SHLRM joins College Week 2019
Last February 11 until February 15, the college students of St. Scholastica’s College Manila had their annual celebration of college week with the theme: Advocating Creativity, Sustainability & Collaboration among Leaders. A week full of fun activities together with fundraising booths that promote sustainability.
On the first day of the college week, the whole college unit got together for the opening at St.Cecilias Hall. The school invited a speaker who really made a mark on each and everyone – Ms. Pacita “Chit” Juan. She was the former executive officer of a well-known coffee company in the Philippines as well as abroad and to start a new business that caters to people with eco-friendly products. Her inspiring story suites the theme which had set the mood of the College Week celebration.
The Student Council led the fair with the theme – ORGanic Fair: A Fundraising Event to promote Filipino Sustainability through greener and cleaner consumption. The Student Council and the college organizations prepared booths that sold organic and eco-friendly products. They also invited two local companies that sell products that suit this year’s org fair theme – the Paper Friends MNL that sells handmade crafts, bags, and paper as well as The Bamboo Company, a store that offers bamboo-made products.
The Junior Restaurateurs and Hoteliers’ Association prepared well for this year’s College Week Org Fair. We came up with the decision to sell bamboo straws, cute trendy pens, and stickers that kids really loved. We had fun catering to them and also enjoyed the other org’s booths. Some prepared food, others came up with games and many more.
Throughout the week, there were organized talks with invited speakers and exhibits prepared by different departments: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, and School of Accountancy. On February 13, Wednesday, the School of Hotel, Leisure & Restaurant Management in collaboration with the School of Music had arranged a small event for guests with invited speakers, Mr. Ige Ramos from the Republic of Taste and Philippines Culinary Historians and Chef Waya Araos Wijangco from Gpsy Art Café and Open Hands School for Applied Arts, with a theme – Creative Sustainability: Shaping Philippine Culture Perception and Inspiring Change. It was a successful event that was enjoyed by many. The two speakers shared a lot about their experiences and Mr. Ramos specifically talked about how ingredients shape a dish. He simply explained how our choices of ingredients affect our product. Chef Waya, on the other hand, talked about the school she built for students with disabilities. Where PWDs are taught as if they don’t have any disabilities. In order to enhance their capabilities and boost their confidence. Thus leading them to become independent in the real world. A lot was learned and shared throughout the talk and all these will surely be treasured by each and every one.
The following day, Kulasa’s started their Valentine’s Day together at the SSC Field to Rise, Resist and Unite. We had the annual One Billion Rising, Rising: From A Campaign, To A Way Of Life. It is a global movement founded by Ms. Eve Ensler. Her advocacy is about ending rape and sexual violence against women which starts in 2012. Everybody danced with pride and heart put into it.
We ended the college week with the Sports Fest, participated in by students, faculty, administrator, and mentors of the academic support units of the College. The college students were very much involved and participative which made it more fun. The games and activities gave everyone a chance to interact with each other as well as showcase their abilities. By the end of the Sports Fest, the winning teams were given credits and were also awarded.
By: Arik Ibale