IBM once again changed the views, if not the lives of many people. To cap off IBM’s year-long centennial celebration, IBM awarded 6 new Community Impact Grants worth $10,000 last week, December 12th.
As you know, IBM celebrated its 100 years this year and instead of throwing parties and big celebrations, IBM decided to celebrate by giving back to the community, and it is such called the Celebration of Service. We (yes, I am an IBMer), did community service and help communities, and organizations. We just didn’t give goods, but also our time, skills and knowledge – from building schools, teaching kids, donating books and blood, we give back to the community.
So there were two parts of the event, the first one is the turn-over and training of the IBM Kidsmart Early Learning Program held at the Pio Del Pilar Elementary School in Makati City. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go because of important family commitment. When I met up with the Cyberpress ( IT Journalist Association of the Philippines ) and bloggers later that night, I saw a different smile and fulfillment in their faces. They looked tired, but happy. You can read about the event here.
The second part of the event was held in the Enderun Colleges. Before the Centennial Dinner, Chef Thomas Wenger, prepared quick-appetizers using chicken, scallop, shrimp and beef.
Then came the (surprise, surprise!), Centennial Master Chef Search! We were grouped into 4 and we need to come up with 2 dishes that can feed 4 persons. In line with IBM’s core values, here are the criteria for Centennial Dish and Centennial Chef search:
Now let’s get ready to ramble! Let’s head on to the kitchen and do the pots and pans. We got all the ingredients, things we need and support from resident chefs – but what to prepare?! I have a degree in BHRM, but I felt the pressure once again, and it is worse than my final exams. We will not just feed the “master chefs” in Enderun College, but also IBM Philippines’ Country Manager and a guest from Unilever Philippines.
I was lucky that I was grouped with very talented and passionate team from Cyberpress.. and yes we made/prepared appetizers – not just two, not three but four!
But the other teams’ entries made me more nervous –
Down at the banquet area, we had a gustatory dinner – and I mean, gustatory! It is my second time to eat at the Enderun College, and I am never disappointed.
After the dinner, it’s time to award 2011 IBM Community Impact Grant recipients. IBM awarded grants of $10,000 each through the Celebration of Service Grants, under the IBM Community Grants program.
|IBM Philippines Country Manager, James Velasquez|
|Thank you to OrangeMagazineTV for the pictures!|