Nicholas Cancio (’10) one of 6 Filipino finalists in the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge 2013

photo from, retrieved on 22 September 2013

Nicholas Cancio, from the Xavier School Class of 2010, was recently one of the finalists in the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge 2013, international competition by Malayan Banking Bhd. He was one of 6 Filipinos that made it as finalists and competed for 1 week in Malaysia. It is a major event for Maybank. He’s currently a senior at Ateneo de Manila taking BSME.

When asked about his experience regarding the competition, this is what Nicholas had to say:

“I do think the experience was fantastic; it was a great way to test my limits as an individual and my capacity to work in a diversified team. I wasn’t sure what to expect — the event being an unconventional business strategy competition — but after meeting my teammates whom I’d be with for the following week, I knew I was going to enjoy. These people were from Singapore, China, Malaysia, Cambodia and India, and they were a good bunch, all fun in their own quirky way, and all great when we needed to get down to business. After all the sleepless nights, the sudden shocks and surprises along the way, even if we didn’t win, I can say that I didn’t leave the competition empty-handed. A week of being surrounded by international talents does leave its mark, and the diversity allowed me to gain firsthand experience on how to manage new kinds of situations, as well as a multicultural group of people. At the end of the day, the most important thing I’ve taken from the competition is the friendships I’ve gained, and hopefully despite the miles that separate us, our paths will cross once more.”

Read more about the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge

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