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Editor’s Note Now that summer is near, everyone is getting pumped up for their summer vacation! Everyone, if not most, will be quite busy posting pictures and tweeting where they are or what they are doing on their various social media accounts. Thus, it is vital that you know and follow the social media netiquettes to become a savvy model netizen! In this issue, learn about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to posting, sharing, and using hashtags to avoid being a social media noob. Make your summer vacation more colorful by starting your own fashion blog where you can post your #OOTD! Follow these simple steps on how to create your own blog and you might be the next blogger to leave your mark in the fashion world. Have also a hassle-free vacation by learning the art of packing!

Why trouble yourself with a big luggage when you can fit your stuff into just one backpack? This way, you can explore more places and make the most out of your trip. You can also make your vacation a memorable one by chronicling everything in a journal. Crafting your personalized journal is a good way to let out your inner creative self! Summer is also a good time to start anew. Before another school year begins, it’s nice to look back, reflect on the things that happened, and think on what else you can do that will guide you in preparing for a better future. To help you out, here are five habits that you can to do right now to train yourself into becoming a winning professional! So, what are you waiting for? Turn the pages now and let your summer adventures take off!

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STI Idol: Josephine Ramos Fuelled by Her Passions


Mastery Unmasked TNT and TNS


Mark it Down! Proper uses of punctuations


On the Shelf Your guide to the latest trends today


A Five-star Performance


Celebrating STI


Easy 3-step Recipes Summer edition


The Backpacker Your guide in traveling


Fashion Blogging 101 The basics of a start-up blog

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Ramon “Spanky” Enriquez

Heroes in the Making: The 20th STI NYC

The 20th STI National Youth Convention (NYC) is back on the road to train the STI students from all campuses nationwide to improve their competencies and give them insights on the latest trends in the industry. The three-month caravan kicked off at the City of Smiles, Bacolod City, with the theme, “Be the Hero. Be STI: Mission Possible.” Held on December 2, 2014 at STI’s first university, the STI-West Negros University (STI-WNU), thousands of students trooped to the venue, eager to experience a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity. The 20th STI NYC opened with two sets of speakers holding talks to students from different programs that discussed topics relevant to their respective fields. For the first part of the NYC, Digital Marketing Consultant for Hotel and Restaurant industry discussed the current direction of the Hotel and Restaurant Management industry with Be ‘Proactive!’: Up-to-date Trends in the Service Industry. Consultant from John Robert Powers, Marisyll Pengson, meanwhile, imparted sound advice to the students on how they can project a more professional impression with her talk Pro-Ficiency: Showcasing Professional Efficiency Through Your Image. And Juan Carlos “JC” Libirian, CEO of CnB Ventures, shared his

secrets on making a living with creativity in Cash in Your Creativity: Turning Your Ideas into Success. The second part of the event, on the other hand, talked about creating and developing applications. STI College – Bacoor faculty member Ferdinand “Ricky” Bunag emphasized on the importance of developing mobile applications in this age of smartphones in Going Mobile!: The Power of Mobile Application Development, while Orange Apps Inc. CEO Gian Javelona guided the students through the basics of developing mobile apps with ’Apptitudes’: Fundamentals of Mobile Application Development. To help young aspiring mobile application developers jumpstart their career in the mobile industry, co-founder of Mochibits and Mobile App Developer Howard Go conducted his talk ’Apps-Start’ Your Success in the Mobile App Market. After Bacolod, the STI NYC went to SM City Iloilo on December 4, 2014 and will also make its next stopovers at Hotel St. Ellis in Legazpi on January 8, 2015, Baguio Convention Center on January 13, Greenleaf Hotel in General Santos on January 20, AndaRizal Convention Center in Davao on January 22, Aliw Theater in Metro Manila on February 3-6, SM City Cagayan de Oro on February 17, and finally at CAP Cebu on March 10.

Marisyll Pengson

Juan Carlos “JC” Libirian

Ferdinand “Ricky” Bunag

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Twice the Excellence By: Jessica Salao, Correspondent

Upgrading and steadily growing. That is STI’s current status as it successfully continues to expand its network of schools and aim for excellence in the education it brings to its students. Two more campuses add to the current roster of six STI Academic Centers that were recently completed.

Sitting on a 4,347-square-meter property, the four-storey STI Academic Center Lucena is set and ready to accommodate more than 4,000 senior high school and college students for the School Year 2015-2016. It is also proudly one of the pioneer institutions in Lucena City to be given permit by the Department of Education (DepEd) to offer the Senior High School (SHS) program as early as 2014. Architect’s Perspective

An Academic Center will soon rise in Bohol, instigated by the groundbreaking ceremony on October 22, 2014. The 2,184-square-meter property will house the three-storey structure and is expected to be fully operational by June 2015 for 800 college students residing in the province.

Architect’s Perspective

All STI Academic Centers are equipped with highly advanced classrooms, upgraded computer systems, free Wi-Fi access, laboratories, and simulation rooms for hands-on learning experiences. As STI’s roster of schools steadily grows, the institution’s reach becomes more extensive in providing excellence in education to as many of the Filipino youth as possible. STIMULI


Getting Ahead with SITEL One of the world’s largest and most diversified providers of customer care and outsourcing services, SITEL, sealed a partnership with STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI) during a signing event on October 10, 2014 at the STI Academic Center Ortigas-Cainta. Expounded in the agreement is the practical education the STI students will receive from STI and SITEL’s collaboration. Aside from the training sessions SITEL will conduct for the STI students, vital contents from SITEL will be integrated into STI’s courseware and curriculum, which STIers

From left: STI’s VP for Academics Dr. Lloyd C. Bautista, STI’s EVP and COO Peter K. Fernandez, SITEL’s CFO – Asia Pacific Ramaswami Kochumadom Sivaraman, SITEL Philippines’ Supervisor for Human Resources Mark Paolo Anido, and SITEL Philippines’ VP for Global Recruitment Haidee Enriquez

can put to good practice at the same company as they are also entitled with a choice to undergo their internship at SITEL. To give their learning a further boost, faculty members will also receive proper training from SITEL which will further help them substantiate the lectures they give to their students. SITEL will also be participating in STI’s job fairs and will be active in posting job opportunities for graduating STI students. With the training they will receive, STIers are also privileged to have a better edge in their application should they decide to join SITEL.

“The partnership provides intensive preparations with mock interviews using SITEL’s Language Assessment tool in which our students’ communication skills will be gauged, Employment Seminar to gear them towards better prospects for job application, and Language training for our English faculty members for our Communication Arts subjects. Our graduating students from all programs will benefit from these learning activities, which is also why we are working with SITEL to give our students a head start with our Manila campuses and then expanding to the rest of our schools nationwide,” says STI’s Vice President for Academics Dr. Lloyd C. Bautista.

Citibank Mentors in Moneyversity Citi Philippines has collaborated with STI in educating graduating students on good money habits and encouraging them to take charge of their financial future. This was made possible following a partnership that was sealed on September 8, 2014 at the Citibank Square in Libis, Quezon City. Dubbed as the Moneyversity, the program’s pilot was rolled out in STI campuses, with three successful sessions held at STI College – Ortigas-Cainta, STI College – Global City, and STI College – Caloocan. Moneyversity features the award-winning inspirational speaker and lecturer Francis Kong, who focused on three principles in his talk that will help students win in life: be a life-long learner; that attitude is more important than skills; and to be in control. In between these principles are some tips on how to properly spend and save money. Highlighting the value of the learnings students will gain from Moneyversity, 6


STI’s CEO & President Mr. Monico V. Jacob says, “Education is not confined inside the classrooms. It does not end when a student graduates. There are more things in the real world that they should be prepared for. Money is a crucial part of the life they will have, so if they can make their savings grow, it will enable them to go further. Also, if they need something for their future, their resources are easily available. As part of their growth during their academic years, we will actively ensure for them to become ready, not just intellectually, but practically as well. We want them to become wiser in setting their priorities right. With the help of Citibank, we can teach them how to be mindful of their resources even as early as now through Moneyversity.”

