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Editor’s Letter >>> The success of every endeavor generally manifests itself in its seismic impact, whether enormous or minute. The response to the last issue of the Stimuli Magazine could be called a small seismic convulsion. Remember the ad which we put out about the magazine’s search for staffwriters? Well, that ad generated an influx of inquiries from STI students all over the archipelago, galvanizing students from Baguio to Pagadian to send in their stories in the hope of placing among the lucky eight. Your response to such a simple search proves only one thing: that the writing down of words on a piece of paper remains a source of inspiration and perhaps, awe among the youths of today. That the need for the written expression is as vital as the basic need for food and nourishment since it stirs the imagination and gives rise to hopes and dreams. The words you have written also allow us to know you better and more intimately as an audience. You are no longer bodies occupying space but voices, whispers, laughter, tears, imagination. Your words gave you a face. We can hear you now and we will continue to listen everytime you want to speak.

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MiSTI again gives advise to the troubled and the lovelorn

Want to be a Jedi Knight?

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Marivic Fellores tells you how in “Ambition”

Pepe

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The tale of a love lost in Mexico

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Elbert de Guzman VP for Marketing Malou Espina AVP for Corporate Affairs Nerissa M. Quizon Associate Editor Adonis Tierra Jubbie Deocos Roland Laroda Jouie Dominisac Raymond Lopez Marivic Fellores Francis Hernandez Jaycee de Guzman Contributing Writers Wowie del Rosario Donna Diamante Rosell Villariba Cristina Magsino Pao Cansino Artists

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Meet last year’s standouts

The Write Stuff

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The eight winners of our search for the Stimuli writers

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The latest events in our growing STI family

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Clockwise from left: Jabbar, Karen, Philip, JM and Lou Ann show us why they are standouts. Cover Design by Pao Cansino.


MiSTI gives heartfelt answers to your innermost questions as well as practical advice on money, work and school.

Low self-esteem Dear MiSTI, Ang akin pong problema ay ang kawalan ko ng tiwala sa aking sarili, sa aking gawa o sa aking trabaho. Nagtapos ako ng Comp. Tech. dito sa Bacolod last March. Two months after my graduation, nakapasok ako ng trabaho bilang isang computer tech sa isang computer store dito sa Bacolod. Gusto ko sana bigyan mo ako ng payo kung ano ang maaari kong gawin para magkaroon ako ng tiwala sa aking sarili. Thank you. Mr. Bacolod DEAR MR. BACOLOD: “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” This is from the book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and it talks about young people like you who are afraid of doing things they like because they fear criticism, or worse, to be the object of ridicule. Belief in ourselves happens when we face what it is that we fear the most. These fears can come in the form of inferiority complex, ang takot na makisalamuha, ang kawalan ng tiwala sa sarili at kakayahan. Self-confidence is a state of mind like laughter and joy. It needs to be strengthened by even the smallest things, approval from friends, from parents, from peers, even yourself. But you know what? The mere fact that you graduated and managed to land a job two months after graduation is already a point in your favor. Relax and enjoy the moment. Don’t think about yourself too much. We all go through that phase but the good news is that once we get over it, everything becomes smooth sailing after the first hurdle.

MiSTI

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Dear MiSTI, I can’t take it anymore being consumed with guilt. My friend is mad at me for playing a joke on her. Do you think I should not make her my friend anymore and not notice her as if she was not there? Please help me. I can’t take problems with close friends. Ang dali niya magalit. Hindi rin niya ma-take pati mga jokes ng iba. Please reply ASAP.

Dear MiSTI,

She’s Dear SHE’s, Hi, She’s. Ganyan talaga sa friendships, may mga tampuhan at awayan. That’s part of the dynamics of the relationship. May gagawin siyang kaiinisan mo at ganon ka rin naman sa kanya. You did not say bakit mo siya biniro but again, ang biruan ay kasama din sa relasyon ng mga magkakaibigan. Ang kaibahan nga lang medyo kinasama ata ng loob niya ang sinabi mo. Minsan kasi di din natin tantiya kung matatawa ba ang mga pagsasabihan natin ng mga jokes na sa atin ay walang kamali-malisya. Obviously, dinamdam niya yon. What you can do perhaps is apologize. Akuin mo ang kasalanan at sabihin mo sa kanya how sorry you really are. Wag yong hindi na lang kayo magbabatian at parang hindi magkakilala kung magkasalubungan. Sayang naman ang pinagsamahan niyo kung sa unang test ng friendship ay susuko na kayo agad. Another thing. Maybe you can send her this message para naman malaman niya gano ka ka-sincere sa paghingi ng tawad. Love, okay lang na mag-kaasaran kayo minsan ng mga friends mo. It goes to show that you care for each other kasi may napapansin kayong nakakaasar sa isa’t-isa. Kung wala at deadma lang kayo, yon ang nakakatakot.

MiSTI

Hi! Sana mapayuhan mo po ako sa problem ko dahil hindi ko na talaga alam ang aking gagawin. Angkan kami ng mayayaman ang kaso Dad ko lang ang mahirap kasi hindi siya nag-aral na mabuti noong pinapag-aral pa siya ng granddad ko. Kaya ngayon wala na po kaming pera dahil hindi na po nagkakasya yung pera niya para sa aming mga anak niya. Apat po kaming sabay-sabay na nag- aaral eh. Wala naman siyang malaking pera para tustusan kami ng sabay-sabay. Nasa first year college na po ako. Yon pong 1st sem ko eh nakihiram lang po ako ng tuition from my Tito. Sabi ko sa kanya, hanggang ngayon lang pong 1st sem. Di ko po kasi alam kung papaano ko mababayaran yong hiniram ko. Nag-apply po ako as a student assistant dito sa school namin at natanggap naman po ako. Binigyan po ako ng discount kaya P4,000 na lang ang babayaran ko. Sana po matulungan niyo ako sa problema kong ito. Wanoa DEAR WANOA, Mararapat siguro na kausapin mo ang Tito mo at iexplain sa kanya ang problema. Sa tingin ko naman ay maiintindihan niya ang kalagayan mo ngayon. Matutuwa pa nga siguro yon kasi makikita niya gaano ka kapursigidong mag-aral dahil naghanap ka ng mapapasukan para matustusan lang ang pag-aaral mo. Minsan kasi wag ka ring mahiyang humingi ng tulong sa ibang tao, lalo na’t tiyuhin mo naman. Hindi kasamaan ang aminin na paminsan-minsan ay kailangan din natin ng tulong para makarating sa ating paroroonan. Malay mo, kung narating mo na ang gusto mong marating balang araw ikaw naman ang makatulong sa kanya. Good luck.

