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Manila 17: the first Wiknic in the Philippines!

Some of the Wikipedians at Manila 17.  bluemask, Chitetskoy and Exec8.

The weather may have not been the best, but Metro Manila Wikipedians pushed through with the first Manila Wiknic, also known as the 18th Metro Manila Wikipedians’ Meetup, at the Sunken Garden in UP Diliman on September 8.  While we were not exactly on the ground (as the Sunken Garden was wet and muddy), we did get to enjoy copious amounts of barbecue and pichi-pichi from the green tables behind the UP Diliman Library.

Four Wikipedians: bluemask, Exec8, Sky Harbor and Chitetskoy, met up with representatives of Project Visionaries Philippines, an advocacy group promoting the right of local photographers to freely photograph in public places in the Philippines.  Amidst the food and the banter, a lot of things were discussed: how to get more photographers involved with Wikipedia, catching up with our topics of interest on Wikipedia, and a few ideas on how to make Wikipedia’s advocacy better-known here.  It was very productive for such a short meetup: sure, this particular meetup lasted only a couple of hours, but it felt like so much had been done.

And hopefully, we can do more.  Wikipedians in Metro Manila have held 17 other meetups so far, and in the future there will be more along the way.

Wikimedia Philippines hopes to continue supporting and sponsoring meet ups of Wikimedians, not just in Manila, but all over the Philippines.  If you want to organize a meetup in your area, don’t hesitate to ask us: we’ll try to help you out!

Josh Lim
Chair, Communications Committee
1 564 445 km1 .

Welcome!

Welcome and mabuhay to the Wikimedia Philippines blog!

Wikimedia Philippines has always found ways to make itself present in the world of the Internet.  We have a large social media presence, with accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Identi.ca, MySpace, Multiply (RIP), Friendster (also RIP), and now, finally, a blog to call our own.  We hope that this will be the place where we will not only post press releases and other important events in detail, but also serve as place where Filipino Wikimedians can reflect on our past and look forward to a brighter future for the Wikimedia movement in the Philippines: a pantheon of memories which can be preserved for posterity.

We hope that this blog will serve as an effective resource for informing the Filipino Wikimedia community (editors, WMPH members, strategic partners and the like), both with the Philippines and among Filipino communities abroad, about the latest Wikimedia developments in the Philippines, and about the movement in general.  Through this, we hope to engage everyone involved in shaping the course towards imagining a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

After all, that is our commitment.

But to do this, we need to know where we have been, where we are, and where we need to go.  As we say, ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.

Thanks and we hope you have a wonderful time reading through the entries.  Don’t forget to follow our RSS feed for the latest updates. 🙂

Josh Lim
Chair, Communications Committee