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March 2011

stimuli EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief Elbert L. de Guzman Managing Editors Jennymarie Dy Karen Precious La Rosa-Tabije Elaine Carla Mariano Christine Reyes Erick Listana Contributors Paul Anthony Cano Marcelo Costillas Jerome Ramos Culang Sergiris Ortega Catherine Uy Layout and Design Joel Joya

EDITOR’S NOTE Dear Readers, Since the launch of Citizen STI several months ago, we have been actively encouraging all STIers to stand tall and speak up! As Citizen STI, we don’t wait for things to happen— we are the catalysts of change! And to further reinforce this campaign, we have included various feature articles in this issue on some of the values or habits that a Citizen STI should have — from knowing how to conserve electricity to following the proper road signs to exemplifying the value of generosity, and more. Did you know that STI was part of the 10.10.10 Run for Pasig River that became part of the Guinness World Records? Read on the story and the experiences of some of the participants in the fun run. Do you want to make your own film someday? Check out the film, The Way to Peace, made by our very own students in Cotabato. Find out also what other activities kept your fellow STIers busy the past year as they made their own marks in various competitions and outreach programs! Now that it’s summer time again, we prepared lots of fun articles to help you out during this much anticipated twomonth vacation! Do you want to go on a trip but don’t know where to start? Let us be your guide as we give you tips on how you should plan your vacation or where you should go to. And if you want to spend your vacation relaxing at home instead but worries about getting bored, we also made a list of some do-it-yourself activities to keep yourself busy. We have all these stories and more that will surely guarantee your summer vacation to be a blast!

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Running on

IN THIS ISSUE 4 Campus News

Don’t be left behind as we give you running facts up to the finish line.

8 Summer Must 10


16 What’s Cool and Hot?

Beat the Heat!

20 The Electrifying Truth

Your vacation certainly won’t be boring with these cool DIY projects!

21 Know the Signs 22 Something to Smile About


23 Summer Money-

16th NYC

Making Tips

Takes the Road Towards Responsible Citizenship

24 The Next Big Thing 26 On the Shelf

From Luzon to Visayas to Mindanao, STIers learn more about Citizen STI and how to become agents of positive change!

30 STI Idol:

Successful at 27

32 Are You Ready to be a…

Software Engineer?

34 Writer’s Block 36 STIers Rock the Vote

Once More


38 A Match Made in Heaven 39 On the Go!

Time for CHANGE! Speak up and take an active part in your community today.

6000-strong STIers Run for Pasig River Living up to the ideal of Citizen STI to become catalyst for positive change, a larger STI delegation ran with the rest of the country on October 10, 2010 in a marathon dubbed as 10.10.10 Run for Pasig River. This marathon aims to break not only a world record but also the mindset that there is no longer hope for Ilog Pasig. From last year’s almost one thousand delegates, this year STI mobilized 6,000-strong participants makingitoneofthemarathon’sbiggestparticipating institutions. Students, faculty, and staff from 14 STI Colleges around Metro Manila which include Caloocan, Cubao, Fairview, Global City, Las Piñas, Makati, Marikina, Muñoz-EDSA, Novaliches, Parañaque, Quezon Ave., Recto, Shaw, and Taft joined forces to show their support to Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP), an ABS-CBN Foundation advocacy committed to raise awareness and funds for the rehabilitation of the ailing Ilog Pasig, a vital part of both our past and present ecological setup as it is a source of water and the lifeline of Laguna de Bay.

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Francis Michael Go Almuede, a 1st year BSInformationTechnologystudentfromSTICollegeRecto, shares that while he was running, he did not mind the scorching heat of the sun. He did not even feel the exhaustion as he was more focused on his goal of finishing the 5k race — a feat he dedicated to Ilog Pasig. His desire to one day see Ilog Pasig clean and full of life kept him going, he added. Also this year, STI went beyond just participating in themarathonbyrunningtheextramilebypartnering with KBPIP and ABS-CBN Foundation as the official data encoders for the registration and tally officials duringtheactualevent.“ThewholeSTIcommunity wasso thankful that we were given a chance to do more than just join the marathon. We strongly believe in this cause and we aim to continue to support it in the coming years,” says Shiela Magano, School Operations Manager of STI.

Elbert L. de Guzman, STI’s Vice President for Communications, shares,“Atfirst,wethoughtourdelegation wouldonlyreach1,000.Sincewedonotwanttooverpromise, that was what we pledged to KBPIP. But we were surprised to find out that after just one day since the registration started, 1,500 STIers from our various campuses here in Metro Manila already registered and the number of participants kept on growing.This just shows that we have kept the passion to bring positive change alive in the STI community.” While the Philippines was able to show the world on October 10, 2010, with the help of 116,000 runners, that the Filipinos can unite and rally behind a common cause, STIers have proved that they do not just walk the talk, they run it.

6 STIers proudly joined other participants as they all ran for a great cause

STIers Advocate Peace through KNN By: Sergiris A. Ortega, 3rd yr. BSCoE, STI College – Cotabato

Five students from STI College – Cotabato were chosen to join a workshop seminar on film and editing on August 24 - 30, 2010 in General Santos City. FundedbytheJapanFoundation,theworkshop was carried out by Probe Media Foundation, in cooperation with Kids for Peace Foundation. AssistedbyfacilitatorDanielAbunalesofProbeMedia Foundation, Team STI made a film entitled The Way to Peace, a symbolic interpretation of the struggle to achieve peace in Mindanao. Kabataan News Network (KNN): Youth Films for Peace is a unique program that offers opportunities for young Muslims, Christians, and indigenous people from all over Mindanao to producecreativefilmsfocusingontheissuesofpeace and community building. A total of 40 participants from the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, and Cotabato City were selected to join the said workshop. The activity served as a venue to acquire knowledge about peace and tolerance, and commit to change the typecast and delusion that bring about misunderstanding. The workshop also prepared the participants for the exhibition of their films in their respective communities, schools, and organization.

STI participants listen to their facilitator Daniel Abunales of Probe Media as he orients them on how to use the video camera

In partnership with ACCESs (Associated Council of Computer Engineering Students), Team STI exhibited their film on October 16, 2010. The exhibition hoped to increase the viewers’ awareness and knowledge on promoting peace andunderstandingthecurrentissuesthatMindanao undergoes today. If you want to watch the film, go to You can also visit the Facebook page of Kabataan News Network or watch in YouTube, KNN Films for Peace: The Way to Peace.

Perfect for Picnics

Corn Chip Salad Ingredients

• 1 pound of ground beef • 1 large head of lettuce, chopped • 1-1/2 cups of diced tomatoes • 1 large onion, diced • 1-1/2 cups of diced cheese • 1/2 cup of grated cheese • 2 (15 ounce) cans of kidney beans, drained • 8 ounces of Thousand Island salad dressing • 1 (16 ounce) package of corn chips

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How to Prepare 1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef until evenly browned. Drain fat and set aside to cool. 2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, cheeses, and kidney beans. Cover and chill for at least an hour. 3. Right before serving, add the dressing and corn chips, and toss until evenly coated. Source:

STI, Telus International Join Forces for the Filipino Youth With a shared vision to equip the youth with the required competencies of prospective employees throughexhaustiveteachingmethodsanddynamic trainings, STI and Telus International join forces to provide scholarship grants to highly-deserving students who have previously accomplished any two-year course. Through the program, eligible grantees are entitled to course fees and miscellaneous expenses not exceeding PhP 25,000/semester. Any amount in excess of the aforementioned value is thereby shouldered by the grantee. Furthermore, grantees will have to complete a certain number of training hourswithTelusInternational—aself-development exercise which Telus and STI mutually deem as integral to the program’s intent of honing welladjusted and competitive professionals. To qualify for the said educational grant, aside from an excellent academic standing and a two-year

course diploma, applicants must also be at least 18 years of age; proficient in the English language; with good moral and scholastic records; and recommended by the Deputy School Administrator. BothSTIandTelusInternationalplayasignificantpart in the screening process. The STI-Telus Educational Grant presently caters free education to three worthy beneficiaries. In return, these students make it a point to efficiently performintheirrespectiveacademicresponsibilities. Telus International Philippines is a pioneer in the global call center outsourcing and IT development industrybackedbyamultinational,multi-billiondollar Canadian telecommunications giant.The company consistentlydeliversextraordinarycustomerservice and value to the world’s most sophisticated clients. This culture of excellence mirrors STI’s very own stance hence the rightful partnership.