MiSTI

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STI CUBAO, GUADALUPE AND TAGUIG SPEARHEAD TTWO WO IMPORT ANT EVENTS IMPORTANT

STI Colleges Cubao, Guadalupe and Taguig, led by school administrators Concepcion P. Balajadia, and Glenmar D. Cabigas, proved its collective IT edge over other IT schools by organizing the error-free and accurate tabulation results of Ms. Earth 2003 and Star In A Million Grand Finals. Ms. Earth, an international beauty-for-a-cause pageant was produced by Carousel Productions and shown over ABS-CBN last November. Error-free tabulation during the 2003 Miss Earth beauty pageant.

The tabulation software with Delphi 6 and Visual Basic programming languages designed by Albert Cariño (STI Guadalupe IT Instructor) for Ms. Earth 2003 was a breakthrough since the accumulated scores obtained by the candidates were automatically computed and flashed on screen. Cubao, Guadalupe and Taguig displayed the same winning streak when ABSCBN once again tapped them to officially tabulate results of the Star In A Million Grand Finals. STI Cubao’s Jojo Aniag and Czar John Panganiban designed the powerful system for the star search show.

The winning streak for Star in a Million.

STI College Guadalupe and Taguig marketing supervisor Cristina Go said that with these back-to-back assignments, the three STI Colleges successfully sustained the momentum of reliability gained from the Ms. Earth experience with its partnership with broadcast giant ABS-CBN.

STI COLLEGE LUCENA STI COLLEGE CALAMBA HOLDS FIRST LEADERSHIP BAGS GOLD

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Three STI College Lucena students grabbed the first place in the Inter-School Academic contest held last September 5, 2003 at the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation (MSEUF). The students were Mirasol Abogadil, BSCS 1; Lawrence Cyre Melgarejo, BSCS 111; and Jennilyn Melo, BSCS 111. The three won over contestants from other well-known schools like the Sacred Heart College, City College of Lipa, Southern Luzon Polytechnic College (SLPC) Lucban, De La Salle Batangas, Maryhill College, Calayan Educational foundation Incorporated (CEFI) and MSEUF Candelaria. The group received a score of 80 points, which outclassed the CEFI’s 71 points and MSEUF Candelaria’s 61 points.

TRAINING FOR LEADERS

STI College Calamba held it first leadership training for student leaders at Villa Carmelita, Pansol, Calamba City last August 15-16, 2003. The Leadership cum team-building seminar-workshop was attended by officers of the school’s eight student organizations/clubs. Facilitators were Dr. Cristina A. San Jose, Prof. Eli G. dela Noche, and Ruth Ann E. Loyola. Dr. San Jose opened the workshop by emphasizing the importance of correct financial management for the organization’s viability. The student leaders were taught the process of making a budget proposal and budget review. They were also encouraged to consult the facilitators regarding the format to be used in making a budget proposal. Some of the topics discussed were the qualities and functions of a good leader and the characteristics of high performance teams, five dysfunctions of a team and the stages of team development.

Students were encouraged to perform leadership activities like building a structure using available materials and following specific criteria in judging that challenged their leadership qualities. Facilitators then discussed the TP Leadership Questionnaire results by giving the delegates feedback on the kind of activities or action plans they submitted. The group was also challenged to look into activities that would not only be beneficial to their organization but also to the whole school community. — by RA Loyola

Student leaders spearhead the teambuilding seminar.


CAMPUS NEWS STI COLLEGE LEGAZPI

SPONSORS 1ST AREA MEDIA SUMMIT

STI College Legazpi recently provided technical support and software development for the automated registration of delegates to the 1st Area Media summit held last September at the Albay Astrodome in Legaspi City. The system had capabilities to print the certificates of attendance and conduct the electronic raffle, and was developed by 2nd year BSCS student Francis dela Rama. STI Legaspi also provided computers with internet access for the participants’ Media Center, allowing them to easily transmit articles to their respective media outfits. More than 300 members of the Provincial Press Clubs of the Philippines (PPCP) and the Publishers and Editors League of the Philippines (PELP) attended the summit.

STI LABANGON Holds 1st Ever Mr Mr.. & Ms. STI Contest Last July A milestone event took place at STI Labangon, Cebu City last July. The school held its first ever Mr. and Ms. STI search for 2003, which was won by Allan Inoc and Carmi Martillan, respectively. Runners-up were Vincent Leogran and Princess delos Santos (1st), and Christian Brigoli and Roselyn Gepitulan (2nd).

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The Computer Society of STI College Balanga recently hosted a two-hour seminar for students and teachers of different national high schools in Bataan last September. Dubbed “Multimedia Magic”, the seminar was a group effort by members of the computer Society and their teachers. Among the topics discussed were Audio, which focused on picture and text manipulation in creating a poster using Adobe Image Styler; Video, which focused on media clip editong and video creation using Pinnacle Studio; And Animation,

which focused on the movement of text, shapes and pictures using flash. Each presentation was headed by the STI Balanga faculty composed of Lala Paguio (Audio); Tina de Leon (Graphics); Rodolfo Ecamina (Video); and Jeff Aguinaldo (Animation). The invitees were also encouraged to create their own sound, imagery and animation in an allotted testing room to try for themselves what they have just learned in the two hour seminar. -- Haygelyn Empleo

STI CALAPAN’S The Tech Wizards of STI Calapan is a group dedicated to the study of computers. It also actively competes with other STI schools in friendly techie competitions. To improve the activities of the club, the group held a meeting last October, which resulted in the delineation ofrolesbyitsofficers. Club president Francis Hernandez divided the officers according to Cluster A, composed of the systems analysts which will focus on programming; and Cluster B

