The most interesting workplace I’ve ever visited…

I was invited to the inauguration of the V. Group last Thursday. I honestly did not know what to expect. My hubby was the one who was excited about this particular event because we were told there was going to be a tour of the facilities, but he had something to attend to so I went ahead on my own. It’s a guy thing I guess, either that or my hubby is simply someone who wants to learn something new every time.

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The V. Group occupies 5 floors of Aseana Two.
V Group of Companies Philippines

They’re mainly known for V Ships which as the name suggests is a shipping business. They ship everything — passengers, cargo, etc. Yes, they do cruises too. V Ships is a ship management company registered under the V. Group from Monaco.

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Ms. Tessa Prieto Valdes was the event host.
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We proceeded to the banquet hall for lunch. We were all given a glass of champagne for toasting during the inauguration ceremonies.

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There was an array of native sweets like pastillas and polvoron, I’m guessing it’s because there were a lot of foreign guests and this is a way of sharing the Philippine culture. What I loved best about the lunch buffet was the delicious lechon and puto bumbong.

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There was a “dirty ice cream” cart too!
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After lunch we went on a tour of the facilities, starting with the office areas — cubicles, conference rooms…

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The V Group has its own in-house travel agency for its crew. They take care of booking flights and everything else for their employees.

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This is their cafeteria, wow! I’m impressed.
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This is where you order food.
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They have a more formal looking dining area with a bar, I’m guessing this is where they entertain visitors.

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Then we went on to check out the training areas. They have this practice room where they hone their housekeeping skills.

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This is the kitchen where they teach people how to cook, an essential skill for a ship’s catering staff. They have a practice dining area where they’re taught how to serve too. This falls under another V Group Company called Oceanic Catering.

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They have lecture halls as well.
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Look, it’s a Marine Cooking Handbook! Too bad I didn’t have time to read through it. I wanted to know how it differs from the usual cookbook.

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There’s also a Laundry Demo Room because well, they need to wash clothes efficiently on a ship!

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This is where staff are trained to speak in English. It’s being handled by Marlins, a company also within the V Group.

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They have their own library at Marlins.
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Next we visited what’s easily the most exciting part of the tour — the Bridge Simulator! I went into the room and felt like I was at the actual bridge of the ship. You can practice how to control the ship in different situations here.

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There are also several Mini Bridge Simulators.
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They are all designed to mimic a ship’s actual controls.
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I had a surprisingly fun and educational time at the V Group’s inauguration. This is definitely hands down the most interesting workplace I’ve ever visited! I’m beyond impressed. The V. Group even has their own manpower recruitment agency so they can find and hire people without having to rely on a third party.

V. Group’s Philippine HQ is located on Bradco Ave. Aseana Two, Aseana City, Paranaque City.


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