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5 sti heroes show how you can unleash the hero in you

10 phone apps for an easy breezy college life

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m eet the different personas in your campus! which one are you?

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EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief Elbert L. de Guzman

Managing Editors Karen La Rosa-Tabije Jenny Dy Jessica Salao

Associate Editors Erick Listana Alyssah Lucman

Ferdie Ortega John Rey Teofilo Joan Pallones Guian Tupaz

College is all about diversity. So get ready to meet the different personas you see in your campus everyday — from the net savvy ones to the artsy-fartsy peeps to the flash and the nightcrawler. These people will surely have an impact on your college life. Having difficulty with your research papers while managing other school projects? Start downloading some mobile apps and time management will be a breeze!


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Through the years, STI has been a firm advocate of nationbuilding as we continue to encourage the whole STI community to be catalysts of change. This year, we recognize the STIers who have made a difference in their own schools and communities. With the anniversary theme “Be the Hero. Be STI,” we celebrate the STI Heroes who paved the way for our victories and, at the same time, we also want to inspire the students, faculty members, staff, and alumni to be heroes in their own right. This battle cry will be unveiled during the Big 31st Anniversary Celebration to be held at Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in front of a huge crowd of STIers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao! We also rounded up the list of STIers who made the headlines through various school competitions and activities. Leading the pack is Josie Gabuco as she brought home a gold medal in Women’s Boxing Competition during the 27th SEA Games! Marlon Fernandez is our featured STI Idol in this issue. Find out how this active student leader overcame difficulties and came out on top!

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Campus News Exciting stories from different campuses all over the country


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STI’s Big 31st Anniversary Celebration

10 productivity apps in college, rounded up

Future Inventors Celebrated at National Science and Technology Week

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Strong Arms for the Country STIer brings home the gold in the 27th SEA Games

Artistry & Ingenuity Level Up On the Shelf Your guide to the latest trends today

STI Idol: Strong Heart Writer’s Block High Five for the 14th STI Basketball Showdown Champs


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Campus Upgrades By: Jessica Salao, Correspondent


The STI community continues to grow in its goal for excellence as six STI Academic Centers were upgraded to cater to a conducive learning environment for college students.


The 300-square-meter campus in Valencia became fully operational last school year (SY 2013-2014) while five more STI Academic Centers opened this school year and are fully ready for the influx of students. STI College – Calamba sits on a 6,566-square-meter property while another campus in Batangas stands on a 5,934-square-meter lot.


STI College – Cubao, on the other hand, towers with an eight-storey building on an 8,000-square-meter estate, and a massive 15,495-square-meter property in Caloocan houses STI College – Caloocan that stands on 11 floors. Lastly, the 3,500-square-meter, seven-storey campus of Malolos was also completed just in time for the school year.


All STI Academic Centers nationwide feature highly advanced classroom setups, fully-equipped computer and science laboratories, simulation rooms, stylish students’ lounges with free Wi-Fi access, and libraries packed with a wide array of research resources.

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With the growing network of schools, STI is looking at a promising future where quality education is being built with bigger and brighter possibilities.



*Special thanks to: Myra Dimayuga, Deputy School Administrator, STI College – San Pablo. Article written by Alyssah Lucman, Correspondent

Go Pink for Positive Change! From 140 entries nationwide to qualifying to the Top 14, Team Lunar Lunas from STI College – San Pablo won 5th place in the UNILAB Ideas Positive Run 4, a national competition that aims to empower college students to make a difference in their community by turning their innovative and sustainable ideas on health and wellness issues into reality. Team Lunar Lunas consists of BS Computer Science students Jofeler Gimena (4th year) and Crissa Dasmariñas (2nd year), BS Travel Management students Lois Mae Tolentino (1st year) and Reyzille Grace Ilagan (1st year), and BS Computer Engineering student Jazzmine Agravante (3rd year). The students are guided by their faculty mentor, Jean Tanalega. As part of qualifying into the Top 14, the team was awarded PhP100,000 as seed money to fund their project and they were invited to a three-day Social Marketing Boot Camp at the Bayanihan Center in Taguig to aid them in their project implementation. Among the speakers were social marketers, entrepreneurs, and experts such as Jose Antonio Mapa, Jr. of UNILAB, Jay Jaboneta of Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, Professor Mel Bandalaria of UP Open University, and Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of Rags to Riches, among others. Their project Go Pink! San Pablo champions the cause of breast cancer awareness and promotion of a healthy lifestyle in their community. From the period of January to April 2014, the team held monthly events starting with the Pink Fun Run on January 31, 2014, a Healthy Food Fair in February, a Fitness Program in March, and ending with a Pink Concert in April. Upon receiving their award, Team Lunar Lunas announced that Go Pink! San Pablo will still go on and continue in their community. “Awareness is where we start. Then we save lives.” – Team Lunar Lunas The success of Team Lunar proves that STIers are socially-responsible citizens who are proactive and creative in their endeavors to better our society. Stimuli



Festivity of Creativity Four skillful young journalists of STI College – Naga bagged medals at the Regional Tertiary School Press Conference (RTSPC) held from January 9 to 11, 2013 at Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel Resort in Bagasbas, Daet, Camarines Norte. Thanks to their experiences at their campus’ official school publication “The Stylus,” their journalism skills were sharpened before they showcased them at the reputable event. Marion Noceda, a 3rd year BS Information Technology (BSIT) student, conquered the top shelf as he took the 1st place for Photojournalism (English) and was also crowned Mr. Bicol Association of Students Campus Artists and Writers (BASCAW) Swap 2014. 2nd year Multimedia Arts (MMA) students Robin Reotro aced the Literary Graphics (English) as he landed 2nd place, while Josie Uy took over the 4th place for Editorial Writing (English). 3rd year BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) student Dianne Lastrollo also proved her worth as she won 3rd place for Opinion Writing (English). Their moderator Jo Ann Breis was truly proud as she watched the students be merited as one of the best writers and artists of the Bicol Region, also qualifying them for the national level.

Overpowering Limits Julius Carl Calalang did not have the easiest beginnings as a student. Before their high school graduation, his classmates were busy planning the courses they would like to take and which colleges they wanted to go. Julius, on the other hand, was not yet sure if he will be able to attend college due to financial difficulties. However, his dreams of pursuing a college education slowly turned into reality when he attained the highest score for a mandatory scholarship exam which gave him the chance to go to college for free. He enrolled at a college that was endorsed to him by the scholarship exam sponsors, but *Special thanks to: he did not find there Julius Carl Calalang, the kind of growth Alumnus, STI College – he knew he needed Tarlac. Article written to become successful. by Jessica Salao, He stopped school and Correspondent took on odd jobs to help 6




their Students receiving RTSPC awards during the

*Special thanks to: Dianne Lastrollo, 3rd year BSHRM, STI College – Naga. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent

his family financially. He found his second calling when a relative from abroad offered to fund his schooling, an opportunity he immediately grabbed. He was recommended to take a computer-related course, advising him that he would find better prospects in that field. Despite his hopes to pursue a course in civil engineering, he complied with his relative’s wishes and enrolled in the 2-year Associate in Computer Technology (ACT) Program at STI College – Tarlac. His ACT programming classes captured his interest in the field and gave him a change of heart. He realized that it was the right course for him. “STI did not just educate me, they believed in me. I was not just taught, I was trained. So when the time came for me to conquer the real world, I was prepared,” shared Julius. Soon after his graduation in 2004, he was hired by TARELCO, an electric distribution utility in Tarlac, and worked as a Data Controller. He was promoted to System Analyst/Programmer a year after and soon stepped up to become the company’s present System Administrator. Taking from his challenging experiences of life and hard work, he admits that everyone is on the same level in the real world where one’s willpower will be put to test. Taking inspiration from a quote which says, “Find Your Limits. Exceed Them. Repeat.” he expresses that only a person can limit oneself.

