Tag Archives: Uber

culture by Jacs T. Sampayan

Check Out: The Uber Summer Internship

This is the new program of choice for many college kids

“What would you do if Uber were to launch in a new city tomorrow?” How would you answer this? Well, the question is one of many that an aspirant will have to deal with to be considered for the tech brand’s summer internship.

I was invited to a sit down with former interns and was curious to how each of them tackled the question. Each youth attacked it differently: Some delved into logistics and operational issues, others spoke of marketing and branding. Talking to them, you get a sense of not only how much they enjoyed their experience, but how proud they are of working with the brand then and now. (Some of them have already been absorbed by the company.)

One girl was excited about flying to Cebu to lead focus group discussions only two weeks into the program. By not being the only smart person in the room, one guy was challenged to push himself more. A couple others saw themselves stepping out of their respective comfort zones to find new passions and interests.


“Grow individually. Impact locally. Connect globally.” This is the mantra of the program, which runs for about eight weeks. Each intern is given a chance to lead his or her own team and manage a project that will directly affect the brand’s business. This might include changing a process by which they engage drivers, or something like UberCoffee, a pet project of the 2016 batch that had third wave coffee being delivered to riders around the metro. Interns get to attend workshops with panelists from uber’s international offices, monthly allowances, and—of course—Uber credits.

Here are a couple of video testimonials from the interns:

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Jacs T. Sampayan
He's the current Editor of the The Neighborhood, Managing Editor for Rogue, and an editorial consultant for a top public relations firm. In his spare time, he helps run a volleyball training camp, hosts trivia nights, channels all sorts of drama into whacking a tennis ball, walks along major highways to surpass his FitBit goals, and sleeps as little as possible. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @jacs_do_it.
culture by Jacs T. Sampayan

The Six People You Meet in an uberPOOL

And the person you won’t ever find in one

Since it was launched mid of last year, uberPOOL presented a heightened experience of the ridesharing app. Not only are you splitting the fare, but also the backseat and a part of your day with someone you don’t know.

Now most uberPOOL rides happen sans fanfare, with nary a word spoken between riders. It does present, however, a potential social experiment. It’s an interesting scenario filled with a lot of questions. And, if you are even half as uzi as me, you find yourself wondering a lot about the person directly across you.

Well Uber decided to break it down for you. “People have different behaviors. Some like to take Uber in the morning. Others frequent at night. Some people take Uber more than a hundred times a year. That is truly amazing,” says Laurence Cua, Uber Philippines General Manager.

Based on data they’ve gathered throughout the year, they’ve created six archetypes that you might find yourself sharing car space with. And one that you will never find in an uberPOOL.


The Explorer
These are the users that still use Uber to get around even when they are in a different country. Cua is surprised to say that the US is the most visited by Filipino users, and not our closer neighbors.



The Night Rider
These users take most of their trips when the sun has set, using the app for wild adventures or as a means to get them to their graveyard shifts.



The Road Tripper
Racking up the miles is what matters most for these users. Their total distance traveled is quite high, and they spend a majority of their day in an Uber car.



The Early Bird
These users don’t mind waking up at the crack of dawn. Most of their Uber trips were taken just as the day is starting for everyone else.

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The All Star Hero
Ride Sharing is life for the All Star Hero. These users have logged a lot of rides with Uber, counting on the app to get them anywhere and everywhere.



The Midday Wanderer
Most of the trips of these users are taken during the afternoon. They are the grizzled, unfazed veterans of rush hour.

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The Lux Rider
It’s either UberBLACK or bust for these users as they prioritize stylish convenience over affordability. Ergo: you will never find them in an uberPOOL.

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So what type are you? Well you can find out for yourself.

Uber has created a website that generates a colorful music video out of your rider stats. By logging on to YearWithUber.com, you can be entertained while finding out what kind of user you are. “By being able to show people how their 2017 was, it’s a way of celebrating this very eventful, very interesting year we’ve had in the Philippines,” Cua says. “And we’re very happy despite everything we’ve gone through. At the end of the day, Uber is supposed to be a fun experience. I think this is one way to show that.”

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Jacs T. Sampayan
He's the current Editor of the The Neighborhood, Managing Editor for Rogue, and an editorial consultant for a top public relations firm. In his spare time, he helps run a volleyball training camp, hosts trivia nights, channels all sorts of drama into whacking a tennis ball, walks along major highways to surpass his FitBit goals, and sleeps as little as possible. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @jacs_do_it.
culture by Darleen Sy

Watch: A little act of kindness can go a long way in Uber’s new video

#KayoRinPo encourages riders to show how much drivers mean to them.

A mother of three and a victim of an abusive marriage, who has successfully escaped with her children, Marissa Fuster is only an example of one of the thousands of Uber driver partners who continuously share their stories and inspire commuters across the country.

