by Shaira Karissa Cipriano & Jay Vanne Bataller

The School of Business and Governance (SBG) of Ateneo de Davao University launched its Business Week last February 22 to 27, 2016 with the theme, “Celebrating 16 Years of Advancing Good Business Practices and Governance in Mindanao through Collaboration and Globalization”.

Different sets of week-long activities were held including forums, workshops and exhibits. Several forums were held by the clubs under the SBG. They were intended to raise awareness among the students on various business related issues.

These include the Tax Forum organized by the Association of Accounting Technology Students (AACTS), the Investment Scam Forum by the Junior Financial Executives (JFINEX), the Corporate Management Forum under the Ateneo Society of Management Students (ASMS), and lastly, the Career Talk: Mindanao Opportunities by the Ateneo Human Resource Management Society (AHRMS).

A week-long trade fair exhibit for video and print advertisements was placed at Arrupe Hall while the Caveat Emptor Exhibit was held at the Thibault Grounds. Selected students from Accountancy Department also held their Quiz Bowl organized by the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA). Moreover, the Faculty Research Workshop was also conducted on event’s fourth day.

Parallel with the Caveat Emptor Exhibit was the Consumer Rights Symposium. Held at the Finster Auditorium, it aimed to raise the awareness among consumers regarding their rights and responsibilities as buyers. Erlinda Lopez of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Gwendolyn Bardos of Department of Health’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) served as the symposium’s speakers.

A research forum was also held on the morning of February 27 at the Community Center which was then followed by it presentation in the afternoon.

The Business Week concluded with the Search for Ambassadors of Excellence and the culmination night as it kicked off with the Finster Auditorium a full house and a production number brought by the Viper Dance Company and JAGUARS’ that electrified and energized the crowd into cheers.

The production number was followed by the welcoming of contest’s participants clad in their corporate attire. Differing from the usual format of question and answer portions, the contestants were required to formulate and answer their own questions.

As the event reach its end, Melzar Galicia from the Business Management Department and Christine Labrador of the Finance Department were crowned as this year’s Ambassador and Ambassadress of Excellence.

For the Quiz Bowl Competition, a fight of more brains and less brawn made the Business Management Department finishing as the 2nd Runner Up, with the Finance Department as 1st Runner Up, and the Accountancy Department bagging 1st.

The Marketing Department seized the top spot at the Video Ad Competition while Human Resource and Finance trailed in 3rd and 2nd places, respectively.

Creativity and uniqueness paved the way for the Accountancy Department as they placed 1st at the T-Shirt Design Competition with the Marketing Department and Accounting Technology Department behind at 3rd and 2nd place.

On the other hand, Finance Department scored another victory as they were hailed as the champions in the Print Ad Competition.

The Accountancy Department went on the offensive once more as they claimed the 1st in the Business Pitching Contest as the Finance Department and Marketing Department garnered 2nd and 3rd place, sequentially.

The participants of the SBG’s Leadership Academy were also acknowledged at the culmination night and more so, the students with the highest Quality Point Indexes (QPIs) for the last semester were acknowledged.

Overall, given the laurels of the Over-all Champion was the Finance Department.

The Accountancy Department stood beside the Finance Department as they bagged the 1st Runner Up and in a twist, the Human Resource, Accounting Technology, and Business Management Departments were made equals as the event’s 2nd Runners Up.