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A cool keep for STI Students

STI Anniversary Celebrated 27 on the 27th! Cover Story:

Standing tall as Citizen STI! Halalan 2010:

An insider on what went on during the big day

From USA to Japan

STIers always ready to wow the world!

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October 2010


stimuli Editor’s Note Last year, we saw all STIers join together in the big nationwide campaign of Simulan Natin!. Students and faculty all took the extra mile and participated in activities that encouraged people to be more socially responsible such as the Halalan 2010. STIers became Boto Patrollers, who once again delivered partial and unbiased vote results. This year, we appeal again to the whole STI community to take the initiative and be a proud Citizen STI. As such, we encourage you to be a catalyst of change and be the citizen that our nation needs. This can be done through small things like switching off appliances when not in use or making sure that you turn off the faucet after using it. As the famous Chinese proverb goes, “A journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step.” We also salute the students, faculty, and alumni who brought wonderful achievements to STI. Read their successful stories and be inspired. Who says you can’t start your own business while you’re still studying? Definitely not Pregie Amor Garin. In the morning, he can be seen around the school campus, studying hard. In the evening, he sits in front of a computer and works on his own web design company. Talk about multi-tasking! Could there be a sweeter love story than best friends becoming husband and wife? Check out the sweet and inspiring story of Rosalie and Robert Alim. These are just some of the wonderful stories we have prepared for you. So, start turning the pages and stand up as a Citizen STI!

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Editorial Staff Editor-in-chief Elbert L. de Guzman Managing Editors Jenny Dy Karen La Rosa-Tabije Eva Fe Pabilonia-Nato Jovy Almero Associate Editors Karen Ocampo Elaine Carla Mariano Christine Reyes Contributors Rubyrose Baldovino Joel Chang Chum dela Cruz Joel de Guzman Oscar Estopace Ruby Ann Gonzales Frichielou Laurio Menchie Mendoza Engr. Elizier Obamos Katrina Pineda Terranya Tiamson Liza Vidal Layout and Design Ferdie Ortega Joel Joya


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You Speak!

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In the Raw: A Closer Look at the Land of the Sushi

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Ready, Jetset…Grow!

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30 STI Idol: The Power Couple from Parañaque 32

Are You Ready to be a… “Webpreneur?”

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Writer’s Block

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On the Shelf

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Fun Page

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Cover Story

Being Citizen STI Be a catalyst of positive change in our country, our communities, and our institution!

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Tatak Pinoy Made in the RP. We bet you didn’t know how famous we are in the world because of these teeny tidbits.

Partners in Nation-Building STI partners with ABS-CBN for the first-ever automated election in the Philippines.

Glam. Rock. Beat. Song. It’s a nationwide celebration! Students from Luzon to Mindanao celebrate STI’s 27th anniversary with a twist!


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If There’s a Niel, There’s a Way

And the OSCAR Goes To...

“It’s okay, I can do it!” It sounds simple enough, just a line that can be easily dismissed when you hear it. But these are the words that came from Niel Cacho, an extraordinary graduate of STI Barotac Viejo, when he refused help from his fellow classmates while they were on their way to a community outreach activity.

Melody “Myle” Daniels made it to this year’s top Ten Outstanding Students of the Cordillera Administrative Region (TOSP-CAR) more popularly known as OSCAR, making her the third STI College – Baguio student to qualify for the prestigious award. Gilyn Abordo and Reuben Bestre both enjoyed the same recognition last 2006 and 2009 respectively, with the latter eventually qualifying for the national level. OSCAR is the regional leg of the search for the TOSP.

It was raining; the location was on top of a hill and it was muddy. Climbing would be difficult, but it is especially so for Niel. He has an underdeveloped lower extremity and had to walk with his hands. His disability hindered him from joining any strenuous activities. He came from a poor family and he has eight siblings. It takes 30 minutes on a bus to get to STI Barotac Viejo from his hometown in Culasi Ajuy, Iloilo. In spite all these, Niel was not disheartened by how difficult all this would be for him. All he wanted was to finish his studies, to have a good job, and to help out his family. Nothing is ever too difficult for one so determined. There is no shame in his heart and he worked harder than most students. He earned the respect of his peers, his family, and his school that day at the outreach. He successfully graduated with a 2-year E-Commerce Engineering degree and proudly received the Exceptional Award for being so steadfast amidst all his struggles. Today, Niel works as a checker and data encoder in the Department of Public Works and Highways in Barotac Viejo. Niel still visits STI and remembers the wonderful memories he had there and the valuable lessons he learned there. He still inspires students today with that positive outlook in life.

Niel proudly received his diploma together with his mother

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A recent graduate of BS Computer Science, Myle, alongside nine other awardees from CAR will be pitted against other regional winners for a spot in the TOSP. A Cum Laude and worship leader for The Great Commission Full Gospel Fellowship, Myle attributes her inspiring accomplishments to her aptitude in time management — balancing her academic responsibilities with her social and religious endeavors. She strongly believes in the adage, “Serve God, serve other people, and never compromise your values”. The annual search for the TOSP aims to celebrate, affirm, and inspire the idealism of the Filipino youth in leadership, excellence, and social responsibility. Inspired by the ideals of Dr. Jose Rizal, it hopes to create role models who will share their talents and skills and serve as new breed of leaders that envision and strive for a better nation.

Myle during the awarding ceremonies


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Champion of the Seas and Studies A good sign of an exemplary student is how well he balances his interests and studies. For STI College – Batangas, 18-year-old Joseph Ibarra Alagos definitely embodies the spirit of an accomplished STIer. At home, Joseph is a son to Patrick and Teresa Alagos of Mabini, Batangas. At school, he participated in school activities and is currently taking up a 2-year degree in Information Technology. But in windsurfing, he reigns as king. “An STIer shows and believes in skills through experience,” he shares. Since 2004, Joseph has literally been making waves in the windsurfing scene. He has participated in more than a dozen windsurfing competitions in Anilao, Puerto Galera, Boracay, and Subic, and he doesn’t come home empty-handed as he most usually turns out as the champion. Only recently, Joseph participated in the Sim 29th Singapore Open Windsurfing Open as the

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Philippines’ representative in the X Youth class and went home with the 2nd runner up title. It was a proud moment for his family at home and at school. In spite of the numerous tournaments that he had joined, he has still maintained a healthy balance between his studies and his passion to windsurf. In recognition for his humility and determination, STI College – Batangas has given him a space in the school’s wall of fame citing his success as a windsurfer and as a student believing that Joseph is the face of a real STIer who have set standards for STI students in the future. *Special thanks to Nellie D. Bahio, School Correspondent, STI College – Batangas Joseph lovingly cleans his trusty sidekick — his surfboard

Undefeated for four straight years, STI Malaybalay’s basketball team has been bringing home the championship trophy from the Bukidnon TVET Institutions Association (BUKTIA) League. These players who rigorously practice almost every day, keeps a balanced discipline between their responsibilities off and on the court. They believe that sports is an avenue to develop critical skills such as teamwork, time management, and discipline for their future. Their academic responsibility is still their top priority despite the accolades they have been receiving since 2006.

The pride of STI Malaybalay

They look forward for this year’s competition as other teams wait to challenge their formidable position. Good luck STI Malaybalay! Go for the fiveyear grand slam!

Dreamers Dance their Way to National TV What was once a dream for a group of aspiring dancers is now a reality. The STI College – Balagtas Balaraw Dance Troupe remains humbled after being invited by ABS-CBN 2’s Umagang Kay Ganda (UKG) to perform live on national television. The Balaraw Dance Troupe gave an excellent performance as they danced in character for the show’s Chinese New Year episode. The Troupe has been consistently active in activities and competitions. Since 2008, they have participated in competitions hosted by the Bulacan Association of Technical Schools (BATS) where they became the 2008 champion and this year’s 1st runner up. They have also participated in the Bulacan Private School Association (BULPRISA) District II in 2008 and 2009.

Comprised of 12 students from different courses and year levels, the young dreamers have turned into believers. *Special thanks to Francis E. Salazar, School Correspondent, STI College – Balagtas

The Balaraw Dance Troupe with UKG’s Donita Rose

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Culinary Champions declared in Cagayan de Oro The Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA) presented KUMBIRA 2010 last August 18 to 20, 2010 at the Atrium of the Lim Ket Kai Center. The Kumbira 2010 is an annual culinary festival featuring various food and beverage competitions, cooking demonstrations by experts in the food industry, and trade exhibits on hotel and restaurant equipment, supplies and services. This year’s Kumbira was participated by 15 hotels represented by their professional staff and chefs, and students from 34 different colleges and universities offering Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM). Aside from promoting healthy competition and camaraderie among the different hotels, restaurants, and schools that offer HRM courses, Kumbira also aims to elevate the standards of the culinary industry in Region X. Thousands of spectators witnessed the three-day event as students and professionals showcased their various skills, artistry, and creativeness in different food and beverage competitions. For the school competitions, the judges declared STI College – Cagayan de Oro as the overall champion

due to the numerous awards received in almost all the events: Gold Award for Bread Showpiece by John Carlo Daguipos and Zidilyn Oloferenes, Silver Award for Bed Set-Up by Paul James Azucenas, Silver Award for Salads and Sandwiches prepared by Marne Ucab and Zidelyn Olofernes, Silver Award for the Filipino Set Menus Entry by Majori Aparri and Mia Margaret Cadavedo, Bronze Award for Watermelon & Vegetable Carving by PJ Pala and Phoebe Condiman, and a Diploma for the Fiesta Buffet Table Set-Up prepared by Allan Wabar, Mailyn Alionar, and Crislim Core. In addition, STI College – Cagayan de Oro was the only school to receive the highest award — the Gold Plus Award, a perfect score of 100% for the Banana Floral Centerpiece prepared by Karyl Precioso and Catherine Tibe. One can hardly distinguish the creations made by professionals from those prepared by students. Next year will once again be an exciting event as students and professionals prepare to showcase their talents and skills.

