“We have been in the business for 10 years, and we have survived the onslaught of changes and the cutthroat competition because we’re resilient and we’re flexible,” WCCSI Vice President, Alfredo Ubaña said in the opening of the company’s 2017 mid-year conference.


PASIG CITY, Philippines —  The biggest visa consultancy firm in the country gathered the team from eight of its offices across the Philippines to delve into the company’s expansion plans and the challenges that would come along with it.

The conference, dubbed WORLDCONNECT X: Expanding horizons, conquering challenges, convened WCCSI education specialists and consultants, visa and documentation specialists, and branch managers from Legazpi, Naga, Manila, Baguio, Bacolod, Cabanatuan, Cebu, and Davao. Leading the charge is President and CEO, Catherine Altarejos and Vice-President, Alfredo Ubaña.

The conference was held at the Astoria Plaza in Ortigas, Pasig City, on June 4-7, 2017.


In his welcome remarks, the company’s VP spoke about the challenge posed by the changes in the industry. “Change is something we here at WorldConnect must deal with all the time. This is why we need not only expand our horizons, we need to face and overcome challenges that come our way.”

“We live in a world where change happens everywhere, in every aspect of life and across all industries. In today’s world, change doesn’t just happen – it happens quickly. Same thing with our industry where we have to deal and adapt with the changes in immigration policies and the like,” Ubaña added.

The VP then reminded the team that the company is all the better because of these challenges. “We have a lot of positives. We have solutions. We have the right resources. We have been in the business for 10 years, and we have survived the onslaught of changes and the cutthroat competition because we’re resilient and we’re flexible.”

WORLDCONNECT just opened to two new study destinations – Canada and Ireland, through a partnership with global international education provider EduCo International Group. 

Rayan Ibasco, Southeast Asia Regional Sales and Marketing Director of EduCo, discussed and addressed questions on the Canada study programs.

Meanwhile, WorldConnect has partnered with EduCo in launching Ireland as the newest international study destination for Filipinos. Alex Martinez, EduCo International Group Regional Sales and Marketing Manager for Philippines, introduced and discussed the program to the team.


(L-R) Cathy Altarejos, WCCSI President and CEO; Rayan Ibasco, EduCo Southeast Asia Regional Sales and Marketing Director; Alfredo Ubaña, WCCSI President and CEO; Alex Martinez, EduCo Regional Sales and Marketing Manager for Philippines













There were also special guests from partner schools in New Zealand and Australia.

William Bromley, the Marketing Manager-Philippines of Edenz Colleges, spoke at the conference about how to best promote New Zealand and the programs of his Category 1 school. Vikram Sharma, the company’s tie-up MARA agent from Australia discussed migration pathways after completion of study and AHPRA registration.

Vikram Sharma, a licensed immigration adviser and registered MARA agent from Australia speaking at the event

William Bromley, Marketing Manager for Philippines of EDENZ Colleges discussing interpersonal marketing strategies with the team