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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Halalan 2007: A Call for Nation-Building 1 Campus News 2 STI Idol: Technopreneur in the Making 6 Unfolding STI’s Remarkable History 7 Go for Silver: STI’s 24th Anniversary Celebration 8 Certified Champions: The STI College Olympians Bag the Gold 10 STIer Tops International Muaythai Meet 12 The Birth of the STI All-Star Dance Team 13 The STI Gift of Knowledge 14 Transforming Dreams to Reality 15 Fun Page 16 Career Factor: A Guide to Today’s Most In-Demand Careers 17 Short Story: Tears of Rain 18 Writer’s Block 19 Captivating STIers Out to Conquer the World 20 Parents Know Best: STIers Triumph Over Nursing Board Exams 21

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STI College-Rosario and City Mayor Awards 16 High School Students By: Sandee Molato Dean of BSBA and Admissions Director STI College – Rosario

The Municipality of Gen. Trias, Cavite headed by Mayor Luis A. Ferrer IV, and STI College–Rosario represented by Career Advisers Sandee R. Molato and Aimee C. Advincula awarded the 1st Mayor Luis A. Ferrer IV Scholarship Program to 16 high school graduates of General Trias, Cavite last July 13, 2007. “These awardees were carefully screened from 2,000 applicants down to 16,” explained by Mayor Ferrer during the awarding ceremonies.

STI College-Makati Rotaract Club Sweeps 12 Awards By: Engr. Jerry Cruz, Faculty STI College-Makati

STI College–Makati Rotaract Club was judged as the Most Outstanding School-Based Rotaract Club last July 21, 2007 for two years in a row. It was held during the Hand-Over and Awarding Ceremony of Rotary International Rotaract District 3810 at Citimotors, Pasong Tamo in Makati City. Rotaract District 3810 is the Premiere Rotaract District in the Philippines which is the home of the finest school-based Rotaract clubs like the University of Sto. Tomas, De La Salle University, City Colleges of Manila, Mapua Institute of Technology, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippine Normal University, Philippine Women’s University, Philippine School for Business and Arts, Arellano University, Adamson University, San Beda College, and St. Paul University. A Rotaract club is a Rotary club-sponsored organization of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 30. Their objective is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to 

He further explained that they “would like to open opportunities for people to reach for their dreams.” Thus, the scholarship program started with the help of STI College–Rosario and Mr. Francis Romero, Head of the Gen. Trias Education Committee.

The 16 scholars are currently enrolled under the program Microsoft Visual Programming. Their scholarship covers all expenses, including the tuition and miscellaneous fees.

More than just giving the students college scholarships, the program also extends to helping their scholars find jobs after they graduate.

“We are currently conducting meetings with corporations such as American Power Corporation (APC) of the Cavite Export Processing Zone Authority (CEPZA) and Intel of Gateway of Dasmarinas, Cavite for possible openings for our scholars after they have finished taking up the STI course,” Mr. Romero expounds.

enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. Aside from the above-mentioned prestigious award, STI College-Makati Rotaract Club also received the following awards: Most Outstanding Rotaract Club Adviser – Engr. Jerry M. Cruz, Most Outstanding Rotaract Club in Community Service, Most Outstanding Rotaract Club in Vocational and Professional Service, Most Outstanding Joint Project, 2nd Most Outstanding Rotaract Club in International Service, 2nd Most Outstanding Fund Raising Project, 3rd Most Outstanding Rotaract Club in Club Service, DRR Special Citation for Celebrating World Rotaract Week, DRR Special Citation for Strong-Rotary Relation, and Leadership Service Award – Mr. Rico Bolante Jr.

The success of the club is due to the good leadership and teamwork of its officers, and the valuable assistance of the students and employess of STI College–Makati.

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Mr. Rico Bolante Jr. was likewise awarded as the 2nd Most Outstanding Rotaract Club President and was appointed as the new Professional and Vocational Club Service Director of Rotary International Rotaract District 3810. The success of the club is undoubtedly due to the good leadership and teamwork of its officers, the selfless guidance and support of its sponsoring club, the Rotary Club of Pasay Silangan, and the steadfast and valuable assistance of the students and employees of STI College–Makati.

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The Remarkable Tubero Boys amidst all the Challenges By: Ma. Clarissa B. Mabitazan COE / IT Instructor, STI College–Baguio

German Junio and Recel Ambacan had a run of bad luck prior to their Thesis presentation. Their Thesis Adviser resigned two weeks before their defense on Thesis 1. They have also not even started on their research and experiments, and yet they were already expected to present eighty percent of the system. To add fuel to the fire, their third member dropped all her subjects prior to their presentation and the two of them were left to shoulder the entire burden.

system. The thesis, entitled “Centralized Digital Water Management System”, was judged as the Most Outstanding Thesis for BS Computer Engineering in the entire STI network. The developers changed the conventional water meter into digital meter which displays the present and previous readings at the LCD. Hence, an improved accuracy in gathering data will be much anticipated by the end users.

Despite the continuous setbacks, these two guys never knew the meaning of giving up. They approached another adviser, who refused to take them in since the latter had already handled five thesis groups in the previous year. This, however, did not deter them. They persisted until the said instructor gave in to their proposal. However, the topic was also changed from a simple “Control and Monitoring…” into a more complex and encompassing “Management…” The Microcontroller Man

“We got somebody to believe in us, now we got to believe in ourselves.” They called themselves the Tubero Boys, whom for the last year in school, got wrenches and a computer as their main tools in developing their

High School Students Trooped to QCPAT for the 1st ICT Jam By: Jonathan L. Nacino, Faculty DLS-STI Quezon Avenue

DLS-STI Quezon Avenue, in partnership with the Quezon City Local Government, organized the 1st ICT Jamboree held at the Quezon City Performing Arts Theater (QCPAT) last February 28, 2007. It was participated in by the following schools: San Francisco High School, Ernesto Rondon High School, E. Rodriguez High School, Roxas High School, Flora Ylagan High School, Judge Juan Luna High School, and Don Alejandro Roces Sr. Science and Technology High School. Also gracing the event were Mayor Sonny Belmonte and Councilors Sep Jucio, Franz Pumaren, Ariel Inton, and Allan Francisco.

Students eagerly listened to a series of talks about relevant issues in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Despite his very hectic schedule in school, German still never misses a day to offer to the Almighty. It’s no wonder that his motto is, “In serving God, put Him first and give your best because He deserves the best.”

The day went by swiftly as students were given a taste of STI’s own style of edutainment. They eagerly listened to a series of talks about relevant issues in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) today. STI HQ’s very own Mr. Mhel Garrido hosted the said event. Entrepreneur Dennis Evangelista was among the speakers who took time off from work to share important learnings to the students. His topic was Mind Over Matter, a lecture on coping up with the demands of college life. Channel Manager Jojo Recio, on the other hand, introduced Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Flash through a fun and interactive method. He used the pre-captured images of several participants and turned them into TV superheroes, much to the delight of the crowd. Another special feature of the event was the STI Mobile School (Computer Lab on Wheels). Students were amazed with its facilities designed to encourage more graduating high school students to pursue a career in ICT. Guest instructors were likewise invited to deliver introductory lectures and evaluate the participants’ outputs. A raffle was also held at the end of the seminars wherein new mobile phones, gadgets, and scholarships were awarded to the lucky participants.

Working on their thesis took a lot of time and sweat. “It’s hard to believe what you can build with time and continuous improvement. I had fears that the system would come crashing down and that something unexpected would happen. This fear kept us working extra hours, and the conviction made it all worth while.” Asked what he could impart to the future developers, “It was not clear where we could get our finances but we surprisingly saved a lot. What’s important is that the system should be working according to the objectives. Be flexible. I remembered when our lead panelist required that the data must be stored in the water meter, our adviser told us to either use an external EEPROM or change the microcontroller to AT89S8252 which has an internal EEPROM. We had to study and reprogramm all over again. Challenge is a good thing. Embrace them, make it something to achieve instead of something to avoid, you’ll see that after these many challenges, we stumble on an unanticipated success. Choose the best adviser; they are here to guide us. I think our strong commitment to one another enabled us to succeed.”

Challenge is a good thing. Embrace them, make it something to achieve instead of something to avoid, you’ll see that after these many challenges, we stumble on an unanticipated success.

The Hardware Specialist Like his friend, Recel also never forgets to pray before doing his everyday tasks. His skill in improvising things was really a huge help to the group. He modified the existing water meter and invented some modules that would help their objectives come to reality.

