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MVPs Sharing their Experiences during the Philippines’ Windows 10 Community Event

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MVPs (from L to R) John Delizo, Jay-R Barrios, Jay Paloma, Yvette Watson and Eufer Pasion share their experiences as MVPs during the Windows 10 Community Event in the Philippines

MVPs (from L to R) John Delizo, Jay-R Barrios, Jay Paloma, Adrian Rodriguez, Yvette Watson and Eufer Pasion share their experiences as MVPs during the Windows 10 Community Event in the Philippines

During the Windows 10 Community Event organized by the Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG) and Microsoft Philippines.

Since the MVP is a recognition which candidates get nominated by another MVP or by Microsoft, one of the questions asked is in the lines of what do you think were you doing that warranted a nomination for MVP? It was noticeable that one word was used by all MVPs in the panel: passion (to the delight of MVP Eufer Pasion). All MVPs are so passionate about Microsoft technology that they would be going through great lengths to share the technology over and above the call of duty, whether work or school. A common trait among MVPs is their sharing of these technologies online (via blogs or videos) or offline (via community events). The Philippine Windows Users Group, and the other Philippines’ Users Groups based on Microsoft technologies were all set up by passionate individuals which eventually were recognized by Microsoft as MVPs themselves.

Another question that was asked was if the MVP program actually made any career advantage. The overwhelming answer was Yes. This is simply because an MVP becomes an MVP not by one’s own efforts, but as a recognition by a separate party: Microsoft. Not only that, usually MVPs have an online presence like a blog, which is a testament to one’s technical expertise in itself.  Plus of course, an active community contributor is placed in a position of demonstrating the technologies in front of a live audience, a skill which would be useful later on as a consultant or an architect.

While all of the MVPs who participated in these events are Filipinos (entirely or partially), not all of them are currently Philippines MVPs. Jay-R Barrios and this author are Singapore MVPs by virtue of their residence since both are employed and live in Singapore. However, both became MVPs in the Philippines and were part of the team that formed PHIWUG. Both of us flew in back home for this event.

The last words for the attendees from the MVPs were to not want to become an MVP. Become passionate with the technology, go out and actively contribute to the technical community. Whether or not one becomes an MVP is Microsoft’s prerogative, but the other benefits of contributing to the community — the network, the reputation, learning directly from technology experts, and the soft skills learned like public speaking — is something that one can acquire when contributing.

Special thanks to all the MVPs who contributed to this discussion:

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Written by jpaloma

June 29, 2015 at 11:31 AM

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