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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! :)

 

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 :)

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.