“In creating our system, we were able to apply what we learned inside the classrooms. But this time, it was not just a simple laboratory experiment; it was a whole system we worked on with all the concepts and theories. It was an amazing experience, yet very challenging. The biggest disadvantage that we experienced was the unavailability of components here in Baguio, that’s why we had to be practical and improvised on whatever was at hand. We had gone through a lot of things like working even during typhoons and power failures. My buddy and I had a lot of arguments but these never affected our work. At the end of the day, we realized that these arguments made us more productive and worked harder. We were never allowed to play computer games by our adviser inside the thesis house, so we just shook off our stress by playing darts with the other groups. It helped us to reflect and focus our minds.” 

Regional Youth Congress: Take Two By: Rusty Lagatic, Admissions Officer STI College – Ortigas-Cainta

Now on its second season, the Regional Youth Congress organized by STI College– Ortigas-Cainta is definitely bigger and bolder as thousands of high school and college students stormed Megamall Cinema 9 to experience the wonders of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Taking off from the success of its initial season, the number of students and schools participating in the event doubled. This, in turn, prompted the organizers to prioritize high school students belonging to the higher sections and adopt the first-to-confirm policy for secondary institutions. The lucky schools who made it to the event were Taytay National High School, Benjamin B. Esguerra Memorial National High School, Angono National High School, Angono Private High School, Don Jose Ynares High School, and Vicente Madrigal National High School. These schools were also joined by selected STI Ortigas-Cainta students. With no less than STI HQ’s Events Management Group providing the technical and professional support, participants were thrilled by the witty deliveries of Dennis Evangelista and the amazing on-the-spot image manipulation and presentation of Channel Manager Jojo Recio.

NAP Students get Real Life Experience By: Bernadette Y. Alferez, R.N., NAP Instructor STI College – Muñoz-EDSA

STI College–Munoz-EDSA’s Nursing Assistant Program (NAP) students visited Emmaus House of Apostolate in Malolos, Bulacan last March 2007 as part of their training program. Emmaus House of Apostolate is a non-profit, private nursing home for abandoned elders. The purpose of this project was for the students to have hands-on experience in providing nursing care for the elderly. The elders in the private nursing home are in their golden years with different health conditions. Most of them are blind, deaf, or have mobility problems; while some have dementia and Parkinson’s disease. It was quite an experience and a challenge for the students since it was their first exposure to real life situations. As the students learned firsthand, caring for the senior citizens required not only knowledge and skills but also endurance and lots of patience.

Students learned firsthand that caring for the senior citizens required not only knowledge and skills but also endurance and lots of patience.

The students felt a surge of mixed emotions before going to Emmaus. They were excited and anxious at the same time. Although reluctant at first, the students worked hard to do the best they can with the tasks assigned to them. They were assigned to different wards and rooms. Their tasks were focused in providing hygienic measures such as bathing, trimming nails, and feeding; getting the vitals signs; assisting in mobility problems; and socializing with the elders. Some even got the opportunity to clean the wounds and bedsores of some patients. The students spent eight fruitful hours with the elders from 6 am to 2 pm, for three weekends. At the end of the day, the nervousness they felt was quickly replaced with exuberant joy. Each of the students never seem to run out of stories to tell about their experiences. “I never thought that I would experience this, but I’m glad it happened. I will never forget this,” a student shared in her paper. She further added, “I learned a lot and I’m happy that I got to spend 8 hours of my life with them (the elders).” This experience undeniably boosted the NAP students’ confidence, and prepared them for their future clinical rotation where they will actually be facing various patients in different hospitals. Lessons learned in this experience will be useful not only in their future career as Nursing Assistants, but also aid them in their lives as well.

Not to be outdone, our very own Bill Cosme also had his share of dazzling moments on and off the stage. His trademark dance and morphing wonders had the participants doubting the real identity of Aga Muhlach. Cheers and laughter echoed around the jampacked venue as the speakers delivered incredible punch lines to emphasize the point of their discussions. There is no doubt, the straight forward approach of the speakers in presenting the realities of the future have inspired the students to strive even harder to unleash their powers within. Aside from the engaging talks from the speakers, raffle prizes were also given to lucky students. Rocksteddy and True Faith, two of today’s hottest bands, likewise entertained the crowd with their chart-topping hits. With the continuous success of the past two seminars, the Regional Youth Congress has obviously become one of the most highly anticipated events in Cainta. Students and schools alike cannot wait for what is in store for the next Regional Youth Congress.

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The Exist Code Camp By: Roy Remus C. Natavio, Alumni STI College-Fairview

Our code camp experience began when our school’s placement officer, Ms. Fe Zacarias, asked us to go to STI HQ for possible job openings. There, we met Ms. Chicky Recheta of Alumni and Career Services who told us about the Code Camp at Exist Global. The Exist Code Camp (ECC) is a rigid seven-day training camp for programmers. It is held each year by Exist to help prepare the participants face the challenges in one of the competitive and fastest growing industries in the country today – Professional Software Development. The Camp is composed of three parts: Fundamentals on Software Development, Open Source Tools, and Technology Operation. Participants are eliminated at the end of each round as the competition becomes tougher and tougher. The first time I heard about ECC, I said, “Hey, I shouldn’t miss this great opportunity. I get to learn, earn, and have a chance to be employed in a great company, all at the same time.” Yes, you heard it right. We were given an allowance

ZiLog ties-up with STI College Fairview By: Engr. Erwin E. Guerra COE/DCET Department Head STI College-Fairview

The Engineering Department takes another step forward as it ties-up with ZiLog Electronics Philippines Inc. ZiLOG builds semiconductor products that enable design engineers to break through the barriers to creativity and innovation in embedded design. They invented the awardwinning Z80 and Z8 microchip architectures that have been embedded in over a billion end-use devices worldwide, such as remote controls, vending machines, telecommunications controllers, home automation systems, industrial automation systems, and thousands of other products.

Honor Students Magna Cum Laude/GHP Cum Laude/GHP

while training. So I immediately decided to join the Camp together with my friends who were also with me at that time. First though, we have to pass the screening exam. Boy, was it hard! It was literally an “Exam from Hell.” All those IQ tests and Problem Solving drained almost all of my energy. Luckily, I passed it. And what came next was the real Code Camp test. Armed with persistence and an iron-clad will to survive, I was determined to give the competition all my best. Roy Remus d Natavio an iz Camille Ru ni with alum galan, Marjun Pa last year ’s ist winner in Ex p. Code Cam

The next hurdle was Java. It was bad news for me. I have nearly zero-knowledge in Java. It wasn’t because we weren’t taught that in school, but rather I was too lazy to study and understand it. Now, I’m paying for that folly. I barely managed to make it to the second part. I hope other students won’t follow my footsteps and value everything that their Instructors teach them. Last July 27, 2007, ZiLog Global Human Resources Manager, Ms. Ma. Rubilie S. Macaraeg, Senior HR Generalist, Ms. Carolina Marrero, and other representatives from ZiLog came to STI College– Fairview to conduct an ocular inspection regarding the existing facilities and the school environment. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) took place afterwards in the school’s library between STI College–Fairview’s CEO, Ms. Rowena M. Basilio, the school’s Academic Head, Mr. Fernando T. Dantes III, and the ZiLog representatives. In line with the MOU, ZiLog has agreed to donate 20 units of Z86CCP01ZEM ZiLog kits, consisting of a microprocessor simulator and burner, for exclusive use of the Engineering Department. ZiLog will likewise provide training courses and samples of new tools and products, as well as information related thereto.

By the time the next stage of training started, I have already reviewed enough about Java that the lessons weren’t that difficult anymore. It seemed that everyone also thought the same thing because no one was eliminated in the said round. We started with 12 participants and when we reached the last part, only 9 of us were left. We were further divided into 3 groups with 3 members each. I was grouped with my fellow STIer Camille Ruiz, who also happens to be a Magna Cum Laude of our batch. During the final round, we were up against participants from Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Far Eastern University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, UP Diliman, and UP Los Baňos. Our opponents were intimidating. However, hard work and strong will together with powerful prayers worked like magic for us. At the end of the training, we were declared winners! Camille and I are now Software Engineers at Exist Global in Ortigas. We are still probationary employees but we are positive that after the three to six-month period, we will be regular employees. The whole ECC experience was fun. It was tough because we were forced to learn so many things in just a small amount of time. But everyone was kind and friendly, and our instructors were very supportive. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I will always treasure. From the school’s end, faculty members and students of STI College–Fairview’s Engineering Department will attend ZiLog trainings and support worldwide or local microprocessor Application Design competitions. To date, the said trainer kits are already in the Electronics laboratory of the school. Schedules for trainings and seminars are yet to be finalized however by the Engineering Department in coordination with Engr. Leody R. Bongco and the Department Head Engr. Erwin E. Guerra.

