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Manila, Philippines

The CCP begins anew

This 2009, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a new logo, and year-round festivities featuring special performances and events clustered around the themes of Excellence of Filipino Artists; Brave New Works: Original Filipino Creations; and Cultural Empowerment: Flourishing of the Arts in the Regions.


Leo Valdez performing at the finale of the CCP Presscon

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Manila, Philippines

Havaianas Playback at the Bonifacio High Street

Before there were cellphones, the Internet and Wii, there was piko, sipa, tumbang preso, lakad lata, Chinese garter and patintero. Byahilo jumping over the Chinese garter   Havaianas turned part of Bonifacio High Street into a playground for kids and the kids at heart, with game stations for different Filipino games that we played when we were kids. It was…read more
Manila, Philippines

I Pick Manila

There's a new weekend market in town, and it's right in the heart of Manila. Every Sunday this September, Celadon Residences brings us Pick Manila, a collection of food and lifestyle mini stores right outside SM San Lorenzo.   Similar to Salcedo, Legaspi, and the Lung Center markets, Pick Manila showcases goods that you wouldn't usually find in the malls.…read more
Manila, Philippines

Thoughts on Wordcamp Philippines 2008

While preparing to go to bed after a long day, I just realized that I’ve attended two Wordcamp firsts: the first Wordcamp in Australia (Wordcamp Melbourne 2007), and the first Wordcamp in Southeast Asia (Wordcamp Philippines 2008. Darn you Beijing for holding one last year; it would’ve been first in Asia!)

Smug declarations aside, I’m pretty happy with today’s programs. Hands down, it was one of the BEST blog events of 2008. WordPress is something all the participants were passionate about, and you can really see how much bloggers are interested in learning more about this powerful blogging platform. There was an eclectic mix of participants – newbies, probloggers, personal bloggers, developers, designers. All the breakaway sessions were well attended (because they’re all interesting), and the afternoon’s plenary session was especially interesting because it was when Matt Mullenweg delivered his State of the Word address and had a short Q&A session with the campers. I think Matt was amused at how we love to take photos and took plenty of shots of campers taking a picture of him.

Matt and his fans
Matt and his fans

 
Then there was the serious business of camwhoring after the program XD We all posed for a class picture with Matt, then the Wordcamp organizers and volunteers had their photos taken with the huge backdrop. Then comes the jumpshots. Matt was so amused by all of it, that he had to join the other photographers in taking photos and joining the organizers eventually. Almost everybody wanted a photo with Matt, and he willingly obliged to each request, even chatting up the groups who came up to him for a photo.

I guess that’s one of the reasons why this was such a fun event: Matt was so easy going and friendly. Despite his popularity and status, he remains down to earth. It really was such an honor to meet a person like Matt Mullenweg.

Wordcamp Philippines Organizers and Volunteers
Wordcamp Philippines Organizers and Volunteers

 

Of course, a big part of why this event was one of the best ever are the organizers. I have to hand it to the Mindanao Bloggers; they really worked hard for Wordcamp Philippines, and it paid off. I was watching them work while I was waiting (because I arrived way too early), and I saw every volunteer doing their assigned tasks, and all the leaders working with them, instead of just ordering people around. That, my friends, is the recipe for a great event ;)

Looking forward to Wordcamp Philippines 2009!
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Manila, Philippines

Review: Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3

After much excitement over the NAIA Terminal 3 opening, I was finally able to experience the terminal personally last weekend and yesterday night. Together with Eric and Melo, I flew out of Manila and into Cebu to watch (and shoot!) the Pasigarbo sa Sugbu, a festival of all Cebu festivals (which is different from Sinulog). Plenty of open check-in counters…read more