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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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June 29, 2015 at 11:31 AM

PHIWUG Presents – Windows 10 Unleashed

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Thank you very much for attending this event PHIWUG Presents – Windows 10 Unleashed. It has been a pleasure for the Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) and the Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG) to provide words of inspiration to our future technology leaders.

From someone who works overseas, conducting events in Filipino and English means I think less and feel more. Which is why this afternoon’s session was special for me.

Thank you also to the leads of PHIWUG, and the Microsoft Philippines folks for your undying support. I look forward to sharing in more Community Events like this in the future.


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June 27, 2015 at 11:13 PM

Microsoft Community Technology Update, Singapore

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Community Technology Update
Photo of resource speaker on sharing our career experiences in the IT field, 15 Nov 2014, Microsoft Singapore

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November 15, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Becoming a community speaker – everyone starts somewhere

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It’s really sad that while people are excited whenever community leads announce new events, everyone keeps quiet whenever speaker or demoer volunteers are needed. They say they would rather defer to the “experts” i technology and delivery.

Well, let me say that these “experts” also started somewhere. And we all have our terrifying experiences. Let me share with you mine.

This was during the DevDays Manila in November 1999. I was two months in Microsoft Philippines. The event was at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). And for those of us too young to know, that same building houses the Office of the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines. And guess who was VP that time? The lady known for her Presidential temper. That one is another story.

Anyway, I was to demo dev stuff on Windows 2000 (message queueing?). I did my due diligence and prepared like mad. However when you hear your name being called out by the plenary session speaker (yes it was a plenary session with an audience of 1500 or so), all you’ve prepared for goes down the drain. I went in there, did my demo (yes, only demo, no PPT), and my hand is trembling like mad to the point that my mouse clicks don’t hit their mark. My trembling may not be noticeable on my monitor, but projected on a big screen it is very obvious. People noticed, and began laughing. This was were the plenary speaker had to do his thing to maintain contact with the audience and calm me down in the process.

To cut the story short, yes, I was trembling, and yes the audience saw the nervousness, but  pull through. The people called “experts” also started with terrifying stage experiences. We should be frightened onstage, because if not, we won’t be careful and we would not take what we’re doing seriously!

So, if your community lead comes knocking at your door to assist as a speaker or demoer, GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY, since at least one would be speaking in a small community event. You mess up, what could go wrong? You won’t get fired, right? The fact that you became a speaker may reflect on your CV, but your mess-up won’t. Anyway, at least participate in the smaller events to gain confidence little by little and prepare you for the bigger events.

This is not work, you are a volunteer, and as such your community leads only ask for your participation. They would not ask for perfection.

On the side note re: the VP? Well to add to the tension, we were at the receiving end of the Vice Presidential temper due to the noise. It was an experience!

CALL TO ACTION: PHIWUG is building up its speaker pool. Do help out, and use the experience and connections. Yes, PHIWUG can actually help you get better at your technical career!

Speakers of DevDays 1999 Manila

I had a terrifying experience onstage while being a demoer during DevDays 1999 Manila

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January 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

IT Professionals: How PHIWUG Can Help Your Technical Career

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My thoughts are racing once again, and I need to let this out. Too long to post in PHIWUG’s Facebook account, so I will just write it in my blog.

The IT professional world is full of technically proficient folks. Yes of course, that is OUR line and that’s what we are paid to do. But based on my IT career experience, one cannot become a network engineer forever. Sooner or later one would need to break out into something beyond administering and engineering.

And this is where community user groups like the Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG) comes in to help us in our career development.

Most of us think that attending PHIWUG events would give us the technical knowledge to do our jobs. This is not necessarily so. If you ask me as a speaker in community events, more often than not, the topics shared by PHIWUG are too much for most of the attendees, and they end up getting nothing practical by way of new technical knowledge. Why? Because chances are, PHIWUG would have featured a new technology, which for someone passionate about technology, would just salivate on it. However, since that person does not have business development responsibilities in the company, the new knowledge ends up as a general FYI and not really practically usable in the organization.

In fact, the only practical takeaway an attendee gets may be free dinner.

The Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG) is a non-profit local community of Microsoft Windows users ranging from Server Administrators, Engineers, and enthusiasts coming together to share and learn from each other on the topics related to Windows with emphasis on Windows Platforms.

The Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG) is a non-profit local community of Microsoft Windows users