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EDITOR’S NOTE STIers strengthen the campaign for positive change as we launched, “The Change I Want to See Begins with Me,” during the 28th anniversary celebration at the Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna with an audience of almost 20,000 STIers nationwide. In this issue, we dig deeper on how we can initiate change in our homes, community, and the environment. It can be through things we do every day such as building a stronger relationship with your family and doing household chores, and even by conserving water and electricity. Start at home, spread it in school, and be an advocate of positive change in your community. Be a good Citizen STI! Studying taking its toll on you? Up your school life a notch through your latest gadgets! By just a click, tap or touch, discover new features of your gadgets that will surely bring back the fun in learning. What do STIers from Global City, Marikina, Dasmariñas, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro all have in common? With determination and passion, they overcame all obstacles and brought recognition to the whole STI community. Be inspired with their stories.

Managing Editors Karen La Rosa-Tabije Jenny Dy Erick Listana Associate Editor Christine Reyes Contributors Carlo Marted Banaag Richard Contento Kirk Patrick Kaiser Girlie R. Malijian Elaine Carla Mariano Kim Justine Plechas John Barry Santos


Editor-in-Chief Elbert L. de Guzman



We also have other exciting stories in store for you so start turning the pages and enjoy reading them!

4 Campus News Exciting stories from various campuses nationwide

12 Crossing the Digital Divide: Going to School in Style Bring back the fun in learning with just a click, tap, or touch

Layout and Design Ferdie Ortega Arlene Angeles Joey Baldoza

STIMULI is a publication of STI. Send your original poems, short stories, comments, and questions to the STIMULI Editorial Team at the STI Academic Center, University Parkway Drive, Global City, Taguig 1634 or email



Cover Story

STI Celebrates 28th Anniversary with a Challenge for Change

26 The Battle of the Brightest Takes Place STI’s best of the best gathers in one big event 29 The Filipino Youth Have Spoken! High school students begin the change within themselves

35 Writer’s Block 37 Yell and Trick Meet the STI College Olympians’ Pep Squad and Billiards Team 38 Do It Green! DIY Projects to save the Earth

30 Are You Ready to be a… Hotel Marketing Officer? 32 On the Shelf Your guide to the latest trends today 33 Internet Safety How to enjoy the world wide web safely

Student Achievers Be inspired with the stories of these outstanding students 20 Students Rank 1st Runner-up in UNILAB’s Ideas Positive With passion and determination, first time participants make it to the top 3

34 Hi! My Name is… Top 10 cheesiest pick-up and break-up lines 36 STI Idol Meet Milly the Great I.T.

27 In the Land of the Rising Sun Student from Cagayan de Oro becomes Student Ambassador to Japan 28 Penning Inspiration Filipino student named as one of the best among 200 authors in an international essay competition

CAMPUS NEWS Facing Educators’ Challenge in the Present Time Realizing the values of continuous learning among educators, STI College – Cubao conducted its first Educators’ Congress on January 15, 2011 that gathered more than 60 secondary school academicians including teachers, guidance counselors, and principals to sharpen their teaching skills and methodologies. Sharing his knowledge to the attendees is the Director of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, Learning and Development Center, Mr. Phillip Torres, who talked about the Methods of Teaching Methodologies in the Cognitive Age. “I learned a lot from Mr. Torres’ talk. His insights on teaching methodologies gave me new approach on how to deal with my students and deliver my lessons more effectively,” said one of the attendees. Different private and public high schools within Cubao, Quezon City, and nearby areas attended. Among them were Abiertas Radiance School, Breamar Christian Academy, Carlos P. Garcia High School, Don Quintin Paredes High School, Flora A. Ylagan High School, Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral School, Juan Sumulong High School, Krus Na Ligas High School, Living Epistle Christian Academy, New Era High School, New Era University, Ponciano Bernardo School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, San Juan National High School, Santolan High School, Summerville Academy, and Take the Nations for Jesus Christian Academy. The activity sought to address the needs of the educators on how to carry out their lessons efficiently through new teaching concepts and methodologies. *Special thanks to Caroleen Joy Ileto, School Correspondent, STI College – Cubao

The Tassel is Worth the Hassle Coming from a financially-challenged family, Charisse Soco of STI College – Alabang worked hard to support her education until she finally reaped the fruits of her labor after four years of perseverance, dedication, and vision. To be able to finish BS Business Administration major in Operations Management, she applied and qualified for the Skills Enhancement and Education Development for Students (SEEDS) Program. It is a scholarship program of Jollibee Foods Corporation, Department of Labor and Employment, and partner schools wherein qualified students are provided financial assistance while acquiring job competency through in-store training. Despite several sleepless nights and weighty burdens, she handled all the challenges of being a working student and surpassed it when she graduated Magna Cum Laude. “Being a self-supporting student is hard, but I am grateful to have experienced this because it taught me valuable life lessons on top of job competencies I gained,” Charisse shared. *Special thanks to Zena Marie Barclay, President, STI College – Alabang

Students Turned Educators

From left: Abris, Estrella, Resare, and Supera

STI College – Surigao continues to prove itself as the premiere institution offering Information Technology (IT) education in Surigao del Norte as their alumni turned faculty members bring notable achievement to the school. IT instructors Joemel Resare, Lex Angelo Estrella, Nathaniel Abris, and Iricher Supera have the distinction of being the first group of faculty members in the entire province to have been awarded Certificates of Full Competency in Computer Programming NC IV. Knowing that they will be facing a stringent examination from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the four instructors spent all their free time preparing for the exam. Thus, when the results came out, it was a well-deserved victory for the group. STI couldn’t have been prouder for these young instructors as it saw them grow from hard-working BS Information Technology (BSIT) students to respected IT mentors in the school. *Special thanks to Fritzy Lusica, Faculty Member, STI College – Surigao


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CAMPUS NEWS Environment — under the supervision of its instructors, Roger Madali and Ric Jayson Abasola. “This is one way of doing our responsibility as Citizen STI. Through this, students become catalysts of positive change that will bring transformation in our country by restoring and preserving our natural resources,” shared Roger Madali.

Seeding Hope. Saving Nature. March 18, 2011 — The sun was up and so was the energy of almost 200 students of STI College – Taft as they traveled more than 3 hours to Sitio Binayoyo, Barangay Kalawis in Antipolo City for their tree planting activity themed, “Plant a Tree, Save the Nature.” The activity was initiated by the National Services Training Program (NSTP) — in lieu with one of its core areas of responsibilities, the Care for

An Eye for Advertising

Planting around 500 forestry seedlings such as narra, mahogany, and gemiling were sophomore students taking up BS Computer Science, BS Information Technology, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management, 2-year Hospitality and Restaurant Services, 2-year Information Technology, and 2-year Computer and Electronics Technology. The seedlings came from the City Environment and Natural Resources Waste Management Office in coordination with the Local Government of Antipolo City. To show their strong commitment in the project, STI College – Taft visits the site every 6 months and conducts re-planting activity in areas where the plants do not survive. *Special thanks to Roger Madali, Faculty Member, STI College – Taft

Championing the Cause of Taal Lake Known in their community to be advocates of caring for Mother Nature, STI College – Tanauan continually organizes nature-friendly activities for STIers to participate in. This year, their chosen cause is keeping Taal Lake safe, clean, and beautiful.

Team STI claims the victory

When they took on the challenge and tried their skills in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC), STIers have proven something — they have an eye for advertising. Fifteen graduating Multimedia Arts students from STI Laoag bagged the Best in Visual Effects award at the 3rd Annual Advertising Competition with their animated version of the STI television commercial on February 11, 2011. Themed “Exploring the World of Integrated Marketing Communication,” the 3rd Annual Advertising Competition was held at the University Function Hall of Mariano Marcos State University which was participated by various colleges and universities in Laoag. *Special thanks to Michelle Joy Colobong, School Correspondent, STI Laoag

Environmental champions ready to lend a hand

The school’s environmental envoys comprised of students, faculty members, and staff of STI College – Tanauan braved the sun, long trek, and the boat ride to get to their destination — with some even opting to go barefoot — as they proudly joined the International Coastal Clean Up Day celebration held on September 8, 2010 at the Taal Lake, in Mahabang Buhangin, Ma. Paz, Tanauan City. *Special thanks to Rose Mojica, School Administrator and Frederick Dalena, Faculty Member, STI College – Tanauan STIMULI 5

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CAMPUS NEWS The After Graduation Story: My Life After College Engineering Future Robomakers STI College – Quezon Avenue placed 2nd in the National Mechatronic and Robotic Exposition’s Robo-Robo category after assembling a robot in 6 minutes and 47 seconds. The competition, held on February 4, 2011 at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST), aimed to promote computer engineering excellence in robotics among students through research and development. Representing STI were 4th year BS Information Technology (BSIT) student Mark Leonard Jolie-An Perez, 4th year BS Computer Working under pressure, Science (BSCS) Team STI showed their student Philip Mark robotics expertise Deazeta, and 2nd year BSCS student Mark Christopher Follero. Together with their coach, Engineer Melissa Terrazola, these students eagerly exhibited their knowledge and technical expertise in robotics. Different schools within Metro Manila likewise participated in the competition: UST with four teams, MAPUA Institute of Technology, University of the Philippines with two teams, Technological University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, New Era University, and STI College – Makati. Each team was given a kit with all the body parts of a robot to be assembled in the fastest way, but without setting aside its technical ability, performance, and appeal. *Special thanks to Alex Primo, Faculty Member, and Kathrine Anne Dela Cruz, School Correspondent, STI College – Quezon Avenue

Like everyone else, I started hunting for a job right after college graduation. The expectations from the people around me were intense. Many people, especially my family, expected me to have a good job after graduating Magna Cum Laude from STI College – San Pablo. And, like them, I was afraid to fail and I wanted to meet and even surpass all their expectations. Luckily, my alma mater gave me the opportunity to jumpstart my career and work as an IT instructor in STI College – San Pablo. I remember giving a teaching demo in C Programming with some faculty members. They told me I could start teaching the next school year. However, I ended up signing a contract with a call center company — Help Centric Inc. to work as a Technical Support Engineer. I was tasked to handle technical issues involving websites, FTPs, emails, and all other stuff. It was very fulfilling and I thought it might be the job that I really wanted. But months passed and I started feeling the effect of the irregular sleeping habits. That was when I realized that the job was not for me, I could get a better job where I could use every aspect of my abilities. That realization pushed me to apply as a Software Engineer in Accenture. I got hired. Right now, I’m still connected with Accenture Inc., under the HostCentric Capability doing design, code, and test of Mainframe Applications. The company sent me here in the United States to deal with the client onsite. This is the biggest opportunity I got so far — to actually be here in the United States and work directly with my clients. They get to see that Filipinos are not only hard working people but also intelligent individuals who can deliver high quality work that’ll help make their businesses successful. The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far in my life is the essence of change, especially for the people in the field of Information Technology. Things change and we can’t stop it. We need the skill to adapt — evaluating situations that will lead to making better decisions. I thank all the people I met and shared experiences with in STI College – San Pablo. Those experiences had made a better me that led to what I’ve become today. *As told by Richard Contento, Alumnus, STI College – San Pablo