Students show off their artistic skills in Fruit Carving

The team, led by their coaches Ria V. Macaraeg and Mike Siodora, was composed of the following: Cooking Competition Champion The talented chefs of STI College – Tarlac

Kitchen Fever! Young masters of the kitchen from Tarlac province met at the Diwa ng Tarlak Convention Hall to showcase their skills and knowledge in the field of hospitality and restaurant management for the Philippine Alliance of Higher Education and Technical Institution (PAHETI) competitions. Hotel and Restaurant Services (HRS) students of STI College – Tarlac ranked third out of the representatives from 21 colleges and universities in Tarlac. *Special thanks to: Ferdinand dela Rosa, Dean, STI College – Tarlac

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Mc Rozzi Agdeppa (2nd yr.) Angelo Malonzo (2nd yr.) Anne Rochelle Sarmiento (2nd yr.) Bartending with Flaring Champion Jerald Gonzales (2nd yr.) Napkin Folding Champion Mary Dion Mendoza (2nd yr.) Fruit Carving 3rd place Karl Paolo Mendoza (2nd yr.) Jan Vincent Mendoza (2nd yr.) Table Skirting 3rd place Lyka Jane Gazmin (2nd yr.) Christine Pascua (1st yr.) Table Setting 3rd place Wendell Joseph Ignacio (1st yr.) Cindy Pangilinan (1st yr.)


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Students and faculty of STI College - Global City went home successful in their 1st Philippine Culinary Cup

STI College – Global City wins in 1st Philippine Culinary Cup STI College – Global City bagged two much coveted awards at the recently concluded 1st Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC) held from August 4 to 7, 2010 at the SMX Convention Center. Touted as the local culinary industry’s biggest and most prestigious competition to date, this four-day event was made more impressive by an esteemed panel of international judges with highly – seasoned palates. Winning the Highest Bronze award for Filipino Cuisine category were 3rd year Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students Yoshimi

Christina Nonaka and Angel Ferreras, and they were led by HRM instructor Marco Padre. Adalbert Alcaide, also an HRM instructor, took home the Silver award in the Meat and Poultry Division. Giving notable performances during the event were STI’s HRM instructor Raeinald Andaya, who joined the Wedding Cake Display Category, and 3rd year Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) student Ricardo Mejia Jr., who participated in the Pasta Making Division. The PCC is a by-invitation-only competition. Culinary professionals and enthusiasts from 34 culinary schools, prestigious hotels, and restaurants in the country were invited to participate. Other teams that competed were the Asian Institute of Culinary Arts, the Culinary Institute of Aristocrat, the Center for Culinary Arts, Makati Shangri-La, Manila Hotel, and Diamond Hotel among others. The PCC was organized by the World Food Expo (WOFEX) in partnership with the Pastry Alliance of the Philippines, Les Toques Blanches Philippines, and Premier Events Plus Group Philippines.

HRS Students Take the Limelight

By: Menchie Mendoza, School Correspondent, STI College – Sta. Maria

The Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) students of STI College – Sta. Maria made waves in their first major event for school year 2010-2011 dubbed as the Parade of Skills 2010 held last July 20, 2010. Students from different year levels showcased their skills in Table Setting, Fruit and Vegetable Carving, and Creative Cooking. Winners for this competition will be the school’s official entry to the Provincial Skills Competitions of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to be held in Guiginto, Bulacan.

HRS students carefully preparing dishes that won the judges’ hearts

The Parade of Skills was developed by STI College – Sta. Maria to encourage HRS students to study harder and at the same time provide them with avenues to promote healthy competition while showcasing their skills in the different areas of hotel and restaurant services.

It’s Bartending, with a Flair!

By: Fe A. Zacarias, School Correspondent, STI College – Fairview

“I had to come up with something unique and timely. I chose Human Robot as my theme, which caught the attention of the jurors. At first I was really nervous but my strong determination and the encouragement of my two coaches, Ditas Prestoza and Michael Sanchez saw me through.” These were the exact words of Mari Tonie B. Ganalon, a 4th year BS Hotel and Restaurant Management student of STI College – Fairview after winning 2nd runner up in the bartending competition dubbed as the WOFEX 2010 Monin Open Flairtending Challenge held last August 7, 2010 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Bartending with showmanship took center stage as 30 participants joined the annual competition. Most of the participants were already professionals

Mari Ganalon (2nd from left) with the other winners of the competition

in the field while some were students from various schools nationwide. “It was an honor to have won this title to think that I am still an amateur while most of the contestants have already gained significant experience in flairtending,” Tonie added. Monin, a world leader in the manufacturing and marketing of premium syrups, liqueurs, aperitifs, non-alcoholic cocktails, and iced tea concentrates, sponsored the competition.

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Back-to-Back Win for Calamba’s Computer Champs By: Katrina Pineda, School Correspondent, STI College – Calamba

The programmers of STI College – Calamba were put into the ultimate test as they battled two programming competitions and emerged as winners in the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Computer Science Society’s (COSS) Code Wars and the 8th Philippine Society of I.T. Educators (PSITE) IV Regional Programming Competition.

STI College – Calamba’s computer champs with their coaches

STI’s BS Computer Science students Alvin Almodal and Catherine Llamas, and BS Computer Engineering student Benedict Almeda took home the championship in UPLB COSS Code Wars’ Java Programming category. The competition was held at the Physical Sciences Building of UPLB.

programming categories — C or Visual C++, Java, and Microsoft Visual Basic or VB.NET. Benedict overcame other contenders from various schools in Region IV and won 1st place in the Visual C++ category.

Benedict represented STI once again in one of the categories for the PSITE Regional Programming Competition held at the Malayan Colleges, Laguna. The competition was divided into three

Despite the pressure of joining in two consecutive competitions, the students proved that with hard work, determination, and passion to excel, they can overcome any challenge and be victorious.

STI College – Recto Bags National Awards By: Engr. Elizier L. Obamos, School Correspondent, STI College – Recto

On March 24 and 25, 2010, thousands of computer engineering students nationwide witnessed the two-day thesis project exhibition held at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The exhibit aptly titled ENGBENSYON 2010 was launched by the Institute of Computer Engineers of the Philippines (ICpEP) in cooperation with Asia Pacific College and Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center. This quest for the best computer engineering design projects was dubbed Defying Limits through Innovation. Ten schools from different colleges and universities were selected to participate, showcase their projects, and compete for the best design project developed.

The talented students creatively combined bartending with technology and won

STI College – Recto, one of the affiliated schools of ICpEP, surpassed other participants as it bagged two awards namely the Voter’s Choice award, after garnering more than 12,000 votes from those who graced the exhibit, and the 3rd Best Design project Award for its PC–Based Cocktail Mixer and Dispenser.

selection of cocktail mixture served as the input part of the project, where the user can choose between customized or predefined mixture by means of a touch screen monitor. After selecting the choice mixture, it will be processed by the system prototype. The processing consists of four stages: the dispensing of liquor ingredients, mixing, cleaning, and dispensing of the finished cocktail. The output will be the finished product served into a glass via solenoid valve. The cleaning process takes place once the glass is removed.

The campus’ winning entry is composed of three parts — Input, Process, and Output. The

STI College – Recto is the only school that won two awards during the exhibition.

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A Snapshot of STI’s Commercial Photography Seminar By: Rubyrose Baldovino, School Correspondent, STI College – Lucena

The STI Rotaract Club of Makati — always in service to the community

Rotaract Club of STI College – Makati Bags Prestigious Top Honors For the fifth consecutive time, the STI Rotaract Club of Makati bagged the Most Outstanding School-Based Rotaract Club Award in the recently concluded awards ceremony of the Rotary International Rotary District 3810 at the Pearl Garden Hotel. The club also brought home the Most Outstanding Club in Community Service, Most Outstanding Club in International Service, Most Outstanding Club in Professional Service, and Most Outstanding Club in Public Image. Since 2006, the club has been dominating the yearly award ceremonies of Rotary International Rotaract District 3810, which consists of the premier Rotaract Clubs of Manila, Pasay, Cavite, and Occidental Mindoro. The club is praised and wellknown in providing free basic computer education to underprivileged children through its banner project Kompyuter Ko Pahiram Ko which was launched in 2005. During that year, computer lessons were only conducted using desktop computers brought on the streets of Makati City. Presently, with hundreds of volunteers, more street children benefit from the project, since lessons are conducted using laptop computers in poor communities of Manila and Pasay City. This project has already served almost a thousand less fortunate children. This year, as the Rotaract Club of Makati celebrates its 11th anniversary, it vows to sustain its assistance to the needy while maintaining the legacy of excellence in service through the genuine dedication and commitment of its members, the unwavering support of the students and staff of STI College – Makati and the outpouring assistance of the Rotary Club of Pasay Silangan.

