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Project Goal:

The goal of the project is aimed at increasing the coverage of free photographs involving the City of Manila so that they can be used in Wikipedia articles which need pictures, as well as promoting awareness of Wikipedia in Manila, particularly to people who are not Wikipedians, or who may have wrong notions or perceptions about the projects.

Description of actual activities:

On January 15, 2011, Wikimedia Philippines hosted Wikipedia Takes Manila, a one-day photo scavenger hunt in the spirit of Wikipedia Takes the City held in Manila, the Philippines. This event, the first of its kind in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, was held as part of Wikipedia X, a series of events held throughout the world in commemoration of Wikipedia's tenth anniversary. For Filipino Wikipedians resident in Metro Manila, this also served as the Twelfth Filipino Wikipedians' Meetup in Metro Manila.

Over 100 participants, both individual and grouped in teams, converged on Paco Park between 8:00-9:00 am PST for registration, attendance and briefing of participants on the rules of the competition. Participants left Paco Park at 9:05 am, and returned between 4:00-6:00 pm. Between that time, WMPH members and Trustees were interviewed by a journalist affiliated with GMA News and Public Affairs, had lunch and celebrated online the 50,000th article of the Tagalog/Filipino Wikipedia, which coincidentally was made on this day.

At 6:00 pm, teams proceeded to Shakey's Pizza on United Nations Ave. for the after-event party and awards ceremony. Prizes were also given out and some images were uploaded. Other images were physically given to the organizers for auditing and future uploading after it was discovered that the venue's bandwidth could not support the sheer number of photos being uploaded by the Wikimedia Photo Scavenger Hunts tool. The party ended at 11:00 pm with the cutting of the Wikipedia 10 birthday cake.

What lessons were learned that could help others succeed in similar projects?

What worked well?
  • The number of participants confirmed on our Facebook page and registration form totaled around 200 participants, but unlike our previous events where people register and the majority don't show up, around half of all registered participants came.
  • Teams were enthusiastic and cooperative with the rules
  • Organization was more efficient compared to previous events
  • Volunteers were effective and worked well
  • We were able to develop partnerships with organizations, websites, institutions and networks, both tech and non-tech, that participated in the contest (i.e. Manila Bloggers Network, GameOPS.net, the Mind Museum, Phil.IT, etc.)
Points for improvement?
  • Institution of a waiver system for missing items. Some items reportedly went missing during the contest, most likely stolen while teams were going around Manila.
  • More efficient means of tallying as a backup mechanism in the event the toolserver fails
What should be removed?
  • None. There should be further improvement though for future events of a similar nature.
What should be retained?
  • Promotions over social media, which was very effective
  • Linkages developed during the contest
  • Positive reception among Filipino amateur and professional photographers, which was present during this event

What impact did the project have on WMF mission goals of Increased Reach, Increased Quality, Increased Credibility, Increased and Diversified Participation?

Quantitatively, all measures were met: over 100 people participated in both the competition and the party, with nearly 1,000 photographs uploaded or waiting to be uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons. Several articles on Wikipedia, such as the Raja Soliman Science and Technology High School, Museo Pambata, R. Papa LRT Station, 117, Thomasites and Florentino Torres High School, now have photographs as a result.

Qualitatively, we feel that given the enthusiastic response of the project, the partnerships which we were able to develop will go a long way towards improving the reach of our projects, and help the organization in general.

Detail of expenditures:

Documentation of expenditures has been received by WMF.


