Software Freedom Day 2010

Bluepoint Linux Users Elite (BLUE) in cooperation with the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS) and Bluepoint Foundation celebrated Software Freedom Day with the rest of the world today at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

More than 500 participants attended the free plenary and technical sessions, with people lining up for registration as early as 8:30 AM. Linux distributions were showcased by the Bayanihan Linux team and Malaya Digital at their respective booths. A homemade Freedom Toaster was used by the latter to dispense Linux DVDs for interested attendees during lunch break and after the whole day program.

10:00National Anthem
Eddie Salonga
Vice-Chairman, Bluepoint Foundation
10:10Opening Remarks
Dr. John Paul Vergara
Vice-President for Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University
10:20Free and Open Source Software
Marie Grace Gaffud-Antonio
Executive Director, Bluepoint Foundation
10:50Software Freedom Day
Irene Orense-Balaoing
SFD 2010 Team Leader, BLUE
11:00Open Source Your Career
Johan Janssens
CEO, Timble
Co-Founder and Former Project Manager, Joomla!
Lead Architect, Nooku
11:40FOSS in Distance Education: The UP Open University Experience
Myra Jill Siason
University of the Philippines Open University
12:00Lunch Break
13:30The Magic of iPad Development
Vip Malixi
Bluepoint Foundation
14:00Pacifica Online: MMORPG for the Facebook Platform
Galileo Lajara
Lead Programmer, Nexus Pixels
14:30IPv6 in Open Source Software
Bayani Benjamin Lara
Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network
Advanced Science and Technology Institute
15:00Taking Fedora for a Spin
Herson Pagcaliwagan
Fedora Philippines
15:30jQuery Tips and Tricks: Solving Common Web Development Concerns in a Heartbeat
Chivas Sicam
Bluepoint Foundation
16:00Do-It-Yourself Private Cloud Computing Desktop
Engels Antonio
Bluepoint Foundation
16:45Closing Remarks and Special Awards
17:00Distribution of Certificates
Andrei Coronel
Master of Ceremonies

Many thanks to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) for being our event and venue partner, and congratulations to this year's Software Freedom Day team:

Dr. Reena Estuar

Jessica Sugay
Assistant Instructor
CS Program Director

Hubert Ursua
Assistant Instructor

Andrei Coronel

Lisa Agbay
Department Secretary

Mark Bautista
IT Staff Supervisor
Arnold Laurninaria

Bon Carpo

Chivas Sicam

Emman Balintec

Gerry Lopez

Herson Pagcaliwagan

Jesmil Pereda

Junix Geronimo

Kim Daquigan

Marlon Balana

Michael Balcos

Patrick Samonte

Roy Plomantes

Sheryl Villaroman

Tomy Tomasa

Tony Tan

Vip Malixi

Special thanks to the following media networks for providing television and streaming coverage of our Software Freedom Day celebration:

UHF Channel 11

VHF Channel 7

Internet Broadcast


Bluepoint Foundation
Thursday, 26 August 2010, 1:45 AM
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At 12:22 PM yesterday, May Ann Toledo reserved the last slot for Software Freedom Day 2010 as attendee #470.

470 is the maximum number of participants that the Leong Hall auditorium at the Ateneo de Manila University can accommodate.

Congratulations! You are all registered for Software Freedom Day 2010. A seat has been reserved for you on September 18. :)

As always, registration is free. Simply present a valid ID at the registration desk so we can cross-check it with your online registration details.

Speaking of which, please feel free to update your information by logging in to and clicking on "Options" from the "Navigation" box.

Just in case you need to reset you password, you can do so here:

Oh, please bring lunch money. You can have lunch at the cafeteria, or the nearby restaurants at Katipunan if you like.

Finally, please notify us if (for any reason) you cannot attend the event so that we can give your slot to others. Thanks in advance!

See you on September 18! :)
Bluepoint Foundation
Saturday, 28 August 2010, 11:26 AM
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On Sat, August 28, 2010 2:00 am, Erenoel Perlota wrote:
> may libre bang pagkain :D

Hi Erenoel! Registration is free. Certificate of Attendance is free. Unfortunately, food is not free. Please see previous e-mail sent to all registered members, quoted below for your convenience. Thanks!

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: Re: [BLUE-SFD] Software Freedom Day 2010
From: "BLUE SFD" <>
Date: Thu, August 26, 2010 9:53 am

As always, registration is free. Simply present a valid ID at the registration desk so we can cross-check it with your online registration details.

--> snipped <--

Oh, please bring lunch money. You can have lunch at the cafeteria, or the nearby restaurants at Katipunan if you like.
Marlonn Funtanilla
Monday, 30 August 2010, 8:24 AM
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Ok thanks! See you there!

On Thu, August 26, 2010 10:07 pm, Marlonn Funtanilla wrote:
> Won't BLUE SFD issue some kind of stub like what you had last year for the entrance etc?

