Geeky Social Month

Geeky Social Month

The past month has been totally event-filled. After Asia Source 3 Camp, I found myself “fully-booked” and out a few times every week – either attending geek events or working on personal matters. That atop a pile of work made the last month of the year a very hectic one. Good heavens the streak finally ended Friday night, after the stressful coverage of the Lantern Parade. Anyway, just to recap, here are some of the geek events me and my active Dilnet kids have attended. (Each is deserving of a separate post, but it’s too late for that now.)

Five Years of Firefox in Manila! (Nov. 21)

High five! It is the fifth anniversary of Firefox. The event was held at the Fuller Hall, Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati from 3-5pm. It was organized by Mozilla Philippines Community in cooperation with Globe Telecom and AIM. Some 70 open source and firefox fans are in attendance.

Speakers include Allan Caeg (Mozilla Philippines Community Coordinator), Regnard Raquedan (Mozilla Philippines Community Leader), RenRen Gabas (Mozilla Campus Reps) and Sherwin Sowy (Globe Labs Head of Future Applications). Some interesting facts i gathered from the talks:

50% Mozilla Firefox shares in the Philippines
75 number of languages Mozilla Firefox is available
100% believes that it’s the best time to switch to Firefox!

Yeba! The Philippines is such a huge force. Altogether, let’s take back the web. Celebrate with Firefox.

IBM Innovation Launch (Dec. 3)

It was the grand launch of the IBM Innovation Center held at the Retail Plaza in UP-Ayala Technohub from 6-10pm. That is right across the campus (and technically a part of it). Close to 100 people from the academe, government, and IBM’s business partners attended the casual event.

The IBM Innovation Center, one of 40 locations in the world, aims to provide small businesses a venue to test their applications before releasing them to the market. It is perfectly located then in UP-Ayala’s Technohub where we host a business incubator for startups. ๐Ÿ™‚

The atmosphere was great, and so is the food and the music (provided by the band True Faith). It was also a good opportunity to meet up and network with old batchmates and AS3 friends. What made it more fun is the available photo booth in the venue, where we took this wacky shot. Pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Tactics Worldwide Screening (Dec. 4)

It was one of over 20 screenings in 16 different countries that took place on approximately the same day. Here in the Philippines, it was held on Friday, Dec. 4, at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati starting at 7PM and organized by Tactical Tech.

10 tactics for turning information into action is a film that includes stories from 25 rights advocates around the world who have successfully used information and digital technologies to create positive change. For more info, visit can provide the videos and materials upon request.

As I pointed out throughout the show, this should be shown in the University. We are known to be passionate believers and activists in our own right. The content of the video is about Infoactivism, how we can bring about change through the use of information and digital technology – whether through blogs, websites, video uploads, maps, etc. Hopefully, we can have this screening on campus during an Alternative Class Learning Experience (ACLE).

Then again, this event was a good time to reconnect with AS3 friends. ^_^ Cheekay, Clair, Bobby, Ela, Ms. Pretchie, and Coy were all present and it’s so nice to see them again. The food was also great!

TEDxManila (Dec. 5)

Finally a TEDxManila event, albeit independently-organized. Prof. Rommel Feria, a TED fellow, spearheaded a team from UP College of Science and partnered with the College of Law to make the this event. It was held at the UP College of Law Auditorium from 12:30-4pm.

It was a very intimate event with close to 200 seated audience. Selected TED talks like the Sixth Sense and received much oohhs and applause. Of course, Filipino speakers were equally admirable. The topics mostly focused on e-learning, environment, and social business entrepreneurship. Although not too technical, I appreciate that it is timely and appropriate for the Filipino audience.

The speakers in order are Atty. Tony Oposa (on the urgent need to respond to earthโ€™s dwindling resources), Mark Ruiz (social entrepreneurship), Graham Glass (on Edu 2.0), Illac Diaz (on another social entrepreneurship, focused on housing and schools), and Ms. Mel Tan (on eSkwela). Among them, I (and I bet the crowd agrees) enjoyed the talk given by Atty. Oposa the most. He is such a fluent speaker, and he knows how to get and retain the viewers’ attention.

Drupal Camp Manila (Dec. 12)

DrupalCampManila is a whole day event held at G2VC Innovation in Ortigas. It’s the first in Manila organized by Computer Professionals’ Union, G2IX, and Globe. The setting was relaxed, un-conference style with free-flowing coffee and free food.

The event began with Drupal Installfest, although it was about to be finished when we arrived at the venue. The speakers in the morning session are Rick Bahague of CPU (on Drupal Development Practices for Non-Profits), and Jeffrey Ocaya (on Custom Photoset Solutions). The afternoon sessions got down and dirty with Mark Caballero (on Tools that make Drupal Deployment Extra Efficient), Daniel Honrade (on Theming – Core theme and subthemes), Jan Pabellon (on Drupal Workflow automation). The event ended at around 5:30 PM with picture-taking from Jeffrey of [He was kind enough to provide the high-res pics.]

It was a well-spent afternoon with Dilnet and AS3 friends Randal, Kenan, and Christian (with his students). Then Red Mango at the Megamall! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gosh, I found a bug!!!!

    A social one! XD

  • Hi, Irrashai! Did you know that Irrasshaimase is Japanese for something like “welcome” and “how can I help you?”? Well, it’s somewhat close to your name so I mentioned it. Anyways, thank you very much for acknowledging the pix sources here. We definitely need more and more highly skilled tech people bloggers like you who share their IT-related experiences. Kampai!

  • Oops, I just realized you already know, sorry! I just read your About page – hahaha. /me stupidly doinks himself 3x.

  • Nice event recap.

    Great news. There’s an upcoming Manila Drupal meetup this Summer of 2010.

    Hope to see you there.

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