#InvestToProgress: MEcO Advocates Financial Literacy and Investing

Article by Hannah Wagayen / Photos by Mic-mic Petilla and Ayisha Maliksi

Investment Awareness Week (IAW) is a week-long initiative of MEcO that aims to showcase the traditional and non-traditional ways of promoting the ideas of financial literacy and investing to the Ateneo community. It serves as a pre-hook to the formal event Invest!

Investment Awareness Week was only the appetizer for the full-course meal on events about investing prepared by MEcO, but it was fully packed with the necessary information about the topic. Held to set the mood of the Ateneo students on investing, IAW pushed for more as they branched out in different avenues to reach out to more people to encourage them to invest in themselves and in their futures.


Students visit the activation booth to check out the infographics, freedom wall, and mountain.

Although IAW was held during the whole week of September 3-7, 2018, the physical booth was only set up on the Sec-A foyer on the first four days, until September 6. Students from different courses and year levels, and even non-members of the organization dropped by to visit. It was estimated that around 200 people from the Ateneo community came to check out the booth every day.


The busy hour brings spectators to the booth and a long line for the pre-registration for Invest!

With the help of promotions, the booth attracted a lot of people from the LS community. Aside from the tarpaulins that were hung around the university grounds, MEcO utilized the power of social media by sharing online posters in Facebook. To further expose the project, they also made use of a promo that can help in enticing more people to drop by. Every entry had a chance to win a printer or one of the five shirts. All they had to do was take a picture with the mountain on display, which represents the trend of the PSEi from August 2017 to August 2018, and post it on their Facebook accounts with their own answer the question “What would you invest in?” and include the hashtag #InvestToProgress.


Female student posing with the mountain for a picture to partake in the promo for IAW.

The booth also offered an exhibit of infographics with answers to the questions about the financial freedom of Filipinos and the overall financial status of the country. Among the answers are responses from Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Standard and Poor’s, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the Philippines’ Department of Finance. Two infographics were physically displayed at the activation booth and the third one was published online. In addition to that, a freedom wall asking students what they would invest in was part of the physical exhibit as well, getting around 300 responses a day.


Among the displays in the booth are the infographics for the answers to the questions on the financial literacy and education of Philippines.

“I don’t think you should wait. I think, while you’re young, you should invest already.” Kristin Militante, a faculty member of School of Management, replied to the question “Why wait [to invest]?” She, together with two other professors, Justine Gerome Valle and Edwin Yaptangco, showed the professors’ take on investing in the documentary shot by MecO.

When the second documentary was made, it was the students’ turn to be featured. Frannie Reyes, Mico Uy, Jayvee Sinon, Marky Lapuz, and Cory Pavia all shared their personal perspectives about investing. The video garnered responses ranging from investing on the self to investing on other people. The two documentaries were published in MEcO’s Facebook account, putting a close to IAW.


The event may have ended, but the grind to create a wider scope of awareness for financial literacy never stops. IAW serves as the prelude for MEcO’s formal 2-day talk, Invest! Interested attendees signed up the physical registration forms at the booth. Invest! day 1 will be held on October 1, day 2 on October 3, and the culminating activity for Invest!, iCamp, will be held on October 5, 2018.

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.


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.



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.


Mesh Enguerra for vocals


Aleli Bisnar on the ukulele


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!

Blueprint: A Night of Conversations and Get-to-Know’s

Article by Michelle Tiu / Photography by Issa Imperial and Ayisha Maliksi

I guess we’re at that point in college where we start to worry about what our future would look like, what career or job we want, or even consider pursuing further studies. We look at different places, talk to different people, and eventually take a chance by sending our resumes to different companies. Thankfully, Networking Nights, a project under the Corporate Relations department of MEcO, is there to give us more opportunities to know about the different types of career paths available out there. 

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Entitled Blueprint, this year’s networking night hosted by MEcO in partnership with Rizal Library and Upstart was welcomed by MEcOnistas and Ateneans from different year levels. Dressed up all dapper and professional, we were thrilled to see what the night had in store for us.

