Apurbakanti Mukherjee shares the highlights of the 2009 NUS MBA Study Trip to Manila, the Philippines.
I came very close to not going on the Manila MBA study trip due to various reasons other options available, but I’m glad the way things played out in the end. There were some iconic names in the list of companies that we were scheduled to visit and some not so familiar names which later turned out to be the star attractions of the trip.
The group consisted of 14 students representing 9 nationalities including some of our exchange students as well.
This was our 1st day of meetings and by the end of the week we all agreed, one of our favorites. Our 1st stop was at SGV, the local arm of Ernst and Young. After we met a number of their top managers, we waited for our lunch appointment with the 88 year old founder, Mr. Cecip Washington. While we waited in the plush room with panoramic views of the Manila skyline, we had, what was to be the 1st of many such photo ops. We were carrying with us a special banner made for this trip and at every chance, we would unfold the banner and take pictures with the whole group and the host.