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STI Celebrated its 35th Anniversary at Enchanted Kingdom

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This month, one of the country’s biggest educational institutions, STI, celebrated its 35th anniversary at Enchanted Kingdom, where more than 20,000 of its students attended and participated in the whole day of festivity with an exclusive use of the entire theme park

For the past 35 years, STI has produced exemplary graduates who are highly prepared for the real world through its Enrollment to Employment (E2E) system, a holistic education approach for student development.

For the upcoming second semester, students can look forward to a line-up of activities where they can continue to showcase their creativity and skills outside the classroom. Other major events that students look forward to include the STI National Youth Convention, the largest educational caravan in the country, and the STI Sports Cup featuring the National Basketball Tournament and the National Volleyball League.

STI offers a standardized curriculum with mirrored activities across its network. This guarantees that every student experiences the same developmental activities in each campus in its network.

STI looks forward to helping students reach their full potential and hone their skills as they deliver quality education and services. “Apart from the skills, the knowledge and the competencies that they learn in the classroom, they are able to also interact with others, collaborate, and communicate. So all of these are part of our developmental activities,” said STI assistant vice president for academic research Aisa Hipolito,

In line with its continuing mandate to provide holistic education and to produce highly competent graduates, STI once more opens its institution for enrollment in the second semester of 2018. For students planning to shift courses or to transfer for the second semester, STI also provides hassle-free processing through the STI Priority Transfer Program.

For more information, visit www.sti.edu

Photos: STI official fan page

Xavier Woods meet with WWE Universe in the Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines – Nov. 30, 2018, Friday at Sm Mall of Asia Music Hall in Pasay City.

A new day has come to Manila! 5-time WWE Tag Team Champion, Xavier Woods, of The New Day, has finally made his long awaited return to the Philippines! Arriving shortly after sunrise, Woods began his trip with a short Kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) ride through the beautiful Manila Bay. Always up for an adventure, Woods sampled Filipino street food: deep-fried calamares and orange soda, served in a clear plastic bag.

Xavier Woods began his afternoon with a special 5X5 basketball game that featured athletes from Special Olympics Philippines. The game was supervised by members of Alab Pilipinas, champions from the ASEAN Basketball League. After a showcase of drills, everyone took to the court for a fun, tag-based game of 5X5 basketball. After the event, Xavier presented the athletes from Alab Pilipinas and Special Olympics Philippines with gifts from World Wrestling Entertainment.

“It’s really fun. It’s always a good time to work with Special Olympics,” shares Xavier Woods. “Being a WWE superstar is more than just being in the ring- it’s about giving back to the communities we perform for.”

Xavier Woods’ return to Manila was marked before a passionate crowd at the SM Mall of Asia. Woods first came to Manila in 2016 where he defended the WWE Tag Team Championship in a triple threat match with teammates, Kofi Kingston and Big E.

At the event, the WWE Universe was treated to a number of surprises. Three lucky fans were given the chance to come on stage and recreate Woods’ entrance walk, complete with music and video. Once on stage, he fielded a series of questions before experiencing a number of uniquely Filipino activities. This began with Woods eating a whole Balut (hard-boiled duck embryo). “I feel the power!”, Woods exclaimed upon finishing it.

Driven by the power from Balut, Woods danced the ‘Tinikling’. The traditional Filipino folk dance involves two dancers rhythmically skipping between two moving bamboo poles. After experiencing two cultural hallmarks, Woods sat down and met the WWE Universe in the Philippines. He then finished his night at Playbook Café for a mini tournament with fans.

For additional information about Xavier Woods, The New Day, and WWE, please visit: http://www.WWE.com or follow the WWE on its social media pages: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WWE) | Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/WWESEAsia) .

Meet Eddie: How One Fictional Character is changing the Way People Read

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MANILA, Philippines – ‘Day one at the Convenience Store, here goes nothing’. These nine words are all the exposition readers need to kick off The Convenience Store, an ongoing original series that is fast becoming an internet favorite. The series revolves around Eddie, a hapless writer left to his own devices at his banal day-job in a convenience store.

“I think of Eddie as a regular young person who has discovered a dream, but hasn’t yet discovered how to reach it,” shares Hengtee Lim, creator of The Convenience Store. “He’s stuck in a kind of purgatory and trying to make the best of it.”

A Look Inside The Convenience Store

Since its launch, the story has become a reader-favorite on Twitter and Everyst, a social fiction app. Everyst presents stories that are told through tweets written by the characters themselves, allowing readers to enjoy fictional pieces that are uniquely character-driven. The Convenience Store is one of the leading stories on the app today.

