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Buzz!!! Brand Quiz Bee   Leave a comment

Kudos to Buzz!!!

By Bullstrode

Remember Karen and Gina? How about the Jaboom twins?

Most of us probably grew up watching television and have been submerged into some commercials, some with the most powerful tag lines, and some mind boggling jingles. There were times when we would sit in front of the television not because of the TV show but because we want to watch the latest talk of the town – the commercial for this noodle, or for that fast food chain. We’d sing along the jingle of this well known soft drinks brand, and we feel like our day was complete.

Last Wednesday, our knowledge – whether stuck knowledge or knowledge brought to us by our increased curiosity for advertising brought by our dear CBA – was tested with BUZZ!, the brand quiz bee brought to us by our dear Special Events Department. Whether as one of the contestants or as one of the event coordinators, we surely racked our brains in finding the answers for those questions!

With many last-few-minutes registrants that delayed the event for some time, the quiz bee kicked off with 28 teams who faced easy to difficult questions about brands and their advertisements, believing in that tag line just do it! with every decision they make. Some questions we know from TV and radio commercials; others we’ve read from newspapers and billboards, and these questions are like that dishwashing liquid – isang patak, kaya ang sebong sangkatutak! In the end, only three teams were recognized as winners, and the rest were like sebo.

And so, we congratulate our winners!!! Like what that bed brand claims, kayo rin ay mga Hari ng Tibay!!! To Ken and the Virgins, teamtation, and Team Great, CONGRATULATIONS! We hope this event let you open happiness and made you appreciate the hours you spent watching television.

For the rest of us, kudos to another successful event! Can you imagine life without ABAM?



Posted August 22, 2011 by upabam in Activities

Team Building Session   Leave a comment


Behind the Mask

By Tailc

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Hell no! It’s ABAM, the awesomest league of superheroes, in all their multicolored glory! See their flowing capes, cool masks and bright and tight spandex? HRD in blazing   chili red, SE in dazzling star yellow! FIN in mean monster   green and CA in killer electric blue! Apart from looking       good, all of these guys – believe it or not – are harder, better, faster, and stronger than ever before! Got beef with ‘em, evildoers? Start runnin’ back to your mommas,  ‘coz justice is going to rule the streets tonight!

Last August 15, all the ABAM heroes were summoned by Cap’n Riza Manlapaz, Cap’n Shara Pineda and Cap’n Patricia Miranda back at HQ. The three super beauties called for an urgent Team-Building Session with the league. All the different groups would be pitted against each other, in a battle of survival and wits, and the last group left standing would be the winner. What did this Team-Building Session hold in store for our beloved heroes? Danger and uncertainty in every corner, high-speed action and the thrill of adrenaline, death-defying challenges that were the perfect acid tests for teamwork and camaraderie! Whose team was going to stay on top at the end?

The Team-Building Session soon began! HRD conquered the banana relay, the first challenge, like a boss. SE dominated the three-legged race, the second challenge, with their cheetah-like legs. FIN and CA followed closely by hairlines, but you couldn’t see the look of defeat in the faces of these determined players even when they lost! Heat and tension then rose as the groups moved on to the excursions–To Vinzons, to CAL, to the Carillon Tower, to the School of Economics and to Quezon Hall where the strong-hearted would nose-blow a villainous candle to death, or endure a mysterious substance to get coins at the bottom of a bucket. Did anyone fail at the end of these challenges though? Absolutely not! As the saying goes, “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!” Again the finish line had been taken first by the HRD for this challenge, followed by both FIN and CA, with SE at the very tail.

It didn’t stop there, however. All four teams were presented afterwards with the finale: transferring water from a pail to an empty bottle at the other side of the playing field. The catch? You could only use your body parts! It was to say that when the teams began it was like a storm had rushed in! All the heroes grabbed and filled their mouths with water, and each one zipped from end to end as if their life depended on it. The team that entirely filled up its bottle first, surprisingly, was FIN. It had been their moment to make a comeback, and they pulled through!

When the results of each challenge were tabulated for the final scoring, the blazing red HRD emerged victorious. Dazzling yellow SE fell in second place, with mean and green FIN right behind and electric-blue CA filling the last spot. Cheers erupted in the arena as another of many Battle Royales ended with a bang, a valuable lesson in team spirit… and a righteous water-bag fight!

