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Editor’s Note

Editorial Staff

Dear Readers, Summer is now here! I’m sure you already have a list of the things you want to do like going to the beach or heading to out-of-town trips with your friends and family. To make your vacation even more exciting, bring along the STIMULI as your ultimate guide this summer! We have some tips on how to look fit and fab so you don’t have to worry whether your clothes are outdated or not. You can also now indulge yourself with all those yummy food without gaining weight! Have a worry-free summer too as we give you few advices on how to save money. Aside from these cool tips, we also featured two very special stories that will surely touch your hearts. So, take out your hanky and read on the stories of Alejo San Buenaventura and Rita King. The National Youth Convention (NYC) is also back with even more enlightening topics for the students! Take a peek on what happened over the last four months as the NYC team visited eight cities nationwide. We certainly have lots of good stories in store for you this issue so turn the page now and start reading! Enjoy “summerlicious!”

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Special Feature: NYC Cracks the Code to Success

Special Feature:

stimuli Editor-in-chief: Elbert de Guzman Associate Editors: Jennymarie Dy Karen Precious La Rosa Jazmine Katigbak Contributors: Jed Ericson Abastillas Elisohn Bascogen Stephanie Batang Eduardo Bautista Mary Jane Lucero Jaline Natividad Karen Ocampo Myzel Perez Emerson Ramos Chicky Recheta Ma. Cristina Reginio Jeremiah Torrevillas Ma. Cecilia Ycong Fe Zacarias Layout and Design: Maria Donna Diamante-Alo


Events @ STI


Cover Story:

Your Ultimate Summer Guide

Are you ready to be an…

IT Professional?


STIMULI is a publication of the STI Education Services Group.

17 Special Feature:

A Mother’s Selfless Love

The Pursuit of Success


Writer’s Block

For comments and questions, please write to the STIMULI Editorial Team at the University Parkway Drive, Fort Bonifacio, Global City, Taguig, or email Send your original poems and short stories also to


STIer wins Codefest Warrior

Programming Competit ion


By: Jeremiah Torrevillas, 3rd year BSIT STI College – Marikina

There is definitely no stopping this kid from


conquering borders and achieving his dreams as tech-savvy Galileo Lajara, a BS Computer Science student of STI College – Marikina, won the first ever Codefest Warrior Programming Competition held last October 4, 2008 at the Ateneo de Manila University. The competition was part of the celebration of the Software Freedom Day 2008.

1st semester 2008-2009 ACADEMIC HONORS

Magna Cum Laude Renato C. Pasion Jr. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration STI College – Global City Cum Laude / GHP Vergie M. Pampillona Bachelor of Science in Computer Science STI College – Shaw With Honors / GHP Mark Bradly A. Begonia Diploma in Computer Studies STI College – Las Piñas

The contest was organized by Bluepoint Linux Users Elite (BLUE),a non-profit Open Source Education and Development Center in cooperation with the Commission on Information & Communications Technology-National Computer Center (CICT-NCC), Advanced Science & Technology Institute (ASTI), and Bluepoint Foundation. Lajara received a PhP 25,000 training voucher from Bluepoint and PhP 10,000 cash from CyWare, a software development firm specializing in web-based solutions. Aside from

the competition, there was also a seminar about free software. Various colleges and top universities competed for the much coveted title. It was not an easy road for Lajara as he was almost disheartened during the elimination round because of a technical glitch. About 15 minutes to the event and just as Lajara had already submitted his first “run” or the required code for the competition, a technical problem occurred and spread throughout the entire work stations. And the competition was then re-scheduled. It was frustrating for Lajara since he was the first challenger to submit a “run.” However, he was determined to win. “Ako ulit dapat ang unang maka-submit at ako rin dapat ang manalo.” His persistence eventually paid off as he ousted other tough challengers and won the championship! S

STI College – Sta. Maria

SPECIAL AWARDS Leadership Award Renato C. Pasion Jr. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration STI College – Global City

Victorious in

SCITE Quiz Bee

By: Ma. Cecilia C. Ycong, Faculty STI College – Sta. Maria


STIers from STI College – Sta. Maria emerged as champions in the recently concluded Students Conference on Information Technology Education (SCITE) Senior Quiz Bee held last January 29, 2009 at the Olongapo City Convention Center.

Renato C. Pasion Jr.

Magna Cum Laude and Leadership Awa



Christine Salvania and Leonel Mendoza, students of BS Computer Science (BSCS), beat the participants from 14 other schools in the country. These are: AMA Computer College – Cabanatuan, Angeles University Foundation, CEU – Malolos, Columban College, Gordon College, Lyceum of Subic Bay, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Sta. Maria), Republic Central Colleges, SACT St. Mutien College, St. Mary’s College of Meycauayan, STI College – Angeles, Systems Plus College Foundation, USSTTarlac, and Wesleyan University.

Aside from the Quiz Bee, the delegates of STI College – Sta. Maria also attended a conference sponsored by SCITE last January 29, 2009. The topics discussed were Data Warehousing using OLAP, CAD/CAM Technologies, Current Trends in Hardware Development, E-Security, Animation-The Making, Infrastructure Security, Social Computing, Best Practices in Software Development, Geographical Information System, Network Voting System, Automated Entrance Exam System, and Audio Transmission via Laser.

