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stimuli EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief

Elbert L. De Guzman

Managing Editors Karen La Rosa-Tabije Jenny Dy Jessica Salao Alyssah Lucman

Associate Editors Erick Listana Eli Decena


Christine Joy Aganinta Rlyne Balleras Ronilyn Banhao Norlyn Deldoc Mia Sara Villanueva

Layout and Design Ferdie Ortega Rachel Neric Niño Jose Molabola

Editor’s Note

Before we finally wrap up the school year and get ready for the much awaited summer vacation, let us quickly look back on the amazing year of 2013! 2013 kicked off with STI’s grand 30th anniversary celebration. The entire community celebrated STI’s 30 Years of Excellence with the launch of Be STI — a long term advocacy that challenges everyone to embody the ideals and attributes of an STIer. Take a peek on what went on during Run for Pasig as STI broke its own 2012 record for the school with the largest contingent, with a massive 13,672 participants in 2013! The 19th NYC is also back on the road with the theme Social Media and Me! With social media on the rise, STI goes full throttle in educating its students on how to be responsible internet users and make the best use of their online accounts. Rounding up the 2013 highlights is our cover story featuring a few of STI’s alumni who dreamt big and triumphed over challenges to achieve success in their lives. Let their stories inspire you to strive for your goals and give you strength to bring out the best in you! We have also included various articles in this issue that will surely help ease some of your worries when it comes to studying and budgeting your allowance. Having problems studying for finals? Learn a few easy tricks to remember your lessons in a breeze! Want to save PhP20,000 in a year? Here are some economical ideas on how you can be more efficient in your spending and afford that gadget you’ve been eyeing for years! These are just some of the curious pieces you can look forward to as you start turning the pages. Dig in, learn something, and enjoy!


In This Issue 6 When the Quill is Mightier than the Sword 7 Campus News

Exciting stories from different campuses all over the region

15 Inspiring Model Netizens on the 19th NYC 16 Make a Run for Every Cent 19 Sending Hope to the Country through Education 26 Get it Under conTROLL

How to deal with cyberbullies


29 Champions of Knowledge 32 On The Shelf

Your guide to the latest trends today

34 ...And Don’t You Forget That! 36 Preparing for the Next Wave of ICT 37 Decipher Latin Like a Pro! Your manual of decoded common Latin Abbrevaitions

38 Writer’s Block 39 Summer Cool!

Your quick guide to styling

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Call to Arms for Pasig River

Be STI: The Excellent Experience The grand 30th anniversary celebration

Cover Story:

Faces that went Places

STIMULI is a publication of STI. Send your original poems, short stories, comments, and questions to the STIMULI Editorial Team at the STI Academic Center Ortigas-Cainta, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Cainta, Rizal 1900 or email

30 Be STI: The Excellent Experience The grand 30th anniversary celebration


STIers Call to Arms for Pasig River After breaking the record as the school with largest contingent totaling to 11,000 participants in 2012, STI network of schools continued its solid support for bringing in a skyrocketing 13,672 participants to the ABS-CBN Foundation’s Run for Pasig River dubbed as One Run, One Philippines on October 6, 2013 in different key locations nationwide.

Water District Campuestuhan Watershed among others.

As early as 5:00 in the morning, STIers composed of students, faculty members, staff, and other personnel from different campuses in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao including STI College – Alabang, STI College – Quezon Avenue, STI College – Caloocan, STI College – Cubao, STI College – Fairview, STI College – Global City, STI College – Las Piñas, STI College – Makati, STI College – Marikina, STI College – Muñoz-EDSA, STI College – Novaliches, STI College – Ortigas-Cainta, STI College – Parañaque, STI Pasay, STI College – Recto, STI College – Shaw, STI College – Taft, STI College – Bacolod, STI College – Cebu, STI College – Davao, and STI College – Tagum were all pumped up to hit the 3K category.

This is the fifth time that STI joined ABS-CBN Foundation’s Run for the Pasig River since its inception in 2009.

The Run for the Pasig River is organized by the ABS-CBN Foundation to promote awareness and generate funds for Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig — a multi-sectoral project working on the rehabilitation of the Pasig River and its tributaries.

“We are very happy with the turn-out of the number of our participants this year. This only means that our students nationwide are becoming more socially-involved and aware of the environmental challenges that are prevalent today. We are making a stand as one big community by becoming part of the solution,” shares Christopher Maque, STI’s Team Lead for Run for Pasig. One Run, One Philippines is a simultaneous eco-run in Quezon City, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao, and Los Angeles, USA that calls for the protection of various environmental advocacies in the Philippines. The event is part of the “Mga Kuwento ng Kasiyahan: The Grand Kapamilya Weekend” in celebration of ABSCBN’s 60th anniversary.

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One Run, One Philippines will have different environmental beneficiaries such as the rehabilitation of esteros of Manila and Quezon City; coastal conservation in Daan Paz, Cebu City; ecotourism projects in Marilog Tourist Center, Davao City; mangrove and livelihood projects in Punta, Taytay; Sum-ag River rehabilitation; and ecotourism projects in Bacolod City

Participating STIers who ran for the finish line during the One Run, One Philippines

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When the Quill is Mightier than the Sword For giving the Filipino youth a venue to speak up and be heard, STI Foundation’s Voice of the Youth (STI VOTY) National Oratorical Competition, in partnership with the Department of Education and National Youth Commission, added another feather in its cap after recently winning in the Philippine Quill Awards 2013. Held on November 11, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the 3rd annual STI VOTY brought home an Award of Merit under the Advocacy Communication category, together with various participants from companies, agencies, and institutions from different sectors and industries. This is the second Merit award that STI Foundation earned since its recognition last 2009 for Driving Education Where IT Matters, a Computer Lab on Wheels that trains thousands of students, employees, and other individuals across the nation. “This recognition made all our hard work pay off each year we carry out this nationwide competition among high school orators and we, at STI Foundation, will continue to innovate and strive our best in inspiring and honing the skills of the Filipino youth through

CAMPUS NEWS our advocacies,” says Bambi Asis-Geronimo, former Executive Director of STI Foundation. Launched in 2010, the STI VOTY serves as a platform to encourage students to express their views fluently in English for global competency, as well as to develop critical thinking through the art of public speaking. The competition also provides an opportunity for the students to improve their articulacy as they are expected to create their own oratorical pieces and deliver them with confidence, passion, and zeal to inspire and influence others with their cause. The Philippine Quill Awards is organized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines and is known for its high international standards and stringent judging procedure with entries evaluated by the country’s most respected professionals in the field of business communication. Moreover, the STI VOTY has been consistently recognized for its meaningful advocacy, especially when the 2nd VOTY National Oratorical Competition scored the bronze award in the 2013 PANATA Awards for the Cause Marketing – Special Events category. PANATA is an annual recognition program of the Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA), which aims to recognize outstanding communication campaigns that promote exemplary Filipino values.