Rosaire Godin gives an interesting lecture to excited STIers

“Every poet has access to the same words as the next, every composer has access to the same music notes, and literally, everyone has access to the same camera gear as me. So what do people pay for? Creativity.” This was a simple yet inspiring thought from Rosaire Godin, a French-Canadian professional commercial photographer who delightfully accepted the invitation to be the guest speaker in a three-day seminar at STI College – Lucena. Godin shared his love and passion for photography to eager students of BS Information Technology (BSIT) major in Digital Arts. The seminar’s underlying theme Commercial Photography describes the overall essence of skillful photography for commercial purposes. The said event provided an opportunity for the participants to learn how to take better photos through an educational and inspirational presentation by one of the most respected photographers in the industry and get a hands-onlook at the latest camera and imaging software technology. At the heart of the seminar was the actual training for the students to take pictures of their subjects in the century-old Malagunlong Bridge in Tayabas, Quezon. The attendees submitted their own photos, which were displayed in an exhibit. Mr. Godin himself chose and awarded the three most outstanding photos taken by our own STIers: 1st place – Jazper Vincent Recio (2nd year BSIT), 2nd place – Byronne Tula (2nd year BSIT), and 3rd place – Elaine Antenor (4th year BSIT).

Winning entry of Jazper Vincent Recio

The seminar was also a celebration of photography and its importance in our society and history. It was spearheaded by Dean Giovanni Juntereal and Photography Instructor, Students get hands-on training in their photo session Michael Collilap.

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Fun-loving, passionate, always ready to lend a helping hand with a smile — this is how the Filipinos are everyday, even after a major tragedy struck them. But more than these, we also listed more reasons for you to be proud of being Filipinos. Read on and feel the pride burning within you!


Special Feature Warm People Aside from being naturally friendly, Filipinos are also widely applauded for being hospitable people. Filipinos love entertaining guests. No matter who you are — a relative or a stranger — you can be sure that your hosts will offer you something to satisfy your needs and make you feel welcome however difficult the time is. For Filipinos, serving other people the best of what they have is an honor and a promise of true friendship.

Food Lover Filipino dishes are truly exotic and that’s why the Filipinos are indiscriminate food lovers. Even famous chef and writer, Anthony Bourdain, could not help but be awed by Cebu’s crispy lechon and Pampanga’s sizzling sisig when he visited the country to shoot an episode for his travel show. He boasted that the slow roasted lechon of Cebu was the best that he has ever tasted and put it on the top of his list; while, he professed that the sisig was one of the world’s best beer drinking dishes.

Karaokes and Videokes everywhere! Filipinos are talented people, especially in singing — almost everyone in the country loves to sing! Whereas before they only have the song hits as their trusty companions, now there are karaokes and videokes everywhere to help them out! Entertaining guests during special occasions is no longer a problem. Just bring out either a karaoke or videoke, and you can expect the singing and the party to go all night long!

Only in the Philippines! After their rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the Dancing Inmates from the Cebu Prevention and Rehabilitation Center instantly became an online sensation with millions of hits on YouTube. And now, the newest sensation to cause a stir in the country is the 100-member Bureau of Corrections Grand Orchestra and Chorale as they played Broadway pieces and love songs in Filipino to prison officials, relatives, and media in their first public concert last July! One of the most memorable performances in the concert was a soloist, backed by the orchestra, who sang “New York, New York” as women inmates in top hats and coattails danced in the background.

Beautiful Beaches The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands and is said to be the world’s second largest archipelago. It is no wonder then that there are lots of wonderful beaches to go to — from Batanes to Zamboanga. And for years now, Boracay has always been, and is still, a hit among the tourists, local or foreign, with its fine white sands and crystal clear waters.

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Aside from its wonderful beaches and yummy cuisines, Cebu has another tourist destination to offer — the Dancing Inmates! Thanks to their YouTube videos, the inmates have become instant celebrities! Tourists can go to the jail and have their pictures taken with the inmates, and they can also buy souvenir prison shirts!

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Students Go Green! Mall giant SM relaunched the Eco Bags as part of their environmental campaign. Four new designs were introduced with each variant corresponding to a particular advocacy — Breathe clean air once again; Spark a revolution in sustainable energy use; Renew earth by reducing waste; and make water Flow with life. SM encourages shoppers to use these eco-friendly bags as alternatives to plastic bags and consequently help save Mother Earth. STI San Pedro’s Supreme Student Council (SSC) President Gerson Rogado was invited to speak during the relaunch at SM Tunasan in San Pedro, Laguna where he encouraged the youth to get involved in healing our planet. STI San Pedro’s Deputy School Administrator Joanne Faller also committed, in behalf of the school, to preserve the environment not only for aesthetic purposes but as a responsibility to everyone. She furthermore explained that, “the institution is committed in

STI San Pedro’s SSC President Gerson Rogado and Deputy School Administrator Joanne Faller proudly hold their eco bags

educating the youth and giving significant concern to their social responsibilities.” She then led the other school leaders and educators in the tree planting ceremony. Various academic institutions and non-government organizations (NGOs) in the area were also mobilized to participate in the renewed drive for environmental preservation. *Special thanks to Jonnabelle Magsino, School Correspondent, STI San Pedro

Palaweños Save Mother Earth The Feast of the Forest, or more popularly known in Puerto Princesa as Pista ‘y ang Cagueban, is the annual celebration and appreciation of the Palaweños for having remarkable and reliable mountains full of different resources which serve as the province’s main attraction to tourists. The highlight of the celebration was the tree planting activity held last June 26, 2010 with the theme Dalawang Dekadang Pagtatanim, Pagkalinga at Pagkakaisa ng mga Tao ng Puerto Princesa sa Kabundukan ng Irawan. Vice President Jejomar Binay graced the event as he led the oath taking ceremony of the elected city officials. STI College – Puerto Princesa joined in the celebration as part of its thrust to develop socially responsible students who will excel not just academically or in sports but can also show deep concern for Mother Nature. For almost an entire day, the students, faculty, and staff of STI College – Puerto Princesa toiled under the rain to help the city government plant different kinds of seedlings. Each seedling represents the people’s love and commitment to preserve the forest. *Special thanks to Charles Andrew M. Melad, School Correspondent, STI College – Puerto Princesa

STIers join local government in tree planting

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STIers help out the Ondoy victims in their local community

Volunteers reach out to Tanay ‘Ondoy’ victims

Many of our fellow Filipinos met ill fates in 2009 when Mother Nature mercilessly showed her wrath in the form of Ondoy, one of the worst tropical depressions to hit the country. In six hours, most of Metro Manila was submerged in raging waters and Tanay, Rizal was among the towns that suffered the most. The people of Tanay were caught in surprise and can only find safety on the roofs of the houses, and more were in need of medical attention. But, the roads were blocked by the flood and reaching out to them was going to be dangerous. It didn’t take long for STI College – Tanay to respond to their fellows in need by establishing the STI Sagip ‘Ondoy’ Victims program held last September 26, 2009. For three days, the STI faculty, staff, and students didn’t hesitate to brave the harsh weather with 100 doctors, nurses, and medicine student volunteers from various schools and hospitals to reach out to the victims in Tanay. They provided a feeding program for almost 500 children and distributed around 5,000 bags of relief goods. Their mission offered medical and dental check up, and treated 1,000 patients in need. The roads were difficult but it had proven to be an invaluable experience to every volunteer who have made the victims’ bleak times unforgettable in a good and heart-warming way. *Special thanks to Audie Zulueta and Ana Liza Tadena, School Correspondents, STI College – Tanay


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Armed and Ready for a Green Revolution By: Glenn C. Gonzales, School Correspondent, STI College – Cotabato

In its commitment to advocate social responsibility among its students, STI College – Cotabato forged a commitment with Balik Kalikasan, a local advocacy group on environmental awareness, on July 28, 2010 at the Advance Command Post of the Army’s 603rd Brigade, PC Hill, Cotabato City.

Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Kahal Kedtag, President of the local Rotary Club Mr. Rodolfo Salazar, the Manager of a local plywood factory Mr. Albert Chua, and the representatives of various army companies within the 603rd Brigade’s Area of Responsibility.

Representatives from different sectors expounded on their organization’s commitment in the promotion of environmental care and their willingness to pool their respective resources for the said advocacy group. The meeting also resulted in the creation of an organizational structure where Executive Vice President of STI College – Cotabato Jefferson Bacurnay, and Dean of Student Services Glenn Gonzales were chosen as the VP for Civil Society Groups and head of the Strategic Communications respectively.

With this partnership, students have become more involved in environmental conservation activities through the tree planting and monitoring activities incorporated in their NSTP-CWTS classes and other subjects as well.

Also present in the meeting were Brigade Commander Col. Ernesto Aradanas MNSA,

Even before joining the said group, STI College – Cotabato had already initiated activities that fostered environmental awareness such as the planting and caring of mangrove seedlings since 2004, and institutional tree planting in a local watershed area every December.

Using ‘youthspeak’ to Educate Delicate young minds are like fertile lands thirsty for knowledge. But before the first seed of knowhow is planted, one must first be able to identify the language the youth easily responds to, where everything would pass through seamlessly after the first proverbial door is opened: GAMES. IT students at STI Dipolog has adopted the fun approach when they utilized cool computer tricks using MS PowerPoint to first get the attention of Cogon National High School students and later taught them IT education under the National Service Training Program (NSTP). This peer tutorial method was successfully conducted last February 10, 2010 at the school’s newly-constructed computer laboratory.