Pride in Ninefold STI College – Puerto Princesa prevailed at the Puerto Princesa – Palawan Association of Higher Education Institute (PPPAHEI) Friendship Day as 19 STIers competed with 350 students from various schools in Palawan and won in different categories.

CAMPUS NEWS The names of the winners are as follows:

As a member of the PPPAHEI, an organization that promotes leadership, unity, and fellowship among the higher education institutions in Palawan, STI College – Puerto Princesa actively participated in the PPPAHEI Friendship Day held on November 28-29, 2013. Team STI wowed everyone with their talents and skills, and happily brought home nine awards, making their school proud.


Quiz Bee (2nd Place)



Elaine Junee Mae Tribiana

BSIT 1st year

Khryzz Cyna Sebido

BSIT 1st year

Mae Regieline Diezmo

BSTM 2nd year

Juneil Rick Flores

BSCS 1st year

Oration (1st Place)

Earl Vhin Gabuat

BSIT 3rd year

Extemporaneous Speech (2nd Place)

Kenner Castro

BSHRM 4th year

Vocal Solo (2nd Place)

April Mae Aurelio

HRS 1st year

Edwin Sarita, Jr.

BSIT 4th year

Vocal Duet (2nd Place)

Hazel Mae Ferrera Mr. and Ms. PPPAHEI “Best in Varsity Rigo Angelo Dela Cuesta Attire” Mr. and Ms. PPPAHEI “Best in Uniform” and “Best in Varsity Attire”

Creative Dance (3rd Place)

Girly Tana

HRS 2nd year HRS 1st year BSTM 1st year

Anamay Bautista

HRS 2nd year

Marrione Iris Centino

HRS 2nd year

Ellaine Mae Roque

HRS 2nd year

Zennela Valencia

HRS 2nd year

Fenner Cagasca

BSHRM 2nd year

Christian Dato-on

HRS 2nd year

David Neil Marin

HRS 2nd year

Dan George Moreño

HRS 1st year

*Special thanks to: Tess Monroy, School Correspondent, STI College – Puerto Princesa. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent

Three’s a Proud Crowd Three STIers garnered awards for their forte in their respective fields during the third Association of Lanao Technical Institutions (ALTI) Skills Olympics on September 23, 2013. ALTI is an annual event supported by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) where students from different schools demonstrate their abilities in a showdown of skills. St. Peter’s College hosted the third ALTI Skills Olympics with the theme “Producing Skills for the Global Workforce,” wherein various technical institutions and colleges in Lanao del Norte and Iligan City competed in Tourism, Healthcare, Automotive Servicing, Electrical Installation & Maintenance, IT Network Cabling, IT Programming, Graphic Design, Culinary, Table Setting, Fine Dining, Bookkeeping, and among others. Two sophomores came to light as champions after conquering the competitions they joined respectively. Under the mentoring of Ms. Laile Tatad, Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) student Peziel Palma won first place at the Fine Dining Competition. On the other hand, Kirk Anthony Añana, a Computer and Consumer

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Electronics (CCE) student coached by Ms. Jacquelyn Escalante, won first place at the IT Network Cabling Competition. His classmate Jason Pili, also a sophomore, followed closely as first runner-up in the same competition. Freshman HRS student Aurilyn Dablo earned two awards by winning first-runner up at the Table Skirting Competition and third runner-up at the Table Napkin Competition. She thanked Mr. Phillip Sabayle who supervised and trained her with the much needed skills for the competition. *Special thanks to: Sherrine Christie Anne Albao, School Correspondent, STI Iligan. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent Stimuli


Diner Duties with Max’s

Global Max Services Pte. Ltd. (also known as Max’s Restaurant) has inked a partnership with STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI) on August 8, 2014 at the STI Academic Center Ortigas-Cainta. Max’s expertise of the industry will be integrated to STI’s courseware materials for its Hotel and Restaurant Management and Service Programs as its online modules will be consolidated to STI’s curriculum providing industry-based practices.

In addition, Max’s will provide STI’s BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) and Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) students with an on-the-job training (OJT) program that seeks to immerse the students with practical procedures and techniques on handling restaurant management operations, customer service orientation, cuisine-menu preparations, and other technical skills. The supervised training by Max’s will increase the chances of STI students to become members of the organization upon graduation. STI’s Vice President for Academics Dr. Lloyd C. Bautista emphasized that, “Industry collaboration is one of STI’s priority programs. The partnership provides students access to online modules before their on-the-job deployment. This online module will be part of STI’s computer laboratory lectures, giving the students a two-day orientation and practical lessons based on the actual operation in the branch. This opportunity will give STI’s Hotel and Restaurant Management students the advantage to be immersed in the actual branch operations immediately.”

Broadening to University Life STI Education Systems Holdings, Inc. has taken West Negros University (WNU) under its wing, welcoming bigger, better, and more opportunities to the promising dreams of many students in the region. The second largest university in Bacolod, now called STI–WNU, has always been known among incoming college students in the province for its BS Education and Integrated School Program, BS Engineering, Maritime Studies, and Criminology. The partnership between the two educational institutions paves the way towards better opportunities, anticipates more enhancements in the STI curriculum, and advances towards building a more conducive learning experience for the Filipino youth.



“STI–WNU is not only a step forward for the whole STI community, but is also a progress for the future of education, especially for the Negrense community. What we are looking at right now is not merely a growth for both the STI network and the students, but also an expansion of the courses and programs that many will benefit from,” says STI’s President & CEO Monico V. Jacob.

Going Global with TATA Aiming to deliver specialization through application-oriented courses to STI students, TATA Consultancy Service (TCS) enters a partnership with STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI) which was formally made official on August 13, 2014 at Bench Tower in Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City.

in STI to be ready to take on jobs in the business industry with the courses designed by TCS, which are tailored to integrate knowledge straight from the industry to the curriculum of STI’s business-related programs. Students, who will gain from TCS-Designed Courses, will also serve as TATA’s human capital investment for the future as the courseware itself speeds up the training program, thus presenting a better chance of employment in the company.

“STI offers a unique value proposition by participating with top global companies in aligning their courseware to international industry requirements. Aside from local industry partners, STI has extended its reach in the global community when it comes to quality education,” Dr. Lloyd C. Bautista, STI’s Vice President for Academics, says in a statement.