Victors of Olympus The Olympians of STI College – Santa Rosa conquered the basketball championship and took first prize during the first season of The Laguna Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (LCUAA) held at the LPU gym-Calamba on October 27, 2013. The team was coached by Leo Collado who believed that winning means focusing on the defense. One of the players, Russel Parala, was proclaimed as the Most Valuable Player and was included in the Mythical Five roster along with his teammate June Rober Arzola. This is a promising sign that the Olympians has a big chance to qualify for the

Philippine Collegiate Championship League. While not the same kind of victory was acquired in the volleyball tournament, four members of the volleyball team of STI College – Santa Rosa were included in the Mythical Six namely John Saugon and John Adrian from the men’s group, and Donica Daryl Castro and Aina Rae Bayla from the women’s group. The LCUAA aims to encourage school athletes in Laguna to exhibit their competence in sports and ultimately make Laguna a significant part of the Philippines’ sports culture.

An Educator’s Quest By: Norlyn Deldoc, Faculty Member, STI College – Balanga

A recipient of STI’s Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award in 2003, Dr. Darwin Jaime has always been an exemplary model of diligence and perseverance.

Middle East region. However, being an educator at heart, he returned to the Philippines to pursue a doctorate degree in Philosophy in Educational Management.

Dr. Jaime took up two courses in STI College – Balanga and finished both programs simultaneously with Honors in Associate in Computer Technology and Certificate in Computer Programming. He then continued his quest for higher learning and studied BS Computer Science still in STI where he graduated as a Cum Laude.

In spite all these achievements, Dr. Jaime did not turn his back on his small town roots as he serves as a leader of a pastoral youth community, a youth leader of Sangguniang Kabataan, the president of Rotaract Balanga chapter, and many more.

He later on became the Dean and Academic Head of STI College – San Jose and then the Dean of Academic Affairs of STI College – Balanga and STI College – Baguio. He currently sits as one of the Board of Trustees for the STI Alumni Association, Inc. at Global City, Taguig. (From left) Former Executive Director of STI Foundation Bambi Asis-Geronimo together with the new appointee, Connie Andrada-Sablay, during the Philippine Quill Awards

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Dr. Jaime also had a short stint in Dubai as a Corporate Manager cum HR Operations Supervisor at ALLO, an authorized electronic service provider of Etisalat the leader in mobile telecom in the

Whenever Dr. Jaime runs into stumbling blocks, he picks himself up by remembering the maxim, “Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains.” stimuli | 7



Food for the Win STI San Francisco’s 1st and 2nd year Hospitality and Restaurant Services (HRS) students Jocelyn Agustin and Jehrome Campos came out triumphant during the Nutrition Month celebration of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur on July 29, 2013. Together with their coach Ms. Joy Damasco, Agustin and Campos conquered the culinary contest as they waved their magical cooking wands and turned everyday ordinary dishes into sumptuous healthy meals. With the theme “Gutom at Malnutrisyon, Sama-sama Nating Wakasan,” the two ingenious students

prepared a healthy luncheon composed of rellenong bangus, vegetable okoy, adobong baboy with kangkong, sweet potato, and moringa (malunggay) muffin. More than showcasing San Francisco’s talented local cooks, the Nutrition Month celebration also aimed to encourage its locals and even people across San Francisco to adapt a nutritious diet by opting healthy alternatives to fatty food. *Special thanks to Joy Damasco, Faculty Member, STI San Francisco

Rising to the Ranks Reaching for one’s dream may be difficult to some people but if one is determined and consistently works hard, all efforts will pay off. This is what Kristine Marie Francisco proved as she became a Supervisor in just five months at Zanzibar — the music bar & lounge in Greenleaf Hotel, a deluxe hotel managed by the Asian Grand Legacy Hotels Corp, the same group that operates Astoria Boracay, Astoria Palawan, and Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar in Bataan, to name a few.

Albay’s Strength in Numbers By: Rlyne Balleras, Faculty Member, STI College – Legazpi

Hailing from STI College – Legazpi, Dancris B. Abiera won 2nd place during the Philippine Statistics Quiz Provincial Elimination held this year. The Philippine Statistics Quiz is a competition carried out by the National Statistics Office (NSO) and the Philippine Statistical Association (PSA) since the year 1992, aiming to challenge the students’ expertise on statistics. The Albay Provincial Elimination round event for this year was held last October 3 at the Ibalong Conference Room, City Hall Compound, Legazpi City. The contending representatives from four private schools competed for the chance to 8 | stimuli

be qualified for the Regional Finals, including Aquinas University of Legazpi, Computer Arts and Technological College Legazpi, Divine World College of Legazpi, and STI College – Legazpi. The battle of numbers and computations was composed of three rounds, after which Dancris earned the 2nd place. A BS Computer Science freshman, Dancris was chosen to represent STI after a careful selection among other hopeful math enthusiasts. His stock knowledge, inherent interest, and natural talent with numbers, with the thorough coaching of an STI instructor, Ms. Ross Ann Zulieta, greatly contributed to Dancris’ achievement. Surely, with the right attitude and superb determination, Dancris will reach more than a mile.

A born leader, Kristine graduated in BS Hotel and Restaurant Management at STI College – General Santos with honors. She was also an active officer in the school organization Commission on Hospitality Management (COHOMA) and the 2012 National Champion for Chef Xpress in the interschool competition Tagisan ng Talino. She further sharpened her expertise when she had her on-the-job training program at Waterfront Davao and Astoria Plaza in Ortigas, Pasig City. Weeks before graduation, Kristine was already called for an interview at Greenleaf Hotel. She underwent a 15-day skills training and was eventually hired as a Lounge Receptionist. Seeing her potential, she was then assigned to Tea Leaf – Chinese Restaurant as a Service Attendant. She was then promoted to Assistant Supervisor when she proved her competence in handling reports and customer service, especially customer complaints. Kristine continuously proved her worth and coupled with her strong interpersonal skills, she went up the ranks as a Supervisor in Zanzibar after only a month. From receptionist to supervisor in just five months! It truly was a remarkable feat. Kristine shares that she firmly believes in the maxim, “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.” This is what she emulates in all of her day-to-day tasks. *Special thanks to Shalyn R. Hechamova, School Correspondent, STI College – General Santos

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Agents of Change Through the years, literacy has become a nationwide concern among the Filipinos. According to the Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey conducted by the National Statistics Office, seven percent of the entire population are unable to read and write. This number is still expected to increase since more and more children are dropping out of school due to several reasons. This alarming problem propelled STI College – Lipa to set out a literacy program and reach out to the children in the different barangays in Lipa City. The school’s most recent endeavor was in Brgy. Lodlod, Lipa City where a group of Business Management students visited the children, who are usually left unattended by their parents, and taught them to read and write. Under the supervision of their National Service Training Program (NSTP) adviser Mrs. Ofelia Magtibay, the STI students became teachers who patiently shared their knowledge to the children. The day ended with free meals for the

participants of the program. One of the NSTP volunteers recalls, “The level of enthusiasm and willingness shown by the children are simply unmatched. They’re like a sponge that is very eager to absorb everything that they are taught of.” *Special thanks to Rizza Icaro, 2nd year BSBM, STI College – Lipa Source:

Under the Sea The bond between the Philippine Association on Underwater Activities (PAUA) and STI College – Cebu grew stronger as the two parties partnered once again during the World Dive Expo and Exhibition Philippines (DEEP) and Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques (CMAS) Elective General Assembly on April 17-25, 2013 held at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Cebu. Representing STI College – Cebu were 4th and 5th year Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCoE) students Mhelmar Lopez, Lloyd Patrick Flores, Nicole Canman, faculty members Lorencio Secretaria and Lynuel Fernandez, and school staff Norman Mercader. The STI team from Cebu was privileged to develop a registration system for the nine-day event which was attended by delegates all over the world. Likewise, the untiring team helped operate the computers and assisted the assembly’s organizing body in managing the whole event. PAUA’s goal is to unify, develop, and promote underwater activities in the Philippines and is further charged with marine conservation projects and sportstourism. *Special thanks to Ritchel Boiser, Faculty Member, STI College – Cebu

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Future World Class Game Developers

but are musically-inclined. Together with other ambassadors from AOL and sponsored by the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), Serna took off to Nara, Japan back in 2010 where she rendered her melodic voice at a live concert during Nara City’s 1300th foundation anniversary. Today, the talented Serna works for Price Solution Philippines under the business processing unit. Serna stands as a big inspiration to all and sends the message that no mountain is high enough to stop one from achieving greatness, no matter the odds. *Special thanks to Edwin Theo Rodriguez, Alumnus, STI College – Muñoz-EDSA

Light No Other Being differently-abled most certainly doesn’t parallel with unable. STI College – Muñoz-EDSA alumna Maria Elvira Serna proved this as she was given the Alumni Achievers Award held on August 29, 2013 at her alma mater. Serna, who is visually impaired, is a longtime member of the Ambassadors of Light (AOL), a non-profit organization which grants scholarships to students who are “unsighted”

Serna (middle) with fellow Alumni Awardees during STI College - Muñoz-EDSA’s Grand Alumni Homecoming

Juan for All, All for Juan

Steve Jobs once said, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?” Three students of STI College – Zamboanga are in it for the big time, thinking the same line as Steve Jobs as they worked their best in the 20-day Game Development Training sponsored by the Game Development Association of the Philippines (GDAP) in partnership with Job and Esther Technology and Zamboanga ICT Council. “The training is really very hard considering the fact that we are just students and all of our contemporaries are professionals, some are even established programmers already. We still feel privileged to be given the opportunity to do what we love and represent our school,” shares Kevin Daniel Simbajon, a 2nd year Associate in Computer Technology student (ACT). Together with Kevin are Mershalene Hamid, 3rd year BS Computer Science (BSCS) student, and Chazelle Banico, 2nd year ACT student. 12 | stimuli

Given that they are students amongst a sea of professionals, the three felt fortunate that they were learning the language of the Operating Systems for smartphones like the BlackBerry, Android, Windows 8, iOS, and HTML 5, as well as the newly developed programming language from Finland called the EQELA.

The spirit of volunteerism burned brightly amongst the young students of STI Calbayog as they participated in Gawad Kalinga’s nationwide project, Bayani Challenge 2013. This five-day nation building activity was held on March 23-27, 2013 in more than 30 provinces in the country. Volunteers went through activities that tested their courage, endurance, and love for country. They built homes, repaired schools, conducted health missions, planted trees, and cleaned up barangays.

STIers rallied together with hundreds of other young students from Eastern Visayas to help transform the rustic Barangay Dinagan in Calbayog to a bustling community. One of the volunteers shared, “It’s fun to volunteer! The happiness you feel knowing that you have helped plant hope by doing simple things such as tree planting or a clean-up activity is immeasurable.” *Special thanks to Carlo Jiss de Guzman, School Correspondent, STI Calbayog

“Our trainer is very friendly and approachable and they treat us as if we were just colleagues, so even if the training is hard and stressful, we still find time to enjoy and learn new knowledge from them,” Chazelle said, reminiscing the hard training they’ve been through. After graduating from the program, the three were taken in as student interns for a period of one year. In the internship, they are expected to undertake more extensive trainings on various programming languages and how to develop game applications. *Special thanks to Alfaida Tahil, School Correspondent, STI College – Zamboanga

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Inspiring Model Netizens on the 19th NYC After 18 years of providing unique learning experiences to STI College students, the STI National Youth Convention (NYC) is back on its 19th year. Reaching out to STI students all over the country, the 19th STI NYC touched on the subject that kept the modern youth interested. With the theme “Social Media and Me: Discover the Real Life Impact of Every Like, Share, and Post,” the STI NYC explored the influence of social media among the youth and inspired the students to become responsible users of the internet. The convention kicked-off on November 29, 2013 at the CAP Camp John Hay in Baguio City. The caravan also visited Iloilo and Bacolod in January and will likewise make its stopovers at Cebu, Manila, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, Davao, Naga, and draw to a close at Puerto Princesa on March 2014. The effects of social media was explored in the topic “We are What We Like: The Influence of Social Media” presented by the Community Manager of Google Business Groups Baguio, Mr. Vince Tabor, and social media practitioner Mr. Spanky Enriquez. Followed by a cyberbullying advocate, Mr. Severo “Sonnie” Santos, who discussed the oppressive internet bullying with “Think Before You Post: Act Against Cyberbullying.” The convention closed on a positive note with “I Care to Share — Online Recruitment and Career Opportunities” by the President of ExeQserve HR Solutions, Mr. Edwin Ebreo.

Speakers from the social media industry present during the STI NYC in Baguio

Every year, STI holds important lessons outside the classroom about the latest in technology, finance, entrepreneurship, and personality development. It aims to groom STIers as responsible members of society and as remarkable individuals in their future endeavours. To date, STI NYC is proudly the only school convention in the country that reaches thousands of Filipino youth annually, keeping them ahead of other students in their time. For more information, visit

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Make a Run

for Every Cent


Do you know that you can save as much as P10,489.25 every semester? That’s P20,978.50 in a school year!

With practical thinking and the right discipline in moneysaving, you can save yourself from excessive spending which may be one of the best things you will ever do. P108 Fastfood Value Meal VS P59 Homemade Value Meal

Value “saver” meal actually cost almost twice than a homemade meal for convenience. Bringing reheated food from last night’s dinner or asking someone at home to cook the dish you want is the real moneysaver.

P21.75 Notebook VS P9 DIY Notebook

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Purchase your own personalized water jug for an affordable price of around P150 (that’s about a week and a half of buying bottles of water or about 8 bottles of water), and you can bring your own water anywhere you go!