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It was nice to see familiar faces, new faces, and even MEcO alumni who came by to support this project. Representatives from different types of businesses ranging from new start-ups to big-scale corporations were glad to join us for a night filled with conversations and get-to-know’s. 

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After the brief introduction of each company, the programs team prepared a segment of round-of-tables where company representatives sat with the students. The latter took the chance to ask specific questions about each company representative’s work and their stories. In that moment, everyone was so engaged with the conversation that the time allotted for each table wasn’t enough. 

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The best part of the night was probably when the scrumptious dinner was served. Who doesn’t like a conversation over good food? (Thanks, Kitchen Treasures!)

Certainly, it was nice to see everyone enjoying each other’s presence during Networking Night. It may have been a formal event, but that didn’t stop themselves to have a good time by sharing personal stories and jokes. With that said, this year’s Networking Night was surely a success. To cap off the night, VP for Corporate Relations Jed Tria and AVP for Corporate Relations Nacho Lozano say a word of thanks to the attendees and the speakers who came to support the project.

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Although we are never sure of what the future holds, I hope that everyone of us will be given the chance to discover our own interests and pursue our passion. Maybe a few years from now, we’ll all be employed individuals working to give back to the community and even to the country. May this night be a memory we would look back to with a smile on our face one day in the future. 

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!

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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…


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! 

Seas the Day at Esplanade’s Seaside Market

Article by Janella Virrey / Photos by Pamela Deyto, Michelle Tiu, and Monica Dimapilis / Graphics by Mariel Avendaño

Esplanade is an annual week-long bazaar hosted by the Ateneo Management Economics Organization. Students and outsiders alike were able to run their own concessionaires and participate in the activities set out at the Zen Garden.

From January 29 to February 2, through MEcO’s Fund Management department, the Ateneo community was able to experience a glimpse of the seaside at the Zen Garden because of this year’s Esplanade: the Seaside Market. With fishnets strewn on the stalls and seashells decorating the area, the bazaar had an overall cozy feel of the seaside. A wide assortment of products, offered by the participating concessionaires, were present as well—ranging from delectable food, fashion-forward clothing, and trendy accessories. Alongside that MEcO members enjoyed a variety of games and activities all throughout the week.

Esplanade is an annual week-long bazaar hosted by the Ateneo Management Economics Organization. Students and outsiders alike were able to run their own concessionaires and participate in the activities set out at the Zen Garden.

From January 29 to February 2, through MEcO’s Fund Management department, the Ateneo community was able to experience a glimpse of the seaside at the Zen Garden because of this year’s Esplanade: the Seaside Market. With fishnets strewn on the stalls and seashells decorating the area, the bazaar had an overall cozy feel of the seaside. A wide assortment of products, offered by the participating concessionaires, were present as well—ranging from delectable food, fashion-forward clothing, and trendy accessories. Alongside that MEcO members enjoyed a variety of games and activities all throughout the week.


Main promotional poster by Molly Walker and Mariel Avendaño


Esplanade setup at the Zen Garden
16 of the concessionaires featured in the event were student-run stalls. These were the following:

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Vanguard – water repellant spray    |   Fox & Fletcher – messenger bags

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Vega – running shorts   |   Bud Manila – cacti

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Vintage Alley – aloha shirts   |   Zippy – pouches

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Wunderwear – underwear   |   Kinetics Activewear – activewear

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Mergo – cheese sticks and dips   |   Chamangas – spicy mango shake

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Gramo – granola bites   |   Motion Activewear – leggings and sweatpants

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Newtrition – protein spread   |   Sweet & Start – cookies, brownies, and cakes

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Going Bananas – ice cream   |   Mrs. Puff’s Pastries – Japanese street food

Aside from student-run concessionaires, 8 external enterprises also participated in the event.