First runner-up was Columban College while Lyceum of Subic Bay placed second runnerup. SCITE is being supervised by the Philippine Society of Information Technology Education (PSITE) wherein STI College – Sta. Maria is one of its registered members.

STI College – Sta. Maria’s COO/Administrator Ms. Mary Grace Buenaventura and Dean on Information Technology, Mr. Reynaldo Buenaventura II, couldn’t be more pleased with the performances of their students, both in the Quiz Bee and in the conference. S

Leaders are not Born:

The STI Student Leadersh ip Camp By: Mary Jane Lucero STI College – San Pablo


two-day training and workshop for student leaders was held last October 2930, 2008 in Casa de Tobias Nagcarlan, Laguna. With the theme “Awakening the Leader in You,” this is the third time that STI College – San Pablo held a Student Leadership Camp that was warmly participated by students from different departments and organizations. The students were treated to two days of funfilled and exciting learning and experiences. Various activities were held to draw out the hidden talents and skills of the students. The activities also aim to instill in the students the values and qualities of a good and responsible leader. At the end of the training the students learned to cope with their inner changes as they slowly discover their innate leadership skills. It has also taught them to adapt to the never-ending changes in our society. The camp helped the

The 29th day of October 2008 marked the dash

of 16 different schools, including STI College – San Pablo, in the Laguna Provincial Elimination of the 17th Philippine Statistics Quiz. The competition aims to enhance, develop, and value every student’s knowledge and skills in performing problems and operations related to statistics.

students boost their abilities and encourage them to further go out and express themselves in front of a crowd – be it big or small. Facilitating the workshop were the following faculty members: Ms. Yrmeliza Villegas, Ms. Kristhine Katigbak, Mr. Rolando Recto, Mr. John Henry, and Ms. Myra Dimayuga, who was also the Camp Coordinator. Helping out in the camp were also the students who participated in last year’s leadership training. With this number of people closely working together, it was no wonder that the camp was pulled off without any hitch. It was certainly a big success. S

Organized and sponsored by the National Statistics Office (NSO), the whole program was held at the Cultural Center, Capitol Compound in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Each participating school was required to have two freshmen representatives from any college, hence 32 competitors fought for the title. The program started with a doxology and national anthem performed by selected students from Pedro Guevarra Memorial National High School (PGMNHS). The Board of Judges was comprised of Regional Director of NSO Region IV A – CALABARZON Ms. Rosalinda P. Bautista, Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry – Laguna Ms. Susan Palo, and PGMNHS Head of Mathematics Department Ms. Amor C. Gewez. The air was filled with tension and excitement. The audience cheered the contestants quietly and there was hardly any yelling at all. Finally, after three consecutive rounds, 5 competitors emerged as winners. Among them was our very own Jeric Bryan Yanez, a BS Computer Engineering student, who placed 3rd runner-up. The Dean of the College of Information and Technology Mr. Joseph Luna and his coach Ms. Emma Tajao were extremely proud of Yanez’s achievement and the glory he brought to their school.

By: Fe A. Zacarias, OSA/Placement Officer STI College – Fairview

“I am so excited about the trip! This will be my first time to ride on an airplane,” Venuz exclaimed.

This programme aims to deepen the delegates’ understanding of the Japanese culture. The participants will experience home stays, interact with Japanese youths, visit schools as well as historical and cultural sites. The JENESYS also serves as a venue for the young people of the Philippines and Japan to harness their full potential through sharing of experiences and expertise. These activities are seen to be strong contributors to the promotion and appreciation of each other’s culture leading to future-oriented Philippine-Japan relations.

17th Provincial Statistics Quiz By: Ma. Cristina Reginio STI College – San Pablo

STIer becomes ador Student Ambass to Japan

Venuz T. Oabel, a second year 2-yr. Information Technology student of STI College – Fairview was chosen as one of the 92 student ambassadors to Japan under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) Programme on May 19 – 28, 2009.

STI wins 3rd runner-up in

The National Youth Commission (NYC) is the implementing organization for the selection of delegates in the Philippines.

The winners received a plaque, cash, and gift prizes. Their respective coaches were likewise given special gift prizes for their hard work. All the winners also qualified to the Regional Statistics Competition. S

Venuz is a dean’s lister and also works as student assistant at the OSA/Placement Office. This is indeed a very big opportunity for a hard working and determined girl like Venuz who believes that success can also come to people of humble beginnings. Venuz comes from a brood of five who subsists in making rags and selling them along the streets. Kiwotsukete (take care), girl!



STI College supports ABS-CBN 2’s Umagang Kay Ganda (UKG) in their “Buklat Aklat Project.” The project aims to scout for deserving schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao and provide them with instructive books that will help improve the quality of education of our youth.

Events @ STI From North…

STI opened the project by visiting its first stop at Barangay San Jose, Laur, Nueva Ecija. With the STI Mobile School in tow, STI provided more than 200 school bags with notebooks, ball pens, and pencils to the students of San Jose Elementary School. Through its Mobile School, STI conducted a brief training on graphics manipulation to the students of Laur, and to continue their learning, a computer set was also contributed by STI. San Juan Elementary School has 203 registered students, with only four classrooms and one make-shift classroom made of bamboo and a tent. UKG found the school through the help of ABS-CBN Foundation’s “Gabay Kapamilya.”

