Employee Highlight > Employee Highlight: Adrian “Victor” Ilagan

Adrian “Victor” Ilagan

Development Lead

What is your title at Synergy, and can you give us a gist of your responsibilities?

I work as a Development Lead and manage both new and ongoing projects. Within this role, I aid in planning project development and timelines. Because I am passionate about delivering excellent customer service, I dedicate myself to my team’s efforts to ensure our work is turned around at the highest possible quality.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to go out riding on my motorcycle—especially in the twisting mountain roads. On other days, I prefer a relaxing day of golf. I also enjoy building and enhancing my mini reef and river aquarium-style fish tanks.

What is something you have always wanted to try?

I’ve always wanted to go scuba diving. I love marine creatures and have gone snorkeling many times in my life. Now I want to try scuba diving to take it to the next level and see for myself what’s out in the deeper part of the ocean.

What did you want to be when growing up?

As a kid, I wanted to be a marine biologist. Working with animals is very appealing to me, as is working in the deep blue water. I often dream of the vast unknown and believe that marine biology would be a fulfilling way to engage in both the unknown and nature simultaneously. In addition, being a marine biologist combines the notions of exploration and curiosity with helping beautiful creatures and being a part of something bigger than yourself.

If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?

If I were to get stuck on an island, I would want to have these three items on hand:

  • A lighter to start a fire so that I could stay warm at night and cook gathered food
  • A knife to cut some coconut leaves for shelter
  • My guitar to play some music while enjoying the nice ocean view

Do you have a favorite board/video/card game? What do you enjoy about it?

I love playing racing video games! Specifically, my new favorite one is Forza Horizon 4. I like the game because you get the chance to virtually drive any kind of car that you could dream of owning.

Do you have a favorite quote?

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit
  • “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
  • “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein