Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas! Welcoming Night 2018

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.

Primer 2018: Yōkoso

Article by Migs Caparas

Photos by Alyssa Guerra

 

MEcOnnichiwa freshies!

The Management Economics Organization started the new academic year with the annual MEc Primer!

This year’s primer is named Yōkoso, which means welcome in Japanese. It is appropriately named since the vision of the project heads—Mico Uy and Bianca Manalang—is to not only introduce the freshmen to MEc and their home organization, but also give them a sense of welcome going into their first year.

The grand Yōkoso is spearheaded by Luigi del Posadas and Donna Lee! Two very energetic and kawaii individuals that the freshies are sure to love. After a few warm words, they gave the floor to the President of the MEcO, Jed Tria.

Jed also gave warm words of her own and taught the freshies the new cheer for MEcO. The cheer leader will start with “MEcO” and everyone else will shout in unison—ALL IN! The freshies showed their first signs of the MEcO spirit within them through the new ALL IN cheer.

The hosts then welcomed the only bunch of people who are as energetic as them—the facilitators! This energetic bunch were the people whom the freshies have interacted with face-to-face. They acted as the Ate’s and Kuya’s of the freshies. Each pair flaunted their banners which represent the team of freshies they were assigned to. Some of the teams included Tokyo Red, Sapporo Purple, and Osaka Orange.

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After the freshies have warmed up to their Ate’s and Kuya’s, the floor was given to Dr. Cristina Bautista, the Department Chairperson of the Economics Department. She commended MEcO on their creativity and energy and proceeded to talk about what both the department.

To make the bond between the freshies stronger, they played the Build a Lighthouse game wherein they were required to build a lighthouse while blindfolded. This tested their communication skills and also strengthened their bond with one another.

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Students from Sanggunian also gave a talk on how important it is to participate in the school-wide initiatives led by them.

The freshmen played another game. They passed a ball to each other while music was playing. Whoever had the ball when the music stops had to go in front and introduce themselves to the whole MEcO community.

Marrion and CJ from MEcOustics performed Daniel Caesar’s hit Best Part to give the freshies a break from the fun.

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MEcO alumni Paolo Quiogue went out of his way to speak to the freshmen about his experiences as both a student under Management Economics and an active member of MEcO. One of his messages is that he finds participating in organizations more fulfilling than getting high grades because he feels that he is making an impact in society by doing so.

Just right after a quick merienda break, the annual Amazing Race commenced. Some stations required skill like passing a a cup of water without spilling its contents. Some required wit, like the memory game. Some required both, like a Tic-Tac-Toe variant that required you to run to the tiles you want to put a mark on!

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Before proceeding to the final part of the program, Kevin Choa of MEcOustics performed Jason Mraz’s hit I Won’t Give Up on Us.

To end Yōkoso, the most talented and bibo freshies were given awards to recognize their full participation and attention throughout the day.

We hope to see you becoming a part of the MEcO family real soon, freshies. Sayōnara!

Acoustic Night: Rewind

There’s nothing like the goosebumps-inducing feeling of nostalgia straight from the vocal chords and strongs of the MEcOustics gang! Last time, the MEcOustics group sprinkled us with an acute sense of #FilipinoPride as they showed their talents by performing OPM songs. This time they took us back into the time of the 2000s by performing songs that we all enjoyed and loved during our earlier days!

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MEcOnistas always look forward to MEcO get-togethers and opportunities to meet new people. MEcOustics: REWIND, held last March 9th at Beats & Stats, was the perfect avenue for a night to unwind from academic or work stress. Thanks to the feel of the venue, MEcOnistas enjoyed the throwback music being played by the performers. Together with the music, the MEcObulls enjoyed pizza, nachos, and each other’s company. There’s nothing more unwinding than the idea of our wee days as innocent kids. How nostalgic! 

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After a busy year, it’s time for the MEcOustics gang to call it a night. Tune in next year for a new batch of talented bulls as they once again tune their guitars, polish their sax’s and warm-up their vocal chords. Until then!

All-out Battle of Brains and Brawn at 2018’s Amazing Investment Race

Written by Migs Caparas / Photos by Samn Mercado

This year’s movie-themed Amazing Investment Race had been one of the most awaited events of MEcO. MEcOnistas and other Business Cluster organization members were invited for a night of survival of the fittest. Pumped with adrenaline and a winning cash prize, the participants were ready to show their competitors what it takes to be AIR’s champion. 

Participants cluelessly stood in one of the halls of the grade school area, only to be startled by sudden greeting of darkness as the lights went off in the already dimly lit area. Complete darkness spawned light in the form of Jigsaw, the horrible villain from the SAW series.In complete apathy and no sign of remorse, Jigsaw denounced the freedom of the participants. Unless…they successfully go through all the movie-themed stations of this year’s Amazing Investment Race!

AIR 2018 8Scared as they are at first, the participants surely forgot about Jigsaw’s threats, as his stations were full of nothing but fun!

After a short briefing, participants stood at the start line as they counted to zero. Neither of them knew what lies ahead. All they knew was that they are about to enter into some trouble. 

So, the games began. 

AIR 2018 10Rocky’s Workout pits participants in one of Rocky Balboa’s GRUELING exercise routine!

AIR 2018 11Shoot Troy’s hoops while hitting Gabriella’s notes in High School Musical

AIR 2018 12Find the Dino Eggs while acting like a T-Rex in Jurassic Park.

AIR 2018 13Test your Running skills in Mission Impossible!

AIR 2018 14Get down and dirty in the Bug’s life!

AIR 2018 6Do not forget to breathe in the Jackpot Heist.

AIR 2018 7Test your Beer Pong skills in Drinking Buddies!

air 2018 5Be quick or else the zombie will catch up you!

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By completing stations, participants won money. This money needed to be invested in the harder stations, in light of Jigsaws sadistic nature—they won more money if their competitors fail to complete these stations.

AIR 2018 3Ronnie the Bear can render teams frozen for five minutes if he manages to tag at least one teammate.

All of the Participants poured their bodies and minds out as they endured through the stations and thought through their investing strategies. However, only one team can come out on top. This year’s AIR champions are no other than this group right right here…

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That concludes this year’s Amazing Investment Race where the battle is always a perfect mix of brains and brawn! Tune in next for the years to come for more action-packed and stocks-filled Amazing Races!

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I guess we are all out of popcorn after that Amazing Investment Race! MEcOnistas were not only able to take a break from school and org work, they were also able to express their skills, strengths, and creativity. Most importantly, no only did this year’s AIR get us on our feet and taught us the fundamentals of investing, it also took us back to movies we all know and love!