STIer Qualifies for the Regional Philippine Statistics Quiz By: Catherine Uy, Guidance Counselor

The National Statistics Office in Albay held the 19th Philippine Statistics Quiz Albay Provincial Elimination on October 7, 2010. The competition was participated in by six various schools in the

The STI College – Legazpi math wizards with their coach after winning in the competition

province and each team was composed of three contestants. STI College – Legazpi was proudly represented by three first year students: BS Computer Science (BSCS)studentsRamnickLimandJoyreenPispis,and BS Business Management (BSBM) student Aurelie Armena. Although all students were still young in experience, they still managed to win over their competitors. Ramnick placed third and was able to qualify in the regional competition. Meanwhile, Joyreen and Aurelie landed fourth and sixth place, respectively.They were all trained by their instructor, Rita De Mesa. These students showed that hard work, determination to win, guidance from their coach, and unwavering support from their STI family are the necessary ingredients to emerge victorious in any endeavors.

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Think white puffy clouds on bright sunny days. Imagine fine sandy beaches parallel to blue velvety ocean. Picture colorful kites floating in that clean rejuvenating breeze. Consider hours after hours of easy mornings and laid-back afternoons. Yep, it’s that time of the year again!

Good read – With ample amount of free time on your hands, this is the best chance to immerse yourself in literature. Get acquainted with the works of easy-to-read authors like Paulo Coelho or with the debutTagalog novel by Pinoy scribe Ricky Lee entitled “Para Kay B.”



With the summer season fast approaching, gear up for yet another shot at fun and relaxation. Want nothinglessthanasatisfyingvacation?Hereisalistof randomdelightsforyourmuchdeservedindulgence. Caramoan Peninsula – Boasting of pristine beaches, crystal clear water, majestic coves and caves, and a relaxing ambience that remains distinct from the more established and heavily congested summer island destinations, the Caramoan Peninsula is indeed the best alternative for beach lovers who want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. Located in the province of Camarines Sur, Caramoan has been the location of eight different Survivor installments which only serveastestamenttoitsexoticcharmandcaptivating appeal.



Light and vibrant clothing – Wearing brightly-coloredclothingitemsmadeoflight materials like cotton give you comfort during the sweltering summer heat hence, make sure to stuff your closet with these garments in preparation for the summer sun.

Sports – Whether you are into badminton, basketball, volleyball, or biking, this season is the best time for you to feed your hunger for sports. With the agreeable weather, your lax schedule and the many government and company-sponsored athletic leagues or workshops, you can definitely get physical this summer.



Moriones Festival – Coinciding with the Holy Week, the towns of Boac, Morpog, and Gasan in Marinduque are transformed into a Roman era stage where the tragic life of Longinus is relived and visitors are treated to a multi-sensory experience of the old times.

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Halo-Halo – The summer treat that never getsoutdated.Thismouth-watering concoction of tropical fruits, beans, milk, sugar, and crushed ice is the perfect summer cooler for people who need instant refreshment.

Sagada, Mountain Province – If communing with nature is your idea of a perfect getaway, then the town of Sagada is the mostfittingdestinationforyou.Famedforitshanging coffins, Underground River, and rice terraces to name a few, this place is a breath of fresh air, both literally and otherwise.



Pahiyas Festival – Celebrated in Lucban, Quezon during the 2nd week of May, this festival is an ode to good harvest hence the entire town is adornedinfestivecolorsandabundant ornaments. Kiping — a colorful, translucent rice tortilla — takes the spotlight during this occasion.

Chirpy or sunny accessories – From stylish shades to colorful bracelets, trendy caps to multichrome bandanas, during summer, you have the license to experiment on these fashion trends so make the most out of the hot season and be at your coolest.



Sleep – School days are over and so are the recitations, projects, quizzes, and exams that usually force you to stay up for long hours at night.This means that you can now get the amount of sleep that your body needs for you to feel recharged and rejuvenated.

Summer vacation lasts for two good months and you can do a lot within that span of time. Have a fun and fruitful summer experience and equip yourself with stocks of good memories that last despite the inevitable change of seasons!

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Now that you know the health advantages of running, it’s about time that you get acquainted with the proper way of engaging in this highly beneficial yet physically demanding activity.

Recently, there has been a surge in the popularity of running marathons. Usually participated by people from varied age and lifestyle demographics, from the young to the more experienced and from the high society members to the masses, more and more people are obviously getting hooked in this exercise. Intrigued as to what’s behind all the fuss? Here are some running benefits that you might just consider to be worth the sweat. v It is more effective than most of the other

cardiovascular exercises. The amount of calories shed while making those fast strides depend on one’s weight, running speed, and distance covered.

v It prevents the onset of heart attack and high

blood pressure. And with the improved efficiency of the cardiovascular system, other important bodily processes are also enhanced. v It strengthens the bones and muscles hence preparing the aforementioned body parts to the challenges of old age. v It prompts the body to release the feel good

hormone known as endorphin, hence the term “runner’s high.” v It improves the health condition of cancer patients. v It increases the capacity of the lungs. v It increases the level of good cholesterol in the body.


Using the wrong pair of footwear increases the risk of injuries hence it is critical that your feet are protected by custom-designed running shoes if you want to jog with ease and comfort.

Running Surface

Since the running surface will have a direct effect on your exercise, make sure to opt for the most suitable running track through careful consideration of both your strengths and limitations. Soft and grassy are the most ideal running surface for beginners.


Warm-up exercises prepare the bones and muscles, and speed up the blood flow in preparation for a strenuous activity. Without adequate warm-up, your body is prone to both short-term (muscle pain, muscle cramps) and long-term physical detriments.


The effect of this exercise will depend on your running schedule’s consistency. Irregular schedule will of course yield irregular physical results because the body will find it hard to adapt with the activity.

Eat and Drink Right

The benefits of running will be obvious and can be felt more quickly if the exercise is done simultaneous with proper diet and a healthy lifestyle in general. Running is more than just a fad. It is more than just an exercise. Running is the most fitting symbol of an emerging lifestyle that propels more and more people through the path of health and wellness where a full life awaits at the finish line. So, what are you waiting for? Run now!

v It strengthens the immune system by increasing the number of lymphocytes in the body.

Sources: health-benefits-of-running.html

v It adds a healthy glow to the skin for a young and vibrant look.

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STI Kidapawan’s Pares ng Tsinelas, Going Strong on Year 3 More cold feet were given comfort last Christmas as STI Kidapawan, together with the City Government of Kidapawan through the City Social Welfare and Development Office, distributed pairs of slippers to barefooted children. Dubbed as Pares ng Tsinelas: Alay sa mga Bata Para sa Christmas, is an annual outreach activity, which started on 2008, stemmed from Rated K’s project“Balang Araw Wala ng Bata ang Nakapaa.” On its first year, Pares ngTsinelas was able to provide 325 pairs of slippers, used clothing, and food to the residents of Barangay Bongolanon, Sitio Waterfalls, and Barangay Balabag. During its second run, 450 pairs of slippers, canned goods, and noodles were shared to Barangay Amas, Puas Inda, and Barangay Pinantao residents. In 2010, the figures went up to

approximately 500 children from Barangay Malinan and the Municipalities of Magpet and Makilala who received their pairs of slippers. Although sustaining the outreach program seems impossible due to the daunting task of getting and maintainingsponsors,ParesngTsinelasfoundalliesin the people of Kidapawan and RadioAd, the activity’s official media partner. Overwhelming amounts of donations from STI students, faculty and staff, businessestablishments,andprivateindividualsfrom as far as North Cotabato pour in every year. Thus, the organizers are assured that there will be enough pairs of slippers to go around for their beneficiaries. Asked about the role of Pares ng Tsinelas in molding the students’ character, STI Kidapawan’s School Manager Juven Luza shares, “Instead of the usual exchanging of gifts during Christmas parties, our students learned the value of sharing their blessings to those who are truly in need. Activities like these will teach them to learn to appreciate the luxuries they have right now and eventually become more socially responsible individuals.”

