WordPress seminars in Davao from July 3-4

June 30, 2009 | 2 Comments

Heads up, Mindanao folks! There are two WordPress seminars coming to your area—Davao City, to be specific—this July. WordPress for Bloggers and WordPress as a CMS. Fees vary from Php150 (students) to Php450 per person. Here’s the sked:


Date: 3 July 2009 (Friday)
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Venue: Lane Systems conference room, Wheels n’ More Drive, J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City (in the compound where Urban Club & AutoShop are located)
Fee: ?450 per person
This seminar will tackle the fundamentals of the WordPress engine: the templating system; built-in PHP functions for delivering & manipulating content; design elements; introduction to theme & plugin design. Installation and maintenance best practices will also be included. Prerequisites: PHP, XHTML & CSS.


Date: 4 July 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 P.M.
Venue: PhilNITS Lab, 5/F Mintrade Bldg, Monteverde cor. Sales Sts. (this is the building where DTI-11 is located; at the ground floor is PNB)
Fee: ?300 per person | Student rate: ?150
The seminar for bloggers will feature advanced coverage on WordPress deployment & utilization: how to make the most out of your self-hosted WordPress installation. Important topics: theme management; plugin management; SEO basics; introduction to the world of server hosting. Bonus topic: AdSense integration and optimization, c/o Lyle Santos.

Sign up here. How I wish there were something like this in the metro! We’ll have to be a little more patient for the upcoming WordCamp Philippines, then.

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Maginoo

October 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

Maginoo WordPress Theme

Maginoo is a blue, 2-column WordPress theme created by Davao-based website design company Padd IT Solutions.

Maginoo is a WordPress theme tested on the latest version of WordPress, two columns, adsense ready with advertising blocks, right sidebar, cross browser compatible with IE, FF, Opera, Flock & Safari, valid XHTML & CSS, Ajax tabbed sidebar and widget ready.

Download Maginoo

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Matt Mullenweg arrives in the Philippines; Final WordCamp reminders

September 5, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Matt Mullenweg touched down in Manila last September 2, then headed to Davao for the mini-WordCamp there. And here’s his very first comment about our country:

In other news, the immigration/customs forms here are sponsored by a booze company. Smartly, though, they use carbon copy so you don’t have to write the exact same thing twice, like you do in the US.

As for WordCamp Philippines itself, the organizers have sent a final email reminder for all the things you’ll need to bring and do at the event.

  • Don’t forget to print out your camper’s pass!
  • Be sure to bring a valid ID.
  • “Less than 400 campers plus several members from mainstream media will converge at the College of Saint Benilde at Taft Avenue on Saturday, September 6. Gates open at 8:00 AM.”
  • If you haven’t registered your gadget, do so already here.
  • Get to College of St. Benilde by going to the Vito Cruz LRT station. The building is right beside it. If you’re bringing a car, it will be difficult to find parking. See the vicinity map for more details.
  • WordCamp t-shirts have been delivered to the campers’ homes.
  • After-party is at mag:net Cafe in Serendra, The Fort, at 9:30 pm. Entrance fee is Php 150.

See you there!

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Davao bloggers food trip at Kangaroo

July 10, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The Kangaroo Coffee Company is inviting 10 Davao bloggers to indulge in a food trip on July 12 at 7:00 PM.

Remember: participating bloggers will have to post about their food trip experience. All posts will be linked from the official Davao Food Trip blog.


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Davao Bloggers’ Party 2008

June 6, 2008 | 1 Comment

The Pinoy bloggers down south are getting ready for another event: the Davao Bloggers’ Party 2008. It’s brought to you by Avatar Media, and coordinated by Events by Ria, and initiated by Blogie Robillo.

When: 7 pm, June 14, 2008
Where: Toto’s Bar, Casa Leticia, J. Camus Street, Davao City
Who: Davao bloggers of all shapes, sizes, interests, platforms, and niches

Drinks are free, but slots are limited. To join, leave a comment at Ria Jose’s blog with your name and URL.

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Events: Butch Dalisay Talk, Davao Food Appreciation Tour, BlogBank Launch, and Tons of Concerts!

March 14, 2008 | 5 Comments

Here are some notable events that are buzzing around the Philippine blogosphere this time of year:

Butch Dalisay on Creative Non-Fiction for Bloggers

Butch Dalisay by Juned

Kape @ Pandesal sa Isla Series No: 2 features a conversation with Butch Dalisay, a Palanca Hall of Fame Awardee. You can view a partial video of the talk or full audio at the Blog and Soul website. And here’s a nice narration of the event courtesy of PinoyCentric. (A podcast of the previous talk, Libel and Blogging, can also be downloaded.)

Davao Food Appreciation Tour

Davao Food Appreciation Tour image by Davao Food Trip

Davao Food Appreciation Tour (Davao FAT) is literally a food trip for over 20 bloggers throughout 8 establishments in Davao. It follows the Davao Food Trip that was held last December to January. Davao FAT begins March 14 and ends on March 16.

BlogBank Launch

BlogBank logo

Blog Bank, the first blog advertising network in the Philippines, held a launch party on March 13 at Red Box Greenbelt, Makati. Regnard Raquedan writes:

The launch was held at the spiffy Red Box Karaoke in Greenbelt 3, Makati City. The BlogBank team threw a rockin’ karaoke party for the advertisers, publishers and bloggers, with a short program to recognize the Top 3 advertisers (eLBC, Delifrance & Nokia), as well as the Top 3 earning publishers (Jehzeel, Kiven and Anton).


Maroon 5 Concert photo by darna33

Finally, let’s talk about concerts. You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t about all the great musicians gracing our islands in the past few weeks. But for your sake, here’s a rundown:

  • Ne-Yo (March 1)
  • Maroon 5 (March 5)
  • Incubus (March 9)
  • Colbie Caillat (March 11)
  • Earth, Wind and Fire Experience featuring Al McKay (March 11)
  • Mandy Moore (March 12)
  • Incognito (March 14)
  • Harry Connick Jr. (March 15)
  • Celine Dion (March 15)

Don’t feel so bad if you haven’t attended any of these, because even bigger artists are coming to town!

  • Joss Stone (April)
  • Toto (April 3)
  • Swing Out Sister (April 7)
  • Duran Duran (April 10)
  • Damian Marley (May)
  • Natalie Cole (May)
  • James Blunt (May 19)
  • The Click Five (May 30)
  • Steve Tyrell (May 30)
  • Madonna (July)
  • Josh Groban (July)
  • Dave Matthews Band (September)
  • Justin Timberlake (October)
  • U2 (October)
  • Usher (November)

(Info from edarevalo.net, PhilMUG, and TicketNet.)

Are you psyched yet? Woot!

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