ISS Team Building 2014: Race to FinISSh!

One Saturday morning… My alarm clock was buzzing, urging me out of bed. And then, I remembered ??? today is the day of the ISS Team Building to be held at Papa Kit???s in Liloan! Excitedly, I rushed straight to Skyrise 1 where I had to join and travel with Ms. Divine and the HR team to attend the event.

Epic Experience

ISS already had its kick-off celebration way back August 2012. But, this year???s event was totally different because it encouraged us to engage in something we have never done before – strengthen the team ??”Amazing Race” style.

As a rookie in iComm, I???m glad to be a part of this significant occasion. I???m also happy that our department, Marketing, is now an official part of the ISS group.

The mere thought of having an amazing race was enough to send us into a frenzy of excitement. Little did we know there were actually more surprises in store for us!

ISS staff and management gathered together for this year???s team building.

ISS staff and management gathered together for this year???s team building.

17km ahead

This year???s ISS Team Building at Papa Kit???s is truly a 17km verdant ???adventure paradise??? in Silot Bay, north of Cebu.

A haven for adventure trekkers.

A haven for adventure trekkers.

We fell in love with the place that we enjoyed taking selfies and groupie shots all day long!

But first, let's take a group shot!

But first, let’s take a group shot!

The management and staff of Sales composed of five teams: Early Shift, Mid-shift, 2 Afternoon shift teams and Night shift, iDirect, Tech Admin, Shipping, Parts, Marketing as well as the HR team were all present and accounted for the team building.

The ISS management team.

The ISS management team with HR Manager Divine Golingay (6th from left).

Program proper

After the early morning snacks of spaghetti, bread and iced tea, the program officially started.

Snacks time! Nom nom nom!

Snacks time! Nom nom nom!

I was tasked to host together with Poca from the Sales team.

Me (left) and my partner host Poca

Me and my partner host Poca

Both of us were obliged to join the race. So, later on, we gave the floor to Sir Benson, our Senior Sales Manager, to deliver his opening remarks; then, to the rest of our managers who also acted as race marshals.

Benson Tiu, Senior Sales Manager

Benson Tiu, Senior Sales Manager

Best in Yell

We grouped ourselves into eight teams and then chose a color and a name to represent our teams. The 8 Amazing race teams were: Silver Team Bangan (my team), Gold Eagle, Yellow Tundan, Red Velvet, Purple Panis, Green Warriors, Blue Tirador and Pink Power.

Teaming with ribbons for each group.

Teaming up with ribbons for each group.

We were given 5 minutes to prepare our own yells and present them in front of everyone.

First batch of teams during the cheering competition.

First batch of teams during the cheering competition.

Another batch of teams performing their cheers.

Another batch of teams performing their cheers.

Green Warriors: The champion in cheering competition.

Green Warriors: The champion in cheering competition.

The result? Green Warriors reaped the ???Best in Yell Award??? because of their high-powered performance and entertaining yells!

Let the Race begin!

The time has come when we have to work together with our respective teams to solve clues, find checkpoints and complete mental and physical challenges.

ISS peeps in action!

ISS peeps in action!

Our first clue:

???Stop LOUNGING around and SWIM into action.
Go to a place where you found childhood satisfaction.???

Two members of each team waded into the saltwater pool to find two pieces of the next clue.

Two members of each team waded into the saltwater pool to find two pieces of the next clue.

Fresh catch of the day

???Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; teach him how to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”

All teams go fishing for the second challenge.

All teams go fishing for the second challenge.

Here we had to run to the Fishing Lagoon near the entrance and go fishing! After we were instructed to take a photo with our prized catch, shout out loud “Fish Tayo” with a “peace” hand sign, we then moved to the next task.

Yellow Tundan: The first team to catch a fish.

Yellow Tundan: The first team to catch a fish.

Feel the rush

???Wear your Amazing Lei.
Make your way through the Jungle Obstacle Course Relay:
Hanging Bridge, Spider Web, Wire Walk, Tsunami Walk.???

Everybody relays for the win!

Braving the Jungle Obstacle Course Relay

Everyone was out of breath after running a few kilometers from the fishing lagoon to the Jungle Obstacle course. Two of my teammates dared this challenge where they squealed in terror and delight as the hanging bridge and tsunami walk swayed wildly for every move they made.

