If you were at the Drupal Camp Manila last Saturday and Sunday May 7-8, 2016, that’s awesome! As part of the organising team, I loved what we were able to accomplished. We organized the camp to bring together the Drupal community from 9 different countries in the world such as India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, USA, Philippines we also have one from Costa Rica and Ireland to teach, learn, connect, and collaborate. According to Eduardo Garcia we could have call the camp as Drupal APAC Summit since 8 countries are collaborating in the event.
More or less 200 people attended the event held at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Eton Centris EDSA, Quezon City, Philippines. Students, Developers, Project managers and Business executives gathered around to hear and learn about Drupal. This year’s track was packed of greats topics such as Behat Testing, Docker, Scrum, Community, Drupal Contribution, Pantheon Terminus, Web Application Security, D8 Elastic Search, Form API, DrupalConsole and we have workshops for Drupal 8.
In the morning event we welcomed Eduardo Garcia from Costa Rica who came all the way from Taipei as he delivered his speech as keynote, he talked about “Why investing in community is good business”. It was a great presentation full of inspiration especially for people who would like to contribute back to the community and who will be in one day organizing a drupal event,
The venue was one of the best in all drupal camps i attended and thanks to Hewlett-Packard Philippines for hosting our event. The training rooms are really conducive for learning.
Heres our Drupal Camp Schedule
(intermediate to advance)
(intermediate to advance)
Birds of Feather (BOF) Discussion
8:00AM – 9:00AM
9:00AM – 9:45AM
Keynote Speaker – Eduardo Garcia
9:45AM – 9:00AM
15 minutes break and preparation of rooms
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Drupal basics for Non programmers Joseph Edsel Bonilla
(Web configuration and management)
How to become a better Drupal developer (with real life case studies) Solihin Jinata
(Case Study, Non-tech)
Drupal 8 development effective and efficient with Drupal Console Eduardo Garcia
11:00AM – 12:00NN
Drupal theming introduction and basics Ruthie Hallarsis
Technical Discovery for Drupal 8 project Ravindra Singh
Building products for the Drupal ecosystem and their models Tom Tran
12:00NN – 1PM
1:00PM – 2:00PM
Module Development Primer Albert Causing
Scrum for Drupal projects Solihin Jinata
Drupal 8 Elastic search Roal Umandal
2:00PM – 3:00PM
A developer’s guide to mastering forms Bryan Manalo
(Modules & Forms)
Case Study of FOX.com Website Pratomo Ardianto
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.
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
Last Saturday February 16, 2013 Philippine Drupal Users Group presented Drupal Camp Manila 2013 to more or less 200 people held at Microsoft 6750 Ayala, Makati, Philippines. Students, Developers, Project managers and Business executives gathered around to hear and learn about Drupal. This year’s track was packed of advance topics from mapping to mobile development, from project management to development operations and of course the newly introduced session, the beginners session.
In the morning event we welcomed Mr Jim Ayson of Smart DevNet as he delivered his speech as keynote, he talked about Drupal to be used in his organization as a platform integrated with smart technology.
The place was very impressive, it was really designed for conferences like drupal camp, i’ve heard a lot of good feedbacks from the participants about the place, its classy and if you look outside the window you will see a big part of the makati business district, the sky rocketing buildings and people walking around the area.
These are the breakout sessions in the morning event:
Ranel Padon [University of the Philippines] - Web Mapping with Drupal
Andrew Kucharski [Promet Source] - Project Management tools and organizations
Paul de Paula [NUAMS] - Mobile development using Drupal and Titanium Appaccelerator
Andrew Kucharski [Promet Source] - Thunder and Lightning: LoadStorm and Other Ways to Stress Out Your Drupal
Adolfo Nasol [Abtik Team] - Creating Online Store with Drupal Commerce
For beginners session:
Intro to Drupal – Grace Porcal
Installation and Terms – Nathan Cailo
Views Intro – Lexie of Promet Source
These are the breakout sessions in the afternoon event:
Sean Coleman [Kyte Systems] - Advance Drupal Commerce
Daniel Honrade [Theming Expert] - 1 Minute Solution to Automate your Vimeo Inline Video Integratio
Paul de Paula [New Amsterdam Ideas] - Magic Begins with Context + Delta + Omega Theme
Gerald Villorente [Kyte Systems/CNN] - Drupal Performance and Scaling
Andrew Kucharski [Promet Source] - Opportunities to leapfrog content distribution while Mobilizing Your Site with Drupal
Marc Caballero [The Surfer Geek] - How to contribute at drupal.org
Paul de Paula [NUAMS] - Building a Drupal Distribution using Features + Drush Make + etc
Edison Tan [Microsoft Open Source Software Specialist] - Drupal on Windows Azure
For beginner’s sessions:
Context intro – John Ross
Html slicing – Ericson Luciano
Intro to module development – Nico Penaredondo
Drupal learning curve – Nathaniel Cailo
I was impressed with the volunteers who talked about Drupal in the beginners sessions, its jampacked and the no. of people i saw in the morning was the same number when it ended in the afternoon. I interviewed some of the participants who stayed and listened from the speakers and they said they learned a lot, and they cant wait to start building website.
Overall this years Drupal Camp was awesome, the topics was really trendy and interesting, the food was so delicious, It was the first time ever for a drupal camp manila to have such a nice lunch, from the spaghetti, fish pillet and etc., and the people were all friendly and you will see a lot of smiling faces probably because there are lots of companies announced that they are all hiring.
