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Frances Marie Advincula Editor in Chief Acknowledgements Angela Grace Garong Associate Editor Karen Cate Arabit News Editor Kalvin John Cinco Features Editor Abraham Aguilar Technical Editor Ronchristian Gruspe Managing Editor Paolo Geronimo Creative Director

The editorial board would like to give a special thank you to those who have helped make the first issue of iCON possible. Thank you to the wonderful people we have interviewed for this issue - - Clarissa Clemente, Stacy Munar, Sir Christian Timothy Sia, Ms. Kristine Joy Astilla, Sir Jean Paolo Jalandoni, Ms. Weng Busteneyra, Ms. Cynthia Javier, Sir Adel Jazul, Dean Rigan Ap-apid, and especially Ms. Vanessa Tanco-Cualoping. Thank you to those who have allowed us to use their photographs and images extensively - - Renz Torres, Reuben Fermin, Marco Ocampo, Sean Arcega, Darylle Mon-alon, AJ de Peralta, Janice Camua, Molly Guevara, Leshley Guevara, Angelo Garong, and Ms. Karla Solis. Finally, a very big thank you to Sir Orly Cueto, our adviser, for guiding us in this feat.

Orlando Cueto Editorial Adviser

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What’s Inside NEWS Ignite Student Orientation 2010

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iLEAD

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iJUANA Change!

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The Big LEAP

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Comic and Gaming Convention

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NSTP Environmental Tour

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SE Joins Programming Contest

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Sportsfest Champions

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Animahenasyon 2010

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Christmasque Unmasked!

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PACSA/PACS

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FEATURED IBM Center of Excellence

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Fashion Design comes to iACADEMY

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The 4th Floor

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Game Development

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Pagbabago 2010 Election Volunteers

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SE Student now leads JPCS

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MVP Isamu Shinozaki

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MSP Technology Rockstars!

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iCON Launches first issue!

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The iACADEMY LIfe

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iACADEMY Timeline

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Catching up with the Alumni

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Diary of an Intern

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Who’s who in the ORG?

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Message from the Editor Dear Schoolmates, They say that college is the best four years of one’s life. Maybe it’s because we have more independence without having the burden of paying bills yet. Maybe it’s because it’s the only time in our lives when we can be surrounded by so many people who share the same passions and interests with us. For sure, it is the conglomeration of all our experiences – the late nights spent cramming, the achievement of getting good grades, the camaraderie among our schoolmates, the parties we attend, the field trips we enjoy, the funny jokes we laugh about in class, the scary professors we warn the frosh about, the lessons we learn. If college is the best four years of our lives, for many of us, this year has been the best of the four. For iACADEMY, this has been the best of it all. We as a school experienced so much growth this year as we faced challenges head on. We now have a stable student organization presence. Thanks to our Central Student Organization and other school orgs, we have had a string of successful parties and events this year. We have also joined animation and programming contests. iACADEMY students have been recognized nationally, and an alumnus has been awarded MVP. iACADEMY has been honored as an IBM Center of Excellence. The first-ever school publication has been published. It has been a good year, and it f lew right past us. For some of you, this might be your last term in our alma mater; for the rest of us, there are many more terms ahead. Whatever the case may be, let us all encourage one another to give these last few weeks our best shot. This might be in our school work (Yes! You can reach that GWA!), or this may be in your own org (Now is the time to host that special event you’ve been thinking about!). Maybe you are doing your thesis like us third-years; remember that this will make or break your college career. Maybe you are in your internship; learn and experience as much as you can. Maybe you are graduating. There is no better time to do everything you’ve wanted but never had a chance to do. Take the class you’ve always been curious about. Thank the professor who has inf luenced your life in a special way. Ask your crush out. But just like every good end, there is an even a better beginning. The school year hasn’t even ended yet, and we are already facing good news for the upcoming school year! The country’s first game development program will be offered this coming June, together with a couple of other new courses. Plans for a fourth f loor are also being finalized. There are so many things to be excited about in the future for us students, for the graduating class, for iACADEMY. However, before we get too excited about what comes next, let’s all end this school year with a bang, shall we? Cheers! Frances Marie Advincula

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Messages Congratulations to iCON for coming up with the first edition of the official student publication of iACADEMY. iACADEMY has reached new highs, especially this school year 2010-2011. We are the first IBM Center of Excellence in the ASEAN Region. We are putting up the best high-tech facilities in the country, as well as joining forces with top-caliber corporations and professionals in the business, information technology, fashion, game development, and animation industries. Our student interns, as well as our alumni, are making their mark where ever they work. Through all these, it is nice to know that we have a partner who will document and report the achievements of our college, students, and alumni. It is nice to know that we finally have a partner who will show the world what our college and our students are really capable of doing. Once again, CONGR ATUL ATIONS, iCON! :) Ms. Vanessa Tanco-Cualoping, COO

Congratulations to our iCON team headed by Frances Advincula, the Editor-in-Chief, and ably supported by Professor Orly Cueto, their Adviser, for finally coming out with iACADEMY’s official student publication. This newsletter will be our way of showing the world that iACADEMY is a place not only for “computer techies”, but also for highly articulate, well-grounded, and competent future business and corporate leaders. The school administration is very pleased with this major breakthrough and is committed to support the iCON team in spreading the word to all, who care, that a lot of beautiful things are happening and still about to happen at iACADEMY. Mr. Joey Berroya, Vice President and School Administrator

First of all, I would like to congratulate the iCON team for finally being able to publish this news magazine, which serves as the official student publication of iACADEMY. Great job! The “studentry” is the most important sector of iACADEMY. Consequently, the students need to have their voices heard, their ideas made known, their issues bared, and their skills f launted. What better way to achieve these than having a student publication! Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and I hope that iACADEMY students will take advantage of such a freedom. However, rights and freedoms carry with them duties and responsibilities. The freedom to express one’s self is no exception. Hurting one’s reputation, causing unnecessary disorder, and divulging information received in confidence run counter to the basic tenets of law and order. I believe iACADEMY students are upstanding citizens, so iCON will be an instrument for the good of iACADEMY. Again, congratulations and I am looking forward to the next issue. Dean Rigan Ap-Apid, Vice President for Academics and College Dean

I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings and congratulations to the men and women behind the iACADEMY Collegiate Organization for the News (iCON) who were instrumental to the success of this endeavor. I am deeply honored to have worked with students who are no longer just recipients of services; instead, they have allowed themselves to explore the possibility of collaborating and working closely with the school administration. We are positive that this practice will definitely mold you towards a more fruitful and memorable experience as prime movers in campus. Use this medium as a source of information guided with the principles of fairness, integrity, and prudence as campus journalists. Together, let us work for a better and brighter iACADEMY! Christian Timothy Sia, Student Af fairs and Services Senior Manager

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iGNITE! Student Orientation 2010 By Lemuel Dominguiano and Sean Martin Arcega

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une 2, 2010 ma rked the most awa ited moment for new members of our growing i AC A DEM Y fa mily. Over 120 freshma n a nd tra nsferees attended the student orientation for freshma n a nd tra nsferees which ser ved a s their f irst major activit y a s i AC A DEM Y students. This yea r’s theme, iGNITE , focused on informing new students on the school ’s norms, ru les, a nd reg u lations, a ll while encouraging them to foster ca ma raderie with each other. In addition, students were oriented with the dif ferent ser vices that will a id them during their stay with the institution.