Francis Kong at STI College – Global City

Reclaiming Victory BS Computer Science students Jaycee Dela Cruz (4th year) and Erzel Capeding (2nd year) of STI College – Caloocan have proven their brilliance in the world of programming by placing 1st runnerup during the Inter-University Java Programming Competition. Held on February 27, 2014, this annual event was sponsored by the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) Manila in cooperation with the Mathematics Department of the College of Science where 15 colleges and universities gathered to participate in the competition. With 10 problems that needed to be solved within three hours, Jaycee and Erzel, together with their coach Mr. Mario Morales, defended the school’s winning streak by climbing up from last year’s 3rd place in the same competition. *Special thanks to: Mario Morales, Faculty Member, STI College – Caloocan. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent

One Big Step at a Time “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value,” proved itself to be a good motto to prepare three STIers of STI College – Sta. Cruz to win 2nd runner-up during the PAUTAKAN, a regional intercollegiate quiz bee held at De La Salle Lipa in Batangas on February 12, 2014. Junior BS Computer Engineering (BSCoE) students Harvey Monserrat, John Nelo Acunin, and Xuxa Dennies Abad started their mission to showcase their intellect when they won as 1st runner-up of the Think Quest during the cluster level of STI’s Tagisan ng Talino event last December 6. After which, they joined the PAUTAKAN Competition where they matched against the best from 19 colleges and universities in Region IV-A. With the careful coaching of Mr. Richard John Manzaon and Ms. Maria Teresa Babaan, the computer wizards strategized by working together in analysing and computing before answering the questions. Through their effective teamwork, they did not only demonstrate their expertise in their field, but also the value of camaraderie, which was the main key to their triumph. *Special thanks to: Richard John Brian Manzano, Faculty Member, STI College – Sta. Cruz. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent STIMULI


Two for All and All for One! BS Information Technology (BSIT) students from STI College – Global City made their school proud during the 4th InterSchool IT Olympics 2014 on March 1, 2014 as they took home three awards. It was a rewarding experience for the winning STIers under the dutiful guidance of their respective coaches, Mr. Carlito de Asis for PC Assembly/ Disassembly, Mr. Joselito Oyao for Networking, Mr. Sherwin Ostria for Digital Electronics, and Mr. Richard Basilio for Java Programming and IT Quiz Bee. The 4th Inter-School IT Olympics 2014 was a major inter-school competition for the academic world of IT where 32 colleges and universities participated to prove their

computer skills in different categories held at the University of Makati. Senior student Mary Joy Placido, freshman Ivy Salamanca, and sophomore Jon Maximo proved themselves as the most knowledgeable and reigned as champions in the IT Quiz Bee, while freshman Ronald Louie Sadiz and senior Kevin Dexter Nipay placed 1st runner-up in the Java Programming category. At the end of the competition, STI College – Global City was proclaimed 1st runner-up for the event’s overall ranking, giving pride to the esteemed academic institution.

*Special thanks to: Juliet Sato, Faculty Member, STI College – Global City. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent

Pride with Two Cups of Victory How many ways can you love Vigan’s longganisa? Six Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) students from STI College – Vigan emerged victorious as they demonstrated the different ways to enjoy the beloved dish that Vigan is known for, bringing home the first and third places during the Vigan Longganisa Cookfest Showdown. Dubbed as “the most delicious festival,” the event was held on January 22, 2014 where schools, restaurants, and hotels in the province participated to witness the making and the presentation of different dishes made out of the key ingredient, the beloved Vigan longganisa. STI College – Vigan sent two teams to challenge other aspiring chefs from different colleges and universities, and concluded as victors, reliving their school’s victory last 2013. HRS students Jonathan Paet, Suzette Ann Amoroso, and Rachel Uclaray reigned as champions, while the second team, Rey Francis Pacubas, Melody Diane Guerrero, and Marietta Tugas placed second runner-up. Their talents were truly exceptional as they brought great honor to their school, maintaining its winning streak since they started joining the event. *Special thanks to: Leila Malamug, School Correspondent, STI College – Vigan. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent 8


Passion in All Trades STI College – Pagadian is proud to have Jenevie Nagal, a woman of many talents, as proven by her numerous accreditations. An instructor for the Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) program, her overwhelming list of qualifications includes having accreditations in Commercial Cooking NC II, Housekeeping NC II, Food and Beverages NC II, Front Office Services NC II, Bartending NC II, and Events Planning Services NC II. As if those are not enough, she went beyond her limits and recently earned three more accreditations in Tour Guiding Services NC II, Travel Services NC II, and Tourism Promotions Services NC II. Jenevie is part of the school’s strong roster of faculty members, making another solid impression on the school’s goal in giving quality education to its students. Truly one of the best ways to learn in college! *Special thanks to: Christian Frix Dechavez, School Correspondent, STI College – Pagadian. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent

Boy Wonder from Down Under Jayar Estrella’s beginnings was that of a humble dreamer. Coming from a family with six children (him being the third one), he dreamed of having a successful life and starting his own family. Even though it is all he wants, he still opens himself to bigger possibilities that might come his way. “Aspiration is limitless. Anything can happen,” as he says. Although Jayar is able to pursue his passion and have fun, college life was not all smooth-sailing. Besides the occasional times when he would simply run out of cash, Jayar, like any other student, struggled to achieve higher grades. He admitted to being “embarrassed” about his grades because he has always wanted to make his parents proud, especially his father who was then working in Australia. Although he was skilled enough to join cooking competitions in his school, he had a hard time attaining the required

grade so he could march on his graduation day. Nevertheless, in 2010, he graduated in Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) program without any problems, and left the country soon after to join his father and family in Australia. His first step was to find a job, which he did at McDonald’s in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia. The 25-year-old achiever started as a crew member until his hardworking attitude earned him his due promotion and finally became the manager of the McDonald’s branch he is working at. “My family did not let me down during my difficult times,” shares Jayar. “That’s why they serve as my inspiration. Next are my friends, classmates, and loved ones. And last, but not the least, myself.” *Special thanks to: Jayar Estrella, Alumnus, STI College – Tanay. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent



Impressive Keepers 86 BS Business Management (BSBM) juniors and seniors aced the Bookkeeping National Certificate (NC) II assessment on March 5-14,2014, proudly giving STI College – Balayan a 100% competency rating, proving their excellence in the field. Placing their trust in the students, the faculty members and school administration took the initiative to help them earn a certification in a specific trade area related to their program by making them take the said competency assessment. They also knew that this will take the young entrepreneurs further in their career, as the certification will give them a better edge in the industry. All students underwent review sessions with their accounting instructor, Mr. Ronald Casiserano, who tirelessly guided them through their past lessons in the field. *Special thanks to: Terranya M. Tiamson, School Correspondent, STI College – Balayan. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent

Spills No More STI College – Recto bagged the most coveted award in the annual Engbensyon 2014 after winning the National Championship with its revolutionary invention of the “MCU Based Oil Spill Clean-up Surface Vessel.” Fueled by oil spill mishaps and its toll in and around inland waters, the prototype is a mitigating vessel which can tackle oil spills from collecting oil out of the surface water to its storage containers equipped with liquid level sensors. The machine enabled users to maneuver the system using an Android application. Composed of 5th year BS Computer Engineering (BSCoE) students Ernie Buaya, Jr., Gilbert Laxamana, and Kharen Niñofranco with Engr. Elizier Obamos as their Thesis Adviser, Team STI confidently faced the panel of judges in a two-day exhibition and demonstration.