The agreement will work towards training students taking business-related courses

NIAT–Certified for CAT The Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology (BSAT) of STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI) recently passed the recognition of the National Institute of Accounting Technicians (NIAT) declaring the program to be at par with the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT®) global standards. NIAT is a Philippine-based organization that dedicates itself to the growth of the industry of Accounting Technology. It evaluates the curricula of schools with Accounting Technology programs, and determine its alignment with the certification program it provides. STI has earned the recognition of the business and accounting courses under the BSAT program, qualifying STI students for the three-part CAT® licensure examinations without additional training which is required for BSAT graduates of non-recognized schools. Dr. Harry Alfonso L. Joson, STI’s AVP for Management Information Systems (MIS) and

Head of Academic Research & Development, says, “With the recognition STI gained from NIAT, our students are accepted to be better trained to take on the real world of the industry as professionals, and find better employment opportunities in the future. This ultimately provides STI’s BSAT graduates a better advantage in their education.” Stimuli



Inside the Story With a knack for creative film making, two STIers were recognized for their skills and won a prestigious award for Outstanding Presentation of Thailand for Cluster 1 at the Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2014 held on April 28, 2014 at Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand. Out of the 48 teams who competed from around the world, BS Information Technology (BSIT) senior Paolo Gabriel Taligatos together with alumnus Syaher Ballesteros, a 2-year Information Technology (IT) graduate from Batch 2011 were given the honor to receive the award for their work in “Farmer’s Land.” With the objective to promote Thailand as a film destination for film makers, the six-minute short film depicts an appreciation of Thailand’s agriculture through the eyes of Pu Truk, a female Thai from a native family of farmers. The duo sent sample videos for the contest thru email before being qualified. It was then they were assigned to Cluster 1, a group tasked to produce a film about Northern Thailand. Paolo and Syaher chose to use a farmer’s perspective in appreciating Thailand, an apt choice since the Northern part of the country is known for its traditional agricultural practices. *Special thanks to: Carla Sedigo-Ebo, School Correspondent, STI College – Fairview. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent

Two Good to be True It was a double strike for STIers of STI College – Davao as they brought home two awards from two separate vital IT events in Mindanao. STI College – Davao’s graduating BS Information Technology (BSIT) students Reuben Limos, Mushpic Andi, and Arnie Peloton won as second runner-ups in the Mindanao Wide IT Olympiad – Hackathon 2014 after competing against 15 teams from different universities and colleges on January 29, 2014. The contest was designed to enhance the creativity and skills of the student participants in software/application development. The match lasted for a limited time of three and a half hours, but they were able to secure the third place with the help of their mentor, Engr. Armelita Pulido. In another event organized by the Philippine Society of Information Technology Students (PSITS), a group of 26 STIers came forth as champions at the Cheerleading Competition of the ITE Festival on March 2, 2014. With the guidance of the PSITS STI College – Davao Chapter President Ms. Joy Shi, and the training of their coach Mr. John Michael Ravina, the team went through two months’ worth of practice, which has refined them as a winning contender against seven competing colleges and universities in Mindanao. *Special thanks to: Divine Grace Liquido, Academic Head, STI College – Davao. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent




Top of the Game STI College – Cotabato’s unrelenting spirit of victors prevailed during the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Divisional Games as the school’s basketball team (men) and table tennis team (women) emerged as champions against nine other colleges within Cotabato City. Commencing on January 24-26, 2014, the annual PRISAA held various indoor and outdoor games, as well as socio-cultural competitions with the objective to bring exposure and credibility to private schools across the nation. STIers in Cotabato showcased their athletic prowess by bagging multiple awards in all eight events. Other than the top medalists from the men’s basketball and women’s table tennis teams, the teams

for sepak takraw (kick volleyball or sipa), soccer, and badminton for men (doubles) all placed second. Meanwhile, volleyball teams for men and women’s categories, and badminton for women (single) succeeded in taking the 3rd place. The tournament was then followed by the PRISAA Regional Meet on February 20 to 23, 2014 at Koronadal City, where delegates from the whole region engaged in the games. With the aid of their coaches Carl Camora and Jibriel Macabalang, the basketball team and 2nd year BS Travel Management (BSTM) table tennis player Kassandra Lorraine Labarosa made it all the way to the Regional Meet as 2nd runnerups. Their resolve to win definitely showed their “never say die” attitude as long as they put their hearts in the game. *Special thanks to: Carl Camore, Faculty Member, STI College – Cotabato. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent

Sushi Love As one of the chosen few schools to participate in a fair that showcases the cooking talents of young Ilocanos, six graduating Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) students of STI Laoag chose to exhibit their culinary skills through hands-on sushimaking during the Sirib Express Valentine’s Fair held last February 15 along the Sirib Mile, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. After the demonstration on how the popular Japanese dish was made, guests were given the chance to try out the food for free. The stall was also creatively decorated with a miniature figure of the famous Sinking Tower of Laoag carved out of a watermelon. One of the activity’s highlights was when the Honorable Governor Imee Marcos visited the fair and observed the booths to know more about the participating schools and institutions. *Special thanks to: Michelle Joy Colobong, School Correspondent, STI Laoag. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent Stimuli



Operation Bantayan One year after Super Typhoon Yolanda swept across Visayas, shattered many dreams, and left thousands dead, there are now apparent signs of recovery in the region which bring forth rays of hope to those who were greatly affected. One of the islands critically devastated was the Bantayan Island as it incurred an estimated damage of PhP4.3 Billion in housing, poultry, piggery, and livestock. Numerous organizations responded to Bantayan’s cry for help and one of them is the STI-West Negros University (STI-WNU). With the assistance of German Pastor Karl-Hermann Gruhler and his congregation, the Protestant Church of Laichingen in the South of Germany, STI-WNU launched the Care & Share for Yolanda Survivors, a fund raising program that reached out not only to the STI community, but also to different parts of Germany, wherein approximately PhP3 Million was raised.

Explaining to beneficiaries their responsibility as counterpart to the project

The program had two phases. During the first phase, a total of 1,028 families and 104 children from Brgy. Sillon received relief goods from the STI-WNU students, faculty members, staff, and other volunteers. On the second phase, STI-WNU established a Rehabilitation and Recovery Shelter for Yolanda survivors with Homestay Scheme Program wherein the volunteers rebuilt and turned over 62 houses to the residents of Purok Kantamayon in Brgy. Patao. As of this writing, construction of houses are still ongoing and, in addition, STIWNU will also be providing various skills trainings and educational programs to the residents. In his inspiring message to the community, STI-WNU School Administrator Mr. Mark Molina shares, “We will not only give you fish to eat but also teach you how to fish.” Bantayan Town Mayor Ian Christopher Escario expressed delight on the overwhelming support they received from STI-WNU. “Looking back to that fateful day is a realization that nothing is impossible if people, government, and nations of whatever color, creed, and religion would come together for one common purpose. That love thrives amidst the hearts of people all over the world.”

*Special thanks to: Ritzy Malo-oy, School Correspondent, STI-West Negros University. Article written by Jenny Dy, Correspondent 12


For years, STI-WNU has been consistent in its efforts not only in providing quality education but also in nurturing its students to be sociallyresponsible members of society through various programs and projects that sustainably address the needs of the community.