…to South STI Alumni Association, joined by its local chapters in STI College – Fairview, STI College – Pasay, STI College – Novaliches, STI College – Recto, STI College – Caloocan, and the STI Headquarters (STI HQ), spent a meaningful day reaching out to the children of Paaralang Pantao in Payatas, Quezon City. Literally meaning Humane School or School of Humanity, the Paaralang Pantao aims to help children who are deprived of formal education. STI Nursing and Hotel and Restaurant Services student-volunteers, doctors, and STI HQ employees dedicated their quality time with a hearty lunch, medical and dental mission, and gift-giving to the children of Payatas and their families. Around 170 kids were present, and almost 200 STI volunteers participated on this endeavor, headed by STI VP for Academics Mitch M. Andaya, STI VP for School Operations Resty O. Bundoc, STI College – Fairview CEO Rowena R. Basilio, and STI College – Caloocan and Novaliches CEO Walfrido Xavier. Truly, STIers were able to spread the Christmas spirit. Paaralang Pantao was founded by Leticia B. Reyes in 1987, with only five children then. Now, the school has almost 200 enrollees, from ages 3 to 20 years old . S


STI traveled to Barangay Villa Espina, Lopez, Quezon to close the campaign. Education for the aeta community in Lopez, Quezon, is a luxury that they have just started to enjoy only some months ago. This has moved STI to happily participate in this very humbling and fruitful experience. Bringing 650 fun and educational books, notebooks, pencils, and ball pens, the students of the local school happily showcased their impressive reading and writing skills much to the delight of their benefactors. Still part of the Buklat Aklat Program, the gift-giving is STI’s way to give thanks for the celebration of its 25th year. S

STI College spent a fun-filled and healthy day under the early morning sun last November 23, 2008 at The Fort in Taguig. 60 students, faculty, and staff of STI College – Global City, along with the employees from STI Headquarters sweated it out in the annual marathon-for-a-cause of FM radio station 101.9 For Life dubbed as “Run For Life Year 5.” Proceeds of this fund raising project went to the Tahanan Foundation, a Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Quezon City. The marathon was categorized into 3K, 5K, and 10K. STI College participated in the 5K race as they ran with fun and compassion to contribute to a good cause. Consequently, STI College was also recognized as the Biggest School Contingent awardee. STI College continues to develop its students through empowering activities that ensure the holistic development of STIers inside and outside the classroom. S

STI and Gawad Kalinga believe in the next generation of heroes – the Youth. More than 500 students, faculty, and staff from STI College – Global City joined the Gawad Kalinga EXPO 2008 held in Bonifacio, Global City last October 2008. With this year’s theme “Walang Iwanan: Ano ang taya mo?” numerous participants from various schools, communities, government, and non-government institutions were one in the festivities and various recreational programs during the whole day activity. Participating institutions were invited to take part in the Tambayani Exhibit. STI College celebrated the spirit of bayanihan with a booth in the Tambayani that provided free internet access and tutorials on basic computer skills to participants through its STI Mobile School. In the afternoon, the strong army of STI College – Global City students marched with fellow youth-heroes from the other schools and communities in the GK Martsa ng Bayani. Armed with their flags, banners, and a heart committed to the cause of Gawad Kalinga, STI College – Global City has manifested how our Filipino youth can take part in a positive change. Earlier on, STI also participated in the opening salvo of Gawad Kalinga in preparation for the GK Expo 2008, held in UP Diliman. Consequently, hundreds of STI College – Fairview students, faculty, and staff then marched to the Quezon City Memorial Circle in the “GK Isang Milyong Bayani Rally: Walang Iwanan 2008.” STI continues to be an active supporter of Gawad Kalinga’s cause.


Christmas spirit was all over STI as students and faculty from STI College – Recto, along with the people from the STI Headquarters and STI Foundation gathered to share the holiday cheers with media friends. Dubbed as “Celebrating a Childlike Christmas,” the whole team was able to merrily celebrate Christmas with the 50 street children gathered by ChildHope Asia Philippines, last December 10, 2008. It was a Christmas party of sorts for the kids as they feasted in Harbor Square, Roxas Boulevard, eating their favorite treats and dancing with Jollibee. After having their fill, the kids excitedly partnered with their Ates and Kuyas from STI College – Recto and the media, who served as their guardians for the day. Hand in hand, they then hurried to Star City for a fun-filled adventure! Donning ride-all-you-can tickets, the kids ages 8 to 12, were all big-eyed with their one-of-a-kind Yuletide treat. Indeed, it was a time well spent as the children and the guardians got to know each other better, with the kids sharing their heartwarming stories. That one fine day of great bonding leaves every child and all participants with happy hearts and a one-of-a-kind memorable experience. ChildHope Asia Philippines is an international movement on behalf of street children. Its mission is to advocate the cause of street children by educating, protecting, counseling, and assisting them. Know more about ChildHope Asia Philippines by visiting their website at www.childhope. S


