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EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-chief

Elbert L. de Guzman

Managing Editors Karen La Rosa-Tabije Jenny Dy Erick Listana Eli Decena

Contributors Ma. Romelyn Agua Lander Arozza Bonus Dexter Dumayag Roxanne Martinez Terranya Tiamson Ma. Lourdes Vitales

Layout and Design Ferdie Ortega Rachel Neric Mac Bautista

Editor’s Note STI has always been an advocate of nation-building. And through the years, we have encouraged our entire community to be catalysts of positive change in our country. This year, we take it a bit further and celebrate STI’s 30 Years of Excellence with the theme Be STI. This is a culture-building advocacy that challenges everyone to be the best that they can be by embodying the ideals and attributes of an STIer. This long-term crusade was witnessed during the grand anniversary celebration held at the Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna that was attended by more than 22,000 STIers from key cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao! In this issue, we also look back to Halalan 2013: Tayo Na! as thousands of STI volunteers nationwide underwent workshops on citizen journalism and became Bayan Patrollers in ABS-CBN’s coverage of the May 13, 2013 national elections. This is STI’s sixth Halalan partnership with ABS-CBN. We likewise salute the students, faculty members, and alumni who created buzz with their outstanding achievements and brought pride to the STI community. Read their stories and be inspired! Who says a simple provincial lass can’t make it big in the city? Not Jonha Revesencio! Check out her story as she shares her exciting experience in social media and how she transformed to a social media butterfly who has gained numerous recognitions from the digital world. More interesting stories — from fitness and fashion to the latest movie and gadget trends — await you inside so start turning the pages now!

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Dare to Do it Yourself


Campus News

STI, PSC Forge Pact for Pinoy Athletes Exciting stories from different campuses all over the country

Send your original poems, short stories, comments, and questions to the STIMULI Editorial Team at the STI Academic Center Ortigas–Cainta, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Cainta, Rizal 1900 or email

More campuses upgrade to Academic Centers

STI: 21 BE Celebrating Thirty Years of Excellence


Tagisan ng Talino 2013


Sound Mind in a Healthy Body

Victors Proclaimed


On the Shelf


Writer’s Block

Your guide to the latest trends today


STI Idol

Meet Jonha: The RebelWizard

STIMULI is a publication of STI.


Rising To Excellence


STI, ABS-CBN Strengthen Partnership for Halalan

The powerhouse partnership has spanned through Halalan 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010


The Chic, The Swagger, and The Wardrobe Your quick guide to styling

STI and ABS-CBN partner once again for this year’s national elections dubbed as Halalan 2013: Tayo Na! Thousands of students, faculty members, and staff from STI Colleges and Education Centers in all parts of the country have heeded the call to become Bayan Patrollers as they participated in ABS-CBN’s coverage of the May 13, 2013 elections.

STI, ABS-CBN Strengthen Partnership for

For this year’s Halalan, STI volunteers have been deployed to be the key content aggregators under Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo (BMPM), the advocacy arm of ABS-CBN. All five STI Mobile Schools, which are equipped with state-of-theart computer laboratories comprised of more than 20 multimedia computers with internet access, LCD monitors, sound system, and other top-of-theline equipment housed inside a bus, have been also deployed in Luzon and Mindanao to help in aggregating stories from Bayan Patrollers nationwide. As content aggregators, STI volunteers are asked to receive and verify reports from the Bayan Patrollers through the face-to-face interviews and various media platforms such as email, SMS, and social media like Facebook, Twitter, and others. Beginning November 2012, STIers nationwide underwent workshops on citizen journalism in their campuses and during the 18th STI National Youth Convention, led by ABS-CBN journalists like Jing Castañeda, Atom Araullo, Niña Corpuz, Jeff Canoy, Tony Velasquez, Chiara Zambrano, BMPM head Inday Varona, and other local news celebrities in the regions. Select students from STI College – Global City and STI College – Quezon Avenue also joined the BMPM Caravan held on May 6, 2013 which served as the kick-off event for BMPM’s Halalan coverage. The powerhouse partnership of STI and broadcasting giant ABS-CBN has spanned through Halalan 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010.


Braving the challenge are STIers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao who served as Bayan Patrollers in another historic event in the country



Dare To Do It Yourself Are you looking for an easy project to do this weekend? Get your creative juices and hands ready for these do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that can be done in an hour or less!

BRACELET STAND Bored of your typical jewellery box? Then, make your own bracelet stand!

the ribbon bow at the center of 3 Tie your roll.

What you will need: cup, empty long cardboard roll (you can also use paper towel roll), piece of fabric, super glue or glue gun, scissors, and ribbon.


To start, take your cardboard roll and cover it with the piece of fabric.


Apply glue to the edge of the fabric, securely in place. Then tuck in the excess fabric to the ends of the roll.

Glue down the roll with ribbon onto the

part of the cup. You can also 4 bottom add other decorations on your holder like flower clips.

Allow your bracelet stand to dry, then slip all of your bracelets, bangles or even watches onto the ends of the roll and presto, you’re done! Source:


Who says only girls wear bracelets? Check out this cool leather band, boys, and start making good use of your old leather belts! What you will need: old leather belt, white or silver pen, scissors, nail, snap, and hammer. 6 STIMULI

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Wrap an old leather belt that you no longer use around your wrist and use a white or silver pen to mark off where to cut. Make sure that you add about two inches to the width of your wrist. Cut at the markings with a pair of scissors. Wrap the leather band that you just cut around your wrist again and use the pen to mark where you will be placing the snaps. Poke a hole in these markings with a nail and hammer. Hammer the two sides of the metal snap on where you made the holes.

STI, PSC Forge Pact for Pinoy Athletes For representing and giving honor to the country, it’s time to return the favor and give them one of the most coveted accolades that they deserve — an education.

and compete. If we don’t take care of their future today, we will find retired athletes incapable of providing a livelihood for their families,” said Monico V. Jacob, CEO & President of STI.

National athletes now have the privilege of going to college after the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI) sealed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) recently at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila. Under the MOA, STI will grant PhP10 million worth of any 4-year scholarship to the PSC in support to our national athletes who are not capable of securing good college education because of their financial status.

PSC Chairman Richie Garcia added that, “It will not only provide further knowledge but more so will help them become better members of society.”

“We are aware that there will come a time when athletes can no longer jump, run,

PSC employees can also apply for partial scholarships for their dependents and specialized IT training for free. Also present in the MOA signing were STI’s EVP & COO Peter K. Fernandez, Vice President for Communications Elbert L. de Guzman, and PSC Commissioners Wigberto Clavecilla and Akiko Thomson-Guevara, a former national athlete.