The f irst batch of students pa raded on ca mpus wea ring their blue shirt, while the second batch wore their yellow tees. The registration wa s ma nned by SE A L (Sof t wa re Engineering through Academic s a nd L eadership) while the Athletic s Club ser ved a s ushers a nd usherettes. Jua n Mig uel Gabriel a nd K atherine Junginger, both a nimation students, took the lead a s ma sters of ceremony, a nd K hristine K ipte from the Creative Societ y delivered a short prayer. This wa s followed by the singing of the Philippine Nationa l A nthem a nd the i AC A DEM Y Hymn by the i AC A DEM Y Chora le. Mr. Jose Berroya, our school administrator, made his

opening rema rk s, tha nk ing the students for choosing i AC A DEM Y to be their second home. Shortly a f ter the speech, Miss Va nessa Ta nco-Cua loping, i AC A DEM Y ’s chief operating of f icer, gave her inspirationa l message a nd a ssured a ll the students that they will have the best four yea rs of their lives here in i AC A DEM Y. Performa nces from the Music Orga nization a nd R hy thm motivated the students to actively pa rticipate in the sa id event. Ms. Abby Guia ng, college nurse, discussed va rious hea lth a nd wellness progra ms. This wa s then followed by a presentation about ca mpus facilities a nd other student support ser vices. To brea k the ice, students were a ssisted by student leaders a s they played the ga me “PA PA R A ZZI Cha llenge” where pa rticipating groups had to have a s ma ny pictures ta ken with school personnel. Mr. Christia n Timothy Sia, Student A f fa irs a nd Ser vices ma nager, highlighted the students’ code of discipline a nd ethic s (CODE) a nd stressed the sa nctions for student violations under the school ru les a nd reg u lations. In addition, he discussed incoming events a nd progra ms for school yea r 2010 -2011. The day ended with the freshmen having their snack s at the student lounge while mingling with their fellow freshma n a nd the uppercla ssmen.

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iLEAD : Leadership Enrichment and Development 2010 By Vinzel Frago iACADEMY, through the Office of Student Affairs and Services, launched the second iACADEMY LEADERSHIP ENR ICHMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (iLEAD) SeminarWorkshop and Team building Activity for Student Leaders last June 17-19, 2010. This year’s theme focused on “Transformational Leadership: Leaders beyond the Usual.” Mr. Jose O. Berroya, school administrator, graced the event as he delivered the welcome remarks to student leaders. Day one was held at the iACADEMY Amphitheater where participants had the opportunity to hear guest speakers such as Professor Harvey Keh, director for youth leadership and entrepreneurship at Ateneo de Manila University, who shared insights about ethical leadership Brother Clifford Sorita, secretary general of Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), who delivered important leadership values that every leader must possess. The next two days were held at Caliraya Recreation Center, Laguna, where participants focused more on the application of the leadership concepts that they have learned. Shortly after arriving at the venue, the student leaders started the Amazing Race where four teams where challenged to do activities such as wall climbing, canoeing, and obstacle course racing; there was also basketball, and even a mud slide. These activities helped student leaders foster camaraderie, all while learning the importance of team work and perseverance. In the evening, student leaders elected their first set of Central Student Organization officers for the school year 2010-2011. Stacy Munar (SEAL) was elected as president; Reuben Fermin ( JPCSAY T) was elected vice president for internal, and Vinzel Frago (PJMA-UP) was elected as vice president external. Mikaela Lacaba (Music Org) took the spot of secretary; Jessika “Aika” Ferrer (PJMA-UP) became treasurer, and Patricia Maliksi (Music Org) became auditor. Benedict Balderrama (SEAL) was elected as the public relations officer, and Joarra Galang (PJMA-UP) became business manager. During the last day of the training program, participants were given time to enjoy other amenities such as the earth ball challenge, the zip line, a few swimming pools, and the slide Pinoy.

The three-day event aimed to create positive change among student organizations with the end goal of developing followers into leaders, leaders who are moral, motivated, passionate, and caring. The event was spearheaded by Mr. Christian Timothy M. Sia, Student Affairs and Services manager, together with Ms. Anna Fernandez , guidance counselor; Ms. Abby Guiang , college nurse; and Ms. Riza Danao, General Education chairperson.

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ugust 7, 2010 marked another party to remember in the rich tradition of iACADEMY, where an acquaintance party is held at the start of every school year. The Central Student Organization, together with other student organizations and in partnership with the Office of Student Affairs and Services, and the Alumni Association, staged “iJUANA CHANGE Kickoff Party 2010.” The event held at the CAP Development Center, Makati City, was enjoyed by over 250 students, faculty, staff members, and alumni. The trio of Sir Reagan, Sir Algene, and Sir Vhic entertained the audience as masters of ceremonies. The party started with a doxology and the National Anthem performed by the iACADEMY Chorale. To further hype up the audience, RHYTHYM performed a much applauded opening dance number. Welcome remarks were delivered by CSO President Stacy Kyle Munar, followed by the induction of student organization officers led by Mr. Joey Berroya, school administrator. The audience was then serenaded during dinner by the school’s vocally-gifted professors, Mr. Orly Cueto, Dr. Riza Danao, Mr. Algene de Guzman, Mr. Vhic Dela Serna, and Mr. Reagan Ricafort.

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Raffle draws were held in between performances, and the lucky winners were awarded special prizes. The titles Lakambini and Lakandula were bestowed to Frances Advincula and Edson Venezuela, the night’s best dressed. Shortly after the awarding, the founding president of RHYTHM, Ralph Sacdalan, presented a song number entitled “Alipin.” Of course, no event would be complete without at least one jaw-dropping performance by RHYTHM, which soon followed.

Song and dance performances from the freshmen followed to the delight of the attendees. A song number entitled “Paraiso” was performed by a group of advertising sophomores; it was then followed by a heart popping dance number “K ATAWAN,” performed by a group of students who call themselves “The Original Rhythm”.

Mr. Christian Timothy Sia, Student Affairs and Services manager, then delivered his closing remarks which challenged all to be part of the solution in promoting a positive change in our school. The students and even the professors partied throughout the night with nary a person left sitting. It was one heck of a party and indeed an evening to remember.

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Teachers and Staff Members Take a Big LEAP By Kalvin John Cinco

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, or Leading Employees to A new Phase, is a teambuilding activity for iACADEMY’s employees and regular faculty. This activity was held last year, September 10 to 11, 2010, at Sitio Lucia Training Center Hotel and Garden Resort. As all of us might know, iACADEMY has been experiencing some changes these past few years. New employees, new policies, and new strategies are being adapted and selected by our beloved institution to produce good and competent graduates. To evolve, iACADEMY took a big leap by conducting a teambuilding activity for regular faculty members and employees. To get a little bit of an overview of what happened in LEAP, Ms. Weng Busteneyra, our head of Facilities, gladly gave us some of her experiences, learning, and insights. Could you please tell us the main goal of LEAP last September 2010? LEAP was created to “bond” the old and new employees of iACADEMY. It was also created to build new relationships and strengthen camaraderie. “Kasi maraming bagong empleyado ang na-hire at marami rin ang umalis na empleyado – so parang yun yung get together to mingle – nang wala sa office environment.” (Because a lot of new employees were hired, and a lot of old employees also left. So that was our chance to mingle with each other outside of an office environment.) For you, what would be the difference if you didn’t have the teambuilding? “Kung hindi nagkaroon ng teambuilding – mas magiging matagal ma develop yung

relationship kasi kaunti ang opportunity to know one another.” (If we didn’t have the teambuilding, it would have taken longer to develop our relationships with each other because there were few opportunities for us to get to know one another.) New employees had some difficulty adjusting to the culture of the company, and the old employees needed to get used to the changes. In the team building, people got to know one another and had fun while doing it. There were also activities in the team building that focused on the development of relationships of the participants. Could you describe your relationship with your co-workers before the activity? Before the team building, everyone was still adjusting, both to the new employees and to the new management. What about after the teambuilding? Did you notice some changes with your relationships with one another? After the team building, we were able to create new core values; we got to define where we are heading as an institution. We were able to let go of the past and create a new future to look forward to. So now, whenever a department has an accomplishment or activity, other departments support and cooperate. We are proud of one another’s accomplishments. Could you share some of the things you’ve learned from the teambuilding? I was able to appreciate all the employees of iACADEMY. I saw them in a different way and really started to see them as family. There was an activity where we were evaluated based on types of personality -- dominating, analytical, steady, or influential. Based on the evaluation, I was able to accept differences in personalities. In the end, I understood that we are all moving toward a certain goal -- for iACADEMY to produce the best graduates.

