, so we have a snack after the program. What would an anniversary celebration be without food? You might be wondering how we could pull this off under these circumstances.
The management shouldered all team members’ snacks to participate and make the celebration special.
In the unity and camaraderie spirit, the Emerge team ate their home-cooked and delivered food together via Zoom. Each member presented the snack they prepared so the rest of the team could see and envy them. The member who served the most sumptuous meal and had the best presentation wouuld get Php 500.00.
Here’s a look of what the team had for snacks:
The team member who won the snack presentation is Christian from our Tech Team.
High Five Raffle
Admin and Finance Rodylyn Coles randomly drew the High Five raffle.
There was also a segment where team members received an Emerge Care Package, which contains assorted gifts and WFH essentials.
Emergian Awards Night and Service Awardees
Due to the current situation, the anniversary celebration and much-awaited Emergian Awards, which recognizes exceptional team members for their notable contributions to the team, had to be postponed later. Co-Founder Carissa Coles emphasized that the award placed importance on personally handing the trophy to the awardee. This will be carried out immediately after the pandemic.
Putting aside, this also served as the perfect time to honor Emerge’s service awardee for their five years of commitment and relevant contribution to the team. She is none other than Rodylyn Coles of the Admin & Finance team.
A Toast to Five Year of Milestone
As the Emerge anniversary celebration concluded, Richard and Carissa offered their traditional toast to the whole team.
It was a toast celebrating big and small wins and being hopeful no matter the situation while innovating the innovative digital marketers in the industry.
After the program, the Emerge family stayed on Zoom for a while to bond and talk, as usually do at the office. This may not be an ideal celebration we’d like to have but we had a great time and experience.
Emerge will continue to be working on great things for our clients and the entire team. Indeed, no amount of social distancing can stop us from this celebration.