Included in this roster was former JSEC stall favorite Chicks2Go. The other concessionaires were as follows:

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Designer Co. – men’s printed polo and shirts   |   Paisley PH – women’s bags

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Paisley PH – women’s bags   |   Cliff & Khay Collections – cellphone accessories, kpop, and other novelties

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DJChic – teens/ladies clothes and specs eyewear    |   The Cousins Collection – women’s wear

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Chicks2Go – Chicken bites   |   Pasta Pizzarific! & Juice Bar – Pizza, pasta, sausage, and fruit drinks

Various activities and contests were also presented all throughout the week, with exciting games featured each day, such as milk shots, ball elevator, juice pong, eggplant game, and chica line up.


MEcO ladies playing Chica line up


MEcOnistas playing a wholesome game of juice pong

MEcO launched an online poll wherein visitors of the event were asked to like and share the Facebook photo of the logos of their favorite stalls. The poll began during the first day of Esplanade on January 29, and ended on the last day, February 2. The top 3 stalls with the most likes and shares were hailed as the SEAkat award winners. Atenean-run stalls Bud, Mergo, and Zippy, together with non-Atenean stalls Ricky’s Closet, Chicks2Go, and Paisley, won the SEAkat award.

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Kinetics underwear, Mergo, Wunderwear, Chicks2Go, CCC Food services, and Ricky’s Closet received the “Pearly bird” award, since these concessionaires paid first.


Customers of Esplanade were also asked to vote for their favorite stalls during their visit. The “Gusto Coast” winners who garnered the most votes are, Vintage Alley (1st), Vega (2nd), and Zippy (3rd) for the LS stalls, and, Chicks2Go (1st), CCC Food services (2nd), and Designer Co. for non-LS stalls.


With a generous premium, the “Seas the Day” award was also given to the top-performing concessionaires. Vega won 3rd place, while Vintage Alley placed 2nd. The overall winner of Esplanade (that received 50% off of the concessionaire’s fee) was Chicks2Go.



The following generous sponsors and co-presenters helped make Esplanade: The Seaside Market possible.

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The event would not be as successful without the leadership of Pamelo Deyto and Sabrina So, who stepped up to be the Esplanade project heads. Special commendation is also given to the core team and the volunteers for doing a job well done. Indeed, Esplanade: The Seaside Market showcased MEcO’s main core competence of financial literacy by giving the MEcO members the opportunity to practice it through operation and supervision of their stalls.


The perfect year-ender for the Bulls: LTS 2017, Legends of the Hidden MEcO

Written by Migs Caparas / Photos by Bea Chua, Bea Ladaban, Jat Caintic, Danielle Lambo, Dyan Yu, Sidney Tan, and Red Fabros

LTS 2017: Legends of the Hidden MEcO is a year ending activity designed to bring the Bulls of MEcO closer together through activities that hone leadership and other skills that are helpful in the workplace.

After a line of successful projects last first semester, the always busy Bulls of MEcO needed something to freshen and prime them up for the projects of the next semester.
LTS 2017: Legends of the Hidden MEcO was the perfect year ending activity for the Bulls. Not only did the event provide the Bulls with smiles, laughs and adrenaline from the activities, but it also equipped them with invaluable lessons and skills that they will hopefully apply for the next set of projects lined up for this semester.
Here’s what you missed!
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Activities that hone the creative juices of the mind
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Team Pride from each of the Tribes of the Hidden MEcO!
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Friends–the old and new
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Adrenaline-pumping, not-so-friendly competitions!
The participants were in for a surpise on the final night…
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…a giant bonfire to further bring the MEcO family together!
Without a doubt, these bulls are ready for a second round at uplifting Financial Literacy and Impact Investing. The only question that remains; is the year ready for the MEcOBulls?!

Join Us, You Must.

Written by Michelle Tiu and Angelica Tancinco / Poster by Anna Abastillas
The force is calling you to an exclusive screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The force is calling you. Ready your lightsabers on December 15, 7:30 p.m. at Cinema 3 U.P. Town Center, because MEcO Movie Screening is featuring the most awaited movie of the year–Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Don’t worry, no spoilers here, but we do have some great news though. MEcO in partnership with its sponsors is hosting its movie screening which has been a project highly anticipated by movie junkies. Every year movie fans join the hype by coming together for a night of movie appreciation, catching up with friends, and freebies!
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For only 400 Pesos, you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show along with other Star Wars fans. A bundle ticket promo is also available for grabs. Buy a bundle of 3 tickets for only 390 Pesos each. Now you have more reasons not to watch SOLO! Not only that, attendees will be taking home goodies from Jack N Jill, Nissin, Shakeaway, and Great Taste. We would also like to thank Converge who helped make this event possible.

