Microsoft Student Partners Philippines Recruitment for FY 2015 – LUZON

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Attention Tech Students in Luzon!

Yes, that’s right. We have 3 batches of MSP Application – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. For now, we are accepting applications from students in Luzon. We are looking for new recruits with the right APPtitude to join our tech student rockstars! Students will be evaluated based on the following:

Technical Expertise

  • Student designers and developers
  • Strong understanding of Microsoft Visual languages, .NET Framework and Microsoft technologies
  • Must have skills in multiple platforms, languages, and technologies
  • Can design Metro-themed creatives and UIs

Educational Background

  • A bona fide student of your college/university and presently enrolled in a Computer Science/Information Technology/Multimedia Arts related course and at least 18 years old
  • An active member of your school student organization
  • Able to name a reference (dean/college head/organization adviser)


  • Must be passionate about technology
  • Assertive, would love to learn more, can self-study
  • Committed to share your time, experience and knowledge to the academic community
  • Has a sense of Leadership
  • Innovative, creative, and full of ideas!

If you have the abovementioned qualifications, then WE WANT YOU to be a part of the Microsoft Student Partner Program!

The Microsoft Student Partner Program recognizes the top young minds from around the world who are passionate about technology. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop real-world skills to help you succeed in your future career, to help others learn about the technology of today and tomorrow, and to connect with other like-minded students, all while having a ton of fun along the way. Selected IT students get the opportunity to build a closer relationship with Microsoft, connect with IT enthusiasts, learn new stuff, develop their skills and help the academic community learn the latest technology.

Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) are encouraged to share their expertise by undertaking a number of fun assignments like participation in Microsoft events, organizing and delivering tech sessions, online activities and code camps. In return, they will get access to numerous benefits – including Microsoft software, reference materials, training as well as privileged information about future career opportunities.

So are you up to the challenge?

We’ve set a mini-challenge for students who wish to apply.

You will need to complete 3 MVA courses before you can answer our survey and send in your application. The following topics

Once you have completed the above mention course, then you may proceed with the next steps.

  1. Create a one-minute video addressing the following prompt-Why should you be selected to be an MSP?
  2. Fill out the survey found here
  3. Send the following requirements to :

Email Subject: MSP Application


  • Accomplished MSP application form together with your faculty recommendation form
  • Resume/CV (Please include portfolio URL in your resume/CV)
  • MVA Course Completion Transcript (with certificate and profile printscreen)

If your papers can impress us, then our team will get in touch with you for an interview and exam.

Remember, all it takes is great skill and a desire to survive. Now’s your time to shine!

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For further inquiries about the program, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at

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Meet the Imagine Cup Philippine Finals 2014 Champions

Imagine Cup PH 3 During April 24, 2014, Microsoft Philippines officially hosted the Imagine Cup 2014 Philippine Finals which was held in Casa Blanca Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. The event was filled with so much pride, enthusiasm and patriotism since everyone is in their own national attire in an old pre-Hispanic setting in line with celebrating the great yet world class talent of Filipinos in innovation.

So who won this year’s Imagine Cup Philippine Finals? Some amazing students with their world-changing ideas!

Games Category

IMG_1698 Team Animus topped the Games category with FitPals, an app that combined fitness and play and utilized the power of Xbox Kinect to enable children to remain active. Team Animus is comprised of students from De La Salle – College of St. Benilde namely Charlene Ho, Patricia Alonzo, Flerizza Sanidad, and Juan Manuel Maningo.

Congratulations to Team Animus for winning first place in the Imagine Cup 2014 National Philippines – Innovation Category. Learn more about their app, FitPals here.

Innovation Category

IMG_1709 Team PewPew conquered the Innovation category by adding a touch of personalization to storytelling with FUNIMALS, an app that generates stories based on pictures selected by children. This Pew Pew is a group of students from De La Salle University Philippines currently taking up BS Computer Science major in Software Technology, represented by Joyce Guiao, Matthew Go, Mark Anthony Castilo, and Oliver Brian Syson. 

Congratulations to Team PewPew for winning first place in the Imagine Cup 2014 National Philippines – Innovation Category. Learn more about their app FUNIMALS here.

World Citizenship Category

IMG_1730 Team TALA, winner of World Citizenship category, presented ReLink — an app that will help people sell their pre-loved belongings instead of throwing them away. Team Tala is a group of students from different colleges and universities in the Philippines that aim to make a difference in the world – Paul Villena and Paul Jethro Ganzon from Adamson University, Yvette Watson from Treston International College, and Mark Erwin Villarina from Mapua Institute of Technology.