With the fast paced world that we live in, it’s easy to get lost and caught up in things that—at the end of the day—don’t really matter. Amidst the busy streets of Manila and the seemingly never ending list of things to do everyday, stories like Marissa’s are good reminders for us to acknowledge and appreciate the people we often take for granted. While Marissa turned to Uber as a means to financially support herself and her family, she does more than just provide her service. Her story has been one that she has told to many of her riders and in return have admired her for her bravery and perseverance. One even texted her after her trip saying that she reminded her of her own mother. For Marissa, these conversations that she has with her passengers also inspire and encourage her everyday.

As Uber driver partners take us to our next destination, we become a part of their stories just as much as they become a part of ours. Even the smallest gestures, from a simple “thank you” to a 5-star rating, can go a long way. Because just like everyone else, they have their own stories to tell.

Watch Uber’s latest video, #KayoRinPo, https://www.facebook.com/pg/uberpilipinas/videos/?ref=page_internal that features the stories of three drivers including Marissa.
Darleen Sy
Darleen Sy is a freelance multimedia artist and aspiring creative director. An old soul at heart, she enjoys having long and deep philosophical conversations. If she's not cooking up vegan dishes, she's probably out exploring new things to do and places to visit. You can find her on Instagram at @darleensy.
culture by Jacs T. Sampayan

Uber and Singapore Airlines give you a chance to go on an instant adventure

One of the best carriers in the world partners with your go-to transport app for an exciting trip to the unknown

Up for a quick—and we mean, really quick—getaway? Tomorrow, July 22, Uber riders from select cities in the metro will get a chance to win an instant ticket to a mystery location in Southeast Asia. Not that the public needs more reasons to love this app, mind you.

If you are an Uber user from Makati, Pasay, or Bonifacio Global City, simply open the app between 8 to 10 on Saturday morning and request for an UberPLANE ride. Three lucky passengers will win a two-way Economy Class ticket from Singapore Airlines with hotel accommodations. Take note: you will be picked up (at your pick-up points of course) and brought to NAIA Terminal 3 to fly to your surprise destination at 1pm of the same day. Winners will be given priority check-in privileges, 30KG baggage allowance, and access to the Manila SilverKris Lounge before the flight.

It’s kind of crazy, if you think about it to suddenly let yourself be brought to another country on impulse. But hey, given the infuriating circumstances we’ve been inundated with lately, maybe a little adrenaline would do all of us a bit of good.

This one-time offer by Singapore Airlines and Uber was done in celebration of the flag carrier’s 70th anniversary. For more updates on the mystery locations and to learn more about UberPLANE and other offerings, visit singaporeair.com, or facebook.com/singaporeair.

Art by Mags Ocampo

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Jacs T. Sampayan
He's the current Editor of the The Neighborhood, Managing Editor for Rogue, and an editorial consultant for a top public relations firm. In his spare time, he helps run a volleyball training camp, hosts trivia nights, channels all sorts of drama into whacking a tennis ball, walks along major highways to surpass his FitBit goals, and sleeps as little as possible. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @jacs_do_it.
wellness by Alyssa Castillo

3 Friday Traffic Workouts You Can Do in Your Uber

You’ll probably get weird looks from your Uber driver, so try to be subtle.

Traffic in Metro Manila has been dubbed the ‘worst on Earth’—not just by our very own local drivers and commuters, but also by global traffic app Waze. Every one of us has wasted countless hours braving the endless stretch of EDSA; a painful experience that may have traumatized some into staying home for a couple of days afterward. But maybe there are more productive ways to make the most out of that precious time stuck on the road. Coach Gab of Central Ground Crossfit shares these quick and easy body toning steps, because, well, your Uber bill might as well cover your imaginary gym membership fee, right?

cg-3Abs Contract
Target: Abdominal Muscles
Tip: You can literally do this anywhere.
1. Sit firmly on your seat and make sure your body is relaxed and your back is straightened out.
2. Squeeze those abdominal muscles while steadying your breathing. Contract and hold.
3. If you want to step it up a bit, lean back a bit and allow your legs to follow with the movement. Lift your legs a bit and do the same with your arms.
4. Balance and hold this position for as long as you can before relaxing your muscles and going back to position #1.
5. There isn’t a specific number of reps for this exercise, so do as many as you can.

cg-6Air Squat hold
Target: Thighs, Glutes, Butt
Tip: Only attempt this move in crawling, standstill traffic. Sudden jerking of the car could lead to injury.
1. Sit firmly on your seat and make sure your body is relaxed with your back straight.
2. Engaging your core muscles, lift yourself up from your seat. Pull your shoulder blades towards each other and push your chest out slightly.
3. Bend your knees and lift your butt off of the seat then hold. Keep your weight on your heels and make sure your knees are over your toes, but not beyond them.
4. Lower your butt as far down as your thighs can stand while keeping your knees rotated outward.
5. As you lower down, raise your arms parallel to the ground while also maintaining an upright torso. Hold this for as long as the car is on standstill. Make sure you are balanced and that your feet are firm on a flat surface.
6. Squeeze your butt to come back up, lowering your arms back to your side. Sit back down to your seat. Repeat each time the car comes to a long stop.

cg-74-Minute Bag Raise
Target: Shoulders
Tip: Heavy books and heavy laptops make for great alternatives to weights.
1. Sit firmly on your seat and make sure your body is relaxed and your back is straightened. Steady your breathing.
2. Raise arms directly in front of your until they are at shoulder level. Hold for 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for 8 rounds.

Produced by Alyssa Castillo and Sam Potenciano
Photography and Videography by Renzo Navarro
Production assisted by Jasmine Seale
Special thanks to Inna Alejandro-Pesigan, Dino Alejandro, and Chino Roque

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Alyssa Castillo
Alyssa Castillo is a freelance writer and is concurrently Rogue Media's Editorial Assistant for The NBHD. She reads for fun, writes for a living, and wastes too much time entertaining the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. Find her on Instagram as @alyssakcastillo.
culture by Isabelle Laureta

6 uberPOOL Stories We Couldn’t Make Up

The good, the bad, and the ugly of commuting in Manila.

If Dante Alighieri were alive and living in Manila today, he would’ve surely added a tenth Circle of Hell— one devoted solely to Manila’s current traffic situation. Dedicated but not limited to the following nightmarish real life situations: rush hour traffic, Friday traffic, rainy day traffic, payday traffic, and any traffic related to the Christmas season (which actually starts as early as September).

Thank God then for the valiant efforts of certain ride-sharing companies (namely uberPOOL) to help lessen the amount of blockage on major roadways. Really, in theory, what about that could go wrong? The answer: a whole lot. While, to be fair, more often than not you’re treated to a hassle-free trip with pleasant uberPOOL-mates, other times the universe seems to conspire against you by dropping you into horrifyingly awkward situations (AKA the eleventh Circle of Hell).

And because all experiences (both the good and the bad) are best enjoyed when shared, we present six true life uberPOOL stories that’ll make you either laugh, cry, or reconsider commuting forever.
rogue-uber-pool-horror-stories-mark-161021“My friends and I were out drinking to celebrate someone’s birthday. When I couldn’t take anymore drinks, I decided to French exit by booking an uberPOOL ride. I was so dizzy the entire trip that when we arrived on my street, I started vomiting out the window. I told the driver, “Kuya, wait lang, papalinis ko ‘to,” then went inside and drunkenly fell asleep. The best part about that trip was that nobody else UberPOOLed with me. The worst: I had left my phone in the car, so I had to get hold of the driver again and meet up with him. I was so embarrassed but thankfully he was polite about the entire thing. I just tried making it up to him by buying him food. Yup, 1 star for me.”- Mark, Uber Rider, Quezon City

“It was nearly 1 AM when I picked up 3 passengers. The first was a girl who got in by herself and sat up front. The next two were these drunk guys who sat in the back. Mid-trip, the guys kept asking me to turn up the volume of the radio because they liked the music. They were so obnoxiously rowdy that the girl, irritated, snapped at them saying “Hindi sa inyo ‘yung kotse ah.” They all ended up arguing with each other the rest of the trip.”– Christian, Uber Driver, Manila
rogue-uber-pool-horror-stories-issa-161021“I really do my best to be a good citizen by helping solve Manila’s traffic problem through booking UberPOOL rides. One day while going to work, I realized that I forgot my wallet at home, and of course it had to be the day that I opted for a cash payment. The entire car went quiet as I searched for long lost bills in the pockets of my bags and my jeans. Thankfully, one of the strangers that I rode with offered to pay for my share. Pretty lucky on my end, but I swear nobody else on that trip looked too pleased to have me onboard.” – Issa, Uber Rider, Mandaluyong

“The moment my friend and I entered the uberPOOL, we nearly died from the smell. We didn’t know if one of the other riders just a bad case of gas or if it was something… worse. While sitting quietly in the back, my friend and I coincidently texted each other the same thing at the exact same time: ‘ANG BAHO HINDI AKO MAKAHINGA.’” – Faye, Uber Rider, BGC

“The first time I rode uberPOOL, my pool mates were three Chinese lolas. At the time, I was dying from a cold and wasn’t exactly in the mood for any kind of social interaction. I just wanted to keep to myself in a corner. Then, of course, the lolas all started talking to me, asking me how old I was, telling me all about their children and their children’s children, and even showing me pictures of all their families. One of them even started telling me all of her beauty secrets. In the middle of all this chikahan I came down with a coughing fit and they all fished out medicine from their bags and literally forced me take them on the spot. It was an amusing trip in hindsight, but at the time I just like: PLEASE SEND HELP.” – Caelyn, Parañaque, Uber Rider

“I once booked a ride with the current girlfriend of my ex. Out of all the people in Manila. We know each other personally but we didn’t say a word to each other at all—which made everything even more awkward AF! Let’s just say it was a pretty long trip.”- Trixie, Uber Rider, Makati

Illustrations by Tim Lopez
As told to Alyssa Castillo

Isabelle Laureta
Isabelle is a writer, watercolor artist, and cat mom—sometimes all at once. When she’s not busy writing or painting, she’s most probably on her on the way to the kitchen to look for something to eat. Her work can be found regularly at BuzzFeed Philippines and every Friday in the Manila Bulletin. Follow her on Instagram at @iplaureta.