La Union On Impulse

The La Union trip was one of the spontaneous trips I really enjoyed. It was an out of town trip with an itinerary I didn’t know. I went swimming in waterfalls without bringing clothes. Luckily, I was accompanied by a friend whom I convinced to join me an hour before departure. One for the books!

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Quantum and Information Technology Convention 2017

Flew back to my hometown Cagayan de Oro this weekend to give a talk on Relevant Skills in the IT industry for the 9th Quantum and I.T. Convention (QITC). I had a momentary appreciation of legacy in action.
I’ve spoken to many events before but this one is more dear to me. 6 years ago I led a team for QITC 4. There weren’t many conventions then in my city. We hosted the event in the same exact room. Pure nostalgia.

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DevCon Summit 2016 takes on #DevFutureForward on Nov 5-6

 

On its 6th year, The Biggest Developer Conference in the Philippines, DevCon Summit is back! With over 1,500 developers from all over the Philippines, DevCon Summit will take place on November 5-6, 2016 at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

With the theme #DevFutureForward, this two-day event hopes to explore future forward technologies highlighting Virtual Reality, Internet of Things, and cutting-edge development tools today. It features international and local personalities whose technologies, practices, and advocacies made an extensive impact in the IT industry and beyond.

Participants will get the opportunity to learn from renowned speakers for keynotes and panel discussions in the Main Hall, attend specialized tracks, engage with developer communities and companies in the Exhibit area, meet new tech friends and bring home wonderful giveaway and prizes. In the special tracks, topics include User Experience, Game Development, Internet of Things (IoT), Front-end Frameworks, DevOps and Virtual Reality. For more details, you may visit http://summit.devcon.ph.

DevCon Summit is organized by Developer Connect (DevCon) Philippines, a volunteer organization that promotes growth and competence of Filipino developers.

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Bohol, Philippines: Techstars APAC Summit 2016

 

The best conferences are those driven by passion. The Techstars APAC Summit that happened last August 22 – 24, 2016 at The Bellevue, Bohol, Philipines gathered the most engaged and passionate tech and startup community leaders in region. It was my first time to join the summit and I thought it was on whole new level of collaboration, stories and learning.

Here’s a highlight video of the 3 day summit:

 

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Iloilo City: Meeting the Tech Community

Illonggo people are the sweetest especially when they speak. On my first trip there, together with my companion JP Sibug of Microsoft Philippines, our agenda was to meet with the tech community.

Since DevCon has a chapter in Iloilo, our team organized and gathered the folks in partnership with Dojo 8 Coworking Space. Its quite a small world as many of the people there I met in previous tech gatherings in the Philippines.
Im very happy with turnout of the meetup as people starting sharing potential partnership opportunities. The main message of the meetup was to encourage collaboration among local communities as it is the surest way to strive in this ever growing and changing industry.

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Iloilo City: Injap Hotel

When in Iloilo, we stayed at Injap Tower Hotel as recommended by my colleague’s friend. It didn’t disappoint!

I managed to take few snaps. I thought its worth featuring. I learned the owner is the same group who founded the notorious Mang Inasal foodchain. It was the first time for me to stay in a hotel with a microwave inside! What i truly like about this hotel is definitely the location. It is just across SM Iloilo and beside that mall are wonderful European vibes restaurants. Its relatively affordable and also near the airport. The staff were very accommodating.

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I am moving out!

Today I got my keys to my first rented condominium unit in Makati City. I am moving out from our apartment and moving in to Jazz Residences where my work is walking distance away. In this post, I’ll share with you how I ended up there.

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