The greatest thing that we accomplished in the team building was creating the foundation or Core Values of iACADEMY as an institution, which are: Integrity, Accountability, Commitment, Adaptability, Determination, Excellence, Mission Driven and Yearning for Knowledge.

Could you share some fun experiences and improvements that the team building helped you obtain? The greatest thing that we accomplished in the team building was creating the foundation or core values of iACADEMY as an institution. They are “Integrity, Accountability, Commitment, Adaptability, Determination, Excellence, Mission Driven and Yearning for Knowledge.” Now as part of iACADEMY, whenever I make decisions, they are all based in these core values. iACADEMY has indeed taken a big leap. This teambuilding activity has set a great foundation to propel our institution towards greatness. “Integrity, Accountability, Commitment, Adaptability, Determination, Excellence, Mission Driven and Yearning for Knowledge.” These core values are what our regular faculty members and employees aim for, and with these, our iACADEMY is truly heading to an even brighter future.

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iACADEMY // HOLDS COMIC

& GAMING CONVENTION By Angelo Sta Maria Wacom, together with iACADEMY and American Techhnologies Inc.(ATI), held the Comic and Gaming Animation Workshop in campus last November 2010. Mr. KC Leong, from WACOM Singapore presented the guests, Thai speakers Mr. Yongkiat Karnchanapayap and Mr. Anan Thitakhom. Mr. Yongkiat Karnchanapayap is the Managing Director of Prommitr Visual Effects (PMV X) and is also a Zbrush certified instructor, while Mr. Anan Thitakhom is one of Thailand’s rarest and finest comic artists. Both speakers introduced new techniques in both traditional and digital animation.

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iACADEMY Students Participate in NSTP Environmental Tour By John Emmanuel Isorena

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he Office of Student Affairs and Services, together with General Education Department – NSTP, held the NSTP Environmental tour last October 27, 2010, at Amansinaya Mountain Resort, Laurel Batangas, and exposed students to tree planting and a teambuilding activity. The event focused on promoting conservation of the environment and various practical technologies among the participants, as well as presenting theoretical and experiential understanding of our environment. The event also presented the students with an opportunity to learn on how to appreciate nature in an eco-community.

Upon arrival at the resort, the students were grouped into six teams with an appointed leader per group. Shortly after a brief orientation, the tree planting started. Each group was given three seedlings, a mix of lansones and/or rambutan, to plant. Participants were assisted by the farm coordinator in the placing of the seedlings properly. After the tree planting, participants were directed towards Pugad Lawin Adventure Camp for the much awaited team building activity. Several challenges such as the Tire Challenge, Log Challenge, Chicken Walk, Tarzan Swing, Jordan Ladder, Monkey Swing, Trust Fall, Takeshi Wall, and Electric Fence energized the teams. These trials tested the six teams’ teamwork, physical and mental strengths, and initiative. There were also different attractions in the resort like rock climbing, rappelling and a zip line. After lunch, the participants proceeded to the resort pool, where they were able to relax and have fun with their friends.

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SE JUNIORS JOIN PROGRAMMING CONTEST By Cris Uy

iACADEMY joined in the ACM Inter-University Programming Competition (ACM IUPC 2010) held last November 13, 2010 (Saturday), at Faura Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. Seventeen teams from different schools competed for the top spot in ACM IUPC 2010. This included iACADEMY which was represented by two teams. The event was organized by the Computer Society of the Ateneo (COMPSAT) in cooperation with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The host school was Ateneo de Manila University, and the contest director was Dr. Rafael Saldaña. Each competing team consisted of three students. During the contest, each team tried to outsmart each other in solving six problems within three hours using a standard computer and programming languages such as C, C++, and Java. The team with the most number of problems solved and with the fastest time won the competition. The problems came from computer science-related topics such as data structures, graph algorithms, and computational methods. Team “iACADEMY 1” consisted of Karen Cate Arabit, Stacy Kyle Munar, and Alvin Cris Uy, all 3rd-year BS CS-SE students. Team “iACADEMY 2” consisted of Kalvin John Cinco, Byron Galamay, and Ronchristian Gruspe, also 3rd-year BS CS-SE students. Their coach was Mr. Rigan Ap-apid, college dean in iACADEMY. Joining competitions hosted different schools make college students challenged and experienced at the same time. “I had the chance to participate in a programming contest. It was my first. It was a good experience that made me realize some things,” said Karen Cate Arabit, consistent dean’s lister. She said , “We could compete with other schools too. We have the knowledge in answering the questions. It’s just that we lack time in preparation. We didn’t know how to upload our perfectly working code on the PC^2 software.” As a participant in the competition myself, I saw the people that I will be competing with in my future career. All of them performed well in the competition, making me even more motivated to hone my craft in programming through self-learning. The competition also taught me first hand the importance of working in a team, especially in a pressured environment, something necessary in the real world of making software.

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ast November 15-23, 2010, iACADEMY students got to enjoy their annual Sports Fest, this time held at the Makati Stock Exchange. They were able to play their favorite sports with schoolmates, mingle with friends, and just “chillax” for a change.

Gian Franco Magno

Since the event was quite memorable to some of the students, the iCON decided to ask some Qs (a.k.a. questions) to a few of those who were awarded MVPs and other awards.

What he felt on his first game “I felt like I was ready for the first game because I knew that, my teammates and I were going to do a good job. And YES! We did great!”

KNOW WHAT THEIR ANSWERS ARE...

What he felt on his last game “I was excited and nervous during the last game because it was the championship; every team wanted to be the champion, and I didn’t want to disappoint my teammates.”

Rachel Villaluna

CATCHING UP WITH THE SPORTSFEST CHAMPIONS

MVP for Volleyball BSIT-DA – First Year

By Karen Cate Arabit

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Advice/Memorable moment during her game “HAVE FAITH.” She said that you have to have faith on your teammates, on the ball, the referee, and all. She lifted all of those to God. “Lahat yun ni-lift up ko lang kay God. Every time I serve, I make sure to it na magsign of the cross ako hoping na sana maka ACE,” she said. (I lifted all of those things to God. Every time that I serve I made sure that I did the sign of the cross, hoping that every serve ended up to be a great one.) What she felt on her first game “NERVOUS.” She told us that though she was nervous, she was determined to win. She shared that she and her close friend John Isorena felt that they would lose. But since they felt that they could do it, she made a plan. “I made a strategy that night and pinaalam ko sa teammates ko,” she said. (I made a strategy that night and informed my teammates about it.) What she felt on her last game “ECSTATIC. Iba feeeling pag ikaw yung champion. We were only expecting kasi na kahit may place lang, okay na. But God is so good, yung championship yung binigay Niya.”(The feeling is different when you are the champion. We were not expecting to be one. We were just hoping to have a place. But God is good, and He gave us the title of being a “champion.”)

MVP for Basketball BSCS-SE - Third Year

Advice moment during his game “Always give your best and learn from your mistakes.”

Mika Rondilla

Badminton (doubles) champion BS Animation - Second Year

Advice/Memorable moment during her game She said, “Mag-ingat kayo sa raketa o kung wala, sa bola. Wag nyo ipapatama sa mukha nyo.”(Be careful in using your racket or playing with the ball. Make sure that it won’t hit your face.) *laughs* Also, she mentioned that we should be patient and just chill. We should enjoy the moment, pray before the game, and work as a team. What she felt on her first game She said that she was nervous because Martine Lloyd Duran will be playing. “Ang galing niya eh,” she mentioned. (He is good.) But of course, she told us that she was still excited since she had the chance to play badminton again. What she felt on her last game During her last game her lips were hit, and thus burst open. She said that, even though her lips continued to bleed, she was still happy to play.

