A Finished Road, A Simple Life, a Meaningful Summer

Thirty (30) university students and teachers from Metro Manila and Cebu (Philippines) came together for ten days during the summer break to build an access road to the cemetery in Bogo City, Cebu. There they made a startling discovery: the joy of simple living.

“What’s up?!” With that short phrase my friends and I greeted each other warmly when we met in Amber Drive University Center, a center of Opus Dei beside the University of Asia and the Pacific in Pasig City (Philippines). We were en route to Odlot, a small community in the north of Cebu, to build a road from scratch stretching from the main highway to the community cemetery. In Cebu, we joined forces with other students and teachers from Sugbu Study Center and CITE, a technical institute that was built in 1990 with the encouragement of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo.

Work camps are a venue for the youth to do concrete service for under-served communities through building or fixing basic infrastructure. Through interaction with the community, the “workcampers” grow in meaningful experiences and human solidarity. Since this year we were building a road towards the town cemetery, we joked among ourselves that this was going to be not a “stairway” but a “road” to heaven!

The Quiet Community of Odlot

Our home base was the parish house of the Virgen de los Remedios Church, thanks to Monsignor Ildebrando Leyson, the parish priest and a member of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross. Aside from providing us lodging, he celebrated Mass for us regularly. We immediately noticed how in Odlot, the church serves as the center of all the town activities like seminars, sports, and gatherings. Every night, Msgr. Ilde organizes a living rosary, either in the Marian garden beside the church or walking around the streets of the town. It was heartwarming to see a lot of young people my age being so involved in the life of the town and the parish, even to the late hours of the day.

Located in a sixth class municipality in Cebu, Odlot would not make it to anyone’s list of top tourist destinations in the Philippines. But the beauty of this small community lay in the warmth and kindness of its people. The simplicity of these Cebuanos was highlighted by their kindness, hospitality, and warmth toward us. They made it easier for us to adjust to our almost-spartan living conditions: sleeping with only mats on a concrete floor, waking up at 5 a.m. to prepare food, and washing dishes.

Our experience of difficulty and the people’s joy amidst their own difficulties taught us how to be simple again. We were surprised at how happy we felt just by tasting their cheap but delicious breads. Seeing the smiles of the manangs (old ladies) when we greeted them, “maayong hapon” (good afternoon) was enough to take away our tiredness from the day’s work. Many of us realized through these encounters that sometimes, we can get caught up in our personal concerns that we forget the joys in ordinary things. These experiences were in stark contrast to the bustling metropolis life back in Manila. It enriched us “big-city” folk in a rather unexpected way.

Daily Work in Odlot

Building a cement road was not a walk in the park. Even though Odlot is a community nestled beside a pristine, white-sand beach, this work camp was not a beach vacation but real work in the service of others. We started the day with prayer and Mass, then we took a quick breakfast. After changing to work clothes, it was off to seven hours under the sun, carrying bags of sand and gravel, mixing cement, and paving the road. We would return to home base for lunch and get-together, then it was back to work until sunset. Seven days like this wasn’t easy. What made the work bearable, was that we knew that there were thirty of us contributing our time and energies to work for those who needed help. We constantly encouraged each other by cracking jokes, pulling each other’s leg, or simply asking, “What’s up?” at random moments.

It helped that at the end of every working day, we could swim in the beach nearby or play basketball or volleyball with the townsfolk in just our flip-flops. And we had two memorable excursions. One was to a beach in the municipality of San Remigio with its incredibly wide sand bars. Another was to the islet of Capitancillo. Cebuanos and tourists flock to this tiny island for its white sand, clear waters, and rich sea life. These two days served to recharge our batteries for the remaining days of work.

As the work progressed, we discovered more efficient methods, like using a van to transport the sacks of sand and gravel, taking interval shifts, and advancing the sacking of materials for the next day. We gave everyone a chance to try out the different jobs while maintaining the pace of the work. At the end of the ten days, we had packed around 800 bags of sand and gravel and some two hundred bags of cement to complete the 100-meter “road to heaven.”

Long-Lasting Bonds

When I look back at the work camp, I can say that I wouldn’t have spent those ten precious days of summer any other way. Working on the road, beating the heat, and living with my newfound work camp friends, was a downright fulfilling experience. When I remember the smiles of the simple folk, I wonder how happy we would be if we lived more simply. They taught me with their lives that human beings could be happy even without the best living conditions or the latest technologies.

As my fellow work campers and I returned to our individual homes, we knew how we would greet each other when next we meet. It would surely be with the same greeting that we started with ten days previously when we met at Amber Center – only much warmer and longer this time, as in: “What’s uuuup?!”