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After garnering the students’ collective focus, the rest of the program proved to be a cinch. Following a thorough discussion — and after the high school students have eased on the subject, thanks to the guidance of the IT students of STI Dipolog — the Cogon National High School students were allowed to simultaneously perform their given set of activities under the supervision of STI students. The principal and teaching personnel of the said rural school were very appreciative of the IT education imparted to their students under the NSTP community service. Perhaps no one is better equipped to effectively impart knowledge to youths — using such innovative methods — than their fellows, after all.

A Better Campus at the Heart of Dagupan Powered up to serve better, STI College – Dagupan started school year 2010-2011 with a bigger and better campus at the heart of the City of Dagupan. Housed in a 1,000-square meter lot in Arellano St., STI College – Dagupan, with larger classrooms, Hotel and Restaurant Services laboratories, computer laboratories, and more facilities and equipment, is now all set to provide a highlyconducive learning space for STIers in the north. *Special thanks to Arnulfo Hermogeno, School Correspondent, STI College – Dagupan

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STI College – Balayan’s Faculty Trains in Singapore

STI College – Taft achieves 100% NC passing rate

By: Terranya M. Tiamson, School Correspondent, STI College – Balayan

By: Joel Chang, School Correspondent, STI College – Taft

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with the support from the Temasek Foundation, Inc. and Institute of Norman (left) and Victor (right) Technical Education Services (ITES) conducted the Train the Trainers Program – Pedagogical Training in Instructional Design and Delivery for Technical and Vocational Education at the ITES Headquarters in Singapore. The training, done in two stages, covered the development of electronic and printed training materials and methodologies in teaching with practicum for each field of competencies in Machining, Instrumentation, and Animation. The first part of the training was held at the TESDA Women’s Center in Taguig last April 12-30, 2010 and was participated by 30 trainers from various colleges and TESDA training centers nationwide. At the end of it, only two scholars from the group qualified to continue to the next stage of the training. These scholars were Victoriano B. Perez III and Norman R. Caraig, both IT instructors from STI College – Balayan. The second part of the training was held in Singapore where Victor and Norman met up with different trainers and personnel from ITES, and saw firsthand the different facilities and equipment used in the IT industry today. For Norman, the training was a great opportunity to enhance his capability as a trainer for technical and vocational education courses as well as to learn more in the animation industry. While Victor professed, “the training made a big impact in my long years of teaching as I came face to face with the new technologies and methodologies now used in education.”

The dedicated instructors spent their summer learning new teaching methodologies

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STI College – Taft once again proved its success in honing the technical competence and vocational skills of its students during the National Certification Level II Licensure Competency Assessment conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) last April 16 and 19, 2010. All of the 34 graduate-examinees enrolled under the Hotel and Restaurant Services (HRS) program of the school aced the Food and Beverage service examinations given by the accredited TESDA assessors. The examinees under the Diploma in Computer Technology program also made a remarkable feat when all students passed the Hardware Servicing assessment, making them nationally certified by TESDA. The TESDA NC (National Certificate) II license is given to individuals as certification of their technical competencies and vocational skills. The said license is recognized domestically and internationally, based on prevailing industry standards.

Successful passers in the April 2010 TESDA evaluation: Hardware Servicing (NCII) Abadejos, Chito Belista, Mark Anthony Eusebio, Alfie Lorenzo Go Ocao, Ivn Brian Victore, Raymond

Baldemor, Ner Buen, Ivan Chrisolm Fernandez, Guillermo Jaranilla, Raymond Villanueva, Marc Neil

Food and Beverage (NCII) Abanid, Marilou Alberto, Kristy Alegre, Ana Loren Aranas, Anthony Baisa, Rowena Bernardo, ChrsitopheRryanBn iay, Bhaberlyn Cabrera, Chrysll Precious Campo, Valerie Ann Dayo, Maria Rodessa Farenas, Mabel Francesca Fetalino, Don Ryan Gamez, Victor Gocon,Juvy Guya, Jane Ross Inonog, Mary Clare Lim, Andeliza MagelnteJe,neiyln Narral, Anthony Pineda, Christopher Pentinio, Necito Nikko Pineda, Christopher Posadas, Justine April Quiñones, Veronica Samson, John Carlo Santiago, Alma Marie Talan, Mary Grace Valdez, Diowana Rose Valdez, John Ventura, Benalyn Vergara, Jazzy James Villasante, Jeffrey Ryan Weber, Julie Ernestina Zamora, Mary Ann


Campus News

Proudly Certified

A First in Agusan del Sur

Out of the nine Information Technology (IT) schools in Laoag, STI Laoag is proud to be the only school to receive accreditation to provide 3D Animation NCIII from the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA). Moreover, it is also recognized as the only accredited assessment center for computer hardware servicing in the entire province.

Graduates in the province of Agusan del Sur now have the convenience of getting Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) accreditation without travelling far. This opportunity was maximized by STI San Francisco who accomplished all the rigid requirements to be the first TESDA Accredited NC IV Computer Programming Assessment Center in the whole province. Beginning last year, STI San Francisco has been completing the required application papers in becoming the first Assessment Center in the province. As part of the requirements, Mark Cromes Perez, one of the school’s IT instructors, became a proficient assessor and a Nationally Certified Master Trainer for NC IV. In preparation for school year 2011-2012, STI San Francisco further expects more improvements in the school as they complete the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) requirements to become a full-fledged college.

STI Laoag is also happy to have two accredited members among its roster of faculty who have received accreditations as well. Academic Head Jennifer Lynne Felipe is the only assessor for 3D Animation NC III in Region 1 while IT instructor Rey Acoba is one of the nine passers of the 2009 ICT Proficiency Examination for Computer Programming conducted by the National Computer Institute. There were 60 proficiency examination takers from Region 1.

Pagadian’s First and Finest Financial challenges are almost always the reason used by people not to achieve their dreams; not for Alex Pantallano of Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur. Despite the financial difficulties faced by Alex, he became the first accredited competency assessor of Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) for Computer Programming NC IV in the whole province. A graduate of STI Pagadian’s 2-year Information Technology program in 2008, this 22-year old’s path to success was not without trials and pains. With his passion for computers, Alex struggled to make ends meet just to finish college. On his spare time, Alex would design and develop programs for smallto medium-sized enterprises in the area for a fee so that he can manage to pay for his tuition fees. Alex believes that hard work, determination, and a strong desire to succeed despite all challenges is his formula to continue to grow in his career. We can only speculate on what other successes Alex will surely accomplish in the future.

Big Things Come From Small Packages

STIers from STI College – Iligan, always ready to bring fun and excitement to their community

With the aim to strengthen young people’s sense of civic engagement, STI College – Iligan has been exposing its students to various community service programs. Among which was a feeding program at the Day Care Centers of Gawad Kalinga (GK) Missionville and GK by the Sea at Canaway. They actively participated in feeding the malnourished and underprivileged children of the centers and concluded the day with a gift-giving activity that drew sweet smiles on the children’s faces. The school also had an outreach program at Dangpanan sa Kabataan (DSK), a residential facility of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Iligan City that helps children victims of state violence, as well as survivors of disasters and abuse. Students prepared fun and exciting activities for the DSK boys and girls who were “rugby” dependents and under the rehabilitation program of the center. Activities like these are clear testaments that we can make a BIG difference even in our own LITTLE ways.

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Campus News

Volunteers show their support by cheering for the athletes

Reaching Out to Special Children Students of STI Pasay facilitated a Special Olympics for Special Children held last July 25 at the multi-purpose gym in West Rembo, Makati. It was a joint project with the PVI Foundation Inc., formerly known as Pagkakaisa Volunteers, Inc. Guidance Counselor Abegail Porlante headed the activity participated by 25 students. Prior to the activity, these STIers attended an orientation seminar to help them understand how it is to communicate with special children and to better equip them with skills on how to manage and get along with them.

With the help of PVI Foundation Inc., a non-stock, non-profit organization composed of students and professional volunteers, 10 excited children with special needs joined the mini Olympics. It was a day full of camaraderie, hope, sharing, and excitement. “After the event, students were asked to do a reflection. They said that they enjoyed spending time with these children and that they didn’t expect how much fun it was to bond with these kids. Some said that they would be willing to participate in more activities like this,” shares Abegail. All the children brought home a small towel and loot bags with different goodies as gifts from their newfound friends from STI Pasay.

