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!

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!