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!

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.