The STI 14th National Youth Convention

NYC Cracks the Code to Success By: Jennymarie Dy Associate Editor

The National Youth Convention (NYC) was back on the road with even more interesting topics for the students! With the theme “Connect, Communicate, Control – Cracking the Code to Success,” the 14th NYC successfully kicked off its caravan last November 28, 2008 in Baguio as the students enthusiastically listened to the speakers. From Baguio, the NYC also visited other key cities in the country such as Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and Metro Manila. The convention talked about the three important Cs in our life – connect, communicate, and control. A Blog’s Life kept the students abreast about blogging and its different kinds. Blogging, after all, is one of the hottest trends right now and a very effective way of expressing oneself. PESOnality, on the other hand, was all about managing one’s personal finances. Lastly, Think Link! talked about how to build relationships and be able to communicate effectively to other people. And as promised, STI again took the level a notch higher as students in Metro Manila were treated to a new venue, the SMX Convention Center, also the largest exhibition and convention center in the country today. School pride was also very high as students swarmed to all the venues and quickly filled up the places to its maximum capacity! S








this Sunny Season

Nothing spells out FUN better than summer! After grueling months in school, it is time to let loose and laugh your heart out! Be prepared not only with the long list of activities to do, but also remember to gear up and always be fashionably fab for all the challenges that await you this summer. For the ladies, this season is all about bright and floral outfits, and the sporty chic look. For the men, it is spending summer in your most comfortable but trendy get-up. Here are some helpful tips to make your summer style sizzling hot!

3 A comfortable and fashionable shorts


• Let your legs breathe and feel the summer breeze! For the girls, it’s the über-stylish way to feel all comfy and pretty as shorts make those legs look a lot longer. For the boys, shorts would never fall short in meeting their needs, they can move easily as they load its pockets up with their most beloved gadgets.

• Ballet flats are the way to go for ladies to make your look very casual and comfy.

4 Jeans (maybe wide-leg

Plain cotton tees for the ladies, and a crisp white shirt for the hot guys. Always pair it with accessories like funky earrings or watches.

Your Style Guide:

• Going classic with plain cotton tees and crisp white shirts will always be stylish for summer, especially with our tropical climate. Just remember to always jazz it up with accessories and pair it with nifty bottoms! But don’t over-accessorize! Get a focal piece that will tie your look together and make it the ultimate summer outfit. For men especially, don a watch – you will look good and be on time!

Your closet must-haves:


By: Karen Precious La Rosa Associate Editor


or skinny, depends on your body type)

Floral summer dresses

• Spending a summer date with your beau? Wear your floral dress in bright hues to instantly liven up your mood. • Jeans will always be the best option when there is already no other way to go. • Guys should start thinking about using the sling bag rather than the old-school backpack! Sling bags are very stylish yet functional. It is easier to carry around and it is more hold-upper proof.

Ballet flats (the best alternative to the too casual flip flops!)

6 Oversized totes to carry the girls’ summer gear and sling bags for the guys

Try to be cool and look hot this summer with these helpful pointers! But never forget the ultimate tip of them all, wear clothes that spell Y-O-U! S Style tips from: Kabbie A. Rodriguez, Fashion & Beauty Assistant, OK! Magazine

FASHION FACT: In India, men wear pajamas as their daytime apparel! Talk about putting comfort over fashion!





Slim &Stunning This Summer!

By: Jaline Natividad Copywriter, STI HQ

Admit it, summer is your favorite season! Family vacations, barkada outings, and unlimited swimming escapades are on top of your list! Too bad, these outings and vacations also mean stressful preparations and loads of food tripping sessions that can pack on the pounds and can make you look tired! This is the season that we all want to look our best and not like a total mess, so here are some tips to keep that slim and sensational look during summertime! Stay Slim:

Stay Stunning:

• Eat right to look right! – Balanced diet is the key. Make sure that your meal contains the right amount of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats, and proteins! Remember, junk foods are not included!

• Practice sunblock safety – Apply a good dependable brand of sunblock everyday (and not just during summer) to avoid the sun’s harmful UV rays that can cause premature signs of aging and sunburn.

• Enjoy the exercise! – Give the gym a miss, now is the time to actually enjoy exercising! Go swimming, running, biking, mountain climbing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding!

• Buy a swimsuit that flatters your curves – There are different types and styles of beachwears that flatter different body types.

• Always go for healthier alternatives! – There are other healthier options you can pick without depriving yourself with sweets treats. You can choose sweet tropical fruits instead of fatty cakes and ice creams! More vitamins, less calories! • Eat fiber – Fiber helps a lot in the digestive process. • Hydrate!!! – Quench your thirst with water, not with sodas! Drinking eight glasses of water removes toxins from your body, promotes proper digestion, and hey, it keeps your skin healthy too! • Sleep – Eight hours of sleep is beneficial to your overall health and well-being. Also, studies have shown that people who lack sleep gain weight. So sleep eight hours a day.

