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MARCH 2012

STI Academic Center Novaliches A New Home: A New Beginning

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Campus News

Homegrown STIers : Out and Proud

Ms. STI 2011 - Ishi Wins Elusive Crown SGO - Student Government Organization Elections of Officers Held

More Fun in STI I Wanna Ride my Bike When Belle Rose to Success

STI Shares My Dream in a Shoebox

A Craftsman’s Diploma A Thesis Experience

Tagisan ng Talino 2012 STI Wins Stand Up and Delivery

Chasing Beauty

STI Joins Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig


Monico V. Jacob STI President and CEO Mitch V. Andaya VP – Academics Division Resty O. Bundoc VP - Channel Management Division

Hon. Aly Medalla Q.C. Councilor

Donna Ancheta School Operations Manager

STI ACADEMIC CENTER NOVALICHES A New Home: A New Beginning Don Bautista

STI President and CEO Monico V. Jacob, Quezon City Councilor and Committee Head on Education Honorable Aly Medalla, Dr. Sonia Dela Cruz from CHED, STI officials, and students marked another milestone as they took part in the momentous ground breaking ceremonies of STI Academic Center last July 19, 2011 at Quirino Hi-way, Novaliches, Quezon City. This latest addition to the growing network of STI Academic Centers will boast the most modern stateof-the-art facilities housed in a 5-storey building that stands on a 5,000-square meter STI-owned property. STI Academic Center for excellence will house bigger fully air-conditioned classrooms, an auditorium, speech laboratory, hotel-based hot and cold kitchen areas, mock front reception, bar and suite for HR students, highly advanced computer laboratories, and a library packed with the most up-to-date research materials. Students will truly enjoy the al fresco dining experience at the school’s canteen situated on the roof top. It also has cabanas where one can change clothes, a spacious backyard with ample benches, an NBA-size basketball court, and big parking lot. The new building takes pride on being the very first of all STI Academic Centers to receive the Green Building Certification from the Quezon City Government’s Office for its strict compliance to the policies on environmental concerns. Committed to being the vanguard of real-life education, STI Academic Center – Novaliches promises to embody its vision to be the leader in innovative and relevant education as it opens its doors in June, 2012 and welcomes the students in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Computer and Electronics Technology, Business Management, and Information and Communications Technology.

New Programs AB Communication Arts BS Accounting Technology

instinct Editorial Staff Editor-in-Chief Rodolfo Bautista Contributors Joseph Adan Junna Aspiras Aprille Bacala Jonnie Baraquio Evelyn Llarena Alvin Llobrera Camille Lorenzo Juville Rañises Ailene Rosialda Judith Sindico Edwin Superable Cover Models Roelyn Molina - TRT Charles John Daludado - BSIT Photographers Glenn Claveria Romel Nealega Layout and Design Randolph Novino Instinct is a publication of STI College Novaliches send your articles, comments or suggestions to


Mae Florence Albis Novaliches High School

Nauru Aljesher Ventura Springfield School of Novaliches

Jennifer Delima Doña Rosario High School

Famela Anne Aglablin Tala High School 2nd Place

Eng’r. Hubert Abuan Deputy School Administrator

Edwin Superable

Cramping, b-boy, isolation, whacking, belting, tremolo, and other dance and sing moves filled the stage of SM Novaliches last February 29, 2012. Dancers, swaggers, singers, biritero’t biritera…call it whatever you like, it was STI’s 6th Talent Search Inter-school Competition that brought the house down with performances from 14 participating schools. One of the most awaited events of the year was held with much anticipation at SM Novaliches’ Activity Center to the pleasure of the cheering crowd. Emcees Ms. Judith Sindico and Mr. Edwin Superable, both STI Novaliches’ COMART instructors took to the stage wits and laughter, and together with Mr. Jonnie Baraquio, the school’s Social Science instructor, led the crowd to a wild hoopla when the contestant came out with a big production number to start the show. With a master mix of songs and chest-thumping beats, dance groups representing different schools around the Novaliches area strut their stuff on the dance floor; while singers took center stage to belt out the best versions of their contest piece, definitely a battle to grab the much-coveted championship title giving the distinguished panel of judges a hard time to decide. In all contests, only one will arise victorious; only one can claim the title “Champion” -and that recognition went to Ms. Lyane Maddatu of Sto. Nino de Novaliches of Quezon City topping all other contestants in the “Pop Singing Idol” portion; the D’ Beat Force dance crew of San Bartolome High School wowed the crowd of parents, teachers, and all other groups as they bested all others with their exciting combination of dance moves in the “Hataw Sayaw” segment. Winners or not, the event was a blast! It brought out the best in all the performers – staging their talents beyond expectations. Now everyone has something to look forward next year, until then, practice, practice, practice. Remember: hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.

Ramir Tulisana Cielito High School Annex 2

Lyane Maddatu Sto. Niño de Novaliches School

Singing Idol Champion

Alzes Tuesday Banzon Talipapa High School

Galaw Novaleño Novaliches High School

Charmaine Alfonso San Bartolome High School

SSN Dance Troupe Springfield School of Novaliches

Stephanie Kate Longkino Celito Zamora High School Annex 1

Dirty Electro Sto. Niño de Novaliches 2nd Place

Rachel Acero Amparo High School 3rd Place

DRHS Crew Doña Risario High School

Anonymous Mix Crew Tala High School

Assorted Dance Crew Cielito Zamora High School Annex 2

Balangay Performing Arts Talipapa High School

Black Dynamic New Version Cielito Zamora High School Annex 1

D’BEAT FORCE San Bartolome High School

Hataw Sayaw Champion

Modern Dance Group Ismael Mathay Sr. High School 3rd Place

Amparo Represent Amparo High School

IWD Crew International Christian School



STI joins Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig 2011

It’s All About ME, It’s All About WE

Joseph Adan

Aprille Bacala

Over 350 students from STI College Novaliches participated in the 11.20.11 Run for the Pasig River. They were one with other students from over 90 schools, together with the employees from different government and private institutions, who strode their way to rehabilitate the Pasig River. Leading the herd for STI Novaliches are NSTP students, STI Novaliches’ Olympians b a c k e d by their professors. The 5K run that was participated by STI Novaliches commenced at around 5 o’clock in the morning and all runners were through to the finish line at around 8 o’clock.