Voila, your leather band bracelet is now ready to wear! Source:


Rising to Excellence:

STI Beauty Crowns Ms. Pintados 2013

Four STI Colleges continue their drive for excellence as they upgrade to STI Academic Centers throughout the stretch of 2013 to 2014. The soon-to-rise STI Academic Centers in Calamba and Las Piñas simultaneously broke ground on March 15, 2013. Meanwhile, STI Academic Center Cubao formally broke ground earlier this February 7, 2013. All three campuses aim to open their doors to the community in school year 2014-2015. In time for the influx of students this school year, the STI Academic Center Ortigas-Cainta unveiled its new home on a 4-hectare property in Ortigas Avenue Extension, Cainta, Rizal. Aside from the

Ms. STI 2012 3rd runner up Cynthia Tomalla of STI Maasin wows again with her beauty and wit. The 18-year-old stunner and Tourism and Events Management student bested 13 other candidates from different municipalities of the Eastern Visayas region as she was crowned Ms. Pintados 2013.

7-storey school building, this new campus now houses the Head Office of STI. The STI Academic Centers nationwide feature highly advanced classroom setups, fullyequipped computer and science laboratories, simulation rooms, gymnasiums, stylish students’ lounges with free Wi-Fi access, and libraries packed with a wide array of research resources. With the recent developments in its strong network of schools, STI looks forward to upgrade more of its campuses nationwide because when it comes to quality education the only way to go is to be bigger and better.

Taekwondo Jins Shine Taekwondo has become one of the popular sports in the country today mainly due to the numerous accolades that our country has received from international competitions. Now, there are even local taekwondo competitions held throughout the country. In North Luzon, the Pangasinan Taekwondo Championship was held on January 26, 2013 at San Fabian Sports Civic Center Gym. It was widely attended by martial artists from 13 taekwondo clubs and various schools in the province. Under the watchful eyes of black-belter coach Jan Michael Mamaril, students from STI College– Dagupan piled up an impressive medal haul of ten gold, two silver, and six bronze medals to end up as one of the top finishers in the poomsae events. Poomsae refers to the different forms in taekwondo. It is a series of movements for offensive and defensive techniques which is practiced and trained according to a set of fixed patterns while dealing with imaginary opponents.

STI Academic Center Ortigas-Cainta

STI Academic Center Cubao

STI Academic Center Calamba

STI Academic Center Las Piñas

Team STI’s very own taekwondo jins were 4th year BS Information Technology (BSIT) student Christopher Dela Cruz; 2nd year BSIT students Zymae Dela Cruz, Loucele Gatbonton, and Angelica Diater; 2nd year BS Hotel and Restaurant Management students Christina Jane Estampa, Jesus Mallavo, and Marisol Batuang; and their coach and PE Instructor Mamaril.

The Ms. Pintados 2013 competition is the longest and most prestigious beauty pageant in Eastern Visayas. Now on its 26th year, the Ms. Pintados competition is part of the celebration in commemoration of the feast of Señor Sto. Niño, the patron saint of Tacloban City and Leyte. Sponsored by the non-profit organization Pintados Foundation of Tacloban City, the winners are considered to be beautiful and intelligent women from the region who best represents the values of the Foundation.


More Campuses Upgrade to Academic Centers

Apart from taking home the crown, Cynthia bagged other major and special awards that night. Judges for this year include Police Senior Superintendent Edgardo Basbas of Police Regional Office 8, Javier town Mayor Sandy Javier, celebrity turned politician and former Binibining Pilipinas World Daisy Reyes, and television host and talent manager Boy Abunda. Not a newbie in beauty tilts, the 5’8 beauty also won other beauty titles in the region such as Miss Merida 2012 1st runnerup, Miss Southern Leyte 2012 2nd runner-up, and Miss Macrohon 2011. *Special thanks to April Oraiz, Faculty Member, STI Maasin Source: http://leytesamardaily. net/2013/06/ms-thomallacrowned-miss-pintados - 2013/

*Special thanks to Eugene Geminoano, School Correspondent, STI College – Dagupan



Double Up!


Total Knock Out:

As part of the Kalibo IT Consciousness Week in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, STIers bested eight schools that participated in various competitions namely, Digital Arts Champion Karen Gregorio, a 5th year BS Computer Engineering (BSCoE) student; Hardware Servicing Champion Robert Quives, a 1st year Computer and Consumer Electronics (CCE) student; Web Design 2nd runner-up Carly


Students from STI College – Kalibo showed their town what they were made of. Highlighting the Tourism Week organized by the Aklan Tourism Officers Association (AkTOA) in partnership with the Aklan Provincial Tourism Office (APTO) and the Aklan Press Club, Inc. was the inter-school tourism quiz bee which was participated in by eight schools in Kalibo. STI College – Kalibo was hailed as the Champion while also taking home special awards such as Best Performing School. On the other hand, Esrah Jims Gutierrez 1st year BS Travel Management (BSTM) student was recognized as Best Performing Student.

Arobleda, a 4th year BS Information Technology (BSIT) student; and Quiz Bowl 2nd runner-up Gertrude Nessy Dela Torre, Roan Joy Importado, and Renner Repaz, 5th year BSCoE students. *Special thanks to Megs Lunn, Faculty Member, STI College – Kalibo

Filipina WIBA Champ is STI Alumna! A step closer to her dream, the sole Filipina World Boxing Champion Gretchren “Chen Chen” Abaniel, is hopeful to be part of the undercard fights of the much anticipated Manny Pacquiao – Brandon Rios match in November to be held in Macau, China. The 28-year-old and Associate in Computer Technology (ASCT) alumna of STI College – Makati started boxing at the age of 17. She started out in her hometown in Puerto Princesa, Palawan where she became the member of the Philippine National Team and was granted a college scholarship by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). From her humble beginnings, Gretchen(13-4-0, 4 KOs) is now hailed as the reigning Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) Minimumweight champion after her recent victory against Thailand’s Waranya “Fahpratan Looksaikongdin” Yoonanngoh (7-6-0, 0 KO) via first round technical knock out (TKO).

Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco is working with Congressman and world-renowned boxer Manny Pacquiao to include Gretchen in one of the undercard fights in November where she will defend her WIBA minimumweight title and shoot for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) minimumweight crown against Mexico’s 31-yearold Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola (17-9-2, 13 KOs), whom she beat in 2010. *Special thanks to Ian Kevin Balde, 3rd yr. BSIT, Resident Writer, Buendia Tribune and photos by Martha Ysabelle Villoria, 4th yr. BSIT, Photojournalist Sources: http://www.