The word “Tala” is the Tagalog term for “star” and also the name of the goddess of stars in Tagalog mythology. Just like the stars at night that give light and hope in darkness, we have committed to bring hope by developing a solution to help solve one of the pressing problems in our world today. 

Congratulations to Team Tala for winning first place in the Imagine Cup 2014 National Finals Philippines – World Citizenship Category. Learn more about their app, ReLink here.

Now What’s Next?

Our teams have finally submitted their respective entries for the next round, the World Semifinals. During this round, amazing teams will be selected to represent their respective countries at the Imagine Cup 2014 Worldwide Finals this July in Seattle, Washington. At the worldwide finals they will compete for the coveted Imagine Cup trophy, up to $50,000 USD in prizes and a chance to meet Bill Gates!


Three teams top the Games, Innovation and World Citizenship categories of the Imagine Cup local finals.Winning teams stand tall and eager to represent the Philippines in the Asian Finals.[L-R] Paul Villena, John Jethro Ganzon, Mark Erwin Villariña and Yvette Watson of Team Tala; Charlene Ho, Patricia Alonzo, and FlerizzaSanidad of Team Animus; Joyce Guiao, Miguel Maningo(Team Animus), Oliver Syson, Mark Castillo of Team Pew Pew. 

Once again, Congratulations to all the teams who participated in this year’s Imagine Cup Philippine Finals, and as well as to the official partners- Department of Science and Technology, Smart DevNet, and the Intramuros Administration for making the event possible.

In about few days’ time, we are about to determine the fate of our World Semifinalist teams, Team Animus, Team Pew Pew and Team Tala. Who among them will make it to the cut?

We are of course hoping for the best, hoping that all of our teams will advance to the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals in Seattle, Washington this July.

A Remarkable Accomplishment by the Philippines in Imagine Cup 2014

We also wanted to highlight the great performance on the world stage by a team from the Philippines in this year’s edition of the Imagine Cup.

User Experience Challenge – 1st Place | World Champion

ImagineCupPic2 Hundreds of teams of students from more than hundred colleges and universities from different parts of the world competed in the 2014 Imagine Cup User Experience Challenge. In this contest Imagine Cup asked students around the world to dig deep into their project’s user experience: the flow a user encounters with the software, the information architecture of how menus and screens are connected, wireframe examples of a couple of major screens, and finally a visual target showing one example of how the finished software would look.

Congratulations to Team Hiraya who earned the title of First Place/ World Champion for the User Experience Challenge for Innovation.

These three students at Treston International College, represented by Gabriel Eric Majo Villanueva, Jomarie Marquez and Neo John Tuquero, have designed a beautiful app integrating timetables, maps, ratings, and dynamic data that could be the salvation of many busy travelers. Microsoft Imagine Cup is thrilled to recognize the design skills of Team Hiraya and award them the first prize of $3,000 in the Innovation category.

Meet the Winners of the User Experience Challenge featuring Philippines’ own Team Hiraya here. In line with their winning, the Philippines was the first team from Asia who made it in this year’s list of Imagine Cup Winners. Check out the entire list here.

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Meet the 15 National Finalists for Imagine Cup 2014 National Finals


All roads lead to Casa Blanca, Intramuros, Manila tomorrow, April 24, 2014 for the most anticipated Imagine Cup Philippine Finals which will determine who among the 15 National Finalist Teams will represent our country in the forthcoming Asia Pacific Region Finals and we’re hoping to see our representatives in the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals in Seattle, Washington this coming July.

Microsoft Philippines in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office) announced the 15 semifinalists of the 12th edition of the Imagine Cup global competition few weeks ago. Semifinalists were chosen for the three major competition categories — Innovation, Games, and World Citizenship.

Imagine Cup, which is currently at its 12th year, is the world’s premier student technology competition. The competition provides students across all disciplines the opportunity to use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications, games and solutions that solve the toughest problems in the world today. Some even took inspiration from recent events and adversities encountered by Filipinos to come up with solutions that address them.

“There are a lot of technologies out there that have the potential to change the way Filipinos do things. We took these latest technologies and used them as leverage to address the challenges our fellow Filipinos are facing today,” said Mark Muya, Computer Engineering student and member of Imagine Cup team Team Dose from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. “We are very happy to be part of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup because it has given us the venue to reach our goal of creating a solution that will create an impact in the lives of our fellow Filipinos.”

Innovation brought entries such as BALM, a business continuity and incident management system that enables users to create a continuity plan that will help their business run smoothly.