in this year’s run. Last year, the 10.10.10 Run for the Pasig river set a Guinness world record for the most number of participants in a racing event with over 116,000 runners. In said year, the STI Academic Community ranked 4th, with 5,632 runners, in the Top 10 Schools with the most number of registrants. STI


Novaliches’ participation in the Kapit sa Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP) 11.20.11 Run for the Pasig River may be intermittent, for it happens only once in a year, but the sincere involvement would definitely be perpetual. For STI Novaleños, do not run for the record but for the cause.

ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. said that a total of 86,547 participated

17th National Youth Convention Being true to its commitment of molding students not only academically but also personally, STI continues to give everyone another event of insightful talk through the 17th National Youth Convention with this year’s theme “It’s all about Me, It’s all about We”, held at Aliw Theatre, Pasay City last February 9. The convention stressed the most significant part of today’s societyYOU. It also served as a challenge for all STIers to discover their potentials, define their values and be a responsible Citizen STI. It’s all about me: Me, Myself and I- The talk on self improvement was delivered by STI Bacoor’s Sir Ferdinand “Ricky” Bunag. He enumerated the three skills that one must possess: communication, critical thinking and initiative. He also gave the key components to develop oneself: Know your learning style (multiple intelligences)

and manage your emotions. It’s all about We: Me and My Community- “Lahat ng ikaw ay magiging tayo,” the animated veteran trainer Pido Aguilar stressed. He reiterated the importance of “me” as a part of the community, as well as the importance of “we” in the formation of “me”. He also talked about how one’s head, heart and hand should be connected to one another. One must not only be able to give help but he/she must also be willing to extend that help to others. It’s all about Us: Making a DifferenceMr. Dennis Evangelista, Managing Director of Evans Consultancy, tackled how one should view success with goal, purpose and synergy. He lectured that a goal should be SMART- specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.

STI Extends Another Hand Don Bautista Last January 12, 2012, BPAP in partnership with PhilCare and in cooperation with JCI Ortigas and STI College Novaliches filled the hearts of an overwhelming 3,000 kids at Susano Elementary School in Novaliches as they handed each one a beautifully wrapped Dream in a Shoebox. DECEMBER


A truck loaded with bags of rice, noodles, and canned goods headed to the covered court of Collegio de San Bartolome de Novaliches on December 18, 2011 as 500 residents of Bgy. Holy Cross, Novaliches were waiting for the annually held GiftGiving Project sponsored by the NSTP2 students of STI College Novaliches.

Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), with approximately 250 industry members, including five associations, plays an essential role in supporting the rapid growth of the ITBPO and GIC (Global In-House Center) industry in the Philippines by working hard to ensure an enduring supply of high quality labor and service innovation - serving as the one-stop information and advocacy gateway for the industry.

Bgy. Capt. Lamberto Pascual with his constituents was all praises to Dean Rosabella Nealega, GE Head Gerlie Caspe, NSTP2 faculty, and students who were all present during the Outreach Program. STI not only shares the Gift of Knowledge but also extends a helping hand… always.

For three consecutive years now, BPAP and Team Asia have partnered with some industry sponsors and volunteers to launch My Dream in a Shoebox – a sponsorship of giving shoeboxes filled with school supplies to less fortunate children.

FEBRUARY Sharing does not end on Christmas time but continues to flourish on the Love Month as NSTP2 students from BT201202P/DE201A/IT202A gathered on February 25 at YAKAP Day Care Center in Doña Rosario to promote social welfare to the community of Novaliches. Forty incoming Grade One pupils from the Day Care received school supplies which include tumblers and school bags. The STIers were truly happy seeing the joy from the kids’ faces as they received their school bags, but even happier were their parents for the brilliant present – STI already ensure that these kindergartens will continue pursuing their journey. The heart of STI is a heart that truly cares where things really matter.


Tagisan ng Talino 2012

Junna Aspiras

Judith Sindico Leap year definitely brought luck to STI Novaliches, bagging once again the championship title in 2012 Tagisan ng Talino, Stand Up and Deliver category held at STI Fairview. “If you change with Me, with him and with her, the CHANGE we want to see will be the best for the We, so together let us synonymies our dreams Stand Up and Deliver Champion to always Stand Up and Issa Maxine D. Parojenog Deliver”. These are some of the many inspiring messages of Issa Maxine D. Parojenog that filled the halls of STI Fairview last February 16 and making STI Novaliches the champion for two straight years in Impromptu Speaking. Indeed great pride and honor were given to STI Novaliches by Issa Maxine Parojenog and her two-time champion coach Ms. Judith D. Sindico, along with the participants of Junior Into-Programming Division Virgilio Lorenzo Jr., Archie Muñez and Aljabri Alam under the supervision of their coach, Mr. Noriel Domondon who made it to the third place. Other events such as All in Place, Chef Express and Center of Attention were held at STI Caloocan last February 14. While others celebrated Valentine’s Day, participants from STI Novaliches celebrated their victory as they all emerged as third placers. All in place : Jesus Velitario, Wendy Batomalaque and Luisa Santos; Coach- Mr. Jerry Lanzuela Chef Express : Ma. Crisinta Gegante, Arcanghel Sarco and Patrick Renz Buenaobra; coach- Mr. Leo Mar dela Torre Center of Attention: Gabriel abesamis, Mary Joy Begino and Argie Toboso; coach- Mr. Regino Salamanca

STI holds Mind Olympics and Clubs Fair 2011 By: Juville Raňises

STIers Speak up for Student Governance The first Student Government Organization (SGO) elections of STI College Novaliches was held last December 12 – 13, 2011 at the HR Room in the said campus with the two official student political parties; United STIers (US) and ScholaSTIcs, for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor and Press Relations Officer (P.R.O.).