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CAMPUS NEWS Next In Line James Magallanes, a 2-yr. Multimedia Arts student of STI College – Las Piñas, made his fellow STIers proud after winning the plum award in the Flash Banner Ad category with his entry called “I Am Next”and third place in the print ad category during the 4th Student Advertising Congress on January 21-22, 2011 at the Rockwell Tent, Makati City. With the theme, “Future Admen. Work in Progress,” young creatives from different schools nationwide converged in the event and displayed their mettle in several creative competitions based on a brief given by Business Mirror. “Working on a creative brief is very challenging and exciting. I studied the brief, conducted some research, and asked a number of friends just to make sure that I was able to nail what was being asked in the brief,” he says. Aside from the different competitions, participants are very lucky to hear and learn insights from the best in the industry. Among the speakers were Merlee Jayme, DM9 JaymeSyfu

The next caliber ad man, James, after proving his creative prowess

Managing Partner and Chief Creative Officer; Meggy de Guzman and Ian Sta. Maria, Copywriter and Art Director of BBDO Guerrero respectively; Pocholo Gonzales, Voice Director of Hero TV; and Reuben Pangan, VP of Sun Cellular. The Student Ad Congress aims to prepare next generation of practitioners in the fields of advertising, public relations, and marketing through training workshops from advertising experts before they join the ranks of professionals. *Special thanks to Liz Acedo, School Administrator, STI College – Las Piñas

Asked on where he credits his success, Jensen shares “I trained hard and had a proper diet plan. And every step of the way, STI backed me up, gave me their full support, and encouraged me to achieve my full potential. It’s as if I am a star player preparing for the Olympics, I am very blessed to have a supportive family and school.”

The Champions in the Field By means of precision, rhythm, and a great deal of strength, two athletes from STI College – Kalibo brings home the much coveted gold in the Western Visayas Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) held on December 18-22, 2010 at the Pana-ad Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. BS Information Technology (BSIT) student Jensen Vista marked 13.78 meters, placing him at the top spot and beating out nine other contenders in the triple jump event from different provinces in Western Visayas. In this competition, he also beat his old record of 13.53 meters.

Cinched to become a star athlete as well, Reygavil Cataylo, also a BSIT student, grabbed the gold medal for the shot put event by scoring 10.40 meters. He also brought home the silver medal in the discus throw competition with the score 29.98 meters, surpassing his previous discus throw 28.40-meter record. “With the help of our coach Edsel Tupas, we are already looking forward to participating in future competitions to improve our skills. Hopefully, this would pave way for us to bring pride to the Philippines in international competitions,” says Reygavil when inquired on their future plans. Indeed, through sheer perseverance, discipline, and hard work, both athletes have come a long way from learning the game, improving their skills, and to winning competitions. *Special thanks to Bernadette T. Arevalo, School Correspondent, STI College – Kalibo


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CAMPUS NEWS A Dream of a Future Beauty Queen Untold We are a nation who knows how to appreciate real beauty. We have girls from the ends of Luzon to the nooks of Mindanao dreaming of becoming a beauty queen one day. All girls wish to grow up into a sophisticated woman, oozing with wit and beauty — the epitome of true Filipina beauty. Marde Rose Enriquez is a perfect example of someone who is now ready to embrace her dreams. From local beauty contests to a highly-acclaimed national beauty pageant, Ms. STI College – Southwoods 2010, Marde Rose makes it as one of the candidates of Ms. Earth Philippines 2011. A 1st year BS Tourism student, Marde Rose, has joined numerous local beauty contests in their town but always dreamed of becoming a part of a prestigious beauty pageant. That is why she took the chance and auditioned for Ms. Earth

Surpassing the Odds Born to a meager family whose father works as a tricycle driver on a part-time basis and a mother who manages a small food business, Anna Estacio’s family income is not enough to sustain their every day needs and those of her 5 other siblings. Despite the odds, she did not let her family’s Living the dream in Singapore financial situation discourage her from her dream to finish college and work abroad. With the help of her older sister, she enrolled in STI Bacolod where she also applied as a Student Assistant to support her school needs. Armed with commitment and determination, she earned a degree in BS Computer Science (BSCS) in 2007. After graduation, she was hired as a faculty member in STI Bacolod. Then, an opportunity to work abroad came along. Anna is now working as an Information Technology Trainer at Marshall Cavendish Private, Ltd in Singapore. *Special thanks to Daisy Moncater, Guidance Counselor, STI Bacolod

A woman of beauty and substance

Philippines 2011. She believes that everybody should always dream and persevere to make one’s aspiration come true. She also shares that, “Win or lose, I believe that this is the right time for me to do my share in protecting Mother Earth to make sure we have a brighter future ahead for everyone.”

The Search for Miss Earth Philippines is an annual beauty pageant aimed to actively promote the preservation of the environment. *Special thanks to Lord Engel Matthew Arandia, School Correspondent, STI College – Southwoods

Student Achievers Bag Two PSITE Championships By: Girlie R. Malijian, Dean, STI College – Sta. Rosa Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) students of STI College – Sta. Rosa proudly took home two championships in The victors standing tall and the recently concluded proud with their coach Philippine Society of I.T. Educators (PSITE) 5th Regional Competition held at the De La Salle – Lipa. Richard Anderson Capua, 3rd year BSIT; Janine Garino, 3rd year BSCS; and Joyce Ann Melchor 3rd year BSCS formed the PSITE Region IV I.T. Quiz and Programming champion team, with professor Farez Ramilo as their coach; while Sean Marvi Oliver Genabe, a 3rd year BSCS student was proclaimed the PSITE Region IV JAVA Programming champion. STI College – Sta. Rosa bested representatives from the CALABARZON region, including Malayan College, Lyceum, Letran, University of Batangas, and UP Los Baños.


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Bayani is Living Up to His Name With the continued rise of unemployment and underemployment in the Philippines, it is not unusual for Filipinos to equate a successful career with being employed abroad. Left and right, you find new nurses and teachers flying to different countries in search of the so-called greener pastures — which is not wrong per se, especially with the given circumstances that an individual might have. But in our society today, what appears to be surprising will be a story of an employee based in the Philippines testifying that he has succeeded in his career, similar to that of Bayani M. Ortega.

loyal to his alma mater which merited him the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2003 from STI College – Calamba and the Most Distinguished Alumnus Award (National Level) in 2005.

Bayani graduated from STI College – Calamba with a degree in BS Computer Science. During his college years, he received various academic and nonacademic awards which include Best Thesis, Loyalty Award, and Most Outstanding Student. Even post-graduation, he still remained

When asked how he defines success, Bayani shares that, “Being successful is achieving your goals and being happy with the things you have worked hard for. You should always be proud of what you have achieved.” With his definition in mind, Bayani,indeed is one successful individual — sans the miles and miles of distance from being abroad, and filled with the warmth of his hometown nearby.

In spite of being busy with office work at the Engineering Projects Division of Pfizer Global Manufacturing in Cabuyao, Laguna, he still finds time to serve in different causes in his community like the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP), the Gawad Kalinga, and the Red Cross. At the same time, he is also a member of the Nature Awareness and Conservation Club and the Wyeth Adventours Natures Club, both organizations aimed to promote environmental awareness.

*Special thanks to Katrina C.N. Pineda, Faculty Member, STI College – Calamba

A Remarkable Feat Just as the province of Davao celebrates the Araw ng Davao del Sur last July 1, STI College – Digos also had another small celebration of their own. After a year of hard work and preparation, STI College – Digos finally completed all the rigid pre-requisites of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and became the first TESDA-Accredited Computer Programming NC IV Assessment Center in Davao del Sur. As part of the requirements, Information Technology Instructors Eduard Pulvera and Anamerthyl Regala also became proficient assessors for Computer Programming NC IV. Now, graduates in the province have the convenience of getting TESDA accreditation without traveling far. (From left) Anamerthyl Ibay-Regala and Edward Pulvera

*Special thanks to Anamerthyl Ibay-Regala, Faculty Member, STI College – Digos


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Davao’s Brightest Computer Engineers Faced-Off The young Computer Engineering students of STI College – Davao showcased their talents and skills in a Robotics Competition held at the activity area of Holy Cross of Davao College on March 3, 2011. The said competition was sponsored by Hytec Power, Inc. and was part of the annual Techno Fair with the theme “Unleashing Creativity through Technological Innovation.” Being a first-time participant did not deter STI’s carefully handpicked team of students from wowing the crowd with their creative hardware assembly, fluid computer codes, and provoking precision tests as they assembled a programmable

mechanical arm. After five hours of non-stop assembly, all efforts paid off as Team STI — composed of Calvin Ferrando, Eric Dean del Mar, Christian Adremar Sayawan and Mark Gil Yu — went home with the 1st runner-up award. The competition was also participated by the different The future computer engineers universities and colleges in the city such as Ateneo de Davao University, Holy Cross of Davao College, John Paul II College, and University of Southeastern Philippines. *Special thanks to Kristian Aris Gonzales, Faculty Member, STI College – Davao

Just a Piece of Cake

NC II TESDA Mandatory Competency Assessment held on March 28-29, 2011.

STI Maasin proves its capability of providing quality education after posting outstanding passing rates in two government assessment exams.

Both exams are part of TESDA’s National Certification Level II Licensure Competency Assessment which aims to determine a graduate’s ability to perform tasks and meet the competency standards in the workplace.

The school attained a 100% passing rate when all of its 54 Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) students aced the Commercial Cooking National Certificate (NC) II exam conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on April 7-9, 2011.

Likewise, TESDA NC II Licenses are recognized locally and internationally, and given to individuals as a certification of their technical and vocational skills after passing the complex examination given by TESDA Assessors.

In addition, STI Maasin also achieved a 98% passing rate in the Food and Beverage Services

*Special thanks to Arnilene Maturan, School Correspondent, STI Maasin

A Fresh Start

prevented long lines and allowed more people to apply to various employers present in the event.

Fresh from earning his diploma in 2-yr. Information Technology, Romeo S. Ramosa Jr., from STI Calbayog sets up a new computer program that helped more than 500 jobseekers during the Jobs Fair 2011 held at the Calbayog City Convention Center on April 7, 2011.