AMAZING SLIPPER FACTS • As of June 30, 2007, Derek “The Slipper Man” Fan holds the Guinness World Record for wearing a pair of dress slippers for 23 years straight. • Red seems to be the favorite color today. Pope Benedict XVI wears scarlet red slippers which are made by his own cobbler. He wears them with white socks. • Another famous slipper was the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the classic film The Wizard of Oz. It has been one of the most popular artifacts at the National Museum of American History since 1979. A pair of these slippers was auctioned on May 24, 2000 for a whopping $660,000!

Children eagerly waited for their Ates and Kuyas as they all celebrated Christmas in an extraordinary way

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STI College – Cotabato, ABS-CBN Help Students in Maguindanao The Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) and BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) Club of STI College – Cotabato conducted an outreach program to the students of Dawat Central ElementarySchoolinBarangayPinansaran,DatuBlah Sinsuat, Maguindanao on September 17, 2010. The activity was dubbed as Tulong Eskwela para sa Kapamilya. Together with ABS-CBN – Central Mindanao, STIers distributed school supplies and toothbrushes to more than 200 students. Other sponsors include: McDonalds – Cotabato City, Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division (ID), 603rd Brigade Philippine Army, and the 11th Riverine Company of the Special Forces. McDonalds – Cotabato entertained the kids by organizing parlor games and also gave McDonalds products to them. Meanwhile, the Philippine Army’s 6th ID also conducted a dental mission in the school and the 11th Riverine Company of the Special Forces provided the speedboats that were used going to Barangay Pinansaran. The students and residents of Barangay Pinansaran were very much elated with the outreach program. Since their area is so far from the city, which can only be reached through a motorized boat, this was the first time that such a big group visited them.

Children lined up and curiously waited for their next surprises

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Dishing It Out for the Win Kagay-anon dishes were given a modern twist as various schools offering BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) in Cagayan de Oro battled it out in the Pinoy CookOff Challenge, sponsored by SM Cagayan de Oro last June 2010. The young master chefs of STI College - Cagayan de Oro

Naranjo, Raseac Marie Almirante, and Rob Henriech Baoy. Helping them out as their coach was HRM Instructor Juliamae Gelisanga.

Rellenong alimango served in a flamboyant way

Despite the stiff competition and the grueling eliminations, STI College – Cagayan de Oro bested other contenders and emerged as champions. Bagging the PhP 20,000 grand prize were 2nd year BSHRM students Romeo Joseph Salcedo, Angelique

The delectable mango flan was the perfect fit to end the meal

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The winning entries composed of various dishes were served in various unconventional styles. The STI team used a different approach to the appetizer Kinilaw in a Box. This time, the locals’ favorite appetizer of fish and meat cucumber was arranged Rubix Cube style. For the main course, the students served Rellenong Alimango where the crab meat and pineapple chunks were deep fried and artfully placed inside the crab’s shell. The latter was also servedwithfriedriceinsideapusoandfriedlumpiaas thesidedish.Fordessert,thegrouppreparedmango flan with suman and latik. The cook-off was another feather in STI College – Cagayan de Oro’s cap as it proved once again the exemplary hands-on training that students receive in STI.

A clever way of presenting Kinilaw – rubix cube style

STI College – Baguio, 1st Runner-Up in Regional Patimpalak Pampanitikan Armed with writing prowess and profound insights, Jeremiah V. Erasquin, a 3rd year Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) student from Meet STI College – Baguio’s essayist (R) with his mentor (L) STI College – Baguio bagged the 1st runner-up spot during the awarding ceremony intheEssayWritingcontestoftherecentlyconcluded Panrehiyong Patimpalak Pampanitikan. The competitionwasorganizedbythePanrehiyongSentro ThePatimpalakPampanitikanheldeveryDecember ngWikangFilipino–CordilleraAdministrativeRegion. aims not only to commemorate the heroism of our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal but also to strengthen Held on December 13-14, 2010 at the Benguet the sense of nationalism among students by State University in La Trinidad, Benguet, the showcasing Rizal’s works and heroism. competition was participated in by students from differentelementary,secondary,andtertiaryschools Aside from essay writing, other events include in Abra, Baguio, Benguet, Mt. Province, Kalinga, poetry writing, poster making, choral reading, and Ifugao, and Apayao. solo singing competitions.

STI College – Balayan Reaches Out to Batangas’ Youth

The caravan ended in high spirit as students were amazed with the presentation of the wireless motorcycle security system which made use of the GSM technology, a project designed by Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering students from STI College – Balayan.

In its quest to enrich the minds of the youth of Batangas, STI College – Balayan once again conducted a high school caravan. Held at the Balayan National High School, this year’s high school caravan was themed “Sense, Think, and Imagine.”Topics on art, business, and gadgets were discussed by three faculty members of STI College – Balayan namely Geneil J. Causapin, Renato Dela Cruz, and Ronan Ira Caringal making the students updated on the latest trends in the said industries. The STI Dance Troupe alongside Notepad Band also took part by performing in between topics and added more excitement to the event.

STI faculty share their time and knowledge to the high school students

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Beat the Hea Cool down with these Summer DIY Projects

Are you ready to have some fun under the heat of the sun? For most of you, we know you can’t hide your excitement any longer even if summer won’t be here for another month. After all, who does not want to take a break in the first place, right? Behindthegruelingmonthsandstressfulschooldays, summer is the longest break you’ll ever have. As they say, summer gives you all the time in the world (though not literally) and long enough to spend it memorably. Some may visit the hottest summer spots in the country while showing off some skin and sporting their summer get-up. Others may take a vacation or go home to their provinces to catch up with their relatives and family; adventure seekers won’t miss extreme summer escapades; and party people will make the season hotter with their bar hopping experiences. Yet, we also can’t deny that for a few reasonsincludingbudgetandtimeconstraints,you’ll just stay at home left with nothing much or nothing to do at all. So to help you move around at times like this, we laid down some Do-It-Yourself (DIY) special summer projects to beat that summer boredom. These projectsareenvironment-friendly, inexpensive, and easy-to-do!

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Summer Beauty Recipe Sunburn soother — from the experts at Making Your Own Nothing really beats the pleasure that summer brings but at the same time, it also gives pain and discomfort to our skin. So here is a helpful DIY remedy that will make you worry-free this summer. This cooling recipe will help ease discomfort on your sunburn while it heals. What you need: • 4 tea bags • 16 tablespoons of dried mint • 32 tablespoons of fresh mint • 2 cups of water How to do it: 1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and boil. 2. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes and then remove from the stove. 3. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Finally, strain the leaves from the mixture and place it in the fridge until it cools. 5. You can either use this liquid with a cotton ball to dab on small sunburned areas or add the mixture to a cool bath and soak. Source: Summer_Treatments_to_Rejuvenate_Skin_from_Head_ to_Toe.aspx

at! Design Your Own Sneakers Revive and give your old sneaker its new look with these simple and easy steps. What you need: • Old white canvas shoes • Acrylic paints • Paint brush of medium size How to do it: 1. Wash your shoes to remove the stains and dirt. Dry it completely. 2. Choose any of your favorite color to be painted as the base color on your shoes. Better to choose a dark color so it won’t get stained or look dirty easily. 3. Paint it on your shoes evenly using a medium- sized paint brush. Allow it to dry completely. *Note: Use the same dilution of paint on both shoes or else the shoes will have different shades after they dry.

