One of JPI’s annual events is the much anticipated Summer Outing which was always held out of town. This year, the Employees Event Committee (EEC) 2016 brought the JPI Family last April 23-24, 2016 to Alahbiga Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas. Let us look back at the highlights of this joyful and fantastic event.A. Bus Activities
The bus departed from Alabang at 11:30 AM and one of the members of the 21st Batch lead the prayer for a safe travel. EEC prepared games to liven the atmosphere during the ride. The first game was called “JPI Trivia Quiz”. This tested how observant and mindful the JPI Employees are. The group was divided into four teams according to their seat by columns. One answer sheet was given per team, and members of each team had to answer the questions consecutively. Answer sheets were passed from the front row to the back row, and vise versa until the teams answered all the 20 questions prepared by EEC. The team that had the most correct answers was declared the winner.
Some questions were, “What is the full name of our current Nihongo Sensei?” someone made everyone laugh by answering “Katsuzawa Maria” which was actually “Katsuzawa Shigeharu”. Another one is “How many door does the locker near the SMD area have?” which was actually just 24 but it was answered as 4,12 and 20. Everyone got frustrated but eventually laughed when they realized that these were just simple things in the JPI Office that they don’t even notice. The winning team received a Gift Certificate from Krispy Kreme.
The next game was called “Chain Game”. This is like the Japanese Game, ShiriTori, but instead of using the last syllable, the last letter is used. It was an individual game where the winner was the “Last Man Standing” (not literally since we were sitting in the bus. LOL). The EEC prepared a long list of categories, and each player had to utter a word under the current category, but it had to depend on the last letter of the preceding player’s answer. Some of the employees’ age was also revealed during this game when they answered movies, actors and actresses from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s that were kind of unknown to the youngsters. Everyone laughed when someone answered “Adaisy” when the answer should be a flower that starts with a letter A. Panic was a big “NO! NO!” in this game. Plus, there was a “first answer never dies” rule which meant that the first answer would be considered as the player’s final answer, and there had to be no repetition of answers. In the end, the last man (or rather a woman) standing is an SMT3 member who received a Serenitea Gift Certificate.B. Afternoon Activities
When everyone arrived at the resort, they were given time to rest in their rooms for a while. The fun began at around 4:30pm which was the start of the beach activities. Everyone was ready with their swimming attires and had their game faces on. They were divided into 3 teams whose names were determined by randomly choosing from 3 categories which were: verbs, mythical creatures, and a place. The results were 3 weird but interesting team names: Body-twerking Minotaurs of Hinulugang Taktak, Dream-walking Unicorns of Liliput Island and Jaw-Breaking Elves of Kokovoko. Once the names of the teams were announced, the body-twerking fun began. There were three Beach Activities:1. INTRODUCE YOUR TEAM
The rules of this game were simple: To come up with a cheer for their team, and create the best looking flag that will represent their team. They were given 20 minutes to complete the requirements. This game was really fun and it really brought out the creativity of everyone involved.
1st Place – Dream-Walking Unicorns of Liliput Island
2nd Place – Jaw-Breaking Elves of Kokovoko
3rd Place – Body-twerking Minotaurs of Hinulugang Taktak.
Aside from creativity and imagination, it was humor that made everyone’s performance the best.
This game was not a matter of speed but a matter of precise and careful moves. Each member had to hold a handful amount of sand on their hands and pass these to the next member after going through 3 obstacles. The real goal was to have as much sand left on the last team member’s hands at the end of the game. The team with the most sand left will win.
1st Place – Body-twerking Minotaurs of Hinulugang Taktak
TIE – Jaw-Breaking Elves of Kokovoko AND Dream-Walking Unicorns of Liliput Island
LESSON LEARNED: If you are careless, the one you tried to protect the most will eventually slip through your fingers.
It was getting a bit dark when this game started which added to the difficulty level. Each member had to do a sack race towards the shower area of the beach, collect as much water as they could with their clothes or hair, so that when they go back to the starting point they could squeeze the water into a cup and fill it. The game was for 10 minutes, and the team with the most cups filled within that time will win.
1st Place – Jaw-Breaking Elves of Kokovoko
2nd Place – Dream-Walking Unicorns of Liliput Island
3rd Place – Body-twerking Minotaurs of Hinulugang TakTak.
This game was really difficult for those who are not wearing cotton shirts since rash guards don’t really absorb water. So, congratulations to all the teams for they managed to fill at least one cup. Hooray for determination!