  • Prizes
Prizes in checks were awarded at the event party (except those otherwise noted) to all participating teams, enumerated as follows:
Rank Participants Final Score Prize (PHP) Remarks
1 Team RMD 889 10,000.00
2 Team Waka Waka 793 7,000.00
3 Flashbang 579 5,000.00 Claimed prize on 2011-01-24
4 Manila Bloggers Network 491 1,000.00
5 Darwin Cayetano/Mind Discovery 482 1,000.00
6 A-trio 478 1,000.00
7 RM Photowalkers 451 1,000.00
8 Newbies 404 1,000.00
9 Pro-chamb 403 1,000.00
10 Vega 394 1,000.00
11 Umbra 374 500.00
12 PhotoPhilia 350 500.00
13 Redscale 329 500.00
14 Team Foodtrippings 290 500.00
15 Dino Briñas 268 500.00
16 Mation 264 500.00
17 Yadah 260 500.00
18 Shutters 239 500.00
19 Mark Roxas 229 500.00
20 Team Pangkat 227 Did not claim prize
21 Dan Dizon 219 500.00
22 Caladcarens 215 500.00
Noel Gonong 215 500.00
24 Oh, Shoot! 196 500.00
25 Team Kampai 191 Did not claim prize
26 GameOPS.net 187 500.00
27 Celine Castañeda 186 500.00
28 Po-kus 182 500.00
29 The Phil.IT Seekers 141 500.00 Claimed prize on 2011-02-02
30 Team Kabab 0 Did not claim prize
Team Nescy 0 Did not claim prize
Rhap Distajo 0 Did not claim prize
Team 51 0 Did not claim prize
Super Proxy 0 Did not claim prize
Total 37,500.00
  • Participant kits
Date Particulars Receipt Reference Amount (PHP) Remarks
2011-01-14 Reproduction and binding of Manila maps O.R. 189432 (Page 1/8) 1,400.00
2011-01-15 Roundtrip taxi fare to pick-up and deliver maps to venue Petty cash 250.00
Total 1,650.00
  • Awards ceremony and Wikipedia X party
Date Particulars Receipt Reference Amount (PHP) Remarks
2011-01-03 Shakey's Pizza Restaurant reservation downpayment O.R. 15476 (Page 2/8) 3,000.00 Amount deducted from final bill
2011-01-15 Shakey's Pizza Restaurant meal for 120 pax O.R. 15572 (Page 3/8) 14,515.20
2011-01-15 Shakey's Pizza Restaurant electricity consumption charge O.R. 15573 (Page 4/8) 2,000.00
Total 19,515.20
  • Party paraphernalia
Date Particulars Receipt Reference Amount (PHP) Remarks
2011-01-12 Gasoline for vehicle which ran errands and brought equipment to venue O.R. 1000008092 (Page 5/8) 452.50 Only partial amount from the receipt was reimbursed
2011-01-14 Downloading and printing of Wikipedia 10 Philippines logo for cake pattern O.R. 2011101-0133816 (Page 6/8) 33.00
2011-01-14 Wikipedia 10 Philippines customized cake O.R. 8621 (Page 7/8) 2,000.00
Total 2,485.50
  • Subsidized entrance to Paco Park
Date Particulars Receipt Reference Amount (PHP) Remarks
Total 0.00
  • Miscellaneous
Date Particulars Receipt Reference Amount (PHP) Remarks
2011-01-15 Lunch meal of 5 organizers O.R. 5651 (Page 8/8) 800.00
Total 800.00
  • Summary
Category Allotment
Actual Cost
Actual Cost in USD
($1.00 = ₱44.17)
Prizes 25,000.00 37,500.00 848.99
Participant kits 20,000.00 1,650.00 37.36
Awards ceremony and Wikipedia X party 20,000.00 19,515.20 441.82
Party paraphernalia 5,000.00 2,485.50 56.27
Subsidized entrance to Paco Park 500.00 0.00 0.00
Miscellaneous 0.00 800.00 18.11
Total 70,500.00 61,950.70 1,402.55

Amount underspent in US Dollars:

Remaining funds have been used or will be used for other approved mission-aligned activities. This use has been requested in writing and approved by WMF.

Remainder of the fund is PHP 8,549.30 (USD 193.55).

Will you be requesting re-allocation of remaining grant funding?

A request for reallocation of remaining funds has been submitted by the grantee and approved by WMFon the discussion page of this grant report.

Yes, remainder of the fund will be earmarked for support of other projects.