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Last year Mozilla Philippines Community had visited a lot of schools. The team already conducted events on the 3 main Islands of the Philippines, when we visit schools there are lots of student volunteers sign-ups, they are all willing to share their time and talents for the Mozilla Community. and certainty this student volunteers also organizes their own set of events to promote Mozilla’s Mission and Products.

But then there is this thought in my head. that keeps buzzing up on me whenever I am with the student volunteers. it’s like there is something lacking to them. Then it comes to me. YES they are active in their own events and online meetings, but they never get to see other student volunteers in action, except if there is one BIG and MAJOR event.

Upon planning of the event the primary objective of this is for students volunteers to meet new friends, plan events together, and of course have FUN over a cup of coffee and pastries, and of course first round is and will always be free. (This event was held last May 18, 2013)Student Volunteers Meetup

So What made this event different from the rest of the meetups? Well One cool part of this event was there is an event that is held simultaneously in the same venue, the event is dedicated on the introduction and Demo of the FirefoxOSStudent Volunteers Meetup with PalmOS users

Second, the day before this event was held. The Firefox Student Ambassadors program was launched, active student volunteers can join the program and be the one resposible for promoting Firefox, FirefoxOS and grow the Mozilla Community on their schools. Student volunteers who are present during the meetup eventually  became the leaders of the Firefox Student Ambassadors Clubs within their schools. How’s that for Kick starting the project!

Firefox Student AmbassadorsThe Mozilla Philippines team updated them on what is happening on the community, including events that will be happening soon and in the near future. I also discussed to them the new features of the Firefox Student Ambassadors that is not found on the former project (Student Representatives)

Joell Lapitan Discussing the Development team's activities

Joell Lapitan Discussing the Development team’s activities

Me discussing the changes in the Firefox Student Ambassadors Program

Me discussing the changes in the Firefox Student Ambassadors Program

Goodie bags to the lucky student volunteers who had attended the event!

From Left to Right : Christian Mariano, Tina Verbo, Joshua Rubin

From Left to Right : Christian Mariano, Tina Verbo, Joshua Rubin

Group Photo of the Student Volunteers and the Mozilla Philippines Community

Group Photo of the Student Volunteers and the Mozilla Philippines Community

Thanks to all who supported the Student Volunteers Meetup! And I will assure you guys and girls there are more events like this to come! :)

 

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.

After we revisited Pamantasan ng Cabuyao the Team heads out to Cubao, a 3 hour trip mainly because of heavy traffic to catch the last bus trip heading to Naga City, and meet up with Sir. Jun and Sir. Ren who were waiting for at the bus station,we readied ourselves for a 12 hour travel to Naga City for our Open Web Day at Ateneo de Naga University

Ateneo De Naga University

We arrived at Naga city around 5am and ate our breakfast at Bigg’s Diner and prepared ourselves for the 4th Open Web day. As the Team arrived at University we were excited, as we waited for Sir Irvin and the Wikimedia Philippines Team, We surveyed the area and enjoyed the relaxing scenery of the University.

We even put up the Mozilla Firefox Banner near the main building of the school Ground. At that moment while I was taking pictures I saw Wikimedia PH team from afar and waved at them they also set up their banner for a group photoshoot.

Mozilla Philippines and Wikimedia Philippines

The main event is held at Fr. James O’Brien Library of the University at the Computer Research Center, the Registration started at 8:00am. Overall of 68 participants flocked the venue most of the attendees were Library and Information Science students,  Librarians, and Professionals. Open Web Day is an event jointly organized by Wikimedia Philippines and Mozilla Philippines Community.

The event started off with Wikimedia Philippines Introducing how Wikipedia works and they had a workshop on how any body could contribute contents to Wikipedia.

In their Q&A portion one of the participants asked ” as a Professor how would they trust Wikipedia’s contents if anybody could easily edit it?” and Ms. Bel from Wikimedia PHL answered “… that students should only use Wikipedia as a Starting point for research specially for Thesis and always check the reference at the bottom of the article”

Professor asking a Question

Ms. Bel Answers

Ms.Bel answering the question

After their workshop the second half of the Open Web Day started right after Lunch Break, and Sir Jun’s “The Keynote” had begun, an overview of  Mozilla, our advocacy, products and projects. Amazingly his keynote ended half the time it usually takes. THE KEYNOTE

For those who asked question we gave Firefox shirts and Swags, One of the most asked question on a MozTour was

“Mozilla as a non-profit organization, where do you get your budget for MozTours and other activities?” and Sir Jun explained “… one of the biggest source of wealth comes from Google, if you would notice once you open up Mozilla Firefox you would see that the default search engine is Google, and some comes from people just like you who donates, people who supports the advocacy of the foundation”

Next up on the line, Jean introducing of the project Boot to Gecko(a.k.a Firefox Mobile OS) along with the demo phone. the demo phone was passed around to be tested.

Jean Rodriguez with B2G

Sir Irvin testing out B2G phone

Next up is Sir Ren for Localization, with just a little introduction on Localization then the workshop begun.

Sir Ren with Localization

With only 220 strings left untranslated, we spiced things up a little and for the top translators  the team would give a Firefox shirts.Top translator get Firefox Tshirts

Not like any other Open Web Day, On June 30 2012 Marks the 100% Translation of Firefox Tagalog, Now its up to Reviewers and Approvers to finish the job and soon launched Firefox Tagalog

100% Translation Firefox Tagalog

Great Work to Naga City, from the Mozilla Philippines Team a big Thank you to Ateneo De Naga University for hosting the Open Web Day at Kudos to the Organizers, Volunteers and to those who participated.

Certificate of Appreciation

A Job well done!! and here goes the Mozilla Philippines Community Pose!Mozilla Philippines Community in Ateneo De Naga University
See you again on our next events!!

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