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Virtual Campus Baguio Outlet SWITCHed On

If there is something that we, the younger people, needed to reiterate to our parents and teachers, that would be the importance of virtual activities on mobile phones, tablets and laptops in the learning process.

Gadgets are not evil at all, even though we keep on hearing stories about kids who failed their subjects due to the abusive use of computers and phones. 

In fact, the above-mentioned technological advances can act as a teacher to learners and can help explain the process of photosynthesis, the difference between adjectives and adverbs, the Pythagorean Theorem, the composition of matter and other academic concepts that are typically taught using boring books, misleading journals and inaccurate illustrations.

To make learning more effective and more fun, we need to use the language of the learners and not of the teachers. Thus, Asia-based web company 88DB came up with Virtual Campus that provides schools with interesting e-learning solutions.

Virtual Campus is the “first and only Filipino-made educational technology platform with a complete social solution for academic institutions.” It does “foster a transformative learning approach that enables new possibilities for communication, collaboration and exchange of information between educators and students.”

On May 9, we were invited to attend the launching of the first Virtual Campus outlet in Baguio. Called “Switch”, the Virtual Campus is located at Camp John Hay’s Technonub.

I used my lunch break to attend the event. When I arrived, everything I was seeing was Apple- computers, laptops, iPhone casings, iPad accessories, etc. During the speech of one of the owners of the outlet, it was mentioned that they are an authorized Apple re-seller.

As I roamed around, I saw familiar faces. There were delegates from the University of the Baguio and Saint Louis University for the opening of the e-learning pioneer store. It was also my first time to meet Charlotte Anne, a fellow blogger.

Upon knowing that Switch provides education software solutions to schools, I started opening up about our ongoing corporate social responsibility campaign at New Media Services

Our campaign deals with collecting old and refurbished iPads then installing Deaf-friendly educational apps. Deaf learners from Baguio City Special Education Center would be the priority beneficiaries of the campaign.

Fortunately, I had the chance to talk to Optimus Senior Marketing Manager and Educational Lead Elmer M. Guizado, Apple Educational Solutions Manager Michelle Cidro Casio and other guys from their team about the project.

I was a bit shy since it appears that I was there to solicit some help for our campaign when in fact, the main reason why I was there was to see join the launching. 

While there was on ongoing demonstration with the technologies Switch is offering, I proceeded with a small conversation with some guys about the CSR project. I also enjoyed the food prepared for the special event. There were insights I was able to gain from talking to those wonderful guys.

After less an hour, I shamelessly bid goodbye. I had to go back before the one-hour lunch break is over. I felt lucky to have learned something that day and to  have talked to people who might be of great help to our cause.

Switch Technohub Opening Craze: I was hungry that time but I was not in the mood to eat some Yellow Cab pizza! 

Switch Technohub Opening Craze: Good thing I do not own an Apple phone, or else I would have found myself buying one of these:

Switch Technohub Opening Craze: Judgment time for me. One donut for me and that's all. This is the climax of the event!

Switch Technohub Opening Craze: Oh the Yellow Cab again!

Switch Technohub Opening Craze: Delegates tuning in to the demo (there's gonna be a seat work afterwards).

Switch Technohub Opening Craze: "Your LMS just got mobile and social!". Wait, what is LMS again? 

 Switch Technohub Opening Craze: I first talked to Mr. Tan about the CSR project before he started with the demo.

Switch Technohub Opening Craze: No special event could pass by without a selfie!

Before anything else, like Virtual Campus on Facebook and visit Switch at Technohub to know more about their offerings.

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


  1. SWITCH BAGUIO: WORST REPAIR SERVICE. They are suggesting I pay Php. 28,000 for the repair of my unit, but I had it fixed by paying ONLY Php. 1,500 with another Repair Service Center.

    I went to SWITCH at Technohub Ayala to have my Macbook Air Repaired. I bought it las September 28, 2014 and it is still under warranty. The problem is it wont turn on. SWITCH is the only Certified Apple Repair Center here in Baguio (i think). The people inside are not polite. Did not even asked me what i was looking for or what do i need, not even a simple "goodmorning". But it was fine. I explained the situation to them. My MBA wont turn on, i showed to them the OR of unit. It's just 10 months old. It's still under the 1-year warranty. They did couple of things yet it still wont turn on. They advised me to leave the unit to their care and they will just call me after a few days. So I did.

    After a day, they called back telling me that i spilled water or liquid on my unit. But, I NEVER SPILLED WATER or any sort of liquid in my unit. With the price of P50,000, i bet every single buyer will take a good care of this mac.

    They are telling me that the warranty is void and that i need to pay a mandatory P500. diagnostic fee so that they will release my unit. What is more, they told me that if i want it to be repaired, i need to buy order a new logic board which costs roughly 28k. I was shocked. So the 1 year warranty was void because of an alleged water spill (which i never did).

    The first thing i did before going back to get my macbook is to search the internet about water spills. I found out that there are water spill indicators inside the logic board. These are stickers changes into color red once drenched in water. There are over six or eight of these in the logic board. So when i went back to get my unit, i told them to open it for me to see the water spill they are telling. I cant see any. there is a small moisture and they are pointing it out. Water spill indicators are all fine. none turned red.

    I read their report, it says, void warranty due to water spill. they said they did micro inspection and found corrosions on the Logic Board. I did not found any.

    So i need to pay the mandatory P500 diagnostic fee. All they did is to remove the back panel, and poof! "warranty void, gemme 500, sir". They even warned me to not to have it repaired by others.
    "Malalaman naman namin sir kapag binuksan ng iba". Wow. Who are they in the first place to say I should have it repaired ONLY on their shop.

    Unsatisfied with the service and doubtful about the result, i search over the internet. I found ynzal marketing. Their office is located at quezon city. I contacted them through Facebook and they told me to bring my unit to them for inspection. so i did. I went to their office with my macbook air. they did inspection at the front of me. They told me it is indeed a logic board failure, BUT THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF WATER SPILL, and THERE'S NO CORROSION on the LOGIC BOARD.

    And since it is still UNDER WARRANTY, ynzal ordered a new logic board for me FOR FREE. What is more, i did not pay any diagnostic fee to them when they inspected my unit. After a week my logic board arrived at their office, they contacted me right away. I went there and found my beloved macbook air fully functioning again with its brand new logic board. I only paid Php1,500 service charge to Ynzal Marketing.

    Its such a relief. Imagine the Php28,000 SWITCH BAGUIO is offering compared to the Php1,500 by the Ynzal? SWITCH BAGUIO has the worst service i have ever experienced in my life. I totally do not reccomend. If you drop by one time and they ask you for such a high price and your product is still waranty, think first. They dont care about the customer, they just care about how they are gonna earn money.


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