My Wordcamp Philippines 2009 Experience

I had some great time at WorkCampPH 2009 yesterday at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati. The event was organized by folks. This was my 2nd blogger event (first one was the Nuffnang and Goldilocks event at the Fort last month). Some highlights:

  • Blogie Robillio welcomed the WordCampers and introduced the Mindanao Bloggers Community. Migs Hipolito was the emcee.
  • Beau Lebens of Automattic presented the WordPress family. bbPress, BuddyPress, Backpress and GlotPress are new stuffs for me (WP and WP-MU are oldies). I think BuddyPress is cool. I like how Beau and the lead dev coined it as Facebook BYOTOS (Bring Your Own Terms of Service).
  • Markku Seguerra shared his WordPress in the Wild. The way he titled his session as “in the wild”, I know it would be related to IT-security related so this got me very much interested. The preso was cool and I appreciate his “security in mind” discussions. I also liked his advise on content theft (which is to Blog about it!).  Nice 🙂
  • Danny Arao, a professor in UP and a writer from talked about Citizen Journalism and the next year’s election. I love his “hirits” and opinions on politics as well as his explanation on Responsible expression. I now have a better understanding on of how can blogger and journalist help each other on the coming elections
  • Seth Bindernagel of Mozilla came in next to discuss Mozilla and its open source initiatives. I feel that a localized (Filipino) version of FireFox will be on the roll soon.
  • Regnard Raquedan shared AIM background and  excellence and invited the attendees to check out what AIM can offer for them.
  • Jeff Villafranca talked about Editorial Voice in Tech Blogging after lunch. I don’t consider myself as 100% tech blogger, but since I also write about techie stuffs in my blog and I understand Jeff points especially on “taste” and other finer points in his presentation.
  • Coy Caballes busted some myths on video-blogging. His preso is a good eye opener to me on vlogging and It made me think to consider to try making one in the future
  • Gail Villanueva discussed some advance WordPress topics: Portfolio and Directory site. Preso was colorful and full of tricks, WordPress magic nga!
  • Last preso was done by Karla Redor on WordPress as the ultimate CMS (Content Management System).

I’m happy that little by little I am getting over my shyness and have some good time interacting with the blogging community. How?

  • Shook hands with Jehzlau
  • Met, greeted and chat with other WordCampers: Randy Marasigan and some fellow Mapuan bloggers (they are the folks behind and soon to be released and Ederic.
  • Met NuffnangPH folks. Exchanged cards with Carlos Palma. Didn’t see Judd Sta. Maria although Carlos said he was in the event

To the rest of the Campers there that I greeted (and I forgot to mention here) or was in the event but I was not able to mingle with, kindly drop some comments and I will return the favor by visiting your blog/sites. Promise 🙂

To the #WordCampPH tweeps, I’ll follow you in twitter too.

Lastly, my congratulations to the organizers and volunteers of the WordCamp Philippines 2009 event. See you in WordCamp Philippines 2010!!!

Other bloggers’ post on the event:

  1. WordCamp 2009 was Awesome! By Jehzlau
  2. I’m a Happy Camper at WordCamp by Maki Eduardo
  3. What I learned in WordCamp 2009 by Melvin
  4. WordCamp 2009 by Nina Fuentes
  5. My First WordCamp by Venus
  6. WordCamp Philippines 2009 by Rowjie
  7. WordCamp Philippines 2009 by Regnard Raquedan
  8. WordCamp Philippines 2009. by Judd Sta. Maria
  9. WordCamp Philippines 2009 by Br. Vince Celeste
  10. WordCamp Philippines 2009 by Buddy Gancenia
  11. Live Blogging at WordCamp Philippines 2009 by ChiQ Montes
  12. Presentation at WordCamp Philippines by Seth Bindernagel
  13. Blogging, browser and balut by Nina Fuentes
  14. Geeky Saturday: WordCampPH 2009 by Apendiks
  15. My Wordcamp Philippines 2009 Experience by Karen
  16. WordCamp Philippines 2009 by Joell Lapitan
  • (Updated) WordCamp PH 2009: Citizen journalism, blogging and the 2010 elections by Danny Arao
  • Note: I will be updating the links from time to time.


      1. @jlapitan
        hi joell, thanks for visit and thanks the correction on the byotos (will edit later). Let me know when your blog post is ready so that I can visit.

      1. @Melvin
        Thanks for the visit and the comment! Yah on the next wordcamp (or the next blogging event) we should definitely shake hands :)! I like the learnings you posted on your blog entry. Will visit it later and add up my comment

    1. Hello Menard 😀 Nice blog you have here, you want to exchange links at my blog? ^_^. Thanks for visiting my blog! Do also go to other blog events, it’s fun. Well, for this year Wordcamp has the greatest information value shared so far among other blog events. I hope there are more blog events/seminars like it. 🙂

    2. Hi Menard, I was there. I was trying to be under the radar because I was a walking zombie in there (I lacked sleep, damn it). Will post about it in a bit.

      It was a great conference. Am looking forward to next year.

      1. @Judd
        Haha! Walking zombie 🙂
        I’m looking forward for the next year’s WordCamp too!
        Btw, Carlos is encouraging me to join the new Nuffnang contest. Will try to extract some creative ideas and come up with some post soon

      1. @brVince
        Naalala ko nakaupo kayo sa likod namin (sa likod rin ni Danny Arao) nung session nung umaga. Nahihiya pa ako mag-greet nung umaga, mga lunch time pa lang ako nagkalakas ng loob makipag-shake hands sa mga bloggers 😀
        Bawi na lang next event!

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      1. @Venus
        You are most welcome! Sure just copy the links and spread the word about wordcampph.

        Thanks for the visit and the comment too 🙂

    4. Hello Menard! It’s great that you made it to WordCamp! And thanks for posting those links. 🙂

      I wish I had more time to interact with you and the other campers that day. Next year, let’s have an after-party!

      Blog on, everyone!

      1. @Blogie,
        Thanks for visiting! Yes the links are very useful to connect to fellow bloggers/campers.

        I understand that as organizers you guys have a lot of stuffs at hand so there will be limited time to mingle.
        The after party idea is cool:)
        ‘Till next Wordcamp!

    5. Hi Menard,

      Sorry late! I got to read this only now! It was great seeing you again. I always enjoy running into our bloggers. I’ll add you on my blogroll. Just migrated to WP recently!

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