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Personal Background

  • Born in 1982 in Manila, Philippines
  • A Filipino citizen
  • Resides in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Works in the Philippine Government (20 years in civil service)
  • Studied at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan Graduate Studies (Master of Arts in International Business and Development Studies) and University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines Graduate Studies (Master of Public Administration)
  • Interests include public administration, governance, behavioral sciences, renewable energies (particularly biofuels), climate change, gender & development and fitness & nutrition

Current Affiliation

  • Pilipinas Panorama Community/Freedom of Panorama[1]

Past Affiliation

  • Wiki Society of the Philippines(formerly Wikimedia Philippines)[2]

Wikimedia Activities Attended/Participated

  • The 21st Manila Meet-up & Movement Charter Conversation 2023

Date: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)
Location: Intramuros, Manila City

Movement Charter Ambassador & Pilipinas Panorama Community Head Johnny Alegre led the second consultation for the Wikimedia Movement Charter in the Philippines. The meeting venue of Manila 21 was Cioccolata Churros Cafe at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila. The consultation was participated by representatives from the Tagalog and Central Bikol communities.

The participants were Johnny Alegre, Jocelyn Alegre, Ralff Nestor Nacor, Charrie Anne Nacor, and Markadan. It was followed by GLAM photowalks at the Museo San Agustin in San Agustin Church, Baluarte de Dilao, and Fort Santiago.

  • The 20th Manila Meet-up & Movement Charter Conversation 2023

Date: October 29, 2023 (Sunday)
Location: Casino Español de Manila, Ermita, Manila City

Movement Charter Ambassador & Pilipinas Panorama Community Head Johnny Alegre (Buszmail) led the consultations for the Wikimedia Movement Charter in the Philippines. The consultation was participated by representatives from the Tagalog and Central Bikol communities.

The participants were Johnny Alegre, Jocelyn Alegre, Alex Umali, Ralff Nestor Nacor, Charrie Anne Nacor, and Markadan. The Manila 20 happened at the Casino Español de Manila which is a cultural heritage site in Ermita, Manila. It was followed by a GLAM photowalk at the Philippine National Museum for Natural History.

  • Annual Meeting 2015
    On June 20, Wikimedia Philippines held its 6th Annual General Meeting at the Elks Club in Makati. Chapter president Juan Bautista Alegre and treasurer Roel Balingit delivered the annual report and financial report, respectively, before the membership body. It was the first membership meeting after the overhauling of the membership roster to retain only members who have participated in chapter activities and exhibited interest in organizational affairs. The annual meeting proceeded with the election of its auditor, re-electing Vera Villocido from Bohol for another term. The election of four Trustees of the WMPH Board followed, wherein incumbent trustees Markadan, Roel Balingit and Eugene Villar were re-elected, along with Emmanuel Ramirez, to serve two-year terms. The chapter presented before the body, the proposition to transfer its principal office to Rufino Pacific Tower along Ayala Avenue, Makati to save up to 25% on virtual office services, the result was inconclusive and voting would have to continue to obtain written assent of other members of the organization.
The membership body also had an open discussion with a suggestion from the Wikimedia Foundation to study the merits of being an unincorporated Usergroup as a possible alternative measure to address its burdening regulatory reportorial requirements.
  • Tap and Learn Training Roadshow – Balanga, Bataan 2014
    A Smart Tap & Learn training session was held at Balanga Elementary School in Balanga City, Bataan on October 24, 2014, coinciding with the Wikimedia Foundation staff visit. Project facilitator Roel Balingit was also joined by other members of Wikimedia Philippines: Josh Lim, Joel Aldor and Markadan. Anna Koval opened the Wikipedia session by connecting with the teachers, by identifying herself as one of them, at the same time provided a glimpse of the work the Wikimedia Foundation does for its Education program. Josh Lim gave a background how the local chapter started before project facilitator Roel Balingit proceeded with the presentation. The teachers were also shown how to navigate using the Wikipedia app (for Android), how to change the default settings to browse in another Wikipedia language, as well as to read articles in other languages. The teachers were also provided with Wikipedia branded baller-type flash drives containing Wikipedia brochures. (See report & images)
Markadan with Wikimedia Foundation Chair Emeritus Jimmy Wales
  • Wikimania London 2014
    The tenth edition of Wikimania, the annual international Wikimedia conference, was held at the Barbican Centre in London, the United Kingdom. Four members of Wikimedia Philippines attended the conference: Chairman Eugene Villar was the recipient of a Wikimedia Foundation scholarship, while Board Secretary Markadan and newly-elected trustee Marco San Andres attended as official representatives of the chapter.
  • Wikimedia Board Governance Training - London 2014
    Markadan participated in the Board Governance Training Workshop held last August 7, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. Sponsored by the Wikimedia UK, the workshop is part of the Wikimania London 2014 Fringe that gives the board members of chapters and thematic organizations the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to fulfill their duties and responsibilities. It is particularly focused on the needs of organizations which are making the challenging transition between being an entirely volunteer executive and an organization with staff and budget. It had also drawn experiences within the movement and best practices from outside the movement. The Board Governance Training Workshop is divided into two sessions. The first session focused on board governance and characteristics of an effective Board; the second session covered the role of the Board in defining strategy and measuring organization's work. (See Wikimedia Board Governance Training report)
  • Meetup at Robinsons Galleria 2014
    On the 27th of March, 2014, a special meetup took place at the 4th floor of Robinsons Galleria attended by Board members Eugene Villar, Markadan, Roel Balingit, Marco San Andres; volunteers Yen Bongcac, Jacob Carpio, Melodina Cruz; project coordinator Zach Pagkalinawan; auditor Vera Villocido; and senior program officer Asaf Bartov.
  • Strategic Planning 2013