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Dandoneal Mendoza (STI College–Alabang), Leonilo De Mesa (STI College–Calamba), Camille Ruiz (STI College–Fairview), Benjamin Jonathan Sicam (STI College–Fairview) Ma. Lorraine Catacutan (STI College–Alabang), Ysrael Alejo (STI College–Alabang), Justina Tubiano (STI College–Alabang), Allen Jeremy Roque (STI College–Angeles), Marcelo Regalado Jr. (STI College–Angeles), Rose Joy Suelan (STI College–Antipolo), Emmanuel Ombrosa (STI College–Antipolo), Wallbert Don Elicot (STI College–Antipolo), Ronald Drilon (STI College–Bacolod), Joroza Albino (STI College–Calamba), Lou Bernadette Santos (STI College–Caloocan), Ryan Neil Soriano (STI College–Caloocan), Richard Roldan (STI College–Cubao), Michael Adarlo (STI College–Edsa-Crossing), Marvin Topacio (STI College–Edsa-Crossing), Jelene Bacuen (STI College–Edsa-Crossing), Jomar Posadas (STI College–Fairview), Rannel Erlano (STI College–Global City), Pete Sherwin Gannaban (STI College–Global City), Ronaldo Panganiban (STI College–Las Piñas), Angelica Gatchalian (STI College–Las Piñas), Mark Anthony Cuerpo (STI College–Ormoc), Ma. Peace Sha Magno (STI College–Ormoc), Jonalyn Pangilinan (STI College–Recto), Grace Montemayor (STI College–San Fernando), Bernadette Umali (STI College–San Pablo), and Grace Dimaano (STI College–Sta. Rosa)

With Highest Honors/GHP

Mariel Alfanza (STI College–Fairview)

With High Honors/GHP

Maria Criselda Naje (STI College–Alabang), Marc Daryl Mateo (STI College–Balanga), Roshielle Nicolas (STI Cauayan), John Paolo Zoleta (STI College–Edsa-Crossing), Randy Zarsadias (STI College–Fairview), Charlie Carlos (STI Guagua), Alkarim De Leon Imao (STI College–Marikina), and Cristina Parale (STI College–Muñoz-Edsa)

With Honors/GHP

Joy Bengco (STI College–Angeles), Audly Rose Alicante (STI College–Bacolod), Johnmar Patpat (STI College–Bacolod), Aldrian Tobias (STI College–Bacoor), Roswell Jocson (STI College–Bacoor), Aiza Digno (STI College–Balayan), Jamaica Escullar (STI College–Balayan), Ronnel Azucena (STI Barotac Viejo), Rowena Bautista (STI Barotac Viejo), Edna Javier (STI College–Calamba), Aristotle Caraos (STI College–Calamba), Arlene Abad (STI College–Calamba), Lucille Morata (STI College–Caloocan), John Patrick Bandibad (STI College–Caloocan), Jayson Dorotan (STI Cauayan), Yuki Kumagai (STI Cauayan), Ruby Esternon (STI Cauayan), Alex Cadete (STI College–Edsa-Crossing), Dian Avellana (STI College–Edsa-Crossing), Helen Balaguer (STI College–Fairview), Narlyn Villaflor (STI Guagua), Ruby Adlaon (STI Iligan), Antonette Villanueva (STI College–Lucena), Griz Fuentes (STI Mandaue), Ryelien Margarette Herrera (STI College–Marikina), Mary Ann Puno (STI College–Muñoz-Edsa), Melvin Cruz Ramos (STI College–Muñoz-Edsa), Robelito Buya (STI College–Ormoc), Kenneth Bragat (STI Ozamis), Edison Michael Caraos (STI College–Parañaque), Emelie Ann Lao (STI Pasay), Evan Angelo Nolasco (STI College–Quezon Avenue), Joe Jeanamee Roma (STI College–Quezon Avenue), Ronald Mabute (STI College–Quezon Avenue), Cindy Lising (STI College–San Fernando), Ma. Leonora Chua (STI San Jose), Kristine Vi Medina (STI San Jose), Nithsel Paul Justo (STI College–San Pablo), Airhan Fronda (STI College–San Pablo), Jaime Ramos (STI College–Sta. Rosa), and Cristina Patalan (STI Tanay)

With Honors

Ian Dexter Apale (STI College–Alabang), John Centeno (STI Bacolod-Annex), Anthony Agular (STI College–Global City), Johayber Taher (STI Iligan), Nico Lito Dingding Tabulong (STI College–Lahug), Dennis Barcellano (STI College–Olongapo), Juvilyn Dela Cruz (STI Pasay), Nemuel John Magnifico (STI Puerto Princesa), Angelo De Torrontegui (STI College–San Fernando), and Novie Dave Perez (STI College–Surigao)

By: Dandoneal Mendoza, Faculty STI College-Alabang

Countless students have been nurtured by STI College-Alabang. And a great number of them are now successful in their own fields. Eric A. Carandang is one of them. Intellectual, strong-willed, passionate and adventurous, this young IT enthusiast never fails to be updated in the latest electronic gadgets. When Eric first set foot at STI College–Alabang in 1997, he immediately knew that he will make it his home for the next six significant years of his life. He initially took up a diploma course in Computer Programming and subsequently graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2003. During his stay in STI College-Alabang, Eric made it a point to further develop his skills and talents in Information Technology. As proof, he bagged numerous awards and citations from various schoollevel competitions. He topped his batch in C, Visual Basic, and Java Programming and had done very well in almost all of his subjects. He brought pride and glory to the school during his senior year when his group became the recipient of the Best Thesis Award in 2003 with their thesis entitled “ Bridging the Gap of Communication Amongst Filipinos.” He was active in various academic organizations while also being able to exhibit his prowess in playing billiards and bowling. He then decided to serve his Alma Mater by being an instrument of touching the lives of students and taking part in the noble profession of educating the youth in June of 2003 as an IT instructor. He also recognized the need to pursue further studies, so he is currently taking a post-graduate course in Information Technology. Sir Eric, as he is now fondly called, also ventured in numerous web development projects which paved the way for accomplishing another milestone – being recognized as one of the few technopreneurs in the Philippines today. He capitalizes on the education that he received from STI College-Alabang and is proud to be considered one of the best software engineers for big call center giant Accenture. Eric made a commitment to share whatever knowledge and skills he has learned to his fellow STIers and has vowed to serve the academe again in the near future. 

Go for Silver! August 2007 marks a very important event in the history of STI. Through our 24th anniversary celebration, we shall kick off the grand festivities and pave the way for our Silver Anniversary in August 2008. The 24th Anniversary theme “Go for Silver!” inspires and calls to all the members of the STI community from all parts of the nation (and the world!) – the students, teachers, administrative personnel and the alumni to unite and take part in the various exciting activities that lead to our Silver Anniversary. The period between August 2007 and August 2008 will be a dynamic time where monthly local, regional and national activities will be held in anticipation of our 25th year. We shall look back at our history and see how STI has grown to become the largest network of schools in the country, and at the same time, chart the course for the next 25 years for STI. “Go for Silver!” is our cry to rally all STIers (old and new) to participate in this momentous year of commemorating our quarter-of-a-century milestone. Let’s move forward as one and strive for more years of quality education, service to the community, nation building; and remain focused on our goal to help the Filipino Youth realize their dreams of success.

Unfolding STI’s Remarkable History By: Jennymarie Dy Associate Editor

The early 80’s saw an increasing demand for computer professionals. Hence, on August 21, 1983, four visionaries decided to help the industry and established a computer training center in Buendia, Makati. And that is how STI was born… Working closely with industry partners, STI promised to give their students quality education and equipped them for jobs after they graduate. Soon after, STI put up one campus after another in Metro Manila until they reached the provinces. In 1985, they opened their first provincial campus in Baguio. Later on, the 1st Distance Learning Center in Hong Kong was opened, and was soon followed with more schools in the country and abroad. At the same time, STI also continued to beef up their programs. In 1989 and 1990, STI teamed up with IBM for its Mid-Range System Education and acquired its own IBM mainframe and AS400 mid-range systems. STI also saw how important education is during the formative years of a student and opened their first two preparatory schools in Paraňaque and Las Piňas. Shortly after, STI also opened their first Grade School and High School in Las Piñas.

