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The Hunger Games: The Chase to be the Next Victor

Dahilyan Gardens, April 7, 2018 – For this IT company, one of the most anticipated company events here in Syntactics, Inc. is the summer camp. This is a two-day event where employees undergo various challenges and activities. This also gives the company a little time to bond outside of work.

Dahilayan Gardens at Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon was the venue for this year’s summer camp. Surrounded by the pristine beauty of nature, the teams (Red, Blue, and Yellow) were all hyped for the activities.

Summer Camp Highlight

With the theme of the Hunger Games: The Chase to be the Next Victor, the event kicked off with the team chants and flag descriptions.  CEO, Ms. Stephanie Caragos then gave the opening remarks. The fun started with warm-up activities and some mini-games. The big event, called the Quarter Quell – is just like in the Hunger Games movies. Sprawled across the area of Dahilayan Gardens are various challenges that the victors should overcome. Each challenge tests abilities of the victors, such as Leadership, Strength, Agility, Cooperation, Balance, Coordination, Perseverance, Patience, Endurance, and Trust. Plus there is a bonus eating challenge and a cooking contest for the food committees of each team.

Majority of these games and obstacles had timers. Each team had to think on their feet and be strategic. This was so they could go about with every game in the quickest and most efficient way.

At the end of the Quarter Quell, the victors were a little tired. They were even in a bit of a mess as one of the games had them crawling through mud. But they were all gleefully exchanging their experiences during the games among each other.

Day 1 Coming to a Close

When dinner ended, everyone gathered for a bonfire where we had a little program. There, everyone shared which challenge they found to be the most difficult for their team. Everyone seemed to be in agreement that the Trust game was the hardest. It was a game that required the players to relay the person in front of a line to the back of the line without that person touching the ground. 10 players experienced the challenge.

The night ended with a few song numbers including a presentation of the newbies (since this is a company tradition). After all these, everyone headed for their tents and got a good night’s sleep to prepare for the following day.

Events on the Second Day

The second day, time was allowed for everyone to get ready and roam around the area to enjoy the scenery (and take pictures, lots and lots of pictures!). After breakfast, everyone started packing their stuff and clearing their tents. Then we all gathered for a morning warm-up routine and played a few more mini-games while waiting for our ride.

Even though everyone was a bit tired from the previous day’s activities, each person was still game to join in (and very competitive).

Similar to the Hunger Games, only one team ended up victorious. The odds were in favor with the Red Team, followed by the Yellow and Blue Team in order of overall winning ranks, but one thing’s for sure, everyone had a blast and is already counting the days until the next summer camp!

Axel May Rivera


Axel is an avid fan of many dramas and songs. She is always eager to explore and discover more when it comes to movies and entertainment, especially in Korean and Filipino culture. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and playing badminton.

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