National Student-Investors’ Convention 2017

Article by Dorothy Palafox and Ayisha Maliksi / Photos by Ayisha Maliksi

Held last March 25, Saturday, at the Irwin Lee Theater, was one of MEcO’s biggest annual event, the National Student-Investors’ Convention. Students across different schools in the country gathered to witness this Game-Changing. Ground-Breaking. Nation-Building. event, which aims to target the biggest investment of society: the millennials.

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Millennials determine which trend to go after its current standing today. Not really owning, but more of having access.

The first speaker was Mr. Ram Cervantes, an Equity Portfolio Manager in Unionbank and a former CFO of the school organization. He emphasized how millennials play a crucial part in the stock market. He went on by saying that the the market today is not about owning, but more reliant on having access. As one of his examples, social media platforms have no need to post any content and that users do that for them, but the information that they gather is what they sell to earn revenue.

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Save! Invest! Grow!

The second speaker, Mr. Marvin Fausto, a Fund Expert at COL Financial, talked about how investing gave him the opportunity to live the life he wanted. He talked about traveling and running his dream marathon in New York, and he also talked about taking care of his family. He shared the three laws of money, and that was to Save, Invest and Grow. He shared that it is important to save money, but one must go beyond that and invest in companies. He has lived by these laws and now lives the way he wants to.

It is noteworthy how the companies he brought to the podium were related to the interest of those closest to him, such as buying shares in Meralco for one of his sons who play video games.

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Meanwhile, Mr. Wilson Sy, considered to be one of the financial superstars in the Philippines and a Fund Manager at Philequity Fund, gave his insight on investing. He pointed out that to be able to understand the stock market, one must be willing to give time and effort in studying it. He ended by sharing how he used his knowledge and what he has gained to give back. 

With high hopes, Sy articulated his most fervent wish for the Filipino people to learn to read and study.

You have to become rich to be able to give back.

Such is a practical and realistic way of seeing the investment efforts we all have been pointing out.

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To end, Investment Strategies Vice President, Miggy Santos, discussed investing in the context of the Philippines today with Mr. Robert Ramos, First VP of Unionbank, Ms. April Tan, Vice President of COL Financial, and Mr. JC Bisnar, CEO of Investagrams. JC shared his experiences of trading and investing as his livelihood. He shared the same sentiments as Mr. Sy as he said that at first, the stock market may be very tempting since it feel like easy money, but the stock market is studied, its trends, the risks and the like. April, on the other hand, emphasized the importance of diversifying your investments especially not putting it all in. While Robert talked about how passion and hard work is essential in entering the market.

During the break, MEcO provided a game for the delegates to play which included tasks they could complete within the day. A few of the tasks were to visit and play at the game booths outside of Irwin Hall, not only did they get prizes for winning or just trying in the games, but they also learned about investing while doing them. The delegates came back to a performance from the organization’s own MEcOustics’ Brandon Alonzo

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But the fun didn’t stop there, prizes were also given away throughout the program through different games, and prizes from the Loop during the raffle draw.

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Upon asking one of the project heads, Nicholas Dy Buncio, what word he would describe his experience in pulling off such a big event, he had this to say,

Trust – I believe trusting each of the members of the team is the best experience I learned from this year’s NSInC. Despite facing many challenges, the team was able to pull off this year’s NSInC, with sudden shifts in strategies prior to it because of the great skills and talents each member possessed. Putting my trust in them was the best thing I did.

Much has been said for the day well spent, or rather, a day is not enough to talk about financial literacy and impact investing. As millennials, we’re always being told to invest for the future, to save up in order to be financial stable. The call now for invested millennials extends towards a bigger audience; the call to give back to the less privileged members of society, to invest for the development of others. It all begins with us, but then again, literacy and investment take time, and the best way is to take risks. Just make sure it is a valuable one.

Kudos to the project heads, Carina Zafra, Paul Gue and Nicolas Dy Buncio, core team members and volunteers who made this event possible!