4. Now, it’s time to use your creativity. Make some designs or streaks on your shoes using a lighter or contrasting color. Let it dry. 5. And voila, you can now show off your very own designed sneakers! If you have an eye and hand for art, this can also be a good business opportunity. Source:

Create Your Button-Beaded Summer Bracelet Using colorful buttons, unleash your creativity by weaving them together to make bracelets that perfectly match your summer get-up. What you need: • A collection of buttons and beads that coordinate nicely together • Clean white towel for laying out beads • Jewelry string • Crimping beads • End closures, spring clips • Needle-nose pliers How to make it: 1. Lay out the beads and buttons in an attractive pattern. 2. Cut approximately 16 inches of jewelry string. 3. Securing one end of the jewelry string with a spring clip, string beads and buttons onto string, leaving room at each end for adding end closures (about four inches on each side). With the buttons, simply come up from the bottom on one side and go down through the other side. 4. Adding the closures: string a crimping bead onto one end of jewelry string, string one half of the closure, and then bend the wire, coming back down the opposite way through the crimping bead. Crimp it tightly with the needle-nose pliers. 5. Secure the other half of the closure on the other side, using the same method. This should create a nice, snug clasp. Snip off excess string from each end. Source:

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What’s COOL and The Philippines’ Best Beach Escapades

As one of the largest archipelagos in the world with 7,107 islands, there are a handful of breathtaking beach destinations, apart from Boracay, scattered all over the Philippines that any Juan can enjoy. Ditch Visayas’ pride for the meantime and explore Luzon and Mindanao’s amazing getaways. Prepare yourself to be captivated by a whole new culture and experience the Filipino hospitality in these sides of the country!

5 Famous for its white sand and crystal blue waters, Malingay Cove (Blue Lagoon) is a must-see in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Found in Sitio Malingay which is 2.5 kilometers away from the city, this body of water is surrounded by foliage and is shaped as a half-moon edifice.

5 Located 43 kilometers from Batangas City, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas is the ultimate destination for travelers from Manila and nearby provinces. Besides being accessible by land, Laiya Beach in San Juan, Batangas boasts of a majestic coastline which is perfect for swimming, diving, and other water activities. 3Dubbed as the Island of the Gods, Palawan has been very popular to both local and foreign tourists. Apart from the very expensive Amanpulo, the province also boasts of wonderful destinations that any Juan can afford. There is the twin lagoon in Coron, seascapes in Busuanga, beaches in El Nido and the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites — the Puerto Prinsesa Subterranean River National Park and the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park.

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Small Things. Simple Tasks. All these may help save the MARINES. To save marine life one should learn about marine pollutants and Make conservation a lifestyle. Every day, we tend to take for granted things that may affect our marine life like smoke belching. The black smoke emitted by cars contributes to acid rain. And when acid rain gets to the ocean, sea creatures die. So try to walk more and use less petroleum-based products whenever possible. Adapt an eco-friendly lifestyle. One way is to reduce the use of plastic bags because when plastic bags go to our water systems, they become trash that clog our water ways. This trash then decomposes and become liquid toxins that harm us, our environment, and our water resources. Another threat to marine life is global warming. It stems from greenhouse gases that trap the heat and light of the sun thereby producing severe heat on Earth. This phenomenon is a worldwide concern for it destroys the natural environment, destructs weather and climactic conditions, kills marine and other forms of creatures including thousands of people. Help Reduce Global Warmingbydoingsimpletaskslikeconservingelectricity — turn off the light when not in use.

5 Known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines and home of the Siargao Cup — an internationally renowned surfing competition — the unsoiled teardrop-shaped island of Siargao is located 800 kilometers southeast of Manila. Its gigantic waves have been reported to curl up to 12 feet high!

So what are you waiting for? Plan efficiently,packlight,andheadofftoanyof these superb destinations!

To inspire others, have mottos like “I will trash my butts” or “Never litter — put the trash in the can and not in the ocean.” Why? Well, we all know that cigarette smoking is one of the causes of pollution but littering cigarette butts affects our water resources more. According toTakePart, an independent online community that tackles environmental issues, more than 25% of marine pollution comes from cigarette butts thrown into seas. So do your part by throwing them in the right place – the garbage can. Besides cigarette butts, various litters are also found in the ocean. Engaging in clean-up drives is also highly encouraged.Joinciviccausesordivegroupsthathelpclean the ocean. If you cannot swim, volunteer instead to shore clean-ups or make others be more aware of the damages to our water resources. This not only strengthens your value of volunteerism but it is also a way to meet new people and make new friends. Another way to help Save our seas is to learn how to appreciate marine life the proper way. Look at them and be amazed by their beauty but do not touch or destroy them. Some of this marine life dies once you take it away from its natural habitat. Do not take them home as souvenirs of your trips.

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Time for CH “I’m just a student.” Many of the students use this phrase as an excuse to do nothing. It’s not that there is something wrong about this. It’s just that sometimes it is easier to slack off, point a finger, and wait for others to affect change. However, this should not be the case. Instead of waiting for things to happen, it’s time that we should take a stand and be proactive. Because no matter howsmallourindividualeffortsare,whencombined they will be of great effect. So stop thinking that you’re just a student who can’t really do anything. Read on and learn how you can change your ways, and be of great service to your community. Hone your skills and stack more than enough knowledge Though getting a diploma will land you a job, it is just a portion of the whole equation. Memorizing concepts and theories isn’t enough.You must know them by heart. When you step out of college, you will no longer be graded based on how well you know a certain concept. When you get a job, your employer will be grading you based on how well you solve a work problem or how you do your tasks. This grade will then be the basis for the increase in your salary or if you’ll get a promotion. But then again, that’s just half of the story. To succeed not just in the corporate world but also life in general, you should also possess people skills.You should get along well with others and treat everyone with respect.

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Work on your emotions Now that you are already in college, you will encounter more challenges that will test your strength and patience. This is because college is the transition phase, where you now grow up and become an adult. This is the time when you feel a lot of strong negative emotions such as anger, depression, and anxiety which may distract you and make you lose your focus. But the good news is negative emotions are just normal and they should not be repressed but rather managed. How? First, you should be aware of them. And then, acknowledge their presence. Once you have accepted them, it will be easier for you to find different ways of expressing them. You can dance or write a poem about your feelings. By channeling your emotions, it will help you release whatever tension you feel without risking your relationships with other people. Practice independence while staying connected One of the perks of being in college is independence. By this time, people already trust you because you’re old enough and capable to do things on your own. But as you become more independent, you should also keep in mind that you cannot do everything. That is why you should learn how to value people and never cut ties. Learn how to nurture relationships At your age right now, you probably have gotten into a number of relationships already — from friendship to boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. Some worked while others don’t. To maintain a mature relationship, you should learn to accept the fact that both of you have differences and you should realize that a relationship should be basedonequality—agive-and-takesituationwhere you balance need and control over a person.

HANGE! Know yourself We all have preferences and we commit ourselves to certain roles and lifestyles. However, there are times when we hide these for the fear of being rejected. But to be accepted by others, you must first accept yourself. People will only respect you if you are true to who you really are and you are comfortable with your own body, appearance, gender, and sexual orientation. Have a game plan At this point in your life, do you already have an idea of who you want to be? Moststudents attend college just to qualify for a good job and not to be equipped with skills applicable in the widest variety of life experiences. But this should not be the case. Aside from an assurance of a comfortable lifestyle, you should see college as a place where you can broaden your knowledge, find a philosophy in life, and be honed as a lifelong learner. Be you Develop behaviors and actions that are based on the values you believed in while maintaining your respect for other’s beliefs and forgetting not your responsibility to the society.

Being a student is not a disadvantage. As a matter of fact, you can actually do so much. One is by molding yourself into a responsible person because this guarantees that you will become a good citizen. So make that change now and prove to everyone that you are not just a student — be Citizen STI!

