Community Development DevSeries: Invest in You

Article by Julian Uy / Photos by Mark Anastacio

ComDev DevSeries is a project under the HR Department of MEcO in partnership with the Community Development Department. Its goal is to impart the value of financial literacy with personal finance at its core. To be well-versed in the fundamentals of such concepts such as passive-active income and financial life stages is the goal of this project.



The team invited a very successful entrepreneur as a speaker to help achieve that goal. This speaker has made numerous achievements to his name. Graduating from Ateneo with a Bachelor’s degree in management and a masters in Entrepreneurship from the Asian Institute of Management, Sir Vince had no shortage of talent. Even at a young age, Vince had represented the Philippines in the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program and in the Global Youth leadership program in Japan. He also founded SEDPI, a social organization that caters to low-income OFWs and is established in many countries.


Suffice it to say, Sir Vince was more than qualified in attempting to extract the hidden potential of each and every young mind that lent their ears to him.


During the talk, Sir Vince talked about three major points. He talked about passive and active income, financial life stages and more importantly, to invest in oneself. By weaving his words and connecting them purposefully, he enticed his listeners to not only dream about the future, but to chase after it and eventually attain it. He regaled possible futures where we could be retired as early as mid-30’s or being able to traverse different parts of the globe, seeing many wonders as one goes. He emphasized that to attain this we would need to start investing somewhere and the first and utmost important thing to invest in would be in oneself. To invest in oneself is to have a dream and to be committed to it and making it the end goal of your life. Having an end goal in life that you desire would drive one far beyond the point mundane motivations can take you.

It was in this that listeners were made to think about what they really wanted, and if a speaker can make his audience think, even for a minute, then he would have achieved his purpose.

Dev series started strong with an ambitious speaker. Indeed DevSeries had set high hopes and expectations for today’s generation as they will be the hope of the future.

FM DevSeries: Pitch Your Ideas to Walrus and Tortuga

Written by Michelle Tiu / Photos by Red Fabros and Monica Dimapilis

MEcOnistas were given the chance to test their creativity and skills in pitching product and marketing ideas to the owner of Walrus and Tortuga Katipunan.

With Ateneo MEcO’s rebranding, one of the things included is the M.A.P. (MEcO Advancement Program). This revamping gave birth to a new DevSeries by the Human Resources department. Various departments will take turn in hosting workshops and talks specifically for its members.

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Held last October 4, the Fund Management department (FM) hosted the first ever DevSeries for the year to further immerse freshmen and FM members what their department is all about.
Special guest Zachary Riskin, co-owner of Walrus and Tortuga Katipunan, came by to talk about entrepreneurship based on his personal experience. Surely, the crowd of Ateneans were thrilled to get to know the secret behind Walrus’ famous chicken skin.
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Like most startups, especially a food and beverage business with numerous competitors, the task of opening one with no prior experience was not an easy job. The most basic checklist to be completed was: have a good team, know the business’ market, have a good product, and be prepared to wait. To quote Zachary,
“The long fight is when the work really begins. No tangible reward in sight at first other than the continuity of the business. It takes a lot of perseverance and cooperation. You can’t just get bored, quit, or slack off.”
When asked what he thinks of money, he said,
“Every entrepreneur might be to earn money, and that’s not bad; however, one must not pursue money simply for money’s sake.”
“Money can give you freedom, help you help others, and ease your mind.”
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After the talk, MEcOnistas were asked to break into groups and socialize with fellow FM members. The task given was to pitch an idea that will help the sales of Walrus Katipunan to the owner, himself. FM members got competitive and started brainstorming for clever and even hillarious ideas for Zachary to declare a winner.
A couple of minutes had passed, and the teams were ready to pitch their ideas. One team pitched that Walrus Katipunan should host games. In addition, a Drinking Wheel, much like the Wheel of Fortune, can be an addition wherein in guests can test their luck and spin the wheel to win free food and drinks and have a lot of fun! Zachary loved their idea and finally declared them as the winner.
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Truly, MEcOnistas showed that they are more. Stay tuned because Ateneo MEcO has more in store this school year!