Acoustic Night: Rewind

There’s nothing like the goosebumps-inducing feeling of nostalgia straight from the vocal chords and strongs of the MEcOustics gang! Last time, the MEcOustics group sprinkled us with an acute sense of #FilipinoPride as they showed their talents by performing OPM songs. This time they took us back into the time of the 2000s by performing songs that we all enjoyed and loved during our earlier days!

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MEcOnistas always look forward to MEcO get-togethers and opportunities to meet new people. MEcOustics: REWIND, held last March 9th at Beats & Stats, was the perfect avenue for a night to unwind from academic or work stress. Thanks to the feel of the venue, MEcOnistas enjoyed the throwback music being played by the performers. Together with the music, the MEcObulls enjoyed pizza, nachos, and each other’s company. There’s nothing more unwinding than the idea of our wee days as innocent kids. How nostalgic! 

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After a busy year, it’s time for the MEcOustics gang to call it a night. Tune in next year for a new batch of talented bulls as they once again tune their guitars, polish their sax’s and warm-up their vocal chords. Until then!

Blueprint: A Night of Conversations and Get-to-Know’s

Article by Michelle Tiu / Photography by Issa Imperial and Ayisha Maliksi

I guess we’re at that point in college where we start to worry about what our future would look like, what career or job we want, or even consider pursuing further studies. We look at different places, talk to different people, and eventually take a chance by sending our resumes to different companies. Thankfully, Networking Nights, a project under the Corporate Relations department of MEcO, is there to give us more opportunities to know about the different types of career paths available out there. 

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Entitled Blueprint, this year’s networking night hosted by MEcO in partnership with Rizal Library and Upstart was welcomed by MEcOnistas and Ateneans from different year levels. Dressed up all dapper and professional, we were thrilled to see what the night had in store for us.

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It was nice to see familiar faces, new faces, and even MEcO alumni who came by to support this project. Representatives from different types of businesses ranging from new start-ups to big-scale corporations were glad to join us for a night filled with conversations and get-to-know’s. 

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After the brief introduction of each company, the programs team prepared a segment of round-of-tables where company representatives sat with the students. The latter took the chance to ask specific questions about each company representative’s work and their stories. In that moment, everyone was so engaged with the conversation that the time allotted for each table wasn’t enough. 

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The best part of the night was probably when the scrumptious dinner was served. Who doesn’t like a conversation over good food? (Thanks, Kitchen Treasures!)

Certainly, it was nice to see everyone enjoying each other’s presence during Networking Night. It may have been a formal event, but that didn’t stop themselves to have a good time by sharing personal stories and jokes. With that said, this year’s Networking Night was surely a success. To cap off the night, VP for Corporate Relations Jed Tria and AVP for Corporate Relations Nacho Lozano say a word of thanks to the attendees and the speakers who came to support the project.

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Although we are never sure of what the future holds, I hope that everyone of us will be given the chance to discover our own interests and pursue our passion. Maybe a few years from now, we’ll all be employed individuals working to give back to the community and even to the country. May this night be a memory we would look back to with a smile on our face one day in the future. 

The Tenth Year of a Flagship

Article by Robert Tan / Same-day Edit by Marco Millan, Rohan Sugapong, Pilar Angliongto, Erica Go

The Ateneo Management Economics Organization once again held one of its flagship projects – the National Student Investors’ Convention (NSInC) – last February 24, 2018 from 8:30AM-5:00PM at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater. In its tenth year, NSInC aimed to provide the participants an avenue to learn about the world of business, economics, and politics.

Hosted by Matt Tutor and Rachelle Ng, the program began with the singing of the National Anthem and a prayer led by MEcOnistas Marrion Castaneda and Bianca Doria, respectively – as well as a few opening words from Jason Gusilatar, MEcO’s Vice President for Investment Strategies.

The talks kicked off with the first speaker – Ms. Natasha Bautista, the Operations Head of Innovative Hub who shared her story of how she was able to succeed at such a young age. She was then followed by Cargill Philippines President Philip Soliven, who gave a very informative talk on the traits needed to go far in the corporate ladder. Question-and-Answer forums followed after each of the talks. And before lunch was served in the Ateneo Grade School cafeteria, the Ateneo Musicians’ Pool was invited to give a rousing performance. Once the participants were done with their meals and were back in the auditorium, the organization’s very own MEcOustics serenaded them with a multi-song performance.  

The third speaker, Usec. Philip Dy, the chief of staff of Vice President Robredo, was more than happy to talk about his experiences working for the government and the state of Marawi City. His talks was to be followed by the Forum segment of the convention – moderated by Banco de Oro Chief Investment Officer Frederico Ocampo, BPI Head of Equities Carlos Jalandoni, financial adviser and writer Salve Duplito, and lastly, Sandy Giles, a consultant for the First Metro Securities Brokerage Corporation.

The day ended as a success – with the closing remarks of NSInC’s project heads: Keren Murillo, Karen Odtujan, and Andie Dy Buncio.

Home of the Bulls

Article by Migs Caparas

They say that MEcO is the only student organization under the business cluster who uses their org room.