Creativity Takes Courage Young artistic minds from different colleges and universities in the province of Ilocos Norte gathered in the much anticipated 5th Advertising Competition to show their mettle and creativity in video production and editing on March 1, 2013 at the Mariano Marcos State University. With the theme “Let Ilocano Values Shine,” more than 15 competing teams were challenged to create a 30-seconder video that will feature the rich norms and culture of the region. Built on strong concept and well-rendered execution,

STI Laoag’s entry on the famous Iloko Empanada captured the nods of the judges and bagged the championship title. STI Laoag’s team is composed of Multimedia Arts 2nd and 1st year students: Avner Paulino, Erich Dave Silvestre, Michael Reginaldo, Klyn Don Jasmin, and Krizzia Fae Aquino under the supervision of their coach, Mr. Rey Acoba. *Special thanks to Michelle Joy Colobong, School Correspondent, STI Laoag

Gretchen held the 2009 and 2010 WIBA minimumweight title, and WBC International Female minimumweight title, and is also a bronze medalist in the 2005 International Amateur Boxing Association. Although still tentative, her trainer and 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics 48-kg silver medalist, 10 STIMULI


SEEDS Grow to Managers CAMPUS NEWS

as manager of Emmanuel strikes a pose rio Rosa City SM – Jollibee

Michael Salinga poses with his mother during his graduation rites on May 2013

Being a working student is no easy feat. Balancing one’s schedule to have time for studying, working, family, friends, and oneself can be a nightmare! That is why those who are able to surpass this successfully truly deserve admiration and respect. Two notable alumni of STI College – Rosario have braved the challenges of being working students.

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“King” in Chowking

Jollibee Skills Enhancement and Educational Development for Students (SEEDS) program trainee Emmanuel Espin; and Michael Salinga, who worked as service crew of Chowking during their college days; are now BS Business Administration Major in Operations Management graduates and valuably employed in their chosen fields.

From cashiering and taking customers’ orders, and being part of the marketing staff, at the same time doing school work, Michael is now the restaurant manager of Chowking – Tanza branch. “Being a restaurant manager is a hard job. It requires a lot of patience, hard work, and determination to be able to achieve your goals,” relates Michael. “Every day I am able to exercise these traits since I am managing several people and supervising several activities so I find myself under a lot of pressure. Thanks to my being a working student in college, I am able to handle all these situations and address them without losing focus.”

“Being a SEEDS trainee is not an easy task,” shares Emmanuel, also known as Emman. “You should know how to balance your time, but at the same time, it has also helped to boost my self-confidence and taught me how to deal with different kinds of people.” From being a service crew in Jollibee, the newly graduated Emman now manages human resource and assists in store operations as Management Trainee of Jollibee – SM City Rosario branch. Looking forward, Emman sees himself having his own family and business.

Truly, dreaming is never enough. Taking action and making your dreams come true will be the best gift you will be able to reap. Michael says it well in his advice to other working students out there who are about to give up, “Just focus on doing things well, one step at a time, and you will earn your rewards.”

*Special thanks to Annabelle Manlapaz, School Correspondent, STI College - Rosario


Back-to-Back Victories CAMPUS NEWS

BS Hotel & Restaurant Management (BSHRM) students from STI College – Calamba furthered their winning streak as they brought home multiple awards from the recently held Laguna Hospitality Exposition 2013 (LHEX 2013) and Malayan Colleges Laguna Tourism and Hospitality Expo 2013 (MCL-THEX 2013). Held on February 15, 2013, LHEX 2013 was participated in by different colleges in Laguna including the host school, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba. With the theme “Celebrating the Festivities of Laguna” contestants vied in eight different categories showcasing the various products and skills indigenous to the selected towns of Laguna. BS Travel Management (BSTM) student Jane Leah Guerrero bagged the bronze medal for the tour guiding competition while BSHRM student Richard Babael grabbed the silver medal in the napkin folding competition.

By: Terranya Tiamson, Faculty Member, STI College – Balayan

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (BSEd) students triumphantly went home as champions of the 3rd Educational Congress for Batangas Future Educators (BAFED) held at the Lipa City Colleges on February 28, 2013.

Fueled by his recent victory, Babael triumphantly captured the gold medal in the napkin folding competition in MCL-THEX 2013 held on March 4, 2013 with the theme “Laguna G.R.E.E.N. Tourism— Going Right into Eco-Education in Nature Protection.” In the same event, BSHRM student Cherry Anne Perez won the silver medal in the photography contest while BSTM students Ellaine Tandayu and Lumen Cruz hit the bronze in the quiz bee competition.

Finding Joy in Service By: Dexter Dumayag, Faculty Member, STI College – Tuguegarao

As Indian guru Sai Baba once said, “No joy can equal the joy of serving others.” These words resonated in the hearts of the students from STI College – Tuguegarao as they spent a day of selflessness and self-fulfillment with an Aeta tribe. Almost 40 students and faculty members trekked to an established Aeta community in Peñablanca, Cagayan on December 15, 2012 to share their Tulong-Dunong Program. Sheer happiness and joy were illustrated on the children’s faces as they received their new set of writing pads, pencils, and coloring materials. STIers also gave plastic chairs and tables to the community learning 14 STIMULI

center to help them in their teaching endeavors. The STI students likewise eagerly interacted with the children as they sang nursery songs and played various games together. They also became honorary ates and kuyas as they taught the children how to write their names, and how to draw and color. “Spending the day with the Aeta community was a joy. We realized how the local tribes place such importance on education to cope with the modern times and thus, we should also be more thankful of the various opportunities given to us,” shares one of the student volunteers.

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Greater Good Life is indeed full of surprises! The families of Messrs. and Mrs. Abdurahim Abedin, and Jordan Sakal of Barangay Tamontaka, Cotabato City are filled with high hopes and excitement after being chosen as the beneficiaries of the livelihood program sponsored by STI College – Cotabato. Under the National Service Training Program (NSTP) of the school, the 1st year students of NSTP advisers Carl Camora, Mohammad Saudi Simpal, and Mokamad Alon, in cooperation with the barangay officials of Tamontaka helped source various goods enough to start a sarisari store business and small capital to fund a Nipa buy and sell.

Themed as “BAFED 2013: Molding the Mind and Creativity of Future Educators,” the congress aims to provide lifelong learning experiences and create a link among the future educators in the province. It was an unexpected win for firsttimer STI College – Balayan as they swept the championship title in the following categories: Impromptu Speech, Cultural Dance, and Challenge Team competition.


Young Educators, BAFED Champions

By: Ma. Lourdes Vitales, Faculty Member, STI College – Calamba

During the awarding ceremony, Catherine Catibog, President of STI College – Balayan’s The Young Educators, extended her gratitude to the administrators and faculty members for wholeheartedly supporting their group which in turn played a big part in their success. Team STI was comprised of 4th year students Rickmar Alday and Dea Arago; 3rd year students Mary Grace Bautista and Abner Dueñas; 2nd year students Myla Rivera, Zedrick Salvador Torres, Mia Luisa Enconada, Rachelle Ann Ranes, Job Balmadres, Mark Kevin Hernandez, Bernadette Bobadilla, Joshua Zapata, George Panganiban, and Jon Marc Aaron Sapio; and 1st year student Anjanette Tenorio. Helping them out as coaches were Ms. Jemima Velado, Ms. Alejandra Cosme, and Mr. Ronnie Endozo.