Butchered fromhttps://opusdei.org/en-ph/article/a-finished-road-a-simple-life-a-meaningful-summer/

by Kyle Reiner Pineda (with Robert Cortes)

36th Commencement Exercises Inspirational Speech

villamorThe following speech was delivered by Information Technology alumnus Jeffrey Villamor during the 36th Commencement Exercises on June 9, 2018. Jeffrey is currently the research and development manager of Nokia Networks.

Executive Director, Engr. Ruben Laraya; Education and Training Unit Director, Engr. Reuel Zapata;  Development Office Director, Armand Millan III; Formation Director, Dr. Faustino Langahin Jr., Engr. Perpetuo C. Echavez, Academic Director, faculty and staff, eachers, parents, friends, graduates, good afternoon!

Graduates, Congratulations! You have made it!

I can see the excitement that you have while sitting there. The sense of joy and pride that your parents have, while sitting there on the bleachers. As you go through this well-deserved milestone that we are culminating right now; It is now time to open another.

You will now embark on a new journey to the corporate world! Are you ready? Are you very much eager to make your mark to the world? Establish a wonderful career? I bet you are!

Let me share something about myself. I am currently working as a Research and Development Manager for Nokia Networks. Who of you here knows about Nokia? Want to know how I got there? 15 years ago, I was also sitting there where you are right now. I can still remember clearly the sense of fulfilment, the joy, the excitement that I am already graduating! From the STOP, early morning climb to the school, rigorous trainings and examinations! The values formation, cleaning the classrooms, the school grounds, the work cons! It was hard! It was tough! But all of it was worthwhile because it helped me to be prepared on my journey to the corporate world!

I consider myself very lucky to be graduating from CITE because I was already employed before I graduated. The curriculum here was designed to address the mismatch of the needs of the industry and the graduates from the academe. The first years of my career was a Software Test Technician of NEC. It was very challenging and difficult, but I was prepared. the trainings I got from CITE, the OJTs made me capable to work on that tough environment! We had to undergo 6months of bootcamp like trainings.

Learning different programming languages, Object Oriented Concepts, Data Structures, etc2x. As a software test technician, we need to ensure that the software product that will be delivered to the customers will be of good quality, easy to use, and not crash. You have to think of all the use case scenarios, measure the performance, the load, its usability, etc2x. I was also given the opportunity to travel overseas for work and trainings. It was there that I was able to hone my skills and grow exponentially. Then I thought to myself, I want to try something more challenging. I want to do SW development which I did, and started creating, delivering and maintaining software. Then became a team leader. Things then became a routine and I was no longer growing.

On my 9th year I decided that why not work on a new startup company? So I took the risk and ventured out. I was now working with Tieto Global a European company as an Adaptations Development Engineer, I was so immersed in gaining new competencies and was so engaged in learning new things and delivering excellent results that I was later on promoted to an R&D Manager after 6months! There I continued to securing project contracts to customers. Ramping up my team by hiring more engineers. Training my team to deliver good quality software and delivering it fast! However, not everything will go accordingly as planned. Our major client Nokia Networks decided to insource all software development activities. That translated to losing our biggest client. Since it’s no longer sustainable to maintain a site in the Philippines; Tieto shareholders decided to close down the site. It was a nerve-racking experience. The anxiety that I had to go through, the thought of my fellow employees losing their jobs, how will they feed their families! We tried everything we could by inviting other software R&D companies for an inhouse job fair so that when the company closed down they have somewhere to work. Thankfully 90% were able to secure jobs! But what about me?

Nokia Networks then gave me an opportunity to be part of their company, together with the best guys from my team. There were specific competencies that Me and My team have that they could not find elsewhere without sacrificing delays on their deliveries. I then relocated to Manila in 2016 and currently i am now working on another project for a base station. When one door closes, another opportunity opens when you keep yourself up to date with the current industry trends. That sums up my career to date. I know there will be many more challenges to come, opportunities and new areas for growth. The only way is to embrace change and move forward.

Now I would like to share to you the principles that I follow that enabled me to reach where I am now.

1. You are the captain of your ship,

o Be Bold! Charter your course/destination
o Set Challenging Goals (SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable. Realistic, Time-bound)
o If what you are doing does not bring you closer to your goal, by all means stop it.
• Procrastination is your biggest roadblock.
• A minute wasted is something that you can never get back.
o Take a massive determined action to realize the goals that you have set. Because no one else will except you.