What are you waiting for? Buy your tickets now at http://bit.ly/2CigQCG, so you won’t be the LAST JEDI to miss out! We choose the light side of the force. How about you? Like Jyn Erso, we hope to see you there, and may the force be with you.

Acoustic Night: MEcOnistas, One Night Rakistas!

Written by Angelica Tancinco / Photos by Mark Anastacio
Right after the culminating of SOM Week came another event MEcOnistas highly look forward to which is the return of Acoustic Night for its second year. MEcOnistas were given the chance to unwind and bask in the live music and the chill ambiance of the night.
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Hosted by Ateneo MEcO’s Fund Management department, Acoustic Night paved an avenue for MEcOnistas to showcase their talents through live performances as Ateneo MEcO not only invests in stocks but also in the talents of its members!
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This year’s Acoustic Night was held under the cozy and warm lights of Yellow Flame Bar and Grill in Kapitolyo where we got to witness the amazing voices of MEcOnistas as they sing their hearts out to their own rendition of OPM classics such as Aiza Seguerra’s “Pagdating ng Panahon” and Eraserhead’s “Huling El Bimbo.”
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Fitz Shioda and Brandon Alonzo kicked off Acoustic Night by serenading the crowd with their original compositions. Spotted in the scene were some of last year’s and this year’s MEcOustics members.
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One of the highlights that night included the performance of Andrew Niguidula where the crowd surprisingly and harmoniously sang along to the his rendition of “Pare Ko” and “Narda.” On the other hand, Migs Caparas’ came prepared with a sawi song by Hale entitled “The Day You Said Goodnight.”
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Acoustic Night was definitely not just a night of live music. It was a night where people took a break from academics and work and instead focused on something one would regard as the important matter–family and friends. At the end of the day, here in MEcO we are all family.

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.

Enter the Bulls: IgniSOM 2017

Written by Kevin Choa / Photos by Dannica Cabangon, Kevin Choa, Monica Dimapilis, Marco Millan, Golda Sarmiento, and Bea Tabios

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

However, all hope is not lost with five more events to go, plus the Mr. and Ms. SOM pageant during the Culminating Night on Friday (October 27). Two more teams hope to redeem their case competition skills, competing in the P&G Case Competition hosted by the Ateneo Junior Marketing Association (AJMA) and the Project Nurture Product Presentation hosted by the Ateneo Management Association (AMA). The P&G competition will take place on October 25, 5:00 to 9:00 P.M., at the Escaler Hall, while the Project Nurture Presentation will be held the next night (October 26), 5:00 to 9:00 P.M., at the Ching Tan Room (SOM 111).
Other events which will see MEcO go after this year’s SOM Week Championship are Flare, hosted by the Ateneo Management Engineering Association (MEA), and Blaze It to Win It, hosted by MEcO. Flare will be held on October 25, 5:00 to 9:00 P.M., at CTC 105. Blaze It to Win It, meanwhile, will take place on October 26, 5:00 to 9:00 P.M., at the Escaler Hall. The week ends with a Culminating Night on October 27, 5:00 P.M. to midnight, at the Henry Lee-Irwin Theater, where this year’s SOM Week champions will be crowned.
However, SOM Week isn’t all about competition. Other MEcOnistas pitched in their ideas, skills, and resources in creating Astwig: a drinking straw made out of bamboo. Astwig is still available for sale throughout SOM Week at this year’s SOM bazaar: Project Nurture. Project Nurture, hosted by AMA, is still ongoing and is open from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the SEC-C Foyer throughout SOM Week. The bazaar features various products from the different BC organizations, each made with supporting local industries and overall sustainability in mind.
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As the end of SOM Week approaches, there is no reason for the bulls of MEcO to turn back. This year, the bulls have been awakened and are ready to charge towards the title. With much of the week still underway, it is still difficult to predict an outright champion. Nevertheless, MEcOnistas only have their eyes on the title and nothing more. This year, MEcO has risen.
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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!

