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2012 Annual Report




  • Wikipedia Blackout

Ninety percent of Filipino Wikipedia users use the English Wikipedia, and upon hearing word of the English Wikipedia blackout last January 18, Wikimedia Philippines quickly lent its support to the Wikimedia community's fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), two pending bills in the United States Congress with the potential to hinder freedom of information for Internet users worldwide. The chapter issued a press release highlighting the potential effects of SOPA and PIPA's passage in the Philippines, and WMPH President Joseph "Jojit" Ballesteros was interviewed by GMA News and Public Affairs on the blackout.

Press coverage:


WMPH President Jojit Ballesteros teaches how to edit Wikipedia at Netopia.
  • First Open Web Day at Robinsons Place, Manila

Open Web Day is a seminar-workshop jointly conducted by Wikimedia Philippines (WMPH) and Mozilla Philippines. This event focuses on Internet newbies who want to learn about the basics of Wikipedia editing and to help on localization of Firefox into Tagalog.

On February 25, 2012, the first Open Web Day was held at Netopia, an Internet café in Robinsons Place Ermita, Manila. Most of the participants were members of WMPH who do not have an account in any Wikimedia-related projects and who have not yet edited any article in the Wikipedia. WMPH President Jojit Ballesteros gave the presentation and workshop on Wikipedia and Mozilla Representative Bob Reyes presented the localization project of Firefox into Tagalog. The outputs of the workshop are as follows: (1) the participants created their Wikipedia account; (2) the participants have edited some articles; (3) the participants have started an article and/or created stubs; (4) the participants have translated some Firefox phrases into Tagalog. The participants were given free food at the end of the event.


  • Wiki Loves Monuments Philippines Launch

Citing the need to time the launch with the onset of summer and travel season in the country, Wikimedia Philippines held the kick off event of Wiki Loves Monuments at the Alumni Hall of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City last March 24. Despite an unusual summer downpour which caused heavy traffic around the metropolis, around 60 people came to the first global launch of the competition. Project co-manager Roel Balingit set the tone of the program by introducing the concept behind Wiki Loves Monuments, its beginnings in the Netherlands just two years ago and the feat it achieved when it gathered over 167,000 images of heritage monuments from 18 European countries in 2011.

Juliet Villegas, Executive Director of the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) an agency under the Department of Tourism greeted the project with excitement and encouraged everyone to travel and capture all these cultural heritage, in line with the department's new branding campaign It's more fun in the Philippines as the project has also been endorsed by the Department of Tourism seeing that it will promote the fascinating narrative of the country through its heritage monuments. Ivan Henares, Vice President of the Heritage Conservation Society, who has traveled in all of the country's 80 provinces and a Wikipedia editor himself, called on everyone to contribute to the project and make Philippine heritage sites known to the world even as a lot of provinces do not have comprehensive listing of heritage sites.

Emman Ramirez, the other project co-manager shared his experience in the movement from his participation at the GLAMcamp Amsterdam last December and how the competition was brought to the country with much prodding from overseas counterparts during the meet. Video greetings from Wiki Loves Monuments organizers from Australia, Germany and Chile were shown to the audience including one from Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner, who broke the news that the winner of the Philippine competition gets an all expense paid ticket to Wikimania 2013 which may be held in London, Hong Kong, Surakarta, Bristol or Naples. The contest's mechanics and criteria were further discussed with the audience, plus the prizes at stake for the winners. The top ten entries from the Philippines, known by October 20, and other participating countries gets to advance in the international finals of the competition.

Wiki Loves Monuments is set to be participated by no less than 28 countries, with more than a dozen also building up their capabilities to organize their national competitions, Wiki Loves Monuments aims to gather quality free license images of the world's heritage monuments and make it available to anyone in the world through Wikipedia.

Wiki Loves Monuments in the Philippines is in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and the Department of Tourism. The organizers of the event have also inked a deal with the NPDC and the Intramuros Administration, both under the Department of Tourism, to allow photographers to shoot around the site they manage without the imposition of non-commercial photography fees.

  • Open Web Day at De La Salle University, Manila
Board member Lee Bautista shares his experiences in Wikipedia at the DLSU Open Web Day.

On March 17, 2012, the organizers of Open Web Day partnered with the De La Salle University (DLSU) - College of Computer Studies (CCS) to bring Open Web Day to DLSU as part of its Research and Technology Summit 2012. The event started with presentations from both organizations – Jojit from WMPH, Bob and Community Manager Eusebio "Jun" Barrun from Mozilla Philippines. Students asked questions enthusiastically after the presentations and were rewarded with swags (stickers, pins, pens and ID laces), Mozilla T-Shirts and Offline Wikipedia DVDs. After the event, Ralph Vincent Regalado, instructor and our partner organizer at DLSU, toured WMPH and Mozilla around the College and introduced us to Dr. Rachel Edita O. Roxas, CCS Dean. WMPH and Mozilla Philippines were given plaques of appreciation for participating in the summit.