In the year 1997, STI was named by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as the biggest computer science institution in the country. In 1998, STI teamed up with ABS-CBN for the Halalan Quick Count. STI students and faculty members responded to their call of nation-building. It was evident then that STI was destined for greater things. Year 2001 proved to be a very monumental year for STI was re-launched into STI Education Services Group. Likewise, STI launched the Enrollment to Employment (E2E) System, STI’s unique approach to human resource development. In further support to the new thrust of the company, STI took a new direction to provide ICT and ICT-enhanced education in the diversified fields of Engineering, Business & Management, Education, and Healthcare.

Founders of STI: Augusto C. Lagman, Edgar H. Sarte, Benjamin A. Santos, Herman T. Gamboa

STI’s academic efforts were soon recognized by Oracle along with the big league schools – University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila Univeristy, and De La Salle University. The University of Cambridge also granted STI with the official international examination status.

24 years later, there are now over 100 STI schools nationwide. STI has also expanded from just a simple training center to Colleges, Education Centers, Prep Schools, Grade Schools, and High Schools. STI students are also making a name for themselves in different sectors of the society today. True to their word, STI provides their students with a well-rounded education that enheartens their students to excel not just academically but also be socially adept. There is no doubt that STI has certainly gone a long way.

A year from now, we will celebrate our Silver Anniversary and a series of activities are already being lined-up for this big celebration. In line with this, we are greatly encouraging our students to participate in these various activities that will culminate in August 2008. Let’s go for silver!


By: Jennymarie Dy Associate Editor

STI’s 24th Anniversary theme “Go for Silver!” inspires and encourages everyone in the STI community to unite and take part in the various monthly activities that will culminate in August next year, in time for our Silver Anniversary. As in previous years, two different competitions are held each year to showcase how talented our students are – the Tagisan ng Talino and the Talent Search. The National Level of the Tagisan ng Talino was held in two venues: the Richmonde Hotel and the STI Headquarters from August 29 to 30, 2007. The Annual National Talent Search, on the other hand, was still held at the Aliw Theater on August 31, 2007. Students, faculty member, and administrative personnel from different STI campuses trooped to all venues to support their school’s respective contestants. The contestants likewise didn’t fail their loyal supporters as they gave their best in every category. Not to be left out, our HRM and HRS students also showed off their culinary skills in a food bazaar at the Aliw Theater lobby.

Senator Mar Roxas led the unveiling of STI’s 25th Anniversary logo with STI’s CEO & President Monico V. Jacob, EVP & COO Peter K. Fernandez, VP for Marketing Elbert L. De Guzman, VP for Corporate and Information Services John B. Tubongbanua, VP for Academics Mitch M. Andaya, and AVP for School Operations Resty O. Bundoc.

Senator Mar Roxas also graced the occasion as he led the unveiling of STI’s 25th Anniversary logo together with our beloved CEO & President Mr. Monico V. Jacob, EVP & COO Mr. Peter K. Fernandez and other STI executives. Congratulations to all the winners of the Tagisan ng Talino and Talent Search! “Mr. Palengke” gave an inspirational message to STI students and congratulated them for having a successful anniversary celebration.



Aicele Santos serenaded the Mr. STI candidates.

STI College – Recto was among the four schools who participated in STI’s first Food Bazaar.

Harry Santos serenaded the Ms. STI finalists with romantic love songs.

AKWB of STI College – Recto rocked the house in Battle of the Bands.

Mr. & Ms. STI finalists together with Ms. STI 2006 and reigning Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International 2007 Zerah Mayon.

Your favorite Autobots and Decepticons live in the Aliw Theater.

Campus Katz of STI College—Parañaque wins the Hataw Sayaw for the fourth time!

Mhel Garrido, Jojo Recio, and Aries Antiola kept the crowd laughing with their funny punch lines.

STI All-Star Dance Team show off their moves to the delight of the audience.

STI Idol singing competition winner Donna Moreno of STI College—Fairview

Gifs & Tags National winners

Racel Matic of STI College – Recto looking elegant in his formal wear.

Speak Your Mind! champion Ramil Libao of STI College—Makati.

1017’s vocalist Jamjam Ruiz sings their hit song “Dodong Charing”.

Theramiles Cajumban from STI College – Sta. Cruz glides down the stage in her formal wear.

Former Ms. STI title holders Jeanne Harn and Zerah Mayon, reigning Mr. Philippines Expoworld 2007 Raymond Lim, and Onin Mas of Ever Bilena looking resplendent while judging the contestants.

Essay Does It! champion Calvin Angot, STI College—Lahug.

This year’s Stand Up & Deliver champion, Divine Tingzon of STI College—Fairview.

Into Programming Senior Level National winners.

Think Quest Senior Level National winners.




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STI MANDAUE Jeann Tabo-Tabo Jessel Ngojo Joan Bequilla Coach: Chara Tanya Sabanpan



STI PAGADIAN Arnold Van Angelito Ferlou Guimintad Franz Kenneth Labuac Coach: Guilbert Rasoma


STI CAUAYAN Silvestre M. Acob Jerahmeel A. Fabia Jenifer Manahan Coach: Julius Joy A. Uy

1 Runner Up

STI MARBEL Mel Roy Manait Alden Quiñones Jethro A.Quiñones Coach: Joriel Tiba

1st Runner Up

STI COLLEGE—BALAYAN Mayo Bathan Arellano Khirsten Marie Joy Alcaraz Edlajen Daos Estacio Coach: Geneil Causapin

2nd Runner Up


2nd Runner Up


STI COLLEGE—OLONGAPO Philip Conrad P. Badilla Richard Terrence L. Heath Bernard M. Rivera Coach: Mario C. Morales


1st Runner Up

2nd Runner Up





STI COLLEGE—SAN PABLO Ray Roland B. Dequito Cheverson Juntura Juanito Relampagos Coach: Neoh Royo


STI COLLEGE—RECTO Ryan Christopher E. Balane Arvin D. Mandap Ronald Elroy S. Yu Coach: Marcon Valderama

STI COLLEGE—BALAYAN Aris Macalalad Joshua Kim Boongaling Angelo Lorejo Coach: Oliver Noriega

1 Runner Up

STI COLLEGE—BAGUIO Yasser Berganio Silver Faith Reyes Rey Sagandoy Coach: Vandolph B. Flora

1 Runner Up

STI COLLEGE—FAIRVIEW Paulo Jerome V. Aromin Rozz Charles E. Banquerigo Andres R. Torrralba III Coach: Mylene Arenas

STI COLLEGE—NOVALICHES Elizar R. Merluza Rolando Padida Jasper Dela Cruz Coach: Harold Lucero

2 Runner Up

STI COLLEGE—CALOOCAN Rother Tyron D. Bernardo Ian V. de Guzman Jaypee R. Relleta Coach: Brandon G. Sibbaluca

2 Runner Up

STI COLLEGE—CALAMBA Benedict Ian B. Almeda Joseph Aaron M. Briones Adonis B. Dumadapat Coach: Ryan Maneja