¡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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Heads Up! – MEcO Members’ General Assembly 2017

Written by Kevin Choa / Edited by Michelle Tiu / Photos by Issa Imperial and Emina Sotto
MEcO officially kicked off its twenty-eighth year last August 30 with the Members’ General Assembly. Members were introduced to the various projects being done in the organization and got to choose their departments they would be part of this year.
The hosts kicked off the event by introducing the organization, its core competencies of Impact Investing and Financial Literacy, as well as other goals set for this year. They pushed for members to be active, as MEcO’s various goals, achievements, and upcoming projects this school were announced. Discussing their own personal experiences and memories made as members themselves, the hosts pushed both old and new members to ask questions throughout the event to help them decide on how they could become active in MEcO.
This was followed by introductions from each of the six departments (Communications, Community Development, Corporate Relations, Fund Management, Human Resources, and Investment Strategies). Each department introduced their teams as well as pitched their respective projects and available positions for the year, while emphasizing their commitments towards pushing towards either Impact Investing, Financial Literacy, or in some cases, both. Following MEcO’s tradition of accepting students from all majors, all departments were open for all members to join, regardless of their skill sets and previous experiences.
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After the last department finished with their introductions, both new and old members formally registered into the organization and chose the department they would be joining this year. This officially marks the start of the year for the organization and its members, thus bringing the Members’ General Assembly to a close. Judging from the various faces seen throughout the event, it is clear that old and new MEcOnistas are more than eager to start a year of activities, projects, and experiences which push their personal growth and that of those within and outside the organization.

MEc Primer 2017: A Journey Into the Jungle!

Written by Migs Caparas / Photos by Monica Dimapilis, Mark Anastacio, Sidney Tan and Issa Imperial
MEc Primer 2017, Into the jungle is designed to soften the Management Economics freshies’ entrance into the Ateneo by bonding them with their fellow coursemates through various talks and activities.
INTO THE JUNGLE went the freshies of Management Economics batch Likha. Fresh from OrSem and SOSS camp, these freshies thought that they already knew what to expect from this year’s MEcO Primer 2017: INTO THE JUNGLE. Held in the dim-lit and appropriately decorated Rizal Mini Theater, coupled with the roaring and energetic hosts, facilitators and volunteers, this year’s primer definitely gave out a wild and lush jungle vibe.
But there was no such thing as too wild for this year’s bunch, for they were well-equipped with t-shirts. Along with their fellow freshies, they were grouped and named after jungle crawlers such as Tigers and Big Black Alligators. They were also led by their very own facilitators whom they themselves have embodied each designated animal through creative dance numbers. Together they had created cheers, or rather, calls of the wild, that will surely startle even the most DANGEROUS creature out there.

With that high energy of a place, it was only appropriate to have a proper medium in which these primal and wild energies could be channeled through. In the case of the Primer, it was a bunch of group dynamics and games. Activities such as Minute to Win It and Human Bingo were conducted in order for these freshmen to have fun and get to know each other a little bit more. The fun that the freshies had could be seen through their sweat and smiles as they competed in each event.


Of course all that adrenaline needed to be equaled out in some kind of way and what better way than having alumni speak in front to inspire these wild freshies in joining the prestigious organization? Alumnus Miggy Santos and Ivic Ong came to visit and delivered speeches for the organization as they shared their experiences and their “why’s” in joining and staying in the organization. It is very unarguable that MEcO has shaped these peoples’ lives, leaving the freshmen the question, “Will MEcO change your life as well?” (There is only one way to find out!)