When asked about the experience, one of the volunteers shared, “This event is not only a life-changing moment for the beneficiaries but also for us. We realized that we have the power to transform lives when we act together towards a common goal.” Beneficiaries of the program are less privileged households identified by the barangay and the NSTP Department of STI College – Cotabato. *Special thanks to Carl Camora, Faculty Member, STI College – Cotabato




Students of STI College – La Union have proven their mettle in the kitchen prowess during the annual Association of Technical Vocation Institutions of La Union (ATVILU) Olympic Skills Competition organized by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Regional Office 1 and the City of San Fernando, La Union.


The Battle of the Kitchen Warriors

This year, 18 schools participated in the hotel and restaurant services category wherein STI College – La Union brought home three medals — two silvers and one bronze — in the commercial cooking, table skirting, and waitering competitions. For Commercial Cooking, the team of Mara Alyssa Vargas, 2nd year Hotel and Restaurant Services (HRS) student; Carlo Kristo Acas, 2nd year HRS student; and Reymark Caccam, 1st year HRS student won the silver medal for their menu which comprised of an appetizer, main course, and dessert.

STI College – San Pablo is now a TESDA Certified Assessment Center for Commercial Cooking NC II and Computer Hardware Servicing NC II effective 1st Semester of school year 2013-2014. First, in the area of San Pablo City. After a series of inspection and compliance with the accreditation requirements of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the above mentioned qualifications, STI College San Pablo is awarded with the Certificate of Accreditation as a Certified Assessment Center. The school is now providing quality assessment for Commercial Cooking NC II and Computer Hardware Servicing NC II from different schools and training centers in Laguna. *Special thanks to Myra Dimayuga, School Correspondent, STI College – San Pablo

Service Above Self For making a positive and significant change in the community and in the world, the Rotaract Club of STI College – Baguio received its second Presidential Citation, the Changemaker Award, by the Rotary International. The citation recognizes Rotary clubs worldwide for achieving an array of accomplishments that help them become stronger, deliver more effective service, and enhance their public image through community programs that support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, and improve health and sanitation. With programs that the organization carried out in the year 2012, the Rotaract Club of STI College – Baguio is truly one with the motto of the Rotary International — Service Above Self. The same honor was conferred to the organization in 2008. *Special thanks to Rosa A. Bondoc, Academic Head, STI College – Baguio

The Taste of ”Crispy” Success It was a sweet success or should we say, a crunchy victory for STI College – Sta. Maria as 2nd year BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) student, Mark Aries Libiran, won the Best Chicharon dish in the On-theSpot cooking category on February 8, 2013 at the Sta. Maria Riverbank, Bulacan. The event is in line with the celebration of the town fiesta with the theme “Chicharong Baboy ng Santa Maria, Namumukod Tangi sa Lutong at Lasa.” Together with Libiran were Sabado Nights, a local restaurant which provided him with cooking tools, and Eddiene Special Chicharon which supplied him with the main ingredient — chicharon.

2nd year HRS students Jonathan Novido and Ryan Frank Abigania participated in the table skirting competition and took home a silver medal entry for their entry. While 3rd year BS Hotel and Restaurant Management student Alyann Lou Ramirez took home the bronze medal for the waitering competition. *Special thanks to Mara Alyssa Vargas, 2nd year HRS, STI College – La Union

A chef in the making, Libiran was also the representative of STI College – Sta. Maria to the 2013 Tagisan ng Talino Chef Express, one of STI’s interschool competitions. *Special thanks to Jaz Mateo, Academic Head, STI College – Sta. Maria




Meet Jonha: The RebelWizard Storyteller, start-up fan, and student of life are words that STI College – Kalibo alumna Jonha Revesencio uses to describe herself. And while others are stressing out just to meet their deadlines in work, Jonha spends her work time enjoying what she loves to do — connecting people!

Wizard in Training onha already felt what it was like to make both ends meet at an early age. When her father passed away, Jonha was compelled to work her way through college juggling time to attend school and meet deadlines at work. However with the supportive environment she had in STI, Jonha was able to get by. “It’s good to have teachers who were both supportive and understanding,” shared Jonha.


Right after graduating from the Diploma in Computer Programming program in 2007, Jonha landed a job with a BPO company in Iloilo where she worked for over four years. Since Jonha was tasked to do all sorts of marketing from telemarketing, email promotions, and eventually to digital marketing, she also decided to pursue a four-year program on Marketing Management. On the job, Jonha explained that she honed her skills in community management and strategic planning. Because of her expanding expertise, Jonha even handled community management for IKEA in Singapore and Malaysia. IKEA is a worldwide home furniture and appliances company. “More than anything else, STI has truly helped me to dream and believe that I can make it happen. It’s where I dreamed and started believing in myself,” shared Jonha.

Social Butterfly in Media Today, Jonha works for a startup company called RebelMouse. A little over a year after its launch, RebelMouse had already served over 300,000 websites. As part of the company, Jonha does combinations of social media strategies, community management, and customer service for the large network of RebelMouse’s clients. “No two days are the same with RebelMouse. The consumers, the team, and the work are all just too amazing. Every day, we brainstorm on how we can make it easy for everyone to build their own web presence with just a few clicks,” shared Jonha when asked to narrate her typical day at work as a RebelWizard, RebelMouse’s position title for a Social Media Strategist. Apart from her fun job, Jonha had also stood as resource speaker for The 3rd Iloilo Provincial Tourism Summit 2012 and Social Media Influencers Summit 2013. To add punch to her already impressive career, Jonha also received multiple recognitions including The Top 100 Community Managers to Follow, Yahoo! Philippines Mail Ambassador of Cool, and Standard Chartered Bank World’s Coolest Intern.

A “Social” Advice “Don’t look at me as a role model. Look at your family and the people who believe in you,” stated Jonha as she recounted her days of being a student to being a manager of “social connections.” As a final piece of advice, Jonha relayed the importance of self-trust and confidence in one’s self. “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”

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Jonha was also privileged to work with people from Google, Pepsi, and Bloomberg while thinking of ways to increase brand presence online. As she stated “We do it one RebelMouse site at a time.”


Celebrating Thirty Years of Excellence After a yearlong kick-off celebration, the much-anticipated festivity has finally arrived as more than 20,000 students from STI Campuses nationwide marched to Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna to witness another milestone in the history of STI and be part of its 30th Grand Anniversary Celebration. In commemoration of its 30 years of excellence, the entire community is challenged to be the best that they can be by embodying the ideals of an STIer through a culturebuilding advocacy dubbed as Be STI. It is a long-term crusade anchored on our vision to mold individuals into competent and responsible members of society through a set of attributes that we want to instill in our students — conscientiousness, creativity, emotional maturity, pro-activeness, critical thinking, effective communication, and lifelong learning. Exceptional skills and talents will be showcased in big hit talent competitions at Enchanted Kingdom’s Enchanting Events Place to accommodate the astounding number of students who will be coming from various key cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The celebration of STI’s 30 years will likewise culminate in a grand fireworks display in keeping with the spectacular years to come, as STI is certain of its pledge to continue pursuing only the best for its students through academic excellence and co-curricular activities which help shape well-rounded individuals.




