Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas! Welcoming Night 2018

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Article by Hannah Wagayen / Photos by Mic-mic Petilla

Welcoming Night is the first informal gathering of MEcO members. It establishes the culture and bond of the organization and dictates the impression of MEcO to its new members. This is where old and new members gather together and socialize with one another to further strengthen the familial relationship in the organization.

Welcoming night, an annual party exclusive only to the members of MEcO, was held last September 8 of this year at Xavierville Phase 3 Clubhouse. As the first social gathering after Recruitment Week, this event aims to welcome new members and introduce MEcO’s culture to them. Aside from that, this also served as the starting point of connections and relationships that bloomed between the new and old members.

Registration, which opened before 7 in the evening, became the first stop in stepping into the Las Vegas-themed venue. The room was dimly lit by string lights and adorned with red, black, and gold hanging decors, colors that were supposed to give the ambiance of the glowing city that inspired the motif of the event. Attendees were free to get food and drinks from the serving tables.

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MEcOnistas posing in front of the display prepared by the production team of the event

Cory Pavia and Amira Villareal, the two hosts, broke the ice at the start of the program and kept the party lively until the end. There were 10-minute breaks in between the performances and party games, to give the attendees ample time to play and win prizes at the game booths situated around the place.

Six MEcOnistas volunteered to play the first party game led by the two hosts, in which they danced and twerked to shake off the Ping-Pong balls inside a tissue box attached to their own bodies. The game provided a lot of amusement for both the game players and the audience, resulting to echoing hoots and cheers in the confined venue.

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Participants shaking off the pingpong balls

Mesh Enguerra and Bianca Doria were invited to sing in front of the attendees. Enguerra, along with Aleli Bisnar and Marco Young, her instrumentalists for different songs, set the ambiance of the party so that the attendees could relax while they socialized with each other. Doria, when it was her turn, pleased the crowd with singing hit songs and encouraged them to sing along. The audience were buzzing with energy even as the second song performance ended and was succeeded by an all-female group of dancers. Leanne Tan, Julianne Nagtalon, Cory Pavia, and Gaby Yambao caught the full attention of the audience as they danced to the music with their own moves and steps.

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Mesh Enguerra for vocals

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Aleli Bisnar on the ukulele

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Marco Young and Mesh Enguerra performing their intermission number

The dance performance was immediately followed by the second game, which was a throwback to childhood party games. The game, called Musical Chairs with a Twist, was joined by 10 volunteers. The instructions were the same as the original game, only made unique by the twist. While marching around the ring of chairs, the players danced until the music stopped and they scrambled to sit in a chair.

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The program ended with the whole party singing the Happy birthday song to one of the core team’s project heads, Javi, but this only signaled the start of the dancing and the mingling that lasted deep into the night.

Pride Week: Suite Life On Deck!

Written By Julian Uy / Photos By Cara Glorioso and Bea Tabios
 
MEcO Pride Week is a week-long event where MEcOnistas can let loose, relax, bond, and have fun. One can find theirself lost in the paramount of activities held at Colayco Hall.
 
During times of trying tribulations and weeks of heavy loaded examinations, only one place provides sanctuary as an escape from the all-consuming academic responsibilities. Ateneo MEcO along with Trampoline Park proudly present Pride Week 2017: Suite Life on Deck!
 
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In one corner, a cluster of students compete for supremacy in games that require the utmost skill to win home gift certificates from 47 East. Video games such as FIFA, Tekken and NBA are the modes for competition.This played a contrast to those that were chilling like a villain right beside them. If they weren’t spectating those that were fiercely mashing buttons on the PS3 controller, they busied themselves by striking up a conversation with one another or just lying on the mattress to pass the time.
 
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Other students used Pride Week as a means of catching up on studies while munching on some popcorn from Oishi. One may find a student or two on one corner buried deep in their readings, as if oblivious to the atmosphere of delighted chatter surrounding them. They did not feel alone though as orgmates that study together during “hell week”, stay together.
 
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Such is the ambiance of Pride Week, but this does not hinder MEcOnistas in any way when you approach them. They still show the same open kindness that catches many newcomers off guard. They can talk to anyone as if they’ve been friends for years. One can see how MEcO is truly a family without boundaries, and Pride Week is where the family gathers.
 

¡Vámonos de parranda! Welcoming Night: Cinco de MEcO

Written by Migs Caparas / Photos by Greg Tam, Mark Anastacio, Willette Lim and Jayvee Sinon

Welcoming Night: Cinco de MEcO is a project of the Internals department designed to welcome and form bonds between old and new members. This makes the organization more work-friendly and effective in the long run.

Shortly after being introduced to the Management Economics Organization and to their respective departments through General Assemblies, the new and returning faces of MEcO were greeted by a night of fun, food, and company. This year’s Welcoming Night “Cinco de MEcO” made sure that the members of the organization were well-bonded, welcomed, and ready to work for the busy year ahead.

Stories were shared, games were played, and bonds were formed. MEcO believes that this was how great years should be started—with food, games and a whole lot of fun.

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MEcO has its core competencies namely Financial Literacy and Impact Investing. However, as equally important, is how the members of the organization are formed. Projects under Internals, like Cinco de MEcO, are what make that happen.

 
Luigi Posadas and Abbygale King started the party and set the party-mood by lending their energies as the hosts of the night. After they called on the project heads Shaira Santiago, Willete Lim, and Mico Madamba they led the guests through a series of party games to break the ice!
 
Classic games like Musical Chairs and Plate Relay were played, but all included fun twists that brought both the fun and the welcoming atmosphere to the start the night. This was all intended to make the first major event of the year a blast for the members.

 

Veteran and fresh faces were present that night. Both old and new members interacting with one another was a sight to see, because that is the whole point of the event—to bring the old and new together to form one big family for the year ahead.

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Vice President for Community Development, Paolo Rosete lunges at the MEcOBull Piñata because what is a Mexican themed party without one?

When all was said and done, hosts Luigi and Abbygale dropped their mics and gave way to the dance floor. ¡Vámonos de parranda!

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 Guests’ sweet tooth were satisfied by our generous sponsor, Pepero, who provided Casa MEcO with a supply of White Cookie Pepero.

The MEcO veterans had their fair share of fun, but they were not the true stars of the night. The real stars of the night were the new members, the freshmen of the year! The new Chiquitos and Chiquitas of MEcO no doubt had their fun. The warm smiles on their faces as they left Casa MEcO was a great indicator not only for this year, but also for the years ahead of them

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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.