4th PayPal Freelancer Workshop

October 21, 2017 was an interesting afternoon for me. I went to the Vivere Hotel in Alabang and attended the 4th PayPal Freelancers Workshop. It’s my second time to be in here because I was able to go to the last 3rd PayPal Freelancers Workshop at Acceler8 in Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.


The speaker for that afternoon was YugaTech founder Abe Olandres. YugaTech.com  is an online tech website established in 2002. Their site offers a plethora of news related to consumer electronics, and gadgets. They also do reviews when you go the YugaTech YouTube page.

Abe’s talk for that afternoon focuses on the basics of  Skills Upgrading. I am not a techie person, and my knowledge about this particular topic is limited. But I have briefly read a bit about SEO from the internet, but I think I need to hear out what Abe has to say about it.

First of all, Abe explains the concept of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) to the audience. He shows in his presentation the reasons why SEM is imperative for freelancers:

SEM focuses on demonstrable skill that can be honed

SEM increase one’s online reputation.

SEM adds value to one’s current skillset

SEM zooms in on the freelancer’s target customers


Jerome Sangalang is the host for the PayPal Freelancer Workshop. 



Personally, I think I need to attend more workshops to gain new skills focusing on:






Aside from these, I have to upgrade my WordPress blog to a Business plan. Once I do that, I will be able to add more plugins to my site.

I plan to travel next year in order to put these skills to the ultimate test. I still have a long way to go. I am a diamond in the rough.

Finally, Abe reminds that every upgrade made to one’s skill  is an investment. It’s like you putting up gold coins inside your piggy bank. It’s you who will reap the benefits in the end.













I have learned a lot from Abe’s workshop. I also got the chance to meet new friends in the process like Axl Guinto,  Johannes Bangao, Aileen Ello, couples Wil Bajo and Khristine Callangan. I want to attend future PayPal Freelancer Workshops. I give my thanks to PayPal Philippines for the wonderful experience.


If you’re currently a freelancer, please join the PayPal Philippines Freelancers Community Facebook Page.







Here are some of the freebies that I got from the event afterwards

PayPal Canvas Bag




Photo Credit: 

Photo of Abe Olandres’ workshop from PayPal Facebook page





Get Money Savvy with Paypal’s Freelancer Community Workshop

by Ana Liza Benetua

I believe women should also learn how  the ins and outs of  the financial world. Last Friday, October 6, 2017, I was given the opportunity to attend PayPal‘s Freelancer Community Workshop. It was held at  Acceler8.ph CoWorking located in Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.  Lucky for me, the weather was not feverishly hot at that time because the workshop starts at 2pm. If you’re a freelancer, and you have a PayPal

Walking along Ayala Avenue 


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My ticket for the workshop


After registration, I was handed out a Paypal goodie bag. It contained a notebook and a pen for writing, plus a surprise I didn’t expect from Globe. A Globe GCash Mastercard that I can activate and link to my Paypal account. How cool is this! So lucky!




The speaker for that day was Fitz Villafuerte whose talk focuses on Paypal’s theme which is to “Take Control of Your Freelance Money” . He has a website called fitzvillafuerte.com. He explained to us the basics on how to manage earnings made from freelance jobs. I like the way he simplified concepts during the entire talk. I understood it the whole time. It’s like attending a Financial Management 101 class.

Fitz Villafuerte paypal




There were other talks from the previous dates. I was not able to attend the the workshop wherein Ms. Liz Lanuzo was the speaker. Liz is a beauty blogger for Project Vanity, and you can check her website projectvanity.com. But I have already registered for the next Paypal for Freelancers workshop on October 21 with Abe Olandres, founder of Yugatech.  If you’re interested to attend the next event, please CLICK here to register.


There was an open forum that allowed the attendees to ask questions afterwards. I felt empowered after listening to what Fitz has to say, answering one question after another. I highly encourage Filipinos, and people all over the world to attend financial literacy talks like this. Thank you PayPal for coming up with such an event.

I met new friends along the way too. Makeup artist Abie Mendiola, Ruth Gutierrez, and Ramon Bayron. Meeting new people is the coolest part of this entire experience.