Protips: As You Enter the Race

As a young professional, it’s but normal to seek advice from people who have been working for a longer time. It’s great to have conversations with them and learn from their experiences. That’s one of the best ways to prepare for your professional life.

In addition to face-to-face conversations, a book can also help you learn so many new things about your career and your life. That’s why here at PinoyYuppie, I want you to get a hold of some of the Filipino books that deal with the topic of work.

One of them is “Protips: As You Enter the Race.” by Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides.


What is it about?

Protips is a collection of essays about work. Every essay is pretty short–you could probably read one within 5 minutes, or less. It follows the usual pattern of Ate Maloi’s radio program Protips, which airs over at 702 DZAS (an AM station). I can probably count the number of yuppies I know who are listening to AM radio. After all, most cellphones these days only have FM, right? Most of you probably don’t even own an actual radio at home.

The essays in the book are easily digestible. Each essay contains practical advice and wisdom that you can apply in the workplace. It’s just like a devotional for busy, working people. You can easily place it in your office desk, then open it before you start working to get your daily dose of inspiration.

The book is divided into four sections:

Beginning the Race. This section covers similar topics we write about here in this blog — the importance of dreams, of having a plan, the skills you need to have, and some tips on looking for a job.

Good Habits and Work Ethic. The topics of the essays under this section are pretty diverse, but it can help prepare you for different situations and scenarios at work. Ms. Maloi is dead set on helping you nurture a good set of habits. She also writes about the importance of protecting your ethics at work.

Cultivate Healthy Work Relationships. Who would’ve thought that love belongs in the workplace? The author passionately makes her case that yes, love has a place in the office–not the romantic love, mind you, but in the way you treat office-mates, relate with your boss, and cultivate passion for your work.

Keep on Keeping On. The last section of the book deals with the importance of perseverance and understanding where you are in the journey. As a new yuppie, you are but starting out. But if you heed the lessons of this book, you can make your career last.

About the Author

Ms. Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides is a broadcaster, motivational speaker, author, and life-long learner. She graduated with a degree in BA Communications from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She also earned her degree in MA Communications from Wheaton College in Illinois, USA. She is married to atty. Aldwin Salumbides.

Who is this book for

This book is perfect for new graduates who are starting out in their work. It is a good reference for wisdom in the workplace. At PhP 220, it may be a bit expensive, but it’s well worth the investment.

You can join the Protips Community at Facebook.
You can also download the radio episodes of Protips from

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