Utilizing cloud technology is CNEARC, short for Cloud Network Emergency Response Communication, a cloud based service that helps rescue workers conduct their operations.



Addressing urban problems is RoadFloodPH, a flood monitoring application that will help motorists and pedestrians on the road.



Adding a touch of personalization to storytelling is FUNIMALS, an app that generates stories based on pictures selected by children.


Helping the elderly maintain their mental health is WhaleWang, a web and mobile application that consists of mini-games that deal with visual or spatial perception and cognitive functions.


World Citizenship entries addressed issues in healthcare, environment, and governance among others. HanapBuhay, an emergency response app, enables users to find the nearest hospital using their location and medical information.


HealthCare will centralize medical records and emergency contact information in a website that medical facilities can access reducing the need for repetitive forms.


A group came up with ReLink, an app that will help people sell their pre-loved belongings instead of throwing them away.


GreenThumb, a mobile phone app that help users grow vegetables in their own homes, encourage citizens to help the environment in their own little way.


Taking inspiration from the bayanihan spirit is Do-Nation, a mobile phone app that will enable Filipinos to easily volunteer in relief efforts and donate relief goods during times of calamity.


Entries for the Games category tackled fitness and wellness, city, and disaster management and current events. FitPals combined fitness & play and utilized the power of Xbox Kinect to enable children to remain active as they have fun while Pixel Calamity and Minmin Escapes Disaster teach users how to respond to a disaster through an engaging mobile game.




Subject of Change, a 3D simulator similar to the popular Sim City, enables players to build and manage a city. A cute and adorable game called Furbs lets players solve world issues through various minigames while counting on the help of the fluffy creatures the game was named after.


The semifinalists for each category will be competing in the National Finals tomorrow, April 24, 2014 at Casa Blanca, Intramuros for a chance to win Php 50,000 and to represent the Philippines in the next round.

“We are proud of the semifinalists and are very impressed with the ideas and technology they have come up with. The 15 semifinalists truly demonstrate that Imagine Cup can truly help the Philippines in producing a new class of developers that has the right vision for the country,” said DOST – ICT Office Executive Director Usec. Louis Casambre.

“At Microsoft, we are committed to ensuring that Filipino students are given the opportunity to hone their skills that prepare them for the future,” said Karrie Ilagan, General Manager of Microsoft Philippines. “Imagine Cup is just one of the many ways we are helping shape a generation of creators who are capable of creating impactful technological solutions. We are proud of the semifinalists and we look forward to hopefully using their solutions soon.

More than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in Imagine Cup over the past 10 years. To date, over 1,000 young Filipinos have been given the opportunity to transform their ideas into wonderful apps through this prestigious competition.

Imagine Cup was made possible with the help of SMARTDevNet and the Intramuros Administration. To learn more about imagine cup visit

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It’s Time to Step Up and Take the Challenge, Filipino Students: Imagine Cup 2014 Local Finals Philippines Formally Kicks Off in Partnership with DOST-ICTO


In the Photo: Mr. Alvin Gendrano (DPE Director, Microsoft Philippines), Ms. Karrie Ilagan (Country General Manager, Microsoft Philippines), and Mr. Mon, Ibrahim (Deputy Executive Director of DOST-Information and Communications Technology Office)

Manila, Philippines,  5th of November, 2013- Microsoft Philippines formally launched the Imagine Cup 2014 Local Finals in the country along with the partnership of Microsoft Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO) to further help student participants to focus on how to develop and emerge with the right software that will solve particular government related problems, as part and parcel of Imagine Cup’s goal- and that is to help solve the world’s toughest problems.

The event was preceded by an introduction from Ms. Karrie Ilagan, Microsoft Philippines General Manager stating statistics of Imagine Cup, which is currently on its 12th year as the world’s premier student technology competition.

So far, there are over 1.65 million students from 190 countries have participated in throughout the entire Imagine Cup history, and among these figures, 1,000 Filipino students have participated already and took the Imagine Cup challenges.

Eligible students to the competition are invited by Microsoft to fully use their imagination and burning passion to create technological breakthroughs that breaks a new ground, solving the toughest problems that the world is facing today.

As part of the partnership of Microsoft Philippines to DOST-ICTO, Mr. Mon Ibrahim, the Deputy Executive Director of DOST-ICTO stated that there are a lot of great talent in among the Filipino software developers.

The government organization also stated that they have crafted a long list of priority problems hoping the aspiring Imagine Cup participants could focus on, and among these problems, three major priority sectors were highlighted, namely health, environment and e-government.