We take that as a compliment! That statement says much on what kind of people are in the Management Economics Organization. Every organization preaches to their new members that they will be family to them, but can their org room back up that statement?

Does your org room have people from nine to five?

Does your org room have a cozy couch where people can rest in-between classes?

Does your org room have a bunch of noisy people playing MOBA (Mobile Legends) games with each other and even have a group chat for it?

Does your org room have random food lying around that is up for grabs for everyone?

Does your org room have playing cards that anyone can use during their free time?

I’m not sure about yours, but I’m assured that MVP318, and its residents will always be there for you no matter what time of the day, any day of the week!

No wonder MEcO’s members seem to know each other from head-to-toe—they have bonding sessions even outside of their events!

Everything starts in the org room. What are you waiting for? Give the MEcOBulls a visit and drop by!

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD INVEST IN THIS 2018

Article by Janella Virrey

Since we are now three months into 2018, it is important to stop and contemplate about it—how enriching has the year been to us so far?

Investing does not always concern money. For those who think they haven’t done much in the past three months, maybe you should ask yourselves: “what are things worth investing in this year?”

INVEST IN YOURSELF

Investing in your own personal growth and development is a great way of giving yourself some self-love. Investing in oneself has one of the most promising returns—not only is it profitable and beneficial in the future, but it offers present payoffs as well. Be it improving on a newfound talent, or engaging in interesting activities, there are plenty of ways to invest in yourself for the better.

  1. Education

Pursuing your education is one of the most important investments you can make for yourself. It can serve as a huge stepping-stone in helping you attain your main goals and aspirations in life. When you commit yourself into learning new things every day, it’s saying yes to a life with more prosperity and opportunity.

  1. Health

As they say, health is wealth! Hydrate yourself. Give yourself enough hours of sleep every night. Go on walks. Eat well. Make your skincare regime a regular thing in your daily routine. Basically, take good care of your wellbeing.

  1. Hobbies and interests

Look for something that piques your interest and allows you to improve your potential as an individual.

  1. Experiences

They say that experience is the best teacher. When an opportunity presents itself, go for it! Go beyond your comfort zone and make the most out of life. Instead of investing in material possessions, try and shift your resources into experiencing more out of life.

  1. Faith

It doesn’t have to necessarily be in a god. Find your guiding principle. Find that one thing that will give you a reason to wake up every morning—a reason to stay rooted with your own commitments.

  1. Rest and relaxation

We live in such a fast-paced, nonstop world. As students, an R&R every once in a while, is very much needed most especially when you’re on the verge of burning out. Sometimes, you have got to stop and pace yourself. Life’s not a journey, not a race.

INVEST IN RELATIONSHIPS

Aside from yourself, you should also invest in your relationships with others.

  1. Family & friends

Spend more time with your family and friends. After all, they are the biggest support systems you could ever have.

  1. Connections

Establish new connections. Meet new people! Who knows, your soulmate may just be around the corner somewhere.

INVEST IN FINANCIALS

  1. Financial literacy

Take the time to learn more about what it means to be financially literate. Before venturing towards financial facets that are difficult to handle, it is important to go back to the basics. By equipping yourself with the fundamentals of financial literacy, you are able to make more informed money decisions for yourself.

  1. Money

Learn how to invest your money in order to make it grow. Even those who are adept in investing now started out not knowing a lot of things initially too. Look for people who are willing to help you out—seek for help from financial advisers and professionals, or ask your peers. Look for possible opportunities to learn more about investing.

One example of which, happening on the 20th of April, would be IMP (Investment Mentorship Program) Open Session. This MEcO project is a great avenue for those who want to gain basic investing knowhow.

Debunked: The Exclusive Home Org Perception

Article and Graphics by Mariel Avendaño

Have you ever found yourself in a home far much from what you imagined it to be?

I found my home in MEcO, a MEC home organization, and I’m sure others do as well. But the thing is, I’m very much different from the majority of the population in MEcO. Why? Well, I am not MEc.

Wait – let’s backtrack a little. So you say that MEcO is a home organization of Management Economics majors but other students from different courses are still welcomed to join it? That’s sounds about right, ladies and gentlemen of all degrees, MEcO is just a register away during RecWeek!

Looks can be deceiving, or in MEcO’s case, the name. Although the organization carries the name Ateneo Management Economics Organization which is very specific to what kind of students are part of it, there is about 42% of its 600 members who are non-MEC.

I, myself, have been fooled into thinking that I can’t possibly join MEcO because of its perceived exclusivity as a home organization. Moreover, I am afraid that as non-MEC, I will not be able to fit in. But lo and behold, here I am now – a loud and proud MEcOnista!

Although MEcO is technically not my home organization, in here I finally found my true home.

Lately, I had the chance to catch up with two of my orgmates, Maye Deles and Danielle Lambo, who are also proud non-MEC MEcOnistas like me. Witness how they found their way home to a family waiting for them with open-arms.

How do you know about MEcO?

Maye Deles: I heard about MEcO through a MEC friend of mine back in my freshman year. In the process of him trying to be active, he always, and I mean always , mentioned MEcO to me. From his blockmates, new-found friends, org events, couples, chika –– you name it. The org sounded really fun and engaging to me.

