EVERYDAY: MBA Experience

I am back!! At long last.. I am deeply excited to share with you that… tuhn-tuhn-tuhn-tuhnnnn.. I am finally a Masteral Graduate of Ateneo Graduate School of Business! 😀

Sooooo, I’ve decided to share with you the entire MBA experience, from the classes to the professors. Basically, I will be just listing down the classes, my professors & what I remember from the subject.

  1. Business Communication (Buscom) – Ma. Adelina Rex

If you are just about to enroll, then unfortunately you will not be able to get the Legendary Class of Prof Rex — She was famous because well, you have no choice but to take her class. She’s the only one teaching the subject. However, she retired 2 years ago.

Midterms – Spontaneous Speech. Each student gets to pick one question from the jar. One will be given 3 minutes to prepare. You are also given 3 whole minutes for your speech. What did I get? ‘If you are to die now, What will you say to Saint Peter to convince him to let you in?’ and, I got a 98 for this! Yayy! 

Finals – Hero Theme. Each group is given a value that they need to build a story on. & our group got a Magis — the very foundation of Ateneo Culture. 🙂

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2. Financial Accounting (Finnac) – Susana De Jesus

All I remember from this subject was it, being a very serious one. Aside from having a classmate and a group that looked very much like the korean actor from the movie Miracle in Cell No 7. Hahaha

3. Applied Mathematics (Appmath) – Presentacion Santos

You guessed it right! I’m not even in the class picture. :/ I was absent during the last day of class for a reason I don’t even remember. 😀 The subject was hard, for most. Thus, the professor made it light with her funny antics and by lecturing us through games and other fun activities. There are two highlights for this class: One, this is where I found my Close MBA friends – you’ll see from the pictures below. Two, I had a proud moment when the professor asked us to solve a difficult problem and no one was able to except for meeee. :)) — Thus, I received a 4.0 for our Final Exam.

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4. Managerial Statistics (Mastat) – Manuel Tenmatay

I picked the right professor. I have to admit, the subject was a difficult one to understand.:/ with the alpha, beta and omega equations. :/ I will definitely recommend Professor Tenmatay. Thankful for 2 Math Wizards in our group. ::D

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5. Business Ethics (Ethics) – Vincent Festin

The subject was boring and interesting at the same time. The class was all lecture and all elements contribute for it to be boring. Or probably because the subject was scheduled from 12 nn – 3pm, which is like siesta time. 😀 But, somehow — I still managed to like the subject.

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6. Methods of Research (Metres) – Rizalito Gregorio

This is probably the hatest subject — of most students. It’s a real work, especially if you took Professor Ibarles — which is like attending a class, pretending strama. (which I think is a good thing for those GC students). BUT, for Professor Gregorio is also a piece of work. There are a lot of don’ts. (You cannot talk. You cannot be late, even for a minute. You cannot eat. You cannt touch your phone. You can’t smile). AND, he calls students randomly. So well, yeah. You have to be prepared when you enter his class.

7. Leadership Effectiveness (Leader) – Angelo Gregorio

By far, one of the easiest subject from the Prerequisites. As can be concluded from the course title — it’s mostly of discovering yourself, your abilities and basically what you read in Self – Help Books. You know?

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the subject, the short films, the classmates and the professor as well.

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8. Managerial Accounting (Manacc) – Manuel Solomon

Everyone hates math. It’s most likely the reason why I tend to get sleepy every time — plus the fact that the class starts at 3pm! Right? No offense to Prof Solomon, but he sits most of the time during lecture. BUT, if you actually make an effort to listen attentively — you’ll learn a lot from him.

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9. Information Technology for Managers (Infote) – Sandra Lovenia

One of my absolute hatest subject. One, you won’t learn anything substantially new. Two, Professor Lovenia gives the lowessst possible grade. Three, you won’t learn anything substantially new. (Yes, repeated for emphasis) — And take note, this is not just from my opinion but even from the more branier students in the class.