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Instead of buying a new notebook, fold your stack of papers in half and sew them together in the middle with two meters of yarn that costs P4.50 each, a stapler or padding glue. Save your money and save the trees!

P150 Worth of movie ticket VS P25 DVD rental on a weekend Watching a movie that you are paying to see once is six times more expensive than renting a DVD from the nearest video rental place. Invite some friends over and enjoy a movie at the comforts of your home!

Heartthrobs Versus Hardcourt Idols You c save an P12 That 5. P2,5 ’s 0 seme 0 a ster!

Finally, simply save P50 every week! That’s P1,000 a semester!

P20 Bottled Water VS Bringing your own water Dropping 50 pesos in your piggy bank every week will make a huge difference. It does not only teach you how to get used to actually saving money, but also adds to what savings you already have. Now that’s nifty!

You can save P20. That’s P2,000 per semester!

What you can save for each *

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The computations above were based on the expenses of a student in a 5-month semester. The micro amounts of a value meal and bottled water correspond to each day of a 5-day week of school. The rate of the DVD rental was computed on a weekly basis (for weekends), while the notebooks (counted 7 for an average of 7 subjects per semester) were considered to last longer for the whole semester. *In Philippine Pesos

The Office of Student Affairs of STI College – Global City and X-Factor Productions, Inc. set up an exhibition game on July 28, 2013 at the Makati Coliseum, pitting the varsity team of STI College – Global City against the Celebrity Team, comprised of some of the hottest stars today. Fans in the coliseum went in frenzy as celebrities Gerald Anderson, Derek Ramsay, Matt Evans, Luis Alandy, Ejay Falcon, Lance Christopher, Young JV, Jose Sarasola, Fred Payawan, James Blanco, Marco Alcaraz, and former PBA Star Bal David graced the court one-by-one to comprise the Celebrity Team. On the other side of the court, the STI College – Global City squad were comprised of former National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, Universities (NAASCU) campaigner Abby Chavez, former STI College Olympians Lester Bocablo, Arjay

Napeñas, Jerome Ortega, and Erven Silverie. Gerald Anderson, a former high school varsity player, showcased his versatility by scoring drives, jumpers, and three pointers to a game high of 34 points with former college varsity player Marco Alcaraz patrolling in the shaded lane with much alacrity, ending up with 14 points and rebounds. Derek Ramsay showed his veteran smarts and court savvy as he ran rings around his defenders. Bocablo and Chavez of the STI College – Global City squad each scored 19 and 18 points respectively, leading the team to victory with a score of 77-75. Part of the proceeds of this special exhibition game went to the Fountain of Living Foundation. *Special thanks to Mhel Garrido, Events Manager, for the article and photos.

A Walk to Remember National Service Training Program (NSTP) students of STI College – Tagbilaran celebrated with the world in a worthy cause as they joined the Global Walk organized by Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) on August 25, 2013. The event was held simultaneously nationwide and in the different parts of the world wherein thousands of walkers from Manila, Zambales, Bicol, and Tagbilaran; to Chicago, Florida, Delaware, London, and among others set their foot on the streets towards a common goal. The proceeds of the cause went to the Child Sponsorship Program of ANCOP which aims to help underprivileged children worldwide by giving them opportunities to have access to quality education. At the end of the activity, NSTP Instructor Ms. Charmaine Flor Caga imparts, “This event is definitely unforgettable because we became part of such a huge event with big goals.” *Special thanks to William Aranilla, Faculty Member, and Mary Jill Baugbog, School Correspondent, STI College – Tagbilaran

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Big Dreams, Bigger Hope Stories of deserving students who wish to pursue tertiary education but are hindered by their financial status remain prevalent nowadays. However, no matter how common it seems, this kind of situation always stirs the hearts of the majority. This is why institutions are doing their share to give back to the community by providing any support that they can.

SMITS, INC., the Information Technology (IT) arm of the San Miguel Group of Companies (SMC), has partnered with STI College – Shaw in one of their social responsibility programs that aims to render scholarship assistance to underprivileged students in the communities where SMC operates. Dubbed as the SMITS-STI Community Scholarship Program, a selection process was put in place to ensure that the recipients are well-deserving and determined to pursue an education, but are struggling to do so. Scholarships provided are for IT-related courses and scholars receive financial assistance that covers full tuition fees, miscellaneous expenses, books, and daily allowances. Likewise, scholars of the program are accommodated to undergo their internship in SMITS, Inc., giving them a runway for possible employment opportunities after graduation.

Lucky Joy There’s no stopping Aljoy Marie Amores in her quest to bring honor and glory to her school and fellow STIers in STI College – Tacurong. The young achiever brought home two distinct recognitions that had their community brimming with pride. On October 24, 2012, Joy competed in the Philippine Statistics Quiz at King’s Hall, Capitol Building in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. Under the guidance of her coach, Ms. Janet Rabut, Joy took home the provincial champion title and qualified for the regional finals. The following year, Joy put her writing skills to the test when she joined an essay writing competition organized by the local government of Tacurong held on July 21, 2013. In observance to the National Disaster Consciousness Month 2013, the contestants were tasked to work with the theme “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan.” Again, Joy did not fail the expectations of her coach Ms. Windy Anne Joy Baulete, family, and friends as she bagged second place. Though she worked extremely hard in preparing for both competitions, Joy believes that having a little bit of luck doesn’t hurt either. “I think I was really lucky. The competitions were really tough and I did not expect that I would win. I just hoped to do well enough and not bring any embarrassment to my school,” shares Joy. *Special thanks to Anna Kathrina Pasquin, School Correspondent STI College – Tacurong

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G-Xchange, Inc. President Paolo Baltao (rightmost) and STI VP for Communications Elbert De Guzman (leftmost) awarded full scholarship grants to the winners of Magpadala, magka-diploma GCash Remit promo. With them are GXI Marketing Head Franchette Chingcuanco-Cardona (2nd to the right) and STI Brand Manager Karen La Rosa-Tabije (2nd to the left)

Sending Hope to the Country through Education In partnership with GCash through its cash pick-up service GCash Remit, STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI) made college education dreams come true with the Magpadala, magka-diploma GCash Remit promo which awarded five winners a 4-year full scholarship grant at one of the country’s leading academic institutions. The winners, who were nominated by their OFW relatives and friends who have been sending money from abroad to the Philippines through GCash Remit, are Ann Margareth Pelera Kato (from Metro Manila), Vincent Suansing (from Baguio), Davie Mae Ancheta, Rasha Bambico (from Cebu), and Roland de Paz (from Metro Manila).