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composed of the systems engineers who were tasked to handle basic PC troubleshooting. Presiding over Cluster A are Hernandez; vice president Billy Balbaira, group secretary Pia de Jesus, and group auditor Gretchen Manalor. On Cluster B are group treasurer Christine Maniwang, PRO Donalyn Balita, business managers Reynante Lim and Larry Panopio. The Society’s advisers are teachers Derick Moreno and Edrian Fernando. — Francis Hernandez

STI LIP LIPAA’s SEARCH FOR THE CAMPUS HEARTTHROBS Fresh, young, good looking, smart and, of course, popular, these are the attributes of a campus heartthrob. STI Lipa’s Campus Heartthrob search, however, also recognized campus personalities who not only look the part of a campus figure but someone who epitomized all the good qualities of a true STIer. But unlike the traditional search which needed preferred votes from a handful of judges, this one required popular votes from students, faculty, and staff members. STI Lipa’s certified campus heartthrobs for 2003 were

Romeo Paalala

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head-turners Julie Vinas (BSBA) and Romeo Paalala (BSCS). Runners-up for 2nd place were Hanessa Adano (BSBA) and Marvin Macatangay (DCET); while May Ann Ona (BSCS) and Leugim Aquino (ACT) placed third.

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Ambition Marivic C. Fellores B.S. in Business Administration — STI e-college Southwoods

What do you want to be when you grow up? As a child, I was always asked this question. I wanted to be a member of That’s Entertainment. When I started my studies at a Catholic school, my teachers inspired me to be a nun. In fact, my best friend and I made this pact when we were nine that we will enter the same convent when we turned 18. This ‘calling’ went on until first year high school. By the time I was 14, my ambition changed as often as Madonna reinvented herself. At one point, I wanted to be a high school teacher, a History professor, then a writer. I also had fantasies of being the next Cheche Lazaro, the sixth Spice Girl, and, ehem, the queen of Prince William. Now at 19 and most of my dreams laid to waste, I am up for the ultimate ambition. I want to be a… JEDI! Ok, it may sound out of this world but what the heck. To be a Jedi is to be invincible! Here’s why: 1. A Jedi cannot Love Now, it isn’t as tragic as it may seem. Ask anyone who has had his heart broken and he’ll agree, to love is to endure pain. Too much love can be lethal. Call me crazy but I tell you, I’d rather cry because I’m alone than because the person I love the most cannot love me back. 2. A Jedi knows no Fear Now that crimes are so rampant, it’s hard not to worry all the time. I worry about my cell phone getting snatched, or a loved one being murdered. Why can’t we be just like those Jedi’s in Star Wars, trained from childhood to suppress fear and eliminate it in their whole system when they grow up. 3. A Jedi Knows no Hate If people are capable of loving too much, the same goes for hatred. Just look at what’s happening in our society right now and it’s enough to make your insides twist in disgust. 4. Lightsaber Probably the coolest weapon in the world! If I have one, I’d be the ultimate protector of the weak. Criminals can bring out all their guns, ice picks or balisongs, but with just one wield of my Lightsaber and they’ll be running for their lives. 5. Lastly, I want to be a Jedi so that the FORCE is with me always.

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It will keep my spirits up. No matter what obstacles I may face, the Force will keep me balanced.


Pepe Jouie Dominisac 3rd Yr BSCS – STI College General Santos

Once upon a time back in high school, I met Pepe. He was the cutest and most adorable blonde I had ever seen. At first glance, you wouldn’t think him anything special. It would be in the next few minutes you spend with him that would make you think differently.

friends, good grades, an understanding of the language (finally!),andallinall,alifefreefromworry.MyfriendsandI went dancing, saw the latest flicks, attended slumber parties and picnics, and basically, did what every kid turning teenager our age did. I loved my life.

I had spent my second year of high school in Mexico because of Dad’s job. It was a real culture shock for me and my sister. There were different and exciting new things to experience – spectacular and magical sights, romantic sounds, enticing and appetizing smells, mouth-watering hot dishes to taste, a new yet strangely familiar language and culture, and a friendly people who thought themselves plain and ordinary yet in my eyes were untainted and beautiful.

The atmosphere at home was great, too. We were living the good life. The fridge was always fully stocked with scrumptious midnight snacks. The two-storey house was fully air-conditioned. We had a TV set upstairs and downstairs. We had cable – a necessity for anyone staying in a foreignspeaking land. But most importantly, Pepe had filled the house with love.

Okay! I know it sounds too good to be true. My description might sound like something you’d read on a travel brochure but all this, to me, are real and true. I guess I did fell in love with this distant land. And part of my falling in love with it could be because of Pepe. When I first got there, I hated everything about Mexico. I loathed the food (Avocadoes are not supposed to be spicy!); I despised the music (Mariachis are totally boring!); I abhorred the fact that nobody spoke any English (Hello-oh! Your neighboring country is the US, for crying out loud!). And then I met Pepe. Pepe’s father left when he was a baby and his mother had died recently. The people at Dad’s shrimp hatchery were not a very rich lot but they took him in all the same. Dad took pity upon seeing him scrounge for food at the office’s kitchen. So being the nice guy that he is, Dad took him home and introduced him to the family. Mom wasn’t very enthusiastic with Pepe staying at our place at first, but she gave in right after my sister and I pleaded with her. Pepe was as shy as I was. And since I had only gotten so far as the usual greetings and no entiendo (I don’t understand) in our Spanish lessons, our leading to a long conversation in a language we both understood was quite remote. But he smiled and warmed up to me. I guess I looked odd enough to him to be worth any curiosity. And from then on, we became good friends. In our one-year stay in Los Mochis, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico (look the place up), there were so many experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything. I had a great set of

Every day, he would wake up as early as we did, sometimes, even earlier. His eyes would shine; hoping today would be the day he would go to school with us. And when we would leave, he would look sadly at us until we disappeared around the curb. When we get back from school, he would run happily down the stairs to see us. During the weekends, we would all go out to the river delta near Dad’s farm and go fishing. Pepe would stay behind at the farm to meet up with old friends. Pepe loved his life. Then, the day came when we had to go back to the Philippines. Nobody really told Pepe about it. We just said that we will find a new home for him – some place where they could take better care of him. But I think he knew somehow. I wasn’t very happy to leave my friends behind, especially Pepe. We tried to convince Dad into taking Pepe with us. I mean, we were Pepe’s family now. But he said the process would take too long and would be very draining for everyone. A few days before we left, I was watching TV to cheer myself up. I had the whole downstairs to myself and was trying not to cry. Pepe suddenly sat beside me on the couch and started crying. He didn’t say a word and I, not wanting to spoil the moment, silently wept with him. With his head on my lap, and my hand smoothing his hair, we silently said our goodbyes. It was at that moment that I knew how much I loved him. He was the only cat I ever did, and probably ever will,love. Last we heard in an e-mail from our neighbors, Pepe had found his way back to our front porch. He probably still sits there, silently waiting for his owners to return. Gotcha! I had you there for a sec, didn’t I?