• Four things that can totally get the ladies’ attention – Lightweight polo shirt, khaki shorts, trendy sandals, and summer sunglasses! Eye-candy on the beach alert! • Use hair conditioner – Your hair also needs nourishment, most importantly during summer, to avoid getting it dry and frizzy. A good conditioner can keep your hair manageable, soft, and shiny even under the sun. • Love the light make-up – Hard, cakey, and kabuki-like make-up is a no-no at the beach! Light foundation, blush-on, and lip gloss can go a long way to get that natural summer look! • Remove unwanted body hair – This is the best beauty tip ever! Have fun and enjoy summer!


FAB FACT: Watermelon can just be your newfound best friend for the summer! It doesn’t only serve as your thirst quencher and your sweet tropical delight, it also moisturizes and tones your skin! I can say “yey” and “yum” to that!



Summer Fiesta Fun!

By: Jaline Natividad Copywriter, STI HQ

• Pahiyas Festival – Celebrated in Lucban, Quezon every May, this festival exhibits lively, multicolored, and extravagant house displays with its star décor – Kiping. Kiping is a rice tortilla that can be used as either colorful decoration or as delectable sweet desserts. The houses are also overflowing with the locals’ specialties, longganisa and lechon to delight the guests from all over the world.

Want something unique to do for the summer aside from swimming and beach-hopping? Then pack your bags and bring on the enthusiasm, because we are taking you around the country to experience the fun, flashy, flamboyant, and famous Summer Festivals in the Philippines! Every summer, tourists from all types of color, culture, and nationality flock to witness these grandiose celebrations. They get to see the amazing productions, participate on the non-stop singing and dancing, and taste the rich flavors of the native delicacies. Here are some of the country’s most celebrated celebrations: • Strawberry Festival – Held every March at the Strawberry Capital of the Philippines, La Trinidad, Benguet. This celebration features strawberries and strawberry-based products and cutflowers, with the very large strawberry cake that the locals made themselves as the main attraction.

• Pintados de Passi Festival – Celebrated every month of April in Passi, Iloilo, the Pintados de Passi festival is a sure magnet to foreign and local tourists because of its colorful, creative, and uniquely entertaining week-long celebration, with the finale of the crowds’ favorite – the tribe competition.

• Moriones Festival – Held in the islands of Marinduque, this week-long event starts from Holy Monday and ends on Easter Sunday. This festival is staged with colorful Roman warrior costumes with masks, in remembrance of the story of Longinus, the one-eye blind Roman soldier who was converted into Christianity because of a miracle that restored his vision.

• Obando Fertility Rites – Childless women, single men and women, and other people dance their prayers on the streets of Obando, Bulacan every May.

• Flores de Mayo – A flower festival which lasts for the whole month of May in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this event is celebrated by many towns all over the country. The highlight of the event is the Santacruzan or the procession of sagalas wherein children, and the town’s most beautiful ladies partnered with their escorts, parade to the church while wearing elegant, colorful, and extravagant outfits! • Butanding Festival – Every April in Donsol, Sorsogon, locals give importance to the Butanding (whale sharks), which has been their city’s main attraction to tourists, both here and abroad. The Butanding Festival is celebrated through street parades and eco-trips for whale watching. The Butandings were also trained by the locals to entertain and amuse the tourists!

So this summer, let the heat entice you to feast on the fun, food, and a whole lot of excitement as you experience these festivals with all the rest of the fiesta loving people around the globe! S



Kiping is not the only “star” of the the Pahiyas Festival. Tourists also go loco for Lucban’s Pancit Habhab which is named after the way it is eaten. Pancit Habhab is served on a banana leaf and eaten straight from it using only your teeth and tongue!

Learn and Save this Summer:

Think out of the


By: Karen Ocampo Communications Assistant, STI HQ

Save-up this summer! If your budget is tight on this season of summer getaways, read on and think out of the BUCKS! Tip #1

Toss your coins in a “piggy


Dropping coins everyday in a piggy bank could save you from unforeseen circumstances. If accumulated in a year, you’ll be surprised on how much you have saved!

You could have saved your P900 for rainy days! Drink water. It’s being practical while being healthier as well! Tip #6 Bigger is less.

Tip #2 Withdraw your vices.

High-priced tags attached to big items normally lead us to drop the item in a heartbeat and get the sachets and small packs instead because it’s cheaper.

Cigarettes and beers could screw up your daily allowance and if accumulated monthly, you will realize that you have just cleaned out your pocket with unhealthy vices.

The truth is 100ml. toothpaste is way cheaper than purchasing 10 pieces of 10-ml sachets. The rule of thumb here is, if you are buying a continuing product get the bigger size.

Tip #3 Recycle old stuff.

Tip #7 Stick to the list!

Collect all your clothes and bags from your closet and recycle these by using your creativity! You are the master of your piece so you may incorporate your mood in the design. Again, you have saved yourself from shelling out cash. Tip #4 Be economical. You don’t have to take yoga classes or enroll in gyms to get that fabulous body this summer. Try jogging. It is the cheapest way to exercise. All you need is a good pair of rubber shoes, jogging pants, and a shirt, then you’re all set! You can now jog around your neighborhood or your town’s local park. It is a good way also of building up your stamina and strengthening your leg muscles. So why waste your allowance on gym classes, when you can put them away for your additional savings! Tip #5 No softdrinks please. Drinking softdrinks is generally a part of our daily meal. But do we actually realize how much pesos we disburse just for an unhealthy sugar beverage? Let’s make a brief breakdown of your expenses in a day just for a drink. Let’s peg it at P15 per bottle and 3x a day is already P45. If you buy softdrinks everyday day, you will spend around P900 per month.