Beneficiaries of OFWs with winning nominees received PhP10,000 each and 100 pieces of Jollibee gift certificates were also raffled off as prizes. The scholarships that STI awarded to the winners gave them the opportunity to pursue their tracks of interest from the institution’s wide roster of courses in the fields of Information and Communications Technology, Business and Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Healthcare, Engineering, and the Arts and Sciences through quality, real-life education. To know more about GCash Remit, visit

“We hope that through the scholarships, we can help the OFWs and their children achieve a successful life ahead with a college diploma that they can use to land a job of their dreams,” expressed Paolo Baltao, President of G-Xchange, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe and operator of GCash. With confidence, Elbert L. De Guzman, VP for Communications of STI, affirmed that the scholars will be in good hands. “Education is one’s armor and shield when facing the real world. With these scholarships, STI will give them the best kind of preparation they will need,” says De Guzman.

(From left to right) GXI Marketing Head Franchette Chingcuanco-Cardona and G-Xchange, Inc. President Paolo Baltao with STI VP for Communicatons Elbert De Guzman and STI Brand Manager Karen La Rosa-Tabije

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PLACES How did they do it?


Data Engineer II Hewlett Packard BS Computer Science, Batch 2011 STI College – Makati

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. That certainly holds true for Christclark Cunanan who finished his college education despite going through financial setbacks. Before enrolling in STI, his family went through several financial dilemmas, eventually pushing him to drop out of school. Nevertheless, he became self-reliant and started working to help his family and himself. Later on, he saved enough money to enroll himself in a scholarship program in STI. Despite working during the day as a part-timer in McDonald’s and going to classes at night, Christclark did his best as a student and even got to compete in the regional levels of Tagisan ng Talino. He urges students to build a strong resolve to not budge under life’s hurdles so easily. Even if things are looking down, one must persevere for the opportunities to come. “Ang problema hindi nawawala,” says Christclark. “Depende na lang iyan kung paano mo haharapin. Think positive and be eager sa pagtatapos mo.” What compelled him to press on: Eagerness. Anything can be accomplished as long as both the mind and heart are poured into it, despite the complications that get in the way.


Database Programmer International School Manila BS Computer Science, Batch 2010 STI College – Global City

Starting as young ordinary people with big dreams and an unwavering determination, the following people went above and beyond what is expected of them. Learn from these STIers who’ve been there, done that, and proved that to Be STI is to be the best you can be and to inspire others to do the same. It won’t be easy learning and embodying their traits to success. It would take time and patience. But if you start now, you would have mastered it when you start to work, then it will work for you. By integrating the values of STI in yourself, you exemplify the very essence of success: To be successful, you don’t only need the right set of skills and knowledge, but a good set of admirable values too. 20 | stimuli

His passion for computers goes way back in his high school days when he joined IT-related competitions. It grew and showed during college where he took BS Computer Science and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Coming from a public school, his family had a difficult time paying for his tuition fee, which was why his scholarship helped him a great deal, as well as his earnings from being a student assistant in multiple departments. He brought his experience of professionalism with him when he worked at Maersk, a shipping company, and now as a Database Programmer at International School Manila, also bringing lessons from the industry itself to STI students as a part-time instructor. Over and above dedication, he also imparts determination in students to face their problems and never cease to find solutions because there will always be a way as long as they have the will. What he held in high esteem: Fascination for perfection. In everything that has to be done, do it with a deep sense of responsibility, creativity, and a passion for continuous improvement. stimuli | 21


Leasing Supervisor SM Malls BS Business Administration, major in Management, Batch 2011 STI College – Novaliches Winner of the Student of the Year award in 2011, Janina worked diligently for the promising future she aspired for herself. Coming from an enterprising family that took on different small businesses (like selling sweet corn and homemade ice cream sticks) to strive for a better livelihood, she did not allow her family’s financial struggles to stop her from finishing school and pursuing her big dreams. In the end, she has achieved bigger than she ever expected, working now as a leasing supervisor in SM Malls at a young age of 23. She attributes her success to her will power and hard work, and places her confidence that as long as a student has both, he or she will fare better regardless of the educational background. She upholds dreaming big like she did and to have a strong faith in God. Her drive in her pursuit: Faith. Surrendering to God will win His favour, especially during the trying times experienced in life.

A former Hotel and Restaurant Management student, Jojo found his calling in the field of IT when he transferred to STI and changed courses to Computer Science. A decision he made based on his interest in video games. He admits that “Iba na pag ikaw na mismo yung gumagawa ng game!” As a student, he was active in both co-curricular and extracurricular activities. During his time at STI, his group won Best Thesis and he was presented with the title of Programmer of the Year. “Collaborate rather than compete,” he advises students. “In collaboration, you get to learn and gain new experiences. If you must compete, then compete with yourself. It is also when we collaborate that we build our own network.” What he believes is an important factor to his success: Network. To become someone great in the industry, be flexible in getting along with different people in addition to having good technical skills. 22 | stimuli


Senior Supervisor Smart Communications BS Computer Science, Batch 2009 STI College – Global City

As a graduating high school student during the rise of the Internet, Jonrizz dreamt of creating a computer application that he could one day be proud to call his own. Driven by his dreams and aspirations, he chose BS Information Management in STI College – Legazpi. Despite knowing little to nothing about computers prior to entering STI (he even recalls being confused when his professor asked him to submit his assignment via e-mail), Jonrizz persevered and even joined group competitions in school which helped hone his knowledge and skills. Now, he leads a team of his own working in projects with international clients. In his message for students, he advises for them to think about what they really want, stay focused, and dream big. Believe in their own potential and capabilities. His style of approach in life: The can-do attitude. Don’t be afraid to face challenges, and instead, always be confident in knowing what needs to be done.


Software Engineer Pointwest Technologies BS Information Management, Batch 2005 STI College – Legazpi


Customer Service Manager SM Aura Premier Certificate in Applied Programming, Applied Computer Science, and BS Business Administration, Batch 2009 STI College – Global City Even if she’s still in her early 30s, Mildred already holds a certificate in Applied Programming and two diplomas in Applied Computer Science and Business Administration. She owes these academic attainments to her hard work as a student assistant in STI, giving her the privilege to earn a scholarship grant especially since her parents could not afford to send her to school. After graduation, she was hired as a Registrar based on her performance and good grades as a student assistant. Looking back on it now, Mildred calls her time at STI to be a “meaningful experience” wherein she acquired the essential skills and values needed to give her a boost in her profession. Two things that helped her in her career: Leadership and people skills. The way of approaching people and communicating with them reflect how effective one is as a professional. stimuli | 23

RAQUEL GAMBOA Project Team Leader Ayala Land BS Computer Science, Batch 2003 STI College – Shaw

Raquel valued education as the only key to save her and her family from deprived circumstances. They lived in a small space where basically everything was there and called it home, and tapped their relatives’ electricity and water because they could not afford their own. Being the eldest of the four siblings, she was eager to finish school, get a job, and provide a better way of life for herself and her family. Inspired by her cousin who was successful in the computer industry, she took an IT course as a scholar and faced a tough college life, juggling her time working as a student assistant and studying at the same time. All her hard work led her now to a brighter present where she is working for a large company, travelling back and forth the US, and earning more than enough to support both herself and her family. What motivated her to go on: Family. More than being driven by the rewards of labor, family must be placed first. Recognize the importance of close relationships with people for they will light the way to success.


