[Event] 5 Years of Firefox in Manila, a Report

Last Saturday, 21st of November 2009, the new Mozilla Philippines Community held their first event entitled “5 Years of Firefox in Manila!”  Regnard Raquedan, the leader of Mozilla Philippines, was already halfway through his presentation when we arrived at the venue.

Five Years of Firefox in Manila
Five Years of Firefox in Manila

The venue was sponsored by the good people of Asian Institute of Management (AIM), in front of Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Philippines.  Allan Caeg of Ubuntu Philippines was also there and part of the organizers.  After Regnard presented the history and growth of Firefox, as well as the official launch of Mozilla Philippines Community website, Globe Telecom followed and presented their latest product – Web2Mobile.

What is Web2Mobile?  It is a Filipino developed Firefox browser extension (or add-on) that will allow you to send text messages (SMS) and multi-media messages (MMS) without leaving your browser window.  Cool eh?  Maybe not, because we have uLink and Chikka for our web-to-mobile needs.

Five Years of Firefox in Manila
Five Years of Firefox in Manila

This is where Olive Ruth Dag and J. Allen Santos (see above photo), the UP students who developed the extension for the Globe Labs Summer of Code program made it stand-out:

  • Highlight any text on any website, right-click, and then hit ‘Send’.  No need to copy and paste or re-typing everything
  • You can also send any images, be it a photo or any graphics from any website.  Right-click on the image and simply hit ‘Send’

After the Globe presentation (good thing there was no Q&A session, I would have drilled the presenters with questions about their service), what followed was the raffle.  For the first time I won – being unlucky with raffles…  I got a Firefox ID lace, now two, which I’ll proudly use and keep.

It is good to be part of Free/Libre Open-Source Software (FLOSS/FOSS) communities.  We may not be able to give back code or donate but through these events and communities, we are giving back something even though it is as small as showing our support by being simply being present and spreading the word.

Five Years of Firefox in Manila
Five Years of Firefox in Manila

Congratulations to the organizers of Five Years of Firefox in Manila and thank you to Mozilla for the freebies.  Of course thanks goes to the sponsors as well – AIM for the venue and wi-fi, Globe Telecom for the food.

Photo gallery on Facebook.

Bloggers who attended:

Give Web2Mobile a try: Download the add-on here.

Visit the official community website at www.mozillaphilippines.org.

Is a self-confessed bibliophile and technophile other than being an early adopter, an avid gamer, a geek, nerd, role-player, anime otaku, and trekker.

His first online project was in 1998 when he launched the unofficial website for Ansalon MUD and his own community forums Laibcoms.Community. By 2003 he created his work blog GM-Yukino which grew into gameshogun™, Snoworld™, and techmagus™.

His website is jcsesecuneta.com and 1way.faith. He also owns Clean Real Food, YourOnly.One, Adorable & Beautiful, and other online properties.

Event Card
Title
Five Years of Firefox in Manila
Location
Mozilla Philippines, Asian Institute of Management, Paseo de Roxas,Makati City,Philippines
Start
2009-11-29
End
2009-11-29

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