WordCamp Philippines 2009

I was only there during the morning sessions, but from the looks of it WordCamp Philippines 2009 was a success.

Held at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City, WordCamp Philippines provided venue for WordPress developers, bloggers, and enthusiasts to talk about the best open-source blogging platform and blogging topics. It was also great to catch up with my friends in the web and blogging scene here in the Philippines. πŸ™‚

The talks I was able to attend were very good. Here’s the morning program I was able to catch:

  • 9:30am – Meet the WordPress Family by Beau Lebens
  • 10:30am – WordPress in the Wild by Markku Seguerra
  • 11:15am – Citizen Journalism in the Context of the 2010 Elections byDanilo Arao
  • 11:45am – A quick look into the Mozilla community through the lens of localization by Seth Bindernagel

I particularly liked the talks of Danilo Arao and Seth Bindernagel. Professor Arao shared nice information on blogging as a form of citizen journalism. One thing that stuck to me from his talk was that blogging per se is NOT journalism, until the blogger is aware of the practice and responsibilities of journalism. More over he added one tip for the bloggers: “To be a good blogger, you have to write well, you have to write fast, and you have to write responsibly.”

Seth Bindernagel of Mozilla’s Localization team talked about Mozilla’s efforts on localizing Firefox to different locales and upcoming open web standards Mozilla is supporting. I was pretty amped with his demo of HTML 5, and the audience were in awe with what crazy stuff you could do with the upcoming HTML 5 specs. This was a great preview of what will happen in next year’s Form Function & Class Web Design Conference.

Just before I left, I addressed the audience and gave a short talk about the Asian Institute of Management.

Hats off to the Mindanao Bloggers for holding a great event. I had a great time working with them in coordinating the event venue and logistics. I’m looking forward to next year’s WordCamp Philippines. πŸ˜€

Update:

Here are some WordCamp Philippines 2009 posts I’ve found so far:

Here are a few snaps I took from WordCamp Philippines 2009: