SYKES Celebrates 2016 with a SUNsational Party

With more than PHP 2-Million worth of prizes, a legendary performance from OPM rock icon Rico Blanco, and one of the biggest #MannequinChallenge to date, SYKES, the country’s pioneer multi-national call center, proves that not even the cold season can stop them from throwing one of 2016’s hottest year-end parties.

On December 11, SYKES transforms the SMX Convention Center into a tropical paradise where more than 5,000 SYKESers from different sites in Manila get to experience SYKES SUMMERLAND.

The jam-packed program was hosted by The Fox Sports Minute Anchor Bea Fabregas and the multi-talented Gab Valenciano. Gab also joined 2016 World of Dance – Philippine Champions, Addlib Dance Crew, for the opening performance. Gab and Bea led the crowd in doing the popular Mannequin Challenge at the start of the program. Thousands of SYKESers gamely stood still and even the VIPs joined in the fun.

Aside from rewarding the employees’ hard work, the SYKES year-end celebration is also an avenue to recognize their contributions to the company and to give them the chance to showcase their talents. SYKES Vice President for Philippine Operations, Dean Van Ormer, said it best during his speech, “Tonight, we celebrate for all of you. We celebrate your efforts, your support, and your dedication. 2016 wouldn’t have been as fruitful as it is if not for you, so thank you.”

One of the highlights of the celebration is the performance of OPM rock icon Rico Blanco. Rico started with a high-energy rendition of his hit song Antukin and went on to sing medleys of crowd favorites such as Kisapmata, Elesi, and Awit ng Kabataan.

The party culminated in a Grand Raffle where 4 winners of PHP 25,000.00 and 4 winners PHP 50,000.00 were slated to be drawn. To everyone’s surprise, the senior management team decided to give away an additional one million pesos worth of cash prizes, drawing six more winners of PHP 50,000.00 each, and a lucky winner of PHP 100,000.00. The biggest winner of the night, though, was Benjamin Bustos from SYKES WCC who received the top prize of PHP 250,000.00.

Aside from the cash prizes, SYKES gave away the trendiest and hottest gadgets such as the iPhone 7, the Apple Macbook, Go Pro and Samsung Gear.

SYKES also awarded a total of PHP 200,000.00 as prizes in the Employee Competition and PHP 30,000.00 to the SYKES Choices Club of the Year.

And so despite the chilly December air, everyone in attendance gets to experience all the “summer feels” in one vibrant celebration. SYKES Summerland was fun, colorful and bursting with life—exactly how Summer and year-end celebrations should be.

Check out the photos below for the highlights of SYKES Summerland:

Gab Valenciano and Addlib Dance Crew set the summer mood through their powerful and fun choreography.

Operations Director, Ms. Susan Sy, representing the 10- and 15-year SYKES Service Awardees for the night, acknowledging the award through a short yet heartfelt speech.

SYKES Riders Club, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts, were recognized as the SYKES CHOICES Club of the Year during the program. SYKES CHOICES, the company’s work-life balance program, awarded the club because of their continuous effort on helping the community through their activities, charitable events, and donation drives.

SYKES Vice President for Philippine Operations, Mr. Dean Van Ormer, surfs his way up on stage! He gave a short speech after his performance, acknowledging everyone’s hard work and encouraging them to have fun.


Mr. Dean Van Ormer’s selfie with the crowd! Look at those smiles!


SYKESers brought out their creativity with their summer-inspired costumes! Check out the winners of the Tropicoolest Award of the night.


Addlib Dance Crew Founder, Joe Abuda, 2015 UP Pep Squad Captain, Cam Lagmay, and Original Streetboys member, Danilo Barrios, served as the judges for the dance battle.

Manila South Coast Alliance was awarded as this year’s Employee Dance-Off champion, bringing home P100,000.00 cash prize and bragging rights for their business unit! New challenger, Telco Tubbies, and Manila North’s True Sight of a Kaleidoscope New Wave both brought home P50,000.00 as consolation prizes.


Rico Blanco wowed the crowd with some of his greatest hits! SYKESers danced and sang along to his music during his set.


SYKES Vice President for Philippine Operations, Mr. Dean Van Ormer, together with Vice Presidents for District Operations, Mr. Kenneth Juarez and Mr. Eric Carcamo, draw the major cash prizes for the night.

Benjamin Bustos from SYKES WCC won the biggest cash prize for the night: a whopping PHP 250,000.00!



SYKESers enjoying SYKES Summerland, the company’s biggest festivity of the year.


Sykes Asia, Inc. is the first multinational call center in the Philippines. It started its operations in 1997, supporting top global brands and Fortune 500 companies.  Currently, the company has over 15,000 employees and has sites in Shaw, Makati, Alabang, Quezon City, and Cebu.


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