The MCU Based Oil Spill Clean-up Surface Vessel is also the team’s thesis project as their final requirement in college. STI College – Recto previously won an award in Engbensyon 2010 after placing 2nd in the Best Design category and Voter’s Choice award for its entry, PC Based Cocktail Mixer. Organized by the Institute of Computer Engineers of the Philippines (ICpEP), Engbensyon is participated by engineering students across the nation aimed to discover innovations and groundbreaking inventions in the field of computer engineering. *Special thanks to: Ernie Buaya, Jr., School Correspondent, STI College – Recto. Article written by Erick Listana, Correspondent

A Huge Take-Off By: Jun Castromero, Faculty Member, STI College – Balagtas

The lives of Ian Carlo Galang, Paulo Arceo, and Jemuel Justiniano will never be the same again after their adventurous internship at DBA Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar in Lousiana, USA! The aspiring juniors were qualified for this year’s International Internship Program of STI College – Balagtas. With the help and initiative of the school’s Alumni Placement Office headed by Louie Christopher Quinay, and with the supervision of the School Administrator Ms.

Millie Kaw, the three interns boarded the Delta Airways flight on March 13, 2014 to have the grand opportunity to experience real life global training. They learned tips and tricks of the hotel and restaurant industry at DBA Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar and even had their share of challenges. Despite the difficulties, they worked hard until their OJT program ended on July 15, 2014. Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar is famous for its DIRECTV packages, featuring live coverage of sports events that their customers enjoy. During the students’ four-month stay, they accommodated diners, served dishes and beverages, and worked in the kitchen.

“The skills of our students are undeniably outstanding and this is evident through their qualifications that made them almost always able to get their internship in different places,” Ms. Millie shared. “As part of equipping them with real life education, we encourage them to go out of their comfort zone and try new things, which most of them are courageous enough to do so. I have always believed that with persistence, hard work, and dedication, they can achieve their goals and dreams in life, and I am proud that they are starting as early as now.”

Conquering the Seas A group of students under the Tourism and Hospitality Management program of STI College – Tanauan let their dreams set sail through an on-the-job training program at 2GO, one of the country’s largest and premier land and sea travel providers. Aboard St. Pope John Paul II, the 23 graduating students taking up 2-yr. Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS), along with five 2nd year Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) students, went through a series of hands-on trainings and familiarization seminars on ship operations and management under the shipboard training officials.

The shipboard training is an eight-day program that started on April 9, 2014 en route ManilaCebu-Cagayan-Cebu-Manila with a total of 200 credited hours. The remaining OJT hours were rendered land-based in various industry partners such as hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, and among others. *Special thanks to: Dina Tabuclao, School Correspondent, STI College – Tanauan. Article written by Erick Listana, Correspondent

“When I heard about the shipboard training program, I never missed a chance to prepare and work hard for the assessment, and I’m glad that I made it,” shares Dina Tabuclao, 2nd year BSHRM student. “We have all learned so much from this experience and it gave us the opportunities to grow as future professionals in the industry,” she adds. STIMULI


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 he did not find there the kind of growth he knew he needed to become successful. He stopped school and took on odd jobs to help 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 computerrelated 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 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. *Special thanks to: Julius Carl Calalang, Alumnus, STI College – Tarlac. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent

Three Steps Forward STI Valencia strives to nurture its students to be well-rounded individuals by ensuring that they have the best facilities the school can offer, a standardized courseware developed by industry practitioners, and highly-qualified faculty members. Thus, it was with great excitement when three of the school’s faculty members got notable recognitions from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to be accredited Competency Assessors in various areas. Jorge Martin Laya and Irene Coronado are now certified Assessors in Cookery NC IV while Jay Ian Lim is a full-pledge Assessor in Front Office NC II, Bartending NC II, and Food and Beverage Services NC II. Their expertise, dedication, and knowledge will further uplift STI Valencia in its goal to mold job-ready and life-ready students in the field of Hospitality and Restaurant Services. *Special thanks to Ray Jacob, School Correspondent, STI Valencia. Article written by Jenny Dy, Correspondent 12


STIers Show

Mercy & Compassion

in Practice

Taking the opportunity to witness a once in a lifetime event, the STI community banded together to celebrate Pope Francis’ five-day visit to the Philippines by bringing the events of the Papal Visit closer to the people through ABS-CBN’s citizen journalism group and by joining Manila City’s Clean-up Drive on January 18, 2015 after the Grand Papal Mass at the Quirino Grandstand. Since day one, STI took part in monitoring the news and social media reports thru 40 students and faculty members as volunteers from STI College – Quezon Avenue working with ABS-CBN’s citizen journalism sector, Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo! (BMPM). They helped ABS-CBN’s coverage of the event by gathering updates from various netizens or Bayan Patrollers throughout the country, and disseminate them through, BMPM’s website, and ABS-CBN’s Social Media Desk to keep the Filipinos up to date as the activities transpired. All throughout the world leader’s stay in the country, he has been spreading the message of Mercy and Compassion, particularly advocating to fight corruption, empathize with the poor, strengthen family ties, and have faith in times of adversity to the huge crowd of people before him in every activity. With a record breaking 7 million people from all walks of life who attended on January 18, 2015 alone, there is no doubt that Pope Francis speaks to the heart of every Filipino, regardless of faith. With their spirits strengthened, hearts enlightened, and their motivation renewed from Pope Francis’ Grand Papal Mass, more than

STIer participants working hand in hand for the historical Papal visit

7,000 STIers from STI Pasay, STI College – Global City, STI College – Parañaque, STI College – Fairview, STI College – Recto, STI College – Muñoz-EDSA, STI College – Ortigas-Cainta, STI College – Quezon Avenue, STI College – Novaliches, STI College – Cubao, STI College – Shaw, STI College – Taft, STI College – Makati, STI College – Caloocan, STI College – Marikina, and the STI Head Office gave back to the community by joining Manila City’s Clean-up Drive afterwards. Enduring the damp weather and cold winds, STIers cleaned up the streets armed with their gloves, trash bags, and smiles on their faces. The Clean-up Drive is an activity in coordination with the local government of Manila City. Despite the long hours of waiting, standing, and walking, team STI had persisted. Much like the other 7 million people who have attended this momentous occasion, Pope Francis’ visit (which wrapped up on January 19, 2015), was a moving experience that STIers will never forget. STIMULI


Are you a

Model Netizen or a

Social Media Noob? By: Alyssah Lucman, Correspondent

The Model Netizen

Following Message • • •

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Posts responsibly, knowing that what goes online stays online forever.

Credits and links back to others when sharing. • Tip: Mention your sources by including them in a H/T or a Hat Tip. Examples:

Knows the difference between appropriate and unbecoming posts.

Check out this cool article! H/T @ropplernews

Checks if the site is secure before posting sensitive personal information Tip: A website is safe if the website’s URL begins with https and allows you to login via SSL. Made a batch of no bake fudge cookies. Thanks for the recipe! H/T @jesseats.

