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My Experience at WordCamp Manila 2016

WordCamp Manila

This year’s WordCamp Manila 2016 was held at the Microsoft Philippines, Inc. 8th Floor, 6750 Ayala Office Tower; Ayala Avenue; Makati City. The event was scheduled for 1 day – Saturday, December 10th from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. DevriX was one of the Gold sponsors for the event so my fee for the event was waived and I got catered lunches, a WordCamp t-shirt and swag.

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The scheduled sessions are divided into different categories – The first session is from Andrew Dela Serna, a Happiness Engineer from Automattic( a company behind WordPress ). He shared their working culture, how they interact with their team, working schedule and perks working with Automattic.

The second session is from Tien Dat Hoang who shared about “Going Global with WordPress Multilingual”

For the third session, I listened to Paul De Paula of “Scaling WordPress for High Traffic Sites“.

Then it was time for lunch. Participants gathered at the Dining Area for the catered lunch where there were a variety of choices even for vegetarians like myself and different drinks like coffee, tea and soda. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of the dining area, food choices and the lunch pack that I had. After lunch I went around to check out the different sponsor booths/tables.

When I was done going around the sponsor tables, I went back to the conference room for my fourth session where I listened to Emerson Maningo‘s( a Systems Developer at OntheGo Systems Ltd. ) talk about “Making Developer-friendly WordPress Plug-ins“. The topic is pretty basic but helpful for beginners on developing WordPress plugin. One important topic that was discussed is the usage of WordPress filter and action API, how important it is for other developer to extend the functionality of your plugin.

The fourth session is from Eladio Abquina who shared about “Faster WordPress Workflows”, followed by the fifth session from Edison Go Tan who shared a presentation for “WordPress on Azure”.

The sixth session was my favorite which is about “Firefox Developer Tools for WordPress Development” delivered by Bob Reyes. He shared the vision of Mozilla and what the company position stands for the internet society and the challenges it may face in the future, how the Mozilla Firefox pioneered the site element inspection tool, discontinuation of FireBug as stand-alone add-on and integrated into developers edition and lot more of tools that are helpful for web development.

The seventh presentation was from Ian Labao’s talk about “Way’s to Monetize Your WordPress Site”, and the last talk was about WordPress as a Framework and the Future of WordPress by Jason Bruno.

The last part of the event was the Closing Remarks which was given by the event organizer.

Kudos to all the organizers and volunteers for doing a wonderful job planning and organizing this year’s event. I wasn’t able to attend the previous WordCamps but I really like this year’s event. The rooms were very nice and the building itself is very accessible with free parking.

Before I forget, I’d also like to share with you the different swag (free stuff) that I got from the event. As a sponsor attendee I was able to get WordPress badges, stickers, t-shirts, bags and more.

If you’re a WordPress user or developer or someone who’s interested in learning more about WordPress and its community, I recommend that you join the local WordCamp in your area. Aside from the useful information that I learned from the different sessions/talks, another thing that I got as a result of attending WordCamp Manila 2016 is the inspiration to continue and become a better part of the DevriX Company. I’ll try to apply the things I learned and be more consistent. I l had a wonderful time and I learned a lot from the speakers. I look forward to attending WordCamp Manila 2017.

About the Author:

Jaypee Origen, Business Development Executive at DevriX.

He is a business-to-business and business-to-consumer lead generation and marketing expert who specializes in helping companies generate more leads and close more sales using the latest marketing strategies, tactics, technology and media. He is a results-oriented sales and marketing expert focused on increasing ROI by 310%.


  1. Carl Alberto says:

    Hi Jaypee! Nice meeting you and Rolly in our last WC Manila, Again we thank the Mario and your company for sponsoring the event! hope to see you on the next one! – Carl Alberto

    1. mpeshev says:

      It was a pleasure Carl, looking forward to help the PH community again in the new 2017 🙂

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