  • Open Web Day at Iligan City

On May 4, 2012, the Wikimedia Philippines conducted a Wikipedia seminar and editing demonstration during the Pandayan sa Daluyan 2.0 at Bishop Tudtud Home for the Aged Complex, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte in Mindanao (Southern Philippines). This was a conference on integrating New Media concepts and practices of Mindanao's community-based organizations and media practitioners. It was sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and various organizations through a grant program and organized by the Computer Professionals' Union (CPU). Mozilla Philippines Representative RJ Ian S. Sevilla attended the event. Jojit Ballesteros conducted the Wikipedia sessions and Bel Ballesteros assisted in answering questions from the audience. Participants were interested in uploading their work in Wikimedia projects and how they can distribute their work freely.

  • Open Web Day at Asian Institute of Management

The Open Web Day was held at Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Makati City in partnership with AIM and Computer Professionals' Union (CPU). More than 30 students from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Taguig and Technological University of the Philippines-Taguig and some professionals came to learn more about Wikipedia and Firefox. Jojit Ballesteros opened the event with a presentation and demonstration of basic editing of Wikipedia articles. In the afternoon, Jun Barrun of Mozilla illustrated the presence of Mozilla in the Philippines. Bob Reyes discussed about the localization (L10n) of Firefox Aurora to Tagalog and showed Boot to Gecko (also known as Firefox OS), an operating system for smartphones and tablet computers, for the very first time in the Philippines.

  • Second Philippine Wikiconference/3rd Annual Convention
WMPH members at the 2nd Wikiconference

Wikimedia Philippines held the 2nd Philippine WikiConference on May 26, 2012 at Co.lab Xchange in Kapitolyo, Pasig City. It is the first-time the chapter organized a multi-track conference with 14 discussions topics and a Wikipedia editing-workshop. There were 54 attendees including Wikimedians from the Bikol Wikimedia Community, the chapter's first organized Philippine Wikimedia Community.

Lightning talks attended by Marco San Andres, Berlin Hackathon 2012

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Wikimedia Philippines immediately followed the WikiConference. The membership voted of several proposals, including the Chapter's Expense Policy, new Bylaws and amendments to its Articles of Incorporation. It was also the first time the members elected members of the Board since the Chapter was first organized in 2010; elected were Frederick Calica and Emmanuel Ramirez.

  • Berlin Hackathon 2012

WMPH member Tristan Marco San Andres was the chapter's official representative to the Berlin Hackathon 2012, the first time the chapter participated in such an event. Organized by the Wikimedia Foundation in cooperation with Wikimedia Deutschland, the hackathon, the premier event for MediaWiki and the Wikimedia technical community, was attended by around 100-150 participants from around the world. Report


  • Officer Elections

Election of officers for the term 2012-2013 was held on June 2 at the WMPH office between members of the seven-man Board of Trustees, which resulted in the election of the following:

a. President: Eugene Villar
b. Vice-President: Butch Bustria
c. Secretary: Relly Bautista
d. Treasurer: Roel Balingit

The Board has also indicated its desire to hold a second election later in the year, this time for the newly-created position of Chair of the Board of Trustees, when amendments to the chapter's By-laws and Articles of Incorporation are approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission. This will be the first election held by the newly-expanded, nine-man Board of Trustees.

  • Wikipedia Academy 2012

WMPH trustee Josh Lim was the chapter's official representative at the Wikipedia Academy 2012, held at the School of Business and Economics at the Free University of Berlin. Organized by Wikimedia Deutschland in collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the Free University of Berlin, the Academy provides a venue for the sharing of academic research on free knowledge in general, and about Wikipedia in particular. Presentations presented at this year's Academy covered several topics of interest, including Wikipedia metrics, research on Wikipedia contributors and editing communities, and the economics of free knowledge.

  • First Philippine Mediawiki Meetup - June 9, 2012 at 6750 Makati City.

The meetup outlined the strategy of establishing awareness of Mediawiki in the Philippines. It is attended by Butch Bustria, Mke Rubio, Marco San Andres, Paolo Barazon and members of the Philippine IT Organization.

