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Maupay na Udto! which means Good Afternoon the only translated word I know before going to this trip. Its been a month of preparation for this MozTour at Leyte: Visayas State University which was spear-headed by our fellow Mozilla Representative Melchor “Chor” Compendio, The team was composed of our Community Manager Eusebio “Jun” Barrun jr, Localization Lead Robert “Bob” Reyes, Remo Applicant Kathleen Joyce Domanog, Chor and Me the photographer(hehe).

As Early as 3am Joyce and I left our humble abode and was brought to the Airport by our Very Handsome Dad.(THANKS!), we waited for our friends to arrive at the entrance of NAIA Terminal 2. First to arrive was Bob, and we immediately entered the terminal and did all Airport SOP’s, and sat around the waiting area to wait for Chor and Jun, our flight would leave at 5:40am and we arrived on Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport at about 7:00am. We took a ride on a jeepney heading to a shuttle van service namely Van-Van’s, this would take the team from Tacloban to Baybay the first stop of the Tour.

MozTour Leyte Travel Map

“We literally crossed mountains  and bridges” quoting Bob to use it on our blogs. our first agenda after the long trip would be lunch!, Andok’s at Baybay City is quite different from those we see near our place. This branch has a dine-in service and has a nice view from the bay and the ambiance is very good as well. The weather that time was great, warm and dry.

Team arrived at Baybay Terminal

After we ate our lunch and got a good rest. Chor called a Multi-cab(it is something like a portable jeepney, commonly used by barangay tanods in Manila) and we headed to VSU a 15 minute ride from Baybay Terminal. When we arrived at the venue, we immediately prepared our equipments to be used and how the venue would look. My sister Joyce, readied at her station for the registration booth.

Preparing for the Event

My happy sister proudly wearing her first Mozilla Firefox Tshirt :D

Proud Mozilla Firefox Tshirt Owner

The MozTour at Leyte: Visayas State University event started with Jun’s Keynote entitled Mozilla for Webgeeks. and “THE KEYNOTE” have returned, explaining the General  Overview of the community, even if  “THE KEYNOTE” was long(approximately 2 hours), the audience had fun and surely was listening well. The venue was jam packed that even the second floor of the venue suddenly got full and some are already standing beside the door.

Jampacked Session with Jun

Next in line was Bob, his presentation is about HTML5 Cross Platform Mobile Development, and of course including Firefox OS(B2G). Bob showed and demonstrated the first ever Unit of Firefox OS here in the Philippines to the audience. including screenshots of the User Interface and Firefox Mobile OS’ capability running on a local TELCO simcard. Bob even dared the attendees quoting

If anyone’s smartphones here can boot faster than the Firefox Mobile OS, Talk to me I’ll give you a prize.

Firefox Mobile OS with BobSome tried turning off their smartphones including my sister and Chor. but their units failed the boot test.

After Bob’s Presentation it was my turn. I was kinda nervous because it was my first time to present with more that 30 persons. My Presentation was about Mozilla Student Reps. I was always known as a happy person and always seen smiling, being like that as my nature, I decided to bring the happiness to the audience.

Mozilla Student Reps and Me

Since I am a product of the Student Reps Program I shared to them all of my experiences, what Student Reps do, and their benefits. I also discussed the difference of a Mozilla Representative to a Student Rep.  Seems my way of presenting is effective

 All I can say is MozTour at Leyte: Visayas State University was a success. Everyone enjoyed the seminar everyone received their SWAGs. For those who asked questions and to those who answered they were rewarded Mozilla Tshirts. We have 3 Winners namely Darrel Kim Destriza, Ral Itong and sorry I still have no info of the name of the third winner.

Mozilla Firefox T-Shirt Winner

Mozilla Firefox Tshirt Winner 2

Mozilla Firefox Tshirt Winner 3

The MozTour at Leyte: Visayas State University concludes a tour around their campus where buildings has similarities with University of Philippines Los Baños Campus in Laguna. (Photo Below Courtesy of Bob’s Cam)

Visayas State University Campus Tour

MozTour at Leyte: Visayas State University, another success for the team. We welcome everyone as a part of our community as we do our Mozilla Philippines Community pose Proudly

MozTour at Leyte: Visayas State University Community Pose

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Next Stop. Southern Leyte State University.