Anne Beatriz Pelobello

Badminton (doubles) champion BS Animation – Second Year

Memorable moment during her game “I accidentally hit Mika Rondilla’s lip and it burst.” What does she like most about the sportfest “I loved that we played against PE

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professors.” When did she start playing: “I played since elementary days”

Gio Carlo Pentino

Chess Champion BSIT-DA – Second Year

Advice moment during his game “Don’t play chess when you’re hungry.” What he felt on his first game “I felt SUPER challenged because my opponent was “VERY GOOD.” I guess I only had a lucky move to beat HER.” (Just some trivia, the “HER” he was talking about was ME. Haha!) What he felt on his last game “I felt more pressured since it was the championship match (after the first game),” he said. He also mentioned that he won maybe because he had a better mood or his opponent was just hungry.

Abraham Aguilar

What he felt on his first game “Excited na medyo kabado kasi first time ko maglaro ng doubles sa table tennis. Buti nalang at magaling ang aking kasama na si Abe.” (Excited and a bit nervous since it was my first time to play table tennis doubles. Good thing my partner Abe was great.) What he felt on his last game “Yung last game, ayon masaya. Wala kasi kaming talo dahil sa laro ni Abe. Siya palagi ang nagdadala ng laro.”(The last game was fun. We did not lose because of how Abe played.) Kudos to iACADEMY students! Through their victories, and despite some defeats, they all managed to enjoy and have fun. Gaining new friends and enjoying new experiences are wonderful memories that all the students will surely cherish. The Sports Fest was a single event that multiplied into a million memories that equaled to quite a successful event!

Table Tennis (doubles & singles) Champion BSCS-SE – Third Year

Advice moment during his game “Enjoy the play. You need not be afraid or focused, just relax and find a reason for you to love the game.” What he felt on his first game “I felt that this sport was a waste of time, although I was a little interested in learning it. Eventually it became my primary sport, and I wanted to play more.” What he felt on his last game “I felt victorious. Whether I win or I lose, I still enjoy the play, and that’s the key to making you like the game. You just play, and whether you like it or not, for as long as you like what you’re doing, you will evolve and level up. That is how I felt on every one of my last games.”

Brent Richard Galamay

Table Tennis (doubles) Champion BSCS-SE – Second Year

Advice moment during his game “TEAMWORK. kahit na hindi ako magaling, nanalo kami dahil nagtulungan kami para manalo.”(Even though I’m not good, we won because my partner and I helped each other for us to win.)

Players give it their all during the sportfest basketball competition.

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Animation Students Enter Animated Film at Animahenasyon By FM Advincula

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ive iACADEMY students, Jasper Bundoc, Sabrina Maybituin, Molly Guevara, Abby Chua, and Clarisa Clemente, together with their mentor and Animation Chairperson Ms. Cynthia “Cheng” Javier, represented iACADEMY at Animahenasyon 2010 at the 4th Philippine Animation Festival. Last November 23-26 2010, they were in Naga City to enter their seven-minute animated film “Grouchy, Grumpy, Grumbling Guillermo” in one of the many competitions of the four-day event held at Ateneo de Naga University.

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“Grouchy, Grumpy, Grumbly Guillermo” was entered in the Competition Program 7, one of the competitions for animated short films of six to twenty minutes long, student division. Although the iACADEMY animators did not snag an award at the event, they said they still enjoyed the whole experience very much. They enjoyed the camaraderie, seeing other animated works, and just having a sense of accomplishment. When asked what they felt when they did not win, they said although they were disappointed, they were still okay since they knew that their work was indeed very good. They said some of the other winners, unlike “Grouchy, Grumpy, Grumbling Guillermo,” did not have a good story line, something that is the heart of every good film, animated or otherwise. Plus, they said, they knew they did well for something they just did on their spare time. Unfortunately, not all of the creators of “Grouchy, Grumpy, Grumbling Guillermo” were able to go to Naga City for various reasons. They were Irish Kail Chua, Kathleen Joy Golpeo, and Rhona Ricafranca. “Grouchy, Grumpy, Grumbling Guillermo” is an endearing animated film capturing the timeless friendship between a man and man’s best friend. It is about Guillermo, who happens to befriend a stray dog on his way home. Unfortunately, Guillermo will have to make a decision later on between doing the right thing and losing his new friend.

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Christmasque T Party Unmasks Success!

he Central Student Organization (CSO), together with the other school organizations of iACADEMY, worked hand in hand to make the Christmas Party last year a great success.

By Kalvin John S. Cinco

On December 7, 2010, iACADEMY held its 9th Christmas party at the garden deck of the PhilPlans Corporate Center. The Christ Masque was a party for a cause wherein all proceeds went to iACADEMY’s chosen charity. It was an incredible night filled with great apparel, music, food, and surprises. Several different talented groups and individuals performed that night, with the highlight of Mr. Eusebio Tanco’s (one of our board of directors) playing a couple of songs for the student body. There were also performances by the iACADEMY Chorale, Performing Arts Organization of iACADEMY (PARTS), One Night Run, and other school bands. There was delectable catered food for everyone to enjoy, and there was unlimited iced tea served throughout the party! People dressed up in costumes and coiffures, expressing their individuality, something that was highlighted by their wearing of masks. Reuben Fermin and Micah Rondilla both snagged the Star of the Night award, which allowed them to take home Php 2,000 each!

The CSO and of OSAS, from left to right: Stacy Munar, Vinzel Frago, Mikaela Lacaba, Reuben Fermin, Christian Sia, Anthony Balderrama, Aika Ferrer, Patricia Maliksi, and Joarra Galang.

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None of these things would have been possible, if not for the hard work and dedication of our school’s student leaders. They all pitched in their best efforts to have this party organized, from the conceptual theme, to the launching of the event itself. Two sponsors were invited by the CSO, Universal Robina and Netopia. Some notable guests who attended the Christmas Party were the iACADEMY staff members, administrators, faculty, and most especially our CEO Ms. Vanessa Tanco – Cualoping and two members of the Board of Governors, Mr. Eusebio Tanco, and Mr. Monico Jacob. Mr. Eusebio Tanco playing his own rendition of “Superman” by the band five for fighting

Awarding of the Best Dressed award, from left to right: Mr. Monico Jacob, Reuben Fermin, Micah Rondilla, Ms. Vanessa Tanco, Mr. Joey Berroya, and the MC’s.

One Night Run covering the song “Billionaire“ by Travie McCoy

iACADEMY Chorale singing Carol of the Bells.

Performing Arts Organization of iACADEMY (PARTS) doing a medley of acts.

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iACADEMY

Student and Faculty Member Excell in PACSA/ PACS By FM Advincula

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tacy Kyle Munar, a junior software engineering student, was elected as Philippine Association of Campus Student Leaders – National Capital Region (PACS-NCR) core group secretary during the 15th Annual PACS Convention and Seminar Workshop for Student Leaders. Held last November 26, 2010 to November 29, 2010, the event brought together more than one thousand campus leaders across the Philippines. The event was held simultaneously with the 31st Annual National PACSA Convention and Seminar Workshop for Campus Advisers at Teachers’ Camp, Baguio City. According to an interview with Ms. Munar, representatives from sixteen universities across the capital region, such as FEU, FEU-East Asia, UST, and Emilio Aguinaldo College, nominated candidates for the whole election process in the convention. Afterwards, the same sixteen representatives voted on the candidates they chose. Ms. Munar was nominated and later won the election process for the position of secretary for the school years 2010 -2012. As secretary, she assists the president in organizing and planning the events of the organization. According to Ms. Munar, she enjoys the challenge that comes with the job. The position of secretary, she says, can be overwhelming at times, for she is responsible for the communication between the officers of the organization and the representatives of all the other fifteen schools within NCR. She says that being part of PACS has opened her eyes to the different leadership techniques and subcultures of each university or college. She said it is quite a new experience to meet and befriend so many people. When asked for her advice to future students who might want to join PACS, she said not to be afraid of a challenge, but instead to grab the chance

and take the opportunity to meet new and exciting people. In true spirit of an iACADEMY student, she advised for any aspiring student leader to just take the leap and surprise yourself. Christian Timothy Sia, or who we fondly call “Sir Chris,” manager of Student Affairs and Services at iACADEMY , was also re-elected as Philippine Association of Campus Student Advisors – National Capital Region (PACSA-NCR) core group president for 2010 to 2012. He also served as president from 2008 to 2010. As if to put icing on top of the cake, Sir Chris was also awarded with the Five-Year Service Award for his dedicated support and service of the organization.

