Emerging communications powerhouse ComCo Southeast Asia has opened the 12th cycle of its award-winning Camp ComCo Mentorship Program. A Gold Anvil Award winner for Specialized Public Relations (PR) Program at the 54th PRSP (Public Relations Society of the Philippines) Anvil Awards and IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) Quill Awards winner for Communication Training and Education, Camp ComCo is now in search for its new creative rebels / apprentices to join its ranks and push the boundaries of the global practices and emerging disciplines of New PR and Smart Social.

Upholding New PR and Smart Social to the New Generation

Built by the Agency’s pool of experts, Camp ComCo Mentorship Program is an intensive and comprehensive talent incubation initiative, industry linkage course and apprenticeship program designed to transform communication, marketing and multimedia arts students and fresh graduates into revolutionary practitioners of the industry.

Camp ComCo apprentices and alumni with Ferdinand Bondoy, Regional Integration and Chief Executive Director of ComCo Southeast Asia and creator of Camp ComCo Mentorship Program

Presented in three phases, Skills Calibration, Strategic Communications Immersion and Specialization Elective, the Camp ComCo curriculum is facilitated by ComCo Southeast Asia’s pool of marketing and communication experts and its network of industry practitioners in the region. Camp ComCo gives participants the opportunity to interact with experts in the field, work on actual communication projects and learn about the latest trends in the industry.

The Apprentices are assigned to four different houses – House Bearcat, House Flying Fox, House Whaleshark and House Hawksbill.

Camp ComCo provides a holistic learning experience for its participants, offering a fun and creative method in approaching the concepts of New PR and Smart Social. This is strengthened by having all participants grouped into different houses, enabling a more focused mentorship by each house’s respective steward and advisor. The houses, named after endemic animals found in the region, signifying the Agency’s advocacy work for biodiversity and environment conservation, are House Whaleshark, House Hawksbill, House Flying Fox, and House Bearcat. The houses get to compete in different activities such as the House Wars, which is a real pitch competition participated by actual brands and organizations. 

On its third year, The Camp ComCo Mentorship Program was able to graduate 44 apprentices from 11 cycles, all of which hailing from various colleges and universities, such as University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Trinity University of Asia, University of Perpetual Help Dalta, Treston International Colleges, Ateneo de Davao University and Saint Scholastica’s College, among others.

Most Camp ComCo graduates are now doing communications, marketing and digital work in ComCo Southeast Asia and other companies as well as government institutions, pursuing graduate studies, and teaching in universities, passing on what they learned in school and the Camp. Those who joined ComCo SEA have worked on groundbreaking projects for brands and organizations like AirAsia, SM Cinema, Lamoiyan Corporation, Eastern Communications, Pioneer Insurance, WWF and World Vision; and have garnered industry recognition here and abroad from prestigious award-giving bodies such as IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) Quill Awards, Anvil Awards, PR Asia Awards, Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, Marketing Event Awards in Singapore and MarCom Awards in USA.

Origins of the Program

“Camp ComCo is a result of what I witnessed in my career journey, the best practices in the region and the worst conditions around us. Running the Camp takes time and is an extra effort for us, but we are committed to doing this as the advocacy is something we take to heart. We are a believer that it is not solely the school that defines the life-long craft of a student, but more importantly it’s the kind of apprenticeship he will experience – the jumping board of what his life’s work will be,” said Ferdinand Bondoy, Regional Integration and Chief Executive Director of ComCo SEA and creator of Camp ComCo Mentorship Program. “We want that experience to be extremely valuable and memorable to an apprentice because, not only the agency, brands and industry will benefit from it, but in combined little ways, the society we take part of.”

The Camp ComCo Experience

Camp ComCo is structured to make the internship experience more memorable. Janela Bufi from Ateneo de Manila University and Camp ComCo Cycle 5, now Senior Brand Communications Associate of ComCo SEA said, “My stay was so different from other internships, doing actual work that mattered.”

Justin Harvey Llamosa, from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and Camp ComCo Cycle 1, now Executive Initiatives Officer of ComCo SEA, “Camp ComCo totally made me realize that what I learned in school is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of things that should be learned and the Camp helped me learn it through practice, training and coaching which paved the path for me to become an expert in the field.”

Enki San Jose, from Polytechnic University of the Philippines and Camp ComCo Cycle 6, learned two important takeaways from the Camp. “First, they molded me into a multi-faceted communications practitioner, training me to become a chameleon when it comes to media. Second, ComCo has taught me to value and practice professionalism, above all,” shared Enki San Jose.

The culture of ComCo SEA is reflected on how the Camp operates. “The culture [of the Camp] is very liberal, refraining from the toxic seriousness of a conventional office day,” noted Matthew Escosia, from Trinity University of Asia and Camp ComCo Cycle 10, now Brand Communications Associate of ComCo SEA.

Season 12 is now open!

Camp ComCo is now looking for creative rebels that will form its 12th cycle. If you think you have what it takes to be among the communication industry trailblazers and if you’re ready to make a difference in people’s lives, then this program needs you! E-mail us at commandcenter@comco-hq.com. To know more about the camp, like or follow us at www.facebook.com/comco.southeastasia on Facebook, www.linkedin.com/company/comco-hq on LinkedIn and @comco_sea on Instagram and Twitter.

Creative rebels are wanted for Cycle 12 of the Camp ComCo Mentorship Program