Certified World-Class: STIer Goes for Gold By: Oscar E. Estopace Jr. & Liza A. Vidal, School Correspondents, STI College – Shaw

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain Another pride of STI College – Shaw will try to bring recognition for the country as Romnick Ghie R. Pabalete, a 22-year old 3rd year BS Information Technology student, competes at the World Cup in Thailand this November. Having won a a silver medal during the 2009 Vientiane Sea Games in Muay Thai 51-kg Lightweight Category, Romnick is determined to bag the gold medal this time around. As a child, he shares that he has learned early the importance of training and discipline from his father. Every day, they would wake up at 5:00 am and painstakingly jog to help condition his body. This is the reason why he did not have so much difficulty training for the Sea Games last year. He would jog around Ultra in Pasig City for at least two hours in the morning and in the afternoon. The intense workout, highly-controlled diet, and the strong self-control always expected of him would sometimes take their toll on this young achiever. But for Romnick, setting his eyes on the goal keeps him from giving up. “There are days when I can’t help but crave for ‘normal’ food and activities young

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The mighty and strong Philippine Muay Thai team at the 2009 Vientiane Sea Games

people like me get to enjoy. But as much as I want to give up and break away from my training routine, I end up conditioning myself to make do with a slice of wheat bread and soup for lunch plus plain oatmeal for dinner. To pass up on partying for a while is hard but I constantly need to remind myself that discipline is what separates the good from the great. No pain, no gain as they say,” he adds. Romnick aspires to leave a legacy to his country and become an inspiration to all STIers nationwide. Armed with skills and determination, Romnick willingly takes any pain to get to the top


Students of the Year

Honor Students

2nd Semester, SY 2009-2010 STI Student of the Year (Baccalaureate) National and Northern Luzon Area Level DIVINE S. TINGZON Bachelor of Science in Information Technology STI College – Fairview STI Student of the Year (Pre-Baccalaureate) National and Southern Luzon Area Level MARIA PAMELA N. DE VERA Diploma in Information Technology STI College – Tagaytay STI Student of the Year (Baccalaureate) Area Level - Southern Luzon HERNAN S. ALAR Bachelor of Science in Computer Science STI College – Global City STI Student of the Year (Baccalaureate) Area Level - Visayas IAN B. MALINAO Bachelor of Science in Computer Science STI College – Ormoc

MAGNA CUM LAUDE Divine R. Tingzon (STI College - Fairview), Benfer G. Delos Reyes (STI College - Fairview), Julie Ann D. Soliman (STI College - Fairview), Hernan S. Alar (STI College – Global City), Ian B. Malinao (STI College – Ormoc), Cristine M. Cortes (STI College – Quezon Avenue), and Ranielyn M. Sajelan (STI College – Surigao)

CUM LAUDE Myle Melody C. Daniels (STI College – Baguio), Daisyrene B. Dolindo (STI College – Balagtas), Gladdy M. Tagum (STI College – Balagtas), Mariel April T. Velasco (STI College – Balanga), John Rindl A. Evangelista (STI College – Balanga), Reina V. Mujeres (STI College – Caloocan), Jonallie G. Salando (STI College – Caloocan), Gian Carlo C. Nato (STI College – Dasmariñas), Lorrane L. Ala, Carissa N. Ilano (STI College – Dasmariñas), Eugene Ralph M. Reyes (STI College – Dasmariñas), Menchie S. Poso (STI College – Dasmariñas), Leon Marrion C. Carreon (STI College – Fairview), Christopher M. Jubilo (STI College – Fairview), Edlie S. Santillan (STI College – Fairview), Mariel S. Alfanza (STI College – Fairview), Jenny May B. Dongon (STI College – Fairview), Delta Kristin L. Montesur (STI College – Fairview), Rachelle C. Tan (STI College – Fairview), Angel D. Gabini (STI College – Fairview), Irish R. Ibasco (STI College – Fairview), Anna Marie C. Martin (STI College – Fairview), Gabriel Anthony B. Tebia (STI College – Global City), Josephine A. Talucod (STI College – Malolos), Galileo Lajara (STI College – Marikina), Rachel M. Folloso (STI College – Meycauayan), Arvin P. Bañez (STI College – Meycauayan), Hector A. Zamora (STI College – Meycauayan), Marvel D. Ragot (STI College – Ormoc), Jenie Ann D. Encienzo (STI College – Ormoc),

Maribel L. Verano (STI College – Ormoc), Rosemarie E. Gacutara (STI College – Ormoc), Icy Kay G. Talibao (STI College – Ormoc), Bobby M. Aberca (STI College – Ormoc), Noe-Allan C. Alvendia (STI College – San Fernando), Aiko Sherina N. Regalo (STI College – San Pablo), Angelica O. Maquinto (STI College – Shaw), Junaly W. Mamerto (STI College – Shaw), Dennelle Marie N. Sambo (STI College – Shaw), Gerardine L. Oblea (STI College – Southwoods), and Alain J. Abarro (STI College – Zamboanga)

WITH HIGH HONORS Beata Sarita B. Sunga (STI College – Balayan), Janua Leen H. Estaris (STI College – Fairview), Dorothy Anne D. Reynoso (STI College – Global City), Allain Dalton Biglain (STI College – Shaw), Ivan Christian F. Frani (STI College – Southwoods), and Cloyd S. Galilea (STI Valencia)

WITH HONORS Janine U. Rodejo (STI College – Alabang), Paolo U. Hipolito (STI College – Bacoor), Peter Andrew P. Leandres (STI College – Bacoor), Masasi R. Arai (STI College – Bacoor), Michael Tom Francis P. Santiago (STI College – Balagtas), Marechelle V. Tipon (STI College – Balagtas), Jaimielyn A. Viernes (STI College – Balagtas), Ray Benson D. Gacayan (STI College – Balanga), Julieta B. Manalo (STI College – Balanga), Conrado M. Morales (STI College – Balanga), John Christopher D. Gaudia (STI College – Balanga), Dominique A. Mariano (STI College – Balanga), Maeileene Rachel C. Villa (STI College – Balayan), Christine Marie J. Hernandez (STI College – Balayan), Jamaica B. Mancenido (STI Barotac Viejo), Fillmore D. Castillo (STI College – Caloocan), Karen T. Moreno (STI College – Cubao), Jasmine D. Pacaña (STI College – Dasmariñas), Arlene V. Forte (STI College – Fairview), Jun Andrew B. Bello (STI College – Fairview), Jacqueline Ellaine B. Blando (STI College – Las Piñas), Jennelyn G. Zaragoza (STI College – Legazpi), Bryan B. Amaranto (STI College – Legazpi), Katherine C. Barbosa (STI College – Makati), Ma. Cristina B. Legaspi (STI College – Malolos), Jielyn Dellomas (STI College – Marikina), Judylyn R. Baylon (STI College – Meycauayan), Mark Anthony N. Ticoy (STI College – Novaliches), Ma. Terezita M. Ozaki (STI College – Olongapo), Janice E. Gazo (STI College – Ormoc), Bryan Raymund T. Collantes (STI College – Ortigas-Cainta), Ryan C. Ancuelo (STI College – Quezon Avenue), Jellyann F. Nuqui (STI College – San Fernando), Jennifer S. Torres (STI College – San Fernando), Anne Valerie Alvarado (STI San Jose), Anabelle C. Maglaqui (STI San Jose), Allan Jay V. Padilla (STI San Jose), Elma D. Del Rosario (STI College – Shaw), Joffrey Esperanzate (STI College – Shaw), Juliet D. Eclavea (STI College – Southwoods), Daphne Erika Mei D. Eclavea (STI College – Southwoods), Myla Valdoria (STI College – Southwoods), Eduardo S. Bautista Jr. (STI College – Sta. Maria), Kenneth Ian S. Sanchez (STI College – Surigao), Mary Grace Abing (STI College – Tacloban), Ma. Pamela N. De Vera (STI College – Tagaytay), Conrad L. Sanchez (STI College – Tagaytay), Tracy S. Lopez (STI College – Tagaytay), Mary Ann Diñozo (STI College – Tanay), Emiry Alejandro (STI College – Tanay)

The list of honor students above is validated by STI’s Student Development and Placement Services.

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Special Feature

STI students busily prepare their Halalan kit for D-day

Partners in Nation-Building STI alongside ABS-CBN once again worked together in conducting parallel counts based on election returns (ER) nationwide. This partnership spans more than a decade which constitutes five consecutive national polls. To start off a year-long advocacy, STI and ABS-CBN launched the Boto Mo iPatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula (BMPM) campaign in 2009 along with other partners. BMPM became a form of crowd sourcing, encouraging every Juan to be the eyes and ears of news by reporting election-related and newsworthy information they can gather within their community. As the need for more patrollers grew, STI pooled hundreds of volunteers in its huge network of campuses to help out during the registration period. A series of activities all geared in promoting peaceful, honest, and clean elections was held. STI helped out in manning registration booths and providing technical assistance to these events. Concerts for a cause were held with the country’s top bands and sought-after artists enjoining the youth to act and make a difference. Come Election Day, team STI was behind ABSCBN’s news and current affairs group — thoroughly gathering data to provide credible figures during

Students hard at work with the encoding and texting of the votes

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Volunteers diligently wait for the ERs from the polling center


the parallel sample vote counting. The pool of STI volunteers efficiently performed their given tasks despite all encountered glitches and inconveniences. Nancibette Sudario, Officer-in-Charge of STI College – IloIlo commented, “You would be surprised how much the students took pride in their volunteer work. They were all very enthusiastic even if they were up until the wee hours of the morning. I think what served as their driving force was the fact that they were not only giving service to their country but they also became part of history in the making.” Jayson Maño, an STI volunteer assigned at P. Bernardo Elementary School in Cubao shared, “I felt so tired. My body was aching to go to sleep, but my mind still wanted to stay awake. Despite the legwork, I learned how to become more patient as the precincts assigned to me took so long to transmit data.” At the end of a strenuous day, the May 10 election was, to say the least, awe-inspiring. Men and women, teachers and students, young and old, the well-heeled along with the barefooted — all were united in casting their votes. As the country’s electoral system catches up with the 21st century, STI continues to be a catalyst of positive change — continuously supporting the country in embracing technology for a greater cause. And with this possible dawning of a new found optimism, STI has been, and always will be, true to its vision of providing superior, innovative, and relevant education for real life that nurtures individuals to become competent and responsible members of society. Finally, STIers can proudly say, “I am Citizen STI!”