STI Novaliches’ COMELEC Chairman and Social Science Professor Jonnie Baraquio Student Government Organization Officers said that the first election was a success with 857 US spearheaded by Ma. students who casted their Katrina Yalung, a 3rd year BS Business votes out of approximately 1,200 officially Administration student with “One Voice, enrolled students for the second semester One Stand” party advocacy bagged the resulting in a 66% voter turn-out. Presidency over the ScholaSTIcs’ standard bearer Cherry Ann Marquez a 3rd year BS The SGO will be supervised by Information Technology student with a 438Social Science Professor Junna Ponce412 votes respectively. Aspiras as the first appointed SGO Adviser, while the newly elected officers will serve United STIers grabbed almost all the until February of 2013 until the next SGO seats with Adrian Herald Terso (BSCS), as scheduled elections.

STIers Take SM Novaliches by Storm Don Bautista

Solo Idol winner Pablo de Leon

The sun refused to shine last July 26 but the talents did not as STI College Novaliches held its annual Talent Search at SM City Novaliches.

The talent search has three divisions: The Search for Solo Idol, Hataw Sayaw, and Mr. and Ms. STI. The search for the Solo Idol winner Pablo de Leon (DIT) outshone the other eight finalists as Reyden Joseph (BSIT) and Markey Ajoc (BSIT) placed 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively. In the dancing category, Hataw Sayaw champion Tribo ni Pablo (named after the Solo Idol winner who happened to be a member of the dance crew) showed their exceptional routines in a very entertaining manner. The two events were hosted by Ms. Judith Sindico and Professor Don Bautista.

The crowd went wild as the finalists for Mr. and Ms. STI showcased their Mr. STI 2011 charms in a grand Benjie Almoite production number. Benjie Almoite, a BSHRM student, won over seven other imSTIers once again showcased their talents and skills in the recently concluded Mind Olympics and Clubs Fair last October 4 and 5, 2011 held at Millionaires Covered Court. The said event was participated by students from the four different team colors led by their respective coaches: Ms. Junna Aspiras for the Green Team; Ms. Aura Ressa Cariño, Blue Team; Ms. Evelyn Llarena, Yellow Team; and Ms. Margaret Rivera, Red Team.

the Vice President, Mary Grace Tan (DIT), as the Secretary, Clarence Victoria (BSIT), as the Treasurer and Divina Gracia Juson (BSBAOM), as the Auditor, while ScholaSTIcs’ Alfonse Cordova (BSCS) was elected as the first SGO P.R.O.

Contestants from the different team colors battled for Into Programming (Junior and Senior), Think Quest (Junior and Senior), Bits and PCs, Chef Express, All in Place, Center of Attention, Essay Does IT and Stand-up and Deliver. Aside from the intellectual skills, the officers and members of the different organizations demonstrated their exceptional skills in creating fun games and designing their club booths.

pressive male finalists. He also swept the special awards in Best in Casual Wear, Sportswear, and Formal Wear. Jasper Mariz Ishiwata, a BSBA stuBattle of the Bands Champion dent, stood out over Melvin Cortez of Salungguhit seven other bevy of beauties. She also garnered the Best in Casual Wear, Sportswear, and Ms. Unleashed. She was already crowned Ms. STI 2009 but she joined again and won this year’s title. Also named during the awarding ceremonies were Jessica Bueno (TRT) and Robert Cruz (HRS); 1st runners-up, and Roelyn Molina (TRT) and Edgardo Manara (BSHRM); 2nd runners-up. Present during the coronation to relinquish their titles were Mr. and Ms. STI 2010 Ryan Roy de Jesus and Jobelle Montecillo. The event was hosted by Ms. Camille Marie Lorenzo and Dr. Joseph Adan. Hataw Sayaw Champion Tribo ni Pablo

The Travel and Tourism Society offered free food taste. The had their freedom walls, and photo booth for the Information Technology Society, while the Young Programmers Circle have their own Human-size version of the famous “Angry Bird”. The Voice Matrix had their videoke, Young Entrepreneur Society and Sipnayan prepared some board games, and the Tech@Work had their puzzle wire buzzer. The students grooved with the dance competition of Samawi Dance Troupe

and were mesmerized at the flair tending activity of Hospitality Management Society. The Peer Counseling Group had their music tutorial, the Artistic. com offered Face painting while the Sports Club had their table tennis game. As the event was about to culminate, an unexpected heavy rains poured and the whole venue was flooded. All managed to elevate themselves and kept everything dry and everyone happy.


STI wins Stand Up and Delivery


SportsFest Clashed for Honor Converged for Victory Alvin Llobrera It’s another showcase of how STI College Novaliches’ students are skilled and talented not only in academics but also in sports as the school opened its much awaited 2012 Sports Festival last January 18 at the North Olympus Sports Complex, Quezon City. The rising sun had witnessed the overflowing energy of STIers on the first day as they assembled as early as 6:00 am on the school ground. All geared up with their impressively designed banners and shirt for a motorcade that rolled down the road to the school’s new home situated along Quirino Highway. Standing great on the new building, the parade paused briefly to proudly show another accomplishment of STI College Novaliches. The parade of flags was composed of the participating teams that were grouped according to course or program with their respectiveathletes, muses and coaches. Splashing with excitement and spirit, the DIT and DCET with Mr. Darwin Orallo formed the Red Dragons. Mr. Jerry Lanzuela and his crafty HR prodigy with a lavishly designed paraders of the Green Pythons undulated on the road. A spirit of vigilant Blue Sharks seemed to be present in every BSIT stude, ready to defend the title as Mr. Jayson Abareta led their way. Mr. Michael Orias with the roaring BSCS, BSBA and TRT made a swift Yellow Tigers. The opening program started with the singing of National Anthem, followed by a doxology led by

