PhilWiki Community/GLAM

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PhilWiki Community
Philippine Wikimedia Community, Inc.
Philippine Wikimedia Community
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LocationFlag of the Philippines.svg Philippines
Country codePH-WC
Founding date1 June 2015
Approval date17 October 2015
Official language(s)Philippine languages
Other language(s)Central Bikol language, Rinconada Bikol language
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The organization also aims to engage with libraries, museums, among others. GLAM is an acronym for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. GLAM provide the foundation for our verifiable information such as original books and manuscripts. Partnership with these institutions means more collaborations toward the promotion of accessible information.

Irvin Sto. Tomas served as the Chairman of GLAM Committee (2020-2022). He has been involved with the Wikimedia movement since 2007 wherein he became an administrator of Bikol Wikipedia. He is one of the founders of Philippine Wikimedia Community User Group (PhilWiki Community) and represented the user group at the Wikimedia Summit held in Berlin, Germany in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and the ESEAP Wikimedia Conference held in Bali, Indonesia in 2018. Currently, he is a 1Lib1Ref Asia Regional Ambassador. The Committee was first headed by Anthony Diaz (2019-2020).

Edit-a-thons at Libraries and Universities

Iriga City Public Library

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The Rinconada Bikol Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2 was organized by PhilWiki Community in partnership with Iriga City Public Library on January 16, 2016 in the City of Iriga, Camarines Sur. It is the second edition of editing workshop for Rinconada Bikol Wikipedia after the first one held at Yellow Cab Pizza, Magsaysay Ave., Naga City, Camarines Sur on August 5, 2014 in order to development the test project.

After the awarding ceremony of Wikipedia Takes Rinconada, most of the participants attended a tutorial on how to use the images on Wikipedia which they took during the photography and video hunt last December 19, 2015 to January 9, 2016 at the Rinconada Bikol Wikipedia test project in the Incubator.

Veteran and prolific Bikol Wikipedia contributor Ringer spoke on his motivation on contributing and promoting Wikipedia. Bikol Wikipedia admin and project lead Filipinayzd gave a brief background on the status of Rinconada Bikol Wikipedia and conducted a tutorial on Wikimedia Incubator.

Eight (8) registered users actively participated in the event. They were tasked to navigate and get familiarized with Wikimedia Incubator and each participant was required to put at least one photograph to existing articles in the website. The participants accomplished tasks and were given certificate of participation after the event.

  • Date: January 16, 2016
  • Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Venue: Iriga City

Ateneo de Naga University

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Bikol Wikipedia, we conducted an editing workshop at James O'Brien, SJ Library at Ateneo de Naga University on November 18, 2017 to encourage participants to improve and create content in any Wikipedia edition and upload photographs at Wikimedia Commons. An awarding ceremony was held the following week wherein the attendees watched video presentations and joined discussion on issues beyond editing Wikipedia.

  • Date: November 18, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Venue: Naga City

Central Bicol State University of Agriculture

As part of the month-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of Bikol Wikipedia, on November 25, 2017, a lecture on Wikimedia Commons was conducted. It was was attended by students and the director for research of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture who looks forward to a formal partnership with PhilWiki Community. A photograph walk within the campus was done in the afternoon.

Raul S. Roco Library

An edit-a-thon during the Wiki Loves Earth in the Philippines 2019 was conducted by PhilWiki Community members to use the images in the 2019 and 2018 contest on Wikipedia. The activity was held on June 22, 2019 at Raul S. Roco Library, a public library in the Naga City.

  • Date: June 22, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Venue: Naga City

Wikipedia Takes the City Photo Exhibit

Wiki Takes Rinconada Photo Exhibit at Iriga City Public Library

Wikipedia Takes Rinconada tarpaulin stand at Iriga City Public Library

The Wikipedia Takes Rinconada was a photograph and video scavenger hunt inspired by Wikipedia Takes the City conducted in the City of Iriga and in municipalities in the 5th District of the province of Camarines Sur. It aimed to capture landmarks and cultural icons of the district collectively known as Rinconada which is home to over 500,000 Rinconada Bikol speakers.