Vice-President Markadan and other Board Member Officials of Wiki Society of the Philippines (formerly Wikimedia Philippines) went on a strategic planning on November 23 to 24 , 2013 in Tanay, Rizal. The Board assessed their performance based on the 2013–2018 Strategic Plans of the organization, and continued laying out the plan for the organization based on the roadmap designed last year through comprehensive goal-setting revolving around the following eight strategic priorities of the organization:

  1. Increase local language readership
  2. Increase local language contributions
  3. Increase quality photos of national heritage
  4. Increase partnerships
  5. Address financial aspects
  6. Standardize processes
  7. Professionalize the organization & upgrade the knowledge of the chapter and members
  8. Empower communities

The Board also undertook a comprehensive SWOT analysis of the organization, identified potential projects and their targets for the upcoming year, and discussed the organization's 2014 annual budget.

Open Web Day at the Angeles University Foundation
  • Open Web Day at Angeles University Foundation 2013

On October 19, 2013, the very first outreach to the Kampampangan Wikipedia community was held at the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) in Angeles City. This Open Web Day at AUF in partnership with AUF, Creative Commons Philippines, Defenders of Indigenous Languages of the Archipelago, and Kapampangan Wikipedia community, was attended by around 20 participants including members of WMPH, such as jazz guitarist Johnny Alegre and Wiki Society of the Philippines (formerly Wikimedia Philippines) Vice President Markadan. The event focused on the improvement of the Kapampangan Wikipedia.

Eugene Villar facilitating the Manila Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
  • First Manila Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2013
    The first Manila Edit-a-thon was held last May 31, 2013 at the Smart Tower, Ayala Avenue, Makati. It was attend by 20 participants who were given an introduction to Wikipedia, the Wikimedia movement and the local Wikimedia chapter – Wikimedia Philippines. Presents in the event are: Markadan, Eugene Villar and Josh Lim who went over the rudiments of Wikipedia editing, and Roel Balingit who facilitated teaching "Illustrating Wikipedia". The program wrapped up by sharing the editing experience of the participants.
Cultural heritage mavens pose with the WMPH Board
  • Cultural Heritage Mapping 2013
    The GLAM–Wiki group of Wiki Society of the Philippines (formerly Wikimedia Philippines) worked together with a group of heritage documentors (Joel Aldor, Manolo Noche, Fung Yu and Christian Aguilar) to come up with a Cultural Heritage Mapping project for the Chapter. Plans for a cultural mapping activity began as early as 2011, but had been stalled or failed due to the lack of expertise. With two years of holding Wiki Loves Monuments in the Philippines and a list of cultural heritage sites built for the project, the Board of Trustees (Eugene Villar, Markadan, Emmanuel Ramirez, Roel Balingit, Vanj Padilla, and others) gave the green signal to the project on January 18, 2013 and worked to obtain grant funding for it. The project will train volunteers, who will be assigned to different locations overall the Philippines, to document important cultural heritage sites, enhance their photography skills and Wikipedia editing skills.
  • 2015 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations
Markadan and Josh Lim at HPAIR 2015

Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations: On August 21, Wikimedia Philippines was invited to participate at the Career Fair of the 2015 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Asian Conference, held at the De La Salle University. Josh Lim and Markadan, who is a 2012 HPAIR alumnus, promoted job openings at the Wikimedia Foundation in cooperation with the WMF's human resources team. Some ninety HPAIR participants flocked to the WMPH booth to hear more about the Foundation's job openings, plus volunteer opportunities at WMPH for Filipino participants.

Self-initiated Photowalks

  • Philippine Panorama Project/Balayan, Batangas [3]
Immaculate Concepcion Parish, Balayan, Batangas

On November 13, 2023, Markadan initiated a photowalk to cover the Immaculate Concepcion Parish in Balayan, Batangas. The church is listed as a National Cultural Treasure as its construction was supervised by Filipino Seculars during the Spanish Colonial Period.

Galleria Taal signage
  • Galleria Taal, Taal, Batangas

It is considered as the First Camera Museum not only in the Philippines but also in Southeast Asia owned by Manny Inumerable. It is a historical house-turned-museum exhibiting old photographs of the Philippines & vintage cameras. These cameras are personal collection of Mr. Inumerable.


Some photos of vintage cameras

Side of Syquia Mansion
  • Syquia Mansion, Ilocos Sur

House of former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino and his wife Alicia, Syquia Mansion in Ilocos Sur is a heritage house pursuant to Board Resolution No. 1 dated January 18, 2002 of the National Historical Institute of the Republic of the Philippines. The mansion is rich in cultural heritage as it is filled with both Philippine and foreign vintage items. There are huge oil portraits of the Quirino Family and also displays of 19th century furnishings, memorabilia, and various photos, providing a glimpse to the life of the late President Quirino and his family. It was his official residence of former President Quirino and thus it was claimed as the first Malacañang of the North.


Photos Inside the Syquia Mansion and Markers

GLAM Wiki and Photowalk Participation

Spanish Trade Ship
  • Museo San Agustin

Members of the Pilipinas Panorama Community (PPC) conducted a photowalk at the Museo San Agustin in Intramuros, Manila on November 19, 2023 (Sunday). The museum is located in San Agustin Church which is a one of four Philippine churches constructed during the Spanish colonial period to be designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, under the collective title Baroque Churches of the Philippines.

Marinduque Sperm Whale
  • Philippine National Museum of Natural History

Members of the Pilipinas Panorama Community (PPC) conducted a photowalk at the Philippine National Museum of Natural History in Ermita, Manila on October 29, 2023 (Sunday). The museum is the national natural history museum of the Philippines.






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