In a worldwide scale, Philippines is considered to be one of the largest supplier of IT talents in the world, but Mr. Louie Casambre, the executive director of DOST ICTO stated a realistic statement in his opening remarks that despite the large number of IT talents that we have in the world, we still don’t have an Apple or a Microsoft.

Above all, the Imagine Cup has been an avenue to harness the skills of the students from the ICT field, and within its existence, it has opened a lot of door of opportunities to the competitors, whereas their projects became their key towards success in their respective careers and some teams actually went on pushing through building start-ups, improving the craft of their projects and immediately turning these start-ups to the enterprise level.

Ms. Katrina Macaraig, the Audience Marketing Manager of Microsoft Philippines introduced the flow of the Imagine Cup 2014 local finals and highlighted the major dates and deadlines of the competition.

The Imagine Cup Local Finals Philippines 2014 (In person) will be held on April 12, 2014.

Imagine Cup 2014 Mechanics Explained by Ms Katrina Macaraig

Former participants of the Imagine Cup competition also shared their personal experiences and some tips that can help the aspiring Imagine Cup participants to solve some of the toughest problems that we are facing in the world, and in the society.

An Imagine Cup 2010 and 2011 Worldwide Finalist, and graduate of DLSU College of St. Benilde, Mr. Marion James Pilande shared his experience for being part of the prestigious competition for two consecutive years as a representative of the Philippines, that being in the Imagine Cup worldwide finals was not purely an intense and serious kind-of-a competition.

The competitors will be facing the judges on the first days of the Imagine Cup worldwide finals week, and they will be exposed as well to expand their connections, since they will also be presenting their projects to other companies who will attend the worldwide finals on a showcase day.

Moreover, Imagine Cup is a celebration of world’s greatest innovators of our generation, the competitors are also given the chance to explore the host country to the so-called worldwide finals’ cultural day and attend series of parties within the dates of the worldwide finals, thus, making the entire journey, a roller coaster like experience, rather than just a serious kind-of-a competition.

Mr. Paul Villena, a Microsoft Philippines DPE intern, Microsoft Student Partner, and an aspiring Imagine Cup competitor from Adamson University, shared his sentiments on why he joined the competition, he said that Imagine Cup is a training ground to harness his skills in app development, in creativity, and as well as to be a catalyst of change, in terms of helping solve a particular problem that we are currently facing.

Ms. Gigi Adamantopoulos, a Microsoft Student Partner from De La Salle University, and a former Imagine Cup competitor shared that Imagine Cup for her, was a learning experience and an avenue, not for just developers per se or creative designers in particular, but also to sound editors, where she expressed that as long as you have the skills to contribute to the team, you can still join Imagine Cup, plus the success of the team is measured by the joint effort of an entire team, therefore, teams who will be joining must first have unity and camaraderie instilled in their cores, and together, combine everyone’s talents, in order to achieve goals and surpass the challenges of the Imagine Cup competition.

Mr. Cesar Cuaresma, a Microsoft Student Partner from the University of the Philippines- Diliman, also a former Imagine Cup competitor whereas, his team made it the Imagine Cup 2012- Windows Phone category top 100 world finalists.

He shared that the Imagine Cup was a way for him to practice his skills in programming for mobile phones, Windows Phone OS in particular and as well as improved his confidence in building programs in mobile phones.


In the Photo: Upper left to Upper right: Former Imagine Cup competitors Gigi Adamantopoulos, Paul Villena, Cesar Antonio Cuaresma, and Marion James Pilande | Lower left to Lower right: Mr. Alvin Gendrano (DPE Director, Microsoft Philippines), Ms. Karrie Ilagan (Country General Manager, Microsoft Philippines), Mr. Mon, Ibrahim (Deputy Executive Director of DOST-Information and Communications Technology Office) and Ms. Katrina Macaraig (Audience Marketing Manager, Microsoft Philippines)

“Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is vital to promoting the science and technology capability of our student developers in achieving innovations that are geared towards delivering economic and social benefits,” Indeed it is, Mr. Casambre said.

“We look forward to more partnerships like this with Microsoft in order to sustain the development of programs that harness the talents and skills of Filipinos in science and technology,” he added.

Now that the Imagine Cup 2014 Local Finals has finally kicked off, Microsoft Philippines and DOST-ICTO look forward to see the amazing projects of the talented Filipino students in the coming months. So to all aspiring Imagine Cup competitors out there, the opportunity has arrived, it’s time to step up and take the challenge, live that dream, and believe in your capabilities, Join Imagine Cup 2014 and who knows, you and your team might be the next one to bring home the Imagine Cup from Seattle, Washington to the Philippines.