Senior Vice President of Technology Citibank, Asia & Europe Computer Programming, Batch 1989 STI College – EDSA-Crossing (now STI College – Shaw) 24 | stimuli

During the time when everyone was only beginning to explore the world of computers, Raymond was in STI, taking programming courses he knew would pull him to the top. While the computer industry was still on its early years, Raymond was already building his career in the IT industry, starting while still in college as a student assistant. He then worked as a computer laboratory facilitator after graduating, and rose up to a better career with computers at IBM and eventually at another global company, Citi. Advancing from all his hard work, he is now handling the data center of the company for the whole Asia and Europe, and living a thriving life at Singapore. He encourages the youth to persevere and finish their education like he did as it will lead them to their success, to have a lot of patience, and above all, to be competitive at their game. The secret ingredient to his success: Skills. Having the right push to learn more, lifelong skills improvement allows for progress in career, and growth as a person.

Richard described himself as ambitious, even in his childhood. Instead of spending his time playing with the other kids his age, he was managing his own small barbeque business. His interest in the financial industry lead him to major in Accountancy , until a family crisis came upon his life. His father got sick and Richard volunteered to stop school and take care of him, which turned out to be the last year they will ever be spending together. Going back to college, he decided to enroll in a completely different course with BS Computer Science at STI, finding programming as something he really likes. He tried different kinds of jobs after graduation to make ends meet, he realized that a career in IT was what he really wanted to pursue and co-founded Go! Go! Pinoy where he builds business applications, combining two of his fortes and finally established himself a career he revels in. His two tricks in life: Perfection and persistence. Learning many things is more important than the salary size. The bigger the problems to solve, much can be learned, and higher will be earned.

RICHARD GADIN Vice President and COO Go! Go! Pinoy Systems and Technologies Inc. BS Computer Science, Batch 2004 STI College – Muñoz-EDSA


Assistant Chef HBA Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2-Year Hospitality and Restaurant Service, Batch 2011, STI College – Ormoc When Rodhil Sabay enrolled in STI College – Ormoc’s 2-year Hospitality and Restaurant Services program back in 2008, he never imagined that it was the start of a greater journey. He was the oldest amongst his classmates, having spent five years working in Manila after graduating from high school to add to his family’s income, support his sibling’s schooling, and to save enough money to continue his education. Undeterred by the age gap, however, he embraced the role of the reliable Kuya of his peers as he pursued his culinary interests and thrived in school. A consistent Dean’s Lister, he even got the chance to compete in regional cooking and table setting competitions. Truly, it was his devotion to his craft that allowed Rodhil to go and travel far in his career. An attribute that marked his journey: Dedication. Pulling through amidst hardships and realizing aspirations is possible as long as there is an unbreakable resolve to pursue passions. stimuli | 25


Get it Under


Thanks to social media, we now have an easier way to express ourselves and affect others. With one click, you have the ability to influence minds, share memories with buddies and connect with friends and family from all over the world. Indeed, social media is very powerful.

Chris Lao of the “I was not informed” viral videos is now an advocate against cyberbullying

Yet, there are some users who abuse the freedom the internet entitles them with, often causing harm on other users. These people (known as Trolls) are no different from playground bullies. They thrive by starting conflicts online and humiliating others to feel superior.

when the media caught him trying to drive his car into the floodwaters. “I could have died from the experience,” he admits. “I could have easily joined them, but I did not

When trolling takes its toll Just like old school bullying, the effects of trolling do not end online. A simple nasty post can be powerful enough to crush someone’s self-esteem, giving way for anxiety and depression to set in and could lead to suicide if it continues. Certainly, the rising number of suicide cases by virtue of bullying is alarming enough that the term Bullycide is coined to describe the phenomenon. Such is the case of the 15-year-old Canadian Amanda Todd who committed suicide a month after she posted a video online detailing how she was cyberbullied and harassed by her peers offline.

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However, there are those like Chris Lao (known for his ‘I was not informed!’ viral video) who, despite becoming a victim of cyberbullying, took control of the situation and turned it around. He was a Law student reviewing for the bar exams

for some reason, but I wanted to.” Now he is a bona fide lawyer after passing his bar exams in 2011 and overcoming his circumstances. Currently, he is a vocal supporter of anti-bullying laws and policies here in the Philippines.

Dealing with trolls can get frustrating, but here are 3 steps you can take when you encounter one: First, identify if it’s a troll. They are easily identifiable by their senseless arguments and their tendency to resort to petty name calling. Trolls spam or flood the comments section, attempting to start a heated argument or a flame war online. Fortunately, there are popular commenting systems that allow you to go through a user’s previous posts with a simple click on their username, making it easier to distinguish a troll from a regular opinionated user.

Second, be proactive in flagging the troll’s posts. Report it to an administrator or moderator. Most, if not all, social networking sites have reinforcements in place when it comes to users who abuse their services. YouTube, for instance, enforces a voting system on their comments section where you can down-vote offensive comments, thus preventing a flame war from happening. You might just save another user from wasting time and effort arguing with a troll online.

Third, ignore the troll. Engaging with trolls would be pointless. Any reaction they get will only serve to encourage them further. As the saying goes “Don’t feed the trolls,” so the best way to deal with those annoying internet creatures is to overlook their attention-grabbing tactics.

Another victim of bullycide is Audrie Pott, age 16

A screenshot of 15-year-old Amanda Todd’s upsetting video

In California, 16-year-old Audrie Pott took her own life after pictures of her sexual assault incident circulated in her high school. These are only two among the several cases of bullycide worldwide, proving that the damage and severity of online bullying can be lethal.

Don’t add fuel to the fire, take the high road instead. Pretty soon, with the lack of attention and response, these trolls will get frustrated and give up their bullying ways. Once again, you’ll enjoy a peaceful time socializing online. Sources:

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Champions of Knowledge As strong as the athletes’ desire to bring honor and prestige to the country through sports is their dream to continue their studies and pursue higher learning. Thus, sixteen Filipino athletes were granted the “Gift of Knowledge” scholarships by the STI Foundation on November 21, 2013. After much glee over the unexpected reward, the athletes were reminded by the Head of STI Foundation Connie AndradaSablay to make the most out of the wonderful opportunity given to them and also encouraged them to keep on working towards their dreams now that they have a shot for a brighter future. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the STI Education Services Group, Inc. through its President Monico V. Jacob and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)

Chairman Ricardo R. Garcia wherein STI will grant PhP10 million worth of any 4-year scholarship to the PSC in support to the national athletes. Aside from the athletes, eight deserving PSC employees also received scholarships. “We are aware that there will come a time when athletes can no longer jump, run, 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 Mr. Jacob. Scholarship applications for the next school year are already being submitted by interested athletes. PSC Commissioner Wigberto Clavecilla is especially positive that more athletes will apply, expressing how important education is to young people.