Stays cool, calm, and collected when engaging with others online.

Say What?! (Glossary of Terms) • Netiquette – A set of rules for polite online behavior. • Noob – An inexperienced user who misuses and abuses the Internet.


Tags posts wisely and concisely.

• TMI – Too Much Information you wanted to know about someone. • HTTPS – Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is a data transfer protocol on the web that ensures the security of the communications taking place.

• SSL – Secure Socket Layer is a security protocol that secures your data and communications by protecting its privacy. • Troll – Aggressive online bully always looking for a fight. • Hat Tip or H/T – Used to acknowledge the source of inspiration or information of one’s post.

If you’re on any social media site, then you would know that the internet is full of many diverse personalities. On Facebook alone, there are over 1.35 billion users online every month. On October 29, 2014, Twitter has 284 million users and growing! As we spend more and more time online interacting with different people, it is more important now than ever to be conscious of how we use and act in social media. You may not be able to please every user, but what you can do is to be gracious and keep the social media netiquette in mind.

The Social Media Noob

Follow Message • • •

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Posts impulsively with the mentality that anything can be deleted.

Has no boundaries with his/her posts; often makes inappropriate TMI posts. Abuses the hashtags and tagging system. Carelessly inputs private personal data that can endanger himself/herself.

Tip: Tag only when you must. Hashtag Guidelines:

Takes everything on the internet personally; often provokes others to a fight like a troll.

Plagiarizes or steals original content from others as if it is his/her own to share.

For Instagram: The recommended maximum number of hashtags is 11.

For Twitter: Tag with only 1-3 of the most relevant topics or keywords in your tweet.

For Facebook: Don’t get carried away with hashtags on Facebook. Make it simple and easy to remember. Just think: How would others tag this post?


Sources: http://www.urbandictionary. com/define.php?term=netiquette | define.php?term=Noob | http:// php?term=TMI | http://www.pcmag. com/encyclopedia/term/44515/ https | http://www.urbandictionary. com/define.php?term=SSL | http:// php?term=hat+tip

Above all, remember The Golden Rule as it applies to social media: Do unto others online what you want others do unto you. It’s not hard to follow these social media netiquettes. In fact, once you start practicing it, you’ll go from a noob to a savvy model netizen in no time! Sources: | | http:// | STIMULI


Fuelled by Her

Passions By: Jessica Salao, Correspondent

Having a huge interest and a knack for computers, Josephine (or “Phine”) Ramos took up Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) at STI College – EDSA-Crossing (now STI College – Shaw). During her college days, Phine participated in various activities to hone her talents and strengthen her other abilities aside from her computer programming skills. She earned her first award in “Best in Speech” for her impressive display of eloquence, helped set up booths on the history of computer in exhibits during the IT week held at her school, and participated with the presentations of short skits. As if those were not enough, she even joined the cheerleading group during her freshman year.

Josephine during her college days


With her hands full, it did not help that her classes became more challenging. She soon realized the value of time management and setting her priorities right, which drove her to become more focused with her studies. But despite the struggle she was going through with her hectic schedule, Phine drew her inspiration from her then college boyfriend, who ultimately became her husband. The stretching time she experienced at school helped in molding her to become the efficient manager that she is today. Phine graduated in 2003 and landed her first job as a Software Engineer at Accenture. The knowledge and skills she learned from school, paired with her enthusiasm for her work and her experience in Accenture, helped her grow professionally. From her time at Accenture, she progressed to her role as a Delivery Manager in Sun Life Financial today. Phine is handling the group and channel line of business, while providing technical support for the company’s applications such as enhancements, additional functionalities, and user inquiries. With all the technicalities of her work, she remains thankful for the training in computer programming that she received at STI more than anything. Nevertheless, she knows that adaptability and excellent communication skills are just as significant in the professional world. Both are skills that she believes to be the advantage of STI students, like herself, over others.

Josephine with her colleagues in Logica (above) and Sunlife (below)

Josephine with her family

“It is important to grow not just in your technical skills when you get into the professional life,” she shares, “because at the end of the day, the industry will not only look at your key knowledge in your field, but also your know-how in other areas.” Furthermore, she stressed the importance of having communication skills in her current workplace. “One of the unforgettable lessons I learned is having good communication skills that helped me interact with people. This is especially true when I pursued the management path instead of IT because it helped me greatly.” While she continues to learn as much as she can in the ever advancing IT world, she is also eager to learn the ropes of the financial industry and ensure growth in her current line of work. She has much to experience in her present company, but the preparation STI gave her helped Phine advance faster in her career. She had managed people and took on huge roles and responsibilities, a skill that she developed in college. Beyond all that, she believes the importance of passion in achieving one’s goals.

“You really need to have the passion in the field you want to pursue because having the passion is the first step to ensure that you will get to the goal you want to achieve,” says Phine.



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of Winning Students and Professionals They say old habits die hard, so why not start with the good ones now? The time you have ahead of you is very precious in making your future professional-self become better prepared. Like a good habit, a truly successful career is something you have to work on and that includes having the right attitude, staying in good shape, and being a responsible individual. These habits will teach you what it’s really like to become a professional champ and with constant practice will become a good part of your growth. STIMULI


The Student's Habits Checklist The two-minute rule If the chore you’re going to do will only take two minutes or less, then do it now. Little things like cleaning up after yourself or fixing your bed will save you some extra time for later. Exert some effort in fulfilling these basic tasks to teach yourself how to be more responsible and avoid unnecessary delays.

Know current events Stay informed about what’s happening in the world around you. Let’s say a terrible car accident on the main road is currently causing traffic in your area. If you watch, listen or read the news, you would know that you can take a different route to get to school. The advantage of being in-the-know helps you anticipate how the current status of the environment can affect you now and in the future.

Ask and listen Asking and listening go both ways in the cycle of learning. When you’re at loss about something, don’t be afraid to ask. It is only fair to get the answers you need so you can discover new ideas and solutions to problems. However, asking the same question over and over again negates the value of learning and can form a bad habit, so pay close attention. Which brings us to listening. Listening is the key to understanding from knowledge and experiences of other people. This is where you realize that there are more things you have yet to learn, and then you grow as an open-minded and wiser individual. When you disagree with the other person, stay courteous — listen, nod, don’t interrupt, and express your side politely. Ask questions if you need clarity.

Stay Healthy Keep a healthy lifestyle by remembering “SERVE:” get enough sleep, eat the right food, reduce stress and relax, take your daily vitamins, and exercise regularly. The goal here is to stay fit and energetic so you don’t only feel good, but also look good! SERVE-ing your body well as early as now will also greatly matter in the future: the healthier you are, the stronger you’ll grow to be.

Live beneath your means It’s not all about saving money, but making your money work harder for you. You can achieve more with your resources by handling them wisely, and that is a matter of knowing the difference between the “must-haves” and the “niceto-haves.” The “nice” things may fulfill your wants, but the “musts” answer to what you actually need, which is always more important. Next time you find yourself debating between two products, opt for the more practical option. And while you’re at it, note that practical does not always mean cheaper, rather which is more sulit or worth your money.

Positive habits take practice, and with constant practice, it becomes natural. Start a three-week habit-forming challenge: do your everyday chores dutifully, resist the “nice-to-haves” and focus only on your “must-haves,” listen intently to who is talking to you, ask questions to things you don’t know the answers to, keep 20 STIMULI

The Professional Result Every minute counts at work The workplace is a huge venue of endless tasks to finish, big or small, and time is just as valuable as gold. Delays are absolutely inexcusable. The two-minute rule is a good practice to start working as soon as you have your to-do list. No matter how minor the task is, always use your time wisely and no minute will be left unrewarded!