Voice Matrix and SAMAWI. STI College Novaliches' Deputy School Administrator Hubert Abuan delivered his opening remarks. It was followed by the Oath of Sportmanship led by Mr. Julius Roxas. The Ceremonial Toss was headed by the College Dean Rosabella Nealega. Heat started with the thunderous performances in Cheer Dance Competition. The crowd was amazed and entertained as cheerleaders showed their best stunts and moves. In a diverse mix of vigor and ingenuity, Green Pythons emerged victorious. Wild uproar from the crowd suddenly dominated the venue when the faculty and staff against STI College Novaliches' alumni clashed on the court for a basketball play-off. As the day progressed, Palarong Pinoy also became one of the places of interest. The students had fun playing kadang-kadang, patintero, bunong-braso, tyakad and other games. The second day was more intense as each team aspired to get the “Over-all Champion” title. The battle for the title got very tough. This was very visible to the eyes of the participants as the four teams collided in the Amazing Race Challenge. Aiming to bring home the bacon and reach championship, smashers, cagers, spikers, pool players and other athletes of each team fought to the limits on their respective sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, billiards and athletics. Sportsfest 2012 craze was unstoppable and continued to rage on its third and last day. The morning was filled of students screaming names of their bets in the special edition of Amazing Race as the depth of physical might and mental genius of faculty and staffs were measured during the

2012 challenge. The championship bouts of basketball and volleyball were played on the afternoon that set an adrenaline-charged mood on the crowd. Like a paragraph that concludes with a period, the three-day spectacular event ended in an awarding ceremony on the late afternoon. Mr. Conrado Enriquez, the event over-all coordinator said “Salamat” to everyone as his short formula of expressing his gratitude and appreciation for their support and participation. Despite some difficulties underwent by the committee this year, the event ended successfully. After the closing remarks was the moment of truth. All winners on the different competitions and the special awardees were given trophies and medals. The extreme joy can be seen on the participants’ faces. But the biggest smile was painted on the BSIT students as Blue Sharks was named Over-all Champion after garnering the most points. This was the fifth time they have consecutively retained their title in a row. Meanwhile, the Green Pythons emerged as the first runner up; Yellow Tigers awarded the second runner-up while Red Dragons placed the third runner-up. The rising sun had witnessed the overflowing energy of STIers, but as everything has come to set, the sun has surely written down another history of mighty STIers sharing priceless experiences and fun memories – an event where every STIer clashed to gain honor yet, converged as one family to achieve another victory. Truly, Sportfest 2012 has been a venue not only to promote health but also to build camaraderie, to value sportsmanship and to be a vehicle of CHANGE.


Ishi Wins Elusive Crown Jonnie Baraquio

Miss STI Novaliches, Jasper Mariz Ishiwata, was heavily applauded after being declared the 2011 Miss STI Grand National Finals in the annual Mr. and Miss STI pageant, participated in by 18 male and 18 female stunning candidates representing different clusters of STI Network of Colleges. The showcase of beauty, wit, and glamour was held at the Enchanted Kingdom last August 26, 2011. An early favorite, Ishi, as she is fondly called, won the nod of the judges with her beauty, relaxed poise and intelligent answers. Aside from winning the title, she also romped off with the most number of special awards, including Miss Fresh Gear, Miss Slimmers World, Best in Casual Wear and Best in Sports Wear Award. Ishiwata’s answer to the final question was the clincher: “What CITIZEN STI attribute best describes you and why?” Her response stood out from the rest.

“The citizen STI attribute that best describes me is HONESTY. I fight my life’s battle with pride, dignity and honor. I am true to myself and the people around me. I am honest because STI has taught me the values and virtues of a true-blue Citizen STI. Thank you very much.” A Miss STI “repeater”-- she didn’t place the first time she joined in the 2009 National Finals, then came back to win the major title in her second attempt—her story is one of triumph over odds and holds valuable lessons about the value of never giving up on your dream. Her character, sheer determination and an optimistic view alongside her past experiences in beauty and modeling tilt have made her more confident in the said pageant. In a post-pageant interview, Ishiwata expressed her gratitude to all her classmates, schoolmates, friends, family, supporters, and to the whole STI Novaliches faculty and staff. “Thank you very much for all the prayers and for always believing in me. I don’t think I would have gotten this far if you didn’t push me to join again. Thanks for the encouragement. You have helped me to win this crown,” she said. The elusive Miss STI Grand National Finals crown won by Ishi finally broke the twenty-year-long drought of STI Novaliches in the pageant. This is the first time the title is won by an STI Novaliches student.


The Birth of BS Accounting Technology Joseph L. Adan


ME LIKE 1-2-3

Remember these lines from one of Bruno Mars’s songs?

You can count on me like 1, 2, 3 I’ll be there And I know when I need it I can count on you like 4, 3, 2 And you’ll be there…

PROGRAM COMPETENCIES Develop and practice negotiation skills Use mathematical concepts and techniques Maintain client relations Use IT concepts for business systems Maintain an appropriate level of professional competence

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Financial Services Manager

Left to Right: Jessica Bueno (TRT), Rodel Burgos (HRS), Paulo Tuazon (BSCS), Fumika Galang (BSBA), Nicomar Villahermosa (HRS)

The foregoing stanza represents how a simple counting of 1, 2 & 3 could depict reality, be it implied or explicit in nature. Indeed, numbers had been man’s constant companion since time immemorial. Accounting is just one of the fields where manipulations and interpretations of numbers are put in good use. Accounting as a field of discipline in the pedagogic setup is one of the integral components that bind all other fields like Business & Management, Engineering, and Information Technology among others. With this diverse coverage, STI College Novaliches realizes the viability of offering the program to its students. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology (BSAT) program is a non-board program designed to provide students with a strong foundation and knowledge and skills on accounting standards and techniques to prepare them for careers as bookkeepers, auditors and accounting staff. This will also equip them with specific skills for entry into the BPO industry and other accounting profession. The program will also prepare graduates for eventual entry into the regular degree program of the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.