Food for the Soul


Months after Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the nation, communities in the affected areas are still on the mend. To ease the burden and lighten up the lives of the Can-adieng community as they recover from the devastation, STI College – Ormoc’s very own STIers endeavored to reach out to the Can-adieng Day Care Center through a feeding program. Aiming to give joy and hope, and to uplift the spirits of the children affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda, faculty members Edmund LahuyLahuy, Humabona Gonzales, James Co, and Angie Ceniza coordinated a feeding program for the children with the help of 2nd year BS Information Technology (BSIT) students at Barangay Can-Adieng’s Gym as part of their National Service Training Program (NSTP). The students of STI College – Ormoc has shown that it takes everyone’s efforts to heal our nation and rise above the tragedy. *Special thanks to: Martina Madula, School Correspondent, STI College – Ormoc. Article written by Alyssah Lucman, Correspondent

A Decade of Alay Pamasko The first STI-Cauayan NSTP Alay Pamasko in December 2003

For the past 10 years, STI Cauayan has made it a tradition to make Christmas meaningful for the underprivileged through their yearly Alay Pamasko program. Year after year, the NSTP students, with the support of private companies and local government units in their area, dedicate their time and efforts to touch the lives of others during Christmas. But it doesn’t come without its own challenges. This year, 80 students from the Information Technology and Computer and Electronics Technology programs participated in the activity.

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They had to solicit the help of private citizens through caroling and accepted donations from various companies and government offices in Cauayan City, Isabela, and other nearby Municipalities. Almost 400 families benefit from the activity every year, making their efforts more fulfilling. Beneficiaries even express their thanks with a smile, coupled with the words, “We are blessed to have STI. God bless STI.” These words are enough to fuel STI Cauayan’s commitment to keep the tradition of the yearly Alay Pamasko program.

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*Special thanks to: Francisco Nicolas III, Faculty Member, STI Cauayan. Article written by Alyssah Lucman, Correspondent Stimuli



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Every Drop Counts


More than 50 blood bags were collected during a bloodletting activity held at STI College – Marikina on July 31, 2014. The activity was conducted in collaboration with the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) in line with the National Blood Donor’s Month celebration. Under the supervision of Frederic Yulo, Academic Head of STI College – Marikina, and Neil Andrew Nocon, Assistant Secretary General for Program Development Services of Red Cross, a total of 71 students, teaching, and non-teaching personnel participated in the activity. Initially, the activity was only planned for the National Service Training Program (NSTP) classes but when other students learned about it, they also volunteered. The PNRC is a non-profit humanitarian organization in the country, committed to provide quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations. *Special thanks to Frederic Yulo, Academic Head, STI College – Marikina. Article written by Erick Listana, Correspondent

Giving Joy to Lives By: Michelle Ocfemia and Sam Arvin Zamoranos, 3rd year BSBM, STI College – Las Piñas

STI College – Las Piñas is determined to help their fellow Filipinos through outreach programs. On December 18, 2013, STIers were on a mission to save more lives than they can ever imagine. With the arrival of the PNRC volunteers at STI College – Las Piñas to collect blood from willing donors from the Las Piñas district, STIers were first in line. The awareness of the young heroes of STI towards blood donation has helped PNRC in their drive to give as much help to people who need it most. On December 19, 2013, the school conducted another project; its very first “Gift Giving Project” to first grade pupils of Vergonville Elementary School. Members of the Student Development Board (SDB) and the NSTP students of STI College – Las Piñas organized the project, awarding a total of 123 pupils with bags of supplies for their school needs.




Teaching at its Best By: Mari Gizelle Idmilao, Faculty Member, STI College – Meycauayan

Thelma Villaflores is a teacher by heart with a thirst for creativity. Since she was a young girl, her elementary school teacher already saw the potential in her, saying that she “will be a good teacher someday.” It further inspired her to find numerous ways to bring out the potentials in her students, believing that a teacher can always find something that would engage students in the teaching-learning process. Possessing a degree in BS in Education (Major in English) and presently a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Education, Thelma advocates for out-ofthe-classroom activities, involving her students in memorable projects such as the “Human Statues Exhibit” where students depicted the events in the life of Dr. Jose Rizal. While she received numerous awards such as the “Best Faculty Member” and “Most Creative Teaching,” she conducted a research study on the use of Facebook in a literature class where she learned that Facebook has a significant relationship to the attitude and performance of students in

class. Concluding her research with relevant findings, she presented her paper to language conferences here and abroad where it received a positive reception. First, Thelma presented her research at the International Conference on Learning and Community Enrichment in Singapore on July 17, 2012. Followed by the International Conference on Language 2013 in Phuket, Thailand last November 2013 and lastly, during the PAC@PALT 2013—Tradition and Innovation in Language Teaching at the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City on December 7, 2013 where she had the chance to meet Stephen Krashen, the Father of Second Language Learning. Presently, she is looking at another prospective presentation at the prestigious Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) in Japan.

To the Top and Above Ever since his college days at STI as a BS Computer Science student, Philip Mark Deazeta has been admired by his college mentors and classmates for his exceptional programming skills. Claimed to be technically ahead of his peers by his former professors, he was creative in finding other ways of doing things such as constructing his programming codes. His passion in computer programming earned him awards in various competitions in his school and community. He even became one of the representatives to the Hytec Robotics Competition in National Robotics and Mechatronics Exposition last 2011. All his experiences in his field helped him further excel after he finished his degree in 2011. With all the outstanding qualifications and fervor to give his career a good head start, the 23-year-old Philip received an intensive training from Exist Code Camp, a training center that gives valuable preparation for aspiring Software Engineers. He was offered a job as a Level 1 Software Engineer at Exist Software Labs in Ortigas after passing the program. Then, after two years’ worth of knowledge and work in the industry, he resigned to pursue a bigger career opportunity in Singapore as a Software Engineer at Trade Gecko. He is working for the company to this day and is the only Filipino in his team. *Special thanks to: Alma Combalicer-Gordola, School Correspondent, STI College – Quezon Avenue. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent 16


Don’t be Confused, Mate! English, still considered to be the universal language, has evolved a lot through the years and is now further classified into different types such as US English, UK English, Australian English, Singapore English, and more. We also have our own Philippine English which closely follows the US English because of the huge influence that the Americans play in our culture. But the two most popular types and widely used are the US English and UK English. These two differ a lot in terms of spelling. Many of these differences result from the French influence on English. US English spell words more closely to the way they sound phonetically while UK keeps the spelling of many words of French origin.




ending in

ending in








An extra “L”

Is it the THEATRE in the CENTRE?


the THEATER in the CENTER?




An extra “U”














The ORGANISATION RECOGNISED the hard work of its employees.

The ORGANIZATION RECOGNIZED the hard work of its employees.

It won’t hurt to know that those differences in spelling don’t entail dissimilarities in their meanings. Keep this checklist and have a flexible vocabulary! Source: Stimuli


Special Feature

Thousands of STIers trooped to the Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna to join in STI’s Big 31st anniversary celebration on September 26, 2014! The annual event casts the spotlight on the many talented and skilled STI students that make up STI’s student body. From campuses all over Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, students will gather and show what they are made of in various talent competitions at the Enchanted Kingdom’s Enchanting Events Place. Feel the electric pulse of STI’s dance troops as they move to the beat in Hataw Sayaw. Rock out with the edgy musicians in Battle of the Bands and groove to the melodic voices in STI’s Singing Idol. Also, get to know STI’s homegrown beauties and charmers in Mr. and Ms. STI 2014.



