As a member of Game Development Association of the Philippines, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba through the School of Computer Studies and Technology was invited to attend the GDAP’s 2nd General Membership Meeting last October 5, 2016. It was attended by the program chair of BSEMC Mr. Rhoderick G. Carriaga and faculty member under BSEMC Program Mr. Carlito O. Loyala Jr. The purpose of the meeting is to give insights for GDAP members about the upcoming activities of GDAP particularly the event which will be held on SMX Mall of Asia Complex on October 28-30, 2016. The said event is Gamefest '16 @ ESGS (E-Sports and Gaming Summit) sponsored by GDAP, GameDev Phillipines, WACOM, and more. This is a 3 day event which will be the biggest game development summit in the Philippines. The meeting also serves as a call to GDAP partners particularly in the industry and academic fields to take part and support the organizations upcoming activities and follow up meeting.

Keeping ourselves abreast with the current trends in technology prompted us in developing the theme for Software Expo 2016. The GO word on SCST GO phrase was taken from the very famous game of Pokemon GO. On the other hand, “Raising the Level of Innovation Towards a Smarter Future” is aligned on the concept of Internet of Things. With these two trends in IT today the theme for Software Expo 2016 is SCST GO! Raising the Level of Innovation Towards a Smarter Future.

The three(3) days event started with a holy mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Marcelino Saria, O.P. It was then followed by ribbon cutting done by the Vice President for Academics Dr. Ma. Rhodora G. Odejar and Fr. Saria. Different software projects were presented by the students in courses like Advance Visual Basic Programming, Android Programming, Webpage Development, Adobe Premiere, Visual Graphics and Digital Design. These projects were visited by administrators, faculty members, college and high school students. In the afternoon of the first day, Programming Contest and Quiz Bee were simultaneously held on different venues. Winners of C, Java, and Advance VB got a rating of 91.67 %, 92%, and 92%respectively.

The second day was a very informative day for the students since it was filled with information which came from industry practitioners. The seminar held in the morning was about Disruptive Innovation. This was discussed by Mr. Jeffrey Aceron, he is the Technical Operations Manager of Out there media Singapore. Another seminar was held in the afternoon by MS. Eliza Clare Elleazar who is a System Analyst. She talked about her experiences related to Mobile Development her role and how can the training of students in school help them in having their dream job in IT.

A seminar was given to the parents of SCST students on the third day of the activity. Rev. Fr. Saria, O.P. who is the chaplain of the department was the one who gave the seminar. A good number of parents’ attended the event. Grade consultation after the seminar was also given by the department to the parents. Awarding ceremony was held in the afternoon. Various awardees on different competitions attended the event.
Through the participation and continuous support of students, faculty members and staff, and administrators, Software Expo 2016 had been a successful event filled with new experiences, learnings, teamwork and camaraderie.

ASEAN Integration opens wider opportunities to different industry and brings intense competitions in Information Technology. In response to this, the School of Computer Studies and Technology celebrated their annual Software Expo last September 30, October 1-2, 2015 with the theme "ASEAN REGIONAL I.T. INTEGRATION: OPPORTUNITIES PROVIDED CHALLENGES CONQUERED". Guided with this theme, the first day activity showcased innovative software created by students using the different programming language.and skills learned from their laboratory courses. The software exhibits came from Digital Design, Introduction to Information Technology, Database Enabled Internet Application Development and Android courses. Quiz Bee and programming also happened on the same day. This friendly and academic competition becomes the battle arena of young programmers and analysts. Student seminars in project management and digital art principle equipped SCST students on the second day. These seminars were facilitated by industry practitioners to whom students actively listened and participated.

The activity ended with the awarding of those who won the competitions. In the afternoon, Parents' Orientation and Recollection was held to provide avenue for parents and guardians to self-reflect and get in touch with their daughters and/or sons. This software expo 2015 is fun-filled and exciting event that every students look forward to every year.

The Colegio thru the School of Computer Studies and Technology has applied to be a member of Game Development Association of the Philippines(GDAP). Prior to the approval of our application board members of GDAP came to the Colegio to conduct ocular visit on our laboratory facilities and review the curriculum of BS EMC Specializing in Game Development. Last February 2016 we have officially become a member of GDAP. Being a member of GDAP will give us opportunities to showcase the works of our students and train our faculty.