STI student volunteers carefully encode the ER results

STIers patiently wait for the ERs together with other poll watchers during the election day

Volunteers tirelessly check and recheck the ER results STI volunteers at the ABS-CBN Studio unselfishly share their time in delivering unbiased partial election results

Even before the election, STIers also help out in the registration of the Boto Mo Patrollers

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YOU SPEAK! The decline in English proficiency among the Filipino youth poses a big challenge in the academe in terms of producing globally competitive graduates. As industries today seek employees who can think critically and communicate well, it is imperative to hone students’ English communication skills to establish a more competent Filipino workforce. In this regard, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Youth Commission (NYC), together with the STI network of schools, present the Voice of the Youth – National Oratorical Competition beginning November 15, 2010. With this year’s theme Change I Want to See Begins With Me: Becoming the New Filipino, this competition aims to develop critical thinking among young individuals and the confidence to express their thoughts in English through oration. This annual national event will have its pilot run this year, to be participated by 4th year high school students from almost 600 public and private secondary schools across the country. This competition will be officially launched on the first week of October at the STI Academic Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The national competition is tentatively scheduled on February 2011.

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Cover Story

Being CITIZEN

Ours is a country with a unique topography that has inspired social, cultural, and religious patterns prevalent only in a particular area. Ours is a country with a history teeming with various events that have shaped our regional psyche. Ours is a country whose dialects speak of our diversity. But although we are in many ways different from each other, together we are called Filipinos, and that alone is enough reason for us to raise our flag to the pedestal where it rightfully belongs. The colors in our flag aptly capture the exact ideals that we need to adhere to, in order to steer our country to the most promising direction: white for equality and fraternity; blue for peace, truth, and justice; and red for patriotism and bravery. Consistently and comfortably wearing the very essence of these colors on our sleeves could satisfy our common hunger for national progress.

STI Sinimulan Natin

STI has always been an advocate of nation-building activities. Last year, we continued to instill in the youth our thrust towards positive change in our country and actively participate in different initiatives. With the year-long campaign dubbed as Simulan Natin which kicked off during STI’s 26th anniversary celebration, we have made the STI community understand and value the importance of pioneering a movement all geared towards a better Philippines. From small acts to major feats inclined to national progress, we’ve unwaveringly made our contributions. And now that we’ve already started, we are not letting the movement fade and end.

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Continuing What We Started

Walking the Talk

This year we are intent to keep the passion alive, hence we have coined Citizen STI as STI’s 27th Anniversary theme. Simulan Natin campaign was intent in encouraging the entire STI team to “begin” and “do,” this year’s advocacy has leveled up and challenges each and every member of the STI community to “be” — Be a catalyst of change; Be the citizen that our nation needs; Be a bonafide Citizen STI.

Through the STI Foundation, we have granted numerous scholarships to less fortunate Filipinos nationwide. To cite an example, last July 14 2010, we awarded three scholarship grants to children of killed journalists in the Maguindanao massacre.

To “Do” vs. To “Be” To do is delivering what is expected or required. It is fueled mostly by external motivations like following road rules mostly to avoid violation tickets, or studying for A-marks that will in turn amount to shopping allowance from generous parents. In short, to “do” is merely an outward manifestation of one’s drive to cope with expectations and/or reap the rewards. To be on the other hand is more demanding. It requires understanding, faith, and discipline. First, we must be aware and understand the reasons why there is a need for positive change that will benefit one’s home, one’s school, or one’s community. When we’ve come to know what needs to be done, then we can begin to believe. Having the belief allows us to appreciate and embrace the merits and importance of the change needed so that we can freely decide whether it is something worthy of our support. And lastly, we need to embody what we know and what we believe in so that we can become the change we want to be. This time, the knowledge, the belief, and the act is already part of who we are, it is being the catalyst for positive change — the thought, the faith, and the act now becomes YOU.

We’re All in This Together It’s no simple feat. Just like most of mankind’s greatest triumphs, the Citizen STI advocacy is something that entails a lot of hard work. But if there’s one reassurance we can derive hope and optimism from, it’s the fact that we are not alone in this undertaking. STI is a massive network that shares a common strong penchant not only for academic excellence but also for social responsibility. Therefore, we can undoubtedly say, “we are all in this together.” The fact that we have already accomplished noteworthy achievements for the past 27 years shows that we are beyond capable.

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Moreover, the STI Mobile School, part of the STI Foundation’s Driving Education Where IT Matters program, has already reached 494 sites and has trained over 52,000 students, employees, and other individuals nationwide. Now, with a total of six (6) mobile school buses that reach across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, this campaign continues to take the gift of knowledge closer to people. And, in the most recent and first-ever national automated election last May 2010, we again assumed the position of poll watchdogs alongside our enduring partner ABS-CBN. Together, we worked hand-inhand in conducting parallel counts based on election returns nationwide; a partnership that now spans more than a decade constituting five consecutive national polls.


Even in the campus level, Citizen STI is very much alive through initiatives that foster a keen sense of community and camaraderie. From STI Pasay’s Special Olympics for special children to STI College – Cotabato’s partnership with local group Balik Kalikasan on environmental awareness, it is apparent that the advocacy is very much alive and kicking in all STI campuses nationwide.

Changing for the Better Ultimately, the vision of Citizen STI is to affect positive change that will benefit the Philippines and its citizenry. The campaign acknowledges the importance of small personal acts and recognizes that these could eventually build up into a collective movement, strong enough to topple down old and unproductive ways. Whether it’s switching off all electricity consuming devices when not in use or making a conscious decision not to litter, Citizen STI believes that these small steps would someday amount to big leaps of success.

All the changes we want to see begin with us. Once we take it from there, the rest will follow.

Excellence is a habit, not an event. We don’t wait for time to change things, we change our times. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. Caring for the environment starts in our neighborhood. Remember, there is no PLANet B. Anything war can do to a society, peace can do better. To complete the community, U and I are important. By not breaking the rules, we break bad habits. True leaders know how to follow. Education’s ultimate goal is to teach people how to differentiate between what they know We can GO GREEN without offending people. Mother Nature needs GREEN minds! Change is what our country needs. I am change.

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Special Feature

Glam. Rock. Beat. Song.

The STI 27th Anniversary Celebration

Pavi Elle de Mayo, 2005 STI Idol Champion, wowed the crowd with her angelic voice

skills, and achievements symbolizing STI’s thrust towards excellence in education and co-curricular activities. Around 20,000 students from STI campuses all over the country participated in the highly anticipated event. Due to the astounding number of people present in the celebration, the programs were held simultaneously in two venues — the Band Stand and the Space Port areas.

It was definitely a festive feat for the entire STI community as it once again commemorated its foundation day on August 27, 2010 at Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna. It was a celebration of talents,

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Audiences from the Band Stand were thrilled by talent competitions such as Battle of the Bands (amateur band competition) and STI Singing Idol (solo singing competition). The crowd went wild with a dynamic performance from popular band Chicosci.


Matt Evans serenades the Ms. STI 2010 candidates

Guest celebrity Diane Elise sings to the Mr. STI 2010 candidates

Mr. & Ms. ST I

2010 cand idates in their sp ortswear

Guest hosts for Mr. and Ms. STI 2010, Mr. NAASCU 2009 Martin Antonio and Ms. Earth 2008 Karla Henry

Special number from the Goddesses of Belly Dance

The Space Port area, on the other hand, was packed with enthused spectators of Hataw Sayaw (group dance competition) and the much awaited search for Mr. and Ms. STI 2010. Intermission numbers from artists surely kept the crowd’s spirits high. The night’s highlight was the grand fireworks display which painted the evening sky right after the announcement of Mr. And Ms. STI 2010. This year’s anniversary theme also leverages on the nationalistic spirit of being “Citizen STI” — an inspiration to continually strengthen the commitment to instill positive change in every STIer and extend it to the communities. STI is not only known for upholding academic excellence but also for being an advocate of social responsibility.

Guest celebrity Myrus rendered a sweet song number to the crowd

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STI 27TH Anniversary at Enchanted Kingdom

Battle of the Bands winners: 1st - STI College – Recto, 2nd - STI College – Shaw, and 3rd - STI College – Tagaytay; Guest host Tracy Abad

STI Singing Idol winners: 1st - STI College – Caloocan, 2nd - STI San Pablo, and 3rd - STI College – Las Piñas; Hosts Tracy Abad and Stanley Dimain

Hataw Sayaw winners: 1st - STI College – Las Piñas, 2nd - STI College – Caloocan, and 3rd - STI College – Makati; Hosts Mark Molina, Mhel Garrido, and Sheila Magano

Mr. and Ms. STI 2010 winners and candidates in their casual wear, sports wear, and evening wear

For more photos and complete list of winners, please visit www.27th.sti.edu

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Special Feature

In the Raw:

A Closer Look at the Land of Sushi She fastened her seatbelt and waited in giddy anticipation. It was a travel experience which took more than 12 months in the making. With her eyes open, and her mind rearing to get past borders and frontiers, she started sketching in her imagination cities whose names she only reads on textbooks and sipping tea with people whose language she doesn’t speak. As the plane took its greasy smooth touchdown, she got off the plane in awe as her mind verbalized what her mouth couldn’t. “Ahh... Japan!” Venuz Oabel, a 3rd year BS Information Technology student of STI College – Fairview, resided in Tokyo from April 13 to 22, 2010 as one of the delegates in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Program. Funded by the Japanese government, the JENESYS Program aims to deepen its delegates’ understanding of the different facets of the Japanese society and help promote mutual understanding through youth exchange within the region, thereby forming a strong solidarity among Asian countries. Along with student representatives from different schools, Venuz was treated like a tourist during the 10-day trip. They were taught basic Nihongo lessons and even traveled to key cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, and Hiroshima.

