STI College's "Shine Like the Stars" Talent Search Makes a Grand Return in Enchanted Kingdom

For the first time, yours truly Runner Rocky took part as their official blogger in the much anticipated event of STI College, the STI "Shine like the Stars" Talent Search 2023-2024 which was held at the Enchanted Kingdom, January 25, 2024. 

The event also served as Runner Rocky's comeback in Enchanted Kingdom for the third time around - the first was in 2014 while the second was on 2019. Oh wow, this year was already my 10TH year in EK after my very first visit way back in 2014.


Well today, let me share with your my story during the day that I covered this exciting STI event in EK. Here it goes:

Committed to producing well-rounded and future-ready graduates, STI College, a leading educational institution, remains dedicated to fostering holistic growth and development of its students through its diverse co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

Among these initiatives is the longstanding STI Talent Search, which, for the School Year 2023-2024, has made a grand return at the Enchanted Kingdom in Santa Rosa, Laguna. This event serves as a platform to empower STI students and showcase their talents both within and beyond their academic pursuits.

"For 40 years, STI College has been nurturing students’ potential through academic and extracurricular activities. Consistently at the forefront of innovation, we provide our students with holistic learning and real-life experiences to help them become well-rounded individuals," said Ferdie T. Dantes, STI Assistant Vice President for Academics.

Over 22,000 students from various STI campuses across the country gathered for a full-day celebration of talents, skills, and achievements on January 25, 2024.

Simultaneous competitions took place at the Enchanted Kingdom, featuring outstanding student musicians, dancers, heartthrobs, and darlings who vied for national titles in Singing Idol (solo singing competition), Battle of the Bands (band competition), Hataw Sayaw (dance competition), and the much-anticipated Search for Mr. and Ms. STI.

STIers also enjoyed a day filled with festivities and performances from celebrity guests and performers who participated in the event.  

The STI Talent Search is just one facet of the student programs lined up for the academic year, as the institution eagerly prepares to kick off the Second Semester with an array of exciting, network-wide educational activities.

The Second Semester will feature events such as the National Youth Convention (NYC), a youth convention that spans for more than a decade now where thousands of STI students nationwide expand their knowledge in their chosen fields straight from the industry professionals. 

Meanwhile, here are the full list of winners:

Titles of Mr. and Ms. STI 2023
Mr. STI 4th runner-up: John Reyn Espina from STI College Balayan
Ms. STI 4th runner-up: Mary Ann Dela Cruz from STI College Balagtas
Mr. STI 3rd runner-up: Brandon Ceralde from STI College Dagupan
Ms. STI 3rd runner-up: Jenny May Benedictos from STI College Malolos
Mr. STI 2nd runner-up: John Paul Gabriel from STI College Baliuag
Ms. STI 2nd runner-up: Loucille Allaine Bergado from STI College Tarlac
Mr. STI 1st runner-up: Angelo Bautista from STI College San Jose Del Monte
Ms. STI 1st runner-up: Argentina Colombia Sanchez from STI College Balayan
Mr. STI: Harjit Chohan from STI College Caloocan
Ms. STI: Kimberly Tinoy from STI College San Pablo

Project Atmos
STI College Ormoc STI

Singing Idol Champion
Donalynne May Soriano from STI College Calamba

Battle of the Bands 2023 National Champions
The Haley band from STI College – Novaliches

Apart from NYC, STI College will also hold the annual Tagisan ng Talino (TNT) and Tagisan ng Sining (TNS), encompassing academic competitions like Think Quest (team quiz bee), CodeFest (mobile app development), Mix ‘n Flair (flair bartending), Travelogue (tour guiding), Chef Xpress (cooking competition), Shutter’s Best (photography), and Director’s Cut (short film), among others.

To learn more about STI's student programs and upcoming events, visit Once more, congratulations STI and to all the winners! Soar high STIers! And yes, I'll see you again soon EK! 02/01/2024 (Runner Rocky)  


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Known as Runner Rocky, Rocky Batara is the owner of this website. He is an IT expert, a Principal Software QA Engineer by profession and a Blogger and Digital Content Creator by passion and hobby. He loves to blog about lifestyle, celebrities, entertainment, tech, sports, and fitness giving rise to his 6 major active websites. Rocky is also active in Social Media such as in YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok since he loves to take videos and photos of different things including interviewing celebrities and different personalities. You may follow Rocky on Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram via his username @therunnerrocky and on YouTube at @RunnerRocky. Meanwhile for inquiries, collaborations, and event invites, feel free to send him email at:

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