First, review the differences between the “must have” and “nice to have.” We easily get tempted with things we don’t actually need at the moment especially in the department store where everything seems glittery. There would always be thousands of reasons to get enticed with a new dress, cool shades, and other fabulous things in every nook. So, before your budgeted allowance gets ruined because of over spending, make sure you have listed down the things you really need to buy. Then give yourself a strict mind rule: “If it is not on the list, then I shouldn’t buy it.” This way, you can also be more disciplined to yourself. Tip #8 Make convenience stores your

last option.

When you want to make your favorite halo-halo and you lack some of the ingredients, it is better to buy them from the market or grocery stores. 24-hour stores considerably offer doubledpriced items. However, if it is really an urgent need that you need to buy one or two items and the market is far-off your place then it is okay. But remember that the convenience store should be your last resort.


Tip #9 Explore on Ukay-Ukay. Are you looking for low-priced branded apparels? You may want to check out the nearest ukay-ukay in town! I’m sure these stores offer clothes that will suit your taste and at a lesser cost too! So, grab 3 shirts for only P100. This is way cheaper than buying clothes from the clearance racks. Shopping is now easy on your wallet! Tip #10 Play

around with a low-cost


There are many ways to have a less-expensive but exciting date this summer: • Invite your special someone to attend the events in your town. • You can also watch fireworks displays outside the malls. • Visit your girlfriend/boyfriend and cook for her/him. Then enjoy the food while watching a movie. It’s through resourcefulness and creativity that makes a date low-cost but worth the while. Look at every opportunity to map your path to a financially secured future as early as now. Remember, the more you save, the better your future! And summertime might just be your startup in saving-up! S

Switzerland is said to be the thriftiest country in the world while the Ilocanos are known as the most frugal people in the Philippines.


Are you ready to be an…

IT Professional? By: Karen Precious La Rosa and Karen Ocampo Associate Editor and Communications Assistant, STI HQ

Is the IT industry best for you? YES NO q q q q q q q q q q

Do you enjoy searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally? Do you love doing projects that will require extensive amount of thinking? Are you an analytical thinker? Do you analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems? When you have a special project, are you keen on details? Are you confident with your capabilities? Can you do things and guide yourself with little or no supervision?

If you tick “yes” to all these questions, then this might be the perfect career for you!

Let’s look into the up side and the down side of this career. The Plus:

The Minus:

1. Boundless opportunities are available here and abroad. Jobs in the field of IT are not solely apparent in IT companies – even the head offices for the food industry, banks, and other industries require IT professionals.

1. Competition is fierce – sometimes too fierce! With a lot of graduates in the same field, the industry can become too saturated. But never fret! There will always be a special place for you once you put your heart to it!

2. There is something new to learn everyday. With technology evolving every minute, new stuff are always up for grabs! You will never be too bored with your line of work.

2. Fast developments! Slackers definitely do not have a place in this field. You must be able to cope with the changes as quick as you can learn the twists and turns of the new trends.

3. The financial rewards are a given. But accessorize it with the chance to travel and everything is just plain sweet! Attend conferences abroad or service foreign clients.

3. The stress can sometimes be intolerable! But do not forget to count your blessings to keep you on your toes. What you do for the day will benefit the company as a whole for a long time.

How to become an IT Professional 1. Love the industry! The only way to survive is to love and care for your workplace as if it were your home. 2. Always keep an open mind, and never stop finding new ways to learn! Attend more training, seminars, and get certifications! Buy books and consult your seniors. More knowledge can only bring you more good than bad. 3. Every time you get frustrated with a project that you are currently doing, never lose the fire! As Ethel best shares, “I always look at the bad endings as only 10% of the overall result. The other 90% is comprised by the way I respond on it.”

Fast Facts Name: Ethelwin Abonitalla Babia Nickname: Ethel Occupation: Senior Technical Specialist for Globe Telecom Course: BS Computer Science Campus: STI College – EDSA-Crossing Batch: 2003 My childhood ambition was: To become an IT Specialist People would be surprised to know that: I started as a log interpreter and now, I got my dream house! Three words that best describe me: Firm, passionate, and optimistic Words I live by: We cannot have a new abundant life if we will continue living with our old restricted attitude.

