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My Experience at WordCamp (Manila 2016)

WordCamp Manila

WordCamp Manila was held at Microsoft Philippines, Inc. 8th Floor, 6750 Ayala Office Tower; Ayala Avenue; Makati City. It was a one-day event – Saturday, December 10th from 8 AM to 5:30 PM – catered lunches, WordCamp t-shirts and swag. And of course, DevriX was there as one of this year’s Gold sponsors.

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The scheduled sessions were divided into different categories – The first session was 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 was from Tien Dat Hoang who shared “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, the food choices or the lunch that I had. After eating, I went around to check out the different sponsor booths/tables.

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

The fourth session was from Eladio Abquina who shared “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. It was about “Firefox Developer Tools for WordPress Development” by Bob Reyes. He shared the vision of Mozilla and what the company position is, its role in the internet community, and the challenges it faces in the future. He talked about how Mozilla Firefox pioneered the site’s element inspection tool, the discontinuation of FireBug as stand-alone add-on and its integration into the developers edition, as well as a lot more tools that were helpful for web development.

The seventh presentation was from Ian Labao’s 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 were given by the event organizer.

Kudos to all the organizers and volunteers for doing a wonderful job planning and organizing the event. I wasn’t able to attend the previous WordCamps but I really enjoyed this one. 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 at WordCamp Manila 2016, I felt inspired to continue being 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 really look forward to attending future WordCamps Manila.

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

  2. mpeshev says:

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

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