Awareness is key to competence Staying up-to-date is a big factor in your career, even before you apply for a job. As a matter of fact, being informed can be a big factor to your life in general. This is where you know the most relevant things such as how the economy is doing, employment rate, and the current affairs of the national government. You can use this knowledge to your benefit by knowing how to make the most out of the good news, and finding your own solution through the bad news.

Effective colleagues never stop learning Not everything you learned in school is the solution for everything you encounter at work. The office is the place where you gain more knowledge about your field directly from your co-workers. Asking allows you to progress in the workforce by knowing how to do things the right way, while listening to what your associates and (especially) your boss has to say opens you to more ideas, making work easier and better. Again, it all lies in their years of experience so learning from them is extremely crucial to your success in the professional world.

A healthy you for a dynamic you! In the workplace, your mind, body, and spirit is your tool for productivity. Just like any tool, your body must be properly maintained. Getting sick means not being able to report for work and then you end up missing out on many things. Staying healthy, on the other hand, means productivity and efficiency.

Work is also about managing finances When you start working, you will learn the real value of your hard-earned money. Spending it on the “must-haves” at the expense of the “nice-to-haves” will open a chance for you to invest your money on the essentials, such as a new pair of shoes to replace your old ones, or add it to your funds for repairing your much-needed laptop, or maybe your savings for your very own property. Keeping your money safe in the bank is one thing, but it will not guarantee your financial security. Knowing how and where to invest, however, is a very important skill to make the most out of your money in which a professional and independent you can ensure a financially secured future.

yourself posted with the news, and practice SERVE to maintain a healthy body. Remember, the values you learn now is as good as investing in your own future. Sources: AskReddit/comments/15obbw/what_are_good_habits_to_start_young_that_will/ academics/the-14-habits-of-top-college-students/



Tagisan ng Talino At Sining By: Jessica Salao, Correspondent

The season of gripping interschool competitions is upon us once again as STI opens its doors for the most skilled and adept STIers nationwide to aim for the gold in Tagisan ng Talino (TNT) and Tagisan ng Sining (TNS). With the theme “Be the Hero, Be STI: The Hero Challenge,” the brave and the bold will face each other in the arena to engage in the most challenging and exciting competitions. While the TNT calls for the most knowledgeable and most seasoned students, the TNS sets the floor for the most talented in the creative arts. The TNT will be held in three levels: the Cluster, the Regional, and the National competition where the finalists will ultimately contend for first place. The TNS on the other hand will directly sum up in the National finals. Eight competitions fall under TNT for students with different fortes. Young dining ambiance experts will set the perfect mood through the art of table setting in All in Place. The most sumptuous dishes will be tried and tasted for the top place in the cooking competition Chef Xpress. The most appetizing cake decorations are best served with a touch of art in Worth the Whisk. Truly persuasive speeches worth quoting of this generation will be declaimed in Stand Up & Deliver. Inspiring and memorable pieces will be composed by young writers in Essay Does It! It’s a contest of systematized and errorless programming for the young computer wizards in Into Programming Junior and Senior competitions. Exchanges of the precise answers between masters of general knowledge will commence in Think Quest. Finally, the newest addition in the roster of TNT’s categories is App & Running, which will challenge the contestants’ innovative ideas for developing the next top android application. Meanwhile, TNS lays down two competitions under its field. Music enthusiasts can freely interpret their most favored songs by producing music videos in Music for Reel, while visionaries will capture the most memorable moments through artistic photographs in Shutter’s Best.

Worth the Whisk

Into Programming Junior & Senior


Chef Xpress

App & Running

Stand Up & Deliver

All in Place

Essay Does It!

Shutter’s Best

Think Quest

Music for Reel

Mark it Down! ndent

By: Jessica Salao, Correspo

Besides the routinely used punctuation marks like the period (.), the question mark (?), the exclamation point (!), and the comma (,), the other ones you often overlook can actually make your sentences clearer and more intelligible (and are not just good for typing smileys). Knowing the proper way of using them is a very valuable advantage when expressing and explaining your ideas through writing. Here are some of the punctuation marks you might want to use on your next essay:





Example: Please bring pizza on Thursday (Margaret’s birthday) and make it big enough for ten people. • Implying an afterthought or adding a commentary following a sentence.




Example: I am glad Inna found a part-time job at her favorite coffee shop.

Example: She had finally dyed her hair brown just like she had wanted (it suits her well, after all).



• Joining two or more words that come before a noun to modify and act as a single idea in order to better illustrate a sentence. It is used differently from a dash (see below) given that it is shorter and no spaces are left between a hyphen and a word.

• Connoting a statement to point out an idea or thought.



• Spelling out numbers as words. Example: I am twenty-six years old.


• Separating two related independent clauses to make the whole sentence more coherent. Example: My cousin made dinner last night; he has the passion for cooking. • Separating lists that are already using commas. This will make the items on your sentence well organized and more understandable. Example: The idols on her list include James Cameron, the director of “Avatar;” J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series; and Kate Middleton, the famed Duchess of Cambrige.


dash when:

• Adding a supporting point to emphasize a statement that precedes it. It helps expound the whole idea of the sentence. Not to be mistaken with the hyphen as a dash is longer and spaces are left around it. Example: His composed demeanor — one of his traits that intimidate his schoolmates — shows that he is from a wealthy family.


apostrophe when:

• Showing possession by adding it before an “s” of a noun. If the noun ends with “s,” place the apostrophe at the end of the word. Example:

Krista’s pet dog loves carrots. All of the students’ term papers are safely stored in the drawers. • Writing abbreviated versions of words or contractions. Examples: Don’t (do not), you’re (you are), it’s (it is)


colon when:


• Preceding a list of items in a sentence. Example: My mother asked me to buy these baking ingredients from the grocery: butter, baking flour, vanilla essence, and cocoa powder. • Connecting a statement to a preface it broadens. It creates an afterthought that the readers can connect with. Example: Always remember this when taking the next step after graduation: earn from your hard work and share your blessings to your countrymen

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Pitch Perfect 2 Release Date: May 15, 2015

The Barden Bellas take the center stage once more as the hit musical comedy Pitch Perfect returns for a sequel! It’s the senior year of Beca, Fat Amy, Jesse, and the rest of the crew at Barden University. With their graduation just looming around the corner, the group tries to figure out what they are going to do for the rest of their lives and face a new rival at the same time. The sequel is a coming-of-age story, but viewers will still be treated to another round of musical performances with more elaborate choreographies. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, the group of Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ben Platt, and Adam DeVine will be joined by new members Chrissie Fit, Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagal, Flula Borg, and a cappella groups Pentatonix, Penn Masala, and the Filharmonic (an all-male Filipino American group known for their urbanesque hip-hop sound with 90’s nostalgia). Sources: | http://www.hollywoodreporter. com/movie/pitch-perfect-2 |

Jurassic World Release Date: June 12, 2015 After more than a decade, dinosaurs will roar and wreak havoc on the big screens again with the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park film series! Set 22 years after the events of the first movie, Isla Nublar is now a fully functioning dinosaur theme park. However, the park is struggling as the attendance rate continues to drop. This leads to the creation of a new attraction intended to redeem the excitement the theme park once had — a genetically-engineered dinosaur known as D-Rex. The third sequel features a new cast of characters: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, and Katie McGrath. Sitting on the Director’s chair this time is Colin Trevorrow, better known for his work in “Safety Not Guaranteed.” Sources: World |