Another exciting event organized by the PHDUG -Philippine Drupal Users Group, the “Drupal Developers Day 2012” held at Microsoft Philippines, Ayala Office Tower, Makati, Manila last October 27, 2012. It was attended by mostly students who are eagerly want to learn drupal, developers from different industries, company executives who are looking for awesome drupal developers.
Hot topics were discussed from beginners to advance sessions. The following are topics discussed in the event:
1. SaaS by Albert Causing
2. Git Basic by Gerald Villorente
3. Module Development by Adolfo Nasol
4. Mobile Development using Drupal Web Services by Paul de Paula
5. Basic Theming by Oliver Kuy
6. Selenium Testing by Jonathan Jacinto
7. Windows Azure by Edison Go Tan
8. Mozilla Firefox by Eusebio baron
9. Open Forum by all speakers, Rachel Jaro, Eusebio Baron, Rick Bahague hosted by Marc Robinsone.
In behalf of the Philippine Drupal Users Group we would like to thank the sponsors for extending help to the event that without them it may not be made possible.
Another successful drupal event took place last September 29, 2012 at Exist techbar, Ortigas, Manila. It was attended by mostly students and developers who wants to learn more in drupal. The event was organized by the Drupal Users Group(DUG) Manila led by strong willed lady Gem Devanadera.
The first speaker was Gerald Villorente from Kyte System/CNNGo talked about the fundamentals of Drupal, it was a great presentation and for sure a lot newbies learned a lot from it.
The second speaker was the art director of Kuy Digital, Oliver Kuy a drupal designer who loves theming and photoshop, He tackled the basic PSD to Drupal Theming, Oliver carefully discussed the process in
customizing drupal sites without much of coding.
One of the highlights of the event was a talk from our visitor who came all the way from chicago illinois, Mr. Young-jin Kim, of emphanos.com that specializes in CIVICCRM, hes also an active Drupal organizer, a Drupal evangelist in Chicago. Young talked about “5 Reasons to use Drupal”. He also have shown us an infographics of the status of drupal in the US, and why the US Government trust Drupal.
Our last speaker was Albert Causing, he discussed about the OM Maximenu module developed by one of our members in DUG, Daniel Honrade.
The event was even more fun when participants joined the gangnam style dance, students from PUP shows no shyness when they rock on the dance floor.
This Drupal Meetup wont be possible without the support of the sponsors, In behalf of the Drupal Users Community we would like to extend our thanks to SmartDev Net, Exist, Mozilla Philippines, Globe Labs, New Amsterdam Ideas, DevCon and GeekGirls Philippines.
We hosted the drupal meetup at Raya Gardens at Parañaque City last saturday June 16, 2012. The event was organized by Ms. Gemma Rose Dublan and Rachel Jaro. The weather was windy and cloudy and was about to rain, but thanks God there were still people eager to learn drupal and wanted to collaborate with other developers, newbies, noobs.
We first gathered to meet and greet at the clubhouse and it was fun because most of the faces were new to me and ive seen a lot of potentials from them to be an advocate of FOSS so its a good thing. While others are busy introducing themselves, Gem ordered toron and some refreshments and it was very good and refreshing at the same time. We were supposed to have the discussion at the clubhouse but due to some external destructions(noise) so we opted to have it done at the mini lobby just outside of our unit, so we settled and after 30 minutes the food arrived, a pizza from Pizza Hut, Thanks to those who have chipped in for our food.
There were three topics that was discussed, “Symfony meets Drupal” by Ken Marfilla a symfony guru, “Intelligent Mapping using Openlayers” and OpenERP by yourstruly, it was exciting and fun, people were asking questions, ive seen happy faces and people are constantly talking “Drupal is awesome”.
My wife and i just attended the first OpenErp Bootcamp in Manila held at Picadily Bldg, The fort, Taguig Global City. Attendees were coming from different industries such as Manufacturing, Telecom Company and Software Development Firm.
I first heard OpenErp last year and now its making a big sound from western countries to southeast asia, OpenErp just opened their office in Singapore to accommodate support and development for Asia due to Its demand and popularity in the region and has potential to compete with big names like Oracle, SAP and Microsoft.
Kudos to Eastvantage an IT outsourcing company, a european firm based in Manila that is committed to share the good news to the opensource community for its wise move to introduce OpenErp in the Philippine Market.
Thanks also to Mr and Mrs Pohlmann of Auberon Solutions for sharing such informative presentation of OpenErp, its functionalities, basic python and OpenErp Module development.
Free Open Source Software is everywhere. Just today we have just had our Maple Camp 2012 at Jesus the Foundation Christian Fellowship at Sun Valley, Bicutan, Parañaque City, Manila. Maple Camp’s objective is to help train the youth and young at hearts on how to build websites for the church and be able to manage it, from content publishing, to social media and SEO. There will be a weekly meetup after the event where in-depth discussion and hands-on training on drupal/joomla will take place.
We are blessed to have guests from drupal community, Mr. Sven Berg Ryen from Drupal Singapore Network, Mr Gerold Mercadero and Mrs. Rachel Jaro of Drupal Philippines. The event wont be more alive and exciting if not with the help of our sponsors, to New Amsterdam ideas, BrioBirth, Charie Villa of Taopo.org and to the Jesus The Foundation Christian Fellowship.
Joomla and Drupal were discussed and presented its features as content management framework, it was attended by young leaders, students pursuing IT, and young at hearts of the JTF Church. Participants were thrilled and overwhelmed by the power and capability of both cms.