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As of January 2012 we had agreed on we would have to create three teams which we called The Power of 3, and Yes 2012 was a success with Engagement team and Localization team moving forward and rapidly expanding! and the Development team a bit slow.So I was thinking way before to at the very least establish a core group of volunteer developers to help the MozillaPH Development team to get started.

With the help of a student volunteer Marcus Ang who also specializes in development, we had discussed of a meet-up, at first we just had thought of a simple gathering of developers just to hear what the current trends in terms of development today and other events that might come for Devs ,and we reached the final decision to conduct a MozCoffee for Developers. I’ts almost 2 months of preparation and yes the day Finally arrived when MozillaPH Development team IGNITES!

Core members for the MozillaPH Development Team

The MozCoffee of the MozillaPH Development Team was held in our usual MozCoffee Spot! in The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at the Two-ecomm tower. to begin I started a short spiel and introduction of myself. then for the latest news and updates of the Mozilla Philippines Community, The Community Manager Eusebio “Jun” Barrun Jr. IMG_3974

Followed by Robert “bob” Reyes to update them about the progress of FirefoxOS,


and last but not the least, Kevin Ventura for another short talk about the webmaker program


After this we had discussions on how we would make the team more active and move forward towards the future this is a milestone for the Mozilla Philippines Community. and now for those who received the shirts!

Marcus Ang of College of Saint Benilde

T-Shirt Winner: Marcus Ang

Allan Tolentino of Fluxion Inc.


Sep Sallao of Far Eastern University


and for the girls!

Charlee Cabusas a graduate of University of Sto. Tomas


Erika Gatmaitan also from Far Eastern University

So stay tuned for more updates from us! Always  if anybody out there who wishes to join this Team just ping me. And thanks to all those who attended our event! hope to see you all again! And now meet the core members of the MozillaPH Development Team!

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
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.