Venuz (front row, 5th from left) with fellow JENESYS delegates

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Venuz spent her summer having a grand cultural experience with her foster family in Japan

For Venuz, every part of the experience was worth taking note of but she considers her homestay experience remarkably unforgettable. “We were immersed in Japanese homes, and got to have a feel of what it’s like to live with Japanese people in an informal environment and spend time with them as members of the family. This cultural exposure brought me to a world that’s familiar yet inexpressibly different. Living with the Japanese came with lessons and values worth holding on to, leaving me with a newfound respect for sociocultural differences. All these and a lot more really made me see the Japanese in a different light.”


Special Feature

Ready, Jetset... STI College – Dasmariñas has done it again! Last May 4, 2010, three of its Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students flew to the U.S. for the first time as part of their extensive on-the-job training. Not only are these apprentices given an opportunity to be trained by world-class experts, they also got the rare chance to work at the popular Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan! Andrea F. Garcia, Marinel C. Olpot, and Rhine L. Batiancila were working closely with the best professionals in the world’s largest summer hotel considered as a favorite vacation spot by the rich and famous. As they say, lightning rarely strikes the same place twice, but for STI College – Dasmariñas, it just did. Early last year, Cherish Nato flew to Singapore and became the campus’ representative to have her rigid training abroad. And now, opportunity had blessed STI College – Dasmariñas with another chance to provide topnotch education to three new pioneers to hone their skills in the land of milk and honey.

GROW! STI College – Dasmariñas’ International On-the-Job Training Program, in cooperation with the Pearl of the Orient Educational and Career Consultancy Incorporated, have chosen these talented students from a group of 20 deserving candidates all vying for a chance to be trained abroad. The list was narrowed down to five finalists until Andrea, Marinel, and Rhine eventually made the final cut. All three are incoming third year students, but despite their young age, they have been regarded as the best in their class. Staying true to its promise of giving students globally competitive skills and quality education at par with the industry’s standards, STI aims to provide more students with a comprehensive worldclass training over the next years. Andrea, Marinel, and Rhine are certainly just among the many STIers who will soon be equipped with all the essentials needed to face and triumph over real-life challenges and possibly become the most in-demand professionals — here and abroad.

Andrea, Rhine, and Marinel in Michigan, USA

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STI Idol

The Power Couple from Para単aque They were classmates in college. Then, they became the best of friends. Now, they are husband and wife.

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From Lawyer to IT Professional

From BFF to BF/GF

Rosalie was the second youngest child from a family of eight. Her father was an auto mechanic and her mother, a housewife. Rosalie dreamed of becoming a great lawyer. However, due to financial constraints, she casted her hopes on another course wherein she could easily help support her family — Information Technology.

During those trying days, nothing could have made their hardships any sweeter than a blossoming relationship between best buddies. Throughout their college days, Robert and Rosalie supported one another whenever they encounter road blocks. They cheered and comforted each other.

Still, the road was not an easy one for Rosalie. After high school, she stopped studying to help out her family. She still continued to dream though to go back to school one day and finish college. Finally, her parents were able to save enough money and Rosalie took up 2-year Associate in Computer Technology (ACT) in STI College – Parañaque. In school, Rosalie was one of the top students in her class. She also took active participation in the Student Council, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. After Rosalie graduated in ACT, she had another goal in mind — to pursue a four-year degree in Computer Science. To help out with their financial problems, she worked as a Student Assistant in the computer laboratory of STI College – Parañaque. Then Robert came along. The Wannabe Basketball Player Robert also came from a family of eight. His father died in a truck accident when he was still young so his mother filled in the shoes of both mom and dad. She worked as a house helper to support their family. At such an early age, Robert became no stranger to hard work. He sold ice buko and collected broken glasses then sold them to junk shops to earn extra money and help relieve some burdens from his mother. As a kid, Robert wanted to be a professional basketball player and play in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Sadly, he didn’t grow as tall as he wanted to be and came short of the minimum height requirement for basketball players. Despite the setback, Robert didn’t lose hope and turned his attention to other things instead such as school. Robert, who also took up BS Computer Science, wasn’t really an outstanding student in class but he continuously persevered in his studies. In his third year in STI College – Parañaque, he was lucky enough to get a full scholarship from the school. He also participated in various programming competitions that further honed his skills.

It was no wonder then that Robert and Rosalie started seeing each other in a different light. Robert fondly recalled the first time the two of them met, “When we were in the classroom, she always stared at me because I kept on reciting and she found that irritating. To her it seemed that I was being a big show-off.” But, Robert soon changed Rosalie’s mind and they became a couple. And despite the changes in their lives after they’ve graduated from STI, the two of them still managed to keep their relationship strong. Robert professed that when they had a big fight and broke up for more than a month, it was then that he realized that Rosalie was the one for him — the girl that he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Finally in March 2009, Robert and Rosalie got married and started their life together. “I Do, ‘Till Death Do Us Part” Today, Robert works as a Web Developer in Vishay Philippines, Inc. He analyzes the system specifications and requirements, makes the relational database in SQL 2005 based on specification, builds different web applications such as Point-of-Sales, Travel Information Form, Customer Master Form, Career Portals, and more. Rosalie, on the other hand, is now an IT Manager in Employment Opportunities, Inc. She is in charge of maintaining the workstation per department and monitor the LAN and WAN connection of the company, she also supervises the IT staff in their daily work and rate their progress, among others. Due to their hectic work schedules, they barely have time to do things together during the weekdays. Hence, weekends are definitely a time for both of them. They watch movies on Saturdays and go to church on Sundays. And since they both love to sing, one can usually find them in front of a videoke, singing together. Rosalie shared that the secret ingredient to their relationship is love, trust, and concern for each other. “Always believe that desire is the key to motivation, but it is determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek. Always believe in yourself and always put God first.”

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Are You Ready to be a...

“WEBPRENEUR?”

Garin IT Solutions Online Pregie Amor T. Garin

Nickname: Pregie Course: BS Information Technology Campus: STI College – Marikina

Entrepreneurship is a promising endeavor, although, it is no piece of cake. Even if you’re in the baking business, sooner or later you’ll realize that being an entrepreneur requires more than just mixing and stirring. Now you may ask, how about for a “webpreneur?” Well, the same rules apply. Risk Taker – Entrepreneurship is a risky business that suits only those who are not afraid to fail. Disciplined – Because you’ll be your own boss, self-regulation is critical.

Smart – Business attempts are ideally founded on carefully derived strategies more than just plain wishful thinking. Leader – An entrepreneur is a shepherd that guides and leads the business toward greener pastures and not toward muddy banks.

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Honest and Trustworthy – In entrepreneurship, deals and negotiations are made with people and if there’s one thing they expect from you, it’s a sense of honesty and trustworthiness. Determined – Failures will be encountered along the way, but if you keep going and turn problems to lessons, you’ll be able to master the craft of entrepreneurship in no time.


Are You Ready to Be... Two Facets of Entrepreneurship Before you jump on board the business bandwagon, make sure you’re well-equipped with the necessary knowledge regarding its two facets. Let the good be an inspiration, and the bad — your most fitting challenge.

Pros

Words you live by:

• Risks can be synonymous to excitement and adventure.

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

• A shot at originality through new service/product that no one else has offered before.

Business Endeavor:

• Compete with a current product/service with a more affordable and equally efficient alternative. • Independence, Flexibility, and Freedom.

Cons • There will undoubtedly be fewer benefits, especially when considering that your business will be just starting off. • The work schedule of an entrepreneur is never predictable; an emergency can come up in a matter of a second and late hours will have to be put in. • All the decisions of the business must be made on your own; there is no one ranked higher than you on the chain of command in YOUR business. • There’ll be instances when you will find yourself working with an inefficient employee, lacking the experience to properly deliver.

“I built Garin IT Solutions Online from scratch. I started using free domains and free web hosting found on the internet in creating my blog site and forum until such time that my website was already earning through Google advertising. I use the incentives I received from Google Ads in purchasing top level domain (.com, .net). When I reached 15 clients, I decided to purchase VPS, then a dedicated server for the next 15 clients.”

What motivated you to start a business? “When I was 17 years old, I joined a business community called Create Abundance International Community Inc. They provide free seminars at malls with their successful business mentors who are businesspersons themselves. My coach, Mr. Arthur Olano, is also an IT Professional and he owned a call center business. The knowledge and training I got from that community eventually helped me build a small web hosting company. The reason why I created this business is to provide a cheap website package for everyone who cannot afford them.”