Last Saturday at Bo’s Coffee Nuvali Solenad 2, Sta. Rosa the party we all been waiting for had begun.  Mozilla Webmaker, The Goals is help millions of people move from using the web to making the web. With new tools to use, projects to create, and events to join, we want to help the world increase their understanding of the web and take greater control of their online lives.

At first we only expected 7 people to arrive. but when the event itself had arrived we had a total of 13 people including Mozilla Representatives,Professionals and Students. Jean Rodriguez hosted this event he presented the goal and how each of us can contribute. he also demoed the use of Mozilla Thimble and X-ray Goggles.

Webmaking party

Summer Code Party Presentation

 

Also, Joell Lapitan shared some tips in web development and blogging. and Eusebio Barrun shared the local plans of the Mozilla Philippines Community. Each one of us enjoyed what we learned from each other and what we ate and drank at the venue (Thanks a lot Bo’s Coffee)

Joell Lapitan Sharing Tips

 

 

To Conclude, Everybody had fun not only we received additional knowledge we also gain new friends and strengthened our bond as a team. Everybody also got their freebies, to those who missed this awesome event do not worry. The Party had just begun and many more Mozilla Webmaker events would happen this year! so stay tuned!

Mozilla Webmaker more fun in the Philippines

It's just the Beginning!

 

Check out Mozilla Philippines Website for updates on events

To learn more about the Summer Code Party and how you can help, visit this link: http://webmaker.org. You can also follow the hashtag #mozparty on Twitter to get updates.

 

 

When I first heard of the news of the Baptism I got  excited, not only that a relative of mine would now be a christian, it would also be a time for me to practice my photography on an event. The couple of course had their own official photographer. I just butted in

March 11,2012. A special day for the couple Arnold Custodio and Christine Rubio-Custodio for it was the day of welcoming their daughter Arwen Cate to Christianity. The Baptism of Arwen Cate Custodio was held at Edsa Shrine, Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace. The Church has its own place for Baptism, located at the right side of the building. It was a small air-conditioned room with long chairs.

The Chairs

The Church has this equipment where the water will continuously flow, It is located inside another room where the Baptismal Rites would take place.

Equipment use for Baptizing

Before the Baptism Started I took shots of Arwen Cate’s Memorable moments. Since its my first time I had lot of errors in taking shots. some are under exposed some are overexposed. I toook the hang of it while taking shots. the room has this dim light so it is kinda hard for me to set the settings in Manual mode so sometimes I shift to Aperture Value. Here are Some of my favorite shots.

The priest secretary came and instructed the photographers where and when only they are allowed to take pictures during the Baptismal rites. Then I continue taking shots of Arwen.

Zooming on Arwen

I even got a shot while Arwen Cate is smiling while resting!

Smiling Arwen

After a while of taking shots the priest finally arrived, his secretary called each family one by one including their respective Godfathers and Godmothers. Luckily they are positioned in the middle making it easy for the photographers to take a picture of them.

Start of Baptism

The Priest started the ceremony. shoot some shots too but I would only show the important and memorable parts,

The Priest started the sacrament of baptism

 

Baptism of Arwen Cate

It only took about an hour for the baptismal rite to be done. Welcome Arwen Cate to Christianity! After the Baptism, We headed to Bistro Mateo for the Celebration of Arwen Cate’s Baptism, The food was already prepared, the delicacies are Great I love the food that they served. Then somebody handed out survey forms, I thought it would be for the Restaurant but it was for Arwen, the survey for includes which asset most resembles Arwen. does it comes from Mom or More of her Dad, the form alsi states that it would be read when the right time comes

This is my Favorite question on the survey, the origin of Arwen’s Name. It a wild guess though. I hope I am right :)

Origin of Name

Again in behalf of the family, Welcome to the Christian world Arwen Cate! May all your dreams comes true! God Bless you always!!

Welcome to the Christian World!