Everyone feels the rush of the competition.

Everyone feels the rush of the competition.

The detour task

???You are on your way to winning this race.
Hopefully this detour won’t slow your pace.???

In this challenge, we had to count all the climbing holds on the wall. We???re happy that our team did it correctly in just one attempt.

Our team, Silver Teambangan, ready for another challenge after correctly counting the rock climbing

Our team, Silver Teambangan, ready for another challenge after accomplishing the ‘count the rock climbing holds’ task.

One step closer

Zip your way to the Finish Line.
Capture the moment using your smart phone and monopod.

I was the one who dared the zip line challenge. I took a video of myself while I was being up in the air and moving at a high speed. However, instead of safely going to the base, I came to a halt in the middle of that 400 meters zip trip. When I looked down, all I can see was a huge body of water, which they said it was 60 feet under from my location. I was stranded for nearly five minutes before the staff of Papa Kit???s successfully pulled me down to the end of the line.

When I zip my way to the finish line.

When I was trying to zip my way to the finish line.

Finally, we???re one step closer to the finish line!

Other teams going on a zip line together were from Gold Eagle and Yellow Tundan.

Since the top 3 teams could only move to the zip line challenge, the other two members who performed the task were from Gold Eagle and Yellow Tundan.

After accomplishing the task, our team geared up for the final challenge ??? to literally race to finish!

Crossing the finish line

???Make your way with a hungry tummy.
Be the first team to win the ISS Amazing Race!???

And the first team to arrive at the final pit stop was our team, the Silver Teambangan!

Hungry for victory, Silver Team Bangan rushed to the finish line.

Hungry for victory, Silver Team Bangan rushed to the finish line.

Bambam, Billy, Jacqueline, Joylyn, Jenelyn and I crossed the finish line as this year???s ISS Amazing Race Champions!

We are the champion!

We are the champion!

Gold Eagle: 2nd place winner

Gold Eagle: 2nd place winner

 

Yellow Tundan: The 3rd place winner.

Yellow Tundan: 3rd place winner

Lunch break!

More than 5 adventures in a row could really take a toll on our tummies. So it???s time to treat ourselves with a sumptuous lunch. Lechon baboy stuffed with lechon manok, pork barbeque, fried chicken, anyone?

Everyone enjoying their lunch.

Everyone enjoying their lunch.

The highlight of the event was the speech of Mr. Rob Stone, the CEO of IBC Japan. We felt lucky that he took the time to attend our event. ??Mr. Rob Stone talked about the past of ISS and how it links to the present operations and the vision that he has for the future.

The program was capped off with more team building activities spearheaded by Sir Minoy, our ISS Sales Director. Our team building taught us several lessons that we can incorporate to our work. We believe that it???s not how far we go, but what happens along the way. It was truly an epic experience! We are looking forward to ISS Team Building 2015!

More team building activities after the amazing race.

More team building activities after the amazing race.

They Say

??? Earl Carin, Purple Panis

??? Earl Carin, Purple Panis

 

?? ?? ?????At first, we were the first.

?? ?? Second, we were the second.

?? ??Lastly, we were the last.

?? ??But we didn???t have regrets

?? because we enjoyed the

?? experience!???

 

 

 

??? Jacqueline Acebes, Silver Teambangan

??? Jacqueline Acebes, Silver Teambangan

 

?? ?? ?????Making it happen and loving

?? ?? ??every minute of it ??? these are

?? ?? the goals that build up solid

?? ?? teamwork.?????

 

 

 

 

 

????? Kirby Juntong, Green Warriors

????? Kirby Juntong, Green Warriors

 

?? ?????A winning attitude must always

?? ??be in our hearts and minds regardless

?? ??if we started as underdogs or if we stay

?? ??ahead of the competition.?????

 

 

 

 

??? Noel Lupaneza, iDirect Manager

??? Noel Lupaneza, iDirect Manager

 

?? ?? ???Everyone enjoyed the race

?? ?? ??and they want to do it again.

?? ?? Hopefully we???ll make it an

?? ?? annual event.???