“Be the hero. Be STI,” is this year’s call to action as STI challenges the whole community to be the hero they can be. For 31 years, STI has been developing heroes of the nation. As we move forward, let us celebrate the STI heroes that have paved the way for our many victories while we continue to empower students, faculty members, staff, and alumni to be heroes in their own right. Each hero is ready to take action and ready to enact positive change. Ultimately, it is this willingness and boldness to make the world a better place is what sets the STI Heroes apart. To cap off the day filled with exhilaration, the celebration culminated in a spectacular fireworks display. Indeed, what better way to end such a big occasion than to go out with a bang!

Cover Story

You may have heard the story of 18-year-old Muelmar Magallanes who saved 30 lives during typhoon Ondoy, before he was swept away by the floods and lost his life. You have studied year after year since elementary the legacy that our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, has left behind for our country. There is even the feature on a “dog hero� named Kabang who saved the lives of two children from a fatal motorcycle crash resulting in extensive injuries to her nose and upper jaw. What about the 10-year-old boy from your barangay who helped the old lady cross the street this morning? Stimuli


In all these stories, we can identify many words that can be used to paint a picture of a hero. Hardworking, sincere, dependable, and an inspiration. A hero is someone we admire for courageous actions that effect positive change. When there is something wrong, they will find ways to fix it. When there is something right, they will enforce it. Heroes, essentially, is someone who makes a difference. For the 31st Anniversary of STI, we invite you to act on your heroic potential. Be a hero in your own way, even if it only seems simple. Remember, great things start from small beginnings. The theme “Be the Hero. Be STI,” seeks to empower you to make a difference in your life and in the world, as well.

BE THE HERO. BE STI. As part of STI’s drive for nation-building, we continue to uphold a culture of excellence by empowering the whole STI community to “Be The Hero. Be STI.” This year, we unite to honor the many STI Heroes we have produced for the last 31 years. They are the heroes in their own rights, heroes for their families, and heroes of the nation. At the same time, encouraging today’s generation of STIers to be heroes of their own kind. It does not take much to be your own hero. To get into the heart of it, the STI community share how they become modern-day heroes in their own personal ways.

The Cool Brother

Paul Nabua, 1st year BSHRM student of STI College – Quezon Avenue, says, “The best heroes are my parents. They have always been ready to make sacrifices for me and my siblings. They taught me a lot on how you can be a hero for your family by just simply acting or taking up your role. In my case, I’m the eldest so I need to guide my siblings and correct them if necessary. Help the family by running errands and by volunteering to help around in the house.”

The Nationalist

Richard Gadin, Vice President and COO of Go! Go! Pinoy Systems and Technologies Inc. and STI College Batch 2004 alumnus, says, “Part of being a hero for your own country is to bring pride and honor. As a business owner and entrepreneur, I want to uplift the Filipino name in my own line of business. You can probably guess now why I named my business Go! Go! Pinoy Systems and Technologies, Inc. I want to see Filipinos be known for our own programs, skills, and knowledge in different industries. With the right vision, the possibilities are endless!” Sources: |,28804, 1945379_1944701_1944711,00.html



Your True Buddy

John Marco Aunario, 3rd year BSIT student of STI College – Caloocan, says, “A hero is the one that you can ask for help, even offering to lend a helping hand when you didn’t ask for it. They are the ones who cheers and lifts you up. Whenever you have a problem, s/he is there. That is why I believe I can be a hero by giving what I can to others, both in spiritual things or in physical things, like helping them on their assignments, projects.”

The Mighty Creative

Ferdie Ortega, Creative Services Manager of the Communications Department in STI Head Office, says, “You can be a hero just by doing your work and by going the extra mile. What we are doing is not for ourselves alone but also for the students. So if we do our jobs properly, we fulfill our mission to them. That’s what makes us heroes in our own right.”

Ms. Wonder Wit

Ma. Jocelyn De Vera, Career Adviser of STI College – Ortigas-Cainta, says, “Heroes don’t think of themselves as heroes. They think that they’re just being human. In my opinion, the best way to be a hero is to be a decent human being. That includes being polite, responsible, competent, and most of all, being kind and considerate to others.”

Heroes are all around us. The real power of a hero lies in one’s capacity to do what is right and to pave the way for others to follow. You don’t necessarily have to risk your life on the line or make a great sacrifice. Being a hero does not ask for much — it starts by asking you to be the best version of yourself. It is what we do that defines who we are — and you too, can be a hero. So, be a hero. Be STI. Stimuli


STUDENTS ON-THE-GO By: Erick Listana, Correspondent

10 Productivity Apps in College

Whether you’re worried about your research papers, a tedious workload or finances, we have rounded up the best productivity apps to help you manage it all while in college. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of college life blow out of proportion and ruin your college experience.

Here are the 10 FREE apps every college student should download to make life a bit easier!



With Evernote, you’ll be able to effortlessly store and share any kind of research you find online.

2 GFlash +

A flashcard app right onto your smartphone so you can review lessons anytime, anywhere!

3 4

It is the ultimate task manager for busy students. The app functions as a mobile to-do list that offers cloud syncing and timed reminders, giving you no excuse to cross out your to-do’s.


From European to Asian languages, this app will definitely help you ace your foreign language class!

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5 Everest

Keep track of your life goals despite your hectic schedules in college. This app allows you to set your personal aspirations and prompts you with tips and steps along the way to reach your goals.

6 Mint

With this app’s tracking features, design a customized budget based on your income, savings, and expenses. Once set, you’ll receive alerts for upcoming dues and if you are over spending within your means.

7 Look up word definitions, get spelling help, and improve your papers with this useful tool!


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This app provides you a board where you can create a custom to-do list for a group project, add tasks, and assign a member to complete each responsibility. With this app, group projects just got easier.


Organized by subjects, priority settings, and deadlines, it is almost impossible to overlook and track the progress of your assignments.


If you are having a hard time composing your ideas, then this app is perfect for you! Map out your thoughts and concepts in a way that can be more easily translated into a final project.

Now that you already know about this, put out your device and set aside selfie for a while. Instead, search for these featured apps and work your way to a more productive and smoother college experience.

You can download these apps via Google playstore and Appstore for Android & iOS users, respectively. Stimuli



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STI alumni were given the opportunity to showcase their projects during the prestigious National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), an event organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall



of Asia in Pasay City from July 24 to 28, 2014. With the theme “Philippines: A Science Nation Meeting Global Challenges,� this annual event aimed to exhibit and promote the latest technologies and innovations. It also featured an exhibit of projects made by students from various schools to encourage and motivate the youth to become more inventive and think outside-the-box.