A Typical Day “Everyday, my task is to monitor the performance of my team. I make sure they address all concerns promptly. Another basic routine is to attend several meetings with internal support group and project managers. We normally discuss collated issues of our existing products then we proceed to plan for the launching of our new projects. My day can be considered monotonous, doing the same things, same processes everyday. What makes it different each day is the people you meet and the different concerns they bring. It also tests your patience and confidence a lot. Because you need to address people differently and approach issues in a variety of ways. My job definitely is a great venue for growth that makes my busy day worth the while.” S



Pursuit of Success By: Chicky Recheta Alumni and Career Services Manager, STIHQ

A native of Gainza, Camarines Sur, Alejo is the fifth of seven children of Juan San Buenaventura, Jr. and Merly Sarcilla. His father is a tailor by profession and also tends the small family farm with his wife. With seven children to take care of, life was difficult for the San Buenaventura family. Alejo graduated Valedictorian from the Loob Elementary School. Although his two elder sisters were taking up their Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, the family could not afford to send Alejo to high school as he had to make way for his two sisters. He knew that the only way he could further his studies would be through a scholarship. His sisters were eventually able to complete their degrees, also by way of scholarship grants and through perseverance. Alejo then took the examinations conducted by the Sisters of Mary School, an institution providing free food, shelter, clothing, and secondary education to poor but deserving students all over the Philippines. He was one of two from his school lucky enough to pass the exams and interviews given by the nuns. At a tender age, Alejo had to move and live in the Sisters of Mary School campus in Silang, Cavite, miles away from his family. He only got to visit his family once a year for a short period of two weeks. Fighting homesickness, he decided to immerse himself in his studies and also participated in extracurricular activities. He finished high school as Third Honorable Mention from a batch of more than 700 graduating students. With the help of the Sisters of Mary, Alejo started to look for a job as their curriculum in high school was equipped with vocational courses such as refrigeration and air conditioning, auto mechanic, driving, and courses in computers. He landed a job as a draftsman/CAD operator in SHI Designing & Manufacturing, Inc. (SDMI), a Japanese firm and started working at the age of 17.


After working for a year, he took night classes and in 2003, earned a diploma course in computer programming. He was also transferred to the IT department of the company as a junior programmer trainee. Later, Alejo decided to pursue a 4-year course and enrolled at STI College – Shaw (formerly EDSA-Crossing) in B.S. Computer Science. Not only was Alejo a working student who was active in extra-curricular activities, but he also financed his younger brother’s studies who graduated in March 2007 with the degree of Electronics and Communications Engineering. Both brothers now share in putting their youngest brother through an Electrical Engineering course in Manila. Alejo acts as the guardian of his younger brothers and their role model. Not forgetting how he was able to finish high school, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni of the Sisters of Mary School, Inc. Recognizing his achievements, STI awarded him the distinction of being the STI Student of the Year for 2008. Days before his graduation, Gurango software met and employed him on the spot while attending Shaw’s National Job Placement Month. Now, Alejo San Buenaventura’s next goal is to get a Masters Degree in Information Technology or Computer Science to further his knowledge and skills in the global IT industry. He also does not discount the possibility of having a career in the academe. “I want to share the knowledge and experiences I learned from my previous, current, and maybe future careers. I think the love of teaching really runs in our family as my sisters are both public school teachers. I believe that more than the monetary reward, the opportunity to touch other people’s lives and leave a lasting imprint in the people you meet everyday is much more important in life,” shares Alejo. S

Despite all these setbacks, Howell still continues to persevere and strives hard to finish his studies. He is currently enrolled in STI College – Shaw as a freshman in BS Computer Science. And standing beside him, helping him go from one class to another is his mother. Mrs. King is Howell’s very own warrior and shield. She protects him from the teasing and harsh comments that he sometimes gets from his classmates. But now that Howell is a grown up, he tries to do things by himself now and all that his mother can do is watch him, support his decisions, and help him out only when it gets too hard for him.

Her thoughts on going to school again... “It’s very rewarding. Now I am able to answer math problems better minus the time pressure and terror teachers. Seriously, I am lucky to have been able to experience and compare both eras – our time and our kids’. I am very thankful for the free lessons, the friendships, and the refreshing conversations with the students. I think I am discovering a way to forge the generation gap.”

The struggles she and her son go through everyday... “I have thought of home schooling Howell several times because of his delayed motor and speech development. However, there is yet no home school program available for someone like my son and Howell insists on finishing his studies. He has always been interested in robotics and dreams of having a good job and a great life despite his conditions.

A Mother’s Selfless Love By: Jennymarie Dy Associate Editor

They say that when you are a mother, you always have to think twice - once for yourself and once for your child. It is in a mother’s innate nature to always put her child first before herself. The same thing can be said for Rita King. She was a part-time businesswoman but had to give up her financial independence due to unforeseen circumstances and become a full-time housewife and mother to their two children. It was not an easy decision for her but it could not be helped. Her youngest child, Howell, needed all the support, help, and attention that their family could give him due to his special condition.

Life has been a series of unfortunate events for the King family. Their son, Howell, spent most of his childhood in and out of hospitals. He had his first surgery when he was just a few months old because of lingual frenectomy (due to poor sucking), had Bell’s palsy when he was only 3 years old, and was then diagnosed with a sleepdisordered breathing after several bouts of life threatening pneumonia, severe respiratory distress, and cardiopulmonary arrests. Last 2006, he went to the US and underwent another series of operations. Howell now wears neck and body braces for protection, and uses crutches to help him with his balance.