Quantum Break Platform: Xbox One Release Date: TBA 2015

Time stood still as the demo for Quantum Break was released in the recent Gamescom 2014 Conference. Quantum Break is a revolutionary game that blends television and gameplay making it a seamless and immersive experience for the gamers. Thus, gamers are treated to intense cinematic action for gameplay with the tension and drama one can expect from a television show. The game is played from a third person perspective full of time-bending action adventure and Matrix-style effects. The game introduces its hero, Jack Joyce, who discovered that he now has time manipulation powers after a science experiment that went wrong. Gamers will surely be stunned as they follow Jack dashing through time to make himself a confusing blur, do time stutters that freeze his surroundings or dodge bullets then release it for maximum impact! Sources: | quantum-break

Hellblade By: Jenny Dy, Correspondent

Platform: PlayStation 4 Release Date: TBA 2015

Video gamers will be thrilled to know that another game will soon be released by Ninja Theory, the game developer who created Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and DmC: Devil May Cry. This was announced during the Gamescom 2014 Conference last August 2014. Hellblade is based on a Celtic myth and focuses on Senua as she goes on a personal journey through the hellish underworld. The game features ninjaclass combat, strong character stories, and a unique art and visual production — key strengths that Ninja Theory is known for. Hellblade is also a digital-only game that will be published by Ninja Theory independently. Sources: | STIMULI


Through the Lens with


Canon Philippines challenged STIers to let their creativity shine brighter with the Canon Creativity Classes, which kicked off in STI College – Global City on November 22, 2014.

the Canon Crusaders of Light, get so excited whenever we learn about schools putting up photography clubs. This is why we’ve tapped STI. It’s really fun to narrate a story through photographs,” shares May Zamora-Cabajar, Canon Marketing Philippines Marketing Manager and Photography Hobbyist.

Canon Brand Evangelist and Professional Sports Photographer Jijo de Guzman took the floor next to talk about “Sports and Action Photography.” He gave countless valuable tips to the aspiring More than 50 students who were photographers in the audience present learned ways to be more and encouraged everyone to creative in capturing moments try out sports photography, with their cameras from two further claiming that “If you experts in the field. With their own can shoot sports, you can shoot cameras on hand, students were anything.” He concluded his talk Canon Crusader of Light able to relate and directly practice and Wild Bird Photography by allowing the students to test their photography skills with more enthusiast Ely Teehankee talked their photography skills and he touch of mastery. about “The Power of Zoom.” proceeded to check the students’ photos and gave them some During his talk, he showcased “Canon is delighted to inspire some of his best shots taken professional advice on how young photographers brimming from the Alonzo Market, his to further improve their shots with creative imagination; it is our popular landscapes, and wild based on their output. mission to help them cultivate their bird photographs. He also photography skills. Our workshop demonstrated the impressive STI students from other topics are not limited to camera campuses can look forward to effect of the zoom feature of settings, we guide the participants one of Canon’s latest product, more special workshops hosted how to capture moments in by Canon Marketing Philippines the Powershot SX 60 HS, the the most creative ways. Our with respectable photographers world’s leading zoom camera. marketing team, together with in the industry.

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Sports Photog rapher Jijo de Guzman sharing his ow n photograph y tricks

A Five-Star Performance By: Jessica Salao, Correspondent

STI’s young connoisseurs took home three medals and two diplomas from the prestigious National Food Showdown for setting the warmest and most appetizing dining mood, and for creating the most scrumptious dishes that were not only pleasing to the taste buds, but are equally satisfying to the eyes. On September 23-24, 2014 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila, six BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) students and four Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) students performed and delivered their skills well as they laid out their winning works. 4th year BSHRM Angieneth Lyn Obispo of STI College – Muñoz-EDSA grabbed the Gold Medal for her undefeated napkin design in the Napkin Fold category, setting a great impression to the judges of the event. BSHRM junior Jerick Ryan Tanquion of

Jo Frances Cruz and Sarah Quidasol receive recognition for their dessert

STI College – Calamba, on the other hand, has a knack for art which won him the Silver Medal for the Edible Art category. 3rd year BSHRM student Rosanna Ng of STI College – Novaliches now carries the Bronze Medal for the Wedding Cake category. Meanwhile, seven students from STI College – Meycauayan earned diplomas to recognize their dining talents. BSHRM sophomore Ronniel Concepcion and HRS sophomore John Mark Ramirez went gourmet with an exquisite dish at the Klasika Kulinarya category, while 3rd year BSHRM students Gerald Jane Sanes and Krisha Marie Dalmacio teamed with HRS sophomore Adrian Aquino to prepare a memorable dining mood in the Table Setting category. Adding the final touch to the dining experience were HRS sophomores Jo Frances Cruz and Sarah Quidasol who served delectables deserts under the Plated Dessert category.

Roniel Concepcion & John Mark Ramirez accept their award for their gourmet dish

Angieneth Lyn Obispo excels in Napkin Folding

Jerick Ryan Tanquion carefully crafts his edible art creation

Rossana Ng designs her Wedding Cake

Adrian Aquino, Gerald Jane Sanes, and Krisha Marie Dalmacio present their arrangement for the table setting




Celebrating STI




STI celebrated its Big 31st Anniversary in a grand festivity that was witnessed by more than 20,000 students from various STI campuses in key cities nationwide. Held at the Enchanted Kingdom in Santa Rosa, Laguna on September 26, 2014, STI commemorated the event with the theme, Be the Hero. Be STI.

For the complete list of winners and to view more photos, visit STIMULI


The theme aims to challenge the whole STI community — from the faculty members, employees, students, and alumni — to become the hero that they can be by encouraging them to thrive to reach their dreams, honor their work, and to become responsible members of society. The day was filled with much excitement as major competitions were likewise held at the Enchanted Kingdom’s Enchanting Events Place. Students nationwide showed off their exceptional talents and skills in the Battle of the Bands, Singing Idol, Hataw Sayaw, and the Search for Mr. and Ms. STI 2014. The contestants of these events were champions of their respective school’s local competitions, which then elevated to cluster level and finally reached the national finals, the grounds for the best of the best nationwide.

From left: STI Singing Idol Coleen Anne Zamora of STI College – Meycauayan, Hataw Sayaw Champion The Intensity of STI College – Caloocan, and Battle of the Bands Champion Family Tree of STI College – Meycauayan


Winners of Mr. and Ms. STI 2014

YouTube sensation and STI alumna Zendee Rose Tenerefe, and young stars such as Mikael Daez, Kristoffer Martin, and Kylie Padilla also graced the event and entertained the students with their singing performances.

YouTube sensation Zendee Rose Tenerefe

Mikael Daez charmed the audience with his stage appearance

Kristofer Martin serenades the Ms. STI candidates

Kylie Padilla on stage with her song number

The celebration ended with a grand fireworks display, a gesture in keeping an optimistic spirit for the years to come where STI will continue to stay strong in its pledge to continue pursuing only the best for its students and hone them to become the next generation’s well-rounded individuals. STIMULI


Tickets to NEXT-IX Boot Camp Opportunities arise anywhere at any time. This proved true for two students of STI College – Cebu: Kristin Hersh Surbilla, a 3rd year BS Information Technology (BSIT) student, and BSIT senior (now an alumnus) Clint Ariola. Both of whom were selected for the NEXT-IX Boot Camp held on April 14, 2014 at the NEXT-IX Office in Cebu City. Kristin and Clint were attending their school’s job fair last March 14 when they sent their applications for the boot camp and underwent the first screening. They qualified for the second screening, which was also the final step in joining the event. Being selected gave them more advanced knowledge in Java and Android applications, and a chance to enhance their skills, knowledge, and work ethics that prepared them for the work field.