“It makes us proud that we are part of Romeo’s education which enabled him to make computer programs that bring innovation and provide convenience to our community,” shares Jhoanna Camilon, School Administrator of STI Calbayog.

A proud Romeo shows off his work during the job fair

Dubbed as the computerized job fair system, the program is a software application that catalogues information in a secure database which results to faster and more accurate results when browsing, sorting, and retrieving records. This new system

Romeo and other student volunteers, faculty members, and staff of STI Calbayog worked with the local government, together with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of Region VIII, in bringing to Calbayog one of the biggest job fairs in the city. *Special thanks to Carlo Jiff de Guzman, Faculty Member, STI Calbayog


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Glory in the Hoop

Six Juniors Meet Uncle Sam

Bagging one of the prestigious basketball tournaments in the city, the STI College Olympians of STI College – Cagayan de Oro proved that they are a new force to be reckoned with.

Six lucky 3rd year BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) students from STI College – General Santos were given the opportunity to put their skills and knowledge to test as they embarked on a 6-month onthe-job-training (OJT) program in USA.

With a new head coach leading the team, the STI College Olympians beat their toughest rival, Xavier University, in the elimination round and showed their might against the Pilgrim Christian College in the finals to win the 25-under category of the Jolas Cup at the Xavier University Gym last June 2011.

Maila Judith Aremas, Kenneth Henry Lu, Daryl Moises, Genevieve Suello, Mark Nape, and Ian June Nape were chosen among hundreds of applicants in the school’s Spring Work and Travel Program after undergoing a rigorous process of interviews, assessments, and examinations. This program allows the students to apply the lessons that they have learned in their classrooms and laboratories, and at the same time, have the opportunity to earn and travel abroad.

(Front row, from left) Maila Aremas and Genevieve Suello (Back row, from left) Kenneth Henry Lu, Mark Nape, Ian Nape, and Daryl Moises

The abovementioned students were assigned to different hotels: Maila and Genevieve were sent to Accor Hotels in Holbrook, Arizona; Ian and Daryl were posted at Super 8 Hotel in Moab, Utah; Mark was designated at Omni Austin Southpark Hotel in Austin, Texas; and Kenneth was dispatched to Crowne Plaza in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Hardcourt Idols with their coach, Boy Dacoco (center)

This is the third championship title of the STI College Olympians since their coach, Edgardo “Boy” Dacoco, has taken the team under his wings. They also won the Fiesta Cup in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental and the Summer Basketball League in Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro. “It has been a sweet victory for our team and the school to win three championship titles in just two short months. The boys simply love playing basketball. I see them practice everyday and it’s evident that they play for the love of the game,” shares Coach Dacoco. With passion, teamwork, and experience, Coach Dacoco is quite hopeful that the STI College Olympians will continue to bring home more glory to the STI community. *Special thanks to Marygrace Gan Sabanal, School Correspondent, STI College –

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Before the students left for their OJT stint, they expressed their delight on their good fortune and looked forward to the new experiences that will further help them become better individuals. *Special thanks to Roda Cabuga, Deputy School Administrator, STI College – General Santos

Save My Bay, Save My World On September 25, 2010, STI College – Olongapo joined the rest of Subic as they take part in saving Mother Earth by cleaning the coastal area and water of Subic. Themed “Save my Bay, Save my World,” this coastal bay and water clean-up drive is a project of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in participation to the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-up Campaign, an initiative led by the Ocean Conservancy International, a non-stock, non-profit organization founded in 1972 to identify and curb global marine threats. Sporting comfortable beach clothes, hats, gloves, and thick-soled shoes or sandals, 40 students, faculty, and staff of STI College – Olongapo, and other locals joined hands in support of the project. Armed with trash bags, rakes, shovels, and pails, they started cleaning up the shores of Subic from the Waterfront to Moonbay Marina. An environmental forum and a photo contest and exhibit were also held. The event ended in high spirit as the people partied by the beach as a reward of their commitment towards a cleaner environment. *Special thanks to Norma L. Signar, Academic Head, STI College – Olongapo


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Crossing the Digital Divide:

Going to School in


Gone are the days that gadgets are exclusively for the geeks and the nerds. Going to school has become easier with various electronic learning tools to help bring back the fun in school. Below is a table of various gadgets that are trending in schools today. Who would have thought that mobile phones are not just for saving special dates, calling, and texting?

Can store apps helpful for school (e-Reader, Sticky Notes) Can browse the internet Has organizers (calendars, alarm clock, etc.) Plus features


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+ Most convenient to carry around. + May have higher megapixel cameras

+ Better than the smart phone in terms of screen size and better than the netbook because it is ultralightweight.

Use your gadgets to take down notes, make presentations for reports, research your projects and assignments, and submit school assignments. With all these features within your click, tap or touch, which gadget do you think would be best for you?

LAPTOP A laptop is a portable personal computer that you can carry around.

NETBOOK A netbook is the smaller and inexpensive version of a laptop.

TABLET The tablet is your handheld personal computer that uses the touch screen technology. It is very handy, with a flat screen, and no keyboard.

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+ Slightly heavier than the tablet, but boasts of its longer battery life, low price, and functions more closely to a laptop.

+ Provides all functions that a regular PC has to offer — from the screen size and resolution to the convenience of the keyboard.

SMART PHONE A smartphone is a mobile phone that has more computer power and features compared to your traditional mobile phone. Examples of smartphones are iPhones, Windows 7 phones, Blackberry or Android devices.

FUNKY GADGETS ALIEN ALARM CLOCK A cool and fun way to wake up! Once your alarm sets off, you need to shoot it to make it stop!

CHARGEPOD The Chargepod is a multidevice charger that allows you to charge all your gadgets sans the clutter of wires.

Sources: backtoschool-devices/ article/198305-4/laptop_vs_ netbook_vs_smartphone.html


CAMPUS NEWS Green Up. Save Up.

Serving their Heart Out In an endeavor to work hand in hand and inspire oneness in being of service to the community, STI College – Iloilo spearheaded a medical mission in Barangay Bangcal, Alimodian, Iloilo on March 20, 2011. Around 145 National Service Training Program (NSTP) students and faculty members of STI College – Iloilo joined efforts in bringing relief goods and aid to the local community with the assistance of the Municipality of Alimodian through Mayor Juanito Alipao. Aside from packing and distributing goods, STIers also helped the medical team of the 301st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army and the Philippine Dental Association – Iloilo Chapter in rendering free medical and dental services which served over 100 residents. Andren Cordero, STI College – Iloilo’s NSTP Adviser, shares that, “We are happy that our students are exposed to activities like these that would teach and encourage them to be of service to their respective communities.”

STIers have no qualms in getting their hands dirty as 75 students from STI College – Iligan eagerly took part in the 5th Tree Growing Project held on January 29, 2011 at Barangay Tipanoy, Iligan City. The activity was spearheaded by the Youth Advocators for Productive and Integrated Service, Inc. (YAPIS), an active civic organization in Iligan City. Each student was tasked to plant a minimum of seven trees and at the end of the day, more than 500 yakan trees were planted. The STIers were proud of their accomplishment. It taught them how to be responsible and productive members of their community.

*Special thanks to Lloyd Celis, Faculty Member, STI College – Iloilo

Where Critical Minds Meet Being familiar in a game where beating out the opponent is top priority, STI College – Ormoc’s Athletics Guild spearheaded the Inter-High School Chess Tournament, a competition which aims to create bonds between chess players, held on January 22, 23, and 29, 2011. Created to motivate the youth to be interested in sports and build camaraderie amongst them that will inspire the values of perseverance, honesty, and sportsmanship, the competition gathered high school students from various cities in Leyte to a three-day play-off match that tested their skills and competence in the game of chess. The STI Athletics Guild, composed of students of BS Hotel and Restaurant Management and BS Information Technology, acted as arbiters during the elimination and championship rounds of the competition under the supervision of faculty members Evelyn Santillan and Ronnie Luriaga. The winners received certificates, medals, chess boards, and cash prizes. The winning schools also received trophies to commemorate their triumph. The competition, now on its third year, has already drawn 75 chess players and is participated by 25 public and private high schools in Leyte. *Special thanks to Martina Madula, School Correspondent, STI College – Ormoc

Always ready to be of service to the enviroment

Alma Rose Omictin, National Service Training Program Coordinator, shares that, “It was such a rewarding experience for the students. There were big smiles on everyone’s face while they were planting, knowing that they were able to save Mother Earth.” The tree planting activity had such a big effect on the students that they plan to visit the site again and this time, replace the wilted trees in the area. *Special thanks to Noel Orias, School Correspondent, STI College – Iligan


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CAMPUS NEWS An IT Experience June is known as the National ICT Month and this year, the city of Zamboanga endeavored to celebrate it with the theme, “A Digitally Empowered Philippines.” In accordance to the city government’s aim to promote and enhance the awareness and appreciation on the value of Information Technology (IT) to different sectors, STI College – Zamboanga wholeheartedly started their own IT training in select high schools of the city.

The mentor and the mentee during the training

Dubbed as In-Service Training (INSET), the first batch of participants came from Southcom National High School. Almost 50 high school

teachers attended the training conducted by the faculty, staff, and IT students of STI College – Zamboanga. The participants learned about the latest IT programs and how to use them effectively during class lectures. Dr. Salihmatal Lagbas, Principal of Southcom National High School, shared, “STI was very generous in sharing their knowledge, resources, and time to our teachers. Their training modules were up-to-date and they also have wellequipped facilities. But more than that, we were surprised on how well their students also conducted the training. Even though, they are not yet graduates, they seem to know a lot about IT and did not seem flustered when asked various questions.” *Special thanks to Shimlei Climaco, School Correspondent, STI College – Zamboanga

Young Minds Leveled I.T. Up More than 500 high school students in Bacoor, Cavite actively participated in the Youth: Level I.T. Up Convention organized by STI College – Bacoor at the SM City Bacoor, Cinema 3 on February 23, 2011. Aimed to provide high school students with the opportunity to be exposed in developing their knowledge in Information Technology (IT), the faculty members of STI College – Bacoor’s IT Department made sure that the participants will acquire relevant and timely information in the field that they may utilize in preparation for their future. The first topic, “Unleashing Your Potentials,” was presented by Engr. Ferdinand Bunag and the second topic, “Digital Soldiers Evolve,” was discussed by Mr. Joseph John Catubay. These topics provided the youth of Bacoor, especially the aspiring IT professionals, with the necessary knowledge on how they will be able to recognize their potentials and optimize them to assist their decision-making in the future. Student members of the different organizations of STI College – Bacoor also took part in the event by rendering performances to make sure that participants of the convention will learn and have fun at the same time. *Special thanks to Allan Jeffrey Saraza, Guidance Counselor, STI College – Bacoor

Patches of Talents Displayed Equipped with the knowledge gained from their respective courses, the students of STI College – Sta. Cruz concluded their semester through a fun and educational summer workshop and exhibit. The students proudly presented their talents and skills through six exhibits, each with a 20-minute presentation for the over 400 excited guests mostly high school students from the municipality and nearby towns. The one-day special event featured a wide range of production and project presentations such as the Kingdom Graphica by the BS Information Technology (BSIT) students; the Engineering Corner by the BS Computer Engineering (BSCoE) students; the various Hotel Services Demonstration Kiosks by the BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) students; the Defining Opportunities Booth of the BS Business Management (BSBM) students; the Basic Life Support Booth by the BS Nursing (BSN) students; and a Mini-Theater featuring Suyuan sa Azotea, a short play by the students. *Special thanks to Kitchi Boongaling and Marie Joseph Pamatmat, Faculty Members, STI College – Sta. Cruz STIMULI 15

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CAMPUS NEWS Running with a Special Buddy Hundreds of STIers actively participated in the Fun Run Awareness for Children with Special Needs dubbed as RUN4SPEC at the Quezon City Circle on December 5, 2010.

