The Investment Mentorship Program is a year-long, progressive learning program that teaches the basics of investing all the way to advanced topics.
SOM Week is an inter-organization competition among the Business Cluster (BC) organizations. Each of the eight BC organizations will host and compete in various events throughout the week showcasing various skills needed in today’s business world.
Last October 23, the Council of Organizations of the Ateneo’s Business Cluster (COA – BC) opened this year’s School of Management (SOM) Week: IgniSOM. Each of the eight BC organizations will host and compete in various events throughout the week showcasing various skills and talents in today’s business world. As one of the eight BC organizations, the Ateneo Management Economics Organization (MEcO) are competing this year under the slogan: “Awaken the bulls.”
MEcO enters this year having gone through a major re-branding, especially with their new logos and new team members. This year’s contingent is led by Mr. and Ms. MEcO: Fitz Shioda and Frannie Reyes, also known as F&F. The pair hope to capture the title of Mr. and Ms. SOM with their bold, yet sometimes cutesy image as they compete in the Mr. and Ms. SOM pageant this Friday, October 27.
Other events MEcO competed in were Spark of the Intellex, a quiz bee on the various fields of business, hosted by Ateneo Lex last Monday, October 23. The 4-person team featured one participant from each batch: Alyssa Go (Freshmen), Lorraine Lau (Sophomores), Yu Chong Lim (Juniors), and Mari De Leon (Seniors). Despite all their best efforts, the maroon-clad team finished outside the Top Four.
MEcO also sent a team to compete in Liyab: Blazing a Trail to Sustainability, a case study event based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), hosted by AIESEC Ateneo and the Ateneo Management of Applied Chemistry Association (MACA). Led by Juniors Doty Palafox and Migs Caparas, while featuring newcomers in Jolo Gutierrez, Willette Lim, and Sophia Bulalacao, the team proposed for a sanitation project in Bos Sbov in the Cambodian province of Bantey Meanchey, an area struggling with contaminated water and a poor waste management and disposal system. Focusing their proposal on proper education on waste disposal and femenine hygiene, the team impressed the judges, but failed to gain a spot in the Top Four.
Finally, a team of MEcOnistas hope to show their creativity in this year’s ISOM video competition hosted by the Ateneo Association for Communications Technology Management (ACTM). Each team had to create a creative video promoting local industries. While the submissions have been closed, there is still no word of the results as of press time.
Written by Julian Uy / Photos by Dannica Cabangong
Kidpreneur provides ateneo gradeschoolers with yet again naother avenue to show off their entrepreneurial skills.
For the Ateneo grade schoolers, the school fair is a long-awaited event before the beginning of a long and arduous period of studying. It is an opportunity to relax and let loose, but while some may take this opportunity to run around and play, others such as the kids from Kidpreneur use this time to immerse themselves in the experience of entrepreneurship.
18 kids chose to be part of this experience, each having 1 hour to man the stall and roam around the boisterous campus in search of more customers.Their snacks for sale entailed the small yet juicy sisig wrap and the thin yet filling cheese sticks.
The volunteers of Meco aided the kids by accompanying them around the campus and helping them sell their products
The kids were like little balls of energy for the entirety of the two-day fair. They ran, they sold, they laughed, they cooked (putting food in a microwave), but most of all, they learned! So finally, after having sold 400 pieces of sisig wrap and 420 cheese sticks, the little entrepreneurs of MEcO reported feeling happy to have been able to step out of their comfort zones to talk to people.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
Pledge Week is a week-long selling event that aims to fund the Save! Campaign by garnering pledges from the students of the Ateneo community.
The last week of September ended on a good note for MEcO because of the success of Pledge Week 2017. Held last September 25-29, Pledge Week is a week-long project that aims to garner pledges from generous students who voluntarily gave different amounts of money to fund the Save! Campaign. All profits earned from Pledge Week directly impact the Community Development department and its Save! Campaign project.
Pledgers posing with their stickers and piggy bank
“It went above our expectations. I feel like we were able to gain more than enough funds for the kids of Save! campaign.”
“Okay naman. We exceeded our expectations twofold. The turnout [of the project] will be helpful to the Save! campaign since the expenses will be covered.”
“For planning, yung token na ibibigay namin sa mga pledges, as well as cost for pledging was hard. Yung pag-forecast ng demand for pledges is also tricky. [We also encountered difficulties since] this pledge week is not the same as the pledge week last year. Before, we only had fundraising, walang token. Now, we had to think of a product to sell. Execution-wise, mahirap yung [task of] organizing volunteers, as well as booth maintenance.”
“As for planning the project, we didn’t face that many problems. But, as for execution, I feel like we lacked in getting enough volunteers to continuously look for pledges throughout the week. However, overall, like I said, we went beyond the goal we set for ourselves.”
“For me, there was only one primary factor [that contributed to the project’s success]— that was the commitment of the volunteers to raise funds and get pledges for the Save! campaign and the kids. And with that, the heroes for this project were those who pledged and those who worked hard to gain enough funds for Save! campaign to be a memorable one for the children.”
“Of course, yung mga volunteers, number one. Especially the freshmen who were consistent throughout the week. Siyempre, core team ko, sila rin nagplan nito— hindi ‘to mangyayari kung wala yung sila.”
“[I volunteered] because I felt like I wasn’t doing my job if I didn’t volunteer. I didn’t sign up for Save! campaign, so it’s my way of contributing to the organization.”
Article by Robert G. Tan / Photos by Marco Millan
Invest! is a two-day event that strives to provide an avenue for investment education and stocks training.