It is with rigorous training like this that the heroes of ABAM answer the call of the helpless, and strike evil with their very hands! With iron wills they will never fail, and like vigilantes they will continue to watch over the world from skyscrapers, seeing to the ultimate safety of every good citizen! Excelsior, ABAM!

Posted August 22, 2011 by upabam in Activities

Buddy Challenge   Leave a comment

Project Rebirth

By  Tweetums

Who knows Steve Rogers? Probably only a few.  Rogers was a weak soldier rejected for a military service due to his condition.  A scientist however saw his determination and got him into the force as the subject of a secret experiment called Project Rebirth.  The experiment turned out to be a success; it enhanced his frail body into the maximum human potential.  He became the legendary super soldier known as CAPTAIN AMERICA.

For the past few weeks, I have seen the halls of CBA filled with students holding cameras and taking pictures with different people.  The challenges for org applications have started for most orgs.  One of them is ABAM with its challenging yet attainable buddy challenges.  Some of the tasks given were to take pictures with McDo and Jollibee, a guard, vendor, joggers and Oble; to wear shirts of the same color; and to have pictures with the Execore and ABAMers of different departments.  Accomplishing the challenges may be exhausting and time-consuming, yet the transitionals relentlessly aim to finish all of them, and some even compete with their co-transitionals.

Some may see the buddy challenges simply as a way of making the transitionals’ life harder.  Some may see them as nonsensical and unnecessary.  However, a closer look at the challenges will make us see the rationale behind each task.  Buddy challenges are not as shallow as just taking pictures with random people, with the mem buddy, in different places.  It subliminally tests and develops in the transitionals the skills they need as an ABAMer.  Having a picture with Oble, for example, tests their courage.  Asking for pictures with different random people improves their confidence and social skills.  The tasks also make trans closer to their buddies and the ABAMers.  The buddy challenges as a whole also develops their determination, perseverance and time-management skills.

ABAMers, continue to support and believe in our transitionals.  Help them grow and realize their potentials.  We’ll never know, they might become our Captain Americas 😉

To the transitionals, hold on! You’re half way through your trans process!  Consider the process as your Project Rebirth.  From being an “outsider”, you’re gradually gaining the identity of an ABAMer.  Take your tasks seriously (but don’t forget to have fun!) that you may develop your maximum potential as an ABAMer.  You’ll soon be waving the flag of blue and yellow 😀

Posted August 22, 2011 by upabam in Activities

Bacbacan 1   Leave a comment


By Miss Abott

August 5, 2011. UPCAT day. BACBACAN day.

The day started around 9 am, and the judges for the cheerdance competition are being introduced. Bulks of green, yellow, blue, red and violet are very conspicuous as one person steps into the DAR Gym. The height of emotions even just at the start of the day is high, and you know this day would not go anywhere but be higher.

It was one action-filled day that neither the size of this 11 x 17 poster can seem to carry, nor yours truly can really put into words unless I have the liberty to act it upon you or show you a video.

The day started with the cheerdance competition. Sophies began the line-up showing everyone why they are SOPHreme,  followed by the TERMIEnators who touched everyone’s hearts by a performance which reminisced their history, then the JunROARS who were wild and fierce, the Freshmen who with their military theme says they would not give up that easily, and lastly the Seniors, showing what extra strong really means.

Following with the same line-up, representatives from the different batches made us laugh, become awed and just all be kilig in our seats during the Mr. & Ms. BACBACAN.

After lunch, the basketball, volleyball and futsal games  began, and this time the heat was really on. Boosters from the crowd never failed to either cheer their respective batch’s players for every point, or just urge them on and give support. Each player gave it his best shot for the team. You can see their passion for the sports they are playing but at the same time their drive to win.

The parlor games, where team effort is important came in next. Participants of dodge ball rolled, jumped, pirouetted and practically became acrobats just to prevent the ball from touching them. Throwers (or is that what you call them) gave their best efforts to throw, hit wherever possible, their competition.

Last but definitely not the least, the batches pulled and pulled until the “white stuff” crossed the “second outer white line” in the tug-of-war. You would hear everyone shouting and saying, “PULL, PULL, PULL.” Then next you would hear somebody say “STOP” because somebody already won,  and hear some people say, “WHEW, LOOK AT MY HANDS!”,  yet you would see everyone smiling and laughing.