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Choosing people to put on our cover is always an interesting and exciting work. Its starts with a theme and before you know it, an idea has taken root. Take for example this issues’ cover. The idea was to feature the standouts of 2003 – either STI students, schools or organizations — which made the past year truly memorable. Hence, the pick of the bunch: good-looking couple JM Larracas and Lou Ann Cruz, quiet yet persevering Jhun Castromero, triumphant STI Capiz, confident Karen Bautista, and sports champions Al-Jabbar Nain J. Sangkula and Philip Tauro, Jr., and super achiever Mark David Gan. All of them share one thing in common: they are standouts in any crowd.

The Lady is also a Beauty Queen If Lou Antonette Cruz seems familiar it’s probably because she is. She was crowned Ms. STI 2003 and her pretty face has graced reams of school marketing materials STI produced last year. An outstanding beauty, 19-year old Lou Ann is the youngest of seven siblings, which perhaps explains why her mom is very protective of her. “She never let me watch a movie on my own,” she confides about her mother. An avowed homebody, Lou Ann is a freshman at STI Legaspi where she studies BS Computer Science. Typical of pretty girls her age, Lou Ann is very popular especially with the opposite sex. But her mom won’t let her have a boyfriend yet. What does she look for in a guy? Someone who fears God, is responsible, and who loves his family and himself.

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This Computer Whiz Wants to be a Cop Twenty-one year old JM Larracas in person has a funny and engaging personality. The good-looking student of STI Legaspi who ran away with the Mr. STI title in 2003 came to the shoot with his pretty cousin Nikki in tow, proving that good genes definitely run in his family. He is also somewhat of an oddball in his family because of his passion for anything military. He dreams of entering the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and becoming a respected military officer someday. This dream is vigorously opposed by his parents who want him to follow in the footsteps of his cousins and sister: pursue a career as a flight steward. Born May 30, 1982, JM is single (he just broke up with his gf) and wants to meet a tall, slim, and loveable Filipina beauty who is simple and has a sense of humor.

The Snooker Champion Twenty-year old Felipe B. Tauro, Jr. first became interested in playing snooker at age eight while spending time in a neighborhood ‘tambayan’ near his mom’s office. This passion is to grow years later and will culminate in Philip winning a silver medal at the 2001 SEA Games and a bronze medal at the 2003 SEA Games 2003 in Vietnam. An STI Taft scholar, Philip spends his time training for the next international competition that will hopefully propel him to world-ranking status. An only child, Philip also dreams of meeting a girl who has a sense of humor, romantic and may diskarte sa buhay. “Okay lang kahit hindi siya mahilig sa sports,” he laughs.

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Loren Legarda’s Choice When Sen. Loren Legarda graced the STI commencement exercises in November, she walked up to a line of admiring graduates, pointed to a slim quiet girl in a toga and immediately offered her a job. The girl’s name is Karen Bautista, who graduated with top honors from STI Kalentong. “Una nga hindi ako naniwala kasi ang impression ko non sa mga pulitiko manloloko,” reminisces the loquacious Karen. Legarda was to prove her wrong. “Nong pumunta ako sa office niya, expected na nila ako. Dalawa nga dapat kami kaya lang hindi ata puwede yong isa.” Working for a popular senator was an eye-opener for Karen. For one thing, the work is very demanding and she has to adhere to the demands of a very deadline-conscious boss. “Istrikta si Ma’am pero mabait,” she said of her boss. To get her mind off the demands of her job, Karen often goes mountain trekking with friends. “Masarap. Nakakawala ng lahat ng pagod,” she says of her hobby. A no-nonsense girl, the 27-year old Karen is looking for the same qualities in a boyfriend. “Ayoko ng maliit, dapat good conversationalist, at gusto ko may sense ang sinasabi.”

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Al-Jabbar Nain J. Sangkula is already a champion at age 22. He won the bronze medal for the Pencak Silat (Indonesian martial arts) category in the 2003 SEA Games held in Vietnam. Before that he won gold for the same category in a local championship and another bronze in the 2003 Asia-Pacific championship. Jabbar is from Jolo, Sulu and he’s here in Manila to fulfill a scholarship grant in STI Taft, one of the prizes he won for winning in the SEA Games. Regular morning trainings have kept Jabbar from the curious eyes of most of his schoolmates. Born on August 22, 1981, Jabbar attends his classes in the evenings and spends his leisure time either surfing the net or on a date with his girlfriend.


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STI Capiz bested other IT schools in the area when it was chosen by the Capiz Provincial Office of Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) as its preferred examination center for the Trade Skills Exam.

According to Lourdes Narciso, officer-in-charge of the TESDA Trade Skills Exam, STI Capiz had the most advanced facility needed by TESDA to effectively implement the test. “The examiners are very comfortable taking the skills exam because of the good setup of the computer laboratory,” Narciso said. She added that these comments came from the examiners themselves. “When we give the exam in other schools, the examiners felt uneasy and uncomfortable because of the poor facility and laboratory setup. If I were to rate the facilities here in STI Capiz, I will give the school a 9 out of 10 points,” Narciso said.

The TESDA Provincial Office has been conducting on a monthly basis the Trade Skills Exam in STI Capiz since it started its operation last June 2002. With this positive response, other government offices like the Capiz Division Office of Department of Education (Dep-Ed) and the GSIS Provincial Office have also conducted their encoding jobs in the school.

