Meet the Executive Board 1718!

Top5_Meet the EB 1718

The Bulletin team had the chance to catch up with this year’s executive board members. It had been a journey working with these people for an entire year. We got to see how they are in a serious setting and how they are when they’re just out there taking a break from all the work. The EB members were not just someone we looked up to, but they are also someone we shared numerous fun memories with.

Check out the EB member’s interview for Bulletin’s Humans of MEcO!

Top5_Meet the EB 1718

What’s one thing you’ll miss about MEcO and the Ateneo in general?

Bea Ladaban: The people, my blockmates, my friends and all the BOYS! Also the girls I didn’t know I was going to be friends with. I will also miss how projects are built from ground up and how people grow through MEcO. It makes me glad knowing that I can call people from MEcO every time I get sad!

Drew: It’s going to be the little things! The spontaneous lunch-outs and dinner-outs! I will also miss all of my batchmates even those whom I only spent little time with. Even those who shifted out of the course.

Bea Chua: The MEcO room! It makes me comfortable knowing that if ever I had no one to be with, I can always just go to the MEcO room. The MEcO room made me feel that blocks are irrelevant because in the MEcO room, it felt like everybody were blockmates.

Jat Caintic: I’m gonna miss the people. In MEcO it’s every year that I meet someone new, and I’ll miss that.

Ronnie Estrelles: The eagerness to wake up early everyday to go to school to see the people inside the MEcO room is what I’ll miss the most. Whenever I get stressed out, I remember the MEcO family who are there to back me up. 

ComDev_Meet the EB 1718

As someone who leads the organization, what are the most important values that a leader should demonstrate/possess?

Pao Rosete: I think [it’s] patience. Everything you plan for doesn’t really work as well as you really imagined it to be. So, having a long patience – a very long patience – gives you an edge, because you get to think and calm yourself down.

Doty Palafox: ..for me, I think, what I also leaned with working with Pao and the other machine members, what matters in comdev is agility – really agility to each the vision you’re trying to reach, na hindi pilit. So you have to gauge how much, ‘yung co-owndership ng community and ng mga tao na you’re asking to work with and work for you.

InStrat_Meet the EB 1718

What is investing to you?

Jason Gusilatar: Investing is seeing your future in one thing. It’s paying its value now because you believe it’s going to worth more in the future.

Daisie Zeng: I don’t speak that much of what they call the “InStrat” language. So I won’t give a stock related answer or something likewise. As the AVP of the department, investing for me is all about developing people, seeing their potential and giving them the avenue to work it out for their growth and the organization’s growth, generally speaking.

HR_Meet the EB 1718

What do you hope to see in MEcO in the future?

Dyan Yu: I hope it’s still a family like it always is, a place where you have people to lean on. I hope that no matter what, the bond’s still there.

Danica Cabangon: Girl power because we can! I hope it happens in next year’s Top 5.

Comm_Meet the EB 1718

Can you name an event or person that made a tremendous impact on you as a department head?

Issa: One of it was during my freshman year when I was part of Freshly Baked. Although I was the creatives head, I felt like I did so much more than my position with the guidance of our project heads and FM OICs. My OICs namely Ivic, Joel, and PB were very hands on and “maalaga” since we were freshmen. they were the ones who inspired me to immerse myself more in the org. I got to work with my fellow freshmen and saw that MEco had so much to offer. I also hyped Mon up to go to projects!

Mon: Issa. She was encouraging me to be more active in MEcO. She urged me to run and do more for the Communications Department. Now I’m here.

FM_Meet the EB 1718

What was the most difficult thing you encountered as a leader in MEcO?

Enzo Abastillas: The most difficult situation I experienced was during my first active year in MEcO where I was the Project Head of MEcOffers formerly known as Rent-A-Tent. We were lacking manpower, but thankfully, I had my FMily’s support!

Patricia Velasco: Probably the most difficult thing would be overseeing everything that’s happening within a department. There comes a time when everything gets so overwhelming because there are so many things happening at the same time and it does get quite stressful. But I always remember to keep calm, breathe, and take a bit of time to collect myself whenever work gets heavy.

CorRel_Meet the EB 1718

How was working together as the VP and AVP of CorRel?

JED: It was challenging yet very fulfilling, and I wouldn’t and couldn’t have done it with anybody else.

NACHO: Working with Jed has been a very exciting experience! Being with someone who has a unique insight really helped me grow not only in MEcO but also as a leader.

My Investment Story

For Investment Awareness Week, the BULLetin team caught up with some of the Investment Mentorship Program (IMP) mentors to find out what the Investment Stories are.



My investing story actually started when I was a freshman. I joined this effort called the Investment Mentorship Program, not knowing anything about investing or stocks and yet they accepted me. I took the risk and I believed I could do it as well. It was there where my investing journey started and truly I haven’t regretted it since. 



