The year 2012 is a banner year for the Mozilla Philippine Community having organized, attended, and supported some 82 events (big or small) totalling to 114 event days. Add to the fact that the team also traveled some 7,160 kilometers (with Manila as the reference point) from January up to December, truly 2012 was an awesome year for all of us!
Here are some of the highlights for 2012 …
- Mozilla Philippines Community Year-end Meetup covered in several blog posts.
- First Ever Localization MozCoffee coverage here & here.
- The Community became active at its own #mozilla-ph IRC Channel
- The Community supported the relaunch of the country’s premiere tech tambayan WebGeek Philippines
- The Team joins Open Web Day — a series of live events intended to share the good news about free and open source software across the entire country; in cooperation with Wikimedia Philippines.
- The team started what will be a wave of Campus Tours for 2012 at PUP Sta. Rosa in Laguna.
- The second Open Web Day was staged at the De La Salle University – Manila (DLSU) and was covered by this blog post.
- Mozilla User Group Meetup at Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba was a blast!
- Continuing the wave of campus tours, the very first meetup of Mozillians down south at Zamboanga City was a success, too!
- Two (02) Mozilla Reps from the Philippines graduated from their respective courses with flying colors: congratulations to Kevin and Kemuel!
- We got bored with the look of the website, thus we had an update.
- We had the very first Student Reps face-to-face training followed by a MozCoffee.
- The series of Open Web Day events continued this month at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
- The team traveled some 860 kilometers out of Metro Manila for the very first MozTour Zamboanga
- The Community acquires the very first Boot-to-Gecko (B2G) device this country has ever seen.
- The very first Open Web Day outside of Metro Manila was held at Naga City in the Bicolandia followed by a MozCoffee in Legaspi City in the same region. Both events were blogged here.
- The Philippines joins the Mozilla world in staging several Summer Code Parties worldwide. First stop: Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna and was blogged here.
- First ever MozCoffee held in Cebu City (Visayas).
- Translation Fever started for Bikol and Chavacano languages.
- The Community staged one of the biggest events in 2012: HTML5 & Firefox OS Roadshow
- The Community supported 12 Software Freedom Day events all over the country.
- For the very first time, the Mozilla Philippines Community was featured on national TV with the appearance of Community Manager Eusebio “Jun” Barrun, Jr. and Regional Localization Leader Robert “Bob” Reyes on ANC’s Future Perfect show.
- The Philippines joins the biggest Summer Code Party this side of the planet (Southeast & East Asia, that is) during the event staged at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Laguna. The event in itself broke Philippine records as the biggest Summer Code organized (and attended) locally.
- Open Web Day goes to the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila.
- Pinoy ReMo (Mozilla Rep) Robert “Bob” Reyes gets invited as a resource speaker at the 10th Youth for IT Conference (Y4IT) at UP Diliman.
- Usual topics at our MozCoffee revolves around Localization and other Community Concerns. To have a variety, we invited a professional photographer to give an exclusive seminar to Mozillians on how to cover a live event during the very first MozCoffee Photo MNL.
- Mozilla Philippines gets featured in the media; this time by means of an interview by WebGeek Philippines.
- The Community celebrated the 8th birthday of Firefox with a meetup in honor of visiting colleague Ms. Didem Ersoz of WebFWD.
- The team goes to Youth for IT Conference in Cebu (first time ever that the event is held outside of Metro Manila) and hosted a bigger MozCoffee to Mozillians in the Visayas.
- One of the biggest events for 2012 was the first ever Lipa City Colleges (LCC) IT Convention, organized by the Phil-IT.org team, it was attended by more than 500 students from all over the city in the province of Batangas.
- Continuing the tradition of awesome planning, the team ventured to a self-organized Business Planning for 2013.
- And to cap the awesome year, a Translation Marathon was held two (02) days ago. The event was graced by Mozilla’s Localization Community Manager Arky, who will be spending his New Year in the Philippines (his very first visit to the country).
Indeed, the year 2012 was an awesome one for the Mozilla Philippines Community. It has set the standards for what must be expected for 2013. We wish to thank each and everyone who, in one way or another, became part of the community. To our friends and sponsors, who showed support to the events we had organized, thanks and kudos to you all! Let’s get more awesome in 2013.