Gabriel Villanueva is your Imagine Cup 2014 Local Finals- Philippines Insider. He’s your Microsoft Student Partner from Treston International College, currently taking up a degree in Computer Engineering; also the Microsoft Student Partner Social Media Lead for Microsoft Philippines Academic Team.

He’s also a Certified Microsoft Certified Professional, and is one of the youngest tech bloggers in the Philippines to be nominated at the prestigious Philippine Blog Awards 2011 with his blog, The Ultimate Cyborg for Best Tech Blog Category – National Level.

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Meet the New Microsoft Student Partners for F.Y. 2013-2014!

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Interviews were conducted this week at the Microsoft Philippines where the aspirants for the Microsoft Student Partners program have gone through their respective interviews.

Indeed, everyone who applied are all deserving to be a part of the program, but of course, we only selected the best of the best, the technology gurus, innovation trendsetters and the IT student leaders.

The search is officially over, we’re not going to prolong the agony of waiting, and its time to finally unveil who among the applicants made it to the program.

Introducing, the Microsoft Student Partners for F.Y. 2013-2014:

Adamson University Ariel Christopher Almelor
Bryan Anthony Garcia
Emylynda Garcia
Jasper Barcelon
Jose Luis Vicedo
Keven Ayag
Leo Mark Villar
Anthony Dayrit
AMACU Jermayne Carabeo
Asia Pacific College Jennifer Arroyo
Ateneo de Manila University Amiel Reveche
Marcel Villanueva
Justin Lim
Baliuag University Jasper Dimla
De La Salle- College of St. Benilde Charlene Ho
JP revilla
Bulacan State University Andrew Estrella
Cesar Magpayo
Elijah Ignacio
Irish Castillo
Colegio de San Juan de Letran Karl Kevin Manabat
Mark Llyod Alcones
Rachael Ly Uycoque
Rajiv Ian Aseron
Sebastien Paolo Zapanta
De La Salle Lipa Bruce Perez
Kevin Robles
Mark Reyes
De La Salle University Abigail Pacleb
Amos Changcoco
Franz Buenaventura
Giselle Que
Joshua Ling
Joyce Guiao
Kaye Canoso
Laurenz Tolentino
Nico Elayda
Sonam Sanghu
De La Salle University – Science and Technology Complex Gaston Velarde
John Nufable
Kristoffer Ross Cruz
Larissa Ubungen
FEU EAC Kristel Patola
Raffy Alcoriza
Ryan Bonifacio
iAcademy Charles Atienza
Jose Paulo
Immaculate Conception ICAT Eunice Pancubila
Informatics College Manila Darius Lee Pasilaban
Liezl Lao
Obadiah Aranas
La Consolacion College Manila Jez Tabilog
Keesha Pauline Dela Cruz
Mapua Intramuros EJ Aquino
James Sandigan
Jomer Abajay
Philippine Christian University Chris Moscosa
PLM Chester Hogar
Jonas Antonio
Matthew Buena
Zeychelle Hundana
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Dominique Galang
Gerard Cruz
Magen Domingo
Perry Litan
PUP Manila Assyrah Honra
Mark Muya
TIP Cubao Ana Verano
Gladys Palatino
Mikhail Perobello
Treston Christian Huang
Dominic Arrojado
Douglas De Vries
John James
Laila Buncab
University of Sto. Tomas Carmina Opada
Juan Escultura
Sara Rocky Asl

Congratulations to the new batch of MSPs! This is a start of a great and innovative year ahead. Together, we’ll make history! Its time to Shine!

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DreamSpark Activation Day

Here’s a Christmas treat for student developers! J As part of our mission to empower students and faculty, the Microsoft Academic Team will be having a DreamSpark Activation Day! APPtivate
If you have any questions or inquiries about this event, please feel free to send us an e-mail at

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The Microsoft Student Partners – Microsoft Philippines DPE Leads Exclusive Dinner with Mr. Giorgio Sardo

During the 21st of November 2012, representatives from the Microsoft Student Partners were given the opportunity to join the Exclusive Dinner with the DPE Leads of Microsoft Philippines and Mr. Giorgio Sardo.