All In: MEcO Pride Week 2016

Written by Dannica Cabangon / Photos by Ayisha Maliksi and Kiko Goyena

The dice were set in motion; the cards fell into place; and the spotlight hit the MEcOnistas upfront last week from November 14, 16-18, 2016 during All In: MEcO Pride Week over at the Colayco Pavilion.  

Time after time, MEcO constantly provides mediums for its members to foster and strengthen relationships with one another. And, amidst all of the organization’s avenues, this feature of MEcO becomes most evident during the onset of the semestral weeklong internal event: Pride Week. Attuned to its name, it is during this event wherein the MEcOnistas showcase their organizational pride throughout the run of the week.

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This semester, the event was themed accordingly to Las Vegas for two reasons. For one, to act as a leeway to debunk the misconception of investing being gambling and vice versa via select activities. And second, to create a setting ideal for the members to indulge in during their hectic schedules – all the while getting the full experience of glamour and excitement that is both Las Vegas and MEcO.

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Upon stepping into Colayco and completing registration, the members would be presented with a number of attractions to engage in. They could take their chance and give the Wheel of Dares a spin, or even opt to set people up over at the Marriage Booth.

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The Freshly Baked corner would also tempt the passersby with the scrumptious chocolate cookies they have had at the ready.

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Another snack they could treat themselves to would be the seemingly infinite amount of Creamy Delight yogurt sponsored by Asia Brewery. If they would like, they could just have a meal with fellow members over by the tables settled next to the video game console, and also have a go at Dance Central or a friendly bout of sports or even take on some board games.

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If they had time to kill, the MEcO information board could be checked out along with the photo booth area. Also, the Crossfit station could be visited wherein MEcOnistas could easily sign-up for a free trial over at Crossfit Katipunan. And, if they wanted to take a break from the bustling day, they could simply head over to the “tambay” area of carpets, throw pillows, and bean bags to relax on.

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Apart from those weeklong attractions, Pride Week was also jam-packed with a variety of events that enabled old and new members alike to partake in. The program primarily consisted of gameshow-like activities, namely: Minute to Win It, The Price is Right, Trivial Pursuit and Family Feud.

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Flash mobs to 24K Magic also occurred spontaneously, encouraging anyone to join in! Notably, other activities such as the Informal Investment Talks and Sunlife: Praxis transpired to function as informative and interesting mediums aimed towards MEcOnistas, so as to add on to their awareness towards the organization’s core competencies.

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Additionally, Agawan Baes, a Hotdog Eating competition, Drunk Waiter, and other parlor games also ensued on select days that put MEcOnistas head to head with each other to reign victorious.

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Pride Week was an event carefully planned out months in advance, spearheaded by the guidance of the Project Heads and sophomore Internals Officers: Dannica Cabangon, Gette Macaalay, Jayvee Sinon and Roberto Nazal. When asked about their insights and thoughts after Pride Week transpired, this was shared:

The journey was one of a kind, but one that we wouldn’t change anything for. Amazing would be an understatement to describe the splendor, joy and pride that reverberated throughout the duration of Pride Week – and also within the entire Pride Week team turned family.

And, speaking of amazing, the Amazing Investment Race, held at the Ateneo Grade School, culminated the weeklong event with challenging activities and surprises that were held in store. With MEcO, you never know what to expect – so, just be ready to go all out and stay all in!

Prelude to Save! Culminating

Article by Dannica Cabangon / Photos by Monica Dimapilis

It was only a few Saturdays back when the two-day session of Save! Campaign came to an end. However, when one chapter closes, another one begins anew: Save! Culminating.

Many familiar faces – facilitators and kids alike of Save! Campaign – will be present in this half-day session held at Cervini Field within the Ateneo de Manila University. But, in order to compensate for the anticipated arrival of 120 kids from Kalumpang Elementary School, more MEcOnistas have been invited to volunteer as facilitators.

