Last Saturday, WordCamp Philippines 2008 was successfully held at the College of St. Benilde, Taft Ave., Manila. This was the first WordCamp to be held in Southeast Asia and I’m proud to have been part of this important event.
To my readers who don’t know what WordCamp is, well it is the premier event for WordPress users and developers. WordPress, on the other hand, is said to be the leading blogging platform in the world today.
Personally, when I first heard that there will be a WordCamp in the Philippines, I was really excited because I just transferred this site from Blogspot and I’m eager to discover the many features and possibilities that WordPress can offer me as a blogger.
Initially, I planned to go as a regular camper but when Ria announced in Plurk that volunteers will get a free WordCamp shirt, I immediately signed up to become one. 😛
The day of the event came and I prepared myself for a long and busy day. The organizers and blogger volunteers were joined by the volunteers from the Computer Business Association and the Association of Information Management of the College of St. Benilde. I must say that the students were fun and easy to work with. They are efficient, organized and had initiative.
As the schedule of activities began, I found myself going around the venue carrying out several tasks and doing some errands. Nevertheless, I was able to sit in and listen to some of the morning talks that day. Most interesting for me were the one given by Gail about creating WP Themes and Markku on developing WP Plugins. I think I’ll be studying these subjects more in the next few months so expect a better and more personalized theme for this blog soon! 😀
Noon was the busiest time for me because I was assigned in the distribution of food. Lunch time went without any problems and I was able to have a bit of fun guessing the secret ingredient of the delicious Sonja’s cupcakes. While most of the bloggers answered that there was no secret ingredient (thanks to Kung Fu Panda), I insisted that it’s either Vetsin or it’s Star Margarine! 😛 Here’s a shot of them which I got from Doc Tess.
Anyway, there were less tasks in the afternoon and most of the volunteers were able to socialize with other campers. In my case, I was also able to listen to Matt as he talked about the future of WordPress. He also showed us a preview of WP 2.7 that will be shipping by November this year.
WordCamp 2008 concluded around 5:00 pm. As I watched the campers slowly disperse, I found myself hanging out with some of the blogger volunteers and Micamyx. At around 6:30 pm, we noticed that we were the only ones left in there. Here’s a picture of us before we went to Fort Bonifacio for dinner and the party at Mag:Net Cafe.
Overall, it was a very productive and fun-filled Saturday for me. Congratulations to the Mindanao Bloggers for a successful WordCamp Philippines 2008. I hope to work with you guys again next year.
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