National Youth Day in Collaboration With University of San Carlos Launches NYD Applications
Photo by Jessa Marie Pedrola
The NYD 2019 main organizing committee tied in with USC for the upcoming big religious event. The program commenced with a song from Fr. Andre and was followed by an overview of the two applications that were to be launched.
Two groups of graduating Information Technology (IT) students under the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (DCIS) designed NYD mobile applications, as per requirement for the association of NYD committee and the university, naming them Kaabay and Pedro’s Journey. Pursuant to their Capstone class project; the goal of the application is to promulgate information and other linked activities of NYD 2019.
IT students, Jessa Pedrola, Lumiene Buhawi, Elijah Ruiz and NJ Ompad created Kaabay, a mobile event guide for NYD 2019 participants with Global Positioning System tracking and Short Message Service notifications, making it easier for pilgrims and delegates to actively guide themselves throughout their stay.
As for Pedro’s Journey, it is an e-learning game application which gives trivias in and around Cebu’s historical landmarks, it was generated by another group of IT students, Nicolas Ferraren, Bryan Bispo, Kitt Yap and Penuel Calle.
DCIS chair, Christian Maderazo, read the MOA and had it signed along with the representatives of NYD – Archdiocese of Cebu, Most Rev. Jose S. Palma and USC president, Rev. Fr. Dionisio Miranda. Archbishop Jose Palma then delivered his words of appreciation and reminded the attendees about Saint Pedro Calungsod, being March 5 as the beatification anniversary.
Delia E. Belleza, dean of School of Arts and Sciences and Christen Cacanog, the publicity, promotions and documentation head were also there during the program.
“We’re very proud to be part of this project and we’re ultimately relieved that the launch of the app was a success” said a representative of the IT project makers. The two mobile applications being launched will soon be available on Google Pplay and Apple Store for both Android and iOS phones.
The NYD 2019 is scheduled to be on April 23 to 28 and will be hosted in Cebu for the first time. Preparatory measures and arrangements are ongoing as the organization hopes for a successful event.