IT Workshop on Data and Information Security

The UP SYSTEM INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION, INC. is calling interested educators and professionals to participate in its 3-day series of training workshops about data and information security set to take place during the 13th YOUTH CONGRESS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY on September 9, 10, & 11, 2015 at Meeting Room 13 of the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

These training workshops will provide a professional development opportunity designed to broaden the knowledge and enhance the IT skills of professionals to make them more effective and competitive in their field.  Continue reading “IT Workshop on Data and Information Security”

Running my First 24 Hours with the Apple Watch Sport

After the Apple Unboxing experience, I changed the Sport Band to the S/M size because I have a small wrist and then had the Watch charged overnight. It was 4:00am when the Watch was at 100% after 1.5-2 hours of charging time. Before I left the house, I checked first if the apps that I needed were all loaded on the Watch. I have been using the Nike+ Running app for more than a year now so I checked how the app would look like when viewed on the Watch as well as the interface or navigations to get it to work. However, I did not bother to configure the rest of the apps on the Watch so all of those settings were set to default.  Continue reading “Running my First 24 Hours with the Apple Watch Sport”

Y4iT the 13th : Are You Ready?

1The biggest Information Technology event in the country is ready to soar to greater heights as the Youth Congress on Information Technology (Y4iT), organized by the UP System Information Technology Foundation (UPSITF), returns for its 13th year on September 9-11, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines.

Flocked by over 25,000 college students, professionals, educators, IT experts and enthusiasts from all over the country, the annual event has consistently served as a melting pot of the best minds in the industry. It has helped create a bridge for industry leaders and authorities to connect with and inspire the future of IT.

This year, the 13th Youth Congress on Information Technology (Y4iT 2015) returns with the theme, “Y4iT the 13th: Are You Ready?” as it dares the Filipino youth to brave the unknown. In the dynamic world of IT today, individuals may have the skills and potential needed, but are they confident to take the next step? Y4iT poses this challenge, together with its objective of inspiring the youth and recognizing them as key drivers in the IT industry.

Continue reading “Y4iT the 13th : Are You Ready?”

Unboxing the Apple Watch Sport

I have been longing to blog about this but I just couldn’t get started right away because I usually try to have much concern with perfect in-depth details when it comes to jumpstarting this blog after a very long hiatus. Finally, here it goes. 🙂

Almost a month has passed since I got my Apple Watch. I got mine through Trish Castro, a friend who had a vacation in the US before the next academic year gets to start again. She will become an Apple Distinguished Educator in the ADE APAC Institute this year. (So congratulations again and welcome to the ADE community, Trish!) On the day I got the package from her in SM Megamall, there was also an ongoing mall-wide sale so I felt like I’ve also shopped for it.

The Apple Watch Sport model that I got was the 42mm Silver Aluminum Case with Blue Sport Band. I was supposed to get the Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band but due to high customer demand, the store did not have any stock anymore. I opted to get the blue one then despite my preference of black color in running, black is a safe color to match any attire, and dirt is not easily noticeable on a black band. As for the size, I prefer the larger one to make sure that I won’t be missing any experience. I’m on the lookout now though for a 42mm black sport band but I doubt if the Apple Watch and accessories will reach the local stores anytime soon. Continue reading “Unboxing the Apple Watch Sport”

12th Youth Congress on Information Technology (Y4iT 2014)

Join us and be a part of the most anticipated information technology (IT) event of the year in the Philippines – the 12th Youth Congress on Information Technology or Y4iT 2014! Y4iT 2014 shall be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on September 10-12, 2014.

Y4iT, the biggest IT congress for the Filipino youth, is tapping into the limitless potential of the individual. The Youth Congress on Information Technology’s theme for 2014 is “Harnessing the Power of Me”. The theme revolves on the insightful use of IT with the goal of giving back to society. In the fast-paced and ever-changing world, IT plays a critical role in enabling individuals to realize their aspirations and commitments. As such, these individuals inspire their communities to be ever vigilant in the midst of environmental and developmental issues.

Established in 2003, the Youth Congress on Information Technology (formerly known as the Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology) – commonly known as Y4iT – is an annual information technology event in the Philippines, organized by the UP System Information Technology Foundation (UP SITF) in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Information Technology Development Center (UP ITDC). Since its launching, Y4iT has gone on to be at the forefront of information technology gathering events in the Philippines. Various relevant and exciting IT topics are presented and discussed.