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Those faces are not the only new elements present, as Save! Culminating is also a newly established effort of MEcO, under the Community Development Department. What was once a one-part project, Save! Campaign branches out and offers Save! Culminating – to be launched under the guidance of the Project Heads: Zahra Zanjani and Gayle Carabeo.

The project, as its name suggests, is the culminating activity of Save! Campaign. From the fundamentals of why to save to the basics of knowing how to save and budget, these topics that were touched on in the Save! sessions will be integrated into the culminating event. Save! Culminating will serve as an avenue for the kids to showcase their abilities, and apply what they learned through a morning-long event filled with exciting activities and a variety of engaging activities.
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When asked about her inhibitions towards the event, Project Head Zahra Zanjani shares that apart from the tangible errors that could be faced, her major apprehension is whether the kids would enjoy what they have prepared. She hopes for nothing other than the activities to leave a lasting impression on them, and points out that,

Anyone can be smart with money. And [through this event] we want them to be just that.

Come and be a part of the Save! Campaign culmination this Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 8am-12nn!

Ano ba ang mahalaga para sa inyo?: Save! Campaign Day 1

Article by Dorothy Palafox / Edited by MEcO BULLetin Team / Photos by Mark Anastacio, Ayisha Maliksi, Red Fabros, Monica Dimapilis, Christopher Abellanosa and Robyn Bangsil

“Ano ba ang mahalaga para sa inyo?”, a question posted by the Economics professor Mr. Peña-Reyes to the eager-to-learn kids of Kalumpang Elementary School.

The first-part session of Ateneo MEcO’s Save! Campaign was held last October 8, 2016. The 120 Grade 5 students were divided into AM and PM sessions, with 60 attendees each.

At around 6:30 in the morning, facilitators gathered to set up and prepare the venue for the financial literacy sessions with the kids. For both the morning and afternoon sessions, the energetic kids were picked up by jeepneys and were warmly welcomed by their respective facilitators. They were accompanied by a few teachers and parents, who expressed delight with their kids being invited to this kind of event.

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The kids were filled with excitement at the very start of the program with the affable greetings from their Kuya Pogi and Ate Ganda, referring to Pao Rosete and Nicole Te, whom they both met during the project orientation that took place in Kalumpang Elementary School days before the event.

The session went on with the discussion of basic financial literacy through a variety of activities. Starting with a Pak! Ganern game was a great way to get the bond between the kids and facilitators. This was followed by master lectures on the core topic of Pag-iipon.

Expressed in terms understandable to the students, questions such as Para saan ako nag-iipon? Bakit kailangan mag-ipon? Paano magsimulang mag-ipon? were deemed to be answered throughout the whole program, while filling up their own modules and sharing their thoughts within the group, with the help of their facilitators.

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Mas maaga mas mainam.

Mr. Peña-Reyes reiterated this as students asked on the reality that they were still students and can hardly earn enough money just yet. As one of the day’s inspirational speakers, he also imparted to the students how small things can lead to big things.

One of the kids, by the name of Bryon (picture below, front right), shared his thoughts on his learnings for the day.

Magsave ng 5 o 10 piso kada-araw. Kung may gustong bilhin, mag-ipon para makamit ‘yong pangarap.

Seems like a job well done for his facilitators! Let’s see what Bryon and his friends’ facilitators have to say about this.

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Aww sweet! Likewise, I honestly can’t wait to see the kids again in the next few sessions. It has always been for the kids.

Such is what Pam, a sophomore student facilitator, said on her thoughts on the kids. Pam Deyto, Mark Lapuz & Patty Velasco were the ones assigned to guide this group for the session. She also shared that there were some who had difficulty in reading and understanding the short-term from long-term goals, and a couple who were unable to catch up with their group mates while doing the group activity on budgeting. Despite this, she ended by saying,

Hopefully, what they never forget is the habit of saving. That’s what’s most important.

