On Wordcamp Philippines 2010 and Matt Mullenweg

Last October 2, 2010, WordPress users from different parts of the Philippines gathered at the College of Saint Benilde for the Wordcamp Philippines 2010. It is the 3rd Wordcamp in Metro Manila and my first time to be included in the list of speakers.

Wordcamp PH 2010 Speakers with Mr. Matt Mullenweg (Photo by Lyle Santos)

Months ago, Avatar Media asked me if I can do a talk regarding the Anatomy of a WordPress Blog, which is included at the Basic Track. I presented my straight-to-the-point slide to my students. I know that some of them find my talk a bit fast and too short, but I am happy that they openly asked questions and I hope I was able to answer them. Talking to some of them personally also made me feel a bit more comfortable and less worried πŸ˜€ Actually, I can see myself in some of them when I attended the first WordcampPH two years ago.

I’ll be honest here. I was thrilled about the Wordcamp  not mainly because of the talks. Wordcamp is actually a nice venue to interact with other bloggers and meet new friends. I met some of the readers of my blog who were not really posting any comments yet they are reading my daily whereabouts. The fact that some approached me about my Project52Weeks blog made my day πŸ˜€

Krispy Kreme Donuts and Kits for the Campers

Krispy Kreme Donuts and Kits for the Campers

I also got the chance to reunite with some of the bloggers from Visayas and Mindanao particularly Cebu, General Santos and Davao. Also talked to some of my Manila-based friends whom I haven’t seen for the longest time due to their hectic schedule. Whew!

With Matt Mullenweg

With Matt Mullenweg

Of course, the highlight of the main event is the presence of Mr. WordPress himself Matt Mullenweg (the ‘Brat Pitt of the Blogosphere’ as what Orman said). To be honest, I like him better now πŸ˜› In 2008, I only managed to take a photo with him. This time, he freely went around the venue and talked to WordPress users whether they are newbies or veterans in the blogging field. That set-up appeals more to me. At least you can feel that he is just a normal human being who wants to meet all sorts of people as possible. πŸ˜›

As expected, bloggers took photos with co-bloggers and this is my favorite activity in every event πŸ˜› Here are some of the photos from my camera πŸ˜€

Ria, Andrew, Faith.... and Matt LOL

Ria, Andrew, Faith.... and Matt LOL

Ria, Drew, AJ, Faith and Jeff Reunited LOLZ

Ria, Drew, AJ, Faith and Jeff Reunited LOLZ

Billycoy and Cai - Two of the most important people I've met way back in 2007 :D

Billycoy and Cai - Two of the most important people I've met way back in 2007 πŸ˜€

Photo with some of my 'students' :D

Photo with some of my 'students' πŸ˜€

With Edcel and Jerome (straight from Cebu! :D )

With Edcel and Jerome (straight from Cebu! πŸ˜€ )

Bryan Karl proudly shows his certificate :D

Bryan Karl proudly shows his certificate πŸ˜€

With the 'geeks': Pau, Drew, Eric and Me :P

With the 'geeks': Pau, Drew, Eric and Me πŸ˜›

Big Hug with Sis Orman of GandaEverSoMuch! (look at Matt! :D)

Big Hug with Sis Orman of GandaEverSoMuch! (look at Matt! :D)

Feel free to grab them as long as you show some link love to your post weee πŸ˜› More photos here.

The organizers, speakers and volunteers went straight to Shakey’s Malate for an after-party with Matt. Luckily, he joined our table. We were able to know more about him that is very far away from his image as Mr. WordPress. We didn’t really see a Human WordPress Logo when we were with him LOL.

Matt Mullenweg says Hi! :D

We were also able to take a short video for P52W also featuring Sarah and Cai. Up to this day, I still can’t remember why we recorded that type of video LOL πŸ˜› I called that entry ‘PoutPress’, inspired by WordPress πŸ˜›

At Shakey's Malate with Bryan, Jonas, Matt, Sarah, Cai, Mikko and Jerome :D (Photo by Melo Villareal)

At Shakey's Malate with Bryan, Jonas, Matt, Sarah, Cai, Mikko and Jerome πŸ˜€ (Photo by Melo Villareal)

Although sleepless and tired, I can say that I really had fun on the first Saturday of October 2010. Thanks to the people behind WordcampPH for making the third gathering possible. See you in Wordcamp PH 2011!

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9 thoughts on “On Wordcamp Philippines 2010 and Matt Mullenweg

  1. xsabrina.chic

    Congrats to all! Parang nagiba itsura ni Matt compare the last time I saw him. But still, he is the GREAT!

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  2. Michelle Rupisan

    Gee.. so nice to see our pics here.. hahaha uhhmm.. thanks to Mr. Exchange Digits (am wondering if he is the one who made your day :P?!?) whose constantly approaching you and tries his best to win your attention.. cheesy!!

    Nice blog Mica.. see you soon

    Cheers,
    Mich

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  3. Sarah

    Haha! Same here, I actually go primarily for the people. It’s a great opportunity to see my blogger friends from all over the Philippines again! Extra treat na lang yung talks lol.

    But this WordCamp is exceptionally fun! I learned so much, and I’m actually preparing a couple of presentations to share what I learned with my team here at work. Great job, Avatar Media and WordCampPH 2010 volunteers!

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  4. Micamyx Post author

    @Sabrina – He looks better now, i think πŸ˜€

    @Michelle – It was nice meeting you! Yup, he’s one of them hehe ang kulit lang pero nakakatuwa πŸ˜€

    @RiaJose- Thanks for inviting me. See you soon πŸ˜€

    @thepinaysolobackpacker – Thank you Gael! I miss you waaah

    @Sarah – Same sentiments here hehe. PoutPress ftw!

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  5. saelynne

    hi Mica! loved your post. I am a wordpress blogger too and I was not aware that there was a gathering like this. Wow! I am interested to join the next camp. When will it be?

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