WIWAG Reflections

Introduction by Mr. Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation, Father Pierre Tritz Institute - ERDA Tech
Photos by Mrs. Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, Father Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech

The Bato Balani Foundation and Father Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech have been working hand in hand for more than ten years now in the WIWAG Business Seminar-Workshop. This year, through the able guidance of Bato Balani personnel Miss Cindy Ramirez and Mr. Isaiah Serrano, and course facilitators Mr. Emmanuel Tagunicar and Miss Rowena Aspan, another batch of WIWAG participants have successfully completed the five-day activity. Two of the ERDAnians in this group share their thoughts and feelings regarding their experience.

I. Jerel Vien G. Aboy – Grade 11 – Saint Pedro Calungsod

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The WIWAG Business Seminar-Workshop has been an interesting and enriching experience for me. I am glad to have had the chance to be part of this event. Being the CEO of our company, I had the opportunity and challenge to make choices. I have realized that decisions come with consequences, hence the need to weigh things very carefully.

The most valuable thing I learned from WIWAG is that running a company and operating a business are not just about making a profit. It’s about having a sense of family.

I am very grateful to our Bato Balani Foundation personnel: Miss Cindy Ramirez and Kuya Isaiah Serrano, and to our course facilitators: Mr. Emmanuel Tagunicar and Miss Rowena Aspan, for all the time, effort, knowledge, and expertise they have shared with me and my fellow participants.

We shall leave this venue today with fond memories, a deeper appreciation of the value of entrepreneurship, and an assurance that going into business is a very good path to success and happiness in the future.

II. Zandra Loraine T. Quisao – Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

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Putting up a business  and managing it can be challenging. During the time when I was the CEO of our own company, I had a tough time. My team and I went through many ups and downs.

Overall though, I consider it a great privilege to have been part of the WIWAG Business Seminar-Workshop, which is held annually, and in selected schools only.

I would like to thank our facilitators, Mr. Emmanuel Tagunicar and Miss Rowena Aspan, and to Kuya Isaiah Serrano and Miss Cindy Ramirez as well, for sharing with us their knowledge and experience in business, for their efforts in coming to ERDA Tech early and daily, and for the treats they have given to me and to my fellow participants for our hard work.

I would also like to thank my team for helping me run our company. Because of your efforts and mine, we have come this far. Together, we worked to reach our goals. We learned from the outcomes of the decisions we made.

Indeed, we owe much to the Bato Balani Foundation which gave us this opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship.

This is truly a blessing for us, one that we can use to help us become better persons, not only for ourselves, but more importantly, for others as well. The future holds a lot of promise, for us, the prospective entrepreneurs of the new generation.

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