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Both sessions ended with the creative presentation of each group’s savings plan. While all the kids thought it was a competition, everyone was declared winners for the day! Why so? Apart from learning the basics of saving at a young age, the students went home with their own piggy banks, a Save! Campaign shirt and some sweet bon-bons in a pouch.

Amidst inevitable technicalities, the program started and ended well with the collective efforts of the whole Save! Campaign team for Day 1. The morning and afternoon sessions were hosted by Marrion Castañeda & Cara Glorioso, and Miggy Lozada & Clowee Licsi, respectively. Master lectures were handled by Dannica Cabangon & Anton Magno. Inspirational talks were delivered by Mr. Peña-Reyes & Mr. Martin Navarro.

Visit the album linked below and check out the photos worth capturing!  — http://bit.ly/2eAadPf

Indeed, there is much more for Ateneo MEcO’s Save! Campaign program. Day 2 will happen on October 22, 2016, while Save! Culminating on November 5, 2016.

Little Big Dreamers: Prelude to Save! Campaign

Interviews and Article written by Yassy Tolcidas and Dorothy Palafox / Photos by Paolo Quiogue and Nicole Te

Hanggang saan aabot ang bente pesos mo? Well, to the kids of Kalumpang Elementary School, it’s about to soar them up to their dreams!

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Grade 5 students at Kalumpang Elementary School, Marikina City

These cheerful faces greeted their Ates and Kuyas from Ateneo de Manila University with a warm, rowdy welcome. Many of these kids are about to become participants of Ateneo MEcO’s Save! Campaign happening on October 8 and 22, 2016.

Save! Campaign, under the Community Development Department of MEcO, is a two-part session that aims to teach 120 Grade 5 students from Kalumpang Elementary School the importance of saving money and basic economics through fun and interactive tools. Part of this is the Save! Culminating on November 5, 2016, a half-day event for all the participants filled with exciting booths and games, where the kids can happily apply what they learned.

It’s not only the kids who are looking forward to the event, but their teachers as well.

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Ms. Loida Borja, a Grade 6 Math teacher in the school, talks about the potential of the program. “Maganda siya in a sense na may awareness na sila sa financial education kahit bata pa lang. Ok rin kasi many of their families come from indigent communities.”

Noong June pa lang, I asked them about their dreams,” said Ms. Alma Centeno, their Grade 5 AP, MAPEH and ESP teacher. “Sabi ng isang bata, tutulungan niya ang mga magulang niya para ‘di maranasan nung bata pa sila, 2 times lang kumakain. Gusto niya maging pulis.

Both teachers expressed their warmest sentiments for the program. It’s a promising one, and it’s something all students, teachers and parents are all excited about.

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Now, get a glimpse of these cute, lovable and adorable kids!

“HELLO PO ATE AT KUYA!”

with tight hugs from Jasmine, Kaye and Angel

Gusto kong makapag-aral sa Ateneo…magbayad ng pang-kuryente sa bahay…mag-aral ng Business Ad…”

They budget their baon of 30 to 70 pesos a day, for their merienda, tricycle fare and anything they need to buy for the day! They also shared their wish list once they have saved enough: “Books for animals. Pang-tuition. Bahay ni Mama at Papa”

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“UY, PICTURE RAW TAYO!”

with adorable giggles of Vince and Harrieth

“Mayroon po kaming mickey [mouse] bank…minsan [naman] iniipit [sa] wallet!!”

Some have already tried saving amounts from their baon, but of course, they still need to be taught the proper and right way to save!

These two also have their own wish list for the future: “Malaking bahay… Makapagtapos…Regalo para sa apat na kapatid.”

Looks like the participants of Save! Campaign are little big dreamers in the making. Follow through their stories with Ateneo MEcO beginning this Saturday, October 8, 2016!

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

1 AB MEC

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

1 AB MEC

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

2 AB IS

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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4 AB MEC

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.