Article by Migs Caparas
Photos by Alyssa Guerra
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!