Like everyone, I started off with nothing but mistakes, but recently through my internship, I made one good pick that helped me get back all that I lost. I realized that it was really okay to make mistakes. As long as you learn from those experiences, you’ll bounce back. In that scenario, making mistakes is also an investment. It’s not how many mistakes you did, but how much you learn from them.



When I was a freshman, I was skeptical about the stock market. But as I exposed myself to it, it turned out to be one of the most fascinating things to have ever existed. Stocks is more than just money. Stocks has given me opportunities to meet new people, engage myself in the business world, and most importantly teach those who are eager to learn.



When I started investing, I wasn’t even ready, but I thought to myself, ‘If not now, when?’ So I decided to take a leap of faith and learn the processes under pressure because that’s how I knew I would learn the most. If I were to give advice to people, it would be to plunge into the stock market. As I’ve read in books, learning how to discipline oneself is the most crucial part of being successful.



I invest for myself and my future. Back story, when I was in 2nd year college, I joined the mentorship program. Initially, I only did so because trip ko ‘lang mag-invest.



I started trading over ten years ago – since before the 2008 financial crisis. As you can imagine, the road has been long, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time. The things I’ve learned along the way are truly invaluable. Despite the risks, investing in financial markets opens up tremendous opportunities. I’ve come a long way since, but my journey’s just about to kick into high gear. One day I’ll make it big. I’ll have a successful career, be a fund manager on Wall Street, and by then I’ll have the resources I need to come back and fulfill my promise of sharing my blessings and making a positive impact in the lives of other people.

Station 1: Old and New Faces of MEcO

Article, Interviews, and Photos by Michelle Tiu and Dorothy Palafox 

QUEZON CITY – With MEcOnistas dressed up in chill Luau outfits, surrounded by the smoky barbeque grill, drinks on one hand, and hyped music, the Welcoming Night of the Ateneo Management Economics Organization was definitely a success on the night of September 17, 2016.

Hosted by our very own Ivic Ong and Bea Ladaban, Station 1 was able to fulfill its purpose of gracing both its old and new members with a year starter filled with stories to share and sound expectations to look forward to. It was certainly a night where new friendships were formed, stories were shared, and great memories were made. It showcased that Ateneo MEcO isn’t just about the serious things; we also like to have fun. These are just some of the reasons why Ateneo MEcO is definitely worth being a member for!

In the sea of people, there were a few Humans of MEcO who caught our attention. Here are what they said about Station 1.

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Fernando Sison


Joined the Investment Strategies Department

Since MEcO is your home organization and Station 1 is your first college event, how do you find MEcO so far?

MEcO is good so far. People are nice and genuine.

What made you join InStrat?

I’ve always been interested with the stock market.

So what are you expectations this year?

At the end of the year, I want to learn how to invest and understand what I see when I look at the PSEi.

Do you plan to be active?

Yes, I do!

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Francis Guevarra


Joined the Investment Strategies Department

What are your thoughts on MEcO with it being your home organization?

Okay naman. I’m glad that I joined MEcO because it’s filled with nice people and “home” org talaga because MEcO really feels like home.

What are your expectations from the organization?

I want to learn more about investing stocks.

If you are to describe the Station 1 Humans of MEcO with one word, what would it be?

Welcoming! They’re all nice and chill.

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Danielle Lambo


Joined the Communications Department

Why did you join MEcO?

I actually joined with my friends who are also not from AB MEC. It’s quite different from my course, but I heard madami raw guwapo rito. Kidding aside, I heard MEcO is a fun organization. They have nice events and programs.

What do you think of Station 1?

Sobrang chill. When I meet one member, that member will also introduce me to another. It’s like a family!

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External Vice President for External Affairs

As a senior, what are your plans before going down from the hill?

I want to get to know the members more. Gusto kong makilala ang mga pag-iiwanan ko ng MEcO.

How do you find Station 1 this year?

Solid! Natutuwa ako dahil madaming freshies and nag-attend this year. I think that is the most important thing in GAs: welcoming new people.

What are your goals as the current EVP of External Affairs?

My plan is to bridge the members of the organization from inside out since it’s what External Affairs is all about. I want to connect the members to the outside world, and build partnerships that would cater to our core competencies, one of which is the recent UPJFA partnership.

What is your take on the thrust of Nation Building?

I want to build on the Community Development. Not a lot of people see its importance, but they are actually those that create an impact in our society.

Do you have any message you want to leave for all the MEcO members out there?

As a graduating student, I did not just fall in love with the organization, but I fell in love with its everything. I hope everyone will see the importance of this organization and its core competencies. I hope that the members of MEcO would be active and would make an impact in our society.

Indeed, the MEcOnistas had their own word to say not only for Station 1, but also for the whole MEcO family itself. Watch out for more under the Humans of MEcO! Your own story might just be featured next!

Special thanks to the entire core team of Station 1, the sponsors, and the whole MEcO family making this night possible.