PACS is a non-profit organization geared towards campus student affairs and student leaders. PACSA is the country’s leading non-profit organization for student advisors that mentor and guide campus student leaders.

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This year is a great year for iACADEMY. We left a mark in our nation. We became the first in many fields. We achieved new style. We got recognized by big organizations. We developed big plans for the continuous evolution of our institution. Shining as brilliant as the sun, iACADEMY, great at Nine!

iACADEMY Great at nine: Nine Feats that Make Shine iACADEMY • iACADEMY Becomes first IBM Center of Excellence in the ASEAN Region • Fashion Design comes to iACADEMY • Plans for the 4th Floor • iACADEMY to offer first Game Development Course in the country. • Animation Students Make Election Video • SE Student now leads JPCS • MVP Isamu Shinozaki • MSP Technology Rockstars! • iCON Magazine Launch

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iACADEMY BECOMES FIRST

Center of Excellence in the A SE AN Region By FM Advincula

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ast December, our alma mater was appointed by IBM as the first IBM Center of Excellence (CoE), and the first Lotus Academic Institute Partner, not only in the Philippines, but in the entire ASEAN region as well. With this tremendous honor, iACADEMY will be a training ground for future IBMers with competent technical skills and talents. “Being the first in the Philippines and in the ASEAN region simply confirm that we Filipinos are world-class,” our very own Vanessa L. Tanco-Cualoping, COO of iACADEMY, said. She also said that this brings us students to a whole new level of excellence, not just learning technical skills, but also exposing us to real-life business technologies that will actually give us a competitive edge in the workplace.

“Being the first in the Philippines and in the ASEAN region simply confirm that we Filipinos are world-class”

iACADEMY president Monico Jacob also said that this honor solidifies iACADEMY’s mission to bring the best education possible to the Filipino youth. He said. “…the IBM CoE is just the beginning of more exciting things to come.”

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Fashion Design Comes to Life at

iACADEMY By Karen Cate Arabit

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fashion design program is coming to iACADEMY! The Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design program, supervised by Asian Institute of Fashion (AIF), will be part of our school’s offered degrees starting this upcoming school year 2011-2012. It all started with the Designer Fashion Workshops last September 2010, and the idea of having the said course bloomed. Currently, other schools that offer fashion design degrees are De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) and the School of Fashion and Arts (SoFA).

School of Fashion, Ms. Tan-Gan is also known as the “Queen of Knits.” She has an arsenal of experience through her professional success and continuous studies at AIM and London’s Central Martin. Some of you might be wondering why iACADEMY, branded as an Information Technology (IT) school, will soon be offering a course that seems out of line IT. The answer is simple. iACADEMY believes that IT industry should not be stereotyped for a certain demographic only. Technology doesn’t belong to some sort of “elite.” It actually exists to make our lives easier! The new course will open a new door to the fashion industry, merging the pretty with the techie. Instead of designing through the use of the pen and paper, other technologies will be used instead, allowing students to explore their artistic side while savoring the privileges that technology brings.

So, what makes iACADEMY’s program so different? Renowned fashion professionals and designers from AIF will actually be the ones teaching! Isn’t that great? Guess who’ll be one of the “stars” soon to be teaching at iACADEMY. Lulu Tan-Gan! She is currently the head of AIF. A Fine Arts and Fashion Design graduate of UST and Madonna

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iACADEMY

Expands to Include Fourth Floor

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Every year, iACADEMY just keeps getting bigger and better. Just last 2009, the college expanded to include the fifth floor, and this year, we are going to have the fourth floor as well! The new floor will have four new classrooms and two additional computer laboratories. For the upcoming Fashion Design course, there will be a sewing machine room and two fashion design rooms, all complete with fitting forms. For other degree programs, especially Game Development and Multimedia Arts, there will also be a motion capture lab, a game development/ simulation room, a photography studio, a soundproof booth, and a video/sound editing room. There will also be an IBM Center of Excellence Room. Finally, there will be a hipper, more comfortable student lounge, complete with Wi-Fi and bean bags! iACADEMY is also proposed to have a case study room in the third floor.

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iACADEMY will be offering the first ever four-year degree in game development in the Philippines this coming school year. The idea came about two years ago when games such as Defense of the Ancients (DotA) were extremely popular. With their passion for providing industry-based curriculum, iACADEMY saw the boom in the gaming industry and noticed that a lot of foreign companies are now turning to the Philippines for game development talent.

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to Offer First Game Development Degree Program in the Country

Unfortunately, the school was not able to offer a program since CHED still has not come up with the Policies, Standards, and Guidelines (PSG ) for game development. However, Dean Rigan Ap-apid and Professor Jose Ronello Bartolome, academics head, the minds behind the design of the curriculum, thought that maybe they can submit a curriculum plan for game development to CHED, even without the release of the PSG. Apparently, iACADEMY’s curriculum for game development, cutting-edge and competitive, was just approved by CHED this January 2011. Dean Rigan also said that even now, a lot of gaming companies are already approaching the school for possible interns.

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iACADEMY students helped out tremendously during last year’s presidential election. A group of animation students created an educational video on the steps of the new voting process. Guided by Ms. Cynthia “Cheng” Javier, animation chairperson, students Irish Chua, Minerva Emano, Jasper Bundoc, Clarisa Clemente, Reaj Evangelista, Yhogie Yambao, and Miko de Mesa worked for two weeks straight to finish the video. Their animated film was shown in TV 5 for three consecutive days (May 6-9 2010) in an effort to inform the general public on what they should and shouldn’t do.

iACADEMY

Students Volunteer during Presidential Election

Forty students also volunteered to be stationed at the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). They helped retrieve data from the servers, upload CSV files and PDF reports, and double-check the data coming in. Students said that they were glad to help out. They said that now, more than ever, the Filipino youth are ready for positive change, and they want to be part of the solution.

By FM Advincula

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Angela Grace L. Garong, a fourthyear Software Engineering student at iACADEMY, was elected as the vice president of the Junior Philippine Computer Society National Board of Officers (JPCS NBO) last September 12, 2010, at the Leadership Transformation Workshop, held at PLDT Innolab in Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City. She is the co-founder and the current vice president external of the JPCS-iACADEMY (ayt!). She is also a Microsoft student partner and a tehcnical intern at Microsoft Philippines, Inc. under the Development and Platform Evangelist (DPE) Department.

iACADEMY Student Now Leads JPCS

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hilippine Computer Society (PCS) is a computer organization composed of IT professionals; its main goal is to improve members’ skills, while extending their networks. In January 1989, PCS decided to organize a group of students who were computer enthusiasts. They wanted to give the students a chance to interact with other people with the same interests that they have. The group was named Philippine Computer Society-Junior Programmers Guild (PCS-JPG). However, the name of the group was later changed to the Junior Philippine Computer Society (JPCS) in July 1990.

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The Leadership Transformation Workshop 2010 (LTW) was held in order to bond the officers of the local chapters. During the workshop, which turned out to be a “funshop,” students who had the same interests befriended each other. They were able to extend their networks and learn valuable lessons, not just about the IT industry, but about life as well. During the event, JPCS NBO members were elected. The JPCS NBO will be the one facilitating the local chapters of the JPCS present in every school around the Philippines that is offering IT-related courses.

The process for the election was for each local JPCS chapter to rate the nominees based on their leadership, collaborative, and communication skills. There was also an interview with each nominee conducted by some of the PCS board of officers and former JPCS NBO. The nominee who received the highest overall rating will be the president; the next one will be the vice president and so on. In order for the local JPCS chapter to rate them, the nominees were given a chance to state something about themselves for a maximum of three minutes each. The results were then computed to determine the 2010 National Board of Officers. Out of the nine officers of JPCS-iACADEMY (ayt!) local chapter, five attended, three finished, and one became part of the JPCS NBO. Angela Grace L. Garong became the vice president. She was one point behind the overall rating of the elected president though according to the PCS, she topped the panel interview. Editor’s Note: Recently, the former JPCS president resigned due to some personal matters. As a result, our very own Ms. Garong is now the JPCS president. Together with the JPCS NBO, she is now reorganizing the team in order to transform the next six months into “the most awesome six months of JPCS ever.”

