Archive | September 2008

I am joining the 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit

Wow. This is great. There’s really a lot of action going on in the web these days. People are connecting and collaborating even more. And we are meeting FACE to FACE.

First, there was the Software Freedom Day.

Now, I am looking forward to this Mindanao Bloggers Summit thingie.

Exciting. I could meet the bloggers from my very own Mindanao. I am relatively new to blogging and I’d love to learn more from them. Blogs have helped me a lot. Reading other people’s blogs inspire me (especially Sacha’s). I learn from other people’s experiences in every aspect of life. From computers, viruses, programming, teaching, presentation, travelling, food, love, family, career, friends…name it, I’ve probably read a good blog about it.

And what makes it even greater is that I don’t have to travel far to attend the event. It’s all happening here in GenSan. I’d definitely grab this opportunity. 🙂

See you there! 🙂

CO-PRESENTERS:
NOKIA (Philippines), Inc.
Mayor Pedro B. Acharon, Jr.
Congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio
ABS-CBN Regional Network Group
Mindanao Bloggers
Bariles Republic

GOLD SPONSORS:
ACLC-Skeptron Ventures, Inc.

SILVER SPONSORS:
Asia United Bank
NoKiAHOST.COM
Family Country Hotel & Convention Center
East Asia Royale Hotel

BRONZE SPONSORS:
Digital Filipino
Pacific Seas Seafood Market
Shalom-Crest Wizard Academy
Generals Logimark Exponent
< Prints and You
Sta. Cruz Seafood, Inc.
Dellosa Design Builders, Inc.

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I am joining the 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit


Wow. This is great. There’s really a lot of action going on in the web these days. People are connecting and collaborating even more. And we are meeting FACE to FACE.

First, there was the Software Freedom Day.

Now, I am looking forward to this Mindanao Bloggers Summit thingie.

Exciting. I could meet the bloggers from my very own Mindanao. I am relatively new to blogging and I’d love to learn more from them. Blogs have helped me a lot. Reading other people’s blogs inspire me (especially Sacha’s). I learn from other people’s experiences in every aspect of life. From computers, viruses, programming, teaching, presentation, travelling, food, love, family, career, friends…name it, I’ve probably read a good blog about it.

And what makes it even greater is that I don’t have to travel far to attend the event. It’s all happening here in GenSan. I’d definitely grab this opportunity. 🙂

See you there! 🙂

Thank you to the following for making 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit possible:

CO-PRESENTERS:
City Mayor Pedro B. Acharon, Jr.

Congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio
NOKIA
Department of Tourism XII
ABS-CBN Regional Network Group
Bariles Republic
Gen. Santos City Tourism Association
SOCCSKSARGEN Blogers

GOLD SPONSORS:
Friendster

Globe
AMA Computer Learning Center
Grab A Crab Restaurant and Coffee Club 101
Gregoria Printing Press

SILVER SPONSORS:
Nokiahost.Com

Asia United Bank
Family Country Hotel & Convention Center
East Asia Royale Hotel
Fine Pixel Advertising
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BRONZE SPONSORS
GenSan Sale.Com
Blogging from Home Book
Pacific Seas Seafood Market
Generals Logimark Exponent
Prints and You
Writing Edge.Com
Forest Lake San Carlos Park
Rolee Bakery & Cafe
Jehzlau Concepts
Techykid.Com
Jaypee Online.Net
Blue Media Communications
International Container Terminal Services, Inc
Shalom Wizard Academy
Dreamworld Travel and Tours
Sta. Cruz Seafoods, Inc.
Dellosa Design Build Services
Kristan Bookstore
DOLE Philippines
Husky Bus Lines
Shakey’s Pizza
Family Brand Sardines
Gaisano Mall of GenSan
Chowking – KCC
Jollibee National Highway
Procter & Gamble Philis., Inc
Mega Sardinesc

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Software FreedomDay 08 GenSan





Software Freedom Day 08 – GenSan held at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University on September 20,2008 was a huge success. It was attended by over seven hundred (700) people coming from different sectors of the society. Students from the elementary and high school levels of Special Education Program (SPED) graced the event along with their teachers and principal. College students from different schools and universities, IT practitioners, businessmen, government employees and teachers also took part in the celebration.

The interest of the participants perked up when they saw the teaser created by Mr. Linog, a 4th yr. BSIT student of MSU GenSan. In a few minutes, they understood the reasons behind the celebration: the vision, mission and goals of Software Freedom Day. The video of the teaser has been uploaded to YouTube.

The speakers shared their enthusiasm and expertise on Free and Open Source Software to the participants. Mr. Diaz spoke about the prospects in IT, Mr. Trillo gave a talk on how FOSS can be used in education, Mr. Sumajit on FOSS in business, while Engr. Matutina discussed about using FOSS in the government. The elementary and high school students of SPED (including a hearing impaired child) also gave their testimonies on how they were able to use Linux.