The next thing we knew it was the awarding ceremony. Before the winners were announced, the different batches cheered and well, had good fun cheering (or not) other batches but everyone was a good sport.  Forgive me, but I’d like to post some of the cheers because it really made me laugh. Just guess who said who =P

“MANALO, MATALO, IINOM KAMI!” (as response to the first cheer)


So anyway, the results were announced and here are the champions for each event:

Futsal: Juniors

Mixed Volleyball: Juniors

Women’s Basketball: Seniors

Men’s Basketball: Seniors

-> Joanna Isidoro and Sherdil Rana, an ABAMer and soon-to-be ABAMer became the MVP’s. CONGRATS you guys!!!

Mr. & Ms. BACBACAN: Seniors

Cheerdance Competition: Termies


5th place: FRESHMEN

4th place: SOPHOMORES

3rd place: TERMINALS

2nd place: JUNIORS


The DAR Gym never got quiet. You can hear each batch’s cheer, and standing from one point of the gym seeing 5 different colors battle it all out, I got to look at the bigger picture. The BACBACAN really brings out the love of each person present there for their batch, and their support for the college because really, when you think about it, if one person really did not care then why put all that effort to creating such a wonderful dance routine? If one student never really cared, then why practice for several nights just to make you prepared for the game, or plainly memorize and even hold the copy of your cheer’s lyrics and shout with the rest of the boosters?

I like what Engle said before they announced the winners. “We are one family and that is the CBA Family.”  I came to think, yes. This should be same thing for orgs; I am part of ABAM, and ABAM IS MY FAMILY here in BA. I see ABAMers during that day, and we did not fail to greet and talk even if we wear different colors because really, just like our different batches, we just belong to that one bigger picture, the CBA. Then again, there is UP, but that’s going too far and will require a longer read than this.

Posted August 22, 2011 by upabam in Activities

ABAM Academy   Leave a comment

Posted August 22, 2011 by upabam in Activities

Tambay Session Week   Leave a comment

Back to Neverland

By Bullstrode

Have you ever heard of Neverland? Well, if you say yes, then you must have known that it is where the boy who would not grow up lives. Now, I am not saying this thing so we could recall Peter Pan, Captain Hook and his cronies, and the likes. Oh no. We are not going to delve into its plot. The reason why I made this as my prelude is the lingering concept of said story: the childhood memories that each of us could never let go.

You know, everyone of us has his or her own memories that take us back to our younger days.  Girls would be bathing Barbie and brushing her hair, while boys would be aligning the soldiers every morning (or in some cases, boys do the brushing, and girls do the wrestling). Whatever the case, one thing stays true. It is hard to deny that we always have something to look back to, and last week, we all did.

Session week took us back to the days when we brought our lunch boxes full of mom’s prescribed food – with a little help of our persistent requests, of course. There are rice and viand, and Zest-O, then maybe Rebisco for recess. The event also reminded us our favorite games (which names differ at times). Examples of which are Ten-twenty or Chinese Garter, and Limbo Rock, where we got to see people who seem to have rubber for bones, and people who were not so blessed with such bones. Then, we saw who the real addicts were when it comes to animes and cartoons with our game last Wednesday. Or maybe they were just the ones paying attention back then. The next day we watched the start of the end of an era; the start of an end of a big part of childhood for most of us. (Harry, we’ll miss you!)

The session week ended with the best way to treat our week-long childish selves – a kiddie party! Complete with spaghetti (the staple party food of children, which was brought to us by Eldrin’s grandmother), name tags and balloons, we could not have ended it better!

At the end of the day you could hear comments like, “Nakaka-miss!” “Sana bata ulit ako.” “Mas maganda yung anime noon…” and “Ang sarap pala maging bata ulit!

Indeed, we became children once more, but it doesn’t mean that the childishness ended with Session Week. No. Last week only reminded us that there is a child still living deep inside us, a child that represents our pureness and innocence despite our age; a part which is easily stimulated by seemingly trivial things like Choc Nut or a strip of garter. This part lives in a small island called Neverland, and if you explore it deep enough, you would understand that the child in you cannot die because it is that one thing which ultimately brings you pure and unadultered happiness.

Posted August 22, 2011 by upabam in Activities

Trans’ Orientation   Leave a comment

Posted August 22, 2011 by upabam in Activities