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I Alumni Receives Microsoft MVP Award

By Ron Gruspe What is your job role at Microsoft Philippines? As a partner technology specialist, my job is to train and work with partners in the latest Microsoft technologies. I also do consulting for customers on their core infrastructure needs by assessing what they lack in a progressive IT environment that could push their business forward. What is your specialization as an MVP? I am an MVP for Windows IT Professionals.

How did you become an MVP? I’ve been with the community for a long time, since I was in third year high school, if I’m not mistaken. While it’s also a matter of “What did I do,” you have to understand it’s also out of genuine passion for technology. You have to love technology; you have to share this passion, and people will eventually recognize you for it. What are some benefits of being an MVP? Inside scoop of Microsoft technologies, training benefits, frequent interaction with the Microsoft engineers themselves, an MSDN/TechNet premium account, to name a few.

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samu Shinozaki, an iACADEMY alumnus, was awarded the title of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) last July 2010. He graduated from our alma mater with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with specialization in Network Engineering. He got involved with Microsoft early on, becoming part of Microsoft Juniors while still in college. Now, he works as a partner technology specialist at Microsoft Philippines.

I had the opportunity to interview him, and Mr. Shinozaki was nice enough to let us in on the big scoop. What is your advice to people who want to be an MVP? It’s not something you aim for; I wasn’t really expecting to be awarded, to be honest. It’s something you earn. Please write a brief message to iACADEMY students As a disclaimer, whatever I’m going to say next is not a how-to on how to become an MVP, but it should lay the groundwork on how to get started with the IT industry. Expand early and network! Be part of a community, whether it’s Microsoft (well preferably!) or some other; just get involved! It helps you (to) get your name out especially if you’re contributing a lot. I have made good friends over the years through the community, and can proudly say that they helped a ton in both my career and even personal development. The people you meet and the information you learn are invaluable. iACADEMY boasts that beyond teaching, our professors are also industry professionals. Why not supplement that by surrounding yourself with the like? Isamu truly is an inspiration to us iACADEMY students. Isamu makes his mark as one of the highlights of iACADEMY as a Microsoft MVP Pioneer.

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ICROSOFT STUDENT PARTNERS (MSP) Program is a worldwide initiative by Microsoft, which rewards and recognizes the most talented students from their respective schools for their dedication, passion, and involvement with Microsoft. The program is Microsoft’s way of encouraging students, who are interested in building a closer relationship with Microsoft, and those who are simply hooked on technology to develop their skills further. Our school is very fortunate to have three MSPs, a.k.a. campus technology rockstars, this academic year. They are Ronchristian Gruspe and Karen Cate Arabit, both 3rd year BS CS-SE, and Angela Grace Garong, 4th year BS CS-SE.

iACADEMY Technology Rockstars 2010 - 2011 By Angela Grace Garong

From L-R: MSPs Anj Garong, KC Arabit, and Xian Gruspe with MVP Isamu Shinozaki, an iACADEMY alumnus, during the last big event of Microsoft – Who Dunn I.T. 2011.

CHECK OUT THEIR MSP PROFILES AND KNOW HOW THE MSP PROGRAM HELPED THEM IN THEIR CAREERS: RONCHRISTIAN GRUSPE

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HAS GIVEN SEVERAL TALKS ABOUT IE9 AND VS2010, ON DIFFERENT SCHOOLS MEMBER OF LUCK-IE 9, THE MSP TEAM FOR IE9 MICROSOFT EXHIBITOR AT Y4IT 2010 DID SOME FREELANCE WORK FOR THE DEVELOPER AND PLATFORM EVANGELISM (DPE) TEAM IN MS

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KAREN CATE ARABIT

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HAS GIVEN SEVERAL TALKS ABOUT IE9 AND THE MICROSOFT WEB APPS, ON DIFFERENT SCHOOLS MEMBER OF LTUCK-IE 9, THE MSP TEAM FOR IE9 MICROSOFT EXHIBITOR AT Y4IT 2010 MEMBER OF THE MSP TEAM FOR MICROSOFT WEB APPS SHE BECAME EXPOSED TO MS TECHNOLOGIES. HER NETWORK OF FRIENDS IN OTHER SCHOOLS AND PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE IN LINE WITH HER COURSE EXTENDED. SHE GOT IDEAS AND LEARNED FROM THE SEMINARS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. THESE ARE CONSIDERED TO BE REALLY HELPFUL IN HER CHOSEN PATH, LIKE THE SEMINAR EVANGELISM 101 FOR HER SOFT SKILLS. SHE HAD THE CHANCE TO DISCUSS MS TECHNOLOGY TO SOME OF THE SCHOOLS THAT SHE HASNʼT BEEN TO. THUS, IT IMPROVED HER CONFIDENCE IN SPEAKING IN FRONT OF A CROWD. SHE GOT A GLIMPSE OF THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT SHE HAD IN MS, AND IT MADE HER PONDER ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT OTHER COMPANIES HAVE THE SAME WORKING ENVIRONMENT TOO. AS AN MSP, YOU ARE SORT OF REQUIRED TO HAVE A BLOG TO EXPRESS YOUR PASSION IN TECHNOLOGY TO THE CLOUD OR OTHER USERS. AT FIRST, IT WAS A REQUIREMENT THAT MOTIVATED HER TO BLOG. NOW, BLOGGING HELPS HER EXPRESS HER THOUGHTS WHENEVER SHE WANTS.

Our technology rockstars are just around our campus, and they are very much willing to help you out if you have questions about the program or about the technologies. You want to be a part of the MSP program? Just feel free to approach them and express your interest. Get involved as early as now. Join the Microsoft Academic Community at http://fb.com/msacadph or visit their blog at http://msacadph.com.

A.K.A. “ANJ” IN THE TECH COMMUNITY HTTP://WWW.MUGSHARE.ME

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HAS GIVEN SEVERAL TALKS ABOUT IE9, VS2010, AND THE MICROSOFT WEB PLATFORM, ON DIFFERENT SCHOOLS MEMBER OF LUCK-IE 9, THE MSP TEAM FOR IE9 MICROSOFT EXHIBITOR AT Y4IT 2010 LEAD OF THE MSP TEAM FOR MICROSOFT WEB APPS SHE HAD A BOOST IN SELF-CONFIDENCE. TALKING IN FRONT OF MANY PEOPLE, SOMETIMES, OF EVEN OLDER AND MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE, IS SUCH A CHALLENGING YET FUN EXPERIENCE. SHE GOT MORE CONNECTIONS. WHETHER IT IS FROM THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY OR FROM THE PROFESSIONALS, SHE GOT TO KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE OF THE SAME CHOSEN CAREER. IT IS ALWAYS NICE TO MINGLE WITH PEOPLE OF THE SAME INTEREST, TOO. WE SHARE OUR KNOWLEDGE AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER. SHE WENT TO OTHER PLACES TO EVANGELIZE MS TECHNOLOGIES. HER SOCIAL SKILLS IMPROVED. IT IS A MATTER OF DEALING WITH PEOPLE, FROM DIFFERENT SCHOOLS/COMPANIES, AND OF DIFFERENT CULTURES, WHETHER IT IS JUST A SIMPLE BONDING MOMENT OR A TECHNICAL SESSION. THE MSP PROGRAM GAVE HER A CHANCE TO SEE HOW IT WOULD BE IN THE REAL WORLD, WHEN WEʼRE NOT INSIDE OUR CLASSROOMS ANYMORE.