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Wit and endurance. These two traits made Jhun Castromero, a GHP awardee, lab facilitator and active student of STI Balagtas, win the TESDA Provincial Skills Olympics InfoTech Open Category held last Sept 10 - 11, 2003 at the TESDA Regional Office, Guiguinto, Bulacan. He battled it out with participants from ACSAT Baliuag, STI Sta. Maria and another vocational school from Bulacan to get the Gold Medal Award. With his coach Marvin Castro, they won a close fight with an IT Instructor from Acsat Baliuag who bagged the Silver Medal Award. Jhun took home P4,000 and the gold medal.

The Chameleon Twenty-year-old Mark David Gan was not an achiever back in high school. But this did not stop this STI College Bacoor student from testing the waters with his latest brainchild, the ‘Chameleon’ (an image steganography software) wherein he formulated how to effectively discover covert communications in the Internet. So remarkable was the Chameleon that when Mark joined the 1st Annual SGETECH Cup, an inter-IT school software design competition organized by local IT corporation, SGETECH, the Chameleon placed 2nd among a number of entries from 20 colleges and universities in Metro Manila. Mark pocketed P50,000 from the SGETECH Cup. Strongwilled and focused, Mark now has a renewed pride in his heart that defines personality—a far cry from his underachiever days in secondary school. Indeed, the competition has made Mark realize the possibility of reaching for your dreams by just putting all your efforts and keeping your fingers crossed as well.

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The Stimuli Magazine is supposed to chose eight people to write for the mag starting this issue. They’re actually eight but we’re going to feature only seven of them since Donz Tierra of STI La Union was late in sending his one-paragraph introduction and picture. (He tells me he’s busy with the Convention so maybe he has a legitimate excuse). Anyway, the eight of them won because they represent what the Stimuli is all about: young, vigorous and visionary. They were chosen from the dozens who also joined the search because we saw potential in them: the potential to be rich, creative sources that could make a difference in the thinking of many people. Some of the articles featured in this month’s issue were written by these same intense, creative individuals. We welcome them as family and we hope you do as well. But for now let’s get to know them individually, shall we?

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DELEGATES TO MS. EARTH 2003 plant trees along with students and staff members of STI College Balayan during a visit last September. The Ms. Earth contestants brought environmental awareness to Batangas with a ‘Beauty for a Cause’ fashion show that challenged students to do their part in saving Mother Earth. Also in photo are STI HQ area manager Umbert Virtucio (2nd from left), STI College Balayan COO Ellen Cristy Dimaano (3rd from left), and Dean Nelson M. Andal (extreme right).

BIE DEOCOS e “bull” sign, os, born under th oc De ia rn go Bi of STI College My name is Jubbie ComSci student BS ar ye d 3r a d raveandnoble 24 years old an o,thehomeofab l i o l I , s a g n a m u D om edandamoreno. Iloilo.Icamefr built,black-hair m u i d e m f o , l l a t et assistant here people. Iam6fe rk as a student wo me ti me sa e ature-lover, a I study and at th rmined, plus a n e t e d d n a g n i k r o w eticsappeal.I in STI. I am hard hingswithaesth t e l p m i s e k i l I . d, allofwhich poetanddreamer ndersoftheworl o w e h t d n a e r u t a n alsoappreciate oscope. ircolorfulkaleid e h t h t i w e f i l l fil

EARN WHILE YOU LEARN

Remaining true to its commitment of providing education beyond the classroom and at the same time offering its students an extra source of livelihood, STI has again renewed its partnership with Jollibee Foods Corporation for the “Earn While You Learn” (EWYL) program. Now on its second year, the program has already benefitted more than 250 STI students who worked as part-time crews in several Jollibee branches nationwide. The Jollibee mascot is seen in the photo with some beneficiaries of the EWYL program.

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Educational and entertaining: these are two ingredients that make STI’s National Information Technology Convention (NITC) a cut above the rest. In the past, the NITC became a forum for well-respected IT experts to talk about new ICT trends before an appreciative audience. Unfortunately, though the content of their speech offered tons of information, the delivery was quite uninteresting. In later years, innovations were made to make the Convention more interesting and appealing. The most impressive of these was the use of customized MTV video teasers introduced by the father of multimedia Mr. David Allen Uy to launch each topic. Each show was also complemented by top-notch speakers like Mr. Alvin Koh Relleve and Mr. Raoul Espedido who stamped their individual mark on the show with their own brand of elegance and wit. When the IT Caravan was included in the Convention program, guest speakers like Spanky Enriquez, Elbert de Guzman, Stanley Dimain, Jojo Recio (STI College Cubao) and Ricky Bunag (STI College Bacoor) enlivened the show and made it truly memorable.

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UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS Sometimes, even the most perfectly planned event has a way of turning out unexpectedly. Here are some insights on these funny ‘incidents’: Q

During a show in Marbel, South Cotabato in February 2001, the LCD projector used on a presentation suddenly went kaput. Fortunately, it was the last topic and the presentation was on its last few slides. In an attempt to appease the restless crowd, we immediately asked Onemig Bondoc, our featured artist, to perform. The crowd went berserk and the incident was forgotten.

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Another memorable experience was the Davao IT Caravan. Minutes before the event, the lead computer suddenly crashed! Luckily, we had previously loaded a similar software to the computer of Mindanao Area Manger Mr. Buboy Luza. We immediately loaded his computer to the program and saved the day for another rousing presentation.

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Resource speaker Stanley Dimain was taken by surprise when the lights suddenly went out during the 7th NITC in Ormoc while he was presenting “The Wonders of Animation”. Luckily the venue had a generator. Unfortunately, the venue of the IT Caravan in Gen. Santos City had no generator when the city was hit by a power shortage. Good thing STI College GSC managed to borrow a generator from a nearby establishment. A good thing, too, that the capacity crowd was still there to witness the event.

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Speaker Jojo Recio entered his hotel room and received a shock when he found a note on a table that read: “To our dear Guest, please be advised that there are two thieves running around the hotel. Please report any suspicious looking characters – The Management!” He frantically searched the room for his belongings and was about to panic when he later realized that the penmanship was familiar and realized that he was a victim of a prank!