The contest ran for 21 days from December 19, 2015. There were four (4) three-member teams and one (1) individual participant who joined the competition. The awarding ceremony was held on January 16, 2016 at Iriga City Public Library with the following winners: Team Piltik (1st Prize), Team CBSUA-REPED (2nd Prize), Team CBSUA-CDE (3rd Prize) and User:Elmer_nev_valenzuela (Special Prize). Almost 2,000 images and videos were uploaded at Wikimedia Commons!

The City Government of Iriga thru the City Tourism Office proposed to conduct a week-long photograph exhibit and a street photography during the celebration of Tinagba Festival. Sixty-five (65) free-licensed photographs selected from the images of Rinconada landmarks and cultural icons captured during Wikipedia Takes Rinconada were exhibited from February 4 - 12, 2016 at Iriga City Public Library in Iriga City, Camarines Sur. The exhibit would be permanently displayed in the library. Local Wikimedians and new volunteers were also given free access during the Tinagba Festival grand street parade on February 11, 2016.

  • Date: February 4 - 12, 2016
  • Time: 8:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Venue: Iriga City

Wiki Takes Naga Photo Exhibit at Fish Cove, Naga City

Wikipedia Takes Naga exhibit was held during the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Tomas Arejola at Fish Cove, Abella St., Naga City, Camarines Sur. The activity was part of the promotion of Wikipedia Takes Rinconada. It was organized by Ringer, Filipinayzd and Maffeth.

  • Date: November 28, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 to 10:00 pm
  • Venue: Naga City

Museo ni Jesse Robredo

As part of Wiki Loves Monuments outreach activities, architecture students of Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST) in Naga City conducted a photo walk within Camarines Sur including in the Jesse Robredo Museum. The whole-day activity in Camarines Sur which had a theme LITRATO: Capturing The Historical Growth Through Synergy of Cultural Diversity which also covered the towns of Calabanga, Bombon, Magarao, and Canaman.

  • Date: August 21, 2018
  • Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Venue: Camarines Sur


1Lib1Ref in the Philippines

University of Nueva Caceres

The #1Lib1Ref Campaign Philippines is a community outreach organized by the PhilWiki Community in partnership with the University of Nueva Caceres E-Library that aims for one librarian to add one reference source in every Bikol Sentral Wikipedia articles. This campaign is anchored to the #1Lib1Ref campaign supported by Wikipedia Library, a group of dedicated volunteers and Wikimedia Affiliates around the world.

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The campaign ran from May 15 - June 5, 2019. The opening ceremony for this campaign was held on May 18, 2019 at the University of Nueva Caceres E-Library, Naga City, Philippines. Attendees were librarians, library science students and library volunteers from all over the city. The program was made possible by the GLAM Committee, and the entire community of the Philippine Wikimedia.

Wiki Loves Art

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Wiki Loves Art is a project of PhilWiki Community which aims to collect and digitize newly-created art works on portraits of notable people in the field of arts, history among others, living and historical, and add them on Wikipedia articles of notable people who do not have free-licensed images, whose existing or extant photographs are not in public domain, whose portraits can only be produced through artistic expression.


At a workshop conducted by the art group Artletics in Cavite, Irvin Sto. Tomas shared about Wikimedia Foundation Grants to the participants composed of artists and cultural workers. He also promoted Wiki Loves Earth Philippines contest to the attendees who are from Cagayan, Cavite, Laguna, Camarines Sur and Albay provinces. Promotional leaflets and stickers were handed out to the participants after the talk. Possible collaborations which came up include an editing workshop among writers in Cavite and participation in upcoming activities namely Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Art.

  • Date: June 1 - 3, 2018
  • Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Venue: Alfonso, Cavite

Photoraphy Hunt

Wiki Loves Art Photo Hunt is a photography walk to document events around arts exhibitions, arts festivals, and around arts in general, to engage artists in the movement.

Mural Painting

Together with the Kintab Artists Group, PhilWiki Community conduct Wiki Loves Art mural painting as an advocacy and outreach activity, which is part of the #Wikipedia20 global celebration.