STEP up to a Brighter Future

Among the participants were freshman students taking 2-year Information Technology (IT), 2-year Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS), and 2-year Practical Nursing (PN) students of STI Pasay. There were more than 50 students who participated in the 500-meter dash in tandem with a differently-abled child in the Buddy Run category.

Students from nine high schools in Mandaluyong City participated in the 9th Skills Enhancement and Development Competition with the theme, “A STEP Higher: Doing More to Upgrade Skills and Improve Lives.” The competition was organized by the Student Technologist and Entrepreneur of the Philippines (STEP) in partnership with STI College – Shaw on November 26, 2010. The activity served as a venue for high school students to develop their technical education skills through various contests held at STI College – Shaw and strengthened cooperation, unity, and sportsmanship among the youth. Bringing home the bacon were schools from City of Mandaluyong Science High School (1st place for business planning), Eulogio Rodriguez Integrated School (1st place for electronic poster making), and Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales (1st place for electronic bookkeeping). Other participating schools were Andres Bonifacio Integrated School, Bonifacio Javier National High School, Isaac Lopez Integrated School, Highway Hills Integrated School, Mandaluyong High School, and Jose Fabella Memorial High School. The STEP is the official co-curricular organization of the Department of Education (DepEd), which enhances skills and learning competencies of technical education and skills training program that would help increase the students’ awareness on different sources of livelihood. STI College – Shaw hosted the said event and showed its commitment in such endeavors that push the learning development of the students. *Special thanks to Oscar Estopace, Jr. and Asya Marie Barrios, School Correspondents, STI College – Shaw

In tandem: STIers with their special buddies

“I am very happy that this activity is part of our NSTP class because it gave young people like me social awareness about the differently-abled children. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that inspired and changed my views about them,” said Mannilyn Mesina, one of the runners. The activity ended with the awarding ceremony in which participants received certificates and souvenir t-shirts. The event was organized by PVI Foundation Inc., a non-stock and non-profit organization, composed of volunteer students and professionals committed to the welfare and development of children with special needs from different government and private institutions, special schools, and private homes that have been abandoned and socially deprived. *Special thanks to Erika Obias, School Correspondent, STI Pasay


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CAMPUS NEWS Nailing the Giants Driven by his career objectives and personal goals, Sonny Torres, a graduate of BS Information Technology, surely knows how to nail a giant by earning work experiences in some of the country’s industry leaders such as SM Supermalls, Nestle Philippines, Ace Hardware, and Toy Kingdom. Fresh out of college, Sonny joined his alma mater, STI College – San Fernando to share his knowledge in programming as an IT instructor. Having a dream of working in a corporate world, he decided to take on another challenge. He went to Manila and joined Symbol Science Incorporated, a locally-owned solutions-oriented

Hands in the Midst of Calamity When the speed and strength of Typhoon Juan hit Northern Luzon, people in Isabela were displaced from their homes and their livelihoods, mostly dependent on farming, were destroyed. Quickly responding to their needs were STI College – Ilagan students, faculty members, and staff who worked closely together with volunteers from Gawad Kalinga in collecting relief goods and distributing them to the towns of Barangay Manaring and Barangay San Antonio, Isabela. The STI College – Ilagan campus also became the headquarters of the relief operations where substantial packs of noodles, rice, canned goods, and biscuits were stored and later on, brought to the affected families of the distressed barangays. As part of the program, Information Technology and Computer and Electronics Technology students also assisted the doctors and nurses of Gawad Kalinga in their medical mission conducted in Barangay Masipi, Cabagan, Isabela. Through this event, the STI students became instruments of charity which taught them the value of helping the community. This is in keeping with STI’s thrust to continue to mold individuals to be better citizens of this nation. *Special thanks to Florentino Nicholas, School Correspondent, STI College – Ilagan

company and a full service distributor and integrator of automatic identification and data collection systems, as a Systems Analyst. This is where he designed, developed, and implemented web-based and desktop applications for various big companies as mentioned above. He also created a mobile application by using MS Visual Studio to implement Barcode Technology and Signature Capture on Symbol/ Motorola Products like MC55 and MC75. In spite of his successes, Sonny’s adventure continues as he embarks on a bigger challenge as a programmer in Singapore. *Special thanks to Fides Arceo, Faculty Member, STI College – San Fernando

Mentor Chef Cooks his Future to Mastery The moment Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) instructor Melchor Corpuz steps inside the kitchen laboratory of STI College – Dagupan, the laboratory automatically transforms into a kitchen stadium ala Iron Chef. For someone whose skills and artistry in the field of culinary were sharpened by cooking competitions, Melchor believes that competitions hone not only the cooking prowess of students but also their characters. Hence, he regularly engages his students in cook-off battles to test their skills and consequently prepare them when they step outside their classrooms and face real life challenges in the hospitality industry. Aside from cooking, Melchor is equally skilled in bartending, fruit carving, flower arrangement, and table setting to name a few. His accomplishments serve as an inspiration to his students. In 2007 and 2008, Melchor pulled off a rare back-to-back triumph at the 101 Ways to Cook Bangus, one of the most awaited events in the famous Dagupan Bangus Festival. In September 2010, he brought home the bronze medal in the prestigious Fruit Flambé – Free Style Competition (Professional Division) held in Baguio City. In spite of his successes, he has no plans of resting on his laurels. As a matter of fact, he is now preparing for this year’s 101 Ways to Cook Bangus where it will be his turn again to showcase his culinary flair the moment he hears the phrase “Go cook!” *Special thanks to Eugene V. Geminiano, Faculty Member, STI College – Dagupan STIMULI 17

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CAMPUS NEWS These students are BS Information Technology students Angelika Cagatin, Geralyn Gonzaga, Manniepouy Lucero, and Edelson Llamada; BS Computer Engineering students Ryan Cuevas and Michael Rey Dingal; BS Nursing students Vanessa Rose Palacio and Narciso Cañiban; and BS Business Administration student Jinky Maneja.

Speaking Up for a Better Governance In an effort to raise awareness in the need of the public to have honest and trustworthy public officials, students of STI College – Cebu, who are enrolled in the Philippine Governance class, held a seminar entitled Public Accountability and the Law to Barangay officials of Barangay Luz, Cebu City on March 29, 2011. Selected students from different programs all worked together in sharing their knowledge to 60 Barangay officials on laws such as Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices Act, RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and the Anti Red Tape Act that guard the public against corruption, graft, and other misuse of public funds.

Asked about the event, Teresita Sarep, a Barangay representative, shares, “The topics were relevant, timely, and significant that will guide public officials like me in serving our constituents better according to the laws. It also makes us proud that today’s youth make an effort in the way they can to contribute for the betterment of our nation.”

Barangay officials listen attentively to be of better service

The seminar is part of STI’s thrust to instill the value of community service among the students and encourage more active participation from them in nation building.

*Special thanks to Virgil B. Vallecera, School Correspondent, STI College – Cebu

Young Servant Capped Leadership Awards

Vice President of the FSC-SBO during her graduating year that made her worthy of such recognitions.

On March 18, 2011, Diana Grace Dumaoang, a 4th year BS Computer Science (BSCS) student from STI College – La Union was recognized and bestowed four leadership awards in the annual awarding ceremony of the Federation of Student Council – Student Body Organization (FSC-SBO) of the city of San Fernando, La Union.

The FSC-SBO is an organization composed of SBO presidents from different public and private high schools, colleges, and universities in La Union which aims to foster outstanding leadership and academic excellence among its members.

Among her awards are The SBO Federation Leadership Award, The City of San Fernando Leadership Award, The Philippine Councilor’s League Award of Excellence, and Most Outstanding Student Leader Award (TOP 1).

Once, a wise man said that the future lies in the youth of today. Thus, with this kind of young leader guiding our youth, we can safely say that we can now look forward to a brighter future.

A leader by example, Dumaoang served as the SBO President of STI College – La Union and the

*Special thanks to Chona Elizalde, Faculty Member, STI College – La Union


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k Students Ran 1st Runner-up in UNILAB’s Ideas Positive

Determination and passion to be of service to the community proved to be a strong driving force for STI Team Kabalikat when they won 1st runner-up in the UNILAB Ideas Positive: Transforming Communities with the Filipino Youth, a project created to address key issues concerning the health and wellness of the Filipino people. STI Team Kabalikat championed Hitong Buháy Hitong Búhay, a proposal that focuses on raising catfish or hito as a means to create positive impact to the community. The winning group is composed of five students from STI College – Global City: BS Nursing students Ray Rowan Marva and Aileen Romero, BS Information Technology student Ahrjo C. De Guzman, and BS Hotel and Restaurant Management students Ma. Emerita Rallyn Andolero and Justin Vaughn Ancheta. Guiding them along the way as their coach is Mr. Voltaire Revilla.

The competition started with 56 promising entries from various universities and colleges nationwide. In the semifinals, it was trimmed down to 11 teams. After a three-day boot camp and a panel presentation, only five teams remained, including STI Team Kabalikat. On September 17, 2011, STI went up against University of Batangas, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila, and two teams from UP Diliman in the final round, held at the M.K. Tan Hall, Bayanihan Center, Unilab, Mandaluyong City. All five teams presented their projects again to a distinct panel of judges comprised of experts from the academe, business, social, and civic organizations. As 1st runner-up, STI Team Kabalikat took home the following: PhP75,000 as seed money to start their project, PhP30,000 cash for the students, and PhP5,000 honorarium for the coach. Mr. Revilla shares, “We are so overwhelmed! After months of study, the grueling preparation, and hard work, we now have the chance to make STIers feel exuberant after our project a reality and their win help more people. We are very happy! Thank you for all the support.” The competition, running on its second year, is aimed to promote health awareness and provide opportunities for the youth to turn their ideas into reality. This is the first time that STI has joined this event.