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The Electrifying

Electricity plays an important role in our everyday living. It runs our entertainment appliances, gadgets, and other electric-generated machines that make our lives convenient and efficient. Sadly, alongside with its worth and value, an overwhelming environmental dilemma poses great threats to the entire world — GLOBAL WARMING. Global warming is a condition when the earth heats up. It happens because the greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, water vapor, nitrous oxide, and methane) trap the heat within the earth causing ecological imbalances such as climate change, sea level rise, and heat waves among others. Studies revealed that the largest source of these greenhouse gases are generated from electric power plants which uses coal, oil, and petroleum. When coal is burned to produce electricity, it creates coal combustion or residuals which lead to large production of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. For the past years, several undertakings were initiated by environmental agencies and other private sectors worldwide to put up a fight against global warming. We observed Earth Hour, joined marathons, volunteered for organizations, and so on. But did you know that with our little acts each day, we can help delay and repeal global warming?

Here’s how:

Ÿ It is a common practice for us to use the

remote control to switch off the TV. But this actually keeps the TV on in stand- by mode where it can consume six watts per hour. Even if you turn the TV off and not switch off at the plug point, the TV still consumes 0.5 to one watt. So don’t forget to unplug the TV before you leave the house or go to bed.

Ÿ We should make it a point to unplug mobile

phone chargers. A mobile phone charger utilizes three watts per hour when it remains plugged. So once the battery is fully charged, we should take the charger off the plug point. This does not only apply to mobile phone chargers. Make sure to also unplug appliances when not being used.

Ÿ Use ceiling fans instead of air conditioners as much as possible. If air conditioning is something that you have to go for, clean the filter of your air conditioners often. Doing so leads to quick cooling while at the same time, ensuring efficient use of electricity. Ÿ Light only the area where you are working. Ÿ Run full loads in washing machines and the same goes with ironing your clothes. Ÿ Use a gas range stove instead of a microwave oven in heating your food. Ÿ Check your electrical connection regularly. Following these tips will not only save you from your monthly electric dues but more importantly, save us and the entire world from the dreadful effects of global warming. It is time to make a move and take a collective action to brawl global warming through wise and cautious electric consumption. Sources: warming.htm

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Road signs are not ornaments. Despite their attention-grabbing colors and interesting symbols, they serve a far more serious purpose other than just giving the commuters intermittent eye candies during their exhausting travel. In fact, paying proper attention to road signs can spell the difference between safety and disaster, and draw the line between arriving at your destination and getting lost along the way. Derived from the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals, here are some road sign categories with examples for your familiarization.

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Danger Warning Signs These warning signs indicate potential hazards ahead that may not be readily apparent to the driver. Careful observation of these road warnings is a tried and tested way to avoid accidents. Curves Ahead

Prohibitory or Restrictive SiGNSgns

Priority Signs These are traffic signs indicating the order in which vehicles should pass intersection points, hence ensuring an organized and smooth flow of automobiles. Give way to oncoming traffic

Traffic signs that prohibit or advise against certain road maneuvers with the intent of maintaining an organized traffic flow. No Parking

Knowingandfollowingbasictrafficguidelinescanbe the start of developing our sense of accountability and responsibility in relation to the standards of the society where we belong. And whether we are behind the wheel or on foot as pedestrians, in the end, we all play a part in maintaining a peaceful road culture that gives everyone his/her chance to move forward.

Mandatory Signs Unlike prohibitory or restrictivesigns,mandatory signs tell traffic what to do as opposed to what it can’t do. This category sets the obligation and responsibility for the commuters to uphold.

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Something to Smile About

Smile is a universally accessible language. From Sulu to Timbuktu, a smile essentially means the same — warmth and happiness. But aside from its inherent power to bridge the gap between cultural divides, smiling has other lesser known effects that are surely worth smiling about. • Smiling changes our mood. Despite a gloomy disposition or temperament, once we start to smile we consequently trick our body into believing that we are actually happy. This in turn alters our mood for the better. • Smiling relieves stress. All the stress from a hectic schedule and demanding workload tend to show up on our faces through wrinkles, pimples and what-not, but what we don’t know is that we can actuallyfightstressthroughgoodoldsmiling.Stress is more of an attitude than a condition so in the end it’s really just a matter of choosing “happy” thoughts.

• Smilingbooststheimmunesystem.Smilingrelaxes our body and improves the functions of our immune system. Hence, we can wave illnesses goodbye with a simple smile. • Smilinglowersyourbloodpressure.Researchshows thatsmilingsignificantlyreducesthebloodpressure so if we want to veer away from serious health issues like high-blood pressure, stroke or cardiac arrest, we might as well start showing our biggest grins. • Smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. These three can be considered as natural drugs for they can automatically give a person his/her much needed “high.” So next time you feel a bit lethargic, flash a smile, and experience how these happy pills do wonder to your body. Smiling is healthy, free, and contagious.Why deprive the world of this gift if we can all just go out and paint it with the many shades of warmth and happiness one smile at a time? Source:

Facts & Figures 1/3 of produced foods go to waste 1/3 of processed foods we buy from markets and food chains go to waste 1/3 of household foods go to waste Food wastages cause massive environmental damage The hefty cost of wasted-food disposal is passed on to consumers resulting to higher food prices and to the buying public’s decreased purchasing power

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It’s a fact that food is a necessity of life. It’s also a fact that while the poorest regions in Africa suffer from unreasonable scarcity of food supply, the wealthier nations discard enough food to feed the hungriest citizens of the world. Eighteen million tons of edible food ends up in landfill every year. And the distressing facts and figures don’t stop there. So, the next time you are taken by an impulse to put more than what you can consume on your plate, think of the aforementioned numbers and ask yourself, do you really want to contribute to such an unjust, vicious, and immoral practice, or are you willing to make a simple statement by opting for just enough serving to feed your hunger? Source: htm



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S Fe pec at ial ur e Money matters. That is perhaps one of the harshest realities of life. Especially for students with expenses left and right, financial decisions can really get downright challenging. But do not fret for there are always means to ease money-related difficulties. And with the fast approaching two-month summer vacation, you’ll have all the time on your hands to make some dough.


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Get a Summer Job

You’re into customer service? Apply for a part-time stint in a fast food chain. You’re into clerical jobs? Apply for a summer secretarial position. The point is for you to maximize your time off from school and earn bucks without entirely sacrificing a fun and relaxing summer vacation.


Garage Sale

Have old books, clothing items, rare records, and other random items you want to dispose of? Schedule a garage sale in your area and get paid for your junk. Always remember that one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure so why endure a space cluttered with things that has lost their relevance when you can reclaim your breathing space while earning in the process.


Be an Entrepreneur

Turn your personal interests or skills into something profitable. Sell homemade cupcakes. Make t-shirt designs. Start your own business blog site. Whatever it is, what matters is you get to shape your inclinations into a potential entrepreneurial endeavor.

Spend an enjoyable and smart vacation through a new and exciting undertaking. Moreover, keep in mind that the summer is not just a time to enjoy and chill out, but more importantly, it is an opportunity for you to know something new about yourself through experiences that open the door for growth and learning. Source:

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At 49, she wowed the world with her powerful and classical voice when she auditioned and later on became one of the finalists in the world renowned reality TV contest, Britain’s Got Talent. She is Susan Boyle, the woman who pursued her ultimate dream of becoming a singer. 60-year-old Oscar Swahn beat other younger Olympians and bagged the gold medal in the running deer of single-shot event in 1908. He then went on to join two more Olympic games in 1912 and 1920. At age 72, he earned the title of oldestever competing Olympian and medalist.

For sure, you have heard of J.K Rowling. She is the famous, multimillionaire writer of the worldwide phenomenon “Harry Potter” who wrote it at age 30.

Our very own former President, the late Corazon Aquino, a pious and soft-spoken housewife was in her 50’s when she became Asia’s first female president.

As they say, you are never too old to learn. Take a look at the examples above. Despite their old age, they continued to learn, pursued their dreams, and achieved them. Now, they are known as some of the most influential and remarkable people who made marks in the history of mankind.