Unmanned Aerial Video Surveillance Device

Three innovative projects made by recent graduates from STI campuses in Fairview, Recto, and Santa Rosa were presented and commended during the occasion. STI College – Fairview graduates, Reynaldo Paguntalan, Jr., Romelita Alain, and Bernardo Elton Asuncion, designed the Unmanned Aerial Video Surveillance Device to help victims of calamities. The apparatus is equipped with a camera and sound detector attached to a flying device, making it easier to search far-reaching areas where more help is needed. Another project took the issue of water pollution to another level with the MCU-Based Remote Controlled Oil Spill Clean-up Surface Vessel. Considered to be an environmentalfriendly gizmo, it was designed by STI College – Recto graduates — Ernie Buaya, Jr., Gilbert Laxamana, and Kharen Niñofranco — with a promise to make oil spill clean-ups as easy as touching a button on a cellphone. Users can sift and filter oil substances from the water surface more conveniently by connecting to the

device through a Bluetooth Application available in Android phones. Finally, a more practical use of kinetic energy was accomplished with the third project devised by STI College – Santa Rosa graduates, Renier Hebron, Maria Theresa Magares, Olga Ocampo, and Alvin Rapista. The tool dubbed as the MCUBased Staircase Power Harvesting System features a function in which power is generated from the steps made on a staircase. The concept itself opens a whole new list of alternatives of extracting energy through sustainable means from pedestrians and commuters walking on streets, sidewalks, and bridges. STI’s Vice President for Academics Dr. Lloyd Bautista said, “We see the value of participating in such events to demonstrate the creativity and inventiveness of our students in the field of Science

MCU-Based Remote Controlled Oil Spill Clean-up Surface Vessel

and Technology. We will continue to explore other competitions here and abroad, that can further challenge our students to excel in their chosen field of study.” These revolutionary works of STIers not only brought pride to the STI community, but also paved way for a new set of ideas for technology to progress even further, building a hopeful future for the next generation. *Special thanks to: Lesil Lorete Tindoc and Mel Deldacan, Correspondents. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent

MCU-Based Staircase Power Harvesting System Stimuli




By: Erick Listana, Correspondent

People You Meet in College

You’ve met at least one of them in your high school days. But now that you are in college, you still run into one of them and there’s a lot more! Say hello to the top 10 most common people you most prolly come across in college.

The Net Savvy

Name every social media platforms and he/she has it! Defining Trait: Live-tweeting expert. Everything on their FB gets tons of likes. Use hashtags and abbreviations IRL. Catchphrase: “OMG! Hold on, I’m gonna post this on IG real quick.”

The Artsy-Fartsy Trying too hard to be artistic. Defining Trait: They tend to think their works are unique, creatively genius, and good for all humanity. Catchphrase: “It’s an art!”



The Read-it-All Before it lands to the top 10 list, he/ she has already read it. Defining Trait: They have read more books than you’ve seen in your whole life. Catchphrase: “Yeah, it’s a very interesting book. I’ve read it last night.”

The Jock Training every day of his/her life. Defining Trait: Disciplined. Period. Catchphrase: “Sorry, man, gotta run to practice.”



That dude who you only see once.

Defining Trait: Only appears on syllabus day, midterms, and finals. Catchphrase: “Now you see me, now you don’t.”

The CLOWN Your daily dose of laughter. Defining Trait: Likes always doing stand-up even when you are not in a comedy bar. Catchphrase: “Knock… knock…”


Everybody knows this person. Defining Trait: BFFs with anyone. Catchphrase: “It is SO good to see you!”

The Sleeper Daydreaming any time of the day. Defining Trait: They can’t manage to keep their eyes open for more than 45 seconds. Catchphrase: “Zzzz...”

the Flash An expert in ninja moves. Defining Trait: The minute the bell rings, they vanish in an instant. Catchphrase: “I gotta go!”


Keep going as long as you are true to yourself. This is you! Stay awesome and always be true to yourself.

Whether you identify yourself or bump into anyone of them, always keep in mind that respect is above all else, no matter how you call yourself or label others. Sources: | http://www. Stimuli






ailed as one of the most skillful female boxers of her time, Josie Gabuco has made her country proud as she came home a gold medalist for the light-flyweight class of the Women’s Boxing Competition during the 27th South East Asian (SEA) Games last December 2013. Driven by passion in boxing, the 27-year-old BS Information Technology student has been boxing for 10 years since she joined the National Open in Puerto Princesa, Palawan in 2003. Glory in boxing shone brightly in her future, but like the ambitious dreamer that she is, she also wanted to go to college. Her mother’s financial inability to do so hindered Josie to reach that aspiration, but all was not lost when she was offered an opportunity to be granted a scholarship in college, for as long as she continues boxing.

further hone her skills. She went through the intense training with tireless dedication and still was able to attend her classes at STI College– Taft. She received much help from her classmates, who kept her posted with the lectures she missed and from her supportive instructors who have been considerate and understanding to provide make-up classes just for her.

Things paid off when she came primed and ready at the SEA Games, punching her way to the finals. She has beaten Beatrix Seguro of Indonesia by majority decision, 40-36, 40-36, 38-38, reigning her as champion in the category, following her victory in the semi-finals against Sonkra Chantavonsra of Laos (4036, 40-34, 40-34). Josie has also won the 2014 Philippine National Games last May 2014 via technical knock-out (TKO) on the third round against Jeanvee Flores of Cagayan de Oro. Doing what she loves while *Special thanks to Frederic Yulo, Academic Despite having her hands full, the studying at the same time is not Head, STI College – Marikina. Article three-time SEA Games gold medalist an easy feat for Josie. She would written by Erick Listana, Correspondent still found some time to spend start her strenuous training every with her family. Facing life with morning and spar with men to

the full support of her mother, she found the inspiration to become better, tougher, and stronger for the next things she will face ahead. *Special thanks to: Emman Ciriaco, School Correspondent, STI College – Taft. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent Stimuli




cademic excellence and limitless creativity radiated at STI Academic Center Ortigas-Cainta as students from various STI campuses nationwide converged for the national finals of the Tagisan ng Talino (TNT) on March 6, 2014 and the first Tagisan ng Sining (TNS) on April 11, 2014. The top 112 finalists from 43 schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao made it to the national level of TNT to prove their expertise and the chance to earn the much coveted title as champions in the areas of cake decorating, culinary arts, table setting, programming, public speaking, writing, and keenness with facts.

Chef Xpress winners from STI College – General Santos

STI College – Cebu’s Diodineil Bacus, Edward Gandionco, and Arlou Soriño

Artistry & Ingenuity Level Up

Stand Up and Deliver winner Mark Jason Relacion from STI College – Balayan

By: Jenny Dy, Correspondent Music for Reel winning music video “Pangarap” from STI College – Santa Rosa

nning photo by Shutter ’s Best wi m STI College – fro n Michael Rona er Simple Joy, Moth “A Alabang entitled Can Bring”



proved that they are walking encyclopedias when it comes to general information as they outdid their competitors in Think Quest. Meanwhile, computersavvies Roderick Dacatimbang from STI College – Makati and John Espiritu from STI College – Bacoor made their mark in programming as they were declared champions in INTO Programming Junior and Senior Divisions, respectively. On the other hand, STI College – Balagtas’ Sherijan Dela Cruz showed that he is on the right track to becoming a great writer by winning in Essay Does It!, while STI College – Balayan’s Mark Jason Relacion was hailed as the most eloquent extemporaneous speaker in Stand Up and Deliver.