National athletes and PSC employees who were granted with the Gift of Knowledge scholarship gave a courtesy call to the Head of STI Foundation, Ms. Connie Andrada-Sablay.

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The Excellent Experience

The Balaraw Dance Troupe of STI College – Balagtas left the crowd in awe with their striking performance in Hataw Sayaw

Cathrine Jane Loayon of STI College – Southwoods captured everyone’s heart with her voice in Singing Idol

Ms. STI 2010 Angela Abualatta hosted the event with TV5’s Mavi Lozano (center)

Enchanted Kingdom was filled with loud cheers and infectious energy as the event Be STI: Celebrating Thirty Years of Excellence drew more than 21,000 STI students from across the nation to celebrate yet another year of excellence.

The young contenders of Mr. and Ms. STI 2013 looked elegant in their evening gowns and suits

STI College – Las Piñas’ Bareswitch rocked the stage as this year’s Battle of the Bands’ champion

Look who dropped by! Derrick Monasterio (left), Ryza Cenon (middle), and Coleen Garcia (right) came to celebrate STI’s 30th Anniversary

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Homegrown STI talents and beauties took the spotlight to battle for the national championship of the social competitions. Finalists of the Battle of the Bands showed their musical prowess and left the crowd wanting more. Ultimately, BARESWITCH of STI College – Las Piñas took home the championship. Singing Idol hopefuls, meanwhile, belted out songs and wowed the audience with their powerful voices. From the pool of talented singers, Cathrine Jane Loayon of STI College – Southwoods proved that her voice stands out from the rest as she was hailed the STI Singing Idol for 2013. After the music from the two events filled the venue, Hataw Sayaw finalists pumped up the audience with their graceful moves. The Balaraw Dance Troupe of STI College – Balagtas earned the bragging rights as champions of the dance competition.

Everyone was on the edge of their seats when the much awaited Mr. and Ms. STI 2013 took center stage. Boys and girls cheered for their bets during the ultimate search for STI’s most dashing gentlemen and captivating beauties. At the peak of the competition, Mark Anthony Herrera of STI College – Fairview was chosen as Mr. STI 2013. On the other hand, Alyanna Alexandria De Guzman of STI College – San Fernando took her winning walk as the new Ms. STI 2013. The event was capped off with an amazing fireworks display seen all over Enchanted Kingdom’s grounds, ultimately closing the day filled with fun and excitement. In the coming months, STI will hold various academic and art competitions throughout its network for its Tagisan ng Sining 2014, also a part of its yearlong celebration of 30 years of excellence. For the complete list of winners, visit

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on the shelf Movies


Date of Release: May 30, 2014

The favorite childhood fairytale “Sleeping Beauty” will be retold through the eyes of its infamous villain, Maleficent. Once a beautiful and pure-hearted maiden, she stood as her homeland’s protector when an army threatened to invade it. But for her efforts, she suffered a cruel betrayal which froze her tender heart and cursed the newborn daughter of the invading king’s successor, Aurora. Fated to a deathly future, Aurora may be the answer to the kingdom’s peace, including Maleficent’s own. Directed by Robert Stromberg (credited for his works in Avatar, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland), the film stars Elle Fanning as Aurora and Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, who will be joined by her daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt as the young Princess Aurora. Source:



Date of Release: February 25, 2014

A reboot of the cult classic Thief: The Dark Project, Thief has a flexible gameplay that allows the player to make full use of the environment and freely choose strategies. Garrett, the game’s delinquent main character, is a master thief who intends to steal from the selfish rich of the plagued city simply named “The City,” where a struggle for power is transpiring. The game challenges the player to achieve missions stealthily while using minimal violence. It features a blackjack and a grapple as weapons, and a supporting “Focus” ability that allows Garrett to see helpful items in an area and slow down time for an easier thieving. Thief is developed by Eidos Montreal and published by the gaming giant Square Enix. It will be released for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.



X-Men: Days of Future Past Date of Release: May 23, 2014

LG G Flex

Bryan Singer is back to direct the seventh film in the X-Men series, bringing time-travelling to a whole new level. The X-Men will be teaming up with their past selves in an attempt to save the future of both mutants and humans from total annihilation in the hands of the Sentinels. James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart are reprising their roles as Professor Xavier, while his counterpart

The LG G Flex is the anticipated next buzz in the Android world, expecting to rival the Samsung Galaxy Round. While the latter is curved horizontally, LG G Flex is bent vertically to make phone calls more comfortable with significantly better audio quality and better viewing of videos akin to watching a movie on IMAX. But what the LG G Flex really boasts about is its ability to heal its screen from scratches in a matter of minutes, naturally comparing it to the famous Marvel character Wolverine (and that’s without the visual effects!). Much is to be expected about this phone on its global release this year when people can dare scratch its surface with their keys just to see what happens.

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Date of Release: First quarter of 2014

Magneto will be played by Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen. Hugh Jackman, the only actor who had consistently appeared in all films of the X-Men series, will be playing a major role in the time-travelling plot as the ever tough Wolverine. Source:


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...And Don’t You Forget That! Don’t you just hate it when there’s something you have to remember, but you can’t? Just a moment ago, it’s right at the tip of your tongue, but for the life of you, recalling it now just seems impossible. Fret no more! There are actually proven ways to improve your memory and they might come in handy on your next major exam.


Seeing colors engages your brain because they are significantly appealing, making it easier to register details into your memory. So if you need to memorize a list of, say, important names and dates for your history class, try writing them in different colors.

Eat Broccoli

Before you take your final exam, don’t hesitate to eat a spoonful of this delicious green veggie. Your childhood vegetable happens to contain the chemical acetylcholine that stimulates brain cells and helps them make new connections and keeps you mentally active. Other foods for your thought are avocado, milk, green tea, chocolate, coffee, peanuts, and sunflower seeds.

Mnemonic Devices

These are memory techniques that involves incorporating easier information that your brain can easily relate with to another information you need to remember. For example, memorizing an area of a circle (A=π x r^2) with the phrase “Apple pie are square.” It’s much easier to imagine that scrumptious apple pie that everybody loves than a formula of letters and symbols, right?

Clench your Fist

Without hitting somebody, please. The act of tightening your fist gives your brain an appropriate distraction from its usual activity and, at the same time, triggers areas of your brain linked to your memory work. This is especially handy when recalling something on-the-spot such as critical theories on your presentation during a nerve-racking thesis defense. Sources: | | | http://www.learninginfo. org/food-for-the-brain.htm | | http://www.dailymail.

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Decipher Latin Like a Pro!

Your Manual of Decoded Common Latin Abbreviations Some words in the English language we use today originated from the ancient tongue of Latin, once considered to be the universal language. Its legacy still lives today mostly in academics where they are commonly encountered in references and research materials, and are generally used in term papers like your thesis.