Mr. Giorgio Sardo is a Sr. Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, he focuses on HTML5 and Internet Explorer.  He’s based in the Microsoft Headquarters, in Redmond, Washington and came here in the Philippines for a corporate related visit. Since he’s got the knowledge of what’s happening with Microsoft, he’s in touched with the big bosses of the corporation – Mr. Steve Ballmer and other Microsoft Executives, we’ve got the opportunity to ask him about things most of us probably don’t know yet about Microsoft and the things they are currently working with. Here’s a couple of questions we asked him.

MSP: Windows 8 is here already, we would like to know when will Microsoft plan to release another version for Windows?

Mr. Giorgio Sardo: Windows 8 is four weeks old already and the new version of Windows is currently in the works. Expect a new version within five years.

MSP: We’re just curious about the time frame of Windows 8’s creation. When did the team started creating the new operating system for Windows?

Mr. Giorgio Sardo: Windows 7 was released three years ago. The team started creating Windows 8 during the first week of Windows 7’s release. I think there was just a one day gap (some sort of a holiday which happened during the launch of Windows 7) after that break, the team started building Windows 8.

MSP: We’ve noticed that Microsoft decided to have apps in Windows 8. We’re just wondering if its really Microsoft’s leaving or going to remove desktop in the next version of Windows?

Mr. Giorgio Sardo: If I were Steve Ballmer, I would say NO.  The Desktop environment has been available for 25 years already. It’s a 25 year Microsoft legacy. Remove the Desktop in the next Windows? Why Should We?

MSP: We Filipinos are very excited about the Microsoft Surface. I know some of us asked this question for the nth time already. We know you’re the right person to confirm it, Is Microsoft going to formally launch and sell Microsoft Surface in the Philippines?

Mr. Giorgio Sardo: As of this moment, Microsoft Surface has been released to eight countries only and Microsoft has plans to expand its availability to different countries around the world and with regards to the Philippines? Yes.

MSP: Knowing about the two versions of Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Surface RT has been released already. We’re wondering about the exact time or the estimate month of Microsoft Surface Pro’s availability, can we know some official details ‘bout this?

Mr. Giorgio Sardo: Microsoft Surface RT and Windows 8 is four weeks old in the market already. Count 90 days from their release date and you’ll know about Microsoft Surface Pro’s availability.


It’s another memorable experience to talk with Mr. Giorgio Sardo. We felt so honored to have that chance to bond with him. Mr. Giorgio Sardo is fun to be with. We had the chance to see his Surface too (which comes in red Touch Keyboard), and talked about our meetup with Mr. Matthias Shapiro, also a good friend of Mr. Giorgio that all the MSPs who attended made his Surface an instant celebrity, which is true and we laughed about it.

Knowing his position in Microsoft, he remains to be humble with his words and actions. He gave us inspiring words too before he left. Indeed it’s a remarkable night for all of us.

Gabriel Villanueva is a Computer Engineering Junior and Microsoft Student Partner from Treston International College. He’s a Certified Microsoft Certified Professional, and is one of the youngest tech bloggers in the Philippines to be nominated at the prestigious Philippine Blog Awards 2011 with his blog, The Ultimate Cyborg.

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The Exclusive Windows Phone 8 App Development Meet up with the Microsoft Student Partners by Mr. Matthias Shapiro

Opportunities come and go and as with the Microsoft Student Partners of the Philippines, they were given a rare opportunity to meet one of the greatest minds of Microsoft Corporation at a meet up. It was during the 15th of November when they met Mr. Matthias Shapiro, a Windows Phone Technical Evangelist from Seattle (Microsoft Headquarters, Washington) for a Windows Phone 8 App Development briefing.

Since Windows Phone 8 has been released already in the United States, and is coming real soon in the Philippines, Mr. Shapiro gave the MSPs an overview regarding the latest features for the Windows Phone 8 SDK, knowing that the MSPs are now equipped with knowledge about both Windows 8 and Windows Phone app development.

The talking points Mr. Shapiro gave the MSPs revolved around the Overview of Windows Phone 8, the big things about it, and the developer platform improvements in developing an app under Windows Phone 8.

Gabriel Villanueva is a Computer Engineering Junior and Microsoft Student Partner from Treston International College. He’s a Certified Microsoft Certified Professional, and is one of the youngest tech bloggers in the Philippines to be nominated at the prestigious Philippine Blog Awards 2011 with his blog, The Ultimate Cyborg.

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WOWZAPP 2012 Manila: Surviving the Midst of 24 – Hour Windows 8 App Development Challenge

During the 9th of November, 2012, Filipino student challengers stepped up to the 24-hour Windows 8 App Development Challenge and gathered at Microsoft Philippines to celebrate the availability of Windows 8 for WOWZAPP 2012, a worldwide hackathon for Windows.