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The iCON (iACADEMY Collegiate Organization for the News) launches its first issue this month, and as the magazine’s feature editor, allow me to introduce to you our very own campus magazine. More of a magazine than a newspaper, iCON aims to bring campus news, lifestyle articles, and the latest scoop to students in a visually pleasing, mind-entertaining way. The last thing we want iCON to be is boring!

The iCON Launches 1st Issue! By Kalvin John Cinco

To give a little f lashback, the iCON was founded by Kean Jiro Alonsabe in 2008. Currently a senior Digtial Arts student , he was also the first editor-in-chief. He also coined the organization’s name. Unfortunately, the iCON wasn’t able to publish any material these past couple of years. But now, the iCON has been reborn in order to spread great news about iACADEMY’s greatest year ever! The current publication team was hand-picked during the second term of S.Y. 2010-2011, by Sir Christian Timothy Sia, our current manager of the Student Affairs and Services Department. The editorial board includes Frances Marie Advincula, editor-in-chief; Angela Grace Garong, associate editor; Kalvin John S. Cinco, features editor; Karen Cate Arabit, news editor; Ronchristian Gruspe, managing editor; Abraham Aguilar, technological editor; and Paolo Geronimo, creative director. Professor Orly Cueto of the General Education Department serves as the iCON’s editorial adviser. We are tasked to spill the most f lavorful beans that highlight iACADEMY’s greatest year. The main agenda is to inform the student body of iACADEMY’s current events, achievements, and plans, as well as student news and achievements. With just a month to spare, and with our concurrent theses in mind, we editors (along with the help of a few great contributors and our Superman creative director) managed to find time to get the latest scoop on iACADEMY’s most memorable moments of the year. The end result was the nine feature articles which revolved around our foundation week ’s theme, “iACADEMY Shines @ Nine.” Of course, we also made sure that there was a heavy sprinkling of information gathered around the campus, iACADEMY lifestyle articles, and “catch-up” stories from our interns and alumni. This first-ever publication is one great feat indeed, for it celebrates our greatest year as a school. We feel truly blessed to be able to capture the year when iACADEMY has shined like a well-polished gem! May our alma mater celebrate more great years to come, and may many more issues of the iCON be released each term. Don’t forget to keep your ‘i’ on the news with iCON!

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iACADEMY Timeline 2002

• iACADEMY opened in February. • Courses offered at that time were Software Engineering, Digital Arts, E-Management, and Network Engineering. • iACADEMY occupied the whole third floor, and the spaces of Jollibee and Greenwich used to be our library. • There were a total of eighty enrolled.

2003

• iACADEMY partnered up with IBM.

2004

• iACADEMY won an international marketing competition - Feathers to Fish.

2007

• CHED granted iACADEMY the first BS Animation program.

2009

• iACADEMY partnered up with WACOM. • iACADEMY had a make over and took over 5th floor.

2010

• iACADEMY partnered up with TV5 for the National Elections: Pagbabago 2010. • Designer Fashion Workshops held. • iACADEMY became first IBM Center of Excellence in ASEAN region.

2011

• iACADEMY launched first student publication, iCON magazine. • Three hundred eighty-three students are officially enrolled as of 3rd term S.Y. 2010-2011.

Wild Trivia //Do you know? Former Software Engineering student Krista Lozada became the first person in Asia to perfect an international certification exam The first floor of the PhilFirst building used to have iACADEMY’s library Former e-Management student Jeanne Harn won Miss Earth pageant Former student Francis Ocoma was the first ever summa cum laude in iACADEMY who was not a transferee We are the first school to offer BS Animation in Philippines and that we are also going to be the first school to offer Game Development Martinez, Miguel Abangan was the first enrolled student in iACADEMY having the student number of 2002-00001

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Catching Up with the Alumni The best marketing assets of a school are their alumni. Lets take a look at where are our alumni now… By Angela Grace Garong “Well, I’m happy with where I am now. After my short stint as MIS manager at iACADEMY, my first love called me back to lead a team for a new client with global operations. I am currently a service manager at IBM for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. My job is to manage client relationships. So if the client has any issues with our service or if they encounter problems with the systems, IBM makes me face them. Tough eh? *laughs* Then here comes the next challenge. I need to make them happy! So what do I do? I work with them to figure out what their pain points are, and I try to think of ways to improve the current processes. Then I work with different teams to make those things happen. At the end of the day, my role really is to make sure that the client is delighted with our service.”

-Maria Carina Lasam, BS BA-EM 2006 “In four full years in the IT industry, I can say that my career is doing pretty well. I have been exposed to a lot of opportunities, and I have gained a lot of experiences from all of them. I work at Ayala Systems Technology, Inc. I am a consultant, but my roles vary in different projects, from senior developer, to team lead, to project manager, to consultant, etc.”

-Ralph Sacdalan, BS CS-SE “I’m good. I’m currently employed as systems/network administrator in Worldpartner Inc. I am responsible for the overall technological upkeep of the office. I am in charge of server management, disk quota and storage management, workstation maintenance and configuration, user accounts and rights via active directory, hardware purchase and installation, network planning and creation, Voice Over IP (VOIP) configuration and maintenance, virtual machine server creation and management, firewall maintenance, workstation backup image creation via Norton Ghost or Acronis true image, biometric installation and maintenance, proximity card system installation and maintenance, and hardware and software procurement.”

-Joseph Aaron Gotangco, BS CS-SE 2007 “I’m great! Good thing the company that adopted me has a heart. QNet International Ltd. (QNet) is involved with many activities specially RYTHM (http://www.rythmfoundation.org/default.aspx. This company also knows how to take care of their employees; it feels like we are working at home every day at the office. I’m an application developer here in QNET. We program and maintain the current e-commerce system of our company and most of the internal system. We program in Visual Basic (VB) or C#.NET and Structured Query Language (SQL). I’m also the OJT Supervisor, and yeah, most of our OJTs are from iACADEMY, of course!”

-Nelsen Lyn Tejada, BS CS-SE, 2008

“I’m doing great, career-wise. I just completed a few big projects for some major players in the Philippine economy. There are challenging times coming up ahead, but I’m sure things will turn out great. I’m a systems services representative for IBM Philippines. My job is a fusion of technical and management work. Technical in the sense that I sometimes find myself troubleshooting issues with the systems my clients are running on. The management aspect stems from the need for me to efficiently and effectively assign the proper personnel to the proper account for any given activity. I am involved in the planning and execution of almost every activity my clients engage in with regards to IBM systems.”

-Hyge Navvab, BS CS-SE 2009 “I’m doing great! I’m currently a systems administrator for Weserv Systems International. I’ve been working here for almost two years now. I handle servers of our client Fujitsu America. My work involves managing user accounts, granting file access, server patching and maintenance, and troubleshooting emails. I’ve also done network and SAP monitoring. Thank you to our school’s six-month internship program, you really get to know the workplace.”

-Carlo Angeles, BS CS-NE 2009 “I do freelance work, such as websites, layouts, posters, banners, etc. I’m also handling our family business of laundry shop and mineral water distribution; both are located here in Alabang. So far that’s my career right now, and I’m also currently looking for a job.”

-Kim San Pedro, BS IT-DA 2010 “In terms of career, I’m kind of in the middle between ‘I don’t like my job’ and ‘I love it.’ Kasi sobrang toxic ng work ko. Halos umiikot na ang world ko dun. *laughs* (I’m extremely overloaded with tasks at work. It’s like my world revolves around it.) I am working Mondays to Saturdays, and my working hours are ten hours or more. Mamamatay na ako (It’s killing me.) *laughs* I am currently working at The Home Depot (Ortigas branch). I’m a graphic artist /interior designer /event organizer /web administrator / secretary /photographer and a spy (nag-spy sa competitor). I’m doing e-cards, invitations, posters, billboards, facade tarpaulins, and brochures. I am also in charge of managing our website, taking photos of every product, and event organizing. I also manage the company mascot, company identity (standard ko yung logo, wallpaper ng computers, corporate letters, email signatures…), marketing strategy, etc.”