Preparing for the Next Wave of ICT Together with the Information Technology – Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) held the Next Wave Cities event at the STI Academic Center Ortigas-Cainta. 250 students from nine schools in the Rizal province including STI College – Ortigas-Cainta attended the forum where they were encouraged to pursue careers in the IT-Business Process Management (BPM) industry without having to leave their homes for Manila. Next Waves Cities has been giving forums to students in different provinces since 2009. It aims to involve young decision makers with bright futures in the IT-BPM industry by giving them orientations on the background of each sector in the industry, the skills they need to learn and can learn, and the benefits of their careers. The Rizal Province was chosen mainly for the high numbers of graduates with promising potentials in the IT-BPM industry. According to the Program Manager of the Next Wave Cities, Ms. Emmy Lou V. Delfin, BPM is a thriving industry in our country. Founder of Digital Filipino, e-commerce advocate and STI alumna Ms. Janette Toral encourages STI students to become e-commerce entrepreneurs. “They should observe how marketing is being done by various companies… they can take inspirations from that and build solutions that can benefit the country.” Furthermore, she stated that now is the good time 36 | stimuli

c. = circa

e.g. = exempli gratia

(“around,” “about,” “approximately”)

(“for example,” “for instance”)

This is used to indicate an approximation of time. Using this means that an event actually happened or a statement has been written or said in a specified year, while there is no certainty of the month and day when it actually happened.

This abbreviation is used when illustrating examples to clearly demonstrate a statement. It usually comes after the main idea, followed by examples directly connected to the subject for more coherence.

For example: The antique chest belonged to a known aristocrat from c.1940.

For example: Desserts after meals always brighten her day, e.g., ice cream and cakes.

i.e. = id est

et al. = et alii

(“that is,” “in other words”) Digital Filipino founder Ms. Janette Toral giving a lecture on e-commerce at the Next Wave Cities event

Often mistaken for showing examples, it is actually applied to paraphrase the preceding main idea of a sentence to further define and clarify. This allows the statement to be better understood by the reader. For example: The only star in our solar system (i.e. the sun) is one of the earth’s natural sources of heat and light.

etc. = et cetera STI Academic Center Ortigas - Cainta was the venue where the Next Wave Cities event was held

to start a business for e-commerce and urges the graduating STI students to take advantage of it. Next Wave Cities also conducted a small event under the name “Kapihan” to give the faculty of the participating schools and representatives of the industry a venue to discuss what can be done to further improve their respective curricula for IT students.

(“and the others,” “and other things,” “and the rest”) While it shares a similarity in usage with et al., etc. is used after a series of related words to point out that the list goes on with more correlated terms unmentioned in the sentence. This is written after a comma. For example: Supplies from the bookstore are needed for this project such as ruler, colored pens, a ream of paper, etc.

(“and others,” “and co-workers”)

When a work was accomplished by more than three persons, et al. is usually written after the first name to imply the involvement of more people. For example: This book on geography and wildlife was written by Luis Reyes et al. (1999)

It’s handy to know what the commonly used Latin abbreviations mean so you’d easily understand what that theorist in your textbook is talking about or how you can write your major paper in a more concise manner like a true thinker. Sources:

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A quick guide to summer styling

Sunkissed Love

Are you ready to welcome the heat? Prepare to give your wardrobe some summer love as we take you through this season’s hottest trends. ICY PASTELS & A HINT OF PINK



White-on-white ensembles continue to be chic!

Sizzle with outfits in cool pastel colors and shades of pink.

LOUD & PROUD Whether your top is shouting a motto or an expression, art is a massive influence this season.

Add a hint of sparkle in your wardrobe with shimmering silvers and golds.

BLOCK STRIPE OUTBREAK If last summer, big squares ruled the runway, this time, it’s the big stripes!

MEN IN GRAY When it comes to summer tailoring, you’ll never go wrong with a slim fitting lighter shade of gray.

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TEA TIME DELIGHT Idyllic flowers, laces, and satin will give you a touch of lovely.

BLOOM TOWN It’s time to flower-up as floral is dubbed as the print of the season. DON’T HANG UP YOUR FATIGUES We command you, those army-prints or camo is a must-try! GENTLEMAN IN PINK As they say, real men wear pink. And we say, trendy men do, too.

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Hey, Dreamer


Just want to start this with a “hi” And don’t let your dreams just die, ‘Cause I know you can simply fly Just don’t give up and rise.

Grabbing my pen and some paper I’m gonna write something later Maybe it’s a bit awkward But here it goes, let’s move forward

There was this guy who just passed my way by, and he has caught my eye so I got shy.

It was not an instance, I know we were given Exchanging our glances Just let it be, even for once

He may be simple, but he was really adorable his eyes were captivating and I felt like melting.

Where dancing shoes met, Our time for each other was set, We both ran and escaped the night God, were we doing it right?

He was serious sometimes, he was curious other times, he was funny, so he looked like a bit crazy.

By: Ronilyn Banhao 1st yr. BSBM STI College – Novaliches

Always start your day with a smile And I bet, you’ll go a thousand miles Enjoy the hard work, stay humble Don’t let everything be crumpled. SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND


wr i ter‘s

I know it’s kinda silly to write a poem like this, All I want is your heart to be at peace Take chances, opportunities, I know you can do it Because life is boring when you just sit. Opportunities knock once, twice, or even thrice But just a tip for you, be intelligent and wise Rise up, gain knowledge, do your best For everything, God will do the rest.

By: Christine Joy Aganinta 1st yr. BSBM STI College – Bacoor

Tonight, I’ll be leaving all scares behind Cause I’ll be there running by your side I don’t care what they say No one will interfere our way But then you have her in your life Even though you were with me All the time Was meeting you my fate? Or was it just too late? Arriving at a moment, You broke with her The lover’s commitment I thought it was our time But why did you ignore me too? Confusion and pain have visited me Are they here with me to stay? Thought we have something special For each other, But maybe it’s finally over. Looking at the time, It’s the same, But in this next line, I’ll say it now That I like you. No. I love you But with confusion and sighs, Tears fell from your eyes. Maybe this story was not true Maybe I’m not the one for you.

Hopeless Love

By: Mia Sara Guillema Villanueva 1st yr. BSBM STI College – Global City

He was annoying and a bit irritating Oftentimes, he would tease me I don’t know, but I would feel giddy. He laughed I shivered. He smiled I was mesmerized. There was this guy who just passed my way by, and I don’t know where to start for he has captured my heart. I was just wondering if he ever noticed, to him, I was staring with my stolen glimpses. But I just can’t confess for it would just be a mess I know, I can’t be his everything ‘cause for him, I was just nothing. I can’t be his special someone ‘cause for him, I was a no one Somebody to love, I can’t be his somebody ‘cause for him, I was just a nobody. I may be quite timid but I’m not stupid I know, to him, I was just a girl who has no place in his world. I was hoping love was fanciful and beautiful, but I was just dreaming for it was truly hurtful and tearful.


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Faces that went places