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Did you know that Ms. Carol Banawa dedicated her hit single “Tanging Yaman” to Vice President for Marketing Elbert De Guzman who was then one of the most sought after speakers of the IT Caravan when he was still an Area Manager during an IT Convention in Iloilo?

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A good friend of the STI Events team, Chubi del Rosario regularly plays badminton with IT Caravan speaker Jojo Recio of STI College Cubao and STI HQ’s Events Coordinator Arnel De Leon.

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Teen idol Dino Guevarra regularly mentions in his spiels that he is having tutorials with select STI people when all we did was teach him the basic fundamentals of computers.

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Rafael Rosell visited Baguio, Palawan, Kalibo and Cebu this year and asked the audience to greet his mom, who was in Norway, a “Merry Christmas.” He then recorded the crowd’s greeting on his video camera.

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Luis Alandy and Tin Arnaldo serenaded the Mr. & Ms. STI finalists in the 19th Anniversary Celebration at the Enchanted Kingdom. Funny thing was that when they signed on for the event they were off screen sweethearts as well, but when the event commenced they had a bitter falling out. The pair later reconciled and was a guest during the 8th run of the NITC in the Visayas.

For comments and other insights about the NITC kindly email stimuli@stihq.net and put the title NITC. We would very much welcome your comments or personal stories about the NITC.


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STI’s 4th Invitational Bowling Tournament TOURNAMENT RESULTS

1st Runner-up STI COLLEGE PARAÑAQUE

BOWLER OF THE YEAR

Champion Team STI COLLEGE STA. ROSA

2ND Runner-up STI COLLEGE CUBAO

HIGH GAME MASTER

Men’sDivision

Tony Del Carmen STI College Sta. Rosa

Men’sDivision

Jojo Araniego STI College Novaliches

Women’s Division

Evangeline Sabater STI College Parañaque

Women’s Division

Donna Jhoy Godio STI College Caloocan

SPARE MASTER

STRIKE MASTER Men’sDivision

Tony Del Carmen STI College Sta. Rosa

Men’sDivision

Jojo Araniego STI College Novaliches

Women’s Division

Evangeline Sabater STI College Parañaque

Women’s Division

Grace Balagtas STI College Cubao

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Academic Honors and Special Awards 2nd Sem SY 2002-2003 >> Associate in Computer Technology Anna Marie G. Echavez STI College Bacoor

Diploma in Computer Studies Joseph Davidsen Choi BS Computer Science STI College Bacoor

Amiel Belen STI Espa単a

Diploma in Electronic Commerce Programming Davidson R. Santos STI Kalentong

Diploma in Information Technology Alvin C. Sia BS Computer Science STI College Lucena

Francis Joseph A. Lapid STI Rosario

Eduardo R. Cardinal Melduard De Guzman STI College Guadalupe

Diploma in Computer and Electronics Technology Herzhelyn S. Son Donald N. Constantino STI College Bacoor Leonilo C. Malgapo Jr. STI College Calamba Mark Aaron B. Cejero STI College Cubao Stanley C. Silo, Jr. STI College Fairview

Associate in Computer Secretarial Mark David C. Gan BS Computer Science STI College Bacoor Jacqueline Q. Banzon BS Computer Science STI College Balanga

Mae O. Cayona Regie C. Ellana STI College Alabang

Associate in Computer Technology Sonia S. Delos Reyes Jefferson J. Lulu STI College Balanga

Gloria Albaniel Emman N. Singson STI College Las Pi単as Roberto D. Agas STI Rosario Reynaldo Plandano STI Sta. Maria Benjamen B. Manlapaz Jr. STI Surigao Crisanto D. Rivero STI Taguig

Irwin T. Tong STI Cagayan De Oro Aileen Belong Michael John D. Tagasa STI College Marikina

Certificate in Cyber Programming Marc Louie Pechuanging STI Antipolo Jerrick B. Magpatoc STI Dasmari単as Enrico R. De Guzman STI College Guadalupe

Diploma in Computer and Electronics Technology

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Associate in Office Management Leny M. Atchico STI College Angeles Jessica Marquez STI College Lucena

Certificate in Cyber Programming Stanley Sioteco STI College Angeles

Michael Louie Valencia STI College Fairview

Luis Anthony Oliveros Josefina Marigondon STI College Antipolo

Rodrigo Feril Jr. STI College Las Pi単as

Edmund Sandrino STI College Bacoor

Diploma in Computer Studies Charlyn M. Darato Jenefer S. Cagas STI CDO Vincent Philip Uy STI Mandaue Jefferson O. Laderas Jaydee Gravador Maricel Jose Dahlia Bernardo Edgardo Feliciano Edison Lajarca Michael Dado STI Sta. Maria Louver N. Gabato STI Tacurong Ma. Nena A. Berro Gerald P. Piguing STI Tanay


Rhodalynn C. Rona STI Urdaneta

Diploma in Electronic Commerce Programming Sheelah R. Garcia Rodel D. Roderos Daniel P. Ng Roden C. Zalameda STI Kalentong

STUDENT OF THE YEAR (CHED)

Jo Anne B. De Lima STI Pasig Mario O. Buhay, Jr. STI Kidapawan

Joseph Davidsen Choi STI College Bacoor Area and National Level Winner

Cherry E. Gervado Daryl P. Sechong STI Iligan Mylene M. Magnase Luz S. Siano STI Maasin Novell J. Tagailo STI Ozamiz Beverly H. Tabang Mary Joy B. Gener STI Puerto Princesa

DiplomainOfficeSkillsand Management

Karen B. Balbuena Hope L. Ongco STI Dumanjug Ma. Christine P. Luchie Louivels D. Cauntoy Rowena C. Garcia STI Marbel

Anastacio Bayani, Jr. STI College Lucena

LEADERSHIP AWARD Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Gilbert E. Nero STI College Baguio (Lucban) Czar Adrian J. Libunao STI College Balanga Michael A. Brobio STI College Calamba

Diploma in Computer Studies Eduardo A. De Castro STI Balayan Christine C. Maceda STI Maasin Edward Monsanto STI Mandaue