So if you are interested in singing, drawing, writing, playing musical instruments, sports or such, you better start honing that craft and have faith in yourself. And don’t forget that perseverance, dedication, and commitment are essential keys to become victorious in the end.

Learning is forever. If you stop learning, your brain starts dying. And if your brain is not kept alive and motivated, life turns out to be very dull and unexcitingbecauselifeismeanttobelived,explored, and learned.

Keep that sprit high and start discovering your new talents. Learn new skills as early as today. Who knows? Your story may be the next big thing.

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The Pig

& The Cow

In a far away land, there are two animals living in the farm — the cow and the pig. They are well taken care of by their keeper. They are fed and groomed daily; their cages are washed regularly; and once in a while, they are checked to make sure they are healthy. But in spite of everything, the pig has observed one thing. So one day, he came to the cow and complained. “People always talk about your friendliness.Well, it is truethatyougivethemmilk. But they get much more from me,” the pig pointed out.

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But being generous is not only measured through selfless giving of material goods, more so demonstrated in times of crises only. Every day gives us a chance to show it. The simple, warm, and sincere self gestures we impart to others radiate a spirit of generosity — from our smiles and hugs to the compliments we give. So everytime you forget what generosity is, remember the story of the pig and the cow that reminds us of two things: make generosity part of our everyday life and start doing it now. Source:

“Theygethamandbaconandlard,andtheyevencook my feet. And yet, no one likes me. To all of them, I am just a pig. Why is that?” he added. The cow thought it over a bit and then said,“Perhaps it’s because I give and share what I have while I am still alive.” This story brings us to the subject of generosity or the habit of sharing. Generosity is defined as the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering of time, assets or talents to aid someone in need especially during bad times. When typhoon Ondoy drenched the country and left a handful of hope for some of us, our inflicted neighbors were flooded with aid and assistance. Reliefoperationswereconducted side by side and voluntarily by individuals or groups. They shared their time in packing the goods; lent their private carsindistributingsupplies;pledgedcashdonations; and conducted fundraising events to dole out help to others.

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Your guide to the latest trends today

Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone Preview Sony Ericsson is set to release its newest phone model with the codename, Zeus. Recently, leaks in the“gadgets industry”revealed that Zeus is actually the PlayStation Phone, which is said to be part PSP (PlayStationPortable)andpartAndroidGingerbread powered smartphone. Set to release in June 2011, reports say that the phone has 1GHz Qualcomm CPU, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and a screen somewhere between 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Gadget enthusiasts are looking forward to its custom Sony Marketplacewhichwillallowgamerstopurchaseand download games designed for this new platform at rumored affordable rates.

TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon (3D) The fighting robots are back! In this much anticipated final installment of Transformers film series Dark of the Moon, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and JohnTurturro are back to reprise their starring roles. As the Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, they will race against the Decepticons to reach it and unveil its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers’ final battle. Giving a new twist and thrill to the picture is a new villain in the form of Shockwave, who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth. DirectedbyMichael Bay and produced byStevenSpielberg, this action-packed and visuallyappealingmoviewill be released on July 1, 2011.

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I am Number Four Move over vampires and wizards, and make room for the newest Sci-fi adventure series to hit the bookshelves — I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. It is the first book in the 6-part saga story about nine teenage aliens who were sent to planet Earth for refuge, after their home planet was wiped out by a hostile alien race, Modagorians. The hero, alien Number Four, is John Smith. He and his guardian have moved to Paradise, Ohio and are on the run from the Modagorians as the latter slowly kills the children, in sequential order. Three are already dead and John is next. Follow John’s story as it has all the elements of suspense, mystic beings, tragic destinies, death, and love.

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Takes the Road Towards Responsible Citizenship Around 30,000 STI students nationwide headed their way toward responsible citizenship as the 16th STI National Youth Convention (NYC) anchored its theme at “Citizen STI: The Change I Want to See Starts with Me,” STI’s year-long campaign which aims to inspire the youth to not just “do” but “be.” The caravan kicked off on December 2, 2010 at CAP John Hay Trade and Cultural Center in Camp John Hay, Baguio City where STIers from North Luzon converged and enjoyed a one-ofa-kind learning experience. Empowering the participants were speakers who themselves exemplified the values of responsible citizens and discussed relevant topics which were geared with the philosophy that citizens should work towards the betterment of their community through active involvement with social issues that can contribute positive change. The first topic was “In the Loop: Bringing Students Closer and Connected,” which was discussed by Roby Manubay of Microsoft Philippines. He explained how Microsoft Live@Edu can foster a sense of belongingness among the students through this innovative linking system drive. The second topic was delivered by Ferdinand Bunag, STI’s training consultant. He shed light on “Citizen STI: Positive Change Personified” and taught students on how a Citizen STI can enable change and help push our nation towards progress.

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Capping the convention with a fitting close was the last topic, “Citizen STI: Positive Agents of Change.” The students were enlightened by Jet Nera, Managing Director of SH!NE – JGNera Consulting Group, who posted a challenge to the participants to start the spirit of nationbuilding within them. More than marking another feat for the entire STI community, NYC empowered the Filipino youth to be movers and shakers in the society through the most constructive contributions and become a legion of responsible citizens that will transform this nation for a better Philippines. The NYC team is set to visit more key cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao before it ends in Puerto Princesa on March 2011. So don’t be left behind and watch out for the 16th NYC in the area nearest to your school!

5Ferdinand Bunag, STI’s training consultant

5Igniting the spirit of nation-building was Jet Nera with “Citizen STI: Positive Agents of Change”

3Roby Manubay of Microsoft, was “In the Loop: Bringing Students Closer and Connected”

5Dennis Evangelista shared his thoughts on

positive change

5Attendance in the 16th NYC sure is full!

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Successful at


As a child, he wanted to be an astronaut — be an explorer and hopefully discover new things in the vast outer space. When he grew up, he became an IT Consultant. And rather than exploring things in the galaxy, he spends his time instead identifying various IT solutions for the constantly changing industry and shares his knowledge to other people. Now, at the young age of 27, he already manages five companies and has found self-fulfillment from the modules of known self-help and motivational authors and speakers on personal development. Richard Gadin came from a simple family in Camarines Norte. His father was a meat shop owner in the wet market and his mother was a public school elementary teacher.Though the shop hasbeen withthefamilyfortwogenerations already, their father has repeatedly encouraged him and his siblings to dream big and expressed his desire to see them pursue other careers instead of continuing the family business. And with their mother as a teacher, education was really the central focus in their small family. However, as the saying goes, “all work and no play make a person dull.” Richard knows very well how important this is. One can say that, growing up, Richard was a well-balanced student. In between

the studying, he was also able to squeeze in time to enjoy and pursue other fun activities with his friends. He fondly remembers the time during their elementary days when he and his classmates went to a school camp and he helped his team win in the competitions. He felt like a superhero afterwards. Though Richard did not graduate as a valedictorian, he was always in the top three. This continued to college where he was a constant dean’s lister and was always seen joining various programming competitions. Even though Richard has managed to do well after graduation, there were rare moments when he wished he can go back to college — exert more efforts in his studies and graduate as summa cum laude since that has always been his dream but,

TRIVIA • Brian Tracy is a self-help author whose presentations and seminars tackle topics on leadership, sales, managerial effectiveness, and business strategy. His human resource company has affiliates throughout the United States and 31 other countries. • Robert Kiyosaki is an investor, businessman, self-help author, and motivational speaker. He is known for his acclaimed Rich Dad Poor Dad series of motivational books.

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• Jack Canfield is a motivational speaker and author. He is the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has been among the top 150 best selling books for the last 15 years. He also founded the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of thought leaders, speakers, authors, coaches, trainers, researchers, consultants, and other leaders in the fields of personal and professional development. Source:

thatwasjusthisoverachieversidespeaking.Because considering where he is right now, Richard certainly feels that he is on top of the world. Richard has been in the IT consulting industry for eight years now and has certainly done well for himself. However, two years ago, he decided to pursue another field — unrelated to IT — that has now become one of the focal points of his life: personal development.

between work and personal life. Looking back on the things he went through, Richard would like to remind the students today that if they want something to happen in their lives, they have to do whatever is needed to achieve it and that discipline and integrity will go a long way.