Hi Marlonn! We are still coordinating with Ateneo security to see if stubs can be issued like we did last year at the NCC. Until then, a valid ID appears to be the most convenient way to verify attendees. Thanks!
Irene Orense-Balaoing
Monday, 30 August 2010, 5:30 PM
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On Tue, August 31, 2010 1:24 am, Joshua Nieva wrote:
> I would like to ask what happen to the SFD 09 certificates that was supposedly be given through email?

The certificates were released last January 19, 2010. As per instructions, Certificate of Attendance will only be generated if:

1. You attended the plenary session.
2. You attended the technical sessions.
3. You submitted a certificate request stub.

I quoted the original notification message sent last January 19 below for your records:

---------------------------- Original Message ------------------------
Subject: Software Freedom Day 2009
From: "Irene Orense-Balaoing" <>
Date: Tue, January 19, 2010 7:34 pm
To: "Joshua Nieva" <>

Hi Joshua,

Thank you for celebrating Software Freedom Day 2009 last September 19 with us!

You can now generate and download your Certificate of Attendance here:

Our apologies for the delay. 2009 has been an extremely busy year. ;)


Irene Orense-Balaoing
SFD09 Team Leader
Bluepoint Linux Users Elite
Bluepoint Foundation
Tuesday, 31 August 2010, 11:24 PM
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We discovered several multiple accounts during our manual clean-up today. Please note that one person creating multiple accounts deprives other people of the chance to reserve their slots.

All multiple accounts have been pruned, resulting in 14 free slots. Your friends can try to register here:

On Wed, September 1, 2010 7:15 am, Lovely Joy Puno wrote:
> Is it possible to give my slot to a friend? What will i do?
> On Thu Aug 26th, 2010 9:53 AM PHT BLUE SFD wrote:
> Finally, please notify us if (for any reason) you cannot attend the event
> so that we can give your slot to others. Thanks in advance!
Bluepoint Foundation
Thursday, 2 September 2010, 12:00 AM
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On Mon, August 30, 2010 6:44 pm, Florenz Jude Galendez wrote:
> How could i know where i could get my ticket,, i'm a newbie here

Hi Florenz! No tickets needed at this time. Just present a valid ID at the registration booth on September 18. The name on your ID must match the name you registered with at (which will also be the name printed on your certificate of attendance). See you then!
Bluepoint Foundation
Wednesday, 8 September 2010, 12:28 AM
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On Wed, September 8, 2010 8:16 am, Michelle Rizol wrote:
> Good afternoon..I just want to inform you that I can't attend on Sept.18, 2010 because the day of the
> event is the same as the date of my organization's retreat. You can give my slot to others. I hope next
> year I can attend. Thanks. and hope the event will be successful again. ;)

Hi Michelle, thanks for the heads-up! We have reassigned your slot. Have a great retreat. :)
Bluepoint Foundation
Wednesday, 8 September 2010, 8:30 AM
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10 days to go before Software Freedom Day! :D

While all 470 slots have been reserved online, our partners at the Ateneo would like to know how many people will actually show up and attend the event on September 18.

In line with this, kindly login here and confirm your attendance:

Lost or forgotten passwords can be reset here:

All you have to do (after logging in) is enter the name of your company or school and press the confirm button. We will also use this information to design a more efficient ingress plan for Software Freedom Day 2010.

Thanks in advance! :)
Bluepoint Foundation
Friday, 10 September 2010, 9:37 AM
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8 days to go before Software Freedom Day! :D


The first day of this year's Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) will take place on September 18 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Please expect heavy traffic at the Katipunan area in the morning and during lunch time.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive not earlier than 9:00 AM to avoid the heavy traffic. We are hoping that traffic will return to normal by the time SFD registration tables open at 9:30 AM.

Thanks and see you on September 18! :)
Magie Antonio
Thursday, 16 September 2010, 4:33 AM
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Dear fellow SFDers,

We are glad to inform everyone that has chosen its best SFD Teams for last year:

Our very own BLUE SFD Team won the SFD 2009 Competition from out of more than 800 teams worldwide!

Let's keep up the good work and make this year's SFD the best yet ever! ;)


Marie Grace Gaffud-Antonio
Executive Director
Bluepoint Foundation
Bryan Mark Quidez
Friday, 17 September 2010, 3:11 AM
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Can you please give to Mr. Mike John A. Mamauag a student of the Tarlac College of Agriculture my reservation slot for the seminar tomorrow at the ateneo de manila university.. please instead of putting my name in the certificate please kindly change it with the name of Mr. Mike John Mamauag..As a follow up to this matter, Mr. Mamauag will confirm about this matter when he will arrived at the ateneo with his faculty representative of the Tarlac College of Agriculture..Thank you..
Ariel Isidro
Monday, 20 September 2010, 9:02 PM
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Congratulations to the organizers!

Johan Janssens appearance at the celebration was a big treat. Learning Joomla is one of the requirements in the subjects that I teach. I have a short tutorial for my students to start with.

Ariel E. Isidro