WOWZAPP 2012 is a worldwide event happening simultaneously in over 30 locations around the globe where students are expected to work in teams. Their goal is to create apps for download in the Windows Store.

During the entire event, students had the opportunity to not just work with their respective teams, but also with our Microsoft app experts, developers and designers who helped them, assisted them in coding and guided them each step of the way.

The event kicked off at 7:00 p.m. Hour zero started with the registration and eat and greet. An hour and a half later, participation went inside the so-called no-sleeping zone or the room where they will be staying to code for the rest of the entire event.

The participants were welcomed by Mr. Alvin Gendrano, the Director of Developer and Platform Group of Microsoft Philippines, giving them words of encouragement that they will be needing for the rest of the night. Mr. Joben Rara followed to give a talk regarding the Modern Style UI, and the Windows 8. We also have Mr. Tim Vergel De Dios, the audience marketing manager of Microsoft Philippines to discuss the techniques in creating a great Windows 8 app.

And then, during the 4th hour, the teams started to build their apps by means of project planning. And afterwards, the teams have finally started working with their apps.


While working with their apps, at exactly 3 o’clock in the morning, an unexpected event happened. Microsoft Philippines was attacked by zombies. You heard it right, the WOWZAPP 2012 participants were attacked by zombies.

The zombies came over to keep the coding spirit of the participants, alive (Aside from their main intention of getting their brains). To break the ice, the zombies are in the search for some participants who would want to dance with them to the tune of the worldwide hit dance craze – Gangnam Style by Psy.





And our WOWZAPP 2012: Manila participants are active enough to be part of this ice-breaker game. As a part of their participation, they received some goodies from the zombies themselves.

While working for their apps, participants can go to the nearby store within Microsoft Philippines where they can purchase brain and tummy boosters using their Zomonies.

The participants continue to work with their apps straight up until in the morning and they stopped for a while for breakfast by 07:00 am. Finalizations with their apps came right afterwards up until 3:00 in the afternoon. App consultation were held from time to time through the help of our Microsoft app development experts in the house. With 80% accomplished, critics decided to scout around to look for the apps with the best looking Live Tile. The winners were announced by 12:00NN. We have the apps Whacked and Pic-A Number.

The team winners for the award received Windows 8 Developer Jacket.

With only two hours left, the teams decided to finally introduce their apps. Presentation time was held at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. This is the most crucial part of the WOWZAPP 2012: Manila because this is the point where the best team with the best app be awarded.

And so, the presentation phase has begun.





Overall, there are 14 teams who took part in WOWZAPP 2012: Manila. Here’s a preview to what they have done throughout the challenge:

After the presentations, the certificates of participation were given to the students who took part to the success of WOWZAPP 2012: Manila. And then, it was followed by the announcement of the ultimate winner.

The best team for WOWZAPP 2012: Manila will receive a dinner to Makati Shangri-La, One Microsoft Tablet, Movie Tickets and Microsoft premium items for the entire team. And the team who were awarded as the best team for WOWZAPP 2012 was the team from De La Salle University comprised of MSP Juniors. They created two apps during the entire length of the 24 hour challenge.

Indeed, it was a tough, fun and challenging experience to everyone who participated at the WOWZAPP 2012: Manila. Staying up for 24 hours straight, coding and thinking about their prospect apps isn’t an easy job.

It was indeed historical one since Filipino students just proved that Filipinos can also step up for App Development and can create download-worthy apps. Congratulations and Kudos to everyone! Thank you for participating, Till then!

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Windows 8 has Finally Arrived in the Philippines: The Windows 8 Launch Highlights

On the 30th of October, 2012, an exclusive event was hosted by Microsoft Philippines to the people of the press, employees and executives from different partner companies of Microsoft in the country at the Genting Club, in Resorts World Manila. They gathered to this special day for the most awaited Windows 8 Launch in the Philippines.

Indeed, October 2012 is marked as the big bang for Microsoft. This is because, this is the month that they will launch the Windows 8 operating system and other Microsoft products to the rest of the world. In Youtube, if you have visited the official channel of Windows, you will see recently uploaded videos concerning different launches of Windows 8 in different parts of the globe. China had it during the 23th, Germany and Brazil had it during the 25th (according to their respective Time Zones) and more than 10 countries had it too. Windows 8 has been officially launched globally on the 26th and last October 30, 2012, the Philippines just concluded it.

