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Business Mirror


Website for local talents launched

To enable Filipino creative talents to get more attractive compensation in the job market arena, a local web developer established Portfolio-MNL.com.

The dot-com is the country’s first online platform that gathers and showcases creative talent for hire, introducing the portals of 17 partner-academic institutions and creative organizations across the Philippines.

Bing Tan, chief technology officer of PortfolioMNL and owner of a web company called ThousandMinds, said he decided to develop the site because he believes in the vision of the company of uplifting the Filipinos in the creative economy.

“The web site makes sense because of the absence there is no platform to highlight the Filipino talent,” Tan said in an interview at the sidelines of his dot-com’s launch.

The dot-com firm, one of the first batches of technology startups backed by the IdeaSpace Foundation (IdeaSpace), is a pioneer in bridging the creative, technology, and academe and business space through its platform.

“Filipino creative professionals are recognized and sought throughout the world for their talent and innovation, specifically in emerging industries such as animation and game design,” said Rina Malonzo, a former New York-based creative director who is co-founder and CEO of PortfolioMNL.

In a region where creative hiring is largely word-of-mouth, the network portals give local and foreign employers access to thousands of creative talent across the Philippines in just a few clicks.

On a single accessible digital marketplace, employers can view job seekers’ multimedia work samples (photos, videos and music files), and even résumés. Employers may search for individual “creative” by skill, experience level, or location, or search within specific organizations, Tan explained.

Tan and Malonzo define “creative” as app developers, architects, editors, fashion designers, furniture designers, game designers, graphic designers, illustrators, industrial designers, photographers, stylists, video editors, writers and computer programmers.

The web site hosts the portals of these creative schools and organizations to provide them with an online platform to market the skills of their students, alumni and faculty or members, according to Malonzo.

“Our network portals tear down the logistical barriers to discovering untapped creative talent, providing growth opportunities for both creatives and the companies that hire them,” Malonzo said.

“We are thrilled to launch our network with creative schools and organizations that are furiously developing world-class creative talent. With these partnerships, we look forward to doing our part in empowering creative innovation on a national and global scale.”

Since its launch in 2013, the dot-com has been a go-to among employers seeking Filipino creative interns, freelancers and full-time hires. Malonzo claims they already have more than 2,500 members and instant access to sample work and résumés.

They have 13 members in the network: from Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, to the University of Mindanao in Davao City.

Professional creative organizations in the network are the United Architects of the Philippines, Animation Council of the Philippines and Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines.



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