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Firefox OS Smartphones Now in the Philippines!

Finally, the long wait if over for Pinoy fans of Mozilla’s Firefox OS!

Mozilla, through this blog post has announced the availability of Firefox OS devices in the Philippines through Cherry Mobile. The unit, called ACE has a 1GHz Single Core Processor, Dual SIM/Standby, runs on Mozilla Firefox OS 1.3T and has a 200-hour Standby Time.

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Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is happy to announce that Cherry Mobile will launch the first Firefox OS smartphone in the Philippines in the coming days. Cherry Mobile will offer the customizable and affordable Firefox OS smartphone – ACE – to their customers providing unique Web experiences through its open source mobile OS. Moreover, key app providers including Easy Taxi and OLX will partner with Mozilla to enrich Firefox Marketplace and expand the Firefox OS ecosystem in the Philippines.

Cherry Mobile ACE, powered by Firefox OS at Mozilla Community Space Manila (MozSpaceMNL)

Cherry Mobile ACE, powered by Firefox OS at Mozilla Community Space Manila (MozSpaceMNL)

Bob Reyes Runs for Mozilla Reps Council Seat

As part of my campaign during this cycle’s Mozilla Reps Council Election, hereunder are my answers to the following questions:

What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?

  • Lack of training on how to be an effective Mozilla Rep; turn Mozilla Reps into Leaders & Builders;
  • Inactive Mozilla Rep Mentors (and Mozilla Reps);
  • Make events organized by Mozilla Reps more strategic (local community-wise).

What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?

  • The Mozilla Reps Program’s biggest strength is enabling contributors (Reps) to have more self confidence to talk about the mission and projects of the organization.
  • The Mozilla Reps Program’s biggest weakness is the lack follow through on side projects and mentorship.

Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?

  • The selection process and training for new Mozilla Reps Mentors is not working pretty well. Next to the Reps Council, Reps Mentors should act as guide to their Mentees and not just someone whose approval is required during Budget & Swags Requests. I believe that Mentors should be equally (if not more) active to the Reps Program than their Mentees.

What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?

  • As a Mozilla Rep, being chosen as the July 2012 Featured Rep is already an achievement. To talk about Firefox OS on live nationwide television [http://youtu.be/RcoUrWyjYPQ] is a big achievement, not just for myself but for the local Mozilla Community as well.
  • As a Reps Mentor, having a Mentee chosen as a Featured Rep is an overwhelming achievement.

What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

  • Leadership
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Vast Community Experience (including those outside of Mozilla)

As a Mentor, what do you do to try to encourage your inactive Mentees to be active again?

  • As a Reps Mentor, I make it a point to get in touch with all of my Mentees on a regular basis (monthly or even twice monthly if their are not that active). I encourage them to get in touch with other contributors in their locale and help other Reps in organizing events.
  • Not just motivating as in simply sending them an email reminder of the things, I make sure that are given the sufficient guidance that they need. I encourage them to persevere and aim high so they can develop their potential. I open them to opportunities for them to level-up their skills and look forward to things in the Reps Program.

Calling All Pinoy MOODLE Admins & Users

I am a firm believer of the Open Web (isn’t that obvious)? I also believe that education must be available to everyone: anytime, any where and for free.

I fell in love with MOODLE way back 2003 when I started teaching Electronic Commerce in a local university. MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a free software e-learning platform. Some call it as an LMS (Learning Management System), while some term is as a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). For me, I don’t care what type of e-learning software MOODLE is called for as along as it is kewl (cool) and free!

Now, I created a Facebook Group to call all MOODLE Administrators and Users in the Philippines to be united. It is quite a surprise when me and my team visit campuses, where MOODLE is still an unfamiliar term.

Philippine MOODLE Users Group in Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/moodlephl/

MVP Announces FREE Mobile Internet to Smart, TNT & SunCell Prepaid Subs

Two days ago, MVP (Manuel V. Pangilinan, the Chief Bossing of the PLDT Group where Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular belong) posted this via Twitter:

Some speculated that the announcement will be related to either: new product offerings, MVP’s entry to the politics, or even the Philippines hosting the next FIBA World Championships. Hours ago, the announcement has been made:

So, what’s the fuzz about this FREE Internet Access for all Prepaid (take note) subscribers of Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular?

Smart representatives say this means users can browse the Internet, post on their social media accounts, update their profiles, and stream music and videos, among many others, using their mobile phones.

