The Yolanda Backlash
Towards the end of 2013, our country was struck by the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall. Super typhoon Yolanda affected over 14 million people and left 6,000 people dead. A lot of municipalities were isolated and distribution of relief goods was delayed. Knowing the need to help, KSearch opted to have a modest Christmas celebration and donated most of the allotted budget for the Christmas party to the typhoon survivors.
The initial plan was to donate through well-known institutions such as Sagip Kapamilya, GMA Kapuso Foundation, and Red Cross but knowing that these institutions might not be able to reach the far flung areas, we opted to look for other channels. Through our personal connections, we were able to help Giporlos, Eastern Samar and several baranggays in Iloilo. Along with other benefactors which availed of these same channels, relief goods, means for transporting those goods, and rebuilding efforts were extended to 4,400 families.
The Global Military’s Key Role
To highlight the key role played by the military forces from different sympathetic countries during the typhoon’s aftermath, we chose to have a Boot Camp as our party theme. With very limited resource available, we made sure that we would pack the program with lots of activities. The celebration started with a Boodle Feast where a few of our Filipino comfort foods were served. After which, a short video presentation was shown which depicted the vicious Yolanda’s onslaught and some of the relief efforts conducted by various groups. The part where KSearch participated was also shown. The program also included the usual party games, raffle prizes, exchange gifts, and awarding of special prizes.
Most of the games revolved on the Boot Camp theme: thus, they required strategy and of course, strength. The first game was “Rescue It” wherein the participants were tasked to “Rescue” a doll that is hidden in the office. In the next game, also known as “Paint-a-Picture”, participants were grouped into two and were asked to depict certain scenes. The third game is “Candle Flicking” wherein the participants were divided into two groups again. Goal of the game is to protect your team’s candlelight. First team to extinguish the opposing team’s candlelight wins. Capping off the games was the traditional “Tug-of-War”.
The Creative Talents of KSearch People Unravelled
A major highlight of the program was the General’s Cup which is a Shampoo Commercial competition. Four groups competed for 3 awards namely Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Shampoo Commercial. The teams were given more than a week to prepare a commercial that should run for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. The panel of judges was comprised of Elias Guerrero (Art Director of Billionaire Magazine), Roni Balbieran (economist, researcher, and former instructor at University of Asia & the Pacific), and Dr. Paul Dumol (playwright). The judges had a private viewing to assess and determine the winners. In the end, Dave Paje of the Finance/Banking practice area bagged the Best Actor award while Leo de Ocampo of MatchPoint was named Best Director. HR/IT practice area’s Niyogi shampoo placed 4th, MatchPoint’s Tiara shampoo won 3rd place , Finance/Banking’s Adonis shampoo bagged the 2nd slot, and Admin’s KSearch shampoo was the General’s Cup winner as the best “commercially attractive” product..
Christmas Spirit at its Best
Although it’s a tradition of KSearch to have flamboyant Christmas party celebrations, this year’s Boot Camp party proved that modest celebrations can still be enjoyable if we make the most of what we have and that we have to remind ourselves that the true essence of Christmas is the spirit of giving.
Patricia Anne S. Cruz
Finance, Banking and BPO Practice Group