Howell is a very tough and determined person. Everyday, he undergoes physical rehabilitation therapy where he tries to do some lifting, but weighing not more than five pounds. And, to straighten his back and stomach muscles, he takes off his braces at home for a few hours. He also has to walk with crutches since he still needs to work on his balance. And just like any parent, it is very hard for me to see him face all these difficulties and I want to protect him from all physical and emotional trauma as much as possible.” Thus, despite of not being able to work anymore, Rita does not regret her decision. She shares that she can always go back to where she left off once her son becomes more mobile and has recovered for about 75%. A mother’s love for her child is certainly like nothing else in the world. Rita King’s love for her family is unconditional and incomparable.

Howell’s message to his mother… “I don’t mind going to school everyday with my mom. In fact, I am very thankful to always have her by my side. I can’t imagine how I will be able to get through all that has happened in my life without the support of my dad, sister, and especially my mom.” S


A Wonderful Dream

Accounting Love By: Elisohn Bascogen, BSBA STI College – Calamba


Love is like accounting

By: Stephanie Batang, BSIT STI College – Meycauayan

By: Jed Ericson Abastillas, BSIT STI College – Dasmariñas

Many sleepless nights

It needs a balance sheet for time setting

Rolling around my bed;

No more capital for the bonding

At first I am just admiring you.

Those dreadful nightmares,

As long as you deal in promise to pay.

Your handsome face and tantalizing eyes, which I soon realized less worthy

keeping me awake. You need to give all of your assets

than the kindness you have.

I closed my eyes

Even if it is credit

You never let others down;

To think about you;

Just make sure of it

You make them feel comfortable as much as possible.

And I’m really

That you might end up with the profit. And as time passed by, my feelings grew.

Loving the view. Assets = liability + owner’s equity

Admiring you is all I thought.

Imagining holding your hand

Commitment + acceptance = love ability

And never expected that I will feel love for you.

Like there’s no tomorrow;

How to compute 143

I knew that loving you is a risk.

Wondering about you

Without knowing each other’s equality.

Boundaries are starting to state my limits. I realized that having this feeling for you is really useless,

Seems to erase my sorrow. Whenever committing liability

Unless you’d feel love and not pity for me.

Now I really want to sleep

Bear in mind that you have time payable

Just to have you in my dream;

Set the condition of love receivable

I want to touch you,

All I need is you

To make relationships manageable.

Hold you, Hug you.

To have a wonderful dream. Don’t be sad assuming if you loss

But these walls are starting to grow.

Just compute your costs

Trying to stop me from loving you.

Analyze the financial statement that you’ve spent

I know in these boundaries I can’t escape,

Together with the mortgage moment.

No matter how hard I tried them to break. It’s only a proof that my love is not surely enough.

This is accounting love

And I need your love to overcome these walls.

You have to accept all the doubt It involves accountability, same with

But I know you’ll never help me in breaking them,


‘coz in between those bricks,

Better if it works for profitability.

which composed of these walls, that created these boundaries, behind these boundaries is you. These boundaries I could not break.


The Past & The Future


By: Emerson Ramos, Alumni STI Laoag

By: Eduardo Bautista, DIT STI College – Sta. Maria

Time has been standing still for me,

I grew up in London.

but a new journey is about to begin!

My mother is from Finland

We’re given a new life as the season changes. We’ve reclaimed the strength that we lost. We abandoned our thoughts in this dizzying age and have completely forgotten everything. If only I could have met you when everything was falling apart, I wouldn’t have been all alone. So I take my love and affection, face the sky and bury my tears in my heart. We’ll be able to meet up again in the darkness. Deep down in the depth of our pain. You say if you could fly, you’d never come back down. You only have eyes for that blue, blue sky. You’ve yet to learn what sadness is and are just now grasping what pain is like. Even the feelings I have for you must be expressed with words. As you awake from a dream into an unknown world, spread your wings and take flight!

Life By: Myzel Perez, DCET STI College – Batangas

When we find ourselves stuck in a routine, we find no meaning in what we are doing. Sadly there are many who live routinely and their lives closed to new adventures And new experiences; Like what I’ve done last vacation, That’s why I feel bored. Do you sometimes feel this way? Life has its ups and downs; No one is privileged enough to have existence all of his/her life; If we look at the trials as a challenge to our capacity to overcome obstacle Then we must feel strengthened; Like in an audition on a dance troupe You feel nervous at first, But you will have self-confidence after thinking positive thoughts, “kaya ko ito” “kakayanin ko ito.” Or if you go fishing

And my father is Asian. My brothers are raised in Australia And my pet is imported from Chile. Plants from the garden came from Britain And the rest of them chose to settle in Canada. However, we still see the same sun And we breathe the same air; We live in the same planet That revolves around the sun. Two hours advance, Three hours late; Difference in the time, likelihood in the flesh. Though different lands, indifferent lives From seed it grew; to color it flew. Through the wind breeze that follows you, To the wilderness and to the windmills, They vanished but soon will renew. Whether the world continues to move And days continue to fade; One by one, day by day; The difference doesn’t count For uniqueness is all the same.

and for a time you do not catch fish, Don’t give up right away; Rather check your line and see what the problem was. In the same manner, It pays to look into the reason behind depression, Anger, and constant irritability; Know why you are unhappy or angry Mirrors were invented not only to reflect beautiful faces but also flaws.


STIMULI March 2009  

STIMULI March 2009