Did you know?

Jessica Bueno (TRT)

The word “Accountant” is derived from the French word Compter, which took its origin from the Latin word Computare. The word was formerly written in English as “Accomptant”, but in process of time the word, which was always pronounced by dropping the “p”, became gradually changed both in pronunciation and in orthography to its present form (

Senior Information Systems Internal Auditor Financial Accounting & Reporting Staff Management Accounting Staff

The first accountant or the so called the father of accounting is a Franciscan friar and an Italian mathematician by the name of Luca Bartolomeo Pacioli (

Financial Analyst In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 1494, Father Luca Pacioli, a Franciscan monk and world-class mathematician, wrote a book titled Summa Mathematica. In an appendix to the book is the first recorded description of double-entry bookkeeping as we think of it today. The book was illustrated by his close friend, Leonardo DaVinci (

Starting SY 2012-2013, STI College Novaliches will start counting 1, 2, & 3 through its BS in Accounting Technology with high hopes of broadening students’ career opportunities and strengthening their employability.

The case of the mysterious “R”: Students understand today that Cr. can be related to the word “credit,” but how does Dr. relate to the word “debit”? In short, where does the “r” come from in the abbreviation “Dr.”? It comes from the Latin word debitore (meaning “debtor,” and cousin of the word creditore, meaning “creditor”), first used by Pacioli in his book Summa Mathematica (

Don Vincente Fabella was the first Filipino to obtain a Certificate in Public Accountancy from the United States making as the First Filipino Certified Public Accountant (


The Rise of AB Communication Arts


Beauty is inescapable. It is haunting. It does not only seize the moment but linger the soul, a thing of beauty is truly a joy forever – an unmistakable compelling thought. True splendor exquisitely displayed in our eyes assaults the depths of our hearts. It becomes the spring of our perennial bliss. It leaves a sketch in our mind with unexplainable perpetual happiness beyond our reasoning. A beautiful memory treasured in our mind forever provides an eternal and everlasting joy of happiness that never fades with time. The memory of our first kiss, a brief exchange of glances with a cute stranger, the touch of mother’s hand when we are lonely, father’s smile when we accomplish something, and even shedding a tear after a great laugh with a friend – these are sweet lasting memories that soothe our depressed soul. There are times when we got sorrowed by deceit and selfishness of other people, and we suffer pangs of defeat which makes us develop a disdainful approach to life, but in those moments of darkness, the only thing that has the power to bring us out of that misery is to be reacquainted with the memory of the beautiful times spent with our loved ones. Life has its imperfections, its promises and broken dreams, but that’s the way it’s meant to be.

Model Kim Joanna Luz - HRS Stylist Camille Peralta Lorenzo Photographer Romel Nealega Director Don Bautista

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BS201A Students Camille Marie Lorenzo The Department of Tourism launched its new marketing campaign to attract tourists and visitors to the country with the slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines”. Just minutes after announcing, it made a noise on the Social media. Pinoys also took their part in the campaign by spreading on the internet several photos featuring the things and places that are “more fun in the Philippines”. “What differentiates the Philippines from every other place in the world, as we said from the start, is the Filipino. It’s his special gift for transforming what is already a beautiful place into an unforgettable special place,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said. “You take two identical islands, put Filipinos in one, it’s going to be more fun there.” Philippines has a wide array of things to boast.

Boracay Beach and Palawan Underground River - Snorkeling and scuba diving are just some of famous water sports in the Philippines. It is the best way to explore the wealth and beauty of marine life in Philippine waters. But just like the previous slogans of DOT, this has also garnered loads of controversy, feedbacks and criticisms. Not a few made their own ironic and humorous version of photos with catchphrases: Cheers to that - Yes, Philippines has a wide variety of cheap liquors. Few bucks are enough to quench the alcoholic thirst of the Filipinos.

Banaue Rice Terraces - It was once called by the Filipinos as the 8th wonder of the world. It is the only man made wonder that is sculpted on earth.

Piracy is a crime - However it has made movies, music and games affordable to many Filipinos. Who haven’t bought any pirated goods yet – anyone?

“Parol” - Christmas in the Philippines is indeed the merriest Christmas in the world. It starts in September and ends in January. That’s why Philippines have gained the distinction of celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season.

Street Swimming Pools - Children and adults alike enjoy swimming in flooded streets, completely unaware of the disease they may get – a very common scenario in Metro Manila after a storm.

Chocolate Hills - During the dry season, the grass-covered hills dry up and turn chocolate brown. This transforms the area into seemingly endless rows of “chocolate kisses”. The branded confection is the inspiration behind the name, Chocolate Hills.

Obviously, most people are having fun with the ‘its more fun in the Philippines’ campaign. Perhaps, it’s really fun here. On the other hand, what’s fun to others may not be fun to some - but there is no doubt that “It is More Fun in STI.”

JAYVEE LAGADON: DIT Sobrang fun inside the classroom dahil magagaling ang mga profs, pero more fun pag may outreach program sobrang sarap ng feeling pag nakakatulong lalo na sa mga bata.

CRISTINA GEGANTE: TRT Winner ang mga functions, kanya kanyang concept ang sa amin gods and goddesses san ka pa!

KEN CAPONPON: BSIT More Fun in STI, especially nung acquaintance Party sa Metro Bar, dance till you drop talaga.

