Reflections on the WIWAG Experience

by Karl Russel A. Acuna and Geraldine Anne S. Salonga, ERDA Tech students and WIWAG 2015 participants; Photos by Mrs. Rowena B. de la Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI - ERDA Tech
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WIWAG® Business Weeks is a 4-day training concept in business management based on a computer assisted business simulation game interlinking principles in management and basic economics. This was developed by the Ernst Schmidheiny Foundation (ESF) in cooperation with the Institute for Economic Education of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland to enhance business understanding among high school students. Since its inception, WIWAG® has become part of the curriculum of most Swiss and German schools. The training teaches the participants how best to manage a company/business by enhancing their understanding of departments like Finance, Production, Marketing, and Human Resources, while showing participants the interrelation and importance of the aspects in business. WIWAG® is currently being offered to numerous Swiss schools in various countries in Europe and South America. In Asia, it is only in Thailand and the Philippines that this program is implemented.

Taken from http://www.batobalanifoundation.org.ph/Programs/wiwag-business-weeks.php

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It is normal for a company to have its ups and downs. In fact, our own company experienced it. Though we wanted to give up already and just disregard what we have started, we did not do it. It is because we remembered why we started. The reason why we put up our company is for us to earn. This goal became our guiding light in the midst of the stress and the desire to give up. This goal made me and the other members of our company persevere.

The feeling of being pressured, being scared of what the results of our efforts will be, and the fear of bankruptcy are what businessmen and women go through at one time or another in their careers. As a student, I know the feeling of being pressured, but having undergone the WIWAG business seminar-workshop, I understood even more the situation of those who are engaged in business. In decision-making for instance, misunderstandings can arise, but I learned one thing which I can never forget. At the end of the day, it does not matter whether you made the right decision or the wrong one. What matters is the relationship of the employees to you as their boss.

We are surely going to be what and who we want someday if we will not give up on ourselves. Yes, the world is full of troubles and there may be times when we will fall and fail, but there is the one Supreme Being who will pick us up again and again and again. What I have learned this week will never be taken away. I have learned not to give up even if other people are telling me to do so. From now on, I shall be firmer and stand up with more conviction for what I have decided.

— Karl Russel A. Acuna, Grade 10 student

 

Karl Russel A. Acuna, Grade 10 student and WIWAG participant 🙂

Geraldine Anne S. Salonga, Fifth-year student and WIWAG participant :)

Geraldine Anne S. Salonga, Fifth-year student and WIWAG participant 🙂

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Long-time partner of ERDA Tech in the training of future entrepreneurs 🙂

Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, FPTI - ERDA Tech principal, gives his welcoming address to the participants :) participants

Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, FPTI – ERDA Tech principal, gives his welcoming address to the participants. 🙂

II.

As a participant in the WIWAG business seminar-workshop, I found it a little bit hard. There were a lot of challenges and there was much need for analysis. To be honest, I really did not expect that I would become one of the members of this group. When I heard some news about it and gathered some background about how it is to be in WIWAG, I got scared about how I could catch up on my lessons and activities because of this event, but I told myself nevertheless that I should give it a try.

First day, first time. I felt nervous, scared, and worried. However, as the day went by I started really enjoying it already. Before going to sleep I was thinking about how fun it was, and I was looking forward to the coming days — the delicious and abundant food, the bonding with my groupmates, and of course, the fun and laughter while being with our instructors and the knowledge and wisdom that we have gotten from them. Everything is awesome.

Today, as my fellow participants and I graduate from the WIWAG, I would like to proudly say that WIWAG has really helped me a lot and has given me the inspiration and courage to become a successful businesswoman in the future. Knowing all good strategies and making the right decisions for the growth of one’s company are very essential to become a leader in the field of business.

I am very much grateful to our WIWAG facilitators: Mrs. Chua, Mrs. Go, Mr. Serrano, and Ms. Ilagan for making this seminar-workshop a wonderful and meaningful experience for all of the participants. Even though they almost lost their voices just to share their knowledge and wisdom with us, still they carried on.

I am also thankful to our food trades students for preparing such appetizing and delicious meals for us every day. I hope they continue doing this for students like us.

May God bless everyone as we part ways and continue with our respective journeys through life.

— Geraldine Anne S. Salonga, Fifth-year student

Miss Carmelita Chua, WIWAG facilitator, imparts essential business principles to the participants. :)

Miss Carmelita Chua, WIWAG facilitator, imparts essential business principles to the participants. 🙂

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The FPTI – ERDA Tech administrators and the WIWAG facilitators with the Thunder Group of participants 🙂

The participants listen to Mr. Isaiah Serrano, WIWAG facilitator, as he gives his input. :)

The participants listen to Mr. Isaiah Serrano, WIWAG facilitator, as he gives his input. 🙂

The WIWAG participants together with their facilitators and their school administrators (seated left to right: Mrs. Elaine Go, Mr. Jonathan Lacson, Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, Mr. Ernie Chua, Jr. and Miss Carmelita Chua :)

The WIWAG participants together with their facilitators and their school administrators (seated left to right: Mrs. Elaine Go, Mr. Jonathan Lacson, Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, Mr. Ernie Chua, Jr. and Miss Carmelita Chua 🙂

 

 

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  1. Lodes Salvador

    Im happy kasi naging part din ang anak kong si Arvin Salvador sa Wiwag na ito. Nasa 2nd college na sya sa PLM taking up BSEE., im very proud na naging student ang mga anak ko dito sa Erda Tech. Thumbs up!!

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