Now on its twelfth year, Y4IT has continuously been the largest gathering of IT enthusiasts from all over the country. Y4IT aims to introduce students, faculty, professionals, and enthusiasts alike to current trends in information and communications technology, providing knowledge sources and opening for them learning and career opportunities in ICT.

Featured in the three-day congress are timely and relevant topics like Building a Digital Business, Big Data and Analytics, Business Development, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source Cloud Computing, Architecting Games in Unity, Freedom and Accountability Through the Internet, IT Virtualization and Security, Apple Technologies, Online Identity Branding and Protection, Java and The Internet of Things, Linux Professional Institute, Music Marketing, eLearning Technologies, Open Data, Technology for Disaster Assessment, Open Web, and many more. Aside from these, there will also be a number of side event activities which include student paper presentations, exhibits, and job fairs.

Y4iT is endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education & the Department of Education. You can view the endorsement letters on and

Y4iT registration guidelines, list of speakers, congress badge rates (regular and bulk), and the program can be viewed on For other details, please call the Y4iT Secretariat at +63.920.2080. or +63.436.2217, or send an email to

Remember to follow our social media accounts on Twitter (, Facebook (, Instagram ( and Youtube (, and use the hashtag #Y4iT on your posts before, during, or even after the event!

For a teaser of the event, check out this video on the Y4iT Youtube account:

See you there at Y4iT 2014!

4th EDUC 190 International Webinar Series 2013-2014

Hello 2014!

The EDUC 190 (Computers in Education) classes of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Education will be holding the 4th EDUC 190 International Webinar Series this 2nd semester 2013-2014! The webinars (or online seminars) are FREE and these will run from March 9 to March 22, 2014. The webinars will be organized by undergraduates mostly composed of education students. This online event is FREE for everyone but slots are limited and there are no reservations due to the limitation of the webinar platform.

4th EDUC 190 International Webinar Series

The topics range from the following: Technology Integration in Different Fields, Desktop and Mobile Apps for Education, or simply, topics in the realm of Educational Technology.

Presenters will be coming primarily from the classes along with possible guest speakers from different local and international academic institutions. The schedule of the webinars will be provided through a publicly viewable Google Spreadsheet. The webinar details (e.g. presenters’ names, webinar links) are posted on the spreadsheets.

The organizers will mostly be using the Blackboard Collaborate (formerly known as Elluminate Live!). If you plan to join and participate in the event, kindly check if your computer meets the following recommended Elluminate Live! System Requirements. It is recommended that you click the webinar link 15-30 minutes before the specific webinar so that you will have time to troubleshoot if ever you get to encounter technical problems. When you click a webinar link, a small Java file (JNLP) download will be sent to your computer. Just accept it, open it using your Java Runtime Environment and then a new window will appear for the presentation room. It is also recommended that you are using a stable Internet connection that does not make use of filters and proxy servers. You can also test your computer setup using the Support Page for Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate Live!).

Check out this link for the Webinar Schedule:

And here are the links of the EDUC190 class blogs: (EDUC190 WF) (EDUC190 WF1)

So join us in our 4th EDUC190 Free International Webinar Series this week! These live webinars are 100% online and you are invited to join for FREE! The webinars shall use the hashtags #edPH and #EDUC190 so remember to tweet using these to participate in the Twitter backchannel.

See you there! 🙂

10+ Techniques for Empowering Students to Becoming Globally Connected Educators and Content Creators

Last year, I was invited to present in 2 global webinar events, the 2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON) and The Global Education Conference. My presentation contains snapshots of how I integrate ICT in education for empowering undergraduate education students of the UP College of Education to become globally connected and to be content creators as well. The course I’m handling in the college is EDUC 190 (Computers in Education), a 7-hour per week class.

The methods and/or techniques that I use for instruction are flipped model classroom, blended learning, discovery learning, and gamification of learning. The course applies the Gagne’s Instructional Events framework with Bloom’s Taxonomy as the umbrella for skill development. Students are expected to create teaching and learning materials for each technology learned in class and they will be collate everything in the form of e-portfolios. Every section has a class blog and all class blogs are listed on a sidebar widget on this blog. Students get to host webinars and even invite foreign educator speakers from all over the world.

Most materials used for the course range from Apple technologies (being an Apple Distinguished Educator), Free/Open Source Software, Google Apps, and a lot more.

Finally, here’s the slideshare of my presentation.

Enjoy! 🙂