This also opened better employment opportunities for Kristin with NEXT-IX, especially with the intensive training that she was provided with. As for Clint, who graduated prior to his participation in the boot camp, he was immediately hired into the company and is currently building a promising career in the IT industry. *Special thanks to: Shyrel Manlunas, School Correspondent, STI College – Cebu. Article written by Alyssah Lucman, Correspondent Kristin Hersh Surbilla

Clint Ariola

A Minefield of Medals By: Hazel de Guzman, Faculty Member, STI College – Lucena

Zealous athletes of STI College – Lucena bagged numerous awards during the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) sports event held on December 5 to 7, 2013 for the cluster competition and on February 8 to 9, 2014 for the regional competition. 19-year-old sophomore BS Information Technology (BSIT) student John Dave Tena



emerged victorious in the cluster event of the Swimming Competition on December 7, 2013 as he collected the optimum gold medal for 200m Individual Medley and a couple more of bronze medals for 200m and 100m butterfly strokes, and another for 100m freestyle. His dexterity under waters was further proved during the regional competition held at De La Salle University in Dasmariñas, Cavite where his team of talented students from different schools bagged the silver medal in the 4x5m Relay Freestyle and the bronze medal in the 4x100m Relay Freestyle. The competition was tight and thrilling even for John Dave, who was too overwhelmed to even notice how the event went and finished. According to him, the honor he would

bring to his family and his school was all he was after, and he achieved just that with his strength, discipline, and faith. STI College – Lucena swept three more titles during the cluster events. 2-year Information Technology (IT) sophomores Raymart Pajar and Rolly Sombiro collected the bronze medals in the Single Table Tennis men divisions A and B respectively, while BS Business Management (BSBM) senior Claudine Español stepped out in the Miss PRISAA pageant as 3rd runner-up among the layering beautiful faces of the event. The team was coached by Sports Coordinator Mr. Bill Estibal and supported by Ms. Venus Herrera, Deputy School Administrator.

Power of Two A duo from STI College – Zamboanga brought home the bacon in the recently concluded regional convention for future key players in the field of Information Technology, the Philippine Society of Information Technology (PSIT), held on March 4, 2014 at Dipolog Medical Center. Composed of 4th year Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) JM Leor Fernandez and 3rd year Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) Mershalene Hamid under the guidance of their coach and adviser, Whesley Timpangco,

they placed 1st runner-up after taking on the computer programming challenge confidently. “Apart from the concepts and theories that we encounter from our day-to-day classroom discussions, our hands-on experience played an important role in the course of the competition to help us solve the programming problems skilfully,” says JM Leor Fernandez. PSIT is committed to working with IT educators and future practitioners nationwide to uphold the cause of excellence in IT in the Philippines.

*Special thanks to: Alfaida Tajil, School Correspondent, STI College – Zamboanga. Article written by Erick Listana, Correspondent

Master Travellers Three BS Travel Management (BSTRM) students of STI College – Kalibo defended their title as champions of the Aklan Provincial Tourism Week Quiz Bee on September 16, 2014 at the Corazon Cabagnot Training and Tourism Center in Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan. The annual event is part of the Aklan Provincial Tourism Week and was open to all students who were taking tourismrelated courses in Aklan.

Under the fine coaching of Ms. Melrose Lunn, BSTRM sophomores Esrah Guiterrez, John Patrick Vista, and Arnelyn Tandez triumphed over the tough competition where they answered challenging questions on all tourism sights, destination,

transportation data, and statistics, among others. What made this event more difficult was competing against more experienced junior and senior Tourism students from different colleges and universities in the region. This was reminiscent of the recognition the school earned the previous year when STI College – Kalibo was honored as the Best Performing School in Tourism. *Special thanks to: Melrose Lunn, School Correspondent, STI College – Kalibo. Article written by Jessica Salao, Correspondent



Turning Tables Students from STI College – Surigao finished victorious in the 3rd Caraga Culinary Show and Live Competition after winning silver and bronze medals in table skirting and table setting categories, respectively. Held on February 20 and 21, 2014 at Saint Paul University Gym Main Campus, Surigao City, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) students Hencil Aligsao (3rd year), Braina Tuiza (3rd year), Rizalyn Mindoro (2nd year), and Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) freshman

Mike Piodo showcased their creative flair in table skirting with a nipa hut inspired theme. Meanwhile, BSHRM students Aido Gumapac (2nd year) and Leovhena Xena Calusayan (1st year) displayed their Russian table set-up with elegance, consistency, and class that won the judges’ nods. Under the mentorship of their coaches, Ms. Cheryn Conales and Mr. Teddy Portillo, STI College – Surigao outperformed competitors from Saint Paul University Surigao, Surigao State College of Technology, Father Saturnino

Rescuing Mother Earth By: Timothy Diputado, Faculty Member, STI College – Tuguegarao

STIers of STI College – Tuguegarao proved themselves to be real stewards of nature as they continuously supported the reforestation program of the Metropolitan Tuguegarao Water District (MTWD) in Peñablanca. By manning the said program, STI College – Tuguegarao consistently advances the cause through seedling production and tree planting activities in the area annually. Initiated by the NSTP class under the guidance of its instructor, Catherine Pagulayan, SBO officers, faculty members, and more student volunteers joined the cause with solid resolve to restore the trees of Peñablanca. Although much improvement is evident with the sight of many trees growing around the area, all thanks to their tireless efforts, STIers will remain unstoppable in their efforts to help Mother Earth recover from the damage done by deforestation. 34


Urios University, and Caraga State University. Aimed to promote tourism, camaraderie, and the skills of students in the field of tourism and hospitality, the Caraga Culinary Show and Live Competition is an annual competition organized by the Department of Tourism, local government units, and industry partners. *Special thanks to: Theodore Portillo, School Correspondent, STI College – Surigao. Article written by Erick Listana, Correspondent

Taking Higher Roads There were things that Genica Bocalan believed she was made to do and one of those things is to become the lawyer who defends the oppressed and stands firm in her beliefs. But she also knew that she was living a life with very limited options and law school was something she could not afford. However, Genica took it upon herself to transform her lost dreams into her driving force to pave a smoother road ahead for her.

I also work with a variety of people from different countries and software companies,” she shares. “I took so many hardships to become a regular employee of the company, but then now, everything else is history.”

Genica is currently working as a Software Engineer Analyst for the company and she takes pride in being Limitations may have hindered her from part of the company’s software development cycle. She achieved becoming a lawyer, but she opened herself to other possibilities. Aware that she excels in all these at the young age of 22, a the field of computers, she took BS Computer great feat for a youth in her time. Science at STI College – Rosario. Like any other She may be far away from home college student, she had her own fair share of and she may not have become struggles with a few of her classes, her thesis, the lawyer she used to dream and then some, but nothing her strong resolve about, but she definitely and good relationship with friends couldn’t solve. fulfilled her aspirations of a better life, topped with After graduating in college in 2012, she took the a cupful of happiness. courage to leave the province, ventured out to *Special thanks to: Manila, and started working for Accenture Inc., one of the country’s leading software companies. Genica Bocalan, Alumna, STI College – Rosario. Article written “I am exposed to do tasks under systems by Jessica Salao, development, testing, implementation, and Correspondent support.