STI COLLEGE—FAIRVIEW Divine R. Tingzon Coach: Fe Zacarias


STI COLLEGE—MAKATI Ramil R. Libao Coach: Jublas Nolasco


STI COLLEGE—LAHUG Calvin Angot Coach: Gemma Perez


STI COLLEGE—ROSARIO Emilio Gabriel L. Santiago Coach: Marvin H. Figueroa

1st Runner Up

STI COLLEGE—LAHUG Maria Darlene Tariao Coach: Amy P. Luague

1st Runner Up

STI COLLEGE—CUBAO Francis Daniel P. Tolentino Coach: Jesus Perry Caudilla

1st Runner Up

STI COLLEGE—MAKATI Ramil R. Libao Coach: Eliseo Magtoto

2nd Runner Up

STI COLLEGE—RECTO Ligaya J. Lomibao Coach: Susana Castillo

2nd Runner Up

STI COLLEGE—BALANGA Marc Daryl B. Mateo Coach: Evelyn A. Dantes

2nd Runner Up

MS. STI 2007

MR. STI 2007 Racel M. Matic


Toshimitsu Takeuchi STI COLLEGE—BACOOR



Janus Renato Robles Mateo III STI COLLEGE—MUÑOZ-EDSA


2ND Place


Shepherd Band

3RD Place



Jenny Rose C. Cruz

3rd Runner Up

Rosalyn P. Rios

4th Runner Up




1 Place



2nd Place



3rd Place



1st Runner Up 2nd Runner Up


4th Runner Up


Ms. STI 2007

Gwen Marie M. Carandang

Wendel Olivar



Jonnabeth A. Cruz



1 Place


2nd Runner Up


3rd Runner Up



1st Runner Up

Theramiles Cajumban

Stefan Quiogue




Mr. STI 2007

Donna Moreno

1st Place

Rowena Torres

2nd Place

Maydy Tedor

3rd Place



By: Mhel Garrido Promotions Manager, STI HQ The whole STI community can now rejoice as the favored STI College Olympians pummeled the University of Manila Hawks to submission and won the best of three finals! It was a long and rocky road but the Olympians finally nailed their first National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (NAASCU) championship after finishing runner-up for the past two years. Two-time Mythical 5 member Dexter Micutuan, who is aching to get back at his tormentors, leads the team. The other veterans include bull strong forward Ramon Mabayo, slasher Michael Cabangon, long-range bomber Haddi Porto, defensive stopper Bimbo Legaspi, and jump shooter Rodrigo Rufin.

The Inter-STI basketball showdown also contributed to the creation of an unbeatable team as 2005 MVP and forward William Vasallo and point guard Alvin Macabasco were inserted in the line-up. To make the team stronger, the Olympians got a good share of new players in guards Raymond Tiongco and Mark Balneg, centers Darryl Mendoza and Howard Flor, defensive utility forwards Art Dimas and Rafael Bartolo, and point guards Manuel Juan, James Tolentino, and Jen Reyes. The season opened last July 21, 2007 with a very exciting match from the two giants and lifelong rivals – the STI Olympians VS. the AMA Titans. The Olympians showed how eager they were to pay back the Titans as they beat the latter with an 85-75 score.

The Olympians then caught steam and swept the elimination round with an immaculate 9-0 card as they beat the University of Manila (UM), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay, University of Makati, St. Clare College, San Sebastian College Cavite (SSCC), and Centro Escolar University (CEU). The only upset the Olympians got was from the CEU Scorpions with a score of 65-64 in the 2nd round of eliminations. The final game saw a repeat of the 2005 Finals. It was the STI Olympians versus the UM Hawks. It was payback time for the Olympians. Back then, it was the Hawks who were the veteran team as they outclassed the then rookies team Olympians. But now, the Olympians proved to be the more experienced team after being in the Finals for three consecutive years. In Game 1 of the finals, the Hawks started strong as they led the game with 33-25. The tide changed when Haddi Porto, who was riddled with injuries the whole season, finally showed his true skills and shot three consecutive three-pointers to turn the whole game around. Porto was undoubtedly the Man of the Hour as he scored a total of 21 points to lead the team to victory. STI won with a score of 86-72.

3 In one of their crucial moments, the team holds on to their steadfast faith to the Lord.


It was dream come true for Coach Vic Ycasiano and his boys. True to Ycasiano’s “blueprint”, STI indeed won their first Championship title in three years time. In line with the team’s objectives, the Olympians are certainly making waves in the Philippine College Basketball scene as teams from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are now beginning to notice our team’s exceptional skills. A lot of sacrifices have to be made but the end did justify the means.

5 Coach Vic Ycasiano silently contemplating his next

Congratulations to the STI College Olympians!

strategic move.

Game 2 was a different story however. The Olympians were so revved up with their first win in the final series that they hammered the Hawks the minute their game started. They led as much as 17 points with 54-37. The tenacious Hawks however refused to give up and rallied back. With a little more than 2 minutes left in the game, the score was a breathtakingly close 72-70. The team then turned to their reliable star player Dexter Micutuan to finish the game. The game ended with 81-75.

The entire team and coaching staff—overjoyed from their victory.

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By: Mhel Garrido Promotions Manager, STI HQ

After its successful launch last January 31, 2007 at the Department of Education Compound, the STI Mobile School went on with its business – to help augment computer training to high school students with limited access to computers. From its maiden run at Maligaya High School in Fairview, the STI Mobile School was widely received by the students, faculty members, and principals of high schools that it visited. Students and faculty members alike got a glimpse of how important technology is and what it can do for our society. During the months of February and March, high school students from different parts of Northern and Southern Luzon also experienced the STI way of teaching through the STI Mobile School. Currently, the STI Mobile School has visited 19 STI schools, 58 cities, 30 high schools, 13 barangays, and 10 city halls. The bus even joined in the Red Cross Parade and the Lucena Fiesta. To date, a total of 6,000 students, parents, and high school personnel experienced firsthand the magic of the bus. For the high school students in the Visayas and Mindanao region, watch out for the STI Mobile School. Come 2nd semester, the STI Mobile School will go south to help the students in said areas enhance their computer skills so stay tuned.

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By: Karen Precious La Rosa Media Relations Officer, STI HQ

Excruciating hours of training plus schooling and squeezing in a few minutes of alone time is the formula for STI College – EDSA Crossing student and Muaythai gold medalist Romnick Pabalate’s daily regimen. Romnick is the youngest member of Team Philippines and he bagged a gold medal during his first international competition in the recent Asian Muaythai Championships in Bangalore, India. He outpointed Thai Jakkapol Khamollakhorn in the 48kg division finals after four grueling rounds of combat. He is also a Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) scholar taking up Associate in Computer Technology, which he eventually plans to pursue as a fouryear degree. This is all a dream come true for Romnick, because he really knows the value of finishing school while serving his passion for Muaythai for a long four years now. Muaythai is popularly known as “Thai kickboxing.” It is a contact sport that uses the “science of eight limbs.” Today, Muaythai is also practiced as a fitness exercise by a lot of Filipinos, including celebrities like Angel Locsin and Robin Padilla. To balance his time for Muaythai and school, Romnick strictly adheres to his tight schedule. He has six hours of training a day – he wakes up at around 5:00 in the morning for training, heads for school, and then continues his training after school. After dinner, Romnick finds extra fulfillment by teaching Muaythai to a small group of three to five students. Among his students are the two daughters of Robin Padilla and the brother of Richard Gutierrez. A native of Negros Oriental, Romnick has always been the active kid very inclined in sports. Prior to Muaythai, he


has taken up Taekwondo with his younger sister, learned Karate from his dad who has a brown belt, and Arnis. It was his Arnis instructor who recommended Muaythai to him, saying that he had more potential in it. After rigorous training and living a high-disciplined lifestyle, Romnick started to join Muaythai competitions in high school. His first competition was the Visayas Championships where he won gold. Since then, he has been constantly joining the provincial and national tournaments. It was during a National meet two years ago that he was recruited into the Philippine Team.

Muaythai Team Philippines with the Technical Head of the Asian Muaythai Championships, India last August 21, 2007. From the left, playing coach Rodrigo Asiong, Head of the Technical Committee Master Woody Sirirsompan, Romnick Pabalate, Anna Joy Fernandez, one of the judge referees from Thailand, and Eugene Toquero.

And now, Romnick has finally proudly represented the country in his first international bout without disappointing his countrymen. With his STI family as his inspiration, Romnick really enjoyed his stint in India. Being advised only two weeks before the competition, he had very little time to prepare and the roster of delegates were really good that he felt that he wouldn’t win. But he strived better and prayed hard to achieve his dream. This competition has also become a very good learning experience for Romnick, because he got more knowledge in terms of discipline in training and other useful techniques from just watching the other contestants compete. Romnick has taken the first major step in his dream and he has a lot more to go! He may already have a lot of achievements to be proud and thankful for, but one thing is for sure, he will remain steadfast in his commitment to always be a better athlete and student, just like what a true STIer should really be. Congratulations, Romnick!

Romnick Pabalate (center) bagged the gold medal for the Men’s Light Flyweight (48kg), Jakkapol Khamollakhorn (left) of Thailand got the silver medal and Ch Pahari Singh (right) of India for the bronze medal during the recently concluded Asian Muaythai Championships in Bangalore, India last August 19-21, 2007.

STI’s CEO & President Monico V. Jacob, EVP & COO Peter K. Fernandez, VP for Marketing Elbert De Guzman, AVP for School Operations Resty Bundoc, and STI College—EDSA Crossing’s COO Sheila Magano congratulates Romnick for his excellent performance in the Asian Muaythai Championships.

