Eleven Dipolog-based trainees completed the first step toward a virtual assistant (VA) career in Ripple VAs in the said city on July 15.
Chelsey Jane Castillon, Kia Lumanta, Mary Ann Patangan, Rian Quisel, Sol Dominic Soliva, Trixia Villanea, Adrian Abero, Disny Saturos (Executive), Leona Marie Flores (Executive), Shamah Dagotdot (Executive), and Patricia Louisse Garcia (Satellite Managing Director/Outreach Head Mentor) graduated from the month-long training hosted by Ripple's Core Mission Team.
To give everyone an understanding of their responsibilities and the knowledge and skills they need to do their job, the graduates underwent business, foundational truth, and ministry training from June 24 to July 15.
Ripple's Core Mission Team, composed of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jezrel Perez, Chief Operations Officer (COO) Shana Manzano, Chief Finance Officer (CFO) Melvie Ayacaide, Chief Mission Officer (CMO) Stella Geraldez, Liezel Lumiguid, Saira Basarte, and Danelle Hope Manzano, awarded all the graduates prizes, Special Award certificates, and Certificates of Completion.
Ripple VAs-Batangas Satellite Managing Director Hanna Caraig also graced the graduation on July 15, delivering her inspirational message online.
Manzano said the graduation brought everyone complete joy, noting it was more than they expected, and it is all thanks to God.
'Money cannot buy my joy'
Rian Quisel, one of the graduates, said the joy she felt after her experience could not be bought with money, stressing that she was pleased learning new things and performing well throughout the training.
"What mattered the most was the learning I got throughout the training. Not just learning from the business aspect, but learning from God's Word, knowing Him more and understanding the purpose He assigned to us here," Quisel pointed out.
Quisel received a Ripple Success Academy (RSA) Scholarship from the Core Mission Team for placing first in the Top 3 VA trainees.
"Since I won the RSA Scholarship, I'm looking forward to exploring and learning more tools to use as a virtual assistant in Ripple. Months from now, I already see myself mentoring together with my mentee," Quisel said.
Quisel mentioned that she is most thankful to Perez for accepting God's vision.
Moreover, she expressed gratitude to the Core Mission Team, who helped Ripple VAs-Dipolog pioneers in their training, and for being the instrument to share God's Word.
'I learned a lot from my co-VAs' testimonials'
For Chelsey Jane Castillon, another graduate from the pioneers' batch, the competitive influence of her co-VAs brought out the best in her, sharing that they helped her understand herself much better on a spiritual level.
"There are no words to express how grateful I am to the Core Mission Team for coming here to teach and help us grow, not only in our skills but also in our spirituality. I am also grateful to the Ripple VAs-Dipolog Management Team for sharing their perspectives and ideas and guiding me through the training process," Castillon said.
New to the VA industry, Castillon said she learned about various software and skills, the importance of details, leadership and teamwork, professional relations for self-growth, and various other things that have helped her grow on a professional level.
Castillon received a paid internship to Ripple VAs for placing second in the Top 3 VA trainees.
"I am looking forward to learning more and developing the skill set that will help me advance as a virtual assistant while keeping a positive approach to forthcoming opportunities wherein this training and experience could be useful," Castillon ended.
Besides Castillon and Quisel, the Core Mission Team also recognized Mary Ann Patangan for being the third placer, wherein she received a virtual assistant shirt.
The graduation took place from 1 to 5 p.m. at Ripple VAs third satellite office and ministry at the Second Floor, F. Lacaya Street, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.