A General in New York A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Batch 2012 at STI College – General Santos, Alfredo Yap II or Al, as his friends call him, found an opportunity of a lifetime in the City that Never Sleeps — New York, USA. Like everyone else, Al has his own share of struggles but his persistence and dream to work abroad for his family put him to where he is now. After passing a series of pre-employment screening process, he was selected as a Desktop and Network Support in Consult America, an integrated information technology consulting services company which caters to various Fortune businesses around the globe.

When asked what he realized from his journey by far, he says, “Kayang-kaya ng Pinoy makipagsabayan. Our competencies, efficiency, and never say die attitude make us stand out anywhere we are.” He is staying in New York for more than a year now and whenever he misses his hometown, he shares, “Pag na-miss ang hometown, simbahan ang katapat.” A proud STIer, Al continues to rock the city, proving that a General — as they label the dwellers of General Santos — has what it takes to be big here and abroad. *Special thanks to: Shalyn Hechanova, School Correspondent, STI College – General Santos. Article written by Erick Listana, Correspondent STIMULI


Easy 3-Step Recipes Summer Edition

You don’t need to do much complicated cooking to go gourmet this summer. Delicious and refreshing food and drinks are not that hard to do. In fact, you can do them yourself in three easy steps! Just add a cup of absolute love for food and you are now your own favorite chef. After all, what’s a vacation without the yummy munchies?

Ingredients: Zest of 2 limes Clear soda Lime Juice

1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 cup chopped mint leaves

Lime-Mint Cooler

Instructions: 1. In a saucepan, combine sugar and water. Cook over medium heat. As it starts to boil, stir in mint leaves and lime zest. 2. Strain the syrup and store in a lidded container and refrigerate.

You can store in freezer for longer storage. 3. When serving, mix ¼ cup syrup with ¾ cup club soda, and a juice of one lime. Stir and serve over ice.


Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients: 2 cups heavy cream 1 14-ounce canned condensed milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions: 1. In a large bowl, whisk together condensed milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract until thick. Set aside. 2. Using an electric mixer, beat heavy cream on high speed until cream forms stiff peaks.

1 cup and 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder

3. Fold ⅓ of the cream into cocoa mixture until well blended. Fold the remaining cream. Pour mixture in an ice cream container, cover with tin foil, and freeze for six hours or overnight.


Ingredients: For Marinade ½ cup of soy sauce 2 tablespoons of rice wine 1 tablespoon of sugar Ground black pepper 1 onion, cubed

For Kebab 2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced into 10 2 whole garlic ½ kilo chicken fillet, cubed

Simple Chic Kebab


Instructions: 1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, rice wine, sugar, and season with black pepper to taste. Add chicken fillet and marinate for at least 30 minutes. 2. Drain marinade and set aside. Thread chicken, bell pepper, cubed onion and 1 garlic clove (in that order)

onto wooden skewers. Grill for 7-8 minutes on each side, occasionally brushing with marinade if needed. 3. When the chicken turns golden brown, remove kebab from heat. Boil the remaining marinade and serve for kebab sauce.


Don’t be afraid to try out cooking, you’ll be fine! In fact, add your own touch of ingredients to give your dish your very own personal twist. Food is one of the best things in life, so enjoy! 36 STIMULI


BACKPACKER Your guide every time you travel By: Erick Listana, Correspondent

Enjoy the most out of your travels with this backpacking guide.

Less is More… Pack Light!

Bon voyage!

Keep it Basic The idea is to bring only the basics on hand. Leave your unnecessary valuables at home . Pants



Tootbrush & Toothpaste


Shampoo & Soap




First Aid Kit & Medicine

If you are boggled down by too much stuff then you will miss a lot and catch all the hassles instead in looking for pieces inside your bag. You’ll also save some cash for not paying extra for an overweight baggage.

Beware of Scammers These people are trained to feed on tourists and they can take advantage of you. Keep your money close to you and do not leave your things unattended.


Keep in touch Pack Snacks

Snacks can easily add up to just as much money as a meal. With energy bars or snacks in hand, you can save your money for other stuff.

Take a Walk

Have someone back home know where you’re heading and how long you’ll be away. Keep an open line in case of emergency.

Walking a little extra distance is good for your body but if it is something that’s out of walking range, then take a bus or the metro. They are much cheaper than a cab ride.




Fashion Blogging 101 The basics of your own start-up fashion blog By: Erick Listana, Correspondent

Before you launch your own fashion blog, ask yourself one question: why do you want to start a blog? Is it a) going to be your inspiration board for your #OOTD, b) your online fashion diary for your runway reviews, or c) a fun hobby just to pass the time? When you have a certain reason for your blog, then you are on the right track. Now that’s done, here’s a start-up guide for a wannabe blogger like you for an appealing, well-read blog, just how you like it!

NAME IT It’s not just a name or a label, it’s your identity. Have a brainstorming session, do a little research, and bounce ideas to your creative friends. Pick a name that reflects who you are and sets you apart. Go for something that’s relatively unique!

CHOOSE A PLATFORM The sky is the limit! There are tons of publishing tools you can use and some have become household names (hello, Tumblr!) But each tool has its own pros and cons so play around before you commit to whichever one you’re most happy with. • Blogger is the most popular among personal-style bloggers because it’s easy to work with and there are many layouts that can be personalized to suit anyone’s style at the click of a mouse. • Tumblr has thousands of themes to choose from! Its laidback design makes for easy posting and because of its re-blogging feature, it makes networking unbelievably easy. • Wordpress is a platform for more experienced bloggers. Not necessarily exclusive for web designers, but it is preferred by those who know web coding.

BLOG DESIGN Blog design and layout can take from 10 minutes to one month, depending on whether you go to the ready-made ones or hire a web designer to customize your layout, unless you can work it out on your own. Whichever approach you decide, just remember that fancy designs only go so far because in the end, netizens will come back because they like what they read.

Nothing fancy is necessary; a blog just needs to be easy to read and navigate.

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WHO’s HOT? Let us take an inspiration from some of these successful Filipino fashion bloggers who are making waves in and out of the country. BRYAN BOY ( Named as one of the nine hottest internet celebrities of New York Post and the social correspondent of America’s Next Top Model. DAVID GUISON ( Known for his blog that features his personal style and one of the most-liked bloggers in the country. LAUREEN UY ( She’s making her own name in the industry with her impeccable charm and style.

START WRITING There are thousands of fashion blogs online, but there’s only one you! Go back to your goals and ask why you want to blog in the first place and everything follows. Every blogger has his or her own techniques. It’s only a matter of finding your own style. It is ideal, however, for you to start creating content by setting a timetable for your posts. It will also depend on how often you’ll want to upload. A flexible blogging schedule allows you to better balance your school and social obligations. Set aside a certain day of the week or time of day that you will dedicate to blogging and upload posts on a regular basis.

STAY CONNECTED Connect with fellow bloggers and friends through Twitter, and post links on Facebook and Tumblr. Instagram and Pinterest are also perfect social networks for fashion bloggers as they are based on visual content. Keep in mind that a solid social media strategy will put your blog on the map. The more visible you are, the more opportunity you have to make an impression on fashion fans.



Everyone has their own unique style, so don’t try to copy anyone and don’t feel the need to go crazy. Do what feels right for you and play around with things. You will eventually find your own unique voice and can make statements with your photos.

You’ll grow an audience in time, so instead of fixating on your number of readers or amount of comments, focus on being true to yourself and your style. Have fun and enjoy blogging!



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