To further improve himself, Richard studied several modulesfromexemplaryself-helpandmotivational speakers like Brian Tracy, Robert Kiyosaki, and Jack Canfield, among others. From these modules, Richard was enlightened on how a person can be successful in life. “Being successful can be learned. It can be learned by you and it can be learned by anyone.Beingrichcanbelearnedandeverythingcan be achieved if you decide to make it happen, learn it, and act on it,” he shares. Today,Richardequallydivideshistimemanagingfive companies — IT software provider Go! Go! Pinoy SystemsandTechnologies;ITsoftwareconsultancy companies IHATECOMPUTERS Consulting Corp.andPartnerSolutionsInc.;headhunting agency Red Human Capital Resources Inc.; and I Don’t Memorize Inc. which provides memory enhancement trainings. His days may seem long with the amount of work that he has to do with these companies but, thanks to the modules of Brian Tracy, Richard has learned the art of time management and is able tosuccessfullyjugglehisschedule

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Are you ready to be…

A Software Engineer? FAST FACTS: Name: Christian Noel M. Enverga Nickname: “Boc” Occupation: Software Engineer Course: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science School: STI College - Marikina Affiliation: A pioneer in the industry and considered as one of biggest Business Process Outsourcing companies in the country serving top 500 Global Fortune firms. My childhood ambition: To become a pilot People would be surprised to know that: I was a naughty kid in class. I remember when I was in first grade, my Christian Living teacher, who also happened to be the school’s principal, caught me cutting class because I forgot to do my homework. Three words that best describe me: I am a funloving Pinoy. Words I live by: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Describe your typical working day: As a Software Engineer, I am tasked to supervise and oversee a project from its development to the production phase. That is why my typical day in the office starts with checking and responding to emails, which will then be followed by a number of meetings with the team. These activities consume a big chunk of my day that I always get surprised that it’s already time to go home. Most of the time also my job requires me to stay beyond regular working hours to beat deadlines or resolve problems. In general, everyday is frantic, challenging, and taxing but very fulfilling. So there is nothing to worry about as long as you love what you’re doing.

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Is the Software Engineering Industry best for you? v Are you capable of identifying problems and driving them to resolution? Do you possess strong problem solving and analytical skills? v Do you keep yourself up-to-date on the

latest developments in the field of Computer Engineering? Are you open to innovation, new methods, and approaches that foster growth and development?

v Can you handle stress under pressure and able to deal with it without losing your focus and concentration? Are you keen to details and love doing projects that require extensive thinking? v Are you a team player? Can you work with a strong team-oriented environment because activities will vary from a lot of discussions, coordination to implementation within a group?

v It requires stressful long hours of work. It is in the nature of this work to stay in the office for more than the regular working hours because of the intricacies of the job. v The work is mentally draining and mind-

boggling. Software Engineering is a technical and complex activity that requires a high level of cognitive ability. The success of software development depends on cognitive factors such as mindset, abstract thinking, analytic, visualization capability, and concentration ability.

v Competition is tough. With a number of

graduates every year from various IT-related programs, competition becomes tougher. “So you better prepare yourself while at school to become a competitive applicant,” Boc shares.

Have you got what it takes to become a good Software Engineer?

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, then you might be all set to conquer the software engineering industry!

v A good Software Engineer determines the right problem to solve, solves it using the right tool, and has a firm understanding on design methodology.

The Ups and Downs

v A good Software Engineer is a team player. Teamwork is essential for computer software engineers, who might work with a large group to solve problems and create new products.

v Opportunities are limitless. The computer

system designs industry continues to boom and grow each year, which employs a number of computer software engineers. Thus, there are highly favorable opportunities for those college graduates with at least a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering or Computer Science. v The pay is good. “It is financially rewarding,”

says Boc. The salary depends on your experience and qualifications. And much more if you work for a multinational corporation like Boc because aside from the good pay, he also participates in several trainings outside the country.

v It gives you an opportunity to become a lifelong learner. As technology continues to advance at an increasingly rapid rate, keeping abreast with the latest developments in the field is vital. Methods and applications are changing as technology evolves and the only way to keep up with it is to learn how to swim along with the current. “Get yourself as much knowledge as you can while you still have the time to learn,” Boc points out.

v A good Software Engineer is highly-analytical, has focus, and can work under pressure without compromising the output of his project. v A good Software Engineer is a lifelong learner.

He/She does not cease to acquire new knowledge and is open to innovation for a more efficient and productive outcome.

v A good Software Engineer has excellent communication skills.

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Writer’s Bl BuhayEstudyante Isinulat ni: Paul Anthony I. Cano, 3rd yr. BSBA STI College – Caloocan

Pagpasok sa eskwela, naghahanap na nang makakasama, Feeling close sa iba, ‘wag lang mabagot at mag-isa. Sa oras ng klase, minsan parang wala sa sarili. Kaya kapag tinawag ng professor, lagot! sa recitation walang masagot. Minsan maraming sakripisyo, mga magulang minsa’y istorbo, Akala nila'y nagbubulakbol, di nila alam sa deadline ika'y naghahabol. Sa paaralan din una tayong umibig kaya pag-aaral madalas iniisnab, Pero ‘pag nasaktan iiyak-iyak, ang sakit ng pusong nabiyak. Sa paaralan, maraming matututunan. Sa paaralan, maraming mararanasan. May simple, may elegante, at may disente, ‘yan ang BUHAY ESTUDYANTE...

Paraiso Isinulat ni: Marcelo V. Costillas, Jr., 2nd yr. ACT STI College – Caloocan

Kay saya ng paraiso Ano nga ba ang nandito? Makulay na buhay Dito ba ay matatanto? Sa ilang paraiso na Walang hangganan, Ang iba naman Paraiso’y nalimot ang nilalaman. Kaya naman mga tao’y Naghahangad ng paraiso Upang makamit Buhay na walang hanggan. Pagkakaalam ko Paraiso’y di totoo. Dahil ang paraiso’y gawa-gawa lamang Ng mga taong Naging sakim at gahaman, Lalo na’t kung paraiso’y Makaangat sa kahirapan. Hiling ko pagsapit Sa paraisong pangarap ko Ay gumawa ng tulay Patungo sa mundo. Upang malaman Paraiso’y di totoo Sa mga taong naghangad Pamarisan ako. Ang paraiso’y Makakamit lamang Kung ang iyong puso’y May busilak na kalooban. Dahil ang paraiso Sa puso’y nahihimlay lamang.

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Traveling on a Shoestring Budget

TheHeart By: Jerome Ramos Culang, 1st yr. BSIT STI College – Global City

A heart is forever... Convictions of tomorrow are rather to be expected. Trials came harder... when we thought it is easy. Living across the solemn state. Convincedthattheimpossibilityhasbecomeareality That conquers everything Even the whole world’s misery. But there was a heart full of love and emotions, So generous, Full of patience. So kind, So admirable, So loveable. A heart created by compassion of true feelings. A true love that lasts a lifetime. In contempt with vitality and infinity From the depth of crucial ends. For a heart that speaks And a mind that thinks, An illusion to the future In the fidelity of tomorrow Summon through eternity, Lending the course of reality, Seeking similarity, Out of diversity. And in the midst of mortality Comes a knight of love. Purely covered with heart, In and out. Wearing the armour of his life And carrying a spear of death, To the love that binds Is a heart that melts.

