A Modern Home for Our Growing Family
One MEGA Group, the publishing company behind Modern, Parenting, has a new office that serves as a creative haven for working moms and dads!
One look at the new headquarters of AGC Power Holdings Corp. (AGC PHC) on the sixth floor of Estancia Offices West Wing in Pasig City, and you’re greeted by an abundance of natural light. The 900-square-meter open space feels warm and welcoming. Peppered with fresh indoor plants as well as wooden panels, the details add a touch of nature to the premises.
AGC PHC, which houses One MEGA Group—home of Modern Parenting—officially opened the doors to its new headquarters last February 1. This serves as the first true home of the holding company and its growing family following the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought.
Putting Down Roots
AGC PHC was in its early stages when the pandemic caused economic shutdowns last March 2020. At that time, the company was also mourning the loss of One MEGA Group Inc. (OMGI) founder, Sari V. Yap. She served as a mentor and motherly figure to AGC PHC Chairman and CEO, Archie G. Carrasco, who found himself having to deal with the business repercussions of a global health crisis.
“In order to keep afloat during the pandemic without sacrificing the welfare of our people, we had to give up the space that has served as OMGI’s home for almost 27 years,” he recalls. The company moved to a smaller office and operated on a skeletal workforce to regain its footing.
Through Carrasco’s ability to pivot during a crisis and his instinct to identify opportunities ahead of the pack, he was able to navigate the post-pandemic market successfully. This was all without letting go of what he considers to be AGC PHC’s greatest asset: its people.
A couple of years later, the holding company recovered from the pandemic’s impact. It is steadily growing and diversifying its media brands and solutions and is looking forward to putting down roots in its first true home.
“Being able to craft this workspace means more than just having a beautiful place of business,” shares Carrasco. “Our headquarters represents a new beginning for AGC PHC employees and our subsidiaries alike. After being in survival mode for the last two years, we’re finally in a place where we can provide a comfortable space for our employees that’s truly ours—where we can all come in and say, ‘This is our home.’”
Designed with Purpose and Intention
The new headquarters is a collaborative effort between Archie Carrasco himself and Architect RJ Zurita. Carrasco’s vision gave direction to the design and layout while Zurita executed and oversaw its construction.
“Just as with everything that we do, this office was carefully and thoughtfully designed with purpose. We want the space to be fun, to inspire creativity, to evoke the positive energy that we try to keep flowing among our teams—all while being functional,” says Carrasco.
The design also kept in mind the majority population of AGC PHC’s family, with Gen Zs comprising almost 90% of the workforce. “Our company is very young. You can see it from our population. We have a long future ahead of us filled with opportunity as to where the company could and will go,” Carrasco points out. “Our space was designed specifically for this younger generation, and with the needs of a growing organization in mind.”
AGC PHC’s Home for the Next Five Years
While the new office in Estancia is AGC PHC’s first move to put its roots down, it is not the last. In fact, this is just the company’s first step towards a more permanent home. “This beautiful office is only a stopover to the permanent home that is currently under construction,” reveals Carrasco. “The office will be five times as big as our current headquarters. An ample space to accommodate our projected growth in the coming years. We are expecting construction to be completed in five years’ time.”
AGC PHC’s new headquarters isn’t just a sign of a new beginning for its growing family, but also a beacon of hope for the media and publishing industry in general. The Chairman and CEO hopes that through the recovery and rise of AGC PHC, he can uplift the industry as a whole by generating public interest in intelligent, inspiring, and intentional storytelling, impactful imagery, and a strong focus on the Filipino as a global standard for excellence.
“This new milestone in our organization is a strong sign that media and publishing are on the rise again,” declares Carrasco. “The industry has been in the shade of the sunset for a long time. Now it’s time for the sun to rise and shine once more on the media and publishing industry.”
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