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The author Faust Haeja Crismel Salabar Principe was born on November 11, 1977 in Guadalupe Cebu City, Philippines, eldest son among four siblings my father Anthony Pepito Principe is a doctor and mother Melba Guerrero Principe a nurse, then my biological mom is Rosalie Marinay Salabar previously worked as radio announcer of Y101 Cebu. As far I can remember during my childhood days, the years 1980’s and above, developed a gaming habit – I love to play a family computer – it was a piece of gaming console with a red rectangular joystick side finish with a white body case, the cartridge in which the gaming software stored was a bit bulky or somewhat similar to a cassette tape – I got hooked to it, a day is never complete without me playing the Nintendo console – it was the first family computer by Nintendo I think? – I still remember playing Rambo, Contra Force, Star Wars, Arkanoid, and the all time Super Mario 1,2,3, and still played until today with the likes of Nintendo DS, PSP Pocket, etc and other hand held gaming consoles.
By 1991 I migrated to Davao City to pursue my studies with the guidance of my parents, curiously, from there I got a glimpse of an actual computer which my parents bought. The computer system then was a 486 DX architecture clone with no math co-processor, with 1024 megabyte internal memory, black monochrome crt screen connected to a Star Micronics dot matrix printer, loaded computer DOS based games and my all time favorite was Wings of Fury, Prince of Persia, Carmen San Diego, Lemmings, Sango Fighters, Pacman, Galaga, Space Bats among others, the operating system run these games was DOS 6.22. Direct Access was the menu management of choice for accessing, administrating and creating batch file processing and linked to programs like defunct Wordstar a word processing software and Lotus 123 for spreadsheets, on top of it was Windows 3.1 – the gui enhancement for DOS created by Microsoft. I also wrote some basic, simple computer programs in turbo basic, pascal, and a little study of assembly or machine language, acquired, learned from schooling and further reading.
The logic and never ending vast crunching of numbers were sheer and voluminous in size and caused me some memory buffer stack overflow, memory hangups and therefore I was prone to such system crashes, not prepared for it :), I shifted another course and it lead me to teaching profession.
In 2001, I graduated as a Professional Teacher for Secondary Education at the University of Mindanao, Matina Campus and a few months later I acquired a teaching license. Soon after I landed a job as a Computer Layout Artist at OrangeGrove Hotel in Buhangin, Davao City, I was in-charge of making catchy graphic layouts, logos, sketch and illustrations for print and submit it to local newspaper for advertisement purposes.
2002, I was invited by City Government of Davao to work for them with the help of my father as deputy mayor, then assigned at the Planning Section of the Department of Education, Division of Davao City. Tasked to do data entry jobs for educational statistics, like ie; enrollment data, performance indicators, etc. serving as the basic education information system for teacher deployments, furniture and school building needs analysis and decision making tool/s.
2003, the Information Technology or Management Information System Officer-In-Charge position was vacant, the Schools Division Superintendent back then was Gloria P. Labor, Ed. D. gave me marching orders, tasked me to take over and oversee the technology needs of the division, from there I learned how to setup, deploy and manage servers – attended seminar enhancements, workshops related to Information Technology (IT) sponsored, funded by the Philippines Australia Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (PA-BEAM) thru it’s IT Manager and friend Redentor Rola, collaboration with Department of Education Region XI and chosen, select Division IT Managers from different divisions, the output from the said training – we develop a website for the DepEd Davao City Division Office, configure, setup, streamline, harden software firewalls, implement url/web content filtering, checking, monitor network health, last but not the least – attending to user queries and performing coma inducing technical support 😉
June 2008, I was reassigned to Manuel Roxas Elementary School of Sta. Ana District to work at the school guidance office doing menial jobs and later on developed a website of their own.
As of July of 2011, finally, after approximately seven (7) and a half (1/2) years working as rank and file employee at the office, I recently applied and landed a teaching job at Pablo Lorenzo Lorenzo National High School of Mandug, Buhangin, Davao City.
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