STI Welcomes New Ally STI signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Stream Global Services, an international Business Process Outsource (BPO) service provider to Fortune 1000 companies, on March 1, 2011 at the PBCom Tower, Makati City.

our students would have a wider range of opportunities to secure better jobs that may help improve their lives and the lives of their families,” shares Chicky Recheta, STI Student Development and Placement Services Manager.

The MOA aims to further strengthen STI’s Enrollment to Employment or E2E System, a complete approach to human resource development, which aims to develop ICT-enabled professionals through innovative learning and career planning methodologies. Through the E2E System, STI students get applicable education, job market skills, job preparedness, and job placement assistance.

Present during the contract signing were STI Vice President for Academics Mitch Andaya and Stream Global Services Vice President and Country Manager Jared Morrison.

“Because of this alliance, STI graduates looking for jobs will be on Stream’s Top Priority Hiring List. With over 50 international contact centers, 20 STIMULI

Currently, STI is one of the 17 universities and colleges that have an alliance with Stream Global Services.

In a world where the only thing constant is change, we have always been talking about changing the world and the people around us. But have we ever thought of changing ourselves? As citizens who aim to bring positive change in our country, our community, and our institution, we are called to respond to a personal challenge which entails our strong dedication, undying commitment, and great involvement — the challenge to begin change from within. “The Change I Want to See Begins with Me� is a continuation of our mission as Citizen STI. It calls us to spark change within ourselves starting with our little deeds that can make a difference and inspire change. From our simple steps to elaborate initiatives, we are encouraged to enact social responsibility and embody the attributes of being a Citizen STI. But it is only when we are willing to change the way we think and act, then we are ready for change to happen.

So, are you ready for Change? Listed are only some of the concrete small steps that can bring big leaps someday. These little acts may seem trivial, but can create a great impact especially when all our efforts are taken collectively. As we live each day, give ourselves a chance to change and as a result, see great things happen because of you!


Change Starts at Home There’s no better place to initiate change but at home. Who we are inside our home also reflects who we are in our community. The values founded and learned within the four walls of our comfort zones transcend to our character, and the cornerstone of these values is rooted from our family.

Do Household Chores From as simple as fixing your bed to washing the dishes, a simple household chore that you can do around the house is a great way to instill the value of responsibility and institute change towards oneself.

Be a Loving Relative Focus on building up rather than straining relationships with your relatives. Focus on their positive sides and help them improve on their negatives.

Think Twice Before you Speak When misunderstanding arises, do not be carried away by your emotions. Keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself as you think about the most pleasant and harmonious manner to deal with your family member.

Spend Time Together The more time you spend moments with your family, the stronger relationship you can build with them. Having dinner together, going to church, celebrating a holiday or going for a walk on a regular basis gives the family time to bond and share experiences with each other.

Keep your Hands-off Keep boundaries and make sure not to violate your family member’s personal space. This also pertains to their personal belongings. Learn how to respect even your younger siblings, they deserve some privacy too.

Change Starts Inside the Classroom Set a Study Time… and Stick to It! Do you feel left behind inside the classroom? Then, maybe it’s time to revamp your study habits and brush up your skills as we give you useful tips that will help you ace your lessons.

Attention! Although class attendance is a must, keep in mind also that your focus and complete attention especially during class discussions are more important for you to get good grades. To stay focus, rid yourself of any distractions.

Ask for Help Don’t be afraid to talk to your classmates and open up the idea of forming a study group.


Whether that’s right after school or after dinner, set a study time that can help you focus a lot easier and not miss out any take home assignments.

Take Down Notes Keep all your notes from your classes and read them over. Take note of things your teacher says, it might come out on your exam.

Don’t be a Wet Blanket You don’t need to be Mr. or Ms. Popular in school, but you need good social skills. Being sociable improves your people relationship and communication skills, and develops your selfesteem too. So if you think you have a knack in singing, dancing or writing, why don’t you start putting a smile on that face and confidence inside your pocket as now is the time to show them what you’ve got!

Change Starts in the Environment With all the environmental issues today, we are left scratching our heads wondering what to do to make a difference. However, there are tons of steps we can do every day to show our care for the environment. So, roll down the list, and start thinking and acting green!


Drop Counts

This life sustaining source is usually taken for granted. But it is surprisingly easy to reduce water consumption because there are flowing tips to save it by simply doing our share.

Each Drop Saved Adds Up If you stop a faucet from leaking one drop each second, you can save 2,700 gallons of water a year. Ask somebody to fix a leaky faucet. While washing hands, turn the water off while you use the soap and same goes as you brush your teeth; instead of leaving the tap running, fill up a glass to rinse your mouth.

Cut Down Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.


Imagine life without electricity. We can’t. It plays important roles in our lives which make it convenient and easier for us. But when abused, it also has its power to ruin the environment— the global warming. It is time to put up a fight against global warming through wise electrical consumption.


Plug-out Unplug electronic devices when they aren’t in use. Simply turning them off is not enough because they still consume electricity when on stand-by mode.

Bulk is Less Run full loads in washing machines and the same goes with when you iron your clothes.

3R’s on the


Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. A proven formula that will address several environmental problems. This practice has been known for a longtime, but only a handful religiously follows. So, live out some of the common tips below to make the 3R’s go and move onward.

• When you drink bottled water, reuse the bottle before recycling it. • The next time you have the impulse to buy a new book to read, borrow it from the library or a friend instead of buying a new copy. You can also try downloading an e-book. • Save paper that has print on one side. This paper can be reused in a variety of ways — for writing notes, drawing for children or shred it and use it as garden mulch or packing material. • There are lots of reasons why vintage is such a great choice, but topmost is that wearing vintage clothing is environment-friendly. Going green does not mean going out of style.

The World is a

It is undeniably true that there is a growing problem on solid wastes in the entire nation. Several debates and discussions were held. But how long will it take us to resolve this issue? No one knows, yet one thing is for sure — we’re running out of time and as part of the crisis, we need to act now!


No Littering Keep your candy wrappers, papers, and small pieces of trash inside your pocket or bag if there’s no available garbage can around. Doing your part to keep litter to a minimum is easy, but it takes a lot of vigilance.

Shop with Bags on the Go There are too many plastic bags choking our planet and a better way to reduce them is by using a reusable bag for your groceries.

Having self-discipline, determination, and sense of responsibility are the essential things that one should possess to initiate change within oneself. You don’t need to be in power to be able to exhibit change; all it takes is willpower. You don’t have to be a star to be a role model; all you need is do worth-imitating actions. Most of all, you don’t need to think of what others are doing, the key here is to have the heart to start change.

Sources: water-saving-tips-kids.html stories/spacescience/green-tips/

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STI Celebrates 28th Year with a Challenge for Change! August 26, 2011 — Almost 20,000 STI students converged at the Enchanted Kingdom, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, ready to heed the call for positive change as STI celebrated its 28th year with the theme, “Change I Want to See Begins with Me” — a commitment that encourages individuals to start positive self-transformation that would eventually help the nation.

Dynamic performances from Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition stars Devon Seron and Fritzie Bercede crooned the dashing contestants of the Mr. STI. Not to be left behind, the lovely Ms. STI contenders were also serenaded by rising VIVA star Jay Perillo. Rivermaya’s lead vocalist Jason Fernandez also charmed the audience when he performed the favorite hit songs of their band.

In a celebration of skills, talents, and achievements, an astounding number of STI students from Luzon to Mindanao gathered to commemorate its foundation day. Contestants came from as far as Laoag to Zamboanga and are winners in their own right having championed their respective local cluster competitions prior to this event.

In the coming months, academic competitions like ThinkQuest (team quiz bee), INTO Programming (computer programming), Stand Up & Deliver (impromptu speech), Essay Does It! (essay writing), Bits and PCs (PC assembly), All in Place (table setting with menu card preparation), Center of Attention (edible centerpiece presentation) and Chef Xpress (cooking competition) will be held across the STI Network still in accord with the anniversary celebration.

The Band Stand featured the best of the best in musicality as it highlighted talent competitions such as the Battle of the Bands (amateur band competition) and the STI Singing Idol (solo singing competition). Popular all-girl band General Luna kept the crowd wild with their impressive performance as they sang to popular hits.

The celebration culminated in a grand fireworks display right after the announcement of the winners of the Mr. and Ms. STI 2011. This is in keeping with the spectacular years to come as STI is certain of its pledge to continue pursuing only the best for its students which help mold wellrounded individuals.

At the same time, the Space Port Area was also a definite crowd drawer with its stage set for the Hataw Sayaw (group dance competition) and the much awaited search for Mr. and Ms. STI 2011.

For the complete list of winners, visit


Thousands of students patiently wait for the celebration to start

Diva in the making — Roxanne Bongala from STI College – Alabang

And the crowd goes wild! General Luna Band captivates the audience with their act

Devon Seron of PBB Teen delights STIers

Students flock the stage as Rivermaya’s lead vocalist Jason Fernandez sings their classic hits

3rd in a Row Band from STI College – Recto gives a total rock-on performance

Jayson Villegas from STI College – Taft and Jasper Mariz Ishiwata from STI College – Novaliches (center) lead the other winners and contestants of Mr. and Ms. STI 2011 in a battle of wit and beauty

Ms. STI candidates are all smiles as serenaded by VIVA’s rising star Jay Perillo

Precision, power, and moves certainly make Intensity Dance Crew of STI College – Caloocan a winning group


The Battle of the

Brightest Takes Place

On February 8 and 10, 2011, the regional winners of the 11th Tagisan ng Talino converged at the STI Academic Center in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig to showcase their knowledge, skills, and creativity for a chance to win in the National Finals and bring honor to their schools. With the aim to awaken the Filipino spirit and bring out the Citizen STI in each and every STIer, the 11th Tagisan ng Talino remained consistent throughout the competition in highlighting the rich culture and traditions of the Philippines. Under the Facts and Flairs category, finalists of Stand Up and Deliver were asked to describe three new and practical ways by which STI can contribute to our country’s progress. On the other hand, Essay Does It! finalists were tasked to write an essay entitled A Nation of Indifference which talked about the humans’ tendencies to be socially distant and totally indifferent; putting their critical thinking skills to a test. Other events in this category were Think Quest (Team Quiz Competition), INTO Programming (Programming Competition), and Bits and PCs (PC Assembly Competition). For the Plates and Palates category, the Filipinos’ all-time favorite coffee and cocoa were the secret ingredients in the Chef Xpress competition. Winning dishes were Vege Vinaigrette Coffee with Lumpia Wrapper (appetizer), Tenderloin top with coffee sauce and pesto (entrée or main course),


and Chocolate Mousse with ladyfingers on base and meringue on top (dessert). Also, under this category, students competed in All in Place (Table Setting with Menu Card Preparation) and Center of Attention (Edible Centerpiece Presentation). Throughout the competition, Chicky Recheta, Student Development and Placement Services Manager of STI, kept reiterating to the students that playing fair and showing respect for your opponents are more important than having an award. That is why when asked for a message for all the finalists, she has this to say, “Winning per se doesn’t make you a success. It is how you won that makes you a champion.”

