Hi Anna! I’m really looking forward to seeing more and more people interested in it, too (as you could have probably guessed from my blog post) :) ! If ever you come back home, I’d love to have coffee with you because I’m always on the lookout for people to bounce learnings and ideas off of.
There are more and more companies embracing “user experience” here in the Philippines, so there are more agencies and consultancies offering that service. Did you want to look for potential work and project opportunities?
The U.S. and other developed markets have a lot of design research roles — IDEO, frog design and the other design studios like fuseproject; also digital businesses like Facebook.