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.
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; Ms. 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.
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.
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.