Congratulations to all the participants of the 11th Tagisan ng Talino! To see complete list of winners, visit

In the Land of the Rising Sun A Life-Changing Journey After the successful stint of Venuz Oabel, from STI College – Fairview, in Japan last summer as one of the Student Ambassadors for the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme, another STIer follows her footsteps as he also embarks on a life-changing cultural and educational journey. Carl Bryan Pontillas of STI College – Cagayan de Oro proves that it doesn’t matter whether you come from the big city or in the province as long as you have the determination to pursue your dreams. From hundreds of applicants nationwide, 23 lucky students were chosen last February 2011 by the National Youth Commission (NYC) for the JENESYS Programme and Carl was among them. A 3rd year BS Information Technology (BSIT) student, Carl underwent a rigorous screening process to qualify for the program. Aside from the interview, Carl also submitted several essays about his expectations from the program, the current situation in Japan, and the youth’s contribution for a greener environment throughout the world. He will leave for Hokkaido, Japan in 2012 to participate in the 10-day cultural and educational exchange program. The JENESYS Programme seeks to deepen the understanding of the different facets of the Japanese society and construct firm solidarity among the Asian countries. It was organized by the NYC in coordination with the Japan International Cultural Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE).

Back with a Baggage Full of Lessons Learned Armed with skills and determination, in May 2010, Andrea Garcia, Marinel Olpot, and Rhine Batiancila, Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students from STI College – Dasmariñas flew to Michigan, USA to undergo an extensive on-the-job training at the famous Grand Hotel. Six months later, they went back with a baggage full of lessons learned. In an interview, Andrea, Marinel, and Rhine shared their experiences — the triumphs that kept them proud and failures that made them strong — in the hopes that they will serve as inspirations to their fellow students. Asked about her first day of training, Marinel admitted that she was quite terrified. But trusting in her upbringing and education made her beat the tension. As expected, things don’t always go smoothly. Mistakes will be made along the way, but what’s important is that we don’t let it pull us down. Andrea Andrea, Marinel, and Rhine at the Grand Hotel furthermore added that, “The show must go on so it is also essential to learn how to think and move quickly because before you know it, it is all over.” This is one of the important lessons that the girls learned during their stint in Michigan. Rhine also adds that opportunities like these are rare so she’s sending this message to all her fellow students, “Hone your skills. Believe that you’re an achiever. Take calculated risks. Grab all the opportunities that will come your way and surely you will reach your goal.” STIMULI 27



From more than 150 countries and 1,900 submissions, another cap is added to STI College – Marikina’s feather when Maria Elizabeth Catura, a 4th year BS Information Technology (BSIT) student was proclaimed as one of the Best 200 Authors in the World Bank’s International Essay Competition 2011. With the topic, “Youth Migration,” Elizabeth’s piece titled, “Hello, Where Are You From?” discussed precise ideas on how the youth can be empowered to take matters into their hands. It captured a clear picture of youth migration’s causes and effects in the country and provided creative solutions for managing migration that would benefit young people. “Writing this entry pushed me a little bit harder. To exhibit substance, I was compelled to open my eyes to what was happening around me and it made me realize that as a youth, we should always believe that we have something worthwhile to say,” she said.

Through the World Bank’s International Essay Competition 2011, youth around the world were given the chance to share their views on the opportunities, challenges, and implications of youth migration. The annual contest aims to tackle issues and concerns of the youth and is open to all between the ages of 18 and 25 from all countries of the world. “I am aware that several issues on youth migration need to be addressed and these would take time before we finally see the outcome of our collective efforts. So for now, I vow to keep my eyes open for new prospects, continue to inspire, and make a difference through my pens and words,” she parted. *As told by Maria Elizabeth Catura, 4th yr. BSIT, STI College – Marikina

STI Student Places in Nursing Licensure Exam Florence Jill Dela Victoria Polina, a BS Nursing graduate of STI College – Cebu ranks 6th out of 78,135 examinees of the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination — a nationwide licensure exam given by the Board of Nursing to test the level of skills and competencies of nursing graduates in the Philippines. With an average score of 86.60, Florence Jill is among the 37,513 newly-registered nurses who passed the exam held last July 2011, according to the results released by the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC). Florence shares that, “I was not expecting to land a spot in the top 10. I just studied really hard and held on to my dream of becoming a registered nurse. Aside from attending review classes, I also did a lot of research and readings on my own. It also helped that our teachers and Dean from STI College – Cebu gave us tips and pointers on what to review. And when the day of the exam came, I prayed hard for guidance and enlightenment.” 28 STIMULI

Her journey to the top 10 is not without trials, during her review, Jill discovered that her father has cancer which at first, her family tried to keep from her. When she knew about it though, she used this as an inspiration to drive her to the top, dedicating her success to her beloved father. This young lady is truly an achiever in school, she received the coveted Related Learning Experience Award, a dean’s lister, and Vice President of the Nursing Student Body Organization. She also graduated with honors, ranking first among her batch. Currently, Florence Jill resides in California, United States and is preparing for her National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. True to her namesake — legendary nurse Florence Nightingale — Florence Jill’s future plans include taking up Master in Nursing Administration and teaming up with other nurses to conduct medical missions and outreach programs to people who cannot afford medical assistance in Cebu.



Out of almost 500 fourth year high school students across the country who heeded the call for change and spoke, 12 confident and brilliant young minds made it to the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City where the strongest voice reigned supreme and became the first ever National Champion of the Voice of the Youth – National Oratorical Competition (VOTY) on February 28, 2011. Nowadays, proficiency in the English language and strong critical thinking skills are very important as these will give one an edge in this globally competitive arena. Thus, to hone the Filipino youth’s English-speaking tongue, sharpen their minds, and prepare them for the future, the Department of Education (DepEd), National Youth Commission (NYC), and STI Foundation together with the STI network of schools launched the VOTY on November 15, 2010 to serve as venue for high school students to get involved and express their thoughts. The 12 finalists delivered their prepared speeches themed, “Change I Want to See Begins with Me: Becoming the New Filipino,” to a distinct panel of judges composed of Mr. Mike Enriquez, VP for RGMA; Dr. Celia Bulan, professor from UP College of Arts and Letters; and Mr. Walter Wong, VP for Training and Varsity of the Ateneo Debate Society. More than 1.6 million-worth of prizes were given away. The winners took home cash and bagged laboratory packages for their schools such as a computer laboratory, speech laboratory, and an e-Library; while their respective coaches also received school-related prizes. Now that the youth have finally spoken, no one can stop them. This is just the beginning. Prepare as the echo grows louder this November when a new batch of Filipino youth speaks their mind!

The young orators together with their coaches during the awarding ceremonies

The voice that resonates above the rest, National Champion Joshua Ferrer of Southpoint School Davao

1st runner-up Charles Cadiogan of Baguio City National High School accepts his trophy and prizes

Patricia Mari Mijares of Bacolod City National High School made it to the top 3 as she was proclaimed 2nd runner-up


Are you ready to be a...

HOTEL MARKETING OFFICER? The hospitality industry is a booming industry. It constantly changes and adapts to the needs of travelers and business clients, as well as the demands of the economy. Hence, there is a lot of potential for growth and success within this market. Since it covers a broad category of fields within the service industry such as hotels, restaurants, events, and tourism, limitless job opportunities are available here and abroad. In hotels alone, a person can work in the frontline, food and beverage section, operations or marketing, to mention a few. If you want to know if the hotel industry is the right one for you, try to answer the following questions: 

Are you a people-person? Are you confident enough and able to communicate your thoughts and ideas with other people? Would you be able to clearly explain what your hotel offers and show enthusiasm to hotel guests?

Are you a creative person? Can you think of new ways to promote a hotel? Would you be able to come up with unique but fine-looking ideas to execute events?

Do you have exemplary customer service skills?


Are you ready to serve and go out of your way to ensure that your guests have a satisfying stay?


Can you handle stress under pressure and deal with it without losing focus? Are you keen to details and love doing projects that require extensive planning?

Are you a team player? Coordination is essential to implementing projects or working on an event, can you work with a strong team-oriented environment?

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, then you might be all set to conquer the hotel industry! 30 STIMULI

As a Hotel Marketing Officer, you get to meet new people every day. You are also exposed to a wide range of tasks that will strengthen your communication, organizational, and customer service skills. And if you’re lucky enough, you may also get the opportunity to travel.

CONS When dissatisfied, guests can get really mad, so empathize with them and try to understand where they are coming from. Try to think of solutions instead of further aggravating the situation. You may also be on call for more than 12 hours a day, which may limit your social life.

FAST FACTS Name: Tracy Samonte Lopez Year Graduated: 2010 Course: Hospitality & Restaurant Services School: STI College – Tagaytay Affiliation: Hotel Marketing Officer, Estancia Resort Hotel Three words that best describe her: Friendly, energetic, and hardworking Words to live by: “To fully test something, you need to experience it” Typical Day:

“To travel the world,” says Tracy Samonte Lopez when asked about her dream. Since her graduation last April 2010, Tracy has been working steadily into turning that dream to a reality. Until then, she is quite happy working as the Hotel Marketing Officer for Estancia Resort Hotel, a premier destination in Tagaytay. She gets to meet people from all walks of life and do a variety of tasks that always keeps her on her toes. She strives hard and works meticulously in every project to make sure that the hotel guests are happy.

“There is never a dull moment in a resort hotel! Everyday, I check facilities and see if they are ready for walk-in guests or functions. Then, I check my email to see if we have reservations. Throughout the day, I handle telephone inquiries, prepare tour packages, tour or visit clients, prepare cost quotations, and coordinate with guests who have booked their vacation or functions.”

Looking back, Tracy shares, “I try to learn from every person that I meet because they all have different experiences and their stories are amazing! It’s a good thing also that I benefited from a well-rounded education which equipped me with the skills, training, and confidence needed in this industry.”