All in Place winners from STI College – Recto

Worth the Whisk winner Gerriza Mae Sebastian from STI College – Balagtas

Think Quest winners from STI College – Cebu

INTO Programming Senior winner John Espiritu from STI College – Bacoor

In the world of gourmet cooking, STI College – General Santos, composed of Charlie Bayking, Kathreen Tipawan, and Janelle Gonzales, served the most delectable dish and won the judges’ hearts in Chef Xpress. Nikki Intod and Allen Combalicer from STI College – Recto, in the meantime, showed off their knack in table setting and prevailed over the other finalists in All in Place. Gerriza Mae Sebastian also brought home another award for STI College – Balagtas as she demonstrated exemplary technique in cake decorating and emerged victorious in Worth the Whisk. Meanwhile, TNS is a new competition that was introduced to the STI community to showcase the students’ brimming artistry and creativity. The 36 contenders showed off their music video making skills and 39 photo enthusiasts

Essay Does It! winner Sherijan Dela Cruz from STI College – Balagtas

INTO Programming Junior winner Roderick Dacatimbang from STI College – Makati

exhibited their in-depth imagination to compete in the two categories of the TNS. The team from STI College – Santa Rosa, made up of Melchor Alonte, Reny Ponay, and Dyesenel Rodejo, created a music video entitled “Pangarap” and won in the first ever Music for Reel category. On the other hand, Michael Ronan from STI College – Alabang was declared champion in the on-the-spot photography competition in Shutter’s Best. TNT and TNS are annual interschool competitions that aim in bringing out the outstanding and boundless talents of the STI students. These competitions likewise provide venues for the students to develop camaraderie, teamwork, ingenuity, and character growth, which in turn will help them become globally competitive individuals. Stimuli


By: Jenny Dy, Correspondent

Fast & Furious 7 Release Date: April 10, 2015 Car racing will be back again in the spotlight as the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious film series finally announced its release date! This latest sequel bridges the gap between the spin-off movie Tokyo Drift and the rest of the Fast & Furious series. In this movie, Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Connor, and the rest of the crew returns to the US to live normal lives. However, their lives were disrupted with the coming of Ian Shaw, who seeks revenge for the death of his brother whom the crew faced off in Fast & Furious 6, putting everyone in danger once again. Joining Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Jason Statham, and Caleb and Cody Walker (Paul Walker’s brothers who filled in for him after his untimely death in 2013). The movie is directed by

James Wan. Source: wiki/Fast_%26_Furious_7

Avengers: Age of Ultron Release Date: May 1, 2015 Good news, Marvel fanatics! Our beloved Marvel superheroes are back for their much-awaited sequel! Armed with new gadgets, Ironman, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are joined by sibling duo Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in their battle against Ultron, an android with a god complex who is bent on taking over the Earth. Directed by Joss Whedon, the movie features another star-studded cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron TaylorJohnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader. Source: movie/193/avengers_age_of_ultron



The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2014 is the Holy Grail for all gaming enthusiasts. Every year, thousands of gamers make their pilgrimage to the E3 so they can witness first-hand the unveiling of new games and get their hands on the demos from major exhibitors such as Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony. With the launch of the E3 last June 2014, here are two exciting and interesting games that players should watch out for.

Super Smash Bros 3DS, Wii U

Release Date: October 2014 This crossover fighting game features iconic characters from the Nintendo universe. Get ready to watch your beloved game characters like Mario and Luigi, Pikachu, Sonic the Hedgehog, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Pac-Man, Sheik, Yoshi, and Mega Man fight each other in a free-for-all type of contests! Adding more excitement to the game was the confirmation that gamers will finally be able to use their own Miis! This means that the gamers can also play as their own little avatars and join the fighting game with their favorite characters! Source:

Batman: Arkham Knight Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows

Release Date: 2015 This game is the finale to the Arkham trilogy series wherein the Caped Crusader faces a roster of super villains — the Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn — in order to protect Gotham City. With the addition of the Batmobile, which will finally be in action in this game, players will definitely have the complete Batman experience as they chase villains, use clever gadgets, investigate crime scenes, zip through the streets, and soar across the skyline of Gotham City! Source: batman-arkham-knight-review/




Strong Heart By: Jessica Salao, Correspondent

Among the choices that Marlon Fernandez came across in his way to a better self, he always took the path that would make him grow wiser, braver, and above all, stronger. Before his life in STI, he was studying at another school, but it did not provide the kind of education that he was looking for in a college: a well-rounded growth. Wasting no time, he decided that he could do better during his years in college and looked for better prospects. With the help and support of his parents, he found STI where learning became much fruitful for someone like him. Enrolling at STI College – Las Piùas, he took a Business Management course and majored in Management and Computer Applications. Challenging as it may sound, with all the projects and exams he needed to pass, Marlon enjoyed his stay at STI by actively participating in various school organizations. He was an officer of his student government organization and a member of a theater acting group at the same time. While enjoying all his co- and extra-curricular activities, he was also slowly developing two of the most important traits that would help him as he enters the corporate world — confidence and efficiency. Albeit experiencing difficulties when looking for a job after finally finishing school, his award as a 3rd placer for Academic Excellence during his days at STI gave him an edge. Not long after he started job hunting, he found himself working as a Training Manager at a BPO company, Teletech. Today, he is a Training Consultant at Thomson Reuters, where he trains helpdesk analysts and handles the global service desk training and quality. He is also a liaison between the training, the service management, and all other 34


Marlon (rightmost) at the Year-End Event Awards 2011, receiving a group achievement award at the Philippine International Convention Center

Marlon spending time with his family

Marlon (leftmost) with his team at Thomson Reuters — the Asia Pacific Leads for IT Service Desk together with the Business Relationship Managers

IT units in the organization. He has been working at the same company for two years now, still doing well and enjoying his job. His family is one of the driving forces in his tireless search for something bigger. Being a family man that he is, he naturally wanted only the best for his children, especially for his daughter who is now in college. Impressed at how STI is expanding and improving, he enrolled his own daughter in STI College – Global City, trusting that the school will give her the same kind of quality education, like what he received during his stay in STI College – Las Piñas. Over the years, he values strength as something that sums up everything that he learned in his academic and professional life. “Strength does not happen overnight,” Marlon shares. “You gain it by experience. The way life is, the way you talk to other people, the way you converse with other people, the way you practice everything in your life. That’s how you grow to become strong.”

Memorabilia from Marlon’s days in STI College – Las Piñas Stimuli


Block Kailan By: Angelita Libardo, Faculty Member, STI College – Global City

Hanggang kailan ka ba mananatili Sa buhay na makasarili? Hanggang kailan mo matitiis Ang malunod sa pighati, Sa paghabol sa buhay na sadyang napakaikli.

Hindi mo ba nakikita Ang lahat ay walang halaga Kung ang buhay ay sa sarili lamang nakapinta. Himbing sa pagtulog ay isang panaginip Alipin ang diwa at puso ng mundong kaaya-aya. Tumigil ka na at kalimutan ang sarili Bumangon ka at magpakabayani Isulong ang bayan bago ang sarili Pag-iimbot itulak sa isipang huwad At walang tapang ihain ang buhay ng tapat.

My Country, My Grave By: Vernelie Diane Babasa, 2nd yr. ACT, STI College – Batangas

Can you hear the cry of mass? Even hundred years came to pass Can you hear the call of death? Carrying burden until last breath.