2. Strive to become a better person each day

It will come to a point in your career that growth seems to plateau. Things become routine and it gets boring. You will then have to ask yourself what should I do to get out of this cycle.
There is a Japanese word that I always remember: Kaizen – “continuous improvement”, or “change for the better”.
• Each day on your job try to think of something what you can improve. If I do this task in 1 hour, what can I do to finish it in 45mins. Observe, Improvise, Innovate.
• Do not stick to the status-quo, challenge the current situation propose new ideas if the current process can be further improved to achieve more efficiency and productivity.
• When you are already able to optimize your way of work, then you have more time to learn new things.

3. There is no such thing as job security.

Strive to be valuable, keep yourself up to date to the current trends.
o Continue to learn new things, unlearn the old way of doing things, re-learn.
o Take courses, certifications, learn new programming languages, read on what are the new trends.
o And to fully utilize the new learning that you have apply them to your job!

4. Do not be afraid of Failures.

If you are not failing fast enough then you are deciding or doing things slow. It will be tough to fathom, you will be dis-appointed, you will be mocked upon but do not let those things affect you. Take a step back, do a retrospect think of the areas what contributed it to fail. Learn from it. Then try again. Do not be afraid to ask for help too!

FAIL = “First Attempt in Learning”

5. Be one with the TEAM!

Organizations right now are producing products that cannot be done by a single person. You must learn to collaborate, do your part and follow through your commitments. Learn from your colleagues; leverage on each of your strengths to achieve full efficiency and productivity.

TEAM = “Together Everyone Achieves More”
The most important part! -> Learn to love what you do! Understand the purpose and the why you need to do it! Quoting from the teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva

Chapter 15: The Furrow  527:
“I have seen many people live heroic lives for God without leaving their own place of work, and I have come to this conclusion: for a Catholic work is not just a matter of fulfilling a duty — it is to love: to excel oneself gladly in duty and in sacrifice. ”

Be thankful to GOD for every morning you get to wake up! For another opportunity to become better. Offer each day to GOD by performing your duties well, being disciplined at work, and helping your colleagues. Seek help for the challenges, and difficulties you will face. And be thankful for the successes and blessings that you received.

Now it’s time for you to move on to what’s next. Do not let anything deter you from taking those first steps that will kick start your career. Recognize that there will be failures, and acknowledge that there will be obstacles. Learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, for there is very little learning in success. Be aggressive in growing your career. Be Resilient when things get tough. Be Patient, there is no elevator to success you have to take the stairs, one step at a time.

Good luck on your careers! Hope I was able to share some insights how to tackle the next journey that you will embark. Thank you.

Alumni Series: Andy Maligmat

31960953_10156013441068941_7564483834087997440_nCITE Electrical Technology graduate, Andy Maligmat, reminisces the days before he became the man he is today especially the time after high school, when financial problem grasped his leg like a ball and chain.

Despite this heavy burden, still, off he went to seek for the opportunity to continue his education.

He still remembers how he triumphed over the stairs only to be greeted that the exams won’t be starting until afternoon, thus compelling him to descend back.

But later on, when he returned in the afternoon, the exams were already done. Andy shriveled for hope. The wheel seemed to have stopped turning and he felt like he was at the bottom of it. But then suddenly out of nowhere, Andy was called and was allowed to take the exam. And from that moment on, Andy made two things sure.

First was that the wheel should keep on turning and second, that he be always on top of it. Sure enough, with his determination, he passed the exam and even placed as one of the top trainees in the summer training.

At that point, Andy was just taking his first step on his long journey. As a student, keeping up with his studies was a main priority and since he also goes home to Talisay City daily, Andy studied while commuting, en route to CITE and home as well.

This practice surely paid off, for his name kept on landing on the Director’s List. He made sure that the wheel kept on turning and stayed on top of it as well. Even after graduating, working from one company to another, even overseas , gaining experience. Now, that wheel is unstoppable and he has stayed on top ever since. Working as a Key Account Manager, Andy has no plan on stopping, for everything must go on.

Novena Mass for Blessed Alvaro del Portillo

We all yearn for serenity, a state of calmness that allows us to face life’s trials with clarity and peace of heart. Through the intercession of the first prelate of Opus Dei, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, we can ask the Lord God for answer to our prayers, requests, and struggles.

We shall keep your intentions in mind during the Novena Masses for Blessed Alvaro from May 4 -11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at CITE Chapel (except Sunday).

A Holy Mass in honor of Blessed Alvaro will be celebrated on May 12 at Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Pedro Calungsod at 10:00 a.m.


