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Moving to a New and Bigger Office

Finally, we were able to move to our new office space. We went through all the stress and burden of finding a new office space, negotiating for space, looking for the right contractor, renovation to actual moving of furniture. Last November, we started the grueling task of looking for the best location for our new office as we had to vacate our office space in Limketkai Center. We started looking for spaces within the Divisoria Area (FYI, Divisoria here in Cagayan de Oro is our business district). A good friend recommended a building along Velez-Cruz Taal streets. Instantly, I loved the place, but I realized that it needed much renovation. As a sound businessperson of course, I had to check out the other options, which were many but location was crucial. Another option was the 6th floor of a building, also along Velez St. The space was okay, the size was just enough and the rent was also okay, the walls were already painted and all we had to do was apply for a meter with CEPALCO. But not everybody knew the building. What I did was inform a lot of people about my options and their first reaction about the second space was “where is that?” Taking note of such reaction, we decided on the first choice and signed the lease contract with the building owner around December. On to the next phase. We asked several contractors to give us a quote for total labor and materials needed for the renovation. I was appalled by all the prices that were submitted to us! Anyway, we settled for the least labor cost and did some supervision ourselves (to the extent that my bout with my asthma attack was unceasing, stress+dust+paint fumes). For materials, we were blessed that I have a kumpare that helped us in securing the materials (with good payment terms). Whew, that was a load off my back. The carpenters worked fast enough so we can move to our office space with enough time to settle in for our opening on February. Just in time, on January 18, we started moving in. I was laughing, while helping in carrying all the tables, chairs and computers, imagining how it would have been if we chose our 6th floor option. Imagine? Carrying all that stuff for 6 flights of stairs? My gulay! I was already panting when our space was just on the second floor, what more if we were on the 6th floor? I’m sure I would have been stepping on my tongue out of exhaustion! Then we had the problem with our air-conditioner’s dripping as it constantly dripped on to the front part of the building. This was not a good thing as we had to maintain the clean façade. We tried using long hoses but the water kept getting stuck (as the hose kept folding) and overflowed again until a “super-mario” moment hit me…. Yes, pipes! (super Mario music playing in my head …tenenenen …tenenenen…) So, we purchased water pipes and with the help of Mike T., we were able to run the pipe on the ledge of the building and the water flowed smoothly in the pipes dripping only at the side of the building! See……and they said we don’t learn anything from computer games. Anyway, now we’ve settled in. We now have nice walls and a conference room (hehe). Phone lines are in place and internet is running smoothly. Thanks for the great team-work guys and thanks to all those who helped!

About The Author


Stephanie Caragos is the President & CEO of the 19 year running IT Company, Syntactics, Inc. and is the founder of, a program and initiative that envisions in helping young Filipinos hone their skills in IT and increase their chances of getting stable and profitable jobs. She is also the founder of Syntactics PINK (Promoting Innovation Networking and Knowledge) for women to encourage and empower more women in IT and to encourage the younger generation of women take up STEM. She is a speaker and mentor in various Startup, Online Marketing, Web, ICT and ICT businesses related seminars and talks and works tirelessly in finding innovative ways of marketing online for clients. She is also a staunch supporter of Filipino Small and Medium Enterprises as she continues to develop products and services that would benefit SMEs as well as help them increase their success rate in using technology in business. Stephanie is currently the president of the CDO ICT Business Council and works with the members and stakeholders in the city in promoting ICT to support more startups and create more jobs in the city. She also currently serves as a director for the Eisenhower Fellowship Association of the Philippines. She has completed her Eisenhower Fellowship and was awarded as the Douglas Dillon Named Fellow for the year 2016 and recently completed her term as National President for the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines last 2017.

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