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Fluxion Mozcoffee

March 23 2013, the date where Joyce Domanog, spearheaded an event where her fellow Fluxion employees would get to know the Mozilla’s and the community’s effort here in the country,  most of the attendees are web and apps developers. The Mozilla Philippines Team who arrived at the event are Robert ‘bob” Reyes, Joell Lapitan, Kevin Ventura and the brother & sister tandem (me and Joyce).

We conducted the Fluxion Mozcoffee at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Coffee shop at Two E-Comm tower Pasay City — the usual spot where we conduct our other Mozcoffee events, it’s like an unofficial HQ of the Team, to start the event I introduced Bob to do a brief introduction and General overview of the products of the community.

Fluxion Mozcoffee

Fluxion Mozcoffee

followed by Joell to discuss the Mozilla Web developer tools, most of them already uses the tools in Firefox but they still got amazed by the other tools they have not yet used like the 3D tilt, Scratchpad and Responsive view and a preview of the FirefoxOS simulator

Fluxion Mozcoffee

Fluxion Mozcoffee

followed by Joyce she introduced to them the FirefoxOS. with the help of Bob for the questions being asked by the Developers,

Fluxion Mozcoffee

Fluxion Mozcoffee

followed by Kevin for a lightning talk about Mozilla Webmaker project

Fluxion Mozcoffee

The Fluxion Mozcoffee was a success thanks to the attendees and the Remo’s who had attended.

Fluxion Mozcoffee

so you are guys would ask? where is the loud bang? well fortunately later that day there was a pyro musical event happening near and from our view we could see it for free~
Blaze Star

Fiery Fire

after that we all had our dinner, and went home after that, again thanks to those who attended the event and hope to see you again in the up and coming events of the community. Keep your Mozilla Fire Blazing!

So what’s my story? how it all began? from being a student representatives to Mozilla Representatives… here how it goes,

It was a hot afternoon on the year 2009, I was wandering around the halls of my school looking for a place to stay and burn my 5 hours vacant time, luckily I bumped to one of my classmates( and now my best friend) Kevin he invited me to visit Jun in his office, I did not asked what we would be doing since I am finding a place to stay.

Jun’s office is located on the top of the main building so it would be long way from the first floor. We tried using the elevator but unfortunately that time it’s out of service, our only choice now is to use the stairs. It’s like doing a cardio exercise. 4 floors would really make you sweat. as we entered the hall. his office is located at the top. so another staircase up. (*huff huff huff*)

Jun welcomed us and told and to rest for a while(that’s his usual greeting for anyone who comes to his cave HAHAHA!), we talked about usual tech stuffs and school activities and then he opened about Mozilla and telling us that there is a local community and they are looking for contributors and there is no Membership Fee it just need a little bit of our time. I did not say yes at that moment. I kept telling Jun I will check it out and try it sometimes… several months passed and I ‘checked out’ the community

July 31 2010, We are invited to join the first community meetup down south led by the former Community Manager Regnard Raquedan, along with us is a close friend Ruth Tiangco, Joell Lapitan we came as the new student representatives from Letran. and look what we had as a community Milestone the very first Firefox Pizza :)

 

then there were bunch of small Mozilla sponsored events on our IT Department. including the general overview of the Mozilla Community in the Philippines spearheaded by Jun.

April 16 2011, The first ever Major event that I had attended being a Student representatives, The Firefox 4 launching held at Asian Institute of Management. I get to meet and have lunch together with Gen Kanai the Director of Asia Community Engagement for Mozilla and the rest of the Mozilla Philippines crew.

September 22,2011, I applied to be on Mozilla Representative Program and was accepted on October 13 2011 one of the very first here in our country.

November 19, 2011, While the Mozilla Philippines Team were in Kuala Lumpur for the Mozcamp Asia. Student Representatives Daryll Abulencia, Kevin and I were attending the App congress at Xavier. where we meet lots of developers with their cool apps.

