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By Hermely A. Jalando-on

The faculty members of the CPU CBA visited the War Remnants Museum in Vietnam.

Last November 3-6, 2023, most of the faculty members of the College of Business and Accountancy embarked on a transformative journey to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This expedition promised not only cultural exploration but also a unique blend of experiences that resonated with the ethos of business and commerce.

The anticipation was palpable as the faculty members boarded Philippine Airlines, not just as educators but as curious learners ready to delve into the business landscape of a new territory. Upon landing in Ho Chi Minh City, the group wasted no time immersing themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Vietnamese culture.

The morning of the next day began with a thoughtful devotional with Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on, setting the stage for a trip that would not only broaden the faculty’s global perspective but also strengthen the bonds among colleagues. The ensuing city tour took them through the historical landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City, including the War Museum, the Reunification Palace, the Post Office, and the bustling markets of Ben Thanh and Saigon Square.

The group from the CPU College of Business and Accountancy at the Reunification Palace, Vietnam.

Drawing inspiration from the rich experiences of the previous day, the faculty once again gathered for a morning devotional with Rev. Francis Neil Jalando-on. The third day saw the faculty navigating the intricate channels of the Mekong River, a symbolic journey mirroring the complexities of international business. Unicorn island welcomed them with insights into local entrepreneurship, from honey bee farming to the delicate art of coconut candy making. A sampan ride through palm-shaded creeks added an adventurous touch to the day, creating an indelible mark on the faculty’s appreciation for Vietnam’s economic and natural wealth.

The day concluded with a banquet of Vietnamese specialties at the Mekong Rest Stop restaurant, setting the stage for an evening river cruise dinner along the Saigon River—a fitting metaphor for the fluidity and interconnectedness of global business.

As the trip neared its end, the faculty took a moment to reflect on the intersection of culture and commerce witnessed throughout the trip. The experiences gained, both inside and outside the classroom, promised to enrich their teaching and inspire a new generation of business leaders.

On the way to the airport on November 6, there was once again a devotional aboard the bus with Rev. Jalando-on. The retreat and educational trip have come to an end but the learnings will continue to be there. The faculty bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City, not just as educators but as ambassadors of cross-cultural understanding and champions of the College of Business and Accountancy’s commitment to global perspectives.

In the chronicles of the College, this expedition stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of exploration, collaboration, and lifelong learning—a journey that transcended academic boundaries and left an enduring impact on the faculty members who participated.


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