Busy streets with loud protest See the courage of mouth it possessed Still I weigh lighter on your court’s scale Will I ever win if justice is for sale?

Weakly standing in your court Yet in the corner of your eyes I came short And when your judgment has been read Left my soul sullen and spirit dead.

I stand neither for activist nor for politics Just witness of what my country seeks But if you wear the suit of wealth and fame Would you even care to know our names?

My hands are rough, wounded, and dirty Digging soil to feed my family My pockets have cents, other days empty You sleep with millions, why then rob me?

The future of the youth has rotten Our rights and your promises are forgotten My land, my cradle pulled me deep into grave Neither saints nor your sweet words could save.

I have been robbed, killed, and abused Stoned of all truths within my accuse Deaf of my cry, blind of my tear But in God’s wrath, don’t you fear? Named equalled and tagged as slave To get the future my children crave Endless labor into alien’s far away land Why mind if green valued papers are on hand?



Storms, floods may come but still we stand Same cradle, same blood together hand and hand But if burden is encrypted in epitome Will I ever taste the said straight path kingdom?


High Five for the 14th STI Basketball Showdown Champs By: Mhel Garrido, Correspondent The STI College – Santa Rosa team added another championship title to their legendary run as they beat STI College – Global City, 85–68 at the fabled Rizal Memorial Coliseum, capturing their fifth consecutive crown. This year’s MVP is STI College – Santa Rosa’s do-itall forward Jan Almoro who had a tournament high of 423.5 statistical points. As if the gods planned it, Almoro saved his best performance in the final game of the season as he added 9 rebounds, an assist, and a steal to go along with his 23 points.

First Game STI COLLEGE – MALOLOS (82) Marcelo 19 Latagan 3

Pineda Bonifacio 14 14 Gatchalian Victoria 3 2

Sayo 12 Panopio 0

Cruz 7 Angeles 0

Jimenez 4 Ecleo 0

Hernandez 4

Gustilo 4 Esteban 0

Brillantes 4 Ontal 0

Colcol 4

Inojales 4

STI COLLEGE – FAIRVIEW (58) Galvez 19 Sanggacala 2

Eli 11 Labanon 1

Arangel 9 Avenir 0

Quarter scores: 19–15, 43–29, 64–40, 82–58

Second Game STI COLLEGE – SANTA ROSA (85) Almoro 23 Romero 3

Guerrero 14 Ursua 0

Salazar 14 Sabino 0

Lizen 10 Geli 0

Mamaed 7 Maunahan 0

Peña 6 Fudotan 0

Batiquin 4 Caraan 0

Aliparo 4

Bungar 6 Delabajan 0

Carlos 5 Sultan 0

Pangilinan 4

Natividad 4

STI COLLEGE – GLOBAL CITY (68) Napeñas 17 Abuy 3

Sampurna 12 Gubat 2

Bernal 8 Norte 0

Lontoc 7 Baldoza 0

Almoro was joined by co-forward Addis Lizen (411.50 SP), guards Norbert Peña (381.00 SP) and Raul Guerrero (372.00 SP), and center Arjay Napeñas (353.00 SP) of Global City in the Mythical 5. The statistical points came from the points, rebounds, assists, steals, and block shots of the players with bonus points on coming from wins. In the battle for third place, John Marcelo, Abram Pineda, Sherwin Sayo, and Ralph Bonifacio all scored in double figures to lead STI College – Malolos to an 82–58 win over the STI College – Fairview team. The Regalado-based cagers were led by their center Renz Galvez who scored 19 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and blocked 2 shots. This is the second time in three years that STI College – Malolos placed third.

Quarter scores: 25–12, 46–29, 65–47, 85–68

A Jump to the top Former STI College Olympians center Maclean Sabellina was recently drafted in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) by the newest team Blackwater Elite. He was the third player selected in the third round of the 2014 PBA Draft. Sabellina started out with STI College – Cagayan de Oro and transferred to STI College – Makati and then STI College – Global City to play five years for the Olympians in their National Athletic Association of Schools Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) campaign from 2008-2011. He was part of the Mythical 5 during the 2011 NAASCU. He played for Pacific Pipes and Boracay Rhum in the PBA-Developmental League from 20102014. He is the second STI College Olympians player to be drafted in the PBA, the first being Ramon Mabayo, the sixth player chosen during the fourth round of the 2012 PBA Draft. Check these links to know more about Maclean and his amazing dunk that wowed the coaches at the Gatorade PBA Draft Combine: http://www.philstar. com/sports/2014/08/19/1359357/sabellina-impresses-gatorade-pba-draftcombine |



HIPSTER 101 By: Erick Listana, Correspondent


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FEDORA Yes! A legendary piece from c. 1920 is bouncing back

5 MESSENGER BAG It’s basically a sling bag, but with a swag.


SCARF Scarf it all the way to a hippie you!







Thick-framed lenses are effortlessly hip. Remember Bob Dylan’s glasses?

The basic apparel has evolved to a style must-have.

10 SKINNIES Who says guys can’t wear skinnies? Don’t they look stylish and youthful?

Most hipsters have cool masculine checkered tops in their wardrobes.

SNEAKERS Kick in with chucks!

Different kind of tops like tees or hoodies with prints that are unique, whimsy, and creative.

Or a “skully” is a headhugging brimless cap without a visor.

11 SWEATSHIRTS Don’t sweat the small stuff with sweatshirts or hoddies on your top.

Sources: | http:// | http://soulfishingblog.blogspot. com/2014/03/how-to-dress-like-hipster.html



We all have heard of them. We all have seen them. And maybe you are one of them. But every time we hear the word hipster, we are all muddled.

URBAN DICTIONARY: A hipster is a subculture of men and women in their 20s & 30s who value independent thinking and are intellectually artsy.

However, one thing holds true to all the hipsters out there, they go against the current and break away from the mainstream. If you ask us up to what extent, that’s a different story. For now, let’s create a hipster look based on what we see around.


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HOMBURG This classical piece is making a fab comeback!



WIDE BRIM Top off your look with a smashing hat, such as wide brim or fedoras.


graphic tees you’ll never go wrong with artsy graphic tees.



ACCESSORIES Add a classic touch to your getup with bohemian accessories.

This is no different from the guys’ wayfarer. It’s just that girls can have it in cool and cute various shapes. CANVAS TOTES For the eco-friendly hipster in you, switch to canvass with fun prints and design.


VINTAGE DRESS Raid your mom’s or grandma’s closet to salvage a dress. If unsuccessful, there are thrift stores and brands that carry vintageinspired garbs.


SHORTS A hipster staple. Don’t you see why?


LEGGINGS, JEGGINGS or SKINNIES Flowery, striped or polka dotted leggings are hipster gold. Well, skinnies and jeggings too!


BOOTS Be bold with boots to give your outfit that hipster twist.

Now you decide, are you one of them? Whatever your answer is, being true to yourself is more important than any label in the flipside. Stimuli


A hero is defined by his admirable actions. All great heroes start small by choosing to act excellently without hesitation, until the initiative becomes instinctive and the small acts develop into major feats. STI honors its own heroes — the empowered students, faculty members, staff, and alumni worldwide who are heroes in their own rights.

Tertiary Stimuli 1st Semester 2014-2015