Blessed Alvaro del Portillo was born in Madrid on March 11, 1914. He studied engineering and began working professionally in that field. To his doctorate in engineering, he later added doctorates in history
and canon law. In 1935, Alvaro joined Opus Dei, which had been founded by St. Josemaría Escrivá in 1928. He soon became St. Josemaría’s strongest support, which he remained for almost forty years.

On June 25, 1944, Blessed Alvaro was ordained as one of the first three priests of Opus Dei. In 1946 he moved to Rome with St. Josemaría, where he served on Opus Dei’s General Council until 1975.

During Blessed Alvaro’s years in Rome, the Holy See entrusted to him a number of tasks as consultor to several congregations and councils.

On September 15, 1975, he was elected as St. Josemaría’s first successor. When Opus Dei was established as a personal prelature on November 28, 1982, Pope St. John Paul II appointed him Prelate of Opus Dei, and ordained him as a bishop on January 6, 1991.


alvaroBlessed Alvaro was responsible for the establishment of the prelature in 20 new countries, particulary in the developing world to which he traveled extensively, including the Philippines. He was open to wide range of solutions, from additional corporate works entrusted to Opus Dei to encouraging individuals to take part in civic organizations in the less developed countries.

When Bishop Alvaro visited Cebu in 1987, he was visibly moved by the sight of families living in the most dehumanizing conditions in the slum areas in Cebu. During a get-together with thousands of those in contact with Opus Dei, he prodded them to do something to uplift the conditions of the poor.

When he returned to Rome, he asked two specialists in Italian organizations of international cooperation to study the possibility of helping to start a technical school for out-of-school youth in Cebu.

Three years later, in 1990, the Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE) began operations. Its mission was to offer technical training, and values formation to young people and families with financial and social difficulties, so as to be a positive influence in many communities in the Visayas and Mindanao.

On March 23, 1994, God called him to Himself. Bishop del Portillo had just returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. His remains now lie in the crypt of the Church of the Prelature, Our Lady of Peace at Bruno Buozzi 75, Rome. He was beatified on September 27, 2014. (With additional texts from Bernardo M. Villegas, “A New Patron for the Poor”. Inquirer.net. 2 May 2018 and www.alvarodelportillo.org)

For a copy of Blessed Alvaro’s Novena for Serenity, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/novenaforserenity

Making CITE a Better Place

Students of NSTP (National Service Training Program) are conducting a school-wide clean-up in preparation for the upcoming school year. An NSTP component, Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS), allows students of the Diploma in Engineering Technology (DIET) program to extend their reach to the school through activities involving the upkeep of the facilities and care for immediate environment.


Students attended classes and awareness seminars in health, entrepreneurship, safety, among others on the first week of April. What follows after is a battery of work contributions for 1 week that fosters camaraderie, cooperation, and social responsibility among the students. All components combined, these will serve as evaluation for the students for this 3-unit subject. (Students who have not  shown up on their schedule of work con are asked to coordinate with NSTP coordinator for arrangements before June 2018. Please contact Mr. Viador at 09286684359). Below is the schedule of work contribution.

SY 2018 – 2019
For DipET
BATCH 1 3A 2-4 APRIL 2018 (GYM) 10-14 APRIL
2J 16-20 APRIL
BATCH 2 2B 23-27 APRIL
BATCH 4 2F 7-11 MAY
2G 14-19 MAY
BATCH 5 2H 21-25 MAY
2I 28 MAY – 1 JUNE
2C 5-9 JUNE
Students are required to observe their corresponding schedule of classes and work contribution religiously.
Prepared by: Approved by:
Student Affairs Office Engr. Perpetuo C. Echavez
NSTP Coordinator Academic Director

KwentongCITE: CITE Has Changed My Life

In the beginning of high school years, I spent lots of my time with my peers. We used to get to school early every day to get good food in the canteen. School wasn’t a priority of mine during that year. It was an unforgettable time of fun. All I want that time was a long summer time, But CITE changed my life.

First, my experience in CITE has given me a chance to sharpen my skills in my field of choice. There have been, and there will continue to be, many opportunities to learn more ways of improving my skills as a result of my time in school, which I am truly thankful for. For example, the mechanical workshop practices subject at CITE has taught me many safety tips and rules that I was unaware even existed and would still be unaware of had it not been a part of my experience. Because of this, I realized I still had a lot to learn despite what I thought, but this allows me to improve my skills more as I continue to attend school and also gives me more confidence in my field of choice.

