Hablon User Group

Hablon is a Bisaya word that means "weaver" or "something woven".[1][2][3] Among the languages in the Philippines, Bisaya is the second most spoken by Filipinos.[4] Filipinos, especially indigenous Filipinos, are weavers.[5] As Filipino weavers use fibers and threads to illustrate the culture of the Philippines in their textiles, HUG strives to interlace small bits of information to form knowledge and to make this knowledge accessible to everyone through Wikimedia projects.[6]

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Hablon User Group of Wikimedians in the Philippines or simply Hablon User Group (HUG) is a community of Filipino Wikimedians dedicated to promoting free knowledge by improving Wikimedia projects through various activities such as, but not limited to, fora, learning sessions and edit-a-thons. It is based in Manila and Tacloban City in the Philippines.

Background edit

The three Wikimedians who spearhead the Hablon User Group (HUG) are members of the Wikimedia Philippines (WMPH) when it was still recognized as a Wikimedia Chapter in the Philippines. While the two of them have been part of the Open Web Day project of the Wikimedia Philippines and the Mozilla Philippines and the other one has been coordinating fora and edit-a-thons under an independent Wikimedia community recognized by the Wikimedia Philippines which is the Sinirangan Bisaya Wikimedia Community (SBWC), they collaborated on most of the activities of SBWC particularly the 1st and 2nd Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thons as members of WMPH.[7]

Despite the derecognition of WMPH in 2017, the three Wikimedians continue to participate and conduct fora, learning sessions, and edit-a-thons either with SBWC or with other similar organizations.

Who we are edit


To be more effective in promoting free knowledge by reaching out to other organizations and institutions to be partners, the three Wikimedians decided to form the Hablon User Group of Wikimedians in the Philippines or simply the Hablon User Group.

The Hablon User Group is not an affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation but is a community of volunteers for the Wikimedia movement.

We are based in Manila and Tacloban in the Philippines.

Objectives edit

The purpose of Hablon User Group is to promote free knowledge by improving Wikimedia projects through activities and projects in partnership with like-minded individuals, organizations, institutions, the Wikimedia Foundation, and other Wikimedia communities.

Specifically, this group aims to:

  1. Inform the public about the Wikimedia movement and its projects by conducting and participating in meet-ups, fora, conferences, and other activities;
  2. Encourage individuals, organizations, educational institutions, and government units to contribute to Wikimedia projects by reaching out to them through meet-ups, fora, conferences, learning sessions, and other activities;
  3. Improve Wikimedia projects by adding content and editing existing information by conducting learning sessions, edit-a-thons, and other activities;
  4. Support the Wikimedia Foundation by promoting and participating in its projects, activities, and other undertakings;
  5. Reach out to other Wikimedia communities by supporting, promoting, and participating in their projects and activities as well as collaborating with them by exchanging ideas and good practices.

Members edit

  1. Jojit fb – Administrator in Tagalog Wikipedia (primary contact person for the group)
  2. JinJian – Administrator in Waray Wikipedia
  3. Billie bb - (primary contact person for the group)
  4. Maxdaquilanea

What we do edit

The activities in which these Wikimedians participated in, organized, and conducted are as follows:

Type of activity Title of activity Organizations involved Year conducted
Fora 2nd Waray Wikimedia Forum UPVTC [a], SBWC [b], WMPH [c] 2014
Fora 3rd and 4th Waray Wikimedia Forum [8] PHILACI [d], SBWC 2015
Fora 5th Waray Wikimedia Forum AGIO [e], SBWC 2017
Fora Software Freedom Day Celebration – Philippines CPU [f] 2017
Learning session Wikipedia Orientation CPU 2017
Edit-a-thon 1st Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon MAWF [g], SBWC, WMPH 2014
Edit-a-thon 2nd Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon NPC-Tac [h], SBWC, WMPH 2015
Edit-a-thon 3rd Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Catbalogan City government, SBWC 2015
Edit-a-thon 4th Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon JCI-Catarman Cocoking [i], SBWC 2015
Edit-a-thon 5th Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Municipal government of Guiuan, SBWC 2016
Edit-a-thon 6th Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon UPVTC, SBWC 2016
Edit-a-thon 7th Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon PSHS–EV [j], SBWC 2017
Edit-a-thon 2nd Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in Pangasinan Pangasinan Wikipedia Community, Pangasinan Provincial Government 2017
Edit-a-thon 8th Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon UPVTC, SBWC 2018
Edit-a-thon 9th Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon UPVTC, SBWC 2019
Edit-a-thon 10th Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon City Government of Borongan 2023
Resource Persons for Edit-a-thon 10th Bikol Wikipedia Anniversary PhilWiki Community [k] 2017
Resource Persons for Edit-a-thon Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Documenting Desaparecidos and Red-tagging against activists in the Philippines UP Internet Freedom Network 2020
Conference participation ESEAP Conference 2018 [l] Wikimedia Indonesia, WMF [m] 2018
Conference participation International Conference on Multicultural Education, Linguistics, Counselling, and Social Sciences 2019 [n] Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology 2019
Conference presentation Contributing Freely to the Sum of all Knowledge International Conference on Inclusive Education and Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education [o] 2016
Conference presentation Conducting a successful edit-a-thon ESEAP Conference 2018 [p] 2018
Conference presentation Improving Wikimedia Projects Content through Collaboration-Waray Wikipedia Experiences 2014 to 2017 ESEAP Conference 2018 [p] 2018
Paper presentation How Philippine-language Editions of Wikipedia Can Assist in Achieving Equality in Indigenous Education International Conference on Multicultural Education, Linguistics, Counselling, and Social Sciences 2019 [q] 2019
Lightning talk Mozilla Philippines Monthly Meetup, April 2020 Mozilla Philippines 2020
Write-up Publication Disseminating Information Using an Indigenous Language – the Waray Wikipedia Experience Aboriginal Education World vol. 91 [r] 2020

a.^  UPVTC = University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College;
b.^  SBWC = Sinirangan Bisaya Wikimedia Community;
c.^  WMPH = Wikimedia Philippines;
d.^  PHILACI = Philippine Association of Court Interpreters;
e.^  AGIO = Association of Government Information Officers of Eastern Visayas Region;
f.^  CPU = Computer Professionals' Union;
g.^  MAWF = Maharlika Artists and Writers Federation;
h.^  NPC-Tac = National Press Club - Tacloban;
i.^  JCI = Junior Chamber International, Philippines;
j.^ PSHS-EV = Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas Campus;
k.^ PhilWiki Community = Philippine Wikimedia Community User Group;
l.^  Conference reports of HUG representatives can be read here and here
m.^  WMF = Wikimedia Foundation
n.^  Report on conference participation can be read here
o.^  Organized by 170+Talaytayan MLE and endorsed by UNESCO Bangkok
p.^  Organized and sponsored by Wikimedia Indonesia and Wikimedia Foundation and held in Bali, Indonesia in 2018
q.^  Organized by and held at the Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology;
r.^  The Aboriginal Education World is a bimonthly periodical of the Center for Aboriginal Languages, Cultures and eDucation, Center for Aboriginal Studies, National Chengchi University in Taipei City in Taiwan

Interested in joining edit

Please indicate below if you are interested in joining us. For questions or anything that you wish to discuss with the user group, please post it on the talk page.

  1. --Jojit (talk) 14:59, 11 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --Billie bb (talk) 15:01, 11 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  3. --JinJian (talk) 15:02, 11 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

References edit

  1. Nepomocen, Jezza (2018-07-12). "Innovation can save hablon industry in Iloilo". Iloilo Metropolitan Times.  - Meaning of hablon in Hiligaynon language.
  2. Binisaya.com - Meaning of hablon in Cebuano language.
  3. diksyonaryowaray.blogspot.com - Meaning of hablon in Waray language.
  4. Albert, Jose Ramon G. (2013-08-30). "Many Voices, One Nation: The Philippine Languages and Dialects in Figures". Philippine Statistics Authority. Archived from the original on 2018-08-13. 
  5. https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2018/10/01/the-stunning-craftsmanship-of-filipino-weavers/
  6. "Weaving the Philippines Local textures and fabrics". The Manila Times. 2014-07-02. 
  7. Nazareno, Eileen (2015-08-05). "A Virtual Pool of Free Knowledge on Eastern Visayas". The Freeman. Archived from the original on 2015-08-05 – via The Philippine Star.  - (A news article about the 2nd Waray Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.)
  8. Nazareno-Ballesteros, Eileen (2015-12-01). "Regional assembly of court interpreters: Leyte governor, Palo mayor outline need for human resources improvement". The Freeman. Archived from the original on 2015-12-12 – via The Philippine Star.  - (A news article about the regional assembly of PHILACI and the participation of Wikimedia and SBWC at their event.)