Tracy with her co-workers in the hotel STIMULI 31




“Through the years, their roster has prospered, changing many times, but their glory has never been denied!” For the first time, The Avengers will unite the super heroes of Marvel Comics when an unexpected enemy threatens the world from devastation. Bringing them together is Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency — S.H.I.E.L.D., who’ll recruit Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and more to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, this film stars Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson. Set on May 4, 2012.



Reckless by Cornelia Funke When 12-year-old Jacob Reckless discovers a mirror with a cryptic message, he travels through it and enters the enchanting world of Mirrorworld — a fairy tale land inhabited by faeries, witches, and dwarves. For 12 years, he led a secret life as a treasure seeker until his younger brother followed him and is turned into a stone. Now, Jacob must confront the dangers of Sleeping Beauty’s thorn castle and an abandoned gingerbread house among others as he races against time to remove the evil spell on his brother. Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, this fluid and fastpaced storytelling introduces everyone’s favorite fairy tales and legends re-imagined as never before.



Hooray for the Wii U! Gamers of all ages are going ga-ga over the latest announcements during the E3 2011 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011) as the two newest handheld game consoles are set to be released late this year to early next year, one of them is the much awaited Wii U. Nintendo’s Wii U is the successor of the Wii. The main feature of the Wii U boasts of its revolutionary new touch screen controller, precision motion controls, and full high definition graphics that impressively supplements or replicates the gameplay displayed at the television screen. Set to hit the market on 2012, the Wii U measures 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide, and 10.5 inches long. Source:



How to enjoy the world wide web safely

The internet has become a social haven for everyone, especially teenagers, because of social networking sites such as Twitter, Tag, and Facebook, among others. These sites have made getting in touch with your friends, relatives, and colleagues across the globe just a click away. Although the benefits of social networking is priceless, like all good things, it also has its bad side. Social networks have opened up doorways for cybercrimes and threats, which include unsafe disclosure of personal information, risky sexual behavior, cyberbullying, and invasion of privacy. To make your internet browsing safe and worry free, here are some safety tips to protect your interests while staying online and connected: Join Wisely Choose your social networking site carefully. Review its privacy policies before creating an account. Remember that Online Information is Public Information Limit the information you post on the net. There are a number of scammers on social networks who may try to steal or use your personal information that can be used for potential crimes such as identity theft or fraud. Watch Your Posts Rants on the internet may seem like freedom of expression, but this may also affect the way people see you. Remember that your internet persona is an extended image of you and may forever stay with you. Avoid also minute by minute updates of your holiday plans, whereabouts, purchases, and other personal information. These posts make it easy for stalkers, potential burglars and others, who may wish you harm, to find you. Beware of What You “LIKE” Since liking or tagging something automatically makes you a member of a website, this action may open you up to spammers and hackers or connect you with people you don’t know.

Eyeball is Trouble Although social networking sites are channels in meeting new people, they have also become a cause of internet-related crimes. So meet only with the people that you know. Befriend Only Your Friends Max out your privacy settings on your social networking sites so that others (who are friends of friends… of friends) cannot easily view your personal information. Don‘t be a Cyberbully Cyberbullying is uploading information on the internet that is harmful to someone else’s reputation. It includes pestering, harassing, and posting of foul words, videos or pictures about another person. Practice your freedom to express yourself wisely. Know your limitations. Protect Your Password Don’t share your password with anyone, and if possible, update or change it often. Always Log Out Always log out from your account especially if you’re using public computers like those in internet cafés, library, and others to fully protect your interest.

Although social networks are useful tools in communication, keep in mind that these can also harm your privacy and reputation. So be sure and be safe all the time! Source:




It was nice knowing you... Top 10 Break-up Lines that will Split Your Sides Rather than Break Your Heart I’m not saying that it’s you; I’m just saying that it’s not me.

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your cell? It’s an emergency, my mom told me to call her the first time I fell in love.

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something wrong with my phone. Can you call it to see if it rings? I get a picture of you 3 Can so I can show Santa what I want for Christmas? I 4 sitCanbeside

you during our examination? Coz I feel perfect when I am next to you.

a license? 5 DoCozyouyouhave are driving me crazy!


Are you a dictionary? Coz you add meaning to my

paying for your tuition fee, as long as you promise to learn how to love me. you have band aid? 8 DoBecause I just scraped

my knee falling for you.

By the way, we broke up about two months ago. I forgot to tell you. I just need to find myself a better relationship. I really wish I could continue dating you, but I just don’t want to anymore. I’m not from earth and will soon be going back to my home planet of Xygor-18. Let’s try cooling off without unfreezing again EVER. We have different interests, you are interested in me and I am interested in anything but you.

Haven’t we met before? Oh, now I remember! You are the girl of my dreams!

Boy: Did it hurt? Girl: What hurt? Boy: When you fell from heaven. Girl: Aww. Boy: Because your face is a mess.


The voices in my head told me to break up with you.


Can I get a picture with you? So we can be developed.

(For girls only) My real name is Bernardo. I just changed it when I became a girl.

Tied Hands By: Kim Justine Plechas, 3rd yr. BSIT STI College – Santa Rosa

Ina Kong Guro Ni: Carlo Marted Banaag, 3rd yr. BSHRM STI College – Alabang

O, ikaw na aking tagapagleksyon, Sa akin ay nagbigay inspirasyon. Buhat ng ikaw ay unang nakita, Bulag na kaisipan ay iyong pinahanga. Sa mga oras na ika’y magtuturo, Tila pinupukaw ang aming mga puso. Sa tuwing ika’y magbibigay payo, Pag-aalala namin ay iyong hinahayo. Ikaw ay kakaiba sa lahat ng mga naging guro, Sapagka’t ang loob namin ay iyong sinuyo. Marahil di mo man ito sinadya, Wari ang Diyos ang mismong nagtakda. Sa tuwing ako’y may problema at hinaing, Nariyan ka at handa itong dinggin. Ikaw na tumutugon sa aming kailangan, O aking guro, ikaw pala’y isang KAIBIGAN din. Nang ako’y nagkamali at nadapa, Ikaw ang unang tumulong at pumuna. Labis na malasakit sa akin ay pinadama O aking guro, ikaw pala ay isa ring INA. Ngayo’y ikaw ay lilihis ng daan, Ako ay tunay at lubos na nahihirapan. Minsan ay napatanong sa Maykapal kung bakit, Sapagka’t sa puso ito’y nagdulot ng pasakit. Ako ay lubos na nagpapasalamat, Para sa mga tulong at lahat-lahat. Pagmamahal naming sayo’y wagas at totoo, Aking guro at ina… MAHAL ko po kayo. Aking hiling sana’y ‘wag kaming kalimutan, Isang guro na puno ng kabaitan. Wala ng iba, kundi ikaw ang tanging tugon, Nagpapasalamat ako at binigay ka ng Panginoon.

No matter how many times we are born Even if we become apart, I want to meet at this place, Then I’ll hold your hands so we’ll never be separated again. We used to talk all night until the sun rose, And held hands ‘til the sun went under the horizon. Let’s walk together like this forever, like light and shadow. I stand in the city, staring off into space with lonely eyes, I can’t find warmth on my own, By meeting you, I realized How much strength love could give me. I can’t sleep by myself ‘Cause you’re always in my dreams, So take me to a place where uncertainty can’t reach us And let us bring light to the night sky with no stars. So long as you’re with me, I can go to the world’s end Even if it’s a path I can’t walk on my own, If you’re by my side, I can walk it while humming a tune If we’re together, the world is mine.

Wikang Filipino: Isang Paanyaya Ni: John Barry Santos, 4th yr. BSIT STI College – Balagtas

Ano ba itong aking naririnig? Kumpetensya sa mundo’y patuloy na nananaig Sa anumang larangan ito’y napipiit, Hamon sa atin ay siyang ipinababatid. Wikang Filipino ito ay aking ikagagalak, Gamitin bilang sandata sa bawat pagtahak Sa dikta ng panahon, sa ganap nitong pag-usad, Sa makabagong aspeto sa kanyang pag-unlad. Wikang Filipino ngayo’y umaanyaya, Buhat sa kanya’y tangan ay siyang pag-asa Upang pag-angat ng ngalan mula sa iba Ay mula sa realidad na siyang makikita. Kabahagi ang wika sa ganap na pagtahak Sa pagharap sa pagsubok sa ganap na tagumpay Wikang Filipino sa bagong realidad, “Ang hamon ay ‘di hamon bagkus ay oportunidad.” Kaya sa ating isang araw at tatlong bituing bandila Na may malaking bahagi ng bughaw pati pula Tingnan mo ang hamon bilang ganap na oportunidad Upang anumang pagbabago, kayang malagpasan. STIMULI 35

MIL Mily graduated in 2005 with a degree in BS Computer Science from STI College – Global City. His academic excellence coupled with his enthusiasm to simplify complex problems made him an exemplary computer programmer that left a mark amongst his teachers and classmates.

Over the last two decades, new products, technologies, and other Information Technology (IT)-related businesses have grown and prospered. Behind these innovations are people who work towards improving the lives of others, and making productive changes that will ultimately affect the community — one of them is Mily Opeña.

wonders of computer programming, a whole new world opened up for Mily. And being a determined, responsible, and hardworking person, it was only a matter of time before job offers start pouring in.

This mark paved the way for STI Headquarters (STI HQ) to notice his skills and offer him a position as an Analyst/Programmer in the company.

Mily’s continuous quest to learn and improve himself opened up plenty of opportunities and one of them is working for one of the leading telecommunications company in the Philippines today — SMART Communications, Inc.

When he started working in STI HQ, Mily was excited to carry out what he has learned in college. Sharing his experience, Mily says, “STI has a nice curriculum in programming fundamentals. Once you understand the basics, you are now ready to handle the intermediate and advance aspects of it. Even before I graduated, I was already prepared for work.”

SMART hired Mily in 2010 as a web programmer. After a year, Mily has already created Middle Wares and SMART web connect, and maintains SMART Bills Payment and other web programs that is used by its more than 45.6 million subscribers.

His skills, which he further honed during his 5-year employment with STI HQ, geared him to create and maintain the STI HQ Portal and the STI HQ WIRE System. Both systems lessened the burden of filing and encoding various electronic forms and information, and monitoring these data has since become a breeze.

“For me, the word ‘difficulty’ is synonymous to the word ‘challenge’. If you feel challenged, you can perform beyond your own expectations. I have invested in my learning by putting a lot of effort into studying well and to this day, I continually improve myself to stay competitive. For me, programming is not just a job, it is a hobby. To become successful, you have to love what you are doing.”

As a son of a foreman and a housewife, computers are not inherent to Mily. He fondly recalled playing patintero and agawan-base with his friends and to this day, he swears that these games were a part of his happy childhood memories. However, when he discovered the 36 STIMULI

These days, Mily enjoys the fruits of his labor by being able to spend quality time with his wife Pauline, his parents, his brother, and his in-laws and still looks forward to working abroad someday.