Jude Oybenes (standing last row, 3rd from right) with his classmates

In addition to learning practical skills, being in CITE has also taught me a lot about values formation that I never had experienced in my high school days. For instance, I have had the privilege of learning how to be closer to God. It has also given me a better understanding of CITE’s mission to the students, no matter what region of the country they come from. This has made my time in CITE much more enriching and worthwhile.
I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about all of this and hope to learn even more about different things related to my field of choice in the future. I consider this as a very valuable and important part of the CITE experience because, not only does it allow one to understand how to be a good technician, but also gives them more knowledge of what a true CITE technician must do in order to be closer to God.

Jude Oybenes, Mechanical Engineering Technology student

Primer for Summer Technician Orientation Program

The Summer Technician Orientation Program gives applicants of the Diploma in Engineering Technology Program (DipET) a foretaste of CITE education.

It is a free 3-day training program for aspiring students of CITE who wish to learn our culture (how classes are conducted, the day-to-day grind of CITE students) enabling them to appreciate our school dynamics. DSC08305

There will be classes in Math, English, Basic Electricity, Benchwork, Physical Education, and Drafting to test the mental aptitude, physical endurance, and adaptability of the applicants to the pressure which is demanded by a technology-driven course.211 .

Upon applying, students are requested to furnish the following requirements and documents to facilitate their entry to the program.

• 4 pcs 1×1 ID picture (blue background)
• Original & 4 photocopies of High School Card/Transcript of Records
• 4 pcs photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate
• Original & 4 photocopies of Good Moral Certificate
• Original & 4 photocopies of NCAE Result (if applicable)
• Original & 4 photocopies of Parent’s Latest Income Tax Return or BIR Tax Exemption Certificate
• Form 138 (HS card) or Form 137
• one long brown envelope

Within the three-day orientation program, an applicant will be interviewed to check his interest in the program and provide him insights on how choosing DipET program may lead to a better career in the future. DSC08378

His parents and guardians will also be asked to make a personal appearance for an interview to check whether they can sustain the applicant’s needs and meet the  financial rigors to finish the program. DSC08364

A home visitation shall be conducted to validate the results from both interviews. A sample schedule is shown below:


The  result of the STOP shall be released after a few days (at most 3 days) so that the applicants can already enroll in their desired courses. Before enrollment, the applicants will be subjected to a free Medical Examination through an external health service provider to check their health and fitness to the program.

A pre-STOP orientation shall be conducted on the following dates (between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturdays):

March 17& 24,  April 7, 14, 21 & 28, May 5 & 12

STOP Schedule 2018:

 April 4-6    – STOP Training Batch 1
 April 12-14 – STOP Training Batch 2
 April 16-18 – STOP Training Batch 3
 April 19-21 – STOP Training Batch 4
 April 23-24 – STOP Training Batch 5
 April 26-28 – STOP Training Batch 6

 May 3-5       – STOP Training Batch 7             

A culminating activity at the end of three days shall be conducted. A certificate of training will be issued to the applicants upon finishing the program. For non-passers, they may still apply next year.DSC01715














How Small Businesses Can Compete Vs Corporate Giants: Lessons from Cebu Landmasters Founder Jose Soberano III

The following article is written by Pauline Macaraeg for Entrepreneur.com.ph on February 6, 2018. To view original source, click http://bit.ly/2nIqoRN. CITE claims no rights over its content and photo used. Mr. Soberano is the chairman of CITE Technical Institute, Inc.

Large companies enjoy a lot of advantages: economies of scale, wide client network and customer base, diversified streams of income, among others.

But if you’re a small company that is just starting to gain a foothold in your market, how can you compete with your larger competitors?

Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI), a homegrown property developer from Cebu, started really small when it was founded by Jose “Joe” Soberano III after losing in a congressional bid in 2001. From a small, two-man company in 2003, it has since grown to become Cebu’s biggest local developer, second only to Ayala Land Inc. in terms of building activity. It has also listed at the Philippine Stock Exchange where it is trading with a market value of Php8 billion.

So how did Soberano do it? Based on CLI’s 14-year history, here are some insights on how small businesses can leverage their size and agility against their big competitors.

1. Personal touch

Conglomerates tend to have a system for their operations, and they always make sure to follow those processes. It’s part of how they present themselves as an organization. But sometimes, as a result, their products become somewhat homogeneous. This can throw off potential clients who want something more unique and personalized.

Small and medium-sized businesses also have policies of their own, but they can be more flexible since they don’t have to adjust much.

“The priorities are also there for the large companies, of course. If they could only do that, they will. It’s just that their hands are tied. Unlike me, [when] I was starting, I know what to do to make things count,” Soberano explained.

