It has been a busy week for Pinoy Bloggers. Yesterday all WordPress users, enthusiasts, and developers together with Mr. WordPress himself gathered in College of Saint Benilde in Manila for the first WordCamp Philippines.
A day before the event, all volunteers were requested to go to the event venue for the final meeting, ingress and the assignment of tasks. Its been a while since the last time I took part in an event and when Ria informed me that I’d be assigned as the Media and Speaker’s Coordinator, I felt relieved since I already knew most of the speakers and the task wasn’t anything new for me.
Considering I only got an hour’s sleep because I went to the San Miguel Oktoberfest kickoff the night before, it was no problem waking up early probably because of my enthusiasm to meet fellow WordCamp volunteers, WordPress users, and friends.
After a quick shower, I dropped by 7-11 in DLSU to meet up with Gwen, Paul and Chiq before heading to the venue. As early as 6am, students blogger volunteers were already busy preparing Kits, ID’s, T-shirts and completing the rest of the tasks.
Everyone was working together including the organizers Ria, Winston, Migs, Andrew, Bloggie and Juned. The work flowed smoothly for the most part despite occasional panic moments which really is unavoidable when organizing an event like this.
Most of the campers actively participated in each of the talks given by the speakers. Gail Villanueva‘s talk about Creating WordPress Themes & CSS Power was the most attended talk and the rest of the talks were also a big hit among the campers! Lunch was hosted by Chowking and desserts were provided by Spot.ph.
Aside from the fact that the Philippines ranked as 24th largest WordPress user, WordPress.com is the 24th most popular website in the world. Pinoy Campers are lucky to witness Matt as he delivered the very first “State of the Word” address in South East Asia.
Matt Mullenweg commended the organizers for having a successful Davao and Manila WordCamp and for having the most fashionable WordCamp T-Shirt ever created:) He also announced the upcoming WordPress version 2.7 which will be released this November.
Some features that will be included for the WordPress 2.7 will be the navigation redesign, drag and drop powered dashboard, dynamic navigation in the navigation bar and more.
After the sponsor’s presentations, Matt Mullenweg gave way for the Question and Answer session with Pinoy WordPress users and developers. Ria announced the post WordCamp contest sponsored by Cebu Pacific which was called Cebu Pacific’s Blogging Challenge where winners get 1 roundtrip ticket to the local destination of their choice. She also announced the After-Party @ mag:net café, The Fort.
Wordcamp Philippines was the first WordCamp event in Southeast Asia and second in Asia, Beijing being the first to hold the first Wordcamp last year. WordCamp Philippines sets the record by having the most number of registered participant in Asia and one of the most attended WordCamp in the World.
Truly, WordCamp Philippines is one of the most talked about “Blog Event” in the Philippines this year and I will definitely join again in the upcoming Wordcamp Philippines 2009.
*Other Wordcampers who’ve posted about their experience:
- Wordcamp Philippines 2008: The Aftermath in Life in Quadrant 4
- Thoughts on Wordcamp Philippines 2008 by Nina
- Wordcamp Philippines 2008: Winners and Bloopersby Kring
- Matt Mullenweg Highlights from Wordcamp Philippines 2008by TheBachelorGirl
- Live Blogging from Wordcamp Philippines 2008 by Spilled Lustre
- Wordcamp Philippines 2008by Mae Paulino
- Wordcamp Philippines 2008by Al Cabasa
- Wordcamp 2008 Philippinesby Karla Redor
- Wordcamp Philippines 2008: A Success!by Melo Villareal
- Experiencing Wordcamp Philippines 2008 by Jane
- Wordcamp Philippines 2008 by Teacher Julie
- Matt At Wordcamp Philippines 2008 by Binary Silver
- Wordcamp Manila 2008, I was There!by Sha Ang
- Wordcamp Philippines, First Southeast Asia Wordcamp by Ana Katharina Pena
- On Wordcamp 2008 and Meeting Mr. WordPress by diventare.org
- Wordcamp Philippines shirt, please? by the receptionist
- Wordcamp Philippines ‘08 by L.A.
- Matt Mullenweg, Volunteers, and WordCamp Philippines Shari of Misteryosa.com
* The list was intentionally copied from Prudence and Madness Thanks Tess:)