Mr. Bilbao and Ms. Santianes (4th Yr IT Students of MSUGSC) also gave talks on the Open Education Disc, highlighting GIMP and OpenOffice, respectively. They showed the advantages and features of some of the Free and Open Source Softwares. Around 100 Ubuntu and 100 Open Education CDs were given away to the participants after their talk.

Moreover, the participants learned more about Software Freedom and FOSS through the exhibits that were displayed on the lobby. The exhibits showed discussions on Linux and some of the popular Free and Open Source Softwares that are in use nowadays.

The most exciting and fun-filled part of the day was the socialization and the games that were played in the afternoon. The participants especially enjoyed the FOSS Race, which served as the event’s highlight. Fifty (50) participants from different schools and universities formed five teams. They had to travel from one post to another and do some challenges before they are given the chance to answer the questions, which were all about FOSS. The participants did not only learn about FOSS, they also gained friends and enjoyed the games in the process.

It was truly a memorable event for all the participants.

Even with a very minimal budget and initial funds of about 2,000 pesos (coming from the registration of MSU students and sponsorship of Columbia) the organizers were able to pull off a very successful event.

The organizers (which was primarily composed of college students) initially had a hard time looking for sponsors for the event. This is because most of the businessmen didn’t have any idea about what we were celebrating for, as this was the first SFD celebration in the region. Luckily, we were able to make some of them understand what the event was really all about. And they generously gave us some of the things we needed for our celebration. Kristan Educational Supply gave us 100 CDs on which we burnt the Open Education Disc, materials for the registration, and some clear books for the games’ prizes, SMART Telecom gave us beltbags for the prizes, ACLC Computer College printed the tarpaulin, Columbia Computer Center donated some cash, Mang Inasal took care of the organizers’ lunch while Pizza Hut gave us some pizza for the snacks.

The OpenHUBS, Mindanao State University-General Santos City in partnership with Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, Holy Trinity College, and ACLC Computer College organized the successful Software Freedom Day 08 GenSan.

A BIG thank you to everyone who celebrated with us! More photos at Picasa

You can also visit the team’s wiki page.

Here are some of the links to blogs written about the event by:

Mylene at Friendster

Sanrio

Patet

GrilledLife

There are also photos of the following:

Exhibits

Morning Activities

Afternoon Activities

Video of the teaser here:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Wow! Super Successful Software Freedom Day!

For the first time in many nights, I had a good night’s sleep. I feel renewed. Fulfilled. And ready to take on the next challenge. (PhilNITS).

Yesterday was a blast! Software Freedom Day 08 – GenSan was a HUGE success! We had around 800 participants and the speakers were great!

Everybody had great fun at the field too. When the students participated in the games that we prepared for them. The FOSS Race was amazing, exciting and fun-filled too!!!

People didn’t only learn tons of information about FOSS, they also had great loads of FUN and PRIZES! Really surprising for a first-time activity!

goals for the week

this week is gonna be a fun-filled and extra-challenging week for me.

things to be expected this week:

1. student evaluations and class observation by the dean – got to wake up earlier!

2. returning of checked exam papers – i don’t know if i can do this, but i’ll try

3. final touch-ups for Software Freedom Day – most important goal of the week

4. preparations for the PhilNITS exam – if there’s time. if there’s none, I will make time… 🙂

life is just getting better and better each day… 🙂

weekly sunday morning recollection

today, i am making a commitment to make sunday mornings my personal recollection time. (it would be especially long if i won’t attend Sunday mass in the morning or when i don’t have a neck-level pile of laundry)

weekly review: the past week has been a whirlwind of SFD-related activities: answering inquiries on email, calling up prospect sponsors, following up partners in other schools, leading and directing a bunch of college students, finalizing plans, gathering ideas, and trying to make each piece of the puzzle fit.

this job is tough. i had to remind myself over and over that it’s all worth it and everything’s gonna be under control…

aside from SFD preparations, i prepared exams for my students. good thing i already have some resources, the task wasn’t as hard as before.

one of my major accomplishments last week is washing a pile of clothes…hehe…it feels so good to have my clothes clean and neatly piled up on my closet instead of being dumped on my laundry area. makes me feel good!

all in all, it was a busy but productive week…and oh, my good friend hannah just had her baby last sept 10. and we visited her at the hospital…she now has a healthy baby boy! the miracle of life is truly amazing. it’s another milestone for her…üüü

one of those conversations that touch your heart and make you cry…

buti n lng naka off ang lights…

so that he will not see the tears…my voice was already starting to crack but i didn’t want him to notice. after all, we were just having a casual talk. we were talking about love… and the family bounded by it. it was one of the best conversations i had with my brother.

all this time, i always thought “I” was the “good one”. the one who gave more. the one who should be appreciated. the one who should be respected. the one who loved more. sacrificed more. hurt more…

but i was wrong.