CLI’s tagline is “We Build With You In Mind,” and the Soberano family really places it to the core. This “personal touch” can go from his son, Franco, delivering lechon during a homeowners’ meeting, to Joe personally handing over the keys to residents.

2. Lower overhead cost

CLI built its first project in 2003, which was a residential subdivision for the employees of a shipbuilding company in Balamban, Cebu. Though there were big developers already present in the province, Soberano surmised they steered away from the project because it would have cost them more because of their larger overhead cost. “Probably they figured, ‘What kind of money are we even going to get from here? It’s not going to be (enough),’” he said.

Big companies would have had to disburse more money for the project, considering that they have a larger workforce. In contrast, Soberano recounted how he did his first pitch for the Balamban housing project: “It was just me and an assistant. I did the planning, I did the follow-up, permits–I was even the one doing the [sales] presentation in the auditorium. During break time, my assistant would distribute the sandwiches. I will be the one opening the soft drinks,” he said with a chuckle.

Soberano revealed he earned a 30-percent profit margin on the project and speculated that if big developers have done it, they would have probably earned only around 10 percent.

3. Better relationships with clients

Because founders of small and medium companies have the opportunity to get closer to their clients, this becomes a reason for clients to prefer them over conglomerates–who usually send a project manager on the owners’ behalf.

“Honestly, this is sometimes the irony of business. If you ask contractors whom they would like to build it better, they’d like to look at us, medium companies. Because they feel that they can talk to the owner directly,” he said.

Based on Soberano’s experience, considering that he had previously worked with Ayala Corp. as project manager at regional subsidiary Cebu Holdings Inc. for 23 years, this type of setup works better because it presents a more effective work dynamics, making the clients feel more secure.

4. Reduced bureaucracy

Having a good and personal relationship with their clients also allowed CLI to effectively get better prices than a big company. This is because he said small and medium-sized companies like CLI present opportunities for clients to deal with less bureaucracy compared to large corporations.

“They’d rather give a good price, a much lower price to me because [it’s] unlike the bureaucracy of presenting a billing, and how long will it take for them to get the releases,” he said.

As long as their clients maintain the good partnership, Soberano shared they can often get away with lesser cash advances and faster retention releases.

“You know with big companies, retention releases can take as long as 2-3 years. In our case, why should I keep your money? Just give me the bond. I’m happy with your work anyway, I make sure it’s turned over and the buyers are already there. Why should I hold that money?” he explained.

This kind of treatment helped him develop a strong bond with the clients and contractors. “And at any time, they call me directly,” he proudly added.

5. Relationship with LGUs

More than building stronger relationships with clients and partner contractors, Soberano said another advantage they have is their capability to secure permits more efficiently because of his ties with the local government units (LGUs).

“Quite honestly, that’s probably where I could have an edge over those big ones: being able to get the confidence of the LGUs, and because of the more direct association,” he shared.

Soberano said there’s an art in dealing with people, and small companies have better opportunities in using it to their advantage.

Jose Franco Soberano, Joe’s son and CLI’s president and chief operating officer, backed this up and said their capability to communicate with the LGUs springs from the shared cultural association.

“It’s easier to work with somebody within the region. [It’s easy] to deal with regulators because we’re there,” he said, saying that they’re more attached with each other in the area.


Pauline Macaraeg is Entrepreneur PH’s data journalist. 

Be Job Ready with Our Diploma Program

Your Seamless Pathway to Success

_MG_2089Are you fascinated with building and fixing things? Do you consider yourself as practical and logical? Do you find technology, machines, or computer interesting?

If you answered yes to some of these questions, then a career in Engineering Technology might just be right choice for you.

Our Diploma in Engineering Technology (DipET) is the first of its kind in the country offering a new pathway for aspiring technologists, technopreneurs, and those seeking future careers in engineering.

Our DipET program will equip you with specialist skills which are highly valued by our industry partners and let you experience the unique four-fold blend of CITE education – character formation, excellent intervention programs, technology-driven curriculum¬, and industry exposure all combined to give you a head start!

Unlike other courses, DipET provides a seamless pathway for different entrants (Grade 10 completers, Grade 11 transferees, Senior High School graduates, ALS graduates, and Industry Technician Program graduates) towards earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship or Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Training at a fraction of the cost and time through a scholarship program for a quicker leap into the workforce. Our DipET program is level 5 in the Philippine Qualfications Framework.