The Birth of the STI

By: Mhel Garrido Promotions Manager, STI HQ

All-Star Dance Team If there is something that the STI schools will never run out of, it is students with great passion and talent in dancing. That is why one of the much awaited competitions in STI’s annual National Talent Search is the “Hataw Sayaw” dance competition. Year in and year out, hundreds of STI students showcase their dancing prowess on the dance floor. Finally, this year saw the birth of the STI All-Star Dance Team, the first all-female dance team of STI. The group was formed as a support group for the STI College Olympians and other STI events. We have all seen how the cheer dancing hype brought in a lot of excitement in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Now, we will also witness how it will change the National Athletic Association for Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) tournament from hereon.

Auditions for the team started during the first week of classes. A number of students from different STI campuses went to the audition to try their luck. After a careful and very difficult screening, the lucky 10 members were finally chosen. Their training under Ida Ramos, a member of the famous dance group Hotlegs, began on the first week of July, just in time for the opening ceremonies of the 7th Season of the NAASCU on July 21, 2007. Come opening day of NAASCU, the group captured the hearts of the boisterous and rowdy crowd in the jam-packed Rizal Memorial Coliseum as they left the crowd in awe with their sexy moves and jawdropping beauties. This is surely the start of good things to come. Let us now meet the STI All-Star dancers…


The heart and soul of the Cubao dancers, she led their group to a third place finish in the National Hataw Sayaw competition two years ago. A gifted dancer who moves in unison to the beat of the music, Ge-Ann is a bomb waiting to explode on the dance floor. She has gained much experience in her numerous back up stints in ABS-CBN’s ASAP.




As a member of the 26K Girls of ABS-CBN’s Deal or No Deal, Ruby is probably the most experienced member of the team. She has also danced in ASAP’s Supah Dance when the 26K dancers dueled with other ABS-CBN dance groups. Likewise, she is a member of their school’s cheering squad.

Her previous experience came from their high school dance presentations and school competitions at STI College—Cubao. But, don’t let her small frame deceive you for she is very energetic and dances really well in the dance floor.

Same as her classmate Rynee, she has also danced in STI College—Cubao’s dance competitions. With time and constant training sessions with their choreographers, she was able to re-orient herself with the basics of dancing and has proven to be one of the best talents STI has ever discovered.




Versatility is one of her major facets as she and five other friends placed second in last year’s Hataw Sayaw National Finals. With her one of a kind hip hop dance style, she later on joined the All-Star dancers and shared her sexy moves and classy pirouettes to the other members of the group.

Together with Ameth, they comprise the 1-2 punch of STI College—Makati’s all-female dance team. During the auditions, she showed how quickly she can improvise and adapt to whatever music is played.

Josephine or Apple, as her friends fondly call her is the youngest member in the group. She is also one of the most determined and passionate dancers as she meticulously took into heart every pointer given to her during their training sessions.



Jennyrose Morales

She is a member of numerous dance groups and has shown exemplary talent and skills that makes her an all-star. She anchored her school’s dance team this year in the Cluster Finals of Hataw Sayaw.

Intensity is what keeps her going. You can describe her as the team’s energizer bunny for she is always full of energy. At the same time, her exquisite and smooth style in executing routine dance steps shows her elegance on the dance floor. She is certainly a diamond in the rough.

Prior to her joining STI, Jennyrose has already joined numerous dance groups in the previous schools she attended. After her transfer to DLSSTI Quezon Avenue, she and her schoolmates formed a group that represented Cluster 3 in this year’s Hataw Sayaw National Finals.

BSN, DLS-STI—E. Rodriguez

BSN, STI College—Makati

BSCS, STI College—Novaliches

BSN, STI College—Cubao

BSN, STI College—Cubao

HRS, STI College—Fairview

BSN, STI College—Makati

BSBA, STI College—Makati

BSIT, DLS-STI Quezon Avenue

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DZMM and STI award scholarships to Natatanging Kapamilya By: Karen Precious La Rosa Media Relations Officer, STI HQ STI and DLS-STI recently granted 21 scholarships to Natatanging Kapamilya winners in celebration of DZMM’s 21st anniversary held at the Cuneta Astrodome. The lucky scholars were chosen among hundreds of letter-senders nationwide sent to anchor Kaye Dacer’s Aksyon Ngayon radio program. The selected letters were pre-screened by DZMM Special Projects, and the result is a roster of welldeserving scholars who have heightened passion and determination to go back to school. STI provided the Natatanging Kapamilya scholars with their choice of one, two or four-year courses offered at any STI and DLS-STI campuses nationwide. Books and uniforms of the scholars will also be shouldered by STI and DLS-STI. Our new STI scholars are: Jelly Ace dela Paz (San Mateo, Rizal), Christopher Embarca (Tagkawayan, Quezon Province), Mark Domingo (Pampanga), Charles Peterson Adison (Gen. Trias, Cavite), Lorenzo Frogozo (Tatalon, Quezon City), Sherwin Pareña (Pasay City), Esmeraldo Villaflores (Meycauayan, Bulacan), Ryan Navarro (Pangasinan), Lelian Cabrera (Commonwealth, Quezon City), Rodereck Almilla (Compostela Valley Province), April Cruz (Valenzuela City), Kristel Ramos (Sariaya, Quezon Province), Joan Patricio (Negros Occidental), Jackie Boholst (Caloocan City), Nilo Sabrino (Nueva Ecija), Genalyn Intia (Roxas District, Quezon City), Pamela Marie Rosendal (Caloocan City), Jhoanna Maye Dacumos (Taguig City), Abegail Gito (Fairview, Quezon City), John Mark Deguinion (Bagong Silang, Caloocan City), and Roneza Kim Palmero (Dasmariñas, Cavite).

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Shell Foundation taps STI for

“Gas Mo Bukas Ko” By: Karen Precious La Rosa Media Relations Officer, STI HQ

Pilipinas Shell Foundation recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with STI for their “Gas Mo Bukas Ko Program,” a nationwide scholarship incentive program that tackles the significance of quality education in the Philippines today. (From left) Bambi R. Asis, STI Foundation Executive Dire STI Assistant Vice Presiden t for School Operations; ctor; Resty O. Bundoc, Pilipinas Shell Foundatio Cesa n Chai rman; Monico V. Jacob, r Buenaventura, CEO; Edgardo R. Veron Cruz STI President and G. De Leon, Shell Foundatio, Shell Foundation Executive Director; Ma. Divin a n Sustainable Development E. Emperado, Shell Foundatio Man ager; and Maris n Finance Manager


Shell will be granting scholarship programs to help ensure a brighter future for the attendants and other staff of Shell retail stations nationwide. Shell has entrusted STI, through its network of schools in the country, to provide a special five-month module covering Operating Systems, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Office Presentation, Hardware Configuration, and Basic PC Troubleshooting.

ent ice ons


Killer Sudoku Killer Sudoku is a fiendish variant of Sudoku - the same 9 x 9 board with rows, columns and nine boxes that must be filled in with all the numbers 1 to 9. But instead of seeing some starter clues where some cells are completed for you, in killer sudoku areas of the grid are “caged”. Each cage contains a single number which is the sum of all the solutions in that shape. You have to use this information to crack the Sudoku, but all the normal strategies of Sudoku still apply.

No one fails a class anymore, he’s merely “passing impaired.” You don’t have detention, you’re just one of the “exit delayed.” Your bedroom isn’t cluttered, it’s just “passage restrictive.”

Business: Two juicy, delicious apples that are on sale at my store.

These days, a student isn’t lazy. He’s “energetically declined.”

Chemistry: 6x10^30 apple molecules

Your locker isn’t overflowing with junk, it’s just “closure prohibitive.”

History: You are holding dinosaur poop

Kids don’t get grounded anymore. They merely hit “social speed bumps.” Your homework isn’t missing, its just having an “out-of-notebook experience.” You’re not sleeping in class, you’re “rationing consciousness.” You’re not late, you just have a “rescheduled arrival time.” You’re not having a bad hair day, you’re suffering from “rebellious follicle syndrome.”

Music: You are holding two objects that if you drop them you will get a D4 Education: Two Apples Accounting: You are holding one apple because the other one has to go to the government as tax Psychology: What objects?

You don’t have smelly gym socks, you have “odor-retentive athletic footwear.”

Math: You are holding two sets of objects, that take up a finite amount of space called apples.

