Sunday, October 16, 2016

Talent Search 2016 Highlights

This video summarizes the STI Talent Search 2016 competition last September 30, 2016
at the Enchanting Events Place, Enchanted Kingdom, Santa Rosa, Laguna

Friday, October 14, 2016

STI HatawSayaw Dance Competition 2016

The Balaraw Dance Group of STI College Balagtas is 
the STI Hataw Sayaw 2016 Champion

The FUSION Dance Group of STI College Las Pinas

STI College Cagayan de Oro's "DRE UP" Dancers

Winning 2nd Runner -up honors was 
the Funktion Movement 
of STI College Novaliches

Showing off their jumping prowess were the SSDC Dancers of STI College Shaw

Making it to the National Finals for the first time, the After Class dance group of STI College Zamboanga showed a lot of class 

Winning 1st-Runner-up were the Mallows 2 dancers of STI College Santa Rosa

The new crew of the Balaraw Dance Group of STI College Balagtas are still the champions

The Visayas Champs - Hyperlink of STI College Bohol show off their repertoire

Completing the cast were the Republika Uno of STI College Malolos

The 2nd Runner-up
The Funktion Movement of
STI College Novaliches 

 The 1st Runner-up
Mallows 2 of
STI College Santa Rosa

The Champions
Balaraw of STI College Balagtas 

Thanks to our Judges 
from Left to Right
Bernice Palma, Jhester Vanz Barbaso, Rynee Aribal and Via Antonio
with yours truly and Chris Maque

STI Singing Idol 2016 Grand Champion

The Champion sings her winning piece

Lyka Escultura of 
STI College Alabang opens the competition with her rendition of  "Bukas na lang kita mamahalin"

Sarah Gail Gonzales 
of STI College Caloocan, 
the third contestant, 
was second to sing since contestant #2 from was not able to make it.

Judy Ann Baricaua of STI College Global City was the third to sing the song "Bukas na lang kita mamahalin." Luckily for her, the judges voted her rendition as the best against the others.

Michaela Gift Grecia of STI College Gen. Santos gives a moving rendition of the song "Saan darating ang umaga." Her version won her 2nd Runner-up 

Gene Irish Hechanova of STI College Southwoods revived a classic Barbra Streisand classic "Enough is enough" to the delight of the crowd

Christian Matias of STI College Sta. Maria became the lone male performer and he sang the Gary V. immortal classic "Natutulog ba ang Diyos?"

Jessa Vilbar of STI Maasin, a Yeng Constantino doppelganger, sings a song popularized by Yeng  the song "Ikaw"

Maureen Angel Muldong of STI College Tarlac completes the cast by ending the contest by singing the contest favorite "Bukas na lang kita mamahalin"
The 2nd Runner-up
Michaela Gift Grecia of
STI College Gen. Santos

The 1st Runner-up
Lyka Escultura 
of STI College Alabang

The STI Singing Idol 2016
Judy Ann Baricaua
 of STI College Global City

Thanks to our judges
Left to Right
Anthony Abasolo, Kedy Sanchez, 
Bimbo Yance and Mcoy Fundales

STI Battle of the Bands 2016

The STI 
Battle of the Bands Champion

 The first group "Bandido Manukan " of STI College Dasmarinas

Representing Northern Mindanao - the Syzygy Band of STI Iligan shows the pre-dominant Luzon crowd a taste of Mindanao music

The Oplan Band of STI College Novaliches defined what pure energy is all about in their performance

The hottest band in this year's competition, the Hot Sauce Jr. of STI College Global City comes out with their version of Freddie Aguilar's ANAK

The Adventure Time Band of STI College Gen. Santos sings "Tuloy pa rin" a song popularized by the Neocolours

STI College Lipa's Red String band performs the song Dukha which was popularized by Freddie Aguilar and revived by Aegis

The Sistemang Musikal of STI College Sta. Maria placed second last year and that experience helped them this year as their rendition of Sinong Baliw gave them the title of 2016 Battle of the Bands champion

STI West Negros University's Pulpy Lemons sings the rock version of Banal na Aso santong kabayo.

Last to perform was the Veritas Band of STI College Malolos that performed to the beat of Adele's Rolling in the deep

2nd Runner-up
The Oplan Band 
of STI College Novaliches


Yours truly sharing some light moments with the judges, Kedy Sanchez, Bimbo Yance and Mcoy Fundales

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

STI Talent Search 2016 Grand National Finals

The STI 33rd Anniversary celebration had its culminating event with the staging of the National Finals of the STI Talent Search 2016 at the Enchanted Kingdom last September 30, 2016. The local finals of this competition was done the whole month of August networkwide and the Cluster finals during the first week of September. Winners of the cluster finals in nine areas nationwide qualified for the right to compete at the Enchanted Kingdom's Enchanting Events Place.

Twenty Three Thousand STI students trooped to  the Enchanted Kingdom and the picture above was the scene at the Enchanting Events Place where all the competitions were held. Up for grabs were bragging rights to become the Battle of the Bands Champion, STI Singing Idol, Hataw Sayaw Dance Champions and the Mr. and Ms. STI 2016 winners.

The event started with last year's STI Idol 2nd Runner-up Celi rose Ann Torrente singing the Invocation song "You Raise me up"  The battle of the bands immediately followed.