The offer starts from Friday until November 30. While the service is free, “it is finite,” representatives of the company said. Users can enjoy 30 megabytes of free internet daily. Once subscribers reach that limit, they will be prompted to purchase load so they can continue browsing the Internet. — via http://technology.inquirer.net/38876/pangilinans-big-announcement-free-mobile-internet#ixzz3EOFnfwrM

 

Could this be PLDT Group’s way to veer the nation’s focus from the NTC’s on-going inquiry related to the actual speed of internet in the country? For me, this is just a plain marketing stunt. Read more about this free offering (and its limitations) via this website.

 

UPDATE #1:

Smart Communications’ rival Globe Telecoms posted this via twitter hours after the MVP announcement:

 

Prepaid subscribers from both telcos are now considered to be winners (somewhat).

Maker Festival Manila 2014: Call for Exhibitors

Maker Festival Manila 2014

The Mozilla Philippines Community, the official Philippine community of Mozilla, in their aim to extend the Mozilla advocacy of promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is organizing their biggest event this year titled Maker Festival Manila 2014 on Sept. 13-14, 2014 at the Glorietta 5 Atrium. This Festival aims to be the biggest gathering of makers— inventors, thinkers, enthusiasts and users to collaborate on how we can know more, do more and do better, with the help of the Web.

Designed after the open and collaborative format of the Mozilla Festival in London (http://mozillafestival.org), the Maker Festival Manila 2014 is the Philippine finale of the Mozilla Maker Party season for 2014, where Mozillians teach the Web and help make a generation of Webmakers (http://webmaker.org). The Festival aims to attract people from all fields and backgrounds and of all ages, because we believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to learn and create something for the Web or with the help of it.

Maker Festival Manila will feature people who have the most promising projects/project ideas which includes students, freelancers, inventors, developers and other technology enthusiasts to showcase their work and find other people they can work with. Themes include robotics, web literacy, web development, mobile app development, software development and digital media learning, among others. Project exhibitors and festival participants will not be charged with any amount to join this event.

Mozilla, a non-profit organization, is best known for the Firefox browser but they advance their mission through other software projects and engagement efforts to make the Web and its users know more, do more and do better. Locally, the Mozilla Philippines Community is composed of volunteers who organizes events and projects in line with Mozilla’s mission.

Interested exhibitors to the Festival may apply at the event’s official website, http://makerfestival.com. Festival participants may also register through the said website.

This event is in partnership with the Ayala Foundation, Inc. and Ayala Land, Inc.

Manila in Fragments WTA Architecture & Design Studio in La Biennale 2014

Metro Manila continues to witness major transformations on its landscape. What were once barren districts are now thriving with structures that host multinational companies and iconic commercial and residential developments.

Long-standing buildings from old avenues are being preserved through furthering its purpose and role in the growth of its provenance. The number of city centers, or at least those that are aspiring to serve as one, is on the rise—bringing together the live-work-play aspects in a single dense area to fulfill the promise of convenience and modern living.

Despite such renovations, the paths that identify the richness of Manila’s history are still visible— how the metropolis sprung from cohesion of small communities in the form of barangays, as well as the influence of the colonial era. Picturing these elements, when combined, the city has an immense contrast of edifices that help strengthen the character and diversity of its entirety.

These are just some of the ideas that make up WTA Architect and Design Studio’s installation for the Global Art Affairs Foundation Architecture Exhibition, a collateral event for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Carrying the theme Fragments: Uncertainties and Characters, WTA will be presenting the various cultural, social, and political influences that mold the urban character of cities in the Philippines, particularly that of Metro Manila. Dissecting Manila’s Urban Fabric “Our exhibit seeks to elaborate how uncertainty and informality allow for a greater growth and creativity,” shares Founder of WTA Architect William T. Ti.

Fragments Biennale 1

WTA Architecture and Design Studio is the first Philippine-based firm to take part in the Biennale. The firm’s participation aims to show the international community what is going on in the Philippine architecture scene.

“Fragments: Uncertainties and Characters” will show the city of Metro Manila as seen through the lens of the firm’s experiences, highlighted by a selection of WTA’s projects that are envisioned to create the biggest positive impact in the landscape.

Fragments Biennale 5

To date, the Venice Architecture Biennale is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world that showcases architecture installations and large-scale contemporary art crafted by different artists and designers across the globe. The exhibition is held once every two years in Venice, Italy, and for this year, the show will run from June 7 to November 23, 2014.