Last July 31 through August 4, APC celebrated SoCIT TechFest 2018 which was hosted by the School of Computing and Information Technologies.
Through this annual event, students are exposed to the rise of innovation and interaction while also being engaged in various activities that require their critical thinking, teamwork, and social skills.
Among the many activities scheduled in this festive week were cybersecurity symposiums, VR showcases, a Harry Potter-inspired sports match, and a night party full of fun.
On July 31, students from the School of Computing and Information Technologies (SoCIT) filled the auditorium to officially start SoCIT TechFest 2018, feeling nothing but excitement and anticipation. The opening of this event was hosted by APC Speaks members Ginno and Krisper who humorously engaged with the audience while checking the attendance. After that, they introduced the first speaker who is the Director of Education Technology and Adviser of Microsoft Technology, Jayvee Cabardo. He officially opened the SoCIT TechFest before being followed by the opening remarks of the Executive Director for SoCIT. After the talks, the APC Dance Company (APCDC) gave an outstanding performance, thus being dubbed as “the most energetic organization” by the hosts. The students enjoyed the performance. The opening ceremony continued with the introduction of candidates for the Mister and Miss SoCIT TechFest. The candidates entered the stage with a bang, walked, and posed several times before giving their own quirky introductions. Soon, the ceremony ended with the hosts giving special thanks to Black Water, the main sponsor of the event. The sponsor also gave free products as raffles for the students.
At 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM, the students gathered at the gymnasium to play Quidditch, a sport taken from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The match consisted of seven rounds, with five teams, namely green, red, brown, blue, and white. Each team consisted of five players who were assigned to specific tasks. Two chasers would have to shoot the ball, which is called a quaffle, into one of the three rings which acted as goals in order to score either 5, 10, or 20 points. One beater would have to hit the chasers of the opposing team with a ball in order for them to drop the held quaffle and allow their team to snatch it. One keeper would act as the goalie who protects the rings. One seeker is assigned to chase and grab the snitch, which is a 100-pointer small ball. For this event, the blue team dominated the match and reigned as champions of the sport.
Cheers and Chants
On August 1, the festivities continued. One of the notable events was Cheers and Chants which took place in the auditorium from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. For this activity, the students from blocks MI181, MI182, SS181, and a combined group formed by NS181, MI183, and SF181 were tasked to create their own chants that expressed their block pride. This event was a tradition for APC Freshmen and helped in improving camaraderie. Each group was given 6 to 7 minutes to present their creative cheers for the judges to grade. After the groups’ performances, students from SS181 were then dubbed as the champion, with MI181 as the 1st runner-up and MI182 as the 2nd runner-up.
Fame or Shame
The events of August 1 were concluded with an activity called “Fame or Shame” from 3:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. In this activity, 1st Year College SoCIT students were welcomed to the school through this prevailing tradition that was finally brought back after two to three years. The activity is reminiscent to a talent show, wherein contestants perform alone or in a group for 30 seconds before being rated by the judges with Fame or Shame. When a contestant is given the Shame rating, he or she will be given a drink of shame, consisting of unknown ingredients. Those who receive the Fame rating, on the other hand, get the chance of becoming overall winners. With these mechanics in mind, the contestants proceeded to shine with an array of talents such as singing, rapping, beatboxing, dancing, performing trick shots, and many more. Among the many participants who were given the Fame rating, two were chosen as the overall winners of the event, namely Ralph Martin Dedumo and Zinedine Sabroso.
SoCIT Night was the most awaited part of the TechFest for most students. The hosts for this event were from APC Speaks, namely Ruy Verano and Jhenina Sta. Cruz. They both welcomed the students, marking the start of the event, before officially introducing the judges for the SoCIT Night Pageant Awarding. Leaders from different student organizations served as judges, namely the following: Samantha Munar, President of APC-MSC; Nicolas Dela Cruz, President of APC-SOAR; Krisper Bariuan, Documentation Minister of APC-Speaks; Gianca Almoro, President of APC-JISSA; and Joanna Uson, Creatives Head of Gaming Genesis. The APC-DC performed and was followed by the singing performance of Daniel Llanillo. These performances wowed the crowd, adding to their joy and excitement. Soon after the singing, the contestants of the pageant were then officially presented, catching the attention of all students who were there to support the representative of their class. After they walked the ramp, they were then interviewed. While anticipating the results, there was a raffle, followed by more performances. Soon, the most exciting part of the event finally arrived, which was the pageant awarding. There were four awards, namely Mr. and Ms. Congeniality, People’s Choice, Best in Retro Attire, and Mr. and Ms. SoCIT. Alliah Rose Bautista got the People’s Choice, Best in Retro Attire and Ms. SoCIT award. Zinedine Sabroso got the People’s Choice and Mr. SoCIT award. For Mr. and Ms. Congeniality, MC Renzel Rey and Alexis Aquino received the awards respectively. Overall, the night was exciting and fun-filled, truly bringing joy to all who were present.
Photos by: PJ Lacdao, Sean Luke Gonio, Yanna Bayani, Amber Greiz, Sophia Sta. Maria, Kevin Balisalisa, & Kyle Dimayuga