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!