While the rules on social gathering are still being strictly implemented, PICPA Abu Dhabi Chapter held its 1st virtual team building via Zoom on July 16, 2021. This is one of the most anticipated events of every PICPAn, as they welcome the new set of officers and mark the start of the new fiscal year 2021-2022.

 PICPA invited their very own past presidents who facilitated the event. Those are Mr. Johann Salangsang, CPA, CMA, CSCA, MBA (FY 2019-2020), Ms. Maria Sharina De Dios, CPA (FY 2018-2019) and Ms. Marybeth Junio, CPA, CMA (FY 2016-2017). Similar to previous team building events, they divided the group into three; Red, Blue, and Green. They gave tasks prior (i.e. creating cheering and introduction videos and posters) which they have to work on. Each team’s output was presented and scores were added on top of the scores from the games and other activities.


The program started with an opening prayer led by Mr. Aladin Masayon, CPA, Asst. Director of CPD Committee. It was followed by the welcome address of Ms. Kathleen Gonzales, CPA, CMA, Executive Vice President. The highlight of the day was the games and activities that made the participants be acquainted with each other. Even though they missed being under one roof, it was a fun and light event with lots of laughter and jokes thrown at each other.


The team that seems to be the underdog became the overall winner. The 𝐆𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 scored the highest among the three groups. Their introduction video and cheering video made impact on the judges. The Red and Blue Teams who were winning on the first part of the program came in second and third, respectively. A hopeful message was delivered by the PICPA Abu Dhabi President, Ms. Loida Haydee Reyes, CPA, CMA to close the program and followed by a closing prayer by Mr. Jonas Cortez, Associate of Education Committee.


At the end of the day, what is important is they reached the goal of this event; to form camaraderie, to strengthen the commitment to serve, and to understand leadership. Inspired by this year’s theme, "TRANSFORM: Embracing Possibilities and Realizing Potentials", the new set of officers for the fiscal year 2021-2022 are now ready to take on the challenges of this upcoming year.