Pioneered business process outsourcing company, Sykes has been one of the most popular choices of career-seekers. The company has definitely started a popular career movement in this country.


Last December 14, the annual year-end celebrated dubbed as Sykes Poptastic 2014 was held at the SMX Convention Center. It boasted of last song syndrome-inducing music, big prizes, vibrant performances and SYKES employees sporting pop-inspired attire.

The said event was hosted by the funny and playful Boys Night Out trio of Sam YG, Toni Tony and Slick Rick together with TV show host Karen Pamintuan.

Did you know that Boys Night Out has been one of the hottest radio shows for the past eight years? They has been nominated as Yahoo Philippines’ best radio program for three years in a row. Pamintuan headlines Listed, now on its third season and continues to be Lifestyle Network’s flagship and lifestyle authority program.

SYKES Vice President for Philippine Operations Dean Van Ormer says they really leave no stone unturned when it comes to mounting their YEC. “The YEC is already a part of the SYKES calendar – something that our employees look forward to every year. And we make sure it is worth their wait.”

Opening the show are SYKES employees letting it loose to the melody of the year’s biggest pop hits. The highly anticipated and competitive dance competition also featured employees from SYKES’ different business units grooving to different Korean Pop tunes and costumes, adding color and quirk to the festivities.

SYKES Senior Management Leaders Van Ormer, Senior Operations Director Marc Guison and Operations Director Kenneth Juarez also surprised everyone with a performance of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, showcasing Western Pop’s signature swag and savvy style.

The highlight of the said festive when former Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia thrilled everyone with his rendition of timeless hits such as Ang Huling El Bimbo, Alapaap and Magasin and currently performs as guitarist and lead vocalist for Pupil and The Oktaves.

Included in the program are the recognition of the 10-year and 15-year service awardees, and the employee club of the year. More than P1.5 Million worth of prizes was also given away to ecstatic raffle draw winners.

Around 6,000 employees were in attendance, and held simultaneously with SYKES Cebu’s own Year-End Celebration held at the J. Convention Center.

SYKES Director for Branding and Communications Cecile Moreno-Venancio says the YEC is an opportunity for the company to showcase the culture of support it is very much proud of. “In a company as big as ours, we make the most out of every chance we get to interact with our people who make the company’s daily operations productive and smooth.” She adds, “We only get to do this once a year, so we make sure that they all feel valued.”

Van Ormer underscores POPTASTIC celebrates the massive growth of the seeds SYKES planted way back in 1997. “There were no call centers then, but SYKES was already here breaking new ground.  The BPO industry is now very, very big – POP in all ways imaginable. It is already something that is enjoyed and appreciated by a very big number of people, and SYKES is very proud to have started it all.”


By eccentricyethappy

Christian Melanie Lee is a freelance community manager/social media manager, chatbot builder, social media consultant, and web developer. She is managing her other blogs under lifestyle, food, music/concert, and Hallyu niche. Last August 2020, her first website project, Choose Khiphop is one of the news authority about Korean Hiphop. Five months later, she and her friends formed a podcast called +82 Khiphop Podcast. In 2018, she had her stint as The Itchyworms' social media manager which lead her to do music photography in her spare time. A year later, she had a short stint as road manager for the local band, Join The Club. Currently working as freelance community manager and a PR manager.