January 13 2012, we had a year end meetup( supposedly the pre-xmas party but well nevermind… HAHAHA) held at Rack’s Alabang. Discussion was focused on The Power of 3. This was the date that I simply would not forget. It’s amazing to think a small group of individuals be able to do great things for just a year

Mozilla Representatives: More Fun in the Philippines

This meet up was the start of everything we had done this 2012,  including Mozilla Campus Tours, Open Web Days, Mozcoffees and different trainings. One of the most amazing things that happened to us was being invited to join the MozCamp Asia 2012 in Singapore, where every thing was FREE(yes EVERYTHING!! from airplane tickets to hotel accommodations).

you might ask me on how I contribute? Well when I was still starting out I helped on Social Media Marketing, re-tweeting tweets from Mozilla Philippines Community, sharing and liking posts. then I act as the not so official photographer of the group.

Then as I move myself up and started giving talks from small to a large audience. tracks bugs on Mozilla products, Joined army of awesome. leads awesome student representatives.

these contributions I have made might not be that grand, and not even that hard to do. but think of it this way, when small contributions are gathered together they create a big impact to the community :).

You, yes YOU. the one reading this blog. why not share a little bit of your time and join our community? try watching our Manifesto below :)

if you are interested you can join us at these channels:

Facebook Page
Twitter
Google+
IRC: #mozilla-ph (here’s how to join)

With all that said. I am Happy being with the Mozilla Family hope to see you guys and girls in action :)

What is Software Freedom Day? Does this Ring a bell to any one of you guys? Basically its a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software! also in this event we also get to know people or the community behind it.

Software Freedom Day

September 15,2012 one of the unforgettable date for the Mozilla Philippines Community. This was the date that we had co-organized several Software Freedom Day events, to be exact we had 20 scheduled events on that day from Aparri to Zamboanga, unfortunately we had 2 events cancelled and had to be moved, BUT! 18 events aren’t too bad isn’t it? especially if we are only 12 Representatives here in the Philippines.

This was the first Software Freedom day I had attended. It was a really an awesome experience to join this celebration. you get to know more of the Free and Open Source Software that would help us do our daily things without thinking of the cost. The Mozilla Philippines Lead by our own Community Manager Eusebio Barrun jr, Jean Austin Rodriguez , our Student reps Shane Aringo, Rhon Nepomuceno, Ghil Desuyo and I were the ones who attended.

Firefox Clinic Booth

Firefox Clinic Booth

Mozilla Philippines Student Reps

Mozilla Philippines Student Reps (L-R) Ghil Desuyo, Rhon Nepomuceno, Shane Aringo

Sir Jun also shared a brief overview of Mozilla’s Community(maybe the shortest of all presentations he had) *cough* *cough* 15mins *cough* *cough*

Sir Jun's presentation

We Put up a booth, Firefox Clinic. A place where you can ask questions if you have problems with Firefox, and or any related questions about the Organization. I had prepared 25 leaflets to share to interested students and professionals. but alas! 25 ain’t even a quarter of the attendees on that day.

Mozilla Leaflets

Mozilla Philippines leaflets for Software Freedom Day

One of the most Interesting part of the event was when Teddy Casiño visited and gave a presentation about the FOSS in Legislation also promoting his House Bill 1011, after that he then visited our booth, We gave him a Mozilla Tshirt. He told us that Mozilla Firefox is one of his favorite browser.

Congressman Teddy Casiño with Jean Rodriguez at Firefox Clinic Booth

We had lots of Sign ups for Student Reps too, waves and waves of students gather around our booth. in just a matter of seconds all of the leaflets are gone as well as our business cards.

Student Sign ups

Hello Students!

Student Sign ups 2

Hope we can work with you guys soon :)

Another part of our adventure was our Mission:Ambush Question. Lead by Jean, what we do? we roam around the vicinity to ask random students questions about Mozilla Firefox. those who answers correctly won Firefox ID laces and Pens

First Student we asked

Another student for Questioning

At the end of the day we all had fun. we learned a handful and shared our knowledge to others. thanks to those who visited our booth. See you guys and girls on our next events :)

Firefox is love

Firefox is looovveee =)