The very energetic Aina Roxas of STI College Sta. Maria  belts out their winning song "Sinong Baliw" as Sistemang Musikal came out as the Battle of the Bands champion. 

Judy Ann Baricaua of STI College Global City came out with the best version of the song "Bukas na lang kita Mamahalin" which was  enough to give her the title of STI Singing Idol of 2016.

Last year, the Balaraw dance group won the Hataw Sayaw title with a new crew at hand. This year, they did it again as more fresh faces replaced last year's winners and their new group still came out as the best dancers of the STI Network. The Balaraw dance group has won four of the last five stagings of the Hataw Sayaw dance competition. 

Leading the powerhouse gallery of Judges is former Filscap Corporate Secretary and former GMA Executive Kedy Sanchez (in Blue), the soul siren NINA and the very first STI singing Idol Anthony Abasolo. Not in picture are the other two judges Bimbo Yance (formerly of True Faith) and Mcoy Fundales (formerly of Orange and Lemons). 

Battle of the Bands Judges Bimbo Yance (left), Kedy Sanchez and Mcoy Fundales (2nd from right) join yours truly in giving the Sistemang Musikal their trophy, medals and prizes as Battle of the Bands Champions. 

The first STI Singing Idol, 2004 winner, Anthony Abasolo (left) joins the other judges, the Master of ceremonies Christopher Maque (right) of the STI Head office,  and yours truly in awarding Ms. Judy Ann Baricaua of STI College Global City her medal, trophy and prizes for being the 2016 STI Singing Idol.

The Balaraw Dance group receive their trophy, medals and prizes as this year's Hataw Sayaw Dance Competition champions. Awarding them their prizes are the judges (L-R) Jhester Vanz Barbaso, Rynee Ruth Aribal, Via Antonio and Bernice Palma.

During the break, STI 's Vice- President for  Academic Services, Lloyd Bautista, is interviewed by  ABS-CBN about the event.

Mr. and Ms. STI candidates pose as they are awarded the first set of awards From left to right:
Jasper Christian Maraggay of STI College Caloocan (Student's Choice Award, Cherry Prepaid Choice Award) Clea Isabel Magnaye of STI College Cubao (Cherry Prepaid Choice Award) Roberto Lopez of STI College ORCA (Maui & Sons choice awardee) Sophia Maria Rocha of STI College Marikina(Student's Choice, Facebook Favorite, Maui & Sons choice awardee) Christer Troy Regis of STI College Dasmarinas (Best in Casual Wear) Aubrey Giezel Mendoza of STI College Baliuag (Best in Casual Wear)) Paul Jibrielle Pilao of STI College San Fernando(Victo Rio Male Discovery of the year) Nicole Ann Caraang (STI College Balagtas (Victo Rio Female Discovery of the year) and Jerson Nolasco of STI College Global City (Facebook Favorite)

Mr. and Ms. STI candidates pose as they are awarded the second set of awards From left to right: 
Jasper Christian Maraggay of STI College Caloocan 
(SOS Face of Confidence Award) 
Aubrey Giezel Mendoza of STI College Baliuag 
(SOS Face of Confidence Award) 
Michio Eusebio of STI College Meycauayan (Best in Sports Wear) and Queen Jubilee Mongcupa of STI Collegte Munoz-EDSA (Best in Sports Wear)

 A welcome treat to all dancers, here is former PBB Guest Mikee Agustin dancing with her boyfriend Yexel Sebastian who surprised the crowd with his cameo appearance on the dance floor.

Roberto Lopez of STI College Ortigas-Cainta and Queen Jubilee Mongcupa of STI College Muñoz-EDSA pose with Formal wear sponsor Robert Zamora as they are presented with the Best in Formal Wear award.

The Top 5 Male Finalists:
From left to right:
Roberto Lopez (STI College Ortigas-Cainta)
Michio Eusebio (STI College Meycauayan)
Jasper Christian Maraggay (STI College Caloocan)
Christer Troy Regis (STI College Dasmariñas)
Paul Jibrielle Pilao (STI College San Fernando)

The Top 5 FEMALE finalists
From Left to right:
Camille Alfonso (STI College Sta. Cruz)
Clea Isabel Magnaye (STI College Cubao)
Jadilyn Morales (STI College Malolos)
Aubrey Giezel of STI College Baliuag
Queen Mongcupa (STI College Muñoz-EDSA) 

Direct from their successful concert a week before the event, ABS-CBN's all male group, the Hashtags, graced the occasion to the delight of the crowd that run berserk the moment they came out.

The Winners (Left to Right)
4th  Runner-up: Roberto Lopez 
3rd Runner-up: Paul Jibrielle Pilao 
2nd Runner-up:  Jasper Christian Maraggay 
1st Runner-up: Michio Eusebio 

The Winners (Left to Right)
4th  Runner-up: Queen Jubilee Mongcupa 
3rd Runner-up: Camille Angelica Alfonso 
2nd Runner-up:  Aubrey Giezel Mendoza 
1st Runner-up: Jadilyn Morales

Of course the event is not complete without yours truly taking a picture with all the winners. 
Congratulations everyone.

Special thanks to 
Goodshot photography 
and Ian Siongco for the wonderful pictures