How do you wish your business to be five years from now? “I wish that my business can help more people by providing jobs to others and earn more profit so that we can give more donations to charity boxes.”

Describe your typical day. “I’m at school from 9am to 8pm. From 8pm to 1am, I monitor my website and my clients’ websites while listening to the radio. I check if my web development team is doing the right kind of designs for our client’s website. I also create web hosting accounts, register a domain name, monitor our leased dedicated servers through the data center and maintain our databases. My business is definitely a great venue for growth that makes my day even more worthwhile.”

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Writer’s Block

Contemplating

Like a rock star,

By: Chum dela Cruz, Alumna STI College – Calamba

Bringing me up

Lips as red as blood,

Obviously, it’s not what I want

Tantalizing eyes I could drown into,

But somehow, I feel happy

A smile that took my breath away,

For having you beside me

The one I dreamed of all my life.

And secretly loving you!

Whenever I feel down.

On the other side,

Not to expect too much

I see a glimpse of you,

But that’s the way it should be.

Far beyond my imagination,

For loving you in silence

But still there, simply waiting for me.

Makes a curve that I call “SMILE.”

Not knowing what could happen, I stared at you intentionally, Memorizing every detail of you, Daydreaming to be with you!

While Waiting

By: Frichielou Laurio, 2nd year MMA STI College – Baguio

As time passes by, I must leave so soon.

Like the flowers in spring,

It’s a choice I have to make,

Like the lady’s new engagement ring,

A choice to change my life.

Like a baby smiling,

Love is what I felt

Meeting you gave my life a new meaning.

The moment I saw you.

Like a forest fire on a cloudy night,

I know it’s difficult

Like a balloon floating so light,

But I have to let you go.

Like an ice cream truck bringing delight,

Dealing with the fact

Our love was an obvious sight.

That you can never be mine

Like a candy taken from a toddler,

Breaks my heart

Like having a pen yet no paper,

Into little pieces.

Like wanting to swim where there’s no river,

Attention is what I need

Sadness came; am I gonna lose you forever?

To make my day complete

Like the refreshments on a warm day,

And to feel your presence

Like the good news after much dismay,

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Even if you’re not here.

Like a rainbow on a Saturday,

As I wonder today,

Gladness popped in with no delay.

I’ve realized one thing.

Like a person who just pulled a trigger,

That even as a friend

Like a man who’s had his first hangover,

I can’t call you “MINE.”

Like an adopted child seeking for his birth mother,

Rocking my world

While waiting, my love nested on someone better.


Writer’s Block Falling Apart By: Ruby Ann Q. Gonzales, Alumna STI College – Global City

I’ve given away my heart, So it could be torn into pieces. He left me with the feelings of betrayal and being forgotten. I’m so in love, yet so alone, with two years thrown away. Feeling his absence hurts the most. My constant urge to call is almost taking over, While on the other side, my cycle of feelings starts with rage. Slowly going into sadness, rage again, desperation, devastation, and finally denial. Every morning I open my eyes to emptiness, Seeing a long black hallway with nothing in between. This so-called love has taken over my life,

Gintong Pangarap Isinulat ni: Joel de Guzman, 1st year IT STI San Carlos

Sa pag-aaral, magsusumikap. Magtitiyaga kahit mahirap. Karunungan ay hinahanap Upang tagumpay maging ganap. Aking magulang matutulungan Sa pagtaguyod sa kahirapan. Mga bisyo ay iiwasan Para sa magandang kinabukasan. Kung katamaran di gagayahin Pag unawa ang uunahin. Aabutin mga mithiin, Edukasyon dapat mahalin. Natatangi kang kayamanan Sa buhay ay kailangan. Sa paghasa nitong isipan, Gintong pangarap makakamtan.

leaving me distracted. Days pass by and now, my emotions are going crazy. Leaving me no choice but to vomit. To empty my pessimistic thoughts. To stop thinking that my life is over. To stop my tears from falling every night. To stop feeling like my heart has been shattered into pieces. The hardest part of moving on is the jealousy on top of all my misery. But soon enough, I’ll go to bed realizing I survived this struggle. I need to escape my depression to continue breathing. And regain my strength to love again.

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On the Shelf Your guide to the latest trends today

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REVIEW

Blue Blood Following the success of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, comes another vampire love story that will keep the teens and tweens eager to read more — Melissa De La Cruz’s Blue Bloods series. The series follows the adventure of 15-yearold Schuyler Van Alen as her life dramatically changed when she was thrust into Manhattan’s exclusive social circle of the powerful, wealthy, and supernatural — the Blue Bloods. Aside from the love story, it is also interesting to read the author’s unique take on the vampire myth as the vampires are portrayed as fallen angels that have been expelled from heaven and their efforts to regain their angelic status.

Thor Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present a major cinematic piece starring the Nordic god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful yet arrogant warrior whose recklessness reignites an ancient war. Thor is cast down to earth by his father Odin, the king of Asgard (Anthony Hopkins) and falls in love with the beautiful young scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. An epic adventure directed by Kenneth Branagh, Thor is set to hit theaters in 2011.

PlayStation Move Motion Controller Be “in” while being “in” the game. Sony does it again as it launches its hottest accessory. The PlayStation Move ups the ante of motion gaming experience only accessible on the PlayStation 3 system. Designed as a simple controller which captures a full range of motion through its advanced motion sensors, dynamic color-changing sphere, vibration feedback, and easy-to-use button interface, the PlayStation Move embeds the player right in the middle of the action with deep, high definition graphics, dynamic game play, and a brilliant gaming experience like no other. Now, the player becomes the actual character in the game.

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Cryptoquote

Uncover the mystery quotation

The

quote has been encoded using single letter substitution — this means that each letter of the alphabet has been replaced by a different letter or a number.

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Sources: www.eastoftheweb.com/cgi-bin/top_scores.pl?game=cryptoquote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Tolstoy

Word-Fit Crosswords

of the famous Russian novelist and philosopher Leo Tolstoy by cracking the secret code!

Tolstoy, Leo, Count, Rus. Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoi, 1828–1910, considered one of the world’s greatest writers. His masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina represent the dramatic picture of the 19th-century Russian life and attitudes, the peak of realist fiction. Tolstoy, being an essayist, dramatist, and educational reformer, made him the most influential member of the aristocratic Tolstoy family. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and peacekeeper.

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CHEF LENS

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Source: http://www.puzzlechoice.com/cw/Word_Fit_Arcx.html

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Fun Page

What’s normal? What’s acceptable? When faced with new and different situations in your life, how

do you react to them? Do you embrace what’s outside your comfort zone, or do you escape from it? Find out now by taking this quiz!

1. When you walk through the hallways of your school and see how differently everyone is dressed, what often comes to your mind? a. This place looks like a stage play. b. Oh, everyone has their own style I guess but some just aren’t for me. c. I don’t really think about what other people are wearing.

2. Your best friend is trying to convince you to eat at this new restaurant that serves the weirdest food ever. Though everyone who’s gone there says it’s delicious, still, the thought of trying out these dishes makes you want to gag. Are you up to try it? a. No way! I’ll never try something I’ve never tasted before! b. Uhm, I might go there with my friend, but I don’t know if I’d eat a lot. c. Totally! I love trying new things, especially when it comes to food. Yum! 3.

Your friend has been raving about her new crush, and you finally get a chance to meet him. When she introduces you, you notice that he’s from a different race. Does that bother you?

Results:

a. A little. I think people should date within their race. b. Not really, it’s just kind of different. c. No, it doesn’t; He’s an awesome guy and he makes her happy!

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You’ve decided to change your look so that you can have a fresh start. What kind of changes are you going to make? a. I’ll get some highlights in my hair and buy a new outfit for school. b. I’ll get a new hair cut and start dressing differently. c. I’m going to change everything! Hair, clothes, and maybe I’ll get a piercing too! 5. You’re at the movies with your friends when all of a sudden you see an inappropriately mushy couple in front of you. You know that happens all the time, but how do you react?

a. I freak out. I mean come on. There are things that should be kept in private. b. It’s odd to see but, I mean, that’s kind of acceptable these days. c. Oh, it’s sweet that they care about each other. Source: http://quiz.myyearbook.com/myspace/ PersonalityEmotion/298978/How_OpenMinded_Are_You.html

If your answers are mostly A’s: You are Closed-Minded.

You’re more closed-minded than most. You like to surround yourself with the familiar and things that you consider ‘’normal.’’ You do not like change, whether it’s in your own personal life or other’s. While other people have told you that you’re stubborn, you just see yourself as liking what you like.

If your answers are mostly B’s: You are a bit Open-Minded.

Before you ever make an opinion you like to think through all your options. It’s important to you to consider the odds before making a rash decision, and you appreciate understanding something new before you willingly go along with it. You’re practical and open to suggestion; however you’ll only embrace what you feel comfortable with.

If your answers are mostly C’s: You are Open-Minded.

You adore change! If there’s anything you can count on in this world, it’s that things will never be the same way twice. Even though that’s a scary thought, in the end you know that you like it better that way. You like to go out of your way to try new and exotic things, and you love to push yourself out of your comfort zone because you believe that it’ll help you grow as a person--and you always sure do!

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STIMULI September 2011  

STIMULI September 2011