  • Meeting between Wikimedia Philippines and Wikimedia Hong Kong at Tsing Yi, Hong Kong.
  • Open Web Day at Ateneo de Naga University
See also Naga 5 meetup
Participants of the ADNU Open Web Day

On June 30, 2012, an Open Web Day was held at Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) in Naga City, Bicol region with the help of the Philippine Librarians Associations, Inc., Bicol Region Librarians Council (PLAI-BRLC) and ADNU. Library information science students, librarians and professionals attended the workshops at the 1st Floor, James J. O’Brien S.J. Library, Ateneo de Naga University. Gil Gregorio and Irvin Sto. Tomas who are veteran Bikol Wikipedians and WMPH members assisted in organizing the whole event.

Dr. Alfredo C. Fabay, Dean of ADNU Graduate School, opened the event by giving a keynote speech. After the keynote speech, Jojit Ballesteros presented the world of Wikipedia and then conducted a workshop on Wikipedia editing. The workshops focused on the Bikol Wikipedia. Bel Ballesteros and Butch Bustria helped Jojit in answering questions of the participants.

The sessions resumed after a lunch break. The first session in the afternoon was given by Jun Barrun and he talked about Mozilla's projects and products. After Jun's presentation, Jean Austin Rodriguez showed a demo phone that has the Firefox Mobile OS. Then, Ren-Ren Gabas introduced the L10n or localization project of Mozilla and proceeded with the workshop on the localization of Firefox into Tagalog. This event for Mozilla Philippines achieved a milestone where 100% translation of Firefox into Tagalog.


Roel Balingit (3rd from left) at the Wiki Loves Monuments session during Wikimania 2012
  • 2012 Wikimania, Washington, D.C.

Treasurer Roel Balingit attended Wikimania 2012 in Washington, D.C. on July 13-15. Wikimedia Philippines also organized, alongside Wikimedia Hong Kong, the annual Wikimedia Asia lunch for Asian Wikimania attendees.


  • Strategic Planning Meeting
  • Bikol Wikipedia Edithon
Refer to this page from Bikol Wikipedia


  • Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 in the Philippines

At the stroke of midnight of September 1 in the Philippines, Wikipedia launched what it’s targeting to be officially the world’s largest photo competition — the 2012 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments. Owing to the success of Wiki Loves Monuments in 2011 where over 5,000 participants uploaded over 165,000 photos of cultural heritage sites from across 18 European countries, this year’s Wiki Loves Monuments has gone global with 35 countries in participation, including the Philippines.

Wikimedia Philippines, the local chapter of the San Francisco-based Wikimedia Foundation, is spearheading the local campaign to gather images of Philippine cultural heritage sites until September 30 when the uploading period winds up.

The top 10 entries will advance to the international round of the competition where it will compete against the best cultural heritage photographs of the other participating countries. With about 690 officially declared cultural heritage and historical sites throughout the country, plus practically every 50 year-old structure as defined under the National Cultural Heritage Law, Philippine organizers are hoping that a good number of these sites and structures will finally have their freely-licensed photographs so that they can find their way to related Wikipedia articles and at the same time showcase the beauty and richness of the country’s cultural heritage as Wikipedia is consistently among the most visited websites worldwide.

The winners of Wiki Loves Monuments Philippines will be announced on October 20 with the top winner receiving a cash prize of ₱15,000 and an all expense-paid participation at the 2013 Wikimania in Hong Kong. Wiki Loves Monuments Philippines is being held in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, the Department of Tourism and the National Parks Development Committee.

Press coverage:

  • Wikimedia PH at Software Freedom Day 2012
Students listen to Jojit as he talks about Free Culture.

On September 15, 2012, Jojit Ballesteros and WMPH President Eugene Villar were resource speakers for the Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2012 at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City. Around 1,106 participants including students from various colleges and universities attended the event. Aside from Jojit and Eugene, there were 24 other speakers who discussed various topics that relates to Free/Open Source Software. Software Freedom Day 2012 was organized by Computer Professionals' Union. In the afternoon, Jojit conducted a Wikipedia editing workshop including how to upload pictures to Wikimedia Commons. Around 20 participants attended the workshop.

  • Manila 17: First Philippine WikNic
  • Open Web Day at University of Santo Tomas

On September 29, 2012, the next Open Web Day was held at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, which was attended by more than 30 students. This Open Web Day was made possible in partnership with TomasinoWeb and GlobeLabs. Jojit Ballesteros and Bob Reyes served as resource speakers for the event. Jojit presented an overview on how Wikipedia works and demonstrated how to edit articles in Wikipedia. Bob Reyes introduced projects and products of Mozilla including Firefox and Firefox OS.


