Microsoft Student Partners emerges grand champion in Game Development

The Microsoft Student Partners continue their winning streak, this time besting 14 other finalists in the Philippine Game Development Festival (PGDF) organized by GDAP (Game Developers Association of the Philippines) last December 2-3, 2011.

Team Tam-Owl from De La Salle College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) bagged the Grand Champion award in  for their game – Gates of Heaven. The team is composed of 2 Microsoft Student Partners, Danni Taylan, John Pineda and DLS-CSB Game Design students, Jozette Tuquib, Jasmine Paredes and Kevin Hallare.


Using the combined power of Unity 3.0 and Microsoft Visual Studio, the group developed a casual game entitled “Gates of Heaven.” The game features five popular personas of the Philippine folklore: Kapre, Sirena, Tikbalang, Manananggal and San Pedro. The goal of the game is to help San Pedro judge the souls who are righteous enough to enter the gates of heaven as users complete achievements to restore the lost pages of San Pedro’s book.

Play Gates of Heaven here:

“Knowing that our game can be a part of the developing Philippine gaming industry filled us with determination to actually finish the game. We wanted to contribute to the industry, even though we’re just students.” – Team Tam-Owl, De La Salle College of St. Benilde


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