“Never say die,” was the motto of the ragtag crew of kids in the classic 1985 film “The Goonies.” It’s also how the team at Manila-based agency Gigil describes their approach to tackling the hurdles of 2020. While the Philippines entered a recession that saw its gross domestic product drop 16.5, the lowest in all of Southeast Asia, sending the industry into a spree of salary cuts, furloughs and more, the agency did just the opposite. It increased staff by 32%, invested $40,000 in continuous learning for staffers during lockdown and gave raises of at least 11% to every team member. The result? A 15% jump in revenue, from $2.5 to $2.9 million last year (61% from new business), with a projected leap of 131% to $5.18 million for this year.