Sanity break: Filipinos go on ‘workation’ during world’s longest lockdown

Maria Patricia Natacia Suarez Atienza, owner of a virtual assistant agency, has been working from home since 2015. She realized that while she resides in Quezon City, she could enjoy working anywhere and build her business whenever and wherever.

But when the COVID-19 lockdown was declared, she had to start from scratch.

The 29-year-old shared she had “a lot of projects, a lot of clients, working with no limits and living in the same routine every day in our home. We came to a point that we get excited [during] grocery day because we can go out.”

When Atienza and her partner had enough, they started looking for a place where they “can be safe and experience nature again.”

They availed of a workation offering from a co-living and co-working shared space for remote workers, freelancers, and online entrepreneurs in Bolinao, Pangasinan where they stayed for 34 days in late 2020, an experience she said she won’t forget.


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