A student may opt to choose any of these four streams or disciplines under our DipET program:

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology (Code: DipMech)

Take your engineering skills to a whole new level and prepare for increased responsibility in the field of maintenance, manufacture, and design of mechanical equipment and systems, and equip yourself with computer numerical control (CNC) programming and computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) techniques.

Qualifications: NC II in Machining, NC II in Mechatronics, NC II in Technical Drafting

Career Opportunities: Manufacturing Engineering, Production Engineering, Maintenance
Quality Control, Design, Technical Supervision

Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology (Code: DipElex)

Get your foot in the door of opportunities for positions related to design, development, and operation of a wide variety of test equipment, electronic and communication systems, and industrial process control systems.

Qualifications: NC II in Electronic Products and Assembly Servicing, NC II in Computer Systems Servicing, NC II in Mechatronics

Career Opportunities: Telecommunication, Engineering Management, Test Engineering, Production Engineering, Technical Supervision

Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology (Code: DipElec)

Further your knowledge in electricity applications and gain 21st century skills related to the design, development and analysis of electrical circuit and electro-mechanic components.

Qualifications: NC II in Mechatronics, NC III in Electrical Installation and Maintenance, NC II in Electronics Products and Assembly Servicing

Career Opportunities: Electrical Engineering, Instrumentation, Production Engineering, Electrical Maintenance, Technical Supervision

Diploma in Computer Engineering Technology (Code: DipCom)

Expand your interests into a rewarding career with leading-edge skills and knowledge in software development, high-level programming, multimedia design and animation, networking hardware and computer hardware architecture that puts you in the frontier of the fastest rising segment of industry.

Qualifications: NC II in Computer Systems Servicing, Electronics Products and Assembly Servicing, NC II in Animation

Career Opportunities: Software Development, Network and Computer Systems Administration, Multimedia Creation

Engineering Technology Pathways

We have paved the pathways to make it easier for you to understand the relevance and practicality of choosing a diploma program (Level 5 on the Philippine Qualifications Framework) that seamlessly culminates in a degree course within reasonable school years.

Entry Level Grade 11

TVL – Industrial Technology/ICT

Grade 12

TVL – Industrial Technology/ICT

Diploma Program in Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree
Grade 10 completer or Alternative Learning System (ALS) graduate 1 year full


with subjects in Engineering Technology

1 year school

with subjects in Engineering Technology and required industry immersion


2 years with in-school component and industry exposure (with corresponding allowance 2 years in modular system while working
Grade 11 finisher from other schools (requires bridge program)  


1 year school

with subjects in Engineering Technology and required industry immersion


2 years with in-school component and industry exposure (with corresponding allowance 2 years in modular system while working
Grade 12 graduate or SHS graduate from other schools (requires bridge program if non TVL)  






3 years with in-school component and industry exposure (with corresponding allowance 2 years in modular system while working
ITP* graduate or old curriculum (requires bridge program) 1 year in modular system while working 1 year in modular system while working



National Certification II and Senior High School Diploma Diploma in Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship

*Industrial Technician Program


1. What is CITE?

CITE stands for the Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise. It is the only technical school that offers a 3-year diploma course in Engineering Technology with streams in Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology.

2. What is an engineering technologist?

An engineering technologist is a specialist devoted to the implementation of existing technology within a field of engineering. Technologists often work with engineers in a wide variety of projects by applying basic engineering principles and technical skills. (Sidney Accord, 2001)

3. How does an engineering technologist differ from an engineer?

The work of engineering technologists focuses on the applied and practical application of engineering principles, whereas the work of engineers emphasizes the theoretical aspects of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles. (National Society of Professional Engineers)

4. Is Diploma in Engineering Technology right for me?

Decision about pursuing a diploma may not be easy. What you can do to figure out is to visit our campus to get a feel of our school or ask our graduates about their experiences.

5. How many years will I be able to finish the Diploma in Engineering Technology?

This depends on your entry level qualification. If you are a Grade 10 completer, you will be able to complete the diploma program in 4 years’ time including your senior high program (Grade 11 and 12).

If you are Grade 11 transferree, then it will take you three years including a bridge program.

If you are a senior high school graduate from other schools, it will take you 3 years to complete the diploma program including a bridge program.

If you are a graduate of Industrial Technician Program, then it will take you 1 year to finish the program through a modular system of delivery.

6. When can I proceed to degree course?

Only after you have completed the Diploma program in Engineering Technology. The BS in Entrepreneurship is delivered under the Alternative Delivery Modes (ADM)livery. By ADM, students may  be required to report to school only once a week (preferably weekend) for the in-school component of the course.