Yell&Trick Meet the STI College Olympians’ Pep Squad & Billiards Team

In the National Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (NAASCU) League and other interschool sports leagues, STI features two of its strongest contenders — the STI College Olympians’ Basketball and Volleyball Teams. And though it is true that these two are the most watched, we cannot deny the fact that other up and rising sports are slowly gaining recognition among the collegiate leagues. So clap your hands to the beat and shout your heart out as they conquer the center stage and be wowed as they do their tricks behind the balls — meet the STI College Olympians’ Pep Squad and Billiards Team. Despite being new to the NAASCU League, the Billiards Team showed their might as they brought home three medals from the 2010 NAASCU Billiards Tournament. Beatriz Dado and Diane Tapang, from STI College– Quezon Avenue and STI College– Caloocan, respectively, headlined the tournament.

Dado, a 3rd year BS Information Technology student bested Centro Escolar University’s representative in the 9-Ball category and was declared as the champion. While Tapang, a 2nd year BS Hotel and Restaurant Management student came in 2nd place in the 10-Ball category. They also teamed up for the 8-Ball Doubles category in a thrilling match with the University of Makati that ended with STI winning the much coveted gold medal. Cheer dancing, on the other hand, has also been making waves and has already become an exciting and engaging sports competition. Masterful formations, graceful dancing, and teamwork exemplified are all musts when performing in front of thousands of people. The STI College Olympians Pep Squad possessed these qualities and more as they managed to bag the 5th place in the 2010 NAASCU Cheer Dance Competition. Believing that no accomplished athlete, musician, artist or performer ever became a winner overnight, the STI College Olympians always remember that what will put them in their places are toils of persistent practice and strong dedicated hearts. Through continuous training and dedication, the STI College Olympians are beginning to develop themselves, not just as athletes and students, but as real life winners — both in and out of their respective playing fields. The STI College Olympians also has commendable Badminton, Chess, Table Tennis, and Track and Field teams.


Save Earth DO the IT GREEN DIYPerfect Projects to Save the Earth in Style! Being a college student is your time to shine!

Being a collegeyour studentcreativity is your time to shine! Unleash your Unleash and establish your identity creativity and establish your identity while being able to while being able to save the earth. Rummage save the earth. Rummage around your house, and you’ll be surprised to find reusable materials thatyou’ll can be used for these around your house, and be surprised to find do-it-yourself (DIY) projects!

reusable materials that can be used for these do-ityourself (DIY) projects!

Coffee Cup Tissue Holder When we buy coffee-to-go, we bring the cup along with us, and as soon as we finish the coffee, we throw it away without a blink. Now, you can make a green mark in protecting the environment! Save your coffee cups from your favorite coffee shop and turn them into tissue holders! What you’ll need: • • • • •

Clean, coffee cup with lid (preferably the small-sized ones) Utility knife Scissors Stack of tissue Other items you wish to use as decoration

How to do it: - With the utility knife, cut the hole of your coffee cup’s lid. Don’t cut it too much, just enough for your tissue to fit. - Use your scissors to cut your tissue in half. - Fix your tissue by piling them together and fold them before stuffing them inside your coffee cup. - Put the lid on and pull up the top tissue slightly to create a tail that will peak through the hole in the lid. - Decorate, decorate, decorate!

DO IT RIGHT! REUSE To reuse means to use something again instead of throwing it away. Try to reuse something everyday! Here are some great examples that you can reuse: • Canvas tote bags for shopping. This does not only save the environment, it is also more convenient especially for commuters, and with the tons of canvass bags available today, you will never go out of style! • Use paper on both sides. You can reuse it for your notes and dabble with your sketches. • Tidy up those used jars and bottles, and turn them into containers for your trinkets and minimize the clutter in your house. • Use rechargeable batteries instead of buying batteries all the time. 38 STIMULI

Fabric Covered Memo Board Be geared for college! College is not your typical hourly classes that are lumped throughout the day. Now, you would have to keep track of your schedule and take note of a lot of other things, like organization meetings, meetings for special projects, and even acquaintance parties! Remember your schedule, assignments, be motivated with inspirational quotes and your creative pieces, or stay on track by posting your dreams and goals! What you’ll need: • Old corkboard or foam board • Fabric (to determine how much fabric you will need, measure the width and height of your board then add an allowance of 4 inches on all sides. You can use old fabric or unused clothing) • Upholstery tacks or thumbtacks • Glue gun and a glue stick or a heavy-duty stapler • Scissors • Double-sided tape • Ribbons or cardboard cutouts (optional, for decoration only) How to do it: - Center fabric on the board, pull tight, and smoothen by stretching fabric then tack into place working from the center out to the edges of the frame. - Turn board over then put double-sided tape on all edges of the frame. Pull fabric and allow it to stick to the board. Since there are remaining fabric edges approximately 2 inches on all sides, fold them then secure with a heavy duty stapler or you may glue them into place using a glue gun. - Remove pins from the front of the board. - Decorate to your heart’s desire! Sources: freshman-15/how-to-make-frenchmemo-board posts/947-how-to-make-a-to-go-coffeecup-tissue-pop-up

Magna Cum Laude Alabang Alabang Balayan Novaliches

STI Honor Students Second Term A.Y. 2010-2011

Shaw Southwoods Surigao

Liwanag, Nerwin Wong, Vida Angelica E. Anislag, Reynan S.

Ching, Flordelyn C. Lanting, Rufino D., Jr. Alima, Belinda D. Geronimo, Ariesea D. Magallanes, Audrey Rose M. Perdon, Carolene M. Rodriguez, Maritoni C. Soberano, Arianne Giselle A. Tomarao, Cherry Ann T. Hernandez, Cathleen M. Velado, Jemima R. Mendoza, Nhica Grace M. Gonzales, Romar B. Pastrana, Susan L. Delarlarte, Michelle Mae D. Agcaoili, Mhervin Jun V. Alvarado, Ailyn T. Esperanza, Maria Kyla V. Pagulayan, Analyn C. Ramos, Isaiah M. Uy, Mary Ann V. Balanquit, Alvin E. Belga, Joana Marie Q. Dolorfino, Josephine D. Eduarte, Melanie L. Jagonio, Rosenda P. Jakosalem, Christine M. Perez, Luel E.

Global City Legazpi Ormoc Ormoc Ormoc Ormoc Parañaque Quezon Ave. Recto San Pablo Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Southwoods Southwoods Southwoods Surigao Tacloban Tanay Tanay

Paje, Maryjo D. Ando, Mark Anthony G. Caidoc, Harry D. Padilla, Kathy B. Silva, Roxanne D. Timosa, Jennelyn C. Butron, Krista Marie B. Sadiri, Edison D. Bianson, Janwin S. Arimas, Joanne Meryl C. Barcial, Jofel P. Costales, Lea Jane M. Lodriguito, Marjorie G. Medina, Andrew Mhel R. Mitra, Rachel Pagkalinawan, James Angelo M. Panis, Marielle Pepito, Maria Christina Ramirez, Mary Grace D. Reyes, Jay-Ar C. Tigao, Mark Anthony M. Alayon, Jensen Lew Bravo, Miguel Carlo Antonio C. Diño, Danielle C. Solano, Nel G. Lagumbay, Leonell A. Arbado, Paul Jordan Bugarin, Sidney

Banaag, Carlo Marted M. Bravo, Ariane Ysabel C. Aligado, Jeanlie V.

San Jose San Pablo

Dela Cruz, Denmark M. Castillo, Michael A.

Ingles, Hilda Z. Macabuhay, Mary Ann C. Cataluña, Krizzia Karen O. Delina, Mary Joy C. Delos Santos, Eulogio E. II Torres, Perfecto M. III Martinez, Honer B. Palad, Roy U. Bambao, Marivic C. Bausas, Irish Kathyrene N. De Joya, Kreizzel Joy F. Pastoral, Eliza R. Quiambao, Carlyn Mae Villanueva, Rose Ann C. Villaranda, John Zyrus S. Condino, Krystel Jane S. Galindez, Roxane S. Sase, Michelle B. Carlos, Rovie Aeron A. Delos Santos , John Russel S. Padua, Cristine M. Arenas, Janice F. Imperial, Christopher Jhon V. Caraan, Paula Bianca A. Carpentero, Connie Anne C. De Jesus, Mariella D. Hipolito, Krizza Lorraine R. Reyes, Eilsbergh H.

Muñoz-Edsa Muñoz-Edsa Muñoz-Edsa Novaliches Novaliches Ormoc Ortigas-Cainta Ortigas-Cainta Parañaque Parañaque Puerto Princesa Quezon Ave. Quezon Ave. Quezon Ave. San Jose Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Shaw Southwoods Southwoods Sta. Maria Sta. Maria Tagaytay Tagaytay Tanay

Lagumen, Sherwin R. Nantes, Elisa Mae O. Tamayo, Melvon D. Chua, Catherine Sangalang, Lester Anthony Maloloy-On, Ovah Kristbell J. Dumdum, Jan Marby Elysa B. Eustaquio, Jason D. Binalla, Daniel Matthew B. Verga, Jacqueline D. Ramirez, Cherelle L. Buenaobra, Julie F. Figueras, Diana M. Rebaya, Michael O. Buensoceso, Llewelin G. Batalla, Nhel Vincent M. Bedan, Belen Jr. Eraya, Angelica Maple Lucero, Rachel A. Mondejar, Michael N. Orga, Jacqueline O. Cauilan, Dallia C. Feliciano, Faith Anne G. Mangahas, Arnel DV. Quiambao, Rhea G. Mayo, Mark John C. Varias, John Carlo Q. Lacerna, Ryan

Bautista, Jayson S. Soco, Charisse A. Madrid, Arcel T. Jayme, Janina B.

Cum Laude Alabang Alabang Balagtas Balagtas Balagtas Balagtas Balagtas Balagtas Balagtas Balayan Balayan Batangas Caloocan Caloocan Cotabato Dasmariñas Dasmariñas Dasmariñas Dasmariñas Dasmariñas Dasmariñas Fairview Fairview Fairview Fairview Fairview Fairview Fairview

With High Honors Las Piñas Las Piñas Parañaque

With Honors Alabang Alabang Bacolod Annex Bacolod Annex Bacolod Annex Bacolod Annex Bacoor Balanga Balayan Balayan Balayan Balayan Balayan Balayan Balayan Caloocan Cauayan Cubao Dasmariñas Dasmariñas Dasmariñas Fairview Fairview Las Piñas Las Piñas Las Piñas Las Piñas Marikina


STIMULI October 2011  

STIMULI October 2011