Freelancer Forum PH: What Happened in A_SPACE Won’t Stay in A_SPACE

So, the long wait was over. Goodie bags were packed. Sounds checked. Chairs and partners’ booths were already on the spot. Walking photo booth was ready to capture the moment. Welcome to the Freelancer Forum PH Year 2!

Last October 22 marked the second year of the annual forum for freelancers organized by the and partners. The event was held at the _Gallery of ASPACE Greenbelt, one of the most popular (and spacious!) coworking spaces in Manila.


The Event

Different faces from various backgrounds, but with the same passion and interest for freelancing all lined up on the registration booth. With just a few minutes before the official start time, the events place were filled full house of people socializing with the rest of the freelancing community.

Freelancer Forum PHSee full gallery here.



Rhea, Aki and Floyd, community admins of marked the start of the event as masters of the ceremony. The community founder Catherine Quiambao, gave acknowledgement to everyone through a short opening remarks.



The theme this year were influenced by the outstanding track records of our Keynote Speakers – Inspiring World Class Excellence. Attendees were blown away with Christian San Jose’s journey from a Sims addict and basketball fan to an award-winning designer for big-wigs in Hollywood and NBA. He shared life lessons on how to make it in any chosen career.




Next up was Mike Grogan, author of the best-selling book The Rise of the Pinoy: 7 Powerful Lessons of Success from 21 World-Class Filipinos. Mike talked about his admiration for the Juans. What made him love the Pinoys are traits unique to us – bayanihan and walang iwanan! British journalist, Tom Graham, also inspired us with his work with Gawad Kalinga. These guys reminded us to love being Filipinos.


Mike Grogan Freelancer Forum PH



Michael Brooks, the founder and CEO of goLance, traveled 15 hours from Washington state to give a keynote at the forum. goLance, an emerging platform, is different as it is deeply centered on helping freelancers and clients alike. He delivered great insights on How Filipinos can Dominate the Gig Economy. Michael claims “Philippines is a big part of where we see the future is going…”

Michael Brooks Freelancer Forum PH






Attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions from AMA panelists. Questions about how to politely request a raise and how to eradicate the common misconceptions of working from home popped up.

Freelancer Forum PH AMA


Before proceeding to the much anticipated first Job Fair for Freelancers, our partners were able to grace us with quick talks about, Payoneer and Myoutdesk as well!



Myoutdesk Freelancer Forum PH



Lots of freebies were given away thanks to our generous sponsors!

Freelancer Forum PH Partners

However, aside from the prizes and goodies, the event successfully achieved the very goal of this forum: to educate, empower and inspire the freelancing community.




All in all, it was a successful event to say the least. Juay Abesamis, Chief Career Adviser, closed the event with deep gratitude to everyone who participated, to our inspiring keynote speakers and event partners, and to the team who made all this possible. See you again next year Freelancing Pinoys!


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