No one’s tall anymore. He’s “vertically enhanced.”

English: You are holding two lush pieces of fruit, that are nourishing and remind me of my dog Fido. Fido thy sweet fruit. So nourishing in my time of need, you fill me up with......

You’re not shy. You’re “conversationally selective.” You don’t talk a lot.. You’re just “abundantly verbal.” You weren’t passing notes in class. You were “participating in the discreet exchange of penned meditations.” You’re not being sent to the principals office. You’re “going on a mandatory field trip to the administrative building.” It’s not called gossip anymore. It’s “the speedy transmission of near-factual information.” The food at the school cafeteria isn’t awful. It’s “digestively challenged.” 16

Suppose you have a professor hold up two apples and asks a class “How many objects am I holding?” you would probably get different responses from different majors like....

Art: Two apples (Ha, Ha...Thank goodness for photoshop. The perfect opportunity to take a picture of the professor and alter the picture so that I have a blackmail photo). Computer Science: Two apples (I’ll take the art major’s picture and post it on my website for all to see, and add links so that people could find similar pictures(and I make $)). Source:

By: Jennymarie Dy Associate Editor

Now that you are in college, you are finally a step closer to reaching your dreams. As early as now, I’m sure some of you may already be planning on what jobs to take after your graduation. But do you have any idea what are the hottest jobs today? To help you out, here’s a list of jobs that are considered to be the top and most in-demand jobs in the country today:

Nurses vand Caregivers

IT Programmers and Developers

Patissier or Pastry Chef

In an increasingly digital world, is it really any surprise that IT-related jobs are consistently rated as among the top and most in-demand in the world? Yahoo!, the Washington Post, and Forbes magazine all identify IT programmers as among the most sought-after (and least-filled) positions today. So, show off your techie skills. You might just be the next Bill Gates in your class.

The food sector is certainly booming. People love to eat so restaurants keep on opening, one after another. Patissiers are skilled in making pastries, desserts, and other baked goods. They are employed in large hotels, bistros, restaurants, and bakeries.

Administrative and Executive Assistants

Of course, we cannot deny that the call centers are some of the biggest employers in the business industry today. Due to their high-paying salary offers and benefits, many fresh graduates are lured to the job. So if you want to join the bandwagon, there is still room for more call center agents.

Just like the world is lacking good managers and executives, there is also a short supply of capable, organized detail-oriented and patient assistants who can help CEOs and other top management executives with the daily operations of the company.

It is no wonder that many Filipinos want to become nurses or, at the very least, be trained as caregivers. Not only are those in the healthcare industry one of the most sought-after, they’re also one of the most well-paid.

Call Center Agents


Here are some questions you need to ask yourself first to determine which part-time business will best suit you: 1. What are my interests, skills, talents, and hobbies? What kind of chore or activity do I excel in and enjoy the most? Am I willing to learn more and improve my knowledge and skills in my chosen field? By: Jennymarie Dy Associate Editor

Being in college is a balancing act – you have to manage your time doing your homework, helping with house chores, participating in your club activities, and, to top all that, you also have to think of how you can maximize your daily allowance and save up money for your needs! On that last note, there are tons of small businesses which students like you can start without taking time off your studies and your other daily activities. In fact, you can even start your part-time business in school or turn your hobbies into money-making projects. With creativity and proper planning, you can start your own business and boost your savings.

2. What does my community need? What kind of products or services would my friends or classmates buy or need? 3. How will I offer my product or service? What is my business plan? How can I make my product or service more appealing to my customers? How can I manage my time to come up with a quality product or service without risking my time for my studies and other activities? By now, you might have several business ideas running through your bright mind already. But, if you are still a bit clueless, why not try some of our tips below? If you love studying and you enjoy sharing what you have learned and inspiring others to learn, you can do a tutoring business! Help your classmates or other younger students in your neighborhood to catch up with their lessons.


If you love tech-y gadgets or have computer skills and you are adept in using the Internet, you can do a “tech-y” business! You can help your neighbors from simple PC troubleshooting, to data entry or typing jobs, to Internet research, to creating invitations and posters, or even create websites. If you have a digital camera, you can also take photos in birthday parties and create audio-visual presentations. If you are tech-savvy, the possibilities are endless! So show your tech-y skills and promote your business through printed flyers and by creating a simple web page. As you have probably noticed, people from all ages are now into writing blogs. Blogs are everywhere on the net and have replaced the good ‘ol diaries. So aside from simply posting your articles in it, why not make money out of it too? Get in touch with local companies or organizations and get them to post advertisements in your blog. Or, offer your writing skills and send them proposals wherein you will mention their products or stores in your articles for a fee. Since this is still relatively new in the Philippines, there are still no standard rates for such type of advertisement. The rates will depend on the negotiations between you and your client. Or, if you are into arts and crafts, and other novelty items, you can sell your own creations in your blog! Just take a photo of your accessories, home decors, souvenirs, and other items. Upload and post them in your blog and presto! You now have your very own online store. 17

“Yes… I’m sorry,” Khael said as again he tried to pull his arm away. Confused with the answer Khael gave her, Ninia looked into Khael’s eyes. She tried to read them but it frightened her. He was serious. He was leaving her. “Ninia, I am sorry, but I think I have outgrown you…” Khael said as he looked into Ninia’s eyes. Besides, I feel that I… I don’t like you anymore.” He continued.

By: Michael Jedd Anjelo Z. Isaac 3rd Yr.–BSN, STI College-Lucena

A year has already passed, and Ninia still clings to the past memories of her and her ex-boyfriend. Back then, they were happy in each other’s company. To others, they seemed like a perfect couple, destined to be together for a lifetime, or even longer. They met during Khael’s second year in Saint Thomas Institute. Ninia was a transferee, and Khael was the first student who welcomed her. At first, Ninia thought he was like the other boys she had met before – full of arrogance and hot air. But she was proven wrong. She saw Khael as a true, humble, caring, respectful, sweet, and honest friend. As time went by, she slowly began to like Khael more than as a friend, in which she got a little conscious about herself whenever she was with him. The more she spent time with Khael, the deeper her feelings grew. Ninia recalled how Khael never smiled; he seemed like a person whose happiness had been sucked dry. But still his outlook towards life seemed happy and colourful, which somehow attracted her to him. Then one day, Khael surprised Ninia with a sudden question. “Ninia, by any chance… can you be my girlfriend?” Khael asked Ninia as he knelt down one knee, holding Ninia’s hands. Ninia felt a mixture of exitement and confusion, but she still wholeheartedly said ‘YES’ to Khael’s question. And the rest as they say is history. Their relationship became the testament of love at its best, they became what other couples strived to be. As the days passed, Ninia saw a glimpse of Khael’s elusive smile; she thought she would never see his smile but now that she saw it, she can’t take her eyes away from it. His smile put her into a trance that made her happy. Everyday, Khael gave something to Ninia. On the first day of their first month anniversary, he gave her a budding flower. On the fifteenth day, he gave her a teddy bear. The day after, he gave her a puppy. This went on for two straight years. But then something happened. One day, they were talking when Khael suggested that they make a pact.A promise that if ever anything bad happens to any one of them, they would accept it and move on. Khael insisted, so Ninia agreed. As the days passed, Khael’s smile which Ninia looked forward to everyday was slowly disappearing. Khael became frequently absent and tardy, irritable and secretive. Khael still never missed to give Ninia a gift everyday, but after giving her the gift, he would suddenly disappear. Ninia sometimes caught Khael talking to other girls, but Ninia let those instances pass. She could see something was bothering Khael, and Khael was not telling her. There were so many questions in Ninia’s mind, and she needed to have answers. She needed to talk to Khael. While Khael and Ninia were on their way to her house, “Khael, is there something wrong? Do you need someone to talk to?” Ninia asked as she embraced him tightly. “I don’t have a problem… what makes you think I have a problem?” Khael answered in a harsh tone. Khael and Ninia saw dark clouds rooming the sky, both thought that it was going to rain, they were right. Khael then stopped his bike, and stepped off, Ninia followed Khael as he walked towards the big mango tree. “Well, I know there is something bothering you, so it’s better if we talk about it.” She continued. “You really want to know what my problem is?” Khael asked Ninia. “Yes, Yes I do, after all I’m still your girlfriend.” Ninia said as she hugged his arm. “I don’t…” Khael whispered “What? I can’t hear you. You were saying something?” Ninia teased Khael. “I will go to Manila. I will stay there indefinitely.” Khael said as he tried to pull his arm away. “Why? Don’t you love me anymore?” Ninia asked as she hugged Khael’s arm even tighter.


