Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

University of the Philippines - Diliman

UP EEEI Centennial Lecture for Feb features alumni technopreneurs

The Institute featured two alumni technopreneurs for the second installment of the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) Centennial Lecture Series, held on 15 February 2016, at MERALCO Innovation Hall (Rm. 120), EEEI Bldg. II.

Mr. Robert O. Minguez II (BS ECE ‘01), director of Xinyx Design Consultancy and Services, Inc. talked about “Engineering the Possibilities: A Career Perspective in the Philippines.” He shared his experience when he was an employee of a multinational company and turning points in his life that caused his shift to startup.

“Take risks. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. [...] Understand whatever field you’re a part of; then try to make a difference in that field,” he added.

On one hand, co-founder and CEO of Itemhound, Engr. Deogracias Villame (BS ECE ‘07) entitled his talk, “EEE, Startup, Football: A Tribute to My Mistresses, Para sa Araw ng mga Kabit.” He talked about his experiences when he was a student of the Institute and now, as a technopreneur. He also gave tips on how to start a startup through his whimsical presentation using EEE concepts.

“Sa mga opportunities na binibigay sa inyo, I hope you make it count. I hope maka-influence kayo ng future generation (I hope you make the opportunities given to you count. I hope you would influence the future generation),” said Engr. Villame as he encourage the students, who, according to him, are privileged to have the education they are receiving from UP EEEI.

The UP EEEI director, Dr. John Richard Hizon, started his closing remarks by sharing his aspiration to make a difference when he was once a fresh graduate and seeing that materialize through being in the academe. Today, startup is, according to him, one of the avenues for fresh graduates to also make a difference, as evident from the speakers’ experience. But he noted that students must also be well-prepared since as pointed by the speakers, being in a “startup is not a rosy path.”

The UP EEEI Centennial Lecture Series and Seminars is a year-long activity which aims to feature distinguished alumni who chose to be successful in the Philippines. The lecture is expected to guide the students with their career choices, and inspire them as well to contribute to the betterment of society.

The third installment of the Centennial Lecture Series will feature another technopreneur, founder and president of Trident Electronics Corp., Mr. Felipe Santiago. The lecture will be on 14 March 2016, 2:00PM, at PLDT MLH (VLC), EEEI Bldg. I.


Listen to the whole audio recording of the lecture here.