Elaine Ayran STI College Antipolo

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Wilson Mendoza STI College Olongapo

Diploma in Information Technology Lorenzo S. Rife STI Cagayan De Oro

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Mark Samonte Sherwin Padua Michelle Chavez Mary Grace Olalia Benjamin Gaqui STI Tanay

BEST THESIS Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Alfred Cahigas Dino Doria Arnel Flormata STI Dagupan

Frederick De Mesa Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lou Mancenido Ginalyn Rabuel Oscar Vincent Talavera STI Lucena

Oliver Mataga Paul Bernard M. Cuyugan Wilfred S. Zapanta STI College San Fernando

Ryan Jay D. Perez Randy A. Luis Vanessa M. Reyes STI College Tarlac

Diploma in Computer and Electronics Technology Mary Grace A. Catud STI Calapan Roneil S. Jaropojop STI Calbayog Khevin H. Donguines STI Kalibo Karen F. Jebulan STI Sorsogon

Diploma in Information Technology Lilibeth Joyce A. Labayo Marjorie J. Yordan STI Iligan

Edona Ombe Remie Cruz STI Tanay

To All the Academic Honorees and Special Awardees,

Congratulations!

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things I would do

If if i were President for a day Contributed by: Ann Hudson 3rd year BSCS, STI-Dagupan and Angeline Belza 2nd year DCS, STI-EC Naga

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Make a 30-minute State of the Nation address via satellite and share the gospel of God rather than talking about the problems of the country. Lead the NSTP students in a national clean-up of the environment.

Assign all the NP officers to clear the area and display roasted pigs on the streets of Manila for a feast. Pass a law that will change the quality of education in the country; then instruct the DepEd to give more books to poor students.

Gather all my unwanted and unused things and make a presidential garage sale outside Malacañang. Give support to public hospitals in terms of low-cost medicines and clean facilities.

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Give my countrymen free mobile phones with prepaid loads worth P1,000 each.

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Prosecute politicians who steal money from government coffers.

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Command the Napocor, Simpelco, Decorp, etc. to exempt the people from paying the PPA bills as a gift.

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Lead and inspire ordinary people in the fight against terrorism.

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Send in your thoughts about this topic: “10 things i wouldn’t do on my first date”

Character is Destiny By Donz Tierra neering - STI La Union Engi BS Computer ying for a Once upon a time, a mother was read and long a r afte on few minutes of rest and relaxati r plans othe had ver, howe son, demanding day. Her young little the ” Mom, y, stor a me d “Rea for his mother’s time. minutes to unwind then boy requested. “Give Mommy a few a story,” answered his I’ll be more than happy to read you insistent. The mother mother. The little boy, however, was magazine she was then tore off the back page of the ure of the world. pict reading which contained a full-page then asked her son es piec She tore the picture into several said, would she she , then Only to put them back together. read him a story. A short The mother then resumed her siesta. finished. was d that he while later the little boy announce of the ure pict re To the mother’s astonishment, the enti he how d aske When world was completely assembled. that on d aine expl boy le litt managed to do it so quickly, the was it on d worl the with the reverse side of the page like himself. “You another picture -- one of a young boy little boy together, the got I e “Onc , see, Mommy,” he said my whole world came together.” y, each of us has Much like the little boy in the stor Right before our . ther toge a responsibility to put our worlds in this and n, wome eyes, we are becoming men and r. acte process, we are building char ce Mann Just what is character, though? Hora of us; know the angels wrote, “Character is what God and Yet us.” of k reputation is what men and women thin create an act, you you “If , said ce sour s ymou anon another create a character, you t, create a habit. If you create a habi destiny.” So a te crea you and if you create a character, tion depends ques this to er answ who is right? I guess the ces. rien expe and es valu on an individual’s own uates leave During graduation, some of the grad onometric trig of nding school without a complete understa ish Engl the ered functions. Some may not have mast ippines, Phil the of ory grammar or fully understand the hist thing one The r. acte char but none will graduate without is g olin scho re enti our that we will surely gain from character. al themselves The facets of our character will reve start a or work go to as we adjust to life after college, ol will scho in us in d family. The values that were instille become part of our character. d will be The marks we will make in this worl but obstacles us test may Life r. acte determined by our char est mistake we could will only make us stronger. The bigg ter than in not trying make is in giving up. But none is grea atall.


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Though words are still the major tool in communication, there are things that words can never fully express: A glance can suggest a thousand words. A smile may mean happiness and greetings. A frown indicates sadness and loneliness. A touch on the hand inspires a dying soul. A mother’s loving touch assures us of her unconditional love and care. A father’s pat on the shoulder uplifts, encourages and tells us that nothing is impossible. A friend’s hug expresses warmth, depth and sincerity. A gentle kiss adds strength in the relationship as time goes by. Wordless messages may seem silent but could touch deeply and affect and touch our hearts. For words aren’t enough to express what we truly feel; knowledge is nothing without application.

Sounding Board >>> on ng salamat po sa pagtug Maraming maraming laking ma ng on aro e magkak aking request. I’m sur a mg ng lish pub pag ang impact para sa akin . Marami po kasi uli im St sa ko lat isu na lo na gazine ninyo lalong-la nagagandahan sa ma ay a nil po a ng Akala po ang ibang school. king e na ito sa napakala zin ga ma g an po li binibi na la iwa sila makapan halaga. Hindi nga po s po amin kaya po mataa sa ito po g binibigay lan d an Stimuli. Thank you ang pagtingin ko sa more power. God Bless.

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Love’s Philosophy

Do you still remember me?

by Peter John Villon

by Catherine Armenio STI Palawan

The fountains mingle with the river, And the rivers with the ocean; The winds of heaven mix forever, With a sweet emotion; Nothing in the world is single; All things by a law divine In one another’s being mingle;— Why not I with thine?

Do you still remember me? I was the one in the window who smiled. I was caught in the crowd’s eye And held in your eyes for a while.

See! The mountains kiss high heaven, And the waves clasp one another; No sister flower would be forgiven, If it disdained its brother; And the sunlight clasps the earth, And the moonbeams kiss the sea;— What are all these kissings worth, If thou kiss not me?