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Diary of an Intern

By Angela Grace Garong

H

ow is our internship program different? iACADEMY believes in immersing our students in the corporate workforce through a six to eight-month internship training program. The internship helps the students value the rigorous coursework and advanced knowledge required of competitive and innovative IT professionals.” This is how our school described our internship program. But do you ever wonder what really happens during their internships? Let the interns themselves share with you their stories. Let’s take a peek at their experiences for a week.

Joshua Reuel “Josh” Quiambao for Digital Arts Intern at LWS Media from November 2010 to February 2011 Day 1

Our project manager introduced me to the team. He also explained to me the project, a web application for bankruptcy solution. He showed me the project, as well as the platform we’re using and the tasks I'll be doing for the next three months.

Day 2

I had problems setting up my workstation and got confused using Eclipse development tool. The first task they gave me was to fix modal/ search modals using JavaScript and some Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) fixes.

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

My team leader changed my tasks to mainly fixing the CSS and design of the site. I studied JSF-Trinidad, the framework that the project is using. I worked overtime. The project was facing a deadline the next day. I stayed until late and implemented the design of one of our teammates. The rest stayed until nine in the morning the next day. We changed the whole user interface (UI) of the site. Our project manager asked me if I wanted to continue working here after my internship as a part-time or full-time employee after graduation. Of course, I said yes. After that, I went to get my paycheck. What a lucky day!

Margarita “Gab” Ramos for BA Advertising Intern at On Ground Activation from July 2010 to October 2010 Day 1

I started making the budget for an event. It was already difficult because I didn’t always get the approval of my boss from the start. Not to mention, of course, every detail of the budget should be reasonable.

Day 2

I contacted the suppliers and network coordinators for the event. The suppliers, of course, are those who produce the materials needed for the event. The network coordinators, on the other hand, are those who are responsible for the venues of the event.

Day 3

I updated the account executive – the one who is responsible for updating the client and giving the agency's status reports regarding the project.

Day 4

I managed our manpower; I looked for people to run the event. This included drivers, helpers, marshals, etc.

Day 5

The day before the event, I made sure all the materials and items were already prepared.

Immanuel Henri “Imman” Riddle for Software Engineering Intern at IBM Philippines from November 2010 to February 2011 Day 1

My first day of work. I was hired and was tasked to be the technical exploration center administrator. My boss introduced me to the other IBMers (IBM employees).

Day 2

I went to iACADEMY for the IBM Center of Excellence (CoE) signing. iACADEMY is the first IBM CoE in the Philippines and in the ASEAN region.

Day 3

I went to IBM UP Ayala TechnoHub for some IBM server lessons and for some virtualization lessons as well. I learned a lot.

Day 4

I went to Batangas City with other IBMers for the University of Batangas' event for their students. We talked about IBM developerWorks and some ethical hacking. It was fun.

Day 5

I had my "no-one-can-bother-me day." I got my first paycheck. Cheers!

Editor’s Note: The iCON has tried to contact one of our Animation interns. Unfortunately, he was not able to provide a diary due to his busy schedule. We hope to feature him next time.

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JPCS iACADEMY Chapter (ayt!)

iACADEMY Chorale

Music Organization of iACADEMY

This organization is an affiliate of the Junior Philippine Computer Society (JPCS), an organization of students in the field of information and communications technology. This group aims to provide its members with experiences that complement the knowledge members acquire in their respective schools, thus better preparing each student for his future role as a world class ICT professional.

This organization is the official group who performs during school functions and special occasions and competitions. The organization promotes training and appreciation of choir songs.

This organization aims to raise public awareness of music and to strengthen the music community in iACADEMY, such as amateur bands and all types of music enthusiasts.

President Runette Orobia

VP (internal) Reuben Fermin

Secretary Beatriz Bernardino

Treasurer Karen Cate Arabit

Auditor Ronielson Baltazar

Dir. of Membership Dir. of Projects Dir. of Public Relations Student Adviser/ VP (external)

Greta Fuentes

Ronchristian Gruspe Patricia Maliksi

Choir Angelo Sta. Maria Coordinator Asst. Choir Juan Miguel Coordinator Gabriel

Executive Secretary General Voice Head Director for Soprano

Monique Chua

Mary Joy Francisco

Rania Venice Echavez Director for Roi Lugartos

President Edson Venezuela

Vice President Milcah Carina Secretary Treasurer Auditor Project Manager

Ventura Mikaela Lacaba Raffy Flores Anna Gaiel Natorilla Nicole Sacdalan

Tenor

Angela Grace Garong

Who’s Who in ORG The iACADEMY Digital and Visual Arts Cluster (ACTIVATE) This organization aims to form citizens sufficiently equipped with the fundamental knowledge of digital media and visual arts. It also aims to mold members into people who will be part of many positive contributions towards the building of the nation’s culture.

President Airon Rubio Secretary Abigail Samaniego Finance Eay Maliksi Officer PRO Kotter Ramos

Central Student Organization President Stacy Munar, BS CS-SE VP Internal Reuben Fermin, BS

IT-DA

VP External Vinzel Frago, BS BA Secretary Mikaela Lacaba BS BA Treasurer Jessika Ferrer, BS BA Auditor Patricia Maliksi, BSBA PRO Benedict Balderrama,

BS CS-SE Business Joarra Galang, BS BA

Manager Course Rep Katherine Junginger,

BS AN

By Angela Grace Garong A college st udent’s learning experience does st art and end inside the classroom. Values and principles are st rengthened through act ive involvement in organiz at ions. “iACADE MY has est ablished several ext ra- curricular and academic organiz at ions to foster camaraderie, encourage socializ at ion and part icipat ion, and , of course, add fun to the st udent’s iACADE MY experience.” Let u s all get to k now the various organiz at ions and the creat ive mind s behind each .

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Athletics Club

Creative Society

iJMA

This organization aims to promote unity and camaraderie among students of iACADEMY through sports development. This group shall be the training ground for future leaders in the field of sports.

This organization is the unifying organization of ALL Animation majors which promotes avenues for growth and development through creative application of learning in the field of animation.

This organization is an affiliate of the Philippine Junior Marketing Association which aims to promote learning inside and outside the school through application of learned concepts and theories.

President Katherine Junginger Vice President Janella De Leon Secretary Leshley Guevara Treasurer Joma Cueto Assistant Khristine Denise Kipte Treasurer Project Sabrina Monique Coordinator Maybituin

President Vinzel Frago Vice President Jessika Ariel Ferrer Secretary Mikaela Lacaba Treasurer Peter Jan Shotwell Auditor Francisco Garcia Events Head Joarra Galang

President Francisco Garcia Vice President Gio Pentinio Secretary Jed Garcia Treasurer Mackie Abello Auditor Beatriz Bernardino PRO Dekimbee Galindo Dir. of Projects Karlo Manalang Dir. of Jaypee Mandap Memberships

Software Engineering through Academics and Leadership (SEAL)

Performing Arts (PARTS)

This organization aims to broaden students’ interest and develop deeper knowledge in software engineering. The organization also promotes camaraderie and leadership among software engineering students.

This organization caters to students who are inclined to theatrical, musical and stage presentations.

President Stacy Kyle Munar Vice President Kalvin John Cinco (internal) Vice President Benedict (external) Balderrama Secretary Katherina Ann

Santos

President Adelissa Avila Vice President April Joy Damo Secretary Lorelyn Nicolas Treasurer Paula delos Reyes Auditor Greta Fuentes PRO Sean Martin Arcega

RHYTHM

This organization is a recreational group which is dedicated to the preservation, study, teaching, enjoyment, and continuing evolution of both Filipino and foreign dance techniques.

President Jasper Bundoc Vice President Belle Orcullo Secretary Jennybee Alday Treasurer Myka Hernandez Auditor Jaypee Mandap PRO Trixie Pelobello

Assistant Anna Gaiel Natorilla Secretary Treasurer Milcah Carina

Ventura

Finance Head Marvic Hocson Multimedia Alvin Cris Uy Officer Creative Byron Galamay Manager Project Frances Advincula Manager

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