Student leaders, formators, and the Office of Student Affairs
came together for a two-and a half-day Ignatian Leadership Camp at Harmony
Village in Pitogo last July 28-30, 2017.
Dubbed as Synergy: The Ateneo Leadership Camp 2017, participants
of this event were Presidents of accredited student organizations in the
university. It also had some alumni of the Ateneo Student Leaders Assembly
(ASLA) as guest participants.
camp started with a session entitled My Principle Leadership and Foundation. It
targeted to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the students in their
capacity as student leaders. It was followed by a string of activities aimed at
improving and strengthening group dynamics and inter-organization “synergy”, as
it was aptly themed.
Brother Edryan Paul Colmenares, SJ ran the program. A group of
faculty, staff, and student facilitators assisted him during break-out sessions
and small group discussions.
In an interview with OSA Director Christine V Calunod, she
states that it is through the initiative of the University President Fr Karel
San Juan SJ that the Ignatian Leadership Camp was made possible. “Father Karel envisions that through
this camp, the school can create more leaders imbibed with Ignatian values at
the same time working together to achive the common goal of being men and women
The camp ended with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist
presided over by Fr Karel S San Juan SJ, who had photo ops with the
Calunod also says about the activity, “We hope that this camp will bring about more participation from the
student body; an involvement that goes beyond being socially responsive and a
conscious and active effort of collaborating with one another in achieving the
goal of serving the community.”