PHINMA highlights professionalism in leadership reboot camp

1PHINMA Leadership Camp


ALFONSO, Cavite – PHINMA scholars and student leaders from PHINMA Education schools gathered at Camp Benjamin here for the first-ever joint leadership reboot camp that aimed to further instill in them the value of professionalism, one of the pillars of the PHINMA Group.

Held from March 31 to April 2, the event welcomed 120 delegates from PHINMA Education schools–Araullo University, Cagayan de Oro College, University of Pangasinan, University of Iloilo, Southwestern University, St. Jude College, Republican College, Rizal College of Laguna, and Union College of Laguna–and the recipients of the PHINMA National Scholarship (PNS) program from the Philippine Normal University-Manila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta. Mesa, and University of the Philippines Diliman.

Students participated in games and activities that aimed to harness their leadership skills and instill in them the value of professionalism.

Throughout the 3-day camp, the “cadets” participated in classes on time, wealth, health, and leadership. They learned how to manage their resources effectively by maximizing what they have and expanding their resources. They developed the habit of regular planning and prioritizing, which will be invaluable skills for their future endeavors. Additionally, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and sufficient sleep, was emphasized. Finally, they were encouraged to accept each other’s strengths, skills, and individual differences.

The students were fortunate to hear from esteemed speakers such as Mario Deriquito, President of BDO Foundation; Mona Magno-Veluz, President of Autism Society of the Philippines and known online as historian, Mighty Magulang; Cheryll Ann Selda, Co-founder and CEO of 24 Light Brands; and Luigi Mapa, CEO of SeeWorthy & LinkOD Consulting. They shared their insights and experiences with the young leaders, inspiring them to strive for excellence and uphold the PHINMA core values of professionalism, integrity, competence, and love of country.

Mr. Mario Deriquito, president of BDO Foundation, spoke to the scholars and student leaders about the importance of recognizing that your greatest resource is yourself. He also talked about the value of learning to say “no” to certain commitments in order to honor your “yeses.”

Mentors, composed of volunteers from the Big Brother and Big Sister (BBBS) program, sponsors through the Adopt-A-Scholar program, and teachers from the PHINMA schools, also joined the students to further enrich their experience as part of the 1PHINMA family.

Activities they engaged in included camp war games that put their leadership skills to the test. Throughout the games, they demonstrated their ability to work collaboratively, think critically, and communicate effectively. They also had a socials night, which served as an avenue for the participants to showcase their respective provinces’ culture, arts, and history. This provided an opportunity for the youth leaders to interact with each other and build relationships beyond their schools and provinces.

Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, known online as Mighty Magulang, also gave a talk on how to nurture professionalism and how we are propelled by our values. She also reminded the scholars and student leaders that true greatness is not achieved by what one becomes, but rather by what they overcome.

In their final challenge, the cadets were required to demonstrate their cadence, discipline, teamwork, and communication skills as they moved together as one team of 1PHINMA youth leaders. This challenge provided an opportunity for the cadets to showcase their newly-acquired leadership skills. The Final March served as a reminder of the importance of teamwork and communication in achieving common goals, which are essential qualities for effective leadership.

“The youth are the hope of our nation, and we hope activities such as this provide them the guidance of the PHINMA core values. We place our hope in these young leaders who joined us in this camp, and the future looks bright with them. PHINMA Foundation and PHINMA Education will continue to empower the youth for a better and brighter tomorrow,” said PHINMA Vice President Peter Angelo V. Perfecto.

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