The Convenience Store is a series inspired by Lim’s experiences working in retail. “I thought a convenience store location would be funny and relatable. I was surprised by the things I saw and experienced while on the other side of the customer service experience.”

Yet even then, the continuous development of the series is not without its limitations. “My own retail experience only covered enough material for the first couple of episodes, so the creative process now involves asking a lot of ‘what if’ questions and following them to see if they’re funny.”

Telling Stories Through Social Fiction

Because stories on Everyst are delivered straight to the audience, many readers have begun to communicate with the cast from The Convenience Store through Twitter. This is what makes social fiction truly unique: not only can audiences easily digest a single series, but they are now empowered with a way to interact with their favorite characters on a very personal level.

Lim seems to enjoy leaving interactions at the hands of his characters, sharing, “I leave that with Eddie, Trevor, and Shifty. They seem to have it covered without issue. Our readers are a good group who help give Eddie’s jokes a new dimension by riffing on them- this makes it so easy.” But anyone familiar with the tone of the stories are pretty sure it’s him!

With this unique approach to storytelling, Everyst has empowered young writers such as Hengtee Lim with a platform to tell exciting and interactive stories. “Compared to traditional fiction, it’s new and it’s different. We’re still learning how to do it as we go; this makes it flexible, fun, and challenging, in equal parts.”

New Artist on The Convenience Store

With so much attention coming to Eddie’s world, the team began to introduce new artists to its burgeoning roster of talent. Local artist, Bapogichi is one of the newest additions to the Everyst creative team, working alongside Hengtee Lim, who’ll begin taking The Convenience Store’s art in a new, more polished direction.

(A side-by-side comparison of The Convenience Stores’ old and updated art)

Bapogichi’s love for illustrating began at kindergarten. Over the years, they continued to foster their craft as an illustrator and soon found an audience online through social media sites such as Tumblr. Unfortunately, due to pressure, Bapogichi abandoned their love for art in favor of a medical career.

“I thought being a doctor was what I wanted, but that eventually I decided to quit to do art full-time,” shares Bapogichi.

Since their transition to a full-time artist, Bapogichi has become one of the most prolific young illustrators on Twitter in the Philippines. The recognition enabled them to begin work on Everyst and soon joined The Convenience Store’s creative team.

“Everyst gives readers a very unique storytelling method. It’s fun, and less pressure on the artist,” says Bapogichi. “Since there’s a growing demographic of young, nerdy adults in the workplace, I think series like The Convenience Store represents people today quite nicely. It’s relatable!”

Eddie & The Future of Everyst

Upon the debut of The Convenience Store, Eddie has become one of the most popular characters on Everyst that also exist on Twitter. His popularity was evident by the turnout of fans at a number of local comic and anime conventions.

“It’s surprising, to be honest,” shares Hengtee Lim. “I want to think that Eddie is relatable to all of us: we’re trying to reach for what we want and trying to make the most of what we’ve got. Life isn’t easy, but you take the good when it’s there and you keep dreaming.”

This is why so many readers follow Eddie and his everyday misadventures. There’s an Eddie inside each and every one of us who has tasted victory and defeat and lived to laugh about it. Any emotion we’ve felt is easily channeled through his experiences. Combined with the way Filipino audiences passionately connect with characters, it won’t be long before Eddie and his gang of misfits become synonymous with Filipinos coming of age at the end of the aughts.

About Everyst

Everyst is an exciting digital platform that enables readers to experience stories in real time, through “social fiction”. It’s a new approach to manga and light novels where characters post updates on Twitter! Discover fully illustrated stories and come see the world of Eddie from The Convenience Store, Luna from Conspiracy Research Club, and many more by downloading the app today on iOS and Android!

MIA ONLINE Grand Launch Party

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Manila, Philippines – Grand Launch Party on Saturday, Nov. 17th, 2018 at High Grounds Cafe.

Gamers from all over will have something exciting to look forward to this December as CUBINET, a member of 7 Senses Group, unveiled the next game in their publishing line up titled “MIA ONLINE”, a 3D OPEN WORLD ACTION MMORPG in a Global Launch just recently arkadymac.com is a media partner for the event and were are thrilled to give you the highlights from this exciting exclusive event.

The Global Launch held in both Philippines and Malaysia was hugely successful. Multiple VIPs in the gaming industry participated in both Launches. In the Philippines, a significant number of influencers, game streamers, cosplayers, guild leaders came to support the event. Some of the amazing talents who joined are the likes of Ms. Myrtle Sarrosa, MIA ONLINE’s Ambassador, who is a popular actress, cosplayer and game streamer in the Philippines. She graced the stage in a MIA ONLINE Mystic character costume and participated in the panel discussion held later in the program. The Behagan Twins, Rising Acoustic Duo, featured in multiple Philippine TV shows, stunned the crowd with their amazing vocal performance. In Malaysia, Grand Tournaments were held with the participation of international players and popular cosplayers.