The event was preceded by an introduction from the Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines, Ms. Karrie Capellan-Ilagan where she elaborated that today marks the launching of a wide variety of products that will respond to the needs of today’s brave new world where the lines between work and play have all but disappeared. Indeed, Windows 8 is the most tested, reviewed and ready operating system in Microsoft’s history. Windows 8 is a platform that can seamlessly and effectively bridge the gap between PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, creating a no compromise experience for all.

In behalf of Microsoft Philippines, Ms. Karrie Capellan-Ilagan is happy to announce that there are over 31 devices are available already in local retail stores nationwide from the partners of Microsoft-Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba. Microsoft Philippines also tied up with different leading organizations and businesses in the country to develop their local apps for Windows 8.

As of now, we have the following local apps in the marketplace: ABSCBN News, Food Magazine,, SM Cinemas, MyMakati, BPI, Globe, Smart, Meralco LBC, Cebu Pacific, MMDA and Resorts World Manila.

Different celebrity ambassadors of Windows 8 also made their part and share their best experiences with Windows 8 along with the hosts KC Montero and Miss Mae Rivera-Moreno, the Windows Client Business Lead. We have Ms. Karen Pamintuan, for Fashion. She talked about how Windows 8 can be used in creativity through the paint app which is as precise as a real oil pastel used in real painting.

We also have Coach Jim Saret of the Biggest Loser, Pinoy Edition who talked about Fitness with Windows 8 and demoed the BallStrike App for Windows 8, which is an augmented reality app aims to lose calories while popping balls in motion.

And then, we have Miss Daphne who talked about the People Hub, which is a great way to make your connection close to the people you are with. The People Hub integrates all the social networking sites a contact person has and as the user, you have the ability to reply either through email, sms, or to his or her other social networking sites. It also lets you pin the closest people to the start screen of your Windows 8, so that you can be connected 24/7.

Miss Daphne also tackled about the lifestyle features of the Windows 8, in relation to the Windows Phone 8, with Mr. Jerry Bongco, the Windows Phone Lead for Microsoft Philippines. Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 has the same framework, therefore you can use Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in connection to one another, such as real time editing from either of the devices.

They have also discussed the safety feature for Kids in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, with the new IE10,which is faster and fluid. The New IE has the capability to block websites which appear not suitable to them. Another feature which relates to parenthood with Windows Phone 8 is the Kid’s Corner where the parents or the one who owns Windows Phone 8 can select the apps and multimedia files which can only be played by their child. Swiping to the right from the Lock Screen brings you to the Kid’s Corner.

The Asian Sensation Christian Bautista and Mr. Lopez talks about their favorite apps such as the Music, Photos, and the Food Magazine App as well as the Windows 8 to go, respectively.

Makati City Mayor JunJun Binay also had the opportunity to release a statement to everyone concerning their partnership for the MyMakati app for Windows 8. The app features information for the whole Makati City, making it much more convenient for residents and visitors to navigate throughout and enjoy the city.

The Launch Featured different laptops running in Windows 8 from Microsoft’s partners. And the people who witnessed the event get to be up close with the Nokia Lumias 820 and 920, the new smartphones running in Windows Phone 8, which is considered to be one of the most anticipated mobile operating systems in the market.

In line with the event, Microsoft have formally introduced the Microsoft Student Core U-Crew Members which are the chosen students by Microsoft Philippines and they will be the ambassadors of the latest technologies of Microsoft to the different colleges and universities in the Philippines and they will be part of the different college activation for the next four months.

Now that Windows 8 has been officially released, Microsoft has something in stored for you! Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for USD39.99. You may also visit our partner retail outlets for the Windows 8 retail box at USD69.99 for a Windows 8 upgrade. And eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 in more than 140 countries can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of USD14.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at

Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family designed for ARM-based tablets, Windows RT, which enables new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows 8 features the new fast and fluid Start screen that gives people one-click access to the apps and content they care most about, the entirely new Internet Explorer 10 that is perfect for touch, and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive.
Customers in the Philippines will be able to experience Windows 8 from a range of new device models such as Acer Aconia W510, ASUS Vivo Tab, Dell XPS Duo 12, HP ENVY x2, Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga, Samsung ATIV Tab, Sony Vio Duo 11, Toshiba Satellite U920t.

Gabriel Villanueva is a Computer Engineering Junior and Microsoft Student Partner from Treston International College. He’s a Certified Microsoft Certified Professional, and is one of the youngest tech bloggers in the Philippines to be nominated at the prestigious Philippine Blog Awards 2011 with his blog, The Ultimate Cyborg.

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