Vice President Jon Ramon Aboitiz (in white) speaks to delegates
to the Aboitiz Future Leaders Summit inside the historic Don
Ramon Aboitiz ancestral house in Cebu City.
Kool Adventure Camp
facilitates team challenges for 9th AFLBS
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
September 4, 2014
CEBU CITY – Close to
a thousand student leaders from different colleges and universities in
the Philippines experienced powerful learning through the Ramon
Aboitiz Foundation-Kool Adventure Camp (RAFI-KAC) during the 9th
Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit (AFLBS) last August 15 to 16.
For the eighth time, KAC was
tapped to provide integration and low initiative games and
team-building exercises to the AFLBS delegates, who gathered at the
Marco Polo Plaza Hotel for the summit themed “Significantly Changing
The summit aimed to provide
student leaders with a refreshed outlook about the country. It also
posed a challenge for the Filipino youth to step out of their
collegiate mindset, look into the future and aspire to become among
the country’s promising leaders in the field they plan to pursue.
The summit featured plenary
discussions, games, team-building exercises, work simulation, and
KAC also facilitated a
pre-summit activity to give delegates a deeper understanding about the
history of the Aboitizes, particularly learning about how the family
handled its corporate office.
The participants also had
time to paint benches at the Persimmon for beneficiary schools and
visited Fort San Pedro, one of Cebu City’s historical landmarks, while
having the opportunity to know more on their fellow participants.
“My most significant
learning after the Kool Adventure Camp team challenges during the
summit was having the ‘I CAN’ attitude. Nothing will be left undone if
I will do everything I can to get something done. ‘I CANNOT’ is a
deadly option. Nothing is impossible if I would just give it all the
best I got,” said Harold Sapues, student delegate from the University
of Cebu, on his experience with KAC.
Another AFBLS participant
also shared that as leaders they must not think of themselves as above
others in terms of status.
“One of the learning that
struck me was the extreme pipeline activity of Kool Adventure Camp,
where we needed to kneel down and pass through the obstacles to be
able to transfer the ball to its target basket. I realized that as a
student leader we need to humble ourselves in everything we do,” said
Caitline Perez of Mapua Institute of Technology.
University of Philippines
Mindanao’s Gian Paulo Paglinawan mentioned also the extreme pipeline
activity in his learning, saying it taught him that he must also
impart the same passion for change to others and to empower them.
“Most of the KAC activities
taught me to enjoy the learning process and appreciate the efforts a
person contributes to succeed at a specific challenge. I can
personally contribute on significantly changing my Philippines...by
passing on the knowledge and skills I learned from the summit,” he
His fellow UP Mindanao
student Jumarie Albit, on the other hand, mentioned the importance of
communication and in listening to and understanding the people he
KAC has been offering
adventure education programs on leadership and team development for
youth and professionals in the last decade. It is a program under the
leadership and citizenship focus area of RAFI.
For more information on KAC
and its services, contact 260-9000 local 1001 and look for Althea May
Santillan, or visit www.kac.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/kooladventurecamp.