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!

Community Development DevSeries: Invest in You

Article by Julian Uy / Photos by Mark Anastacio

ComDev DevSeries is a project under the HR Department of MEcO in partnership with the Community Development Department. Its goal is to impart the value of financial literacy with personal finance at its core. To be well-versed in the fundamentals of such concepts such as passive-active income and financial life stages is the goal of this project.



The team invited a very successful entrepreneur as a speaker to help achieve that goal. This speaker has made numerous achievements to his name. Graduating from Ateneo with a Bachelor’s degree in management and a masters in Entrepreneurship from the Asian Institute of Management, Sir Vince had no shortage of talent. Even at a young age, Vince had represented the Philippines in the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program and in the Global Youth leadership program in Japan. He also founded SEDPI, a social organization that caters to low-income OFWs and is established in many countries.


Suffice it to say, Sir Vince was more than qualified in attempting to extract the hidden potential of each and every young mind that lent their ears to him.


During the talk, Sir Vince talked about three major points. He talked about passive and active income, financial life stages and more importantly, to invest in oneself. By weaving his words and connecting them purposefully, he enticed his listeners to not only dream about the future, but to chase after it and eventually attain it. He regaled possible futures where we could be retired as early as mid-30’s or being able to traverse different parts of the globe, seeing many wonders as one goes. He emphasized that to attain this we would need to start investing somewhere and the first and utmost important thing to invest in would be in oneself. To invest in oneself is to have a dream and to be committed to it and making it the end goal of your life. Having an end goal in life that you desire would drive one far beyond the point mundane motivations can take you.

It was in this that listeners were made to think about what they really wanted, and if a speaker can make his audience think, even for a minute, then he would have achieved his purpose.

Dev series started strong with an ambitious speaker. Indeed DevSeries had set high hopes and expectations for today’s generation as they will be the hope of the future.

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?!

InStrat DevSeries: Invest for the Future

Written by Emina Sotto / Photos by Bea Tabios / Post-processing by Sofia Nolasco / Poster by Cheska Tiongson

DevSeries: Dare to Envision is a series of department-specific talks geared for MEcO members interested in gaining specialized skills in their respective departments. It is a project under the Human Resources department.

What is the power of investing early?
Members of the Investment Strategies department as well as MEcO Advancement Program (MAP) participants gathered to listen to speaker Mr. Mark Ilao, Business Development Manager of COL Financial Group, Inc. last November 6 in BEL 313 to know the answer to this very question.
To begin his talk, Mr. Ilao told the attendees the commonly known words of wisdom made by parents: “Study hard and pray hard so that you can get a good job.” However, although this statement is true, he responded by strongly emphasizing that a high-paying job is not equal to financial security.
He shared how his former college batchmates wished that they were taught about investing and handling finances during their years in university. “That is the missing piece in our education system,” he stressed. Thus, he believes in the importance of financial literacy.
Furthermore, Mr. Ilao shared important insights about financial management to the attendees by emphasizing the power of investing early. For him, saving is not enough. In his words, “Saving is an act of necessity, investing is an act of optimism.” These optimists are stock market investors.
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To introduce investing, he defined the stock market as a place where companies can raise capital and where one can invest in these ‘publicly listed’ companies. He explained that the stock market is a relationship between companies, stock exchange or stock brokers, and investors or shareholders.
According to Mr. Ilao, stocks are the best tool to build long-term wealth. To further prove his point, he compared investing in time deposits or property versus stocks. In both cases, investing in stocks still emerged the ideal option as it had better benefits and greater returns.
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He then moved on to Stock Market 101 where he shared four important guidelines on investing.
First, invest for the long term. For him, it is better to have a long term perspective when it comes to the stock market as numerous things can happen in just a short amount of time.
Second, invest only in quality businesses. He shared that the biggest mistake of investors is falling into the trap of tips given by others without knowing anything about a company. Thus, investing in companies that are well-known is a better option as they have already gained a credible reputation and have acquired trust from the public.
Third, invest using diversification. As the famous saying goes, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” which simply means allocate your money in different investments in order to efficiently manage risks.
Lastly, invest by using a plan. Mr. Ilao stressed the importance of having a strategy. This is to ensure success and to sustain one’s investment journey.
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He then discussed the two ways of investing in the stock market. One way would be by investing in listed stocks or individual buy companies. According to Mr. Ilao, listed stocks are more ideal for people who do not have time to monitor the stock market, desire hands-on experience, and have enough capital.
Additionally, an ideal way for beginning investors would be to invest in mutual funds or forms of baskets with different companies, wherein an expert will be investing on an investor’s behalf. This form of investing is simple, convenient, and low-maintenance as stocks are diversified right away.
An important point Mr. Ilao raised is the main problem in investing: human emotion. He discussed that an investor’s tendency to be swayed by their feelings whenever the stock market rises or falls is their greatest disadvantage, and thus, must be avoided at all costs.
Mr. Ilao ended his talk by stressing that one’s most important asset is time, most especially because the Philippines is in a “demographic sweet spot” or a phase where growth is certainly possible.
He advised the room of aspiring student-investors to harness the power of time so that they may achieve their financial goals at an earlier age. Thus, in Mr. Ilao’s words, they “can extend to other people as men and women for others.
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There was no doubt that the event was a huge success as the attendees left with significant knowledge about financial management and investing (with complimentary snacks as a bonus!). More importantly, they acquired better understanding of financial security and how it is not always guaranteed by a high-paying job. Thus, they gained a better perspective on handling finances that will benefit them in the long run.
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Ultimately, this event shows how MEcO is able to educate its members by molding them into individuals that are financially literate and well-equipped for the future.
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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!

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!