Technology, Lifestyle

Drupal Camp Manila 2016

Last May 7, 2016 (Saturday), I traveled from Lipa City, Batangas going to Drupal Camp Manila 2016 where be held at 10th fl, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Two Cyberpod Eton Centris Edsa cor. Quezon Ave, Quezon City. This day event will be the biggest first major community event I’ve ever volunteered for and involvement for this year, Drupal Camp Manila 2016. I waited for this day to happen and now I’m on my way there. Thank God, no traffic encountered along the way.

After meeting our head organizer, Ms. Rachel Jaro, we proceed to the venue and started to work out things for our attendees, visitors, guests, and sponsors.

At the main lobby of the HPE building, we met some of the attendees, volunteers and even our sponsor’s representative and speakers. I saw a glimpse of happiness and excitement from them to be ready to accept new and learn from our guests.

After an informal introduction on the floor, we all go up to the preceded venue. Set the guest speakers as well as one of our sponsors on their respective places and set up the remaining items to prepare for the event. All volunteers help out to carry out the materials to all the attendees. We fold out here and fold-out there with all our hearts… hahaha!

The program was started with a prayer by Mr. Paul de Paula, one of the lead organizers and my mentor as well. Followed by Mr. Eduardo Garcia, CTO at Anexus from Costa Rica, and discuss “good community = good business”. After his very inspiring talk, we got 15 mins. break for the room preparation and divide it into three (3) rooms. By 10:30 am, in each room, the Camp topic started simultaneously. More or less 200 people attended this event: Students, Developers, Project managers, and Business executives gathered around to hear and learn about Drupal.


They learned from our topics such as Behat Testing, Docker, Scrum, Community, Drupal Contribution, Pantheon Terminus, Web Application Security, D8 Elastic Search,  Form API, Drupal Console and had workshops for Drupal 8 (2nd day).

Here’s our Drupal Camp Schedule on Day 1:

Each room comes with great topics and awesome speakers in their respective topics. How I wish I can sit on one topic and finish it. I can say I had a very fulfilling day ahead because of this new information I had on me. Of course, everyone enjoys and meet new friends while learning new things. This is what the community is. I’ve become more inspired when I and Mr. Eduardo talked a little after the day event. I joked him if he can take me to Costa Rica and he replied, “Why would you like to join in a community?” I only said what’s on my heart, “I would like to be in a community to meet new friends, mingle and learn. Give back to the community what you learned and earned.” He just smiled and we all walk out going to our Night Crawl Party venue. And everybody enjoys the night, exchanging thoughts, sharing information and getting to know more. We set apart with each other with a smile and new hope for tomorrow. 

Day 2: May 8, 2016, I missed to attend this session and I missed half of my life again. I got an unwavering feeling due to a lack of sleep for 3 days. So bad for me.

Here is the schedule that day: 

The level of hard work and collaboration of all the volunteers were impressive and thanks to Ms. Rachel Jaro of Koodi and Sir Eladio Abquina of HP who untiringly dedicated their time to make this event a success.

In behalf of Drupal Pilipinas, we would like to thank our sponsors who made this event a successful one, to our

Gold Sponsors (Bayview Technologies)

Silver Sponsors(Promet Source, Srijan)


  Bronze Sponsors(Annai, Pantheon)

and Community Sponsors (CPU-Union, Phil IT, DevCon, PHP Users Group, 8 Layers,


While our Media Partner is Rappler,
and our Venue Sponsor is Hewlett -Packard Philippines, such a great place. 

Kudos to all of us and you!

See you at the next Drupal Event and other community activities.
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Disclaimer: Most of the images grabbed from Mr. Mark Gruta, Ms. Ruthie and Ms. Gem D. Facebook account. I don’t have a good camera shot all this time of the event.



Kris Lacanlale

Hey! I'm Kris. A Dream Catcher collector, your tech-savvy sassy girl behind Dream Catcher Girl, a fur-parents and married while waiting for our super baby to come! Come along with me as I strive to live a life I love to do creatively and chic.