CHRISTEL DACILLO : BSHR Masaya sa kitchen area kasi pagkatapos namin magluto ay kainan time na, sarap kabonding ng mga friends sa HR

ELVIE SOMBILON: BSBA Sobrang game ng mga professors, lalo na sa mga school presentations, ayaw paawat.

CEDIE OLFINDO : DCET Sarap maglaro ng Frisbee nung Sportsfest- level up talaga, sana may PE din ang DCET.

ROEL SABALBORO: BSCS Kung sa radio may tambalang Christsuper at Nicolehiyala, sa STI may Sir Don at Ma'am Judith, ang lufet na magemcee, ang astig pa sa dance floor - hataw sayaw!

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Education is a privilege. It is one of the few things that make rich and poor equal. It is one thing that one shouldn’t trade off. Beyond the routine school activities to countless paper works, students should realize that it is in school where formal learning takes place and it’s the jumpstart to preparing them to the “real school” which is LIFE. Guiding principles are the best investment to benchmark oneself. These helped us to be determined to strive hard in gaining a college degree amidst all the struggles of student life.

“Education is the best heritage.” – Author Unknown This has been the daily utterance of my parents when I was still studying. I believe that this quotation is also true to many Filipino families who think education is the key to get out of poverty. It is indeed the sure way to land a good job and the best preparation for a bright future.

“When schools flourish, all flourish.” -Martin Luther STI College maybe young compared to charter and state universities in the country but shines and prides itself by keeping in pace amidst the very competitive world of Philippine academe. STI made its contributions by delivering quality education, engaging in civic activities and providing holistic development of students. Being an educator of this institution I can attest to how STI College has been committed to fulfilling its mission and vision towards academic par excellence.

“The tree is known by its fruit.....” - Saint Basil The living testaments have spoken. Here are true-to-life stories of some alumni who are now making their dreams a reality. They shared their experiences and achievements with regard to how STI helped them who and where they are right now.

Janina B. Jayme - Content Developer Program: BSBA Year Graduated: 2011, Cum Laude Company: STI Headquarters, Taguig City

Janina at work - STI HQ

Marami po akong naging memorable experience sa STI. Yung nag speech kami sa harap ng ibang tao - that was my first time na nagsalita and nag kabisado ng ganun. And syempre nung nag-champion ako sa PC Assembly contest ng Tagisan ng Talino National Competition, sobrang saya at proud po ako nun. Gusto ko pong mag pasalamat sa mga professors ng STI, especially kay Sir Jerry Borromeo and Sir Darwin Orallo - sila po yung nag hone ng skills ko na till now nagagamit ko. Na-accomplish ko po sa buhay ko ay yung matapos ko yung DCET course ko. Before po kasi isa ako sa mga pasaway ng isang school. Cutting classes at bisyo lang ang

I have learned that real success comes alone from God as we completely trust in Him. The reason where I am right now is not because I am great but it’s because God has blessed me so much even more than I deserve. There is nothing more fulfilling but to have Him in our lives. And there, as you journey with Him, He will direct your paths to success – always put God first in all things that you do and you will never go astray.

inaatupag. Until huminto ako sa pag-aaral. After 1 or 2 years napag isip-isip ko na ganito na lang ba ako? Paano na kapag dumating na ko sa point na magkaron na din ako ng sariling pamilya? From there, I asked my parents na pag-aralin ulit ako dun sa course na talagang gusto ko and they were very supportive and gave me another chance. To all STI students, i-enjoy nyo lang ang studies; may madali at maraming mahirap but at the end of the day kayo din ang makikinabang sa mga sacrifices na binigay nyo. Life is a lot better kapag nakapagtapos ka. Study harder guys, mag-focus sa mga goals nyo, and enjoy every moment. Aim Higher DCET.

Bits and PCs PC Assembly National Competition 2010

Ron Michael Hermoso - Entrepreneur Program: DCET Year Graduated: 2011 Business Name: Print n’ Press

Halalan 2007 with Ms. Juville Rañises and Ms. Karen Cifra, who were still students that time

Louie Hona

Morgan Miranda with batchmate Dominic Panganiban during a client meeting

Louie Dean Hona – Senior Software Engineer Program: BSCS Year Graduated: 2009 , Magna cum Laude Company: Accenture

Mark Morgan Miranda - Product Developer Program: BSCS Year Graduated: 2008 Company: Citi Telecommunication, Inc., UAE

One of my memorable experiences in STI was when I joined the Bantay Halalan. Before, it was just a dream to be part of that kind of activity -- I used to just see it on TV. Good thing I studied in STI and there was an election during my stay so I had the chance to join :) . I’m part of the first shift where the workload was heavy. I was one of those who tallied the vote counts coming from 6 persons, where each of these persons has 6 precincts assigned. Being one of the volunteers, I was able to witness the atmosphere during votes counting - the trending of votes count, and the situation of the teachers (e.g. yung iba nasa covered court where the lighting was not that good -hirap nun).

One of the great things I have learned from STI is anything spoon fed won’t bring you success. Before I was complaining why they keep expecting more when they only teach us few or the basics. Now that I am working, things came in handy, STI thought me to be resourceful.

As I said during our graduation day, life is a matter of choice. We are the ones who choose how would our life turns out to be. So, choose to be happy and thriving, aim high and set goals, be like a Rhodora, utilize the talents given to you, and most importantly put God in the center of your life.

It doesn’t really matter what course you finished as long as you strive for the best. Don’t take failure as a stumbling block of your future career but a point of telling you to strive harder. I may not have graduated a cum laude but it did not stop me to pursue bigger things in life. As long as you believe that you are worthy of your diploma, you can go anywhere.

“Make life interesting. Education is realistic. Learn to be distinct.”