Danielle Lambo: I found out about MEcO during RecWeek of my sophomore year, when my blockmate urged me to join MEcO with her, only because of a guy who was able to convince her into joining. I remember being skeptical. I told myself I wouldn’t fit in. And even with those many doubts, I gave in and joined. Little did I know, I would be finding one of the highlights of my college -being part of this family we call MEcO.

How and why did you join MEcO?

Maye Deles: During my sophomore year, I felt like I wanted to try joining more organizations because I felt like I wasn’t as “at home” as I wanted to be in any of my previous orgs. I joined 6 orgs that year, and MEcO was one of them. My friends highly encouraged me to join because of this “family vibe” they’ve always been talking about, along with the many avenues to be active.

Danielle Lambo: I remember being skeptical. I told myself I wouldn’t fit in. And even with those many doubts, I gave in and joined. Little did I know, I would be finding one of the highlights of my college -being part of this family we call MEcO.

Are you more active in MEcO?

Maye Deles: I’m more active in MEcO because it’s the place where I feel very welcome. Given the fact that it isn’t even my home org, I think that’s already a big thing. I never imagined myself being active but after spending time with the other members, I started enjoying their company. In the process I also encouraged non-MEc members to be more active. There’s a sense of fulfillment whenever I meet active non-MEc members who feel the same way whenever I talk about how fun and welcoming the org is; it’s what keeps me going.

Danielle Lambo: I find myself to be my most active in MEcO because in everything that I do for MEcO, I find myself constantly empowered, always learning, and in the presence of people who sincerely care for one another, despite coming from different courses.

 

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What have you found in MEcO that you can’t find anywhere else?

Maye Deles: A home and a family to come home to. Yes, the org has plenty of members and projects. It can be very intimidating but once you attend events, volunteer for projects, and even just enter the org room, you’re bound to gain friends who you will eventually consider as your family.

Danielle Lambo: As cheesy as it sounds, it is in MEcO that I found a group of individuals, who come from different courses, yet have the same interest – their love for MEcO, in which they have found a home. For better or worse, MEcO is really known for its infamous familial feeling, and we should still pride ourselves with that. This is what makes us capable of being open to people who come from different places. MEcO hasn’t been a home for MEC majors only, it has become a home for anyone willing to be a part of it.

Would you recommend MEcO to non-MEc students?

Maye Deles: Of course! Looking back, I have no regrets in choosing MEcO. Marami ka talagang magagawa . Of course, being shy is inevitable when you’re new, but once you step into the org room, you’ll know everyone inside by the time you step out.

Danielle Lambo: I recommend MEcO to anyone who has an open-mind to meet unique personalities. I recommend MEcO to anyone who has space in their heart, because the people that make up MEcO will really make you fall in love with the organization.  

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What can you say to those who perceive MEcO as an exclusive home org?

Maye Deles: Join us! I actually had the same perception. However, it’s not exclusive at all. MEcO takes everyone in, and I believe that everyone has a place in MEcO. By joining, you will most definitely find your place along with the people you get along with. When I first joined, everyone kept saying “solid” and well, solid nga naman talaga . Again, it is not an exclusive home org, but if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that MEcO is definitely––in each and every way––a home.

Danielle Lambo: To non-MEc majors, don’t be deceived by the ‘MEC’ in MEcO. If there’s one thing I learned being a non-MEC major, active in another course’ home org, it is that home can be found in the most unlikely places; home is where you say it is.

Home is where the Couch is

Article and Graphic by Sofia Nolasco

Picture the typical weekday afternoon.

The school has become a sanctuary of different friends, cliques, and even organizations. None compares to the that of the MVP at the said time, where people flock to their various respective org rooms hoping to catch some familiar faces lying around.

Move to the third floor of the said building. On a typical weekday, you would see room 318 filled with MEcO people sitting in the bench or lying on the couch. On a non-typical weekday where there might be a plethora of meetings lined up, you would even see people standing up just to occupy space in MEcO’s side of the room.

But if one were to say what the most distinct feature of the room is, it is without a doubt that it would be the beaten yet resolute leather couch situated in the heart of it all.

Albeit leaning on one side, the couch has become an important personality in the org room. It has become part of the home that MEcOnistas have come to know inside MVP 318, but not everyone knows its origins.

Bought by the organization, the couch first found its way in the MEcO room back in August of 2016. It had once belonged to Mea Manongas, the CFO of the organization two years ago. With the help of Vinci Yabut, Timmy Villegas, Ivic Ong, and Paolo Quiogue, the couch was carried to the room where it would find its permanent home, and the rest is history.

Taking a step back, why would an organization like MEcO need a couch anyway?

In a bustling org room where business is conducted, presentations and meetings are made, and considering the array of MEcO’s projects, it seems like there’s no place to situate a couch. But MEcO is more than the work that we do. MEcO is also the people we come back to, time and time again. They are family outside of our own families, our home outside the four walls of our houses, and what better way to make people feel at home by having the most basic marker of a home: a couch.

 

*Blog article done with the participation of Vinci Yabut and Timmy Villegas