Do not have enough money to go on a trip? No problem. Nowadays, you do not have to spend a lot to be able to go on vacations and have fun. All you need is a little creativity and you will be on your way to spend a great summer vacation! Here are some ways to stretch your limited budget when you go on a trip. Be Adventurous You do not have to spend a lot of money on tours to be able to go on a trip. Try to research the place where you want to go and be your own travel agent! Create a do-it-yourself (DIY) tour. With lots of information on the web today, researching is no longer a hassle. Just be a bit patient and in no time, you will have all the informationyouneedtoplanyouritinerary, fix your budget, arrange accommodations and transportation, and make alternative plans if necessary. Book in Advance and Pay Less Take advantage of the promo fares from various airlines by booking your tickets in advance. For as low as PhP 500, you can now go on domestic flights and be well on your way to see the different wonders of the Philippines! Be the first to book flights by subscribing to promo alerts of different airlines! Pack Light Go backpacking with only one bag. For you to be able to easily move around, be sure to pack only the essential things. This will also help you trim down the cost and do away with the additional expense of a check-in luggage.

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STIers Rock the Vote Once More STI ties up with ABS-CBN for the 2010 Local Barangay and SK Elections.

In its commitment to mold individuals and become catalysts of positive change, STI has once again partnered with one of the country’s biggest networks, ABS-CBN, for the 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections held on October 25, 2010 nationwide. More than exercising their right to vote, STI students pushed their contributions further by becoming helpdesk volunteers. Together with ABS-CBN representatives,theymannedandprovidedtechnical assistance in Bida Juan booths situated in voting precincts in select key areas countrywide: Payatas A Elementary School in Quezon City, Guadalupe Elementary School in Cebu, and Buluan Elementary School in Cagayan de Oro. “Asidefromgivingtechnicalsupport,wealsohelpedthe votersinfindingtheirvotingprecinctsespeciallywhen wesawtheoverwhelmingnumberwhowereeagerto exercise their right to vote,”shared Jethro Costales, a volunteer from STI College – Fairview.

them was the satisfaction of making a difference and being of service to their community and country. Following this election’s campaign handle, Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo, this endeavor encourages Filipinos to guard our votes and serve as responsible citizen journalists who are able to report any electionrelated cases such as vote buying. Similarly, STI’s year-round campaign dubbed as Citizen STI, which aims to create future movers and shakers of this nation, perfectly coincides with ABS-CBN’s endeavor. Since 1997, STI has been ABS-CBN’s partner in giving service to the Filipinos by providing accurate and unbiased news information regarding the election. Last 2010 Presidential Election, the Boto Mo iPatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula campaign was successfully carried out by ABS-CBN and STI.

At the end of the day, STIers and the rest of the volunteers felt fulfilled and rewarded. According to them, the biggest benefit that this experience gave 6Helpdesk assistants providing support in one of the Bida Juan booths

5STIer volunteers in action while busily attending to voter’s needs and inquiries

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Clue: Enclosed in a parenthesis after each item is a set of numbers that corresponds to the number of words per answer and each digit pertains to the number of letters that make up the words of the title (kindly refer to no. 13 across as shown in the puzzle).

ACROSS 2. Tom Cruise is Vincent in this 2004 movie (10) 5. Joaquin Phoenix is Johnny Cash in this 2005 movie (4, 3, 4) 6. Maggie Smith is Mother Superior in this 1992 movie (6, 3) 11. Dustin Hoffman is Raymond Babbitt in this 1998 movie (4, 3) 12. Julianne Moore is Clarice Starling in this 2001 movie (8) 13. Jessica Alba is Sue Storm in this 2005 movie (9, 4) 14. Brad Pitt is Achilles in this 2004 movie (4)


DOWN 1. Glenn Close is Alex Forrest in this 1987 movie (5, 10) 3. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the title role in this 1984 movie (3, 10) 4. Clive Owen is Louis Salinger in this 2009 movie (3, 13) 7. Arnold Schwarzenegger is Harry Tasker in this 1994 movie (4, 4) 8. John Travolta is Edna Turnblad in this 2007 movie (9) 9. Tom Cruise is David Aames in this 2001 movie (7, 3) 10. Leonardo DiCaprio is Howard Hughes in this 2004 movie (3, 7) Source:





























































































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A Match Made in Heaven Find out your perfect haven now!

Are you having problems deciding where you should go this summer? This quiz might help find out what summer vacation best suits you! Take note of your answers and then head off to the destination that fits your personality!

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There is a party and free drinks are offered to everybody. What drink would you choose? A. Hot chocolate B. Iced tea C. Spiked fruit shake If you have the whole afternoon to yourself, how will you want to spend it? A. Go biking or mountain hiking B. Shop! Shop! Shop! C. Visit historic places close to your home Which dream appeals to you most? A. You are lying beneath the moon and stars B. You are in a luxury hotel with servants at your feet C. You own a sailboat

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A. Movie star B. Commercial model C. Famous sports celebrity

What kind of music do you listen to? A. Rock B. Bossa nova C. Rhythm & Blues


What food do you love the most? A. Sushi B. Spaghetti C. Cheeseburger If you are to get or receive flowers, you would choose? A. A lei of fragrant calachuchi B. Orchids C. Tulips Barefoot, you are most comfortable with? A. Grass B. Tiled floor C. Pure white sand What scent appeals to you most? A. Woodsy B. Smoky and hot C. Fresh If the Philippines would have four seasons, you would probably love? A. Spring B. Winter C. Summer

v If you mostly get A’s Pack your bags, travel light, and head to an adventure trail that would suit your love for the outdoors! Most likely, comfort is not too much of a big deal to you so long as you experience new things. Try camping, hiking with friends, zip lining, wall climbing or biking. So gear up, get set, and go! v If you mostly get B’s Head off to a lavish getaway as you probably are a luxury traveler that seeks unique and extravagant travel. Plane trips, cruise or just lazing around a white and sandy beach brings you ultimate bliss! Crowded places make you uneasy so you look for secluded, comfortable, and luxurious settings. Although you like to pamper yourself, you can also be a bit adventurous. However, you prefer to go to places that are familiar to you. v If you mostly get C’s Hello, homebody! You are probably the type who is able to relax more on familiar surroundings. Vacation might seem to you as a waste of time and money when you can be perfectly relaxed right at home. You are considered by others to be very smart about money but don’t worry you’re not too thrifty and also knows how to have a good dose of fun! It’s best to invite your friends to your home and just chill — learn how to bake or play basketball or do movie marathons with them. Not only do you get to enjoy your ideal vacation, you can also save up for the rainy reason.

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Your quick guide to planning a worry-free vacation

After months of long wait, summer has finally come — lazing around the beach, getting tanned, donning the cute summer clothes… This is the perfect time to take a well-deserved rest, go to new places, experience new adventures, and bond with your family and friends. Have you already made plans? If you are thinking of going on a trip but don’t know where to start, stress no more. We have the answers right here! Whether you are going backpacking, traveling solo or going away with a big group, these tips will help make your summer vacation your best one yet:

Take a Picture! How can you ensure that you will remember all the special moments of your trip if you do not have any pictures? So don’t leave home without your camera, charger, extra batteries, and memory cards! Prepare your camera gear well in advance to make sure that you don’t leave anything behind. It will be a shame to miss a great sunrise because your camera battery went empty or you ran out of memory space. Planning your vacation is fun and easy. With little organizational skills, you can be sure to have a blast this summer!

Learn the Art of Packing Sure, it is always good to prepare for emergencies but bringing your entire closet is not the answer! Packing the right things is the key.You have to learn to balance the things that you really need with what you don’t need. How? Prepare a list in advance! Know whereyou’regoing andbring suitable clothes that you can mix and match. Do not bring anything that may be purchased along the way.This way, you can lighten up your suitcase. Summer Essentials Wherever you may go, the weather may be hotter than usual. So, protect yourself with plenty of sun screen, hats, and sunglasses!There is nothing worse than getting sunburned on the first day of your vacation and feeling uncomfortable during the rest of your trip. Be Flexible Making itineraries and knowing where to go is a good thing. But you also have to leave a little room for spontaneous activities and allowances for long distance traveling. Do not feel disheartened if you get stuck in traffic or your flight got delayed or you have to switch activities due to some unforeseen reasons. Who knows, these detours can even be more memorable than the rest of your trip. So, go out and explore!

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STIMULI March 2011  

STIMULI March 2011