Ninia stood there like a stone, it was as if he heard a roaring thunderclap, she tried to speak, and as the rain poured hard, her tears flowed down her cheeks. “Khael, why are you doing this to me?” she asked, as she held his arm tight. “Ninia, what part of ‘I don’t like you anymore’ didn’t you understand?!” Khael shouted. With that, Khael pulled his arms away from Ninia, and rode off on his motorcycle. Ninia tried to catch up with Khael but he sped fast away Ninia’s line of sight. Khael left Ninia alone in the rain, crying there. The very next day, Ninia sped to school to talk to Khael, ‘It is all a big misunderstanding… we can fix this,’ Ninia repeated this to herself as she travelled to school. But when she reached Saint Thomas Institute, she was aghast; Khael had already filed his form of absence. He was gone. It was raining again. It was like that same unfortunate day; the day Khael left Ninia. Ninia was back there, at the same spot where Khael left her like she was nothing, insignificant, worthless. The same stretch of pavement, where Khael rode off, where Khael left her to cry in the rain. It has been exactly a year since that fateful day. But the pain has yet to disappear.She kept everything she wore that day, hidden inside a box and kept it there. But something made her open the box, her intuition told her to look for something. There she found Khael’s cap, the dress and skirt she wore that day, still with stains of mud and twigs. She also found the bag she carried that day, filled with the broken eyeglass and shattered pieces of her ensemble. Looking further, she felt something was attached to the cap.She prowled through it and found an envelope, with her name was written on it. Inside, she found a diamond ring together with a letter, she began to read the letter and she cried again.

Dearest Ninia,


I am a hopeless romantic, I believe in true love, in destiny, in soul mates, and in happy endings. I could say that I’m somewhat an expert in things concerning love, but even though I am a know-it-all, I can honestly say I’m still unlucky. I have been in and out of relationships many times. I’ve had my fair share of tears and heartbreak. After my seventh attempt in finding my perfect love story, I guess it opened my eyes that: Love and I just don’t mix! But then I met you. When I first saw you, right then and there, I knew, fate gave me another shot to try to love again. You really showed me that love is indeed magical, that love is a treasure. And I am thankful for having the opportunity to love and care for you. I guess fate played a cruel joke on me, I did find my happiness with you, but I am losing the battle against my sickness. I am suffering from leukaemia. I was too afraid to tell you about my condition, because I didn’t want you to be sad, and to worry about me. The doctor said that I only had a year to live, but with you as my inspiration I strived to live, so that making sure to wake up to see tomorrow, to see your smile. I figured that it was better for you to move on rather than stay by my side as I fade, so tried to give you reasons to leave me, I can see that you really do love me so much, but I guess I can’t forgive myself if I was to blame for your sadness. I want to ask forgiveness, I broke your heart; I did it so that you would be angry with me, forget me, and move on. I really hope I did the right thing. I really did love you with all my heart. We made a promise that if ever anything bad happens to anyone of us, we would accept it and move on. I hope you keep your promise, because by the time you read this, I might have already lost the battle against leukaemia. I just want to make sure that you receive the last present I failed to give you. A diamond ring, I really wished to ask you to marry me, but I guess I will never have the chance. I hope you could find in your heart to forgive me. I love you very, very, very, very much!



By: Eric B. Lore sco Faculty, STI Sa n Jose, Nuev

a Ecija

Gone are the high school’s glees, We are now curving a brand new story; As we try to traverse the road to glory Amidst the struggles of student’s life worries It’s always nice to revisit our memories. The never ending stories of college bout, The ups and downs, the in and out; As teachers check and measures how far they’ve gone, Oh, freshmen life is really a whole lotta’ fun!

By: Rommel Da vid DIT, STI College -Taft

Behold the mare’s tails in the enchanted sky, A world of boundless magic and fantasy unfolds as I Dream of a place inside serenity, By immersing my spirit in the ocean of hope, The wanton mermaid’s reflections beneath the misty moon, A mighty roaring of the waves splashes the vexations away, I have a sweet story here in my heart, When fairy tales and paradise once meld in my sanity, Petals dispersed on the ground, As the tears dissipate, I gleefully reminisce the happiest chapters of my life by relishing the wonderful blessings and glories, And I feel the ecstasy, My soul’s been raptures in bliss And my eyes was unclouded with felicities, Hope God will guide me follow my dreams And from this moment until end, God will give me the ticket to heaven...

By: Hernan Alar BSCS, STI Colle ge-Globa

l City

Sa banda rito, sa banda roon Saan ka man maparoon Lungsod, Bayan o mumunting nayon, Nariyan siya na parang alon. Tila delubyo kung ituring, Takot, panganib at lagim. Sa malubhang sakit maihahambing, Sadyang mahirap pagalingin. Bawat pamilyang Pilipino, tiyak apektado. Ang simpleng pamumuhay, nagiging komplikado. Sino ba naman ang ‘di mapeperwisyo, Sa problemang dulot ng kahirapan sa mundo? Itong kahirapan, sadyang salot sa lipunan Sa ‘di malamang dahilan, apektado buong bayan. Mayroon pa bang paraan? Pa’nong kinabukasan? Ano nga bang kailangan ng kahirapa’y malabanan? Sa mga araw na salat at pangangailanga’y ‘di sapat, Huwag ikagulat, sadyang buhay ay mahirap. Sipag- tiyaga at responsibilidad- susi sa pag-unlad. ‘Yan ang nararapat upang maghilom ang sugat. Kailanman at saanman, sipag ay kailangan Gawaing naantala, ‘di dapat ipagpaliban. Ang masipag na nilalang, may napagtatagumpayan. Sipag ang kailangan ng kahirapa’y maungusan. May mga pagkakataong sa kahirapa’y lugmok. May mga pangyayaring sa tatag sumusbok. Sa ganitong problema. ang susi ay tiyaga. Pagkat sino mang may tiyaga, tiyak pinagpapala. Upang umasenso, maging responsableng tao. Huwag magpatalo, makialam sa bayan mo. Ipakita mo sa mundo ang pagka- Pilipino Anumang hamon sa mundo, aangat ang tulad mo!

Have you ever imagine who will you gonna be? Two to five years from now or as fast as you can be; A Professor, an IT Pro, or an Executive might be. Boy! Surely it’s so good to envision that future you long to be. Freshmen’s days is really exciting, Sometimes you are so anxious Sometimes you get easily furious. There are moments of longing When you don’t see your special one; You just sigh when she goes by, Or bid her Goodbye. Sometimes, we all wish to stay as freshmen, For we know that first year’s excitement will always be on the run, Sometimes we dare not to care for what tomorrow brings, As long as you and me is in the chase for our dreams. Freshmen, freshmen, this is where we all begun, Memoirs of friends and dear ones, Can’t shake the feeling of them being gone. And oh, don’t forget! those people that we had quarreled with, Surely they are also part of our life as freshmen.

By: Anne Rive ra Alumni, STI La oag

Life has been hard the moment I set myself free I was thrown into oblivion Reaching out for imaginary entities That would somehow lift me from my misery I tried to embrace the new life I chose Tried to forget the old friends I knew Tried to block the memories that keep haunting my mind Over and over again The moments when life was shared with the people I love The moments when each day was filled with laughter The moments when you sleep peacefully Knowing that the person you love is right beside you And sharing the night’s serenity When the moon’s radiant light encloses both of your bodies You feel the longing, contentment, love and pain Mixed emotions, all at the same time Life has been this way and still is Now I wonder, was the change that I wanted worth it? Did my wings break when I started to glide? And was I oblivious of the signs that should have made me stay? Or probably, my heart has eventually won over my mind And now I am in the threshold of breaking up Yet, I still can’t find a way out I keep finding the answers in the corners of my mind But my questions were kept unanswered And then, as my mind and body surrendered for another depressing day The answer suddenly came... To keep fighting and to keep living Then simply, Que sera sera, what ever will be, will be.

May sipag, may tiyaga, at responsableng tunay. Hindi umaatras sa hamon ng buhay. Mga Pilipno, ‘yan ang tunay na kulay, May ugaling susi sa totoong tagumpay!





STI Tertiary STIMULI October 2007  

Campus News 2 emerged from the stories, you’ll surely feel the pride that comes from having the mind, the heart and the soul of a true STIer...