10. Principles and Dynamics of Management (Priman) – Nicolas Lansang Jr.

The course is a so-so for me. I learned, I participated but nothing really struck me that much. It was the type of subject that you’d like to pair with a difficult one. Professor Lansang has weekly cases that we need to prepare for a report for — which is difficult if you have lazy group mates. Although, overall — the subject was relatively ‘chill’ in a sense.

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11. Human Resource Management (Humres) – Emivita Formoso

I liked the subject — but mostly because we can get away with not attending the class. 😀 There are, however, weekly reporting. Every group is tasked to prepare but only 1 group will present. And, well — we usually leave the class when the presenting group is announced & it happens to be — NOT OURS. 🙂

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12. Financial Management (Finman) – Carmencita Garcia

If you are afraid of Financial Statements, then this is definitely a subject you wouldn’t look forward to. Aside from that, the Professor is a piece of work too! You also have to come to class prepared as she will be asking random students.

For our finals, each group invited a guest who is considered an expert on a specific topic. But beware, as the Professor will inject some showbiz chika regarding the speaker, IN FRONT of the speaker. So, Imagine when I invited the CFO of PAL — & he was questioned about the principles & values of his boss and accusations regarding the PAL – SMC deal. Imagine my embarrassment and horror, having invited him myself. GAD.

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13. Applied Management Science (Mansci) – Edgar Legaspi

One of my hatest subject because of the level of difficulty. This is the type of subject where no matter how many times you read the sample problem, or no matter how much you study for an exam, you’ll surely fail it unless you’re innately born for Management Science, for that matter. Nonetheless, I like Professor Legaspi. He was not threatening at all, given how intimidating the subject is.

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14. Economics for Managers (Ecoman) – Presentacion Santos

No matter how much I try to be good at economics, I fail. I love the subject and how complicated and each & every single thing affects the economy and the principles behind the subject. BUT, it doesn’t mean that the subject became easy. I would love to be good at the economics, period. I’m far from being good at it though.

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15. Operations Management (Opeman) – Apolinar Ng

This is one of my all time favorite subjects! As I was able to directly apply what we learn from the 4 walls of our classroom to literally everyday tasks at work. No kidding! The class and our Professor, Sir Poly made it really interesting to evaluate and dissect our everyday operational activities that affects the bottom-line and the business activities.

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16. Leading Organizational Change (Leadoc) – Ma. Luisa Moguel

BLAH. — exactly what this subject is. I picked this subject as my elective class, which is such a disappointment. I was supposed to get Brand Marketing but there were no slots, that’s why I ended up with this. I.DID.NOT.LEARN.ANYTHING.AT.ALL.

Finals — Fieldtrip to BSP and write about it. What the hell right? What does that have to do with anything?  I didn’t even attend this trip.

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17. Marketing Management (Markma) – Emilio Macasaet III

If you are trying to expand your connections and would love to hear talks from speakers known in their own fields — then take this subject under Professor Macasaet. Sounds familiar? He is known for his Training Company — Mansmith & Fielders Inc. I, for one learned a great deal from the speakers! It’s like getting free trainings without the certificate. :/ Haha.

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18. Entrepreneurship (Entrep) – George Fong

This is my other elective class. I don’t know if it’s me having an undergraduate degree on the subject — but I didn’t learn anything new.

19. Strategic Management (Strama) – Leveric Ng

EVERYONE is afraid of this last and final course in MBA. — The subject that will all lead to the thesis and defense (that will eventually result to your  success or failure). GAH. Imagine the horror of going to class.

I chose Professor Leveric Ng since he has this reputation that NONE of his students ever failed the subject since he started teaching Strama. WOAHHH Right? Such a clean record to break. More pressure to his students! The good thing about his class is — there’s a submission of a part of the paper every class. Thus, you get to build your paper, little by little. Feedback & criticisms will be given immediately (so you have time o edit your paper and ppt). He replies regularly, even during the wee hours. He is frank and understanding at the same time. THOUGH, He hates students who are lazy and submits / presents in class with little or no effort at all.

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The whole Strama Defense is due for another post. 😀

Forgive my photos for being so blurry. I only retrieved it from Facebook,, with such a poor quality. :/

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