The Movement for Excellence

We understood and valued the importance of a better Philippines through “Simulan Natin” in 2009 and we affected positive change throughout the nation with “Citizen STI” in 2010. A greater challenge was posted as we also shifted gears with the theme “The Change I Want to See Begins with Me” last 2011 which called us to not just enact social responsibilities but more importantly, make them part of who we are by initiating change within ourselves. This time, we are not letting the movement fade and end. As we mark our 30th year anniversary, we are upping the ante as we are enjoined to be the best that we can be. For our 30th Anniversary, we see the birth of a culture-building advocacy. The beginnings of Be STI.

“I keep myself updated on current events by reading so I would learn about the state of our country today and do something about it in my own little ways.” Bernard Sambajon, STI College – Caloocan

“Every day, I thrive to become an effective communicator by only saying things I mean and by keeping quiet on the things that could hurt other people’s feelings.” Huxley Cabrera, STI College – Tarlac

“I actively participate in the classroom and I’m not afraid to ask questions or voice my opinions even when it’s unpopular.” Mark Anthony Herrera, STI College – Fairview

What is BE STI? BE STI is our aspiration for you to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will equip you for life in this complex and rapidly changing world. These are the qualities, skills, and understandings you should develop during your lifetime. These attributes go beyond the disciplinary expertise or technical knowledge. These are traits that also prepare graduates as agents of social good in the future.

“I ask people what they honestly think about me or my work. I can take criticisms. I believe that is how we can learn and grow.” Alynna De Guzman, STI College – San Fernando

Who is an STIer? The true essence of being an STIer is not defined by just being a student of STI. Instead, this dares us for a bigger challenge. We are all heeded to become models for excellence through ideals that will bring out the best in us. This seems too much of a task for you but an everyday practice will make it so simple and easy. To start the ball rolling, we asked your fellow STIers on what they do to imbibe the ideals of being an STIer.

“When I make decisions, I always weigh the choices based on what would be better for the group instead of what would be better for myself. I find that this makes a group easier to work with and happier.” Mark Zyddhel Gindoy, STI College – Ormoc

“I take pictures all the time, anytime, anywhere — I’m a shutterbug! I do this so that my photography skills won’t get rusty.” Zachary Penera, STI College – Baguio

“I keep the small clutters to myself so that I wouldn’t litter my surroundings.” Carla Saclausa, STI College – Bacoor

“I take the initiative to learn something new every day by reading articles on the internet. The world is full of incredible facts that we haven’t even began to discover!” Kiezel Mellado, STI College – General Santos

Be STI asks for you to be more, to be fearless, and to be the best version of yourself that you can be. Like them, you too can make these ideals become a habit by integrating them in your day-to-day activities. Be STI with pride and keep your head held high… for you are STI!



30 Years of Excellence 1980








STI was founded by Herman T. Gamboa, Augusto C. Lagman, Edgar H. Sarte, and Benjamin A. Santos. The first two campuses were in Buendia, Makati and Espa単a, Manila.

STI Distance Learning was established with the first international campus in Hong Kong.

STI continued to diversify program opportunities for students beyond Information Technology with Bachelor of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2002 and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2003.

The STI and ABS-CBN Halalan Coverage which started on 1998 continued on 2010 with the coverage coined as Boto Mo iPatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula.

1986 STI took part in the historic EDSA People Power 1.


STI offered its first four-year course, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS), along with other programs in Computer Secretarial and Power Programming.

1997 The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) was offered as part of its thrust to diversify programs.

1998 1986 STI Cebu marked the first campus in the Visayas region.

25 STI Education Centers opened reaching a record of more than 100 campuses nationwide and began introducing basic education by institutionalizing STI Pre-Schools in Las Pi単as and Para単aque.

2004 STI conceived the first and only Enrollment to Employment or E2E System.

2006 STI launched its Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) program.

2011 BS Tourism Management (BSTM) & BS Travel Management (BSTrM) programs were launched.


True to its promise of providing more in-demand courses, STI introduced new programs in the fields of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Arts and Sciences.

2007 Driving Where IT Matters, the 1st Mobile School Bus embarked on its journey to high schools in Luzon.

1987 From COBOL Programming as its first major course, STI introduced more in-demand programs such as: Leading Edge Seminar Series I and II, AutoCAD, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Power for Children (CHIPS), Computer Power for Aspiring Specialist, and among others.


1999 Another landmark in history as STI held its 1st Baccalaureate Graduation for the pioneering batch along with the introduction of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCoE) program.


The inauguration of the new STI Academic Center Ortigas-Cainta and STI Head Office.

STI celebrated its 25th Silver Anniversary.

2009 The Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation partnered with STI to grant scholarships to deserving children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). 24 STIMULI


tech-savvy Nelson Cañete of STI Digos and Mark Anthony Lacsamana of STI College – Marikina prevailed over their competitors in the INTO Programming Junior and Senior Divisions, respectively. STI College – Santa Rosa’s very own Rodolfo Marte III, Emma Riza Pabale, and Danuel Marte demonstrated that they are a fountain of information as they dominated the Think Quest competition. Chef Xpress Champions Jocelyn Saulog, Jayson Garrate, and Joebelle Gallardo of STI College – Rosario

Tagisan ng Talino 2013 Victors Proclaimed STI’s young prodigies from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao convened on March 7, 2013 for the national finals of the Tagisan ng Talino (TNT) 2013. For the first time, the national finals were held outside Metro Manila as the students, together with their coaches, travelled to STI College – Naga to battle it out in one of the biggest competitions designed to test the students’ knowledge and expertise in various areas and disciplines. The finalists competed in the following events: All in Place, Chef Xpress, Essay Does It!, INTO Programming, Stand Up and Deliver, Think Quest, and Worth the Whisk. With the theme “Get Ready for Thirty!,” Joan Gueriña and Mariane Irasga from STI College – Recto trumped down their competitors in the All in Place competition as they showed off their artistic abilities and elegant flair in formal table setting. The team from STI College– Rosario, meanwhile, composed of Jocelyn Saulog, Jayson Garrate, and Joebelle Gallardo came out on top in the Chef Xpress competition where the young 26 STIMULI

Think Quest Champions Rodolfo Marte III, Emma Riza Pabale, and Danuel Marte of STI College – Santa Rosa

This year’s group of young contenders proved that they have what it takes to rise above the challenges, whether in computer programming, public speaking, table setting, culinary techniques or cake decorating. TNT continues to motivate the students to do their best not only for the prestige and recognition, but also for the lessons that they can gain from the challenge of a healthy competition and the opportunity to meet new friends. For the complete list of national finalists and winners and to view more pictures from the TNT 2013 National Finals, visit

chefs cooked their hearts out and served three wonderful dishes based on the secret ingredient — tamarind. When it comes to creativity in the kitchen, nothing beats the ingenuity shown by the pastry chefs. Hence, this year, we also witnessed the introduction of a cake decoration competition called Worth the Whisk. Themed as “A Feast of Cake,” Romlet Surio of STI College – Balagtas was inspired by the Sinulog Festival celebrated annually in Cebu and created a masterpiece that left the crowd in awe.

