Our story.

From graphic design to full WordPress & Shopify eCommerce
and business support agency.

Ako Philippines is a creative agency based in the Philippines, driven to craft worthy experiences for our business partners and their clients since 2010. We believe everything will be digital — surrounding us like the air we breathe.

Strategically insightful and creatively purposeful, we start with relevant and authentic ideas. We make work that works—to grow your business.

Last 2016, we started helping people more…

Ako Philippines, originally Upskill Design, was born from the need to provide quality  creative web and graphic design services.

Aldin Lapinig & June De La Peña was in the business of building websites and providing graphics support for clients.

Typically most folks move on after launching a website but the duo noticed that the bigger businesses kept coming back to ask questions or request tweaks and updates. That’s when they realized there was a big hole in web and digital creative services not many had filled yet.

After a website is launched… who’s taking care of it?

 

Not long after they realized the opportunity in front of them, Aldin & June decided to build a service based around the concept of ongoing website care, on-demand graphic support and online marketing services to make sure their clients’ websites & businesses they are creating designs for won’t become outdated & get lost in the wild.

Both being passionate in solving problems and working with people made them an ideal business tandem. Growing Ako.PH, aside from their non-profit organization helping children in the Philippines, has been their focus ever since.

Our Core Principles

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PEOPLE OVER PROFITS

Relationships are our gold standard. We want to work with awesome people. Because, for us, success is measured by positive experiences, not the bottom line. As such, we strive to surround ourselves with both smart and passionate team members and clients, those who will grow our minds and hearts and not just our wallets.

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MAKE IT BETTER

This value remains continuous in our thoughts, a defined intention across all touchpoints of our organization. The carrot that drives our decision-making and, ultimately, our end product, this objective also waxes personal, stoking our internal flames. Because each one of us accepted the open-ended challenge to keep climbing the ladder to greatness.

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KEEP IT REAL

People are people. And that’s how we treat them, regardless of rank or association. Everyone deserves respect, transparency, and honesty – the three pillars of our every interaction with colleagues and clients. Bonus: work, and life in general, will become easier and more productive.

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KEEP IT SIMPLE

 Our practices and solutions are simple, because simple = clear = understandable and executable. We apply this concept to every aspect of the business, from our office space to the services we offer. We also subscribe to the strength of simplicity when we design, write, and write code.

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QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Mental energy is a depletable bandwidth, so we concentrate our time and talent on fewer projects/clients. A greater investment on our part, but we’re not running a creative services puppy mill. Plus, prioritizing quality over quantity supports our other core values.

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CRAFT ISN'T ENOUGH

This value remains continuous in our thoughts, a defined intention across all touchpoints of our organization. The carrot that drives our decision-making and, ultimately, our end product, this objective also waxes personal, stoking our internal flames. Because each one of us accepted the open-ended challenge to keep climbing the ladder to greatness.

Our Team

Meet our talented team of creatives, fun-lovers, and magic makers

Aldin Lapinig

Aldin Lapinig

Co-Founder / CEO

Desiree Mae Ceriales

Desiree Mae Ceriales

Marketing Director

Julie Pearl Colina

Julie Pearl Colina

Client Success Team Lead

Jonathan Kuizon

Jonathan Kuizon

Sales & Marketing

June De La Peña

June De La Peña

Co-Founder / COO

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REACH US

Dumaguete City
Negros Oriental
Central Visayas
Philippines 6200

+63 917 315 6602

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