During both Events, Attendees were able to get an exclusive first look at the MIA ONLINE CG Trailer and MIA ONLINE OST titled “EMPIRE”, a song performed by J. Arie, an internationally awarded singer and actress from Hong Kong with over millions of views on Youtube.

During the MIA ONLINE Game Panel, several frequently asked questions were discussed about MIA ONLINE.

“What separates MIA ONLINE apart from other MMORPGS is the combination of its features. You have Flying Mounts, Ring and Merge Systems. Best of all, is the Community and Competitive features are strong. We are very excited about NATION WAR.” Says Louise Cachuela, Product Manager of MIA ONLINE.

Six character classes, mostly non-gender locked will be available in MIA ONLINE which are the Paladin, Ranger, Mystic, Assassin, Melodist and Berserker, all with non-linear development and customization. MIA ONLINE introduces a variety of in-game features that will keep players hooked in game.

Multiple scale PvP Systems are one of the main highlights of MIA ONLINE—players can choose to battle with other players using the following features such as 1 versus 1 Skyladder Feature, 3 versus 3 Arena feature, 10 versus 10 Battlefield Feature and in the grandest battle of it all – the Nation War.

Showcase of PVP game features where covered Live. The Battlefield feature stole the show with teams of Influencers battling it out for supremacy in teams of 10!

Those eager to join battle are encouraged to visit http://www.prereg.miaonlinemobile.com/to pre-register for special rewards and be among the first to experience MIA ONLINE.

Players can also stay informed on Social Handles for MIA ONLINE as follows:

Website: http://miaonlinemobile.com/

Facebook Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/miaonlinemobile/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/miaonlinemobile

Global Community Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MIAOnline/

MIA ONLINE officially launched on Android and iOS last December 4, 2018.

Thank you for dropping by, and do visit arkadymac.com for more features.

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2018 Red Bull Music 3Style Philippine Champion

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES  – DJ Mark Thompson emerged victorious at the Red Bull Music 3Style Philippine Finals on Sunday, November 18th, 2018, at Xylo at the Palace, in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. The newly crowned champion will advance to the Global Finals in Taipei, Taiwan, where he will represent the Philippines from January 20th – 29th, 2019.

Red Bull Music 3Style is one of the premier music tournaments in the world today. Now on its fifth year in the Philippines as an annual event, Red Bull Music 3Style brought out the best young DJs the country has to offer in a showcase of skill, creativity, and ability. Each participant was tasked to upload a five-minute performance video showcasing three different genres of music.

 

 

This year’s finalists included:

• Arpee Ong

• D’Mad Tweaker (DJ Jan Musa)

• DJ Gavin Skewes

• DYHA (Ernesto Alfante Jr.)

• iNBiTuiN (Charles Angeles Jr.)

• Mark Thompson

Before a crowd of over a thousand, each finalist was given a 15-minute set to showcase their skills, dazzle the audience, and impress the judges. This year’s judges included respected and internationally renowned names in the scene such as DJ Puffy and DJ Shintaro; former Red Bull Music 3Style World Champions, and DJ Shortkut; a member of the legendary group, Invisibl Skratch Piklz.

After a night of back-to-back competition, Mark Thompson prevailed as this year’s champion, with DJ Jan Musa in second place, and DYHA and iNBiTuiN sharing a tie at third place.

“I am lost for words,” shares 2018 Red Bull Music 3Style Philippine Champion, DJ Mark Thompson. “Like, never in a million years did I think I would win. I didn’t care about placing: I just wanted to do my set right and have a good time. Being a fan and watching the years before was already a big deal, let alone place and win. I can’t believe it.”

Mark Thompson rocked audiences during his set, which saw a drum solo in its closing moments. “What I did, because this is my first battle, was look at the rule book. I couldn’t compete with the talent, but I have ideas and I wanted to make these ideas happen. I can be creative and I wanted to mix the unconventional.”

With a Philippine Champion crowned, Mark Thompson now advances to the 9th annual Red Bull Music 3Style Global Finals at Taipei, Taiwan, from January 20th – 29th, 2019.

“I’m going to practice, practice, practice. I’m going to do my best and have fun,” adds Thompson. “I’ve never played in another country, so this is going to be another first. If you love it, work hard at it. It’s supposed to be fun!”