  • Wiki Loves Monuments Philippines Awarding Ceremonies
2012 Wiki Loves Monuments Philippines Winner: Vigan Cathedral by James Singlador

In ceremonies appropriately held at a cultural heritage monument — the Nielson Tower, home to the Filipinas Heritage Library at the Ayala Triangle, Makati City, the winners of Wiki Loves Monuments Philippines 2012 were announced in a culminating event that celebrated the beauty and splendor of Filipino Cultural Heritage. Over 2,300 entries from 319 participants were submitted in the month long uploading period that began at the stroke of midnight of September 1st and ended at the close of the last minute of September 30.

Wiki Loves Monuments Philippines 2012 finalists were treated by event organizers Wikimedia Philippines to dinner and were serenaded by the Molave Theatre Guild of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila. Host and project manager Roel Balingit proceeded to present some interesting facts about the local competition and the attainment of the 2011 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments of the Guinness World Record for the largest photography competition. See full article and list of winners

  • Workshop Transjakarta in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Open Web Day at Laguna University

As part of the Mozilla Campus Tour, the Open Web Day event was held at Laguna University in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. About 200 students and faculty attended the whole event. Aside from the talks of Wikimedia Philippines and Mozilla Philippines, there are other speakers who discussed about blogging and social media. One of the speakers who talked about blogging was Juned Sonido who is a member of both Mozilla Philippines and Wikimedia Philippines. In the afternoon, breakout sessions were conducted on separate rooms. Jojit Ballesteros conducted a workshop to 45 students. He was assisted by WMPH member and volunteer, Joel Encinas.


Meeting between Wikimedia Philippines and Wikimedia Indonesia on November 24, 2012.
  • WikiProject Pangasinan Outreach Activity
See also this Detailed Report.

On November 16, 2012, the Wikimedia Philippines conducted an the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol in Lingayen, Pangasinan (Northern Luzon) as part of the WikiProject Pangasinan Phase I: Outreach Activity. The event was held at the Malong Building, Provincial Capitol Complex, Lingayen, Pangasinan in partnership with the multimedia arm of Provincial Government of Pangasinan headed by Vanj Padilla. It was attended by 49 participants.

The event started with the welcome remarks of Vanj and followed by the presentation of Jojit Ballesteros about the world of Wikipedia. After Jojit's talk, Butch introduced the WikiProject Pangasinan. Jojit conducted the workshop in the afternoon with the help of fellow Board member, Eric Calica. Participants learned about the basic editing in Wikipedia. They also uploaded pictures of the Capitol Complex, which they took before the workshop, to Wikimedia Commons and appended it to the articles in the Pangasinan, Tagalog and English Wikipedias.

  • Bikol Wikipedia Day
Refer to this page from Bikol Wikipedia
  • Meeting between Wikimedia Philippines and Wikimedia Indonesia, at FX Mall, Jakarta.


  • Wikipedia at Lipa City Colleges IT Convention
Attendees visit the WMPH booth at Lipa City Colleges IT Convention

Wikimedia Philippines participated in the Lipa IT Convention held at Lipa City Colleges (LCC), Lipa City, Batangas, which was organized by Phil-IT Organization headed by Antonio L. Martinez and LCC. Different topics on information technology were discussed by various speakers from like-minded organizations. About 600 students attended the convention.

Jojit Ballesteros' gave a talk that focused on their organizations' respective projects. Before Jojit’s talk, he held a Gangnam-Style dance contest participated by random contestants from the audience. The winner of the contest got a Wikipedia T-shirt. After the contest, Jojit proceeded with his presentation about Wikipedia. Engr. Policarpio D. Tena II, overall chairman of the Lipa IT Convention 2012, awarded WMPH a certificate of appreciation.

  • Wikimedia Philippines Year End meeting






  • Quarterly Meeting (2012-01-07)
  • Project Committee Strategic Planning (2012-01-28)
  • Wiki Loves Monuments Committee Meeting (2012-02-04)
  • Open Web Day Planning Meeting (2012-02-04)
  • Board Meeting (2012-03-03)
  • Quarterly Meeting (2012-04-14)
  • GLAM Project Planning (2012-04-21)
  • Second Philippine Wikiconference/Third Annual Convention (2012-05-26)
  • Board Meeting (2012-06-02)
  • Open Web Day Planning Meeting (2012-07-14)
  • First Strategic Planning Meeting (2012-08-25 to 26)
  • Second Strategic Planning Meeting (2012-09-01)
  • Wiki Loves Monuments Committee Meeting (2012-09-01)
  • Quarterly Meeting (2012-09-22)



At the end of 2011, membership in WMPH reached 48.

Date New Members Total Members

See also