As the day went on, the cheers and the roars started dwindling down, but it was time for one last activity: The Amazing Race! Although the weather was very cloudy at this point, the freshies were not disheartened. They actually felt the jungle vibe of the event even more! With that, they went around campus searching for stations in which challenges awaited them. The race featured a point system in which the very best team will be awarded after the event. This made room for the spirit of competitiveness, something that is welcomed in this intense activity!


Unlike every event, Primer: Into the Jungle featured high levels of energy and excitement, but like every event it needed to come to an end. The event ended with an awarding ceremony to the wildest of the wild. MILO ENERGY GAP award and the BEST FACILITATOR award, among others, were given out to those of who had the highest of energy levels quite akin to a fierce tiger. These awards were given by no other than the project heads Sidney Tan and Selena Yu.


Through this primer, the freshies saw a glimpse of MEcO and what it has to offer, and we hope to see more of these energetic personalities inside the organization real soon. We hope that the freshmen have enjoyed the event and we wish that through this event, they are more eager now more than ever to join the Management Economics Organization for more WILD experiences!



Alumni Gathering 2017

Article by Dorothy Palafox / Photos by Cha Bautista and Dwayne Franco

Alumni: Jason Karaan, Chino Ladores, Jarvie Ramos, Fio De Jesus, Carlo Parungao, Inna Raymundo, Mikh Gomez, Jaime Fernandez, Lisanne Tumang, Michaela Dee

Present Members: Joel Mangahas (President), Leslie Pilapil (EVP Internals), Dwayne Franco (DepSec), Ivic Ong (CFO), Ysa Cuison, Timmy Villegas, Jayme De Guzman, Cha Bautista, Archie Bocalbos, Jat Caintic, Zahra Zanjani, Miggy Santos, Drew Niguidula, Chabeli Fernandez

Externals Team: Paolo Quiogue (EVP), Chabeli Fernandez, Dorothy Palafox, Johann Co, Andrea Dy Buncio, Pamela Deyto, Ken Gelera

PINO RESTOBAR, Malingap, Quezon City, 7PM —- Held last February 3, 2017, Friday was a dinner gathering of MEcO alumni and the organization’s present members. The get-together was spearheaded by the Externals Team, led by Paolo Quiogue, EVP for External Affairs, together with Joel Mangahas, MEcO President.

Loud cheers. Reminiscent stories. Few introductions. Shared over good food and drinks, the night went as casual and meaningful as it should!

Ten MEcO Alumni members coming from different batches were able to make it despite their busy work schedules. More were invited, but those who were not able to because of hectic schedules still expressed their warm greetings to the MEcO family (this will not be the last, definitely) !

With the aim to rebuild the ties with MEcO’s Alumni members, the gathering went on with a light ambiance, yet was an ideal way for the past and present members to share a piece of their own MEcO story.

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A common line from the alumni members to break the ice with the younger members of the Externals Team was “Noong panahon namin…” When a couple of ExTeam members shared how there is so much variety in the MEcO projects to cater to the organization’s members, Mikh Gomez and Inna Raymundo blurted how they fondly remember how Ivic Ong (now CFO) used to passionately cook and sell popcorns back in his early MEcO days!

Meanwhile, Chabeli Fernandez could not keep her excitement with the working outfit get up of Lisanne Tumang, who like everyone else, arrived with so much vibrance. Chabs shared how she imagines herself wearing that same outfit in a couple of months from now.

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So many casual talks happened randomly over the simple dinner, yet one thing was evident for the evening among the alumni members: Conversations were not anymore about the MEcO departments they used to lead, but (besides the kidding aside platform thrill for aspirants) were more of the present companies they now work with.

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This just shows how MEcO has helped them grow into holistic people in separate work fields, and continue to hope that the organization’s present members will continue and take care of what they have found not so long ago.

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Of course, any MEcO event will not be complete without catching up with each and everyone’s life updates, a great way to have ended the evening! It is this kind of close kinship that all the alumni, outgoing, and present members will continue to share. 

Until the next Alumni Gathering!


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.



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.


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.




The Freshly Baked corner would also tempt the passersby with the scrumptious chocolate cookies they have had at the ready.


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.



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.



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.


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.



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.



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!