Worth the Whisk Champion Romlet Surio of STI College – Balagtas

All In Place Champions Joan Gueriña and Mariane Irasga of STI College – Recto

Essay Does It! Champion Von Carlo Leonardo of STI College – Las Piñas (right)

INTO Programming Senior Division Champion Mark Anthony Lacsamana of STI College – Marikina

Stand Up & Deliver Champion Judd Steven Garcia of STI College – Sta. Cruz

Composing a wonderful piece about the importance of school competitions and emphasizing on Charles Darwin’s survival of the fittest principle, STI College – Las Piñas’ Carlo Leonardo emerged victorious in the Essay Does It! competition. Judd Steven Garcia from STI College – Sta. Cruz, on the other hand, stunned the audience with his eloquence in public speaking as he tackled the topic of time traveling in the Stand Up and Deliver competition. Showcasing their technical prowess, the

INTO Programming Junior Division Champion Nelson Cañete of STI Digos (right)



A Toast to a Good Partnership For its appreciation to a good partnership, Vivere Hotel in Alabang has awarded STI College – Alabang as its “Most Outstanding Academic Partner” on August 30, 2013. The 31-storey, five-star Vivere Hotel started its partnership with STI College – Alabang in 2008 during the onset of the latter’s BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) program. Through the partnership, BSHRM students were guided in the world of hotel operations under the Hospitality Industry Exposure (HIE) administered by Vivere.

undergone practical lessons during Vivere’s Club & Resort Operation Exposure (CROE) at its Azure Resort in Anilao, Batangas. Azure boasts of 13 luxurious rooms in modern Asian Fusion designs, all of which BSHRM students took the best experiences out of. The active partnership allows BSHRM students to learn the loops of an actual hotel while at the same time, enjoy its prestigious locations and high-class environment. *Special thanks to Annabelle Peralta, School Administrator, STI College – Alabang

In March 2012, BSHRM students had also

Kristel Clear Success When the late Mr. Oscar Ceballo lost his job, the Ceballo family almost had no hope of seeing a better life for them. When everything else seemed to fall out of place, STI College – Parañaque alumna Maria Kristel Ceballo stood strong not only for herself but also for the rest of her family. Kristel knew her whole family will find it hard to send her to college and at the same time support the continuing studies of her siblings. However, the choice between to stop schooling or to continue was very clear to her — she would pursue her college degree no matter the odds. Kristel, or “Kring” as she would like to be called, applied as a service crew in Jollibee and was fortunately hired. Through the “Aral-Kabuhayan Scholarship Program” Kring enrolled in STI College – Parañaque to earn her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree while working part-time to earn money. It was an uphill climb for this young lass before she decided to apply for the position of Management Trainee. After passing a battery of tests, Kristel was upped as Assistant Restaurant Manager. After serving seven years at Jollibee, Kring now works for Orange Julius Canada. Orange Julius is a global chain of stores that has been in the smoothie and beverage business since the 1920s. Kristel shared that working abroad has broaden her knowledge, skills, and experience on managing a variety of business and to further her understanding of the customers’ different needs. Passionate as she is, Kristel lost no hope even through the dark days of her life — like an unbreakable crystal in the midst of a blazing fire. *Special thanks to Geraldine Legaspi, School Correspondent, STI College – Parañaque


Students from STI Iligan outbid representatives from other schools in their region in the annual Association of Lanao Technical Institutions, Inc. (ALTI) Olympics. The ALTI Olympics 2012 is a two-day competition which is part of the city’s month-long fiesta celebration. It is aimed to showcase the skills of students from different technical-vocational institutions in the region.

A Bite at Applebee


Winning is a Habit

The event opening was marked by a 2K Fun Run from Buhanginan Hills in Pala-o, Iligan City to the City Plaza. STI Iligan had the most number of participants, fielding over one hundred students who happily took part in this activity. During the competition proper, 2nd year Information Technology student Lorebill de Amor Loresto bested nine other participants from other schools in the Programming NC II competition which tasked them to create a business working program for a hotel. For the Information Network Cabling event, 1st year Computer and Consumer Electronics student Kirk Anthony Añana finished first and took home the top prize. Meanwhile, Christy Marie Sabanal, a 2nd year Hospitality and Restaurant Services student, won second place in the Cooking Competition. STI Iligan has been actively participating and winning in the ALTI Olympics since 2011 in an effort to showcase the competencies of its students and expose them to the actual needs of the industry today. *Special thanks to Sherinne Christie Ann Albao, School Correspondent, STI Iligan

Kimberly Shane Enciso, a 4th year Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) student from STI College – Dasmariñas, had the time of her life as she traveled all the way to the United States to render her on-the-job training under Applebee’s International, Inc. (AIC), an American company headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. During her 3-month practicum, Enciso assisted in the kitchen operations of Apple’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, AIC’s restaurant chain in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Enciso attained an evaluation grade of “100%” from her immediate supervisor abroad, Kitchen Manager Martha Kraska who “saw her strong fervor and enthusiasm for her work,” said Mr. Michael Heron, HRM Coordinator. Since coming back from the U.S., Enciso had already shared many of her delightful experiences abroad to her peers and teachers. Enciso now awaits her graduation and is ready to fly back to the States to be part of the Applebee’s family. *Special thanks to Michael Geron, Faculty Member, STI College – Dasmariñas


A Sound Mind in a Healthy Body

Exercise = A++ Physical activities stimulate brain cells and improve memory retention. Having a regular exercise can relieve stress because it pumps up our bodies’ endorphins, which relaxes the brain.

Exercise increases focus, mood, and concentration.


With all the hustles and bustles of being a student, keeping on your toes is a must to cope with the challenges and survive college. We piled up some facts and tips, and here’s what we’ve got.


TIPS Feed Your Brain Keep yourself hydrated with water. Always eat on time. Skipping a meal decreases your focus and affects your mood.

Eat moderate portions. Anything in excess will not do you any good. Make sure that you pick the right snacks.

Sweat It Out Hit the road and jog or squeeze in short walks if you don’t have time for a full workout. Find a gym buddy to make your routine more fun and exciting or join a sports club. Get enough sleep for your mind and body to function efficiently.

