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!

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.

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. 🙂

Aza Raskin Talks About the Future of Browsing

Aza Raskin, head of User Experience (UX) of Mozilla Labs, gave this talk during the Future of Web Apps London event earlier this month. He shared what the next three years could be like in the browser space. From more user-centric features to payments using the browser, what could be is very intriguing:

You-Centric: The Future of Browsing from Carsonified on Vimeo.

Join the Mozilla Philippines Community Mailing List!

In line with the continuing expansion of Mozilla’s presence here in the Philippines, there is now an official Mozilla Community mailing list for the Philippines.

The mailing list was created by MozillasGen Kanai (Director of Asia Business Development) and the list is for discussion of Firefox and Mozilla technologies in the Philippines. The list also aims to be the initial communication hub for localization, events, and site compatibility issues here in the Philippines.

So if you’re a Filipino web designer, web developer, web standards enthusiast, blogger, or a student interested in open web technologies in the browser space, I invite you to join the Mozilla Philippines Community mailing list.

Mozilla to have Bigger Presence in the Philippines

I had breakfast and coffee with Mozilla‘s Gen Kanai (Director of Asia Business Development) and Seth Bindernagel (Director for Localization), who are here in Manila for WordCamp Philippines 2009. The morning conversation centered on Mozilla’s presence in the Philippines, which I think is about to become bigger.

According to Gen, the Philippines got the attention of Mozilla because it’s one of the top five countries in terms of growth of Mozila Firefox usage. I shared to him that the stat is to really surprising because I’ve observed that the awareness of Firefox in the Philippines has gone beyond the tech geeks and developers. Both Gen and Seth agree that the Philippines presents great potential for a Mozilla Firefox community to flourish.

I also asked them about Mozilla’s relationship with Google, which has its own browser in Chrome. Seth shared that Chrome uses chunks of components from Firefox, and Gen said that the relationship between Mozilla and Google may be described as a “coopetition” or competitive competition as of the moment.

But going back to Mozilla Firefox Philippines community– here are some Mozilla developments we will likely see in the near future:

  1. Mozilla Firefox Philippines Community – Starting with WordCamp Philippines 2009, Mozilla will gradually build a formal community that it will support. According to them, Mozilla is willing to support a passionate group of enthusiasts and developers who are interested in web standards, and extending the tools and software supporting web standards.
  2. Mozilla Firefox in Filipino – According to Seth, there’s a strong possibility of Mozilla Firefox released in Filipino, or even dialects such as Cebuano and Ilocano, if the local community wants it. Being the Director for Localization in Mozilla, Seth said he will support initiatives from Filipinos who are willing to lead the localization efforts. Heck, if Facebook and Wikipedia have localizations in Filipino, why not Mozilla Firefox?
  3. Mozilla Firefox in Form Function & Class – I mentioned to Gen the Form Function & Class event the Philippine Web Designers Organization (PWDO) launched last July and he said he thinks Mozilla should be part of future events. Folks from Mozilla would be interested in having a talk about HTML 5 and developments in Mozilla about that spec. So next year, expect Mozilla to be part of Form Function & Class! 😀

I personally think these are welcome developments to the web community here in the Philippines. Moreover, I’d love to take part in the development of the Mozilla Firefox Philippines community. 😀