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I WANNA RIDE MY BIKE Edwin Superable

It is common knowledge that biking is a good exercise. They say it’s good for the heart; this pedal-pounding routine is one of the best cardio-vascular workouts. Gyms all over the country are not complete without their stationary bikes. “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike, I want to ride my bicycle…” The song became the soundtrack of an era when this simple machine gave endless afternoon joys to small children and teenagers. Early bikes were just used for the purpose of transport in business, and at home, it was treated simply as a toy –but biking as a sport and as a man’s toy? It was unheard of during that time. Early bikes were built with durability in mind, somewhat rickety yet sturdy. This made the bikes so heavy then it discourages long travel. But the same with cars and motorcycles, the idea of who’s the fastest inspired modifications and innovation in the humble twowheeled contraption. A new age for the bike will be introduced. Believe it or not, the bikes of today are categorized according to purpose: road, mountain, and leisure or recreational. Besides being a regular fixture in gyms, other sub genre such as all-terrain, all-mountain, trials, free ride and street-style came into the scene. Needless to say, the bicycle has evolved with time. The introduction of gearshifts, alloy parts (initially the wheels and frames), fork suspensions, and smooth chain drive trains propelled the lowly bike into the world of sports, paving the way to consider biking as one of the most exciting events. Gone are the days when bikes are just for park or neighborhood rides, the bike rig (as they call it now) can be seen conquering mountains, valleys, plateaus, and other threatening terrains. It can be seen taking so much abuse during races or bike tricks competition one would think the bike would snap in half. Today, the little kids’ toy has turned into a toy for the big boys. I remember my first ride. It was a hand-me-down, rusty bike from my cousin. I was floored when my dad showed it to me. But what it presented me was different -a new feeling- freedom! Now I could scout my neighborhood with my new (actually old) bike while my friends tail me and wait for their turn to ride. Years passed and several bikes later, I still have this giddy feeling about riding my free-ride style mountain bike. The bike has been around for such a long time, this revival was the much needed-shot in the arm to reintroduce the bike in its new form. Others see it as a tool to promote healthy living, to others; it’s a form of transport to avoid the hassles of city traffic. Some may call it a “rig”, some call it MTB, to the purists and collectors, they are still velocipedes, but as for me, it’s my time machine to be a child again, it’s my passport to adventure, my visa to visit wonderful places and people, and my ticket to FREEDOM!

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Sa Isang Iglap

Kaligayang Tunay

Umiihip ang hangin Kalangitan ay padilim Nang sinadya ang pagdating Nitong isang sigwa man din

Lubhang kay hirap ang mabuhay sa mundo Tila ikaw lang sa kinalalagyan mo Kung iyong pagmasdan ang kapaligiran Lubos ang kapanglawan

Bb. Ailene Rosialda

Ang takot ay bumalot Mga tuhod ay nangatog Sa puso nila’y nanunuot Dumadagong ang kulog Pagdilat ay naaninag Ang ulan ay tumagaktak Ang hangin ay humahampas Buong tahana’y winasak Tinangay ang mga pangarap Ng paslit na umiiyak Ang tahana’y hinanap Sa gitna ng troso’t burak Pagod, hingal sa paglingap Ngunit tuloy sa pagkalap Magulang at kaanak na di mahanap Agaw dilim na’t wala ng liwanag.

Trapo ng Lipunan Jopper Bardelas

Maitim ang dagat Sa isda’y salat Mga basura’y nagkalat Ang mga baboy hindi maawat Polusyon ay naglipana Sa lupang napakaganda Mga baboy na nguya nang nguya Wala naming ginagawa Nakaupong baboy Na masangsang ang amoy Ang kaisipa’y abnoy Na ang ginagawa lamang Ay nangunguyakoy Darating ang araw Mga baboy at buwaya’y mamatay Mata lang ang walang latay Sa kanilang katawang kinakatay.....

Junel L. Dayao

Totoo nga bang ika’y nag-iisa? Di mo ba naisip na may kasama ka? Tumayo ka sa iyong kinalalagyan Hanapin mo ang iyong kaligayahan Nariyan lamang Siya at di ka iiwan Tumingala ka lamang sa kalangitan Tunay na kaligayaha’y makakamtan Pangungulila’y unti-unti ng mapaparam Palaging tatandaan di ka Niya tatalikdan Pag-ibig at kalinga Niya’y lalaging tunay Dahil Siya’y Diyos ng sanlibutan Na nagdulot sa sinuman ng tunay na kaligayahan


Kimberly Shyne Labayog Sa dami ng trabahong pinasok mo Sa mga suliraning pinasan mo Sa lahat-lahat ng ito’y Isang munting papel ang handog ko. ‘Di mo alintana ang pagod at hirap Maisaayos lamang ang aming hinaharap Mata mo’y patuloy sa pagkurap Dahil tulog mo’y di sapat ‘Di mo ininda kahit sa ami’y mawalay ka Masiguro lamang edukasyong iyong pamana Nagpaalipin ka sa banyagang bansa Habang kami’y sa buhay ay riwasa Kay hirap, hindi ba ina? Ramdam ko iyong pangungulila Iyon din kasi ang aking nadarama Tunay ngang, karugtong ako ng iyong hininga Madalas mong mabanggit tuwing tatawag ka Ang pagsisi mo na kami’y iwan sa pangangalaga ng iba Ni hind mo man lang naalagaan noong nasa kuna pa Sa puso’t isip mo’y nasusubaybayan naman ang pagbibina’t pagdadalaga.

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A Craftsman’s Diploma A Thesis Experience

Jayson Ilo

Patrick Tingson

Juville Rañises

Paulo Miranda

Angelica Salcedo

Stressed… tired… exhausted… these are what students feel and look like during the inevitable thesis development period. This may sound worrisome for those who have not yet experienced this nerve-racking task, but it’s true. Maybe one will ask why. But how does it really look and feel to have a thesis project? Why is it that students seem so scared and stressed out? Thesis is a pivotal learning experience for a student to demonstrate mastery of content, writing skills, analysis and programming proficiency. This is one of the many requirements that they have to accomplish before they graduate. A student should be enrolled first in a thesis subject as prescribed in the curriculum. Students will be grouped comprising of 2 to 4 members, and then an adviser will be assigned for each group. When all things are set, the group will now face the most difficult “assignment” of their life as a student – their Thesis project. The first requirement is to look for a host company which will become the basis of their study. Students need to identify a certain problem in the host company. This is not easy because some companies or organizations are not generous enough to give information which is essential during analysis and development. From there, a good thesis topic must be proposed. The proponents must be creative, knowledgeable and skilled enough because proposals should be innovative and feasible.

Randolph Bagtas Lyndon Quinalayo

Karen Cifra

Adrian Terso

When a topic is approved, project development starts. The actual development is conducted starting from documentation to programming. A regular consultation with their adviser and coordinator is also done to ensure that the project is doing well. Thesis students spend lots of time during the period of development. They have to do their thesis, together with other assignments for their other subjects. Sometimes, they have to do it overnight, and attend their classes the next day without having sleep at all. That’s why time management is very important. They really have

to do a lot of sacrifices and that include skipping meals sometimes. Since a thesis project is done in group, disputes and disagreements are inevitable. Problems in developing a thesis project can come from a variety of sources, including the student’s working relationship with his or her groupmates and peers. Each individual in the group has an opinion which sometimes causes an issue especially during decision making and thus, it affects the development process. The process itself is sometimes a solitary endeavor, lacking the benefits of group efforts that can help solve the problems or share the emotional confusion that often accompanies the development process. This argument often resulted to group disbandment or worse - failure. A good communication and teamwork among members is the key to solve such issues. Students view thesis project as an important preparation for future professional activities especially in the field of Information Technology. They feel they had mastered important content and processes, analyzing, designing and programming in the field of thesis development. But some of them described the thesis process as a “nightmare.” Regardless of these not so good experiences, students consider that their learning experiences and the insights gained, together with the skills acquired through thesis, would be of great value in their professional lives. They also feel that they had become aware of different ways of thinking. All the students were proud of the work they had completed, and some saw it as a form of recognition - a “craftsman’s diploma.”

Left to right: Michael Modrigo, Jan Michael Salvador, Samantha Jin Santiago, and Jomar Coligado

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Jonnie Baraquio

When I was in grade school, I was very outspoken about what I liked, what I disliked and what I thought about everything in general. I was not ashamed of admitting to everyone that I am not good in Math. Well, until now, I am still having difficulty cracking even simple money problems. As an instructor, I have been hearing similar comments and sentiments from my dear students, but only few are brave enough to speak them aloud. Funny as it may seem but my poor numerical skills have something to do with this feature story.

Now as a teacher, Ma’am Belle stressed the importance of asking questions. But she does not easily give answers to every matter raised to her. For her, students will soon learn that if they ask for help, she will not be going to come right out and tell them the answer or what to do. It makes the students see that they can think through the steps if they are on their own, and that gives them confidence. A great teacher indeed!

During our tete-a-tete years back, I remember Ms. Rosabella Orilla-Nealega (or Ma’am Belle to everyone) telling me that she herself was poor in Math. In fact, Algebra was her most hated subject. She did not appreciate the intricacy of signs, symbols, the rules of operations and relations, and the constructions and concepts arising from them, including terms, polynomials, equations and algebraic structures. I was surprised hearing that from someone I consider as a wizard of numbers. I asked her, “Why then did you take up BS Industrial Education major in Mathematics?” She simply answered, “I was challenged.”

As a student, Ma’am Belle had her share of disappointments and regrets. She remembered those times when she lacked focus and willingness to learn. She was pre-occupied with things concerning her family. For her, life was not easy. But her discouragements made her become more determined to succeed. She turned all negativity to high hopes. She always kept her faith and that made her tough until now. Never be afraid to fail because through failure comes success. This is another important value for all the students to nurture.

Embrace the Challenges Ma’am Belle emphasized that as students, they should not feel dumb. She was dared by the difficulty of the subject and she did not give up. Her desires to learn and become good at it made her excel in her chosen field. She was not afraid to ask. I was struck by this because probably my being poor in numbers could have been because of the fact that I did not make an effort to ask to fully understand the obscure processes of this subject usually coined as the exact science. I refrained from asking questions in class because I was afraid I might be considered too stupid or dumb by my classmates. If only I had known this, I think I would have gotten better. So the morale of the story: No one is “dumb”. Even if you feel “dumb”, you are not “dumb”. It just means that no one has ever explained it succinctly so we could understand.

Have a Positive Outlook

Keep the Spirit Alive As what Ma’am Belle had pointed-out, her current status is a clear evidence of her success though failures will never be absent in every endeavor. Life doesn’t promise to be easy-going always. It will, of course, throw you into a deep hole of despair and depression most of the time but that’s never the end of the road. She considered pushing herself as she should be. She maximized God-given potential she has been blessed with. Stand up and live. Keep the spirit and confidence. Be strong and keep your faith by making the best out of it. I have learned many great things from writing this story. It has changed my entire outlook toward life. If you are shy, have low self-esteem and afraid to face challenges, learn from the values of our beloved dean. Do not be afraid to commit mistakes. Over the years, my experiences have taught me what it takes to succeed. I gained self-confidence. If I fail, it does not really matter if they ridicule or mock me. I will just try again and do better next time. I realize that it is necessary to risk failure in order to gain success. With Ma’am Belle who dared to face the challenges, nothing is impossible. I know that now. Let us welcome the challenges. Whether we succeed or fail is irrelevant. It is only important that we gave it a try.



Yvonne Isabelo BSBA

Arcangel Sarco HRS

Rose Anne Gile BSIT Maica Betic TRT

Jomari Villamero DIT

John Espiritu DCET

Rodel Rodolfo BSCS

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