And the sun went down, and the sun came up; We had spoken once in silence That should have been enough.

You Never Can Tell by Mark Joseph You never can tell when you send a word like an arrow shot from a bow by an archer blind, be it cruel or kind, just where it may chance to go. It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend, tipped with its poison or balm, To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart it may carry its pain or its calm. You never can tell when you do an act just what the result will be, But with every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see. Each kindly act is a corn dropped ingod’sproductivesoil; You may not know, but the tree shall grow with shelter for those who toil.

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You never can tell what you will do in bringing you hate or love, For thoughts are things, and their airy wings are swifter than carrier doves. They follow the law of the universe, each thing must create its kind, And they speed o’er the track to bring you back whatever went out from your mind.

Do you still remember me? I was the one in the doorway who laughed; I was the one running after you, for more than a mile and a half.

Do you still remember me? I was the one in the distance who cried I was left all alone by the highway And the highway is empty and wide.

The Dream by Peter John Villon STI - Puerto Princesa

Love, if I weep it will not matter, And if you laugh I shall not care; Foolish am I to think about it, But it is good to feel you there. Love, in my sleep I dreamed of waking, White and awful the moonlight reached Over the floor, and somewhere, somewhere There was a shutter loose- it screeched! Swung in the wind - and no wind blowingI was afraid and turned to you, Put out my hand to you for comfortAnd you were gone! Cold as the dew. Under my hand the moonlight lay. Love, if you laugh I shall not care, But if I weep it will not matterAh, it is good to feel you there.


Our Queer Language By Heriya Kintog STI College-Cotabato I think you already know Of tough and bough and cough and dough Others may stumble, but not you Of hiccough, thorough, though and through. Well done? And now you wish, perhaps, To learn of less familiar traps? Beware of heard, a dreadful word That looks like beard and sounds like bird. A dead? It’s said like bed, not bead For goodness sake don’t call it deed! Watch out for meat and great and threat They rhyme with suite and straight and debt. A moth is not a moth in mother Nor both in brother or in bother And here is not a match for there Nor dear and fear for bear and pear. And there’s a dose and rose and lose Just look them up and goose and choose And cork and work and card and ward, And font and front and word and sword. And do and go and thwart and cart Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start! And dreadful language? Man alive, I’ve mastered it when I was five!

Pain by Peter John Villon

Once I’ve loved and cried, Was left without telling why Flowers wither and trees died And so did my trust and pride. Never again shall I love, Even look at women’s smile For they will only stab at your heart With a dagger from their Treacherous hearts.

All is fair in love they say Such it is in fairytales, But fate seems to be unfair For the mistress of my love is PAIN.

Memories or Dreams By: Peter John V. Villon Age has narrowed my choices and forced Changes in my ways, so I invent a past Never really lived and envision a future That exists only in my secret dreams. No sorrow have I for the ways of my youth Just sad the choices are no longer the same. For in truth this is one shame of aging, Living now as I must, not as I choose. Caught between two worlds, the life I’ve lived, And the life of dreams that I wish were real, Now I live the way I had chosen because The body can no longer do the mind’s dreams. And so I live with memories I never had. Why? Youth was spent imagining someday futures. But I awoke to find the future was today And I had only thoughts, hopes, and dreams. I am older with some dreams left behind, But still I think of ways to give myself the Youth I never lived; thus, I have found another Sorrow of age—living dreams I never had. If care is not taken, unreal memories Are given life. Frequently I wish that Some dreams had been real so today I could Relive memories instead of unlived dreams. History slightly rewritten but without harm; A snip here, a tuck there and what was small Becomes large and what was undone—done. A few liberties taken to enhance the past. But isn’t this the privilege of gaining age: Mixing dreams and memories as if both were The same, and adlibbing the truth to excite All who listen even if no one else believes? Deep inside I know things were Not as I recount, nor were my deeds Quite as brave as I like to remember. But are they memories or dreams?

Strange by Christian B. San Diego They say a word that makes you blind, They speak just to put you down They’re shaping you into a different person As strange as the one you don’t even know.

Pity By Mark Joseph A PITY beyond all telling Is hid in the heart of love: The folk who are buying and selling, The clouds on their journey above. The cold wet winds ever blowing, And the shadowy hazel grove Where mouse-grey waters are flowing, Threaten the head that I love.

People stare deeply into your soul as if they know you. That’s why they easily judge and conclude. Don’t let them push you into the dark. Nor let their hands conquer your life. Try to cover your ears sometimes and listen to what your heart says, For the heart is the mirror of yourself.

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Bulletin Board >>> Bulletin Board >>> Bulletin Board

STI P ARTNERS WITH PSC PARTNERS STI is now the official partner of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in the development of sports in the country. PSC chairman Eric Buhain (middle, in barong) said so himself in a letter addressed to STI top executives Elbert de Guzman (left) and Peter K. Fernandez (right) during the launching of the 2003 Mindanao Games. To go by their reactions, delegates to the Games seemed happy with the partnership.

MS. EARTH 2003 Three beautiful women created a stir when they visited the STI offices in Makati last November during a General Assembly. It’s obvious on the elated smile on host Mhel Garrido’s (aka Bill Cosme) face as he gazed at (from left to right) Ms. Poland Marta Matyjasik (Ms. Earth-Fire), Ms. Costa Rica Marianela Zeledon (Ms. Earth-Water), and Ms. Honduras Dania Prince (Ms. Earth 2003). The three beauties graced the event to personally thank STI for its help in ensuring the success of the beauty pageant. STI Cubao and Guadalupe developed the tabulation system for the program.

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Congratulations, GRADU ATES! GRADUA STI graduates take their turn at the podium during the Network Graduation at the PICC, Plenary Hall last May. Some 2,581 STI students from different STI schools attended the graduation rites which were witnessed by special guests Senators Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., Raul Roco and DTI head Mar A. Roxas. Some 26 STI schools participated in the commencement exercise including Alabang, Antipolo, Caloocan, Cubao, EDSA-Crossing, España, Fairview, Guadalupe, Kalentong, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Marikina, Muñoz, Novaliches, ORCA, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon Avenue, Recto, San Pedro, Southwoods, Taft, Taguig, and Tondo.


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