Five Years of Firefox in Manila Done!

The Five Years of Firefox in Manila event was held yesterday and it was a great launchpad for the Mozilla Philippines Community.

I, along with Community coordinators Ren-Ren Gabas, Allan Caeg, and Mozilla Campus Reps from Colegio San Juan de Letran Calamba led by Joell Lapitan, came at 12 noon to make the necessary preparations at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City. Since the event was scheduled at 3:15, we had enough time to iron out the logistics and event flow. Also, we had great support from the AIM folks in the event management.

People started trickling in at 2:15 and the heart snacks were served. In line with the Philippine community theme, we had Filipino delicacies for the food. (Yum!) We started a but late at 3:30 with around 70 people in attendance.

The program proper was kicked off by Allan Caeg, who had a short welcome message and showed the “Light the World with Firefox” video:

Ren-Ren Gabas then had a short talk about the Mozilla Campus Reps initiative and I then followed up with the Five Years of Firefox in Manila talk and introduced the official Mozilla Philippines Community website and invited the people join.

Globe Telecom also showcased the Web2Mobile add-one where Globe subscribers can send SMS and MMS via the Firefox, with a very intuitive interface. This demo drew a lot of “ooooh”‘s from the audience. On a side note, the app will be launched soon and this was a project by a couple of Computer Science students from the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

Then came the most awaited portion: the raffle. I think most of the Firefox fans who came to the event really wanted the special edition Firefox shirts we gave away, but we could only give out five shirts. 🙁 Maybe we can have more in the future. 😉 But nonetheless, no one went home empty handed as we gave everyone little Firefox goodies.

If you ask me, the event was able to introduce the Mozilla Philippines Community in a nice way and it was able to make people look forward to the next set of events. 😀

A huge thanks to everyone who came and those who helped, I hope you will be a part of the Mozilla Philippines Community moving forward. 😀

Here are some photos of the event, courtesy of Aja Lapus and Joell Lapitan:

One final thing: props to my fellow bloggers/Firefox fans who were there:

5 Reasons to Attend Five Years of Firefox in Manila!

Five Years of Firefox in Manila

The Mozilla Philippines Community, Globe Telecom, and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) will be hosting the Five Years of Firefox in Manila! event this coming November 21, 2009 (3pm-5pm) at the Fuller Hall of AIM in Makati City.

This event is a get-together of Mozilla Firefox and Web Standards fans in the Philippines and here are five very good reasons to attend the event:

  1. You’ll get to meet other fans of Mozilla Firefox– around 120 folks have already RSVP’d.
  2. It will feature the highlights of Firefox in the last five years, introduction of the Mozilla Philippines Community, plus what the future holds for Mozilla Firefox.
  3. It will also showcase Globe Labs‘ new Firefox app (yes, people in the Philippines are making apps for Firefox :P)
  4. There will be nice little Firefox goodies for everyone, plus special items for raffle. 🙂
  5. It’s a free event! 😀

If you’re interested in attending, just RSVP at the event’s Facebook page. See you there!

World Usability Day 2009 in Manila

We had an event for the fifth World Usability Day event here in Manila yesterday, along with 123 other locations all over the world. Entitled “Design/Sustain,” the Adobe User Group – Philippines (AUGPhil) and the UST Information Systems Society (UST ISYS) hosted the event with a focus on the theme “Designing for a Sustainable World.”

We had a great roster of speakers and topics. Dr. Rosemary Seva of the De La Salle University talked about “Usability and Sustainability”, Rey Mendoza of AUGPhil talked about “Affordable Usability Tools” , and Illac Diaz of My Shelter Foundation shared their projects in sustainable architecture.

Apart from students, the event attracted members of the Philippine usability community and there was talk of developing the community and establishing a Philippine chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA).

Hopefully by next year, the World Usability Day event will be co-presented by our own local UPA chapter. 🙂

Here are some pics:

PWDO’s 5th Mini-Web Design Conference


It’s Mini-Web Design Conference season once again!

The Philippine Web Designers Organization (PWDO) will be having its fifth Mini-Web Design Conference, the first after the major Form Function & Class web design conference. The event will be held at the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) in Manila on November 14, 2009.

The event is spearheaded by applicants of incoming members of the PWDO with the help of the Association of Information Management of DLS-CSB.

It was over a year ago when we organized the very first Mini-Web Design Conference and I think it’s a great venue for web folks to network and learn a thing or two. 🙂

See you all there!

Mozilla Firefox Turns 5

Five years ago, Mozilla Firefox 1.0 was launched with much excitement from the web community. And this was for good reason– prior to November 2004, there was very little options when it came to browsers as folks only had Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, and Netscape to choose from. Mozilla Firefox burst into the scene as the little browser that could.

Now it’s November 2009 and the browser landscape has changed. There are more choices (like Google Chrome) and and the former browser overlord, Internet Explorer, is declining. But more importantly, the little browser that could has become stronger. Over the last five years, one in every five web user now has Mozilla Firefox.

From the improvement in speed, personalization, and flexibility, Mozilla Firefox will remain in the forefront of the improving the web browsing experience.

Here in Manila, the Mozilla Philippines Community will be leading the be celebrations with “Five Years of Firefox in Manila.” The event will be held on November 21, 2009 at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City from 3pm to 5pm. The event will feature swag and launching of Philippine community initiatives, plus a hint on the future of Mozilla Firefox.

I’d like to take this opportunity to invite fans of Mozilla Firefox here in Manila to drop by the event to show your support. To RSVP, please visit the event’s official page in Facebook.

Design/Sustain: World Usability Day 2009 in Manila

For the fifth year, the World Usability Day will be in Manila. 😀

I’m working with the Adobe User Group – Philippines (AUGPhil) and the UST Information Systems Society to organize “Design/Sustain: WorldUsabilityDay 2009 in Manila,” the Manila event leg of the World Usability Day. Coincidentally, this is the last pending event I’m heading as the User Group Manager of AUGPhil. The event will be held on November 12, 2009 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Center (TARC) Auditorium at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila from 2-5pm.

The theme this year is “Designing for a Sustainable World” and the roster of speakers is quite impressive and will be speaking on topics centered on the theme. Here’s the program:

  1. 2:00pm: Opening
  2. 2:10pm: Welcome Remarks & Introduction to World Usability Day – Anne Michelle Santos
  3. 2:25pm: Illac Diaz of Designer Village Challenge – “Designing Houses for Climate Change”
  4. 2:55pm: Short Q&A
  5. 3:00pm: Rey Mendoza of AUGPhil &Shutterfox – “Affordable Usability Testing”
  6. 3:30pm: Short Q&A
  7. 3:35pm: Dr. Rosemary Seva of DLSU – “Usability & Sustainability”
  8. 4:05pm: Panel Q&A
  9. 4:30pm: Raffle
  10. 4:45pm: Closing Remarks – Regnard Raquedan

There’s a registration fee of PhP50.00 and folks can pre-register at The fees shall be collected on site.

Mozilla Philippines Community Building Up Steam

If you’re a Mozilla Firefox enthusiast here in the Philippines and you’re not yet member of the Mozilla Philippines Community mailing list, you may miss a lot in the coming months.

Apart from meetups, the community here in the Philippines could be undertaking localization of Mozilla Firefox,organizinglaunch events, andprobablyeven getting some cool Mozilla merchandise in the process.

Fellow blogger Eugene Villar has talked about this in his blog and this was brought up during a meet up with Mozilla’s Gen Kanai earlier this month.

So if you want a piece of the action, join the Mozilla Philippine Community mailing list. 🙂