MozTour Bicol: Victorious Invasion Acquired

When I heard about the MozTour in Bicol, I asked my brother, Kim Domanog,Β if I can come with them and he said yes. I was really excited to go along with other ReMos to know what they do and for me to learn what they do. My brother then told the team that I would be joining their venture and I was assigned by our Community Manager, Sir Jun Barrun, to be the secretary for the event.

June 29, 2012, Friday, the day that I have long been waiting for. It was the day of our long trip to Bicol, but before we went to the Bus Terminal in Cubao, we stopped by first at Sala, Cabuyao for the Pamantasan ng Cabuyao Computer Engineering students’ General Assembly. Engr. Anne-Liza M. Fabello, CPE Department Chairperson started off with her opening remarks.

Basically, our purpose there was to introduce Mozilla for beginners which was delivered by Jean Rodriguez. He also presented the first ever on-hand B2G device in the Philippines installed on Samsung Galaxy Nexus S. All questions asked were answered and explained thoroughly and I would say that these students are now more interested in learning more about Mozilla. Two thumbs up for Jean! πŸ™‚

Engr. Anne-Liza M. Fabello

Me, “endorsing” the B2G(Firefox OS) device. πŸ˜›

Next, the “invasion” proper. At exactly 8 in the evening of June 29, we went on for a long long long safe and cozy trip to Naga. We arrived at 5am and had our breadbaskets full. Reaching our destination at Ateneo de Naga University, we waited for the Wikimedia Philippines Team to arrive and start our activity. While waiting for them, we took few pictures within the campus vicinity.

When the Wikimedia Philippines Team arrived, we took a picture with them and proceeded to our main event held at the University’s Computer Research Center in Fr. James O’Brien Library building.

As the secretary of the Mozilla Philippines Community, it’s my task to be at the registration table and keep the files needed. There were 68 attendees of which 41 was a Bachelor of Library Information Science students and 27 was librarians, administrators, and professionals.

Starting off the activities of the 4th Open Web Day, the Wikimedia Philippines Team, leads-off by introducing how Wikipedia works and had a workshop on how to contribute and share knowledgeable articles in Wikipedia followed by the Mozilla Philippines Community Manager’s “keynote” of Mozilla’s advocacy, products, and projects.

Sir Jojit Ballesteros, introducing how Wikipedia works

Sir Jun’s keynote

How can we be part of the Mozilla Philippines Community? What can we do to contribute in the organization? As a non-profit organization, where do you get your budget for such activities held across the globe? These were the popular questions asked by the participants throughout the event and had been responded with thorough interpretation.

Next to Sir Jun’s keynote was Mozilla’s product, the B2G device, shown by Jean Rodriguez. Then, Sir Ren, to lead a workshop for L10n. With 220 strings left, we encouraged the participants to translate as many as they could and whoever gets the most strings will receive a Mozilla shirt as a price for the effort made. We are all glad to declare that we have achieved a 100% translation of Firefox to Tagalog. Thanks to all those who attended and participated vigorously! Also, thank you for hosting such a great event, Ateneo de Naga University! To the Wikimedia Philippines Community, thank you so much and see you again next Open Web Day! πŸ™‚

Sir Ren for L10n

Trivia: Did you know that regular coffee drinkers lessen about 1/3 of asthma symptoms?

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages with a rich and interesting history. And in Legazpi City, we made history for establishing the first MozCoffee in Bicol held at La Mia Tazza Coffee, Embarcadero. Some of the 8 attendees are from Bicol University and some are from the technology community in Legazpi, City. There were demonstrations made about Mozilla’s products and projects and of course, swags are given to the participants.

A cool image showing a Marketing for Desktop and Marketing for Mobile πŸ˜‰

With the 8 participants and the 2 servers at La Mia Tazza

Showing off our Mozilla pride with Mozilla Philippines’ pose

The most crowd-pleaser swag was the Mozilla shirt.

In-demand swag. Everybody wants it.

Cheering for the success of the events πŸ™‚

‘Til our next adventure! πŸ™‚

Photo credits to my brother, Kim Domanog πŸ™‚

Aim high, Mozilla! πŸ™‚


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