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The 27th Wikimedia ChapterEdit
Wikimedia Philippines was officially recognized by the Wikimedia Foundation as the 27th Wikimedia chapter on March 13, 2010, becoming the fourth Asian chapter to obtain such recognition. It was the product of a series of Wikipedia Meet-ups that began on May 20, 2007 which was attended by eight Filipino Wikipedians.
Almost a month later, on April 12, 2010, Wikimedia Philippines was officially recognized under Philippine laws, after the Securities and Exchange Commission granted it its corporate existence as a non-stock, non-profit corporation. Its initial seven-man Board of Trustees was composed of Roel Balingit, Jojit Ballesteros, Pao Barazon, Lee Bautista, Butch Bustria (Treasurer), Josh Lim and Eugene Villar. Remi de Leon and Mike Gonzalez were the other two founding members.
With recognition already extended to the Philippine chapter, Wikimedia Philippines participated in its first Chapters Meeting held in Berlin, Germany from April 16 to 18. Josh Lim and Pao Barazon attended the annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation and the representatives of Wikimedia chapters.
1st Annual MeetingEdit
Just a month old, Wikimedia Philippines held its First Annual Meeting at the Bulwagang Manileño of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in Intramuros, Manila on May 15, 2010. The meeting drew 16 participants, including all the members of the Board of Trustees.
Six attendees including three non-Wikipedians were sworn in as new members of WMPH. Elections for officers were also held at the sidelines of the meeting, which resulted to Josh Lim being elected as president, Jojit Ballesteros as vice president, Pao Barazon as secretary and Roel Balingit as Treasurer. Newly inducted member Jo Alegre was elected as auditor.
WMPH President Josh Lim, together with around 500 participants from all over the world gathered in Gdansk, Poland from July 9 to 11 for Wikimania 2010.
Grand Launch at the Youth Congress for Information TechnologyEdit
Wikimedia Philippines held its grand launch during the 8th Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology or better known as Y4iT at the University of the Philippines–Diliman in Quezon City from September 14 to 17.
WMPH Vice President Jojit Ballesteros presented “Wikipedia Revolutionizes the Web” before a jump-packed audience at the UP Film Center. The popularity of Wikipedia, especially among Filipino students drew several questions about it. Questions ranged from the accuracy of articles, understanding policies and guidelines and clarifying some preconceived notions about the collaborative project. Wikipedia souvenirs shirts were also given to participants who answered trivia questions about Wikipedia.
The four-day event attracted more than 20,000 participants, mostly students from various colleges and universities all over the Philippines. Members of the academe and several IT professionals were also present. A total of 2,442 visitors who passed by WMPH’s booth and signed the guestbook took with them Wikipedia souvenir pens.
- GMA News press coverage: Wikimedia launches Philippine arm
From its participation at Y4iT, WMPH was invited to hold a symposium and exhibit at the Technological Institute of the Philippines in Manila during its College of Information Technology Education (CITE) Week. Around 200 students were present during the symposium where they were given an insight into how Wikipedia works and how articles are written and edited among others. Wikipedia 0.5 CDs were also distributed during the symposium.
National Convention on StatisticsEdit
Aiming to partner with government agencies, especially its statistical arm, Wikimedia Philippines participated in the 11th National Convention on Statistics. The convention, held on October 4 and 5 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City was organized by the National Statistical Coordination Board.
Passing by WMPH’s exhibit booth, economist and Albay Governor Joey Salceda admitted to editing his own Wikipedia article. Some of the 90 visitors who signed the guestbook were given Wikipedia 0.5 CDs. A research director of a university attending the convention invited WMPH to conduct a Wikipedia workshop in their university in Iloilo City to help jumpstart a Hiligaynon Wikipedia which is already in the Wikimedia Incubator.
UST Debate ForumEdit
WMPH Vice President Jojit Ballesteros served as a resource person about Wikipedia at the Science Debate Forum on December 15. The forum was organized by the College of Science Debate Society of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
- Interim officers
With only an Acting Treasurer at the time of its incorporation on April 12, 2010, the Board of Trustees moved to designate interim officers until the election of its regular officers at the 1st Annual Convention. On May 1, the following were designated as interim officers: Josh Lim (President), Jojit Ballesteros (Vice President), Pao Barazon (Secretary) and Butch Bustria (Treasurer).
- Office move to Makati
The chapter moved its office from Manila to Makati, the country's financial center, after entering into a virtual office lease agreement for a year with Benchmark Consulting Network that took effect on October 1. The office, located at the G/F Gervasia Center, 152 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229, provides the chapter conference room facilities as well as secretarial services for only ₱1,120 (≈ USD 26) a month.
WMPH was founded by nine members, seven of whom serve as trustees of the organization.
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