7. How do I qualify?

• The applicant must be male Filipino with age not more than 25 years old
• He may be a:
o member of the Grade 10 batch of his school at the time of application.
o Grade 10 completer or Alternative Learning System graduate
o Grade 11 finisher who wishes to transfer to our school
o Grade 12 graduate
o Graduate of Industrial Technician Program from CITE
• Grades in Math, Physics and English are at least 80% in the last grading period
• Physically and mentally fit
• Should pass the entrance examination, applicant and parents interview, Special Orientation Program (3 days), and physical and medical examination

8. What are the requirements?

• 4 pcs 1×1 ID picture (blue background)
• Original & 4 photocopies of High School Card/Transcript of Records
• 4 pcs photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate
• Original & 4 photocopies of Good Moral Certificate
• Original & 4 photocopies of NCAE Result (if applicable)
• Original & 4 photocopies of Parent’s Latest Income Tax Return or BIR Tax Exemption Certificate
• Form 138 (HS card) or Form 137
• one long brown envelope

Contact Details
Admissions Committee
CITE Technical Institute, Inc.
Purok 2, San Jose, Cebu City
Telephone: (032) 346-1611
Cellphone: 09286684359 (Smart/Talk n Text)
Website: cite.edu.ph
Email: info@cite.edu.ph
Facebook Username: citeinfo
Twitter Handle: @citeinfo

You may now apply online at http://www.cite.edu.ph/apply/

CITE Staff Featured in Art Exhibit

aninaw1CITE multimedia supervisor Brendon Baclaan is one of the 15 visual artists featured in the month-long exhibit called “Aninaw” (Glimpse) in Montebello Villa Hotel between January 5 and 28, 2018. The exhibit hosted pieces of art from homegrown artists of the University of the Philippines-Cebu Fine Arts alumni including Cebu’s watercolorist Bernardo Hermoso and visual designer Alexander Gocotano. baclaan Brendon

Baclaan has been a faculty member and prolific in-house designer whose works range from visual arts to multimedia creations. “Aninaw” allows us to take a peek into the artist’s soul with his prized piece, “Roshambo” (right panel), using oil as medium on a 32″x 42″ canvas. It is worth noting that ‘roshambo’ is another word for a game of rock-paper-scissors, a perspective on how Baclaan sees the world.

Other featured artists in the exhibit were Boyet Auditor, Brendon Baclaan, Emmanuel Iradel, J Roberto Olvido, Jeffrey Sarita, Jonathan Enad, Joseph Luna, Lino Venzal, Pepe Declaro, Pierre Famador II, Rainvelle Gemperoa, Sam Ryan Abenoja and Sergito Pautan.

Activities include live sketching, portraiture and caricature from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. From January 6 to 7 and Jan. 13 to 14, a t-shirt printing demo will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be face painting and henna tattooing, as well as printed t-shirts for sale on Saturdays and Sundays during the exhibit. Admission is free.

Centennial Batch Prepares to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

25395925_10203622231951725_4087399632983069093_nCome 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Batch 5 of CITE graduates who completed their Industrial Technician Program on May 29, 1998. Also known as the centennial batch, the total number of graduates reached 136 who are now recognized for  their personal and professional achievements in the areas of industries, community involvement, and entrepreneurship here and abroad.

While the members do meet occasionally for activities that support CITE’s strategic plan to engage alumni for future development, never has it become this big on a grand scale until December 17 when a number of Batch 5 alumni initiated a get-together to kick off a drive for a perpetual scholarship trust fund for CITE students.

The event took place on a Sunday night at CITE gym with 26 alumni in attendance including Christopher Gutierrez, Al Caputol, Jun Requino,  Roy Mangubat, Yuland Empiales, Marlon Mendoza, Romano Egot, Vicboy Cuizon Velasco, Inger Soll Misiona, Mark Anthony Uba, Nardz Paraiso, Gerry Nunez Abing, Larry Mcforest, Romero Enoc, RD Correa and some identified by their first names like Vince, Arnel, Jeffrey, Kiernel, Roswell, EdGars, Lauro, Noel, Christopher, and Dane, among others.


The group aims to reach its P200,000 goal (equivalent to a perpetual giving) to fund the education of a less privilege scholar for three years. With a daily goal of P547.95 to be collected from each of the 80 targeted members contacted through Facebook, Batch 5 hopes to hit the mark by next year. The group has raked in P24,666.80 from donors as seed money for the initiative.

Alumni from US, Singapore, and Canada were ready to jump in to defray the expenses of the gathering through cash-based and non-cash sponsorships making event a resounding success. Thank you Batch 5 for this initiative!