#redbullmusic3style #playwithmusic

http://www.redbull3style.com

 

About Red Bull

The premium Energy Drink known all around the world – Red Bull (Blue & Silver can) – was launched in the Philippines last May 2012. Thanks to its unique formula, Red Bull Energy Drink gives you wings by vitalizing body and mind. For more information on Red Bull, visit our website at www.redbull.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: facebook.com/redbull | twitter.com/redbullph | instagram.com/redbullph

 

 

Red Bull Music 3Style is Back!

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MANILA, Philippines – Red Bull Music 3Style is back in the Philippines for its fifth year as a nationwide tournament. The National Finals brings five (5) of the country’s top DJ’s to battle it out for a spot in the World Finals at Xylo at the Palace, in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, on Saturday, November 17th, 2018.

Qualifying DJ’s applied online and uploaded a short, five minute performance video showcasing three different musical genres. Each entry was judged on skill, originality, and music selection.

The six (6) DJ’s who advanced to the Red Bull Music 3Style Philippine National Finals are:

·         iNBiTUiN

·         Mark Thompson

·         Gavin Skewes

·         Arpee Ong

·         Jan Musa

·         DYHA

This year’s selection of judges include a number of the most influential names in the DJ scene.

·         DJ Shintaro (2013 World Champion) (Japan)

·         DJ Puffy (2016 World Champion) (Barbados)

For almost ten years, Red Bull Music 3Style has established itself as a premier global event. This year’s tournament brings DJs from 20 countries to go head-to-head at the World Finals in Taiwan to become the 2018 World Champion.

The time is now for a new face to step up and represent the Philippines. Who will it be? Who will bring the best beats and represent the Philippines?

#redbullmusic3style #playwithmusic #eagleph #GetFeatured #wetakeyouthere

Photos: Red Bull Music 3Style

PBE Don (Donald Gimperoso) to Represent Philippines at Red Bull Kumiteu

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MANILA, Philippines – On Saturday, September 29th, 2018, PBE Don (Donald Gimperoso) defeated the best Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition players in the Philippines to advance to the global Last Chance Qualifier at the Red Bull Kumite Finals in Paris, France this November. The tournament took place at Chaos Nightclub, in City of Dreams, Manila.

“I’m very happy since I won the tournament,” shares Kumite winner, Donald Gimperoso. “It was a close match. My opponent made last minute adjustments and I had a hard time closing out the game.”

What is Red Bull Kumite?

Every year, the world’s top Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition players come to battle it out at the annual Red Bull Kumite! On its 4th consecutive year as a global e-sports tournament, qualifiers have been taking place in several countries including Japan, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. Red Bull Kumite has three stages:

Qualifiers: Eight (8) countries compete in online and offline tournaments

Last Chance Qualifier: 256 players will collide for the last two (2) remaining spots in the World Finals

World Finals: Sixteen (16) of the best Street Fighter V players go head-to-head until only one player remains.

Kumite: The Manila Showdown

For the inaugural Philippine Red Bull Kumite Qualifier, players from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao competed for the chance to represent the country in Paris, France, for the Last Chance Qualifier. The tournament brought out the best the Philippines had to offer for an afternoon of exciting back-and-forth action.

In the end, PBE Don (Donald Gimperoso) stood tall as the first winner of Red Bull Kumite’s Philippine Qualifier after a close and highly emotional match against PBE Jamse (James Prado). Both Gimperoso and Prado are no strangers to each other, having faced off in competitive matches many times in the past. But yet, despite Gimperoso’s dominance, Prado became a sentimental favorite for the hundreds in attendance.

“I’m happy with my performance,” shares James Prado. “PBE Don is my demon. Locally, he is a beast who defeats everyone. I could hardly beat him before, so now it was an achievement for me to be able to match him through three consecutive rounds.”

PBE Don (Donald Gimperoso) has competed in numerous tournaments overseas and regarded as one of the most dominant forces in the local gaming scene. “I’m used to competing at a big stage,” says Gimperoso. “There’s very little pressure for me. I’m excited, and I expect the best players from around the world. My strategy is to watch their matches online and familiarize myself with their move set.”

Gimperoso advances to the Last Chance Qualifier in Paris, France, where he will face a roster of the best Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition players from each corner of the world. Focused and determined to take the Championship home to the Philippines, Gimperoso has a simple message to the competition: “Prepare yourselves because the Philippines has a representative now. Good luck!”

