DMCCFI Information Technology students, Mico Gongob, BSIT III, Mark Roed Roda, BSIT II, Bryan Padao, BSIT II, and CCS faculty member/coach Jayson Sarabia qualified for the final rounds to the Android Masters, a national inter-school Android app development competition. The team made it to the Top 5 finalists for the game category of the competition, after the preliminary judging for the entries last October 28, 2016.
The team’s entry was evaluated by members of the National Panel, namely Neil Patrick Del Gallego form Playlab, Howard Go from MOCHIBITS, and Dexter Sants from Klan Cyscorpions. The competition is aimed at discovering students who are fond of developing creative Android applications, and eventually publishing their works to the Google Play Store. The team will be representing Dipolog City for the national finals of the said competition.
The Dipolog City Team’s entry to the competition is the Android game application called History Wars. According to the team coach Mr. Jayson Sarabia, the idea was created for the purpose of providing users a fun way to learn about our history, respect traditions and preserve our cultures. “Introducing the children to our history teaches them to have hope for our country, gain some life values and role models and give them the idea on what they would like to become when they grow up”, said Sarabia.
He even added “our goal is to teach a little bit of Philippine History through a mobile game intended not only for children but for anyone who is willing to learn about our heritage. Everyone loves games, so we came up with a game about Philippine Heroes. It might not cover a lot but we hope it will help set the players to the right direction.”
The History Wars idea was the brainchild of Mico Gongob. The inspiration for the game was for children to have a good orientation of Philippine History, while introducing the element of fun learning. The name of the game was created simply by Philip Bryan Padao, so that people can easily get the idea of what the game will be all about.
They were able to participate in the competition through an encouragement from a member of GDG Zamboanga. The team finished developing the entire game within a matter of week, and they are still on the process of developing updates for it until the final competition on November 19, 2016. They are consistently conducting tests for the game every after the development of a new update, so that they can formulate bug fixes immediately.
Sarabia said that they are not expecting to be part of the Top 5 finalist of the competition. The finals round for the Android Masters will be held in Manila on November 19, and they will be competing with over a hundred entries from different colleges all-over the Philippines for the game category.
The team encourages those who are owners of Android devices to support their team by downloading the History Wars game from the Google PlayStore.