A journey of an opensource advocate

My Journey started when I took up BS in Sofware Engineering at Central Philippine University the first university in the Philippines who offered Software Engineering Course in 2000. My very challenge was installing a lamp environment in 2004 in preparation for our thesis in software engineering and it took us 3 months to install it successfully, we used open suse as OS, DVD wasn’t around yet so we have to patiently install it, its a 10 disc installer, you don’t wanna ask how many times it failed. Its so amazing that today I can do it in less than a minute by using this bundles XAMPP, WAMP, MAMP or Acquia Dev Desktop2.

When I was still learning web development in 2005 after graduation it was hard to find good resources and available white papers over internet  and most tutorials are based in *nix, with it you need to be patient and enthusiastic in learning at that time. Mr Google wasn’t that intelligent yet so you cannot rely 100% that you will find what you are looking for, so buying books in learning web development is a good option. I was fascinated with the book entitled “PHP and Mysql Web Development 2nd Edition” authored by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson, it was the very first book that i bought.


For me learning alone as a developer is not that efficient compared to learning in groups or as a community, most of my friends in the IT industry preferred it. This is the very reason why I joined the open source community because I know I will learn from them and at same ill be able to share my skills, experiences to others that is a win win for both parties.

I became an active member of PHP User Group Philippines and we launched the first ever PHP Roadshow project that aims to advocate opensource software and train students to learn not just PHP but other open source technologies. Its where iI honed my public speaking ability, from shy-ish to confident-ish, from zero to hero. Advocates do not necessarily have the time but they just the passion and heart.

When I joined the drupal community I was submerged in the culture, I learned the beauty of sharing even more and was able to realised that to be a great developer you don’t need to be an expert in the subject matter but what matters most is having the right attitude and knowing how to respect your subordinates or colleagues in the community.  With the leadership of Gem Devanadera as a community we’ve launched projects like drupal campus tours, drupal apprentice program that tremors its effectivity in advocating drupal not just in the Philippines but as well as in the neighboring countries in asia, because of this drupal community in the philippines receives numerous appreciations and commendation from the international community.

Mixed pictures taken from past trainings and conferences

Gerald Villorente and I also  established a pay it forward approach, where we conducted trainings and conferences for free in our houses and spent time teaching those who are interested in learning drupal and with the help of my co-mentors we travelled from north to south of the country just to advocate and spread this technology especially in underprivileged IT schools and we did it without financial support from companies and its all coming from our own pocket. The only thing that fuels us to continue overtime is the smiling faces of students during our training. To be an open source advocate it takes a lot of guts and passion this is not something that can be acquired or learned over night.

When X-Team asked me to join the league of superheroes i was delighted and knowing the reputation of the company, the organization is operating in 25 countries doing remote development and the mission and vision is unparalleled. A company that shares the same advocacy and passion and will help you unleash the hero within you is something that I have been searching for so long.

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X-Team support system is way better than other traditional organizations,  they will be there for you in every step you make as you go on to your next level of your journey as a developer. When me and my partner established the “Programmers Without Borders” a movement for IT developers that aims to advocate technology regardless of the location it may be a war zone or a mountainous area that is difficult to traverse we don’t care as long as we bring in the technology to students who are so eager to learn we will do it with passion and love.

I committed to bring this technology in our place a mountain side area where technology is a scarcity, and its a 3 hrs away from the metro, but it wont hinder us to train 100 out of school youth in web development this year in the town of Tanay, Rizal. X-Team also provided support morally and financially because they believe that this will greatly impact the town and to give hopes to the youth and for the last 3 months this is what we have achieved.

Tanay border outreach program I for out of school youth –  April 8, 2015

Municipality of Tanay, Rizal

Tanay border outreach program II for out of school youth –  April 18, 2015

Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal

Web development training for Church –  June 20, 2015

Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal

Web development training for teachers from 19 different schools  –  July 18, 2015

Brgy. Daraetan, Tanay, Rizal


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