About Red Bull

The premium Energy Drink known all around the world – Red Bull (Blue & Silver can) – was launched in the Philippines last May 2012. Thanks to its unique formula, Red Bull Energy Drink gives you wings by vitalizing body and mind. For more information on Red Bull, visit our website at www.redbull.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: facebook.com/redbull | twitter.com/redbullph | instagram.com/redbullph

STI Fosters Student Development Through Holistic Education

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Manila, Philippines – Shaping the youth goes beyond classroom learning as academic institutions now offer a wide array of extra-curricular activities to help build character and better prepare students for the real world. As one of the country’s biggest educational institutions, STI has also adopted this mindset as they apply a holistic education approach within its Enrollment to Employment (E2E) system.

With its dedication to produce well-balanced and highly talented graduates, STI has developed specialized extra-curricular programs that allow students to hone and exhibit their talents inside and outside of their respective courses.

One of its marquee programs is its long-running STI Talent Search, which the institution holds annually to promote the sharing and fostering of innate talents of its students nationwide.

Over 20,000 senior high school and college students from STI campuses in different parts of the country will gather in a whole-day celebration of talents, skills, and achievements that upholds STI’s thrust towards excellence on October 5, 2018 at the Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

For 35 remarkable years of developing students’ potentials through academic and extra-curricular activities, STI holds true to its commitment to hone the next generation of well-rounded individuals.

The competition is held across all STI campuses nationwide which begins with STIers competing in the local level. Top participants are then elevated into the cluster level and culminated with its grand national finale.

The STI Talent Search will feature STI’s finest student musicians, dancers, heartthrobs, and darlings to compete in this year’s Singing Idol, Battle of the Bands, Hataw Sayaw, and Mr. & Ms. STI.

As the grand finale draws closer, students and publics alike can look back at the best STI talents from this year’s Nationals on the 2018 STI Talent Search on www.sti.edu.

In the coming months, the Tagisan ng Talino and Tagisan ng Sining will take place across the STI network. These academic competitions include Think Quest (team quiz bee), CodeFest (mobile app development), Stand up & Deliver (impromptu speech), Essay Does It! (essay writing), Mix n’ Flair (flair bartending), All in Place (table setting with menu card preparation), Travelogue (tour guiding),Chef Xpress (cooking competition), Worth the Wisk (cake decoration), Shutter’s Best (photography), and Director’s Cut (video making).

STI also holds the STI National Youth Convention, an educational caravan in key cities across the country that aims to inspire and enlighten students through talks from esteemed speakers and experts.

Boosting STIers’ athleticism, discipline, and sportsmanship, the network-wide Sports Cup is open for senior high school and college students to join and compete on a national level. Students may opt to join men’s basketball competition, the STI National Basketball Tournament, or the women’s volleyball games, the STI National Volleyball League.

STI’s humble beginnings can be traced as a computer training center with only two campuses. Then over the years, STI has transcended to a holistic educational institution, providing diverse programs in Information Technology, Business and Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Senior High School, in 77 campuses nationwide.

5 Reasons to Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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Samsung has launched its new phone at Barclays Center in New York. DJ Koh the President and CEO of Samsung Electronics showed the all new Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

And here are the Top 5 Reason Why You Should Buy this phone:

All Day Battery

No need to bring your charger because this phone can last all day. Go all day and night with 4000 mAh battery life.

1TB Storage

The phone will come with a 128GB storage and with a slot for an SD card expandable to 1TB. That’s room for everything you just don’t want to delete.

The New S Pen

Powered by Bluetooth technology. This pen let’s you take pictures, control presentations and navigate your apps without touching your phone.

Intelligent Camera

Automatically adjust color settings, like white balance for low light and over exposure. Detect blinks and unintentional blurs making photography more automated.

Fortnite Gaming

International gaming sensation; Fortnite can now be be played in Samsung. First on any other android device.

We really think that Samsung Galaxy Note 9 device is definitely one of the best phones you can buy today.

The Beach Town for People Who Want to Escape the Crowds

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Why

There are tons of beaches in the Philippine archipelago which makes it one of the main tourist attractions in the country but this comes with a major drawback: huge crowd.

Remember walking to the beach of Boracay and found the shore packed with people, you know how difficult it is to find the perfect spot and not have to fight for it.

Fret no more! This small beach town located in the southern most part of Luzon, allows you to have the sand and tides all — or mostly — to yourself.

How

By Land: Take a bus bound to Matnog from Cubao, Pasay or Alabang. Alternatively, ride bus going to Samar, Tacloban or Davao. They will stop at Matnog Port before boarding the ferry. Find the tourism office located at the port to register and book your boat.

By Air: Take flight bound to Legazpi. Once there, follow the instruction above.

What

This pinkish white sand, with resemblance of Boracay but without the tourist is called “Subic Beach” of Matnog, Sorsogon.

Eagle.ph Team

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