Skip the elevator when you can and take the stairs. Go to the gym on weekends when you can. Vary your routine by trying out different activities such as swimming, cycling, and running.

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One Direction Turns “edgy”



In 2014, the British boy band, One Direction, one of the pop industry’s biggest acts, is expected to rule again the billboard charts as they work on their third album, but no specific date of release yet as of this writing.

Speculated to name, “Where We Are,” Louis Tomlinson told reporters that the new album is taking a slightly rockier tone and they’ll make it more edgy. The five young charmers — Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan shot to fame on the TV show “The X Factor” — have gone far in the industry and conquered the global market with their hit singles. Source:

Divergent Release Date: March 21, 2014


Based on the book with the same title by Veronica Roth, this science fiction adventure film is set in a futuristic dystopian society of Chicago where people are divided into five factions based on their personalities— Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave), and Erudite (intelligent). One girl will learn that she is a Divergent, someone who does not fit into just one faction. And as she undergoes an intense initiation process, she soon discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society.


iPhone 5C

The Next iPhones iPhone enthusiasts are happy to hear that after much rumor and speculation, Apple has finally launched in September 2013 the newest additions to the iPhone family — the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C!

If you are a fan of The Hunger Games series, then you will also surely enjoy the movie Divergent.

The movie is directed by Neil Burger and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ashley Judd, and Kate Winslet.

iPhone 5S


With an iOS 7 operating system, a new A7 processor that brings up to twice the CPU and graphics performance, an M7 motion co-processor that measures motion data even while the device is on sleep, a fingerprint sensor, and an improved 8 MP iSight camera that features larger aperture and sensor, iPhone 5S is definitely an upgrade from its predecessor and worth the wait. iPhone 5S also introduced a new technology, True Tone, that adjusts color and intensity for over 1,000 combinations thus making the photos look more natural. And apart from the seemingly boring white and black color options, iPhone 5S will also be available in champagne gold.

C is for color! Though still not considered to be cheap, the iPhone 5C is still more affordable compared to iPhone 5S with its hard-coated polycarbonate shell. It’s like a slightly curvier iPhone 5 — with the same features and specifications — but without the elegant aluminum shell. Its biggest attraction is its vibrant and youthful hues as iPhone fans can choose from the colors blue, green, white, yellow, and pink to brighten up their day! These new Apple phones are expected to be released in the Philippines either late 2013 or early 2014. Sources:


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A Song on the Grave By: Ma. Romelyn Agua, 2nd yr. MMA STI College – Southwoods

She sat still under the willow tree alone, On top of this gravestone she hummed Through the serenity she felt, She hummed along the nature’s wealth Suddenly she heard a soft melody, A rhythm that is so heavenly The dry leaves dances with the wind’s motion, A tune of an earthly apparition

“Under that willow tree I sat on this grave, An offering is this songI gave It is not of agony but praise, For the lost souls to find their ways.” “And now to you I play this song, A song I perfected when you came along For years it’s been a song for the dead, And to the day I used to dread.”

She looked around and saw an entity An emblem of beauty, a phantom of mystery Playing an instrument with passion and grace, A wonderful song in a melodic pace Along the pale sky and a windy day, In the graveyard where the souls lay The notes fly and echo Like butterflies in the meadow

She did not look but realized, In her heart the song familiarized The heartbreaks and the goodbyes, A tear fell in her eyes He went on and touched her shoulder, And the air grew a little colder “I may have left without a word, But never you’re alone in the world”

“Lady, why cast a glimpse on me? For applaud, I am not worthy.” The music died peacefully as he speaks. In humble silence falls the note streak “Yours is the music of melancholy, I cannot bear your agony.” She answered as he stood across, Beside the walls aged by moss He rested his instrument on the green pastures To the view of the willow tree, he ventures “A lady feels agony in a song. A song perfected to be wrong.” “It is a melody to the dead, A music not worthy to spread A tribute to the departed souls, A collection of twisted roles.”

“This is the song I made for you, The symbol of a promise so true Just look behind you and read, And wish to good I lead” “I never wanted to agonize, For leaving you I apologize Just remember the song always, The song I perfected in my last days” She looked behind but he disappears, Nothing but dry leaves with the wind stirs And a gravestone with words engraved: “THIS LAST SONG TO YOU I GAVE” She stood up and looked up on the sky, With teary eyes she whispered goodbye On green grass lies an old violin, A memory of what they have been.

Nasa Diyos ang Awa, Nasa Tao ang Gawa Ni: Lander Arozza Bonus, 2nd yr. HRS STI College – Rosario

Nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa kung gusto mong umasenso dapat ikaw ang gumawa Huwag ka ng magpagbagalbagal, huwag ka ng tumambay Gawin mo ang mga nararapat para sa iyong buhay. Matuto kang lumakad, matutong humakbang harapin ang problema yun naman ay dapat lang Yun dapat ang nasa isip, yun dapat ang gabay patungo sa pagbabago ng ating mga buhay. Magpatuloy ka lang sa iyong paglalakbay, magpatuloy ka lang huwag na huwag kang bibigay. Aasenso bawat tao kung yan lage nasa isip abutin mga pangarap para lang nananaginip. Ito aking hangarin, ito aking dalangin sabayan mo pa ng mataimtim na panalangin Sigurado na wala ng makakapigil pa sa atin sabay-sabay natin abutin mga pangarap natin. Dito masusubok ang bawat nilalang kung paano nila gamitin ang kanilang kakayahan Na ibinigay ng ating makapangyarihang Diyos tayo ay magpakabuti dahil dito tayo aayos.





The Chic, The Swagger & The Wardrobe

Whether you want to dress up like a chic-girl or swag akin to a cool guy, we keep your personal style in the forecast with these looks that are thrown together but thought-out.

Your Qui Guid ck e to Styli ng

So whether your style is preppy, sporty or laidback, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Have the courage to be different — WEAR YOURSELF!

Check ‘em out!

Make heads turn with a splash of bubbly colors and add a little punch by adding accessories and prints.

Photos used in this article were taken from, a social networking site where you can get fashion inspiration from people around the world, and, a site that features the unique and diverse styles of people in the Philippines.


In streetwear or suiting, guys have a long list of choices from mix-up textures, hues of grey and claret, prints, and checks to uptown jackets that will make any guy a dapper.



With Honors

STI Honor Students

Alabang Angeles Baguio Balagtas Balanga Balayan

Second Term A.Y. 2012-2013

Magna Cum Laude Alabang Caloocan Dasmariñas Global City

Carlo Marted M. Banaag and Ma. Lourdes A. De Jesus Burvie Mei B. Cardenio Colleen Bernadette S. Andrada John Bryan P. Abalos

Quezon Avenue Shaw Southwoods

Regina D. Belzunce Melchor Lyle C. Tagalog Sherwin Niño M. Macalintal and Ronnel R. Tolentino


Cum Laude Alabang

Bacoor Balagtas Balayan

Calamba Caloocan

Cubao Dasmariñas


Global City

Dasmariñas Christle Djoy T. Cañimo, Janine U. Rodejo, and Jennifer B. Aquino Homer B. Martinez Michael Tom Francis Santiago and Riolinda A. Jabol Claribel B. Decilos, Gacelle C. Bautista, Jennelyn A. Casanova, Mary Rose D. Marasigan, Melvin A. Alamag, and Mervin M. Revecencio John Vergel V. Pacayo Analyn R. Sosa, Cedric Fierre S. Omban, Claire S. Ejorcadas, Franz Jerome Delos Reyes, Gessa Marriz M. Quijano, Hannah E. Julaton, Katrina Mae S. Pedrigal, Kurt John C. Genetia, Mark Angelo E. Siguenza, Mark Angelo S. Caballero, and Samantha Rose R. Cruz Jake Harry E. Chavez and Sybyll Kate G. Bernardo Carla Nicole S. Basilio, Jhoanna Marie S. Reyes, Jonas B. Telmo, Maricel C. Garcia, Ma. Raquelene Joy M. Bay, and William J. Serrano Aileen J. Binondo, Estephanie A. Angel, Gelyn S. Gudes, Kristine Joy A. Amorganda, and Lina C. Tanaka Analine T. Cardinez, Donnabelle Grace S. Sobrino, Doreen E. Lumasac, Janell G. Abadam, John Alvin R. Catipan, Liezel C. Abrera, Mapple Ayson Respicio,


Mark Lester Hernandez, Mary Joy S. Dadap, and Warren O. Ledda Aiza T. Cabungunay and Maniisa M. Tani Phoebe Ria L. Gagarin and Mark Anthony S. Lacsamana Reynaldo King T. Nito, Kevin J. Diwa, Jefe L. Sanes, and Ephraim U. Termulo Charlex Rol P. Jalmasco Jakeelyn S. Briones Faith Marie E. Suganob and Zuriel A. Ru-Aya Ma. Pauline Angelica O. Talabis Daniel Matthew B. Binalla Alyssa Kay G. Monroy Amelberto L. Abesamis, Lezzie Marie O. Bongue, Maria Abegail L. Jarabe, and Mark Cristopher C. Follero Michaela N. Maningas Danica C. Roxas, Gelli C. Dorado Glenn Carlos U. Rodriguez, Jaimickho Paulo G. Carzano, Laira Jamille D.L Bolinao, Lobrelin Kuh C. Nuñala, and Rigor C. Astada Annalette F. Alga, Christian A. Mayao, Crisologo B. Manong, Janine A. Anonuevo, and Kirby A. Garcia Lerma C. Alday and Rina T. Fajilagot Kenneth Ian S. Sanchez and Raniel A. Catubigan Mary Grace B. Abing

Global City Lucena Quezon Avenue

Jeremy B. Ventic Meljane B. Umali Kheit Lin Dannielle M. Ureta

Las Piñas Marikina Meycauyan Muñoz-EDSA Novaliches Ormoc Ortigas-Cainta Parañaque Puerto Princesa Quezon Avenue

Rosario Shaw


Sta. Rosa Surigao

Las Piñas Malolos Marikina Meycauyan

Jacellene S. Alinsod Joni Jane J. Navidad Rachel L. Acosta Raiza Marie P. Arcega Nicolo C. Sangalang Archie L. Dimaala, Darren G. Buen,Lovely Diane L. Holgado, Macvincent D. Villaluna, Maria Teresa J. Olea, Nelson Manalo, Norilie S. Arzobal, Ronnel G. Macalindog, Shermaine E. Alcazar, and Victoriano B. Gamez Jerahlyn L. Tabasa and Jorabelle M. Costales Wynn Mark B. Manalo and Anabella A. Pomeda Angelica Mikaella S. Federez and Jhunel L. Ebero Julieta B. Regalado and Rosalinda R. Guyala Marjorie Pearl S. Lumayag Danny Dexter M. Beltran

Muñoz-EDSA Ormoc


Pasay Quezon Avenue Recto

Rosario San Jose, NE Shaw Southwoods Sta. Rosa Vigan

Brian H. Viray and Ronna Althea L. Domingo Alebem B. Lom-oc, Grace May Makabenta, and Ruthy D. Comajes Chrystal Ivy S. Suarilla, Marc Kevin Y. Cayubit, and Sandy L. Lendio Shaira G. Silos Shermane T. Ingreso Joan I. Gueriña, Jessie Ron M. Pedroza, Mattew B. Martires, and Neil Aldrin R. Lolinco Jayson G. Garrate Emmanuel S. Dela Cruz and Ivy N. Sabiani Rachel F. Ting-O Charm L. Esguerra and Kathlein Jane L. Bas Ricky Viel A. Miranda Charmaine Nadine P. Pascua, and Micko A. Agcaoili

Acosta from STI College – Baguio bested other nominees in the Pre-Baccalaureate category.

Sherwin Niño Macalintal

Rachel Acosta Rachel Acosta

The Best Among the Rest STI’s cream of the crop was once again recognized during the annual search for the STI Student of the Year and Most Outstanding Thesis Award held on April 26, 2013 and April 5, 2013, respectively, at the STI Academic Center Global City. Hundreds of students vie for these two distinguished awards every year. The much-coveted Student of the Year award acknowledges the students who have excelled within and outside the STI academic community. For this year, Sherwin Niño Macalintal, a BS Computer Engineering student from STI College – Southwoods, topped the list in the Baccalaureate category while Associate in Computer Technology student Rachel

The Most Outstanding Thesis Award, on the other hand, is a program-based national award given to a group of graduating students with an exceptional and innovative thesis project. From numerous entries throughout the STI network, two theses stood out and impressed the judges the most. The BS Computer Science students from STI College – Parañaque wowed the judges with their 3D Adventure Game on Philippine Treasure: The Golden Tara. Cloyd Martin Hermano, Rafael Madelo, Resty Rosita, and Venjo Villeza conceptualized and designed the 3D game that also incorporated some of the renowned tourist spots in the country. Students from STI College – Balagtas also got the nod from the judges with their LTO Bulacan Electronic Traffic Ticketing System (LTO BulacanETTS). The consolidated efforts of BS Computer Engineering students Carlo Bondoc, Robin dela Cruz, and Jose Mari Limon aims to help speed up the process of ticket issuance to traffic violators and likewise the tracking of violations in real time. Congratulations to all the winners for their welldeserved recognitions!

With High Honors Balagtas Caloocan

Jaimie Lyn A. Viernes, Marechelle V. Tipon, and Raymond S. Tigol Flordie Liza Doma Zaragoza

Most Outstanding Thesis awardee from STI College – Parañaque and STI College – Balagtas


Tertiary Stimuli 1st Semester 2013-2014  

The Movement for Excellence. Be STI.