WordCamp Philippines 2008: Status Report

7 September 2008

To: Head of Logistics

Subject: Volunteer’s Status Report


Arrived at De la Salle College of Saint Benilde‘s Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theatre 30 minutes behind schedule. The Head was not pleased. Started by helping out with the badges. Assigned to handle the sponsors’ badges at first, but was reassigned to the food instead. The Head was in charge of THE BADGE TO RULE THEM ALL.

Then the people started streaming in, and I saw myself holding a bar code scanner and scanning camper badges. Don’t ask me how that happened. I had to leave the sponsor badges to Rein. Afterwards, it was all a blur, until THE ONE came in. The Head shouted for volunteers to buy bottled water for THE ONE. The Head insisted that she gets to give the bottled water to THE ONE. But fate, and myriad issues along the way, intervened.

The Head of All Heads bellowed for bottled water to be delivered to THE ONE. But The Head was attending to another pressing matter, and so it was left to me to deliver the bottled water to THE ONE. And what an experience that was – to meet THE ONE face to face; THE ONE who created the blogging platform that I am using right now. I just hope now that I did not babble something stupid that time.

I wasn’t able to sit into any of the breakaway sessions. Was too busy with myriad details, like tending to lost sheeppointing campers to rooms and other menial tasks. Then we had to decide on how to distribute food from Chowking. I trust that the campers liked the arrangement. And the food. And the dessert provided by Spot.PH. Too bad drinks were not provided for. Kudos to the food gang – Fitz, Gwen, Jonel, and CSB student volunteers.

I made sure that I get to attend THE ONE’s State of the Word keynote. After lunch, I got to stay at one of the doors leading to the theater. While prizes were being raffled off, THE ONE went out and got into the VIP room. Looking for something, he approached me for some bottled water. I mumbled that I would hand him a bottle or two, and he said thanks. Gave him two bottles, but he got to drink just one, methinks.

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Then we planned on how to distribute the kits. I hope it went well. Kudos to the CSB student volunteers at the lobby for a good job.

After the Q-and-A with THE ONE, the campers just went nuts. Flashes from cameras left and right. That’s how the campers appreciate THE ONE’s work. Well, not only did I have a picture taken with him (thanks, Markku), I had his autograph. How shameless of me.

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I had to skip the after-party due to fatigue, and the fact that I have been lacking in sleep for weeks now.

I can say that WordCamp Philippines is a BIG,HUGE, HUMONGUOUS success! Congratulations to the organizers for such a successful event! Congratulations to all the volunteers, the cogs in the wheel; cogs, maybe, but the wheels won’t turn without them.

I am attaching as appendices the reports made by campers and other volunteers.

* WordCamp Philippines 2008
* WordCamp Philippines 2008
* WordCamp Philippines 2008 : A Success!
* Thoughts on Wordcamp Philippines 2008
* Experiencing WordCamp Philippines 2008
* WordCamp Philippines 2008
* WordCamp Philippines , First Southeast Asia WordCamp
* WordCamp Philippines ’08
* WordCamp Philippines 2008
* WordCamp Philippines
* Matt Mullenweg Highlights from WordCamp Philippines 2008
* WordCamp Philippines Report
* Notes and photos: WordCamp Philippines, a success
* The First WordCamp in Southeast Asia — WordCamp Philippines
* A Goodie from Japan + some WordCamp Philippines 2008 afterthoughts
* WordPress enthusiasts meet for WordCamp Philippines
* LiveBlogging at WordCamp Philippines (6th Sept. 2008!)
* Live Blogging from Wordcamp Philippines 2008
* My WordCamp Philippines 2008 Experience
* the wordcamp in philippines
* WordCamp 2008 Philippines
* My WordCamp Experience
* My WordPress WordCamp Experience
* On WordCamp 2008 and Meeting Mr. WordPress
* Wordcamp Manila 2008, I was there!
* WordCamp PH 2008 and Afterparty
* For the love of WordPress
* Wordcamp Pilipinas Success!
* Wordcamp 2008: for healthy & wealthy blogging
* WordCamp Philippines 2008: Winners and Bloopers
* Live from De la Salle CSB… Marocharim is at WordCamp!
* Just got home from Wordcamp 2008; Meeting Matt Mullenweg
* Word Camp 2008 Philippines Success
* WordCamp, Meeting Matt Mullenweg
* Meeting Matt at WordCamp 2008
* Finally, Wordcamp Philippines 2008
* Toothache v WordCamp Philippines
* Wordcamp Philippines 2008: Aftermath
* Wordcamp Philippines 2008: I Got Wordcamped!
* Bakla Goes to WordCamp Philippines 2008
* My Wordcamp Philippines 2008 Experience
* Postscript to a Camp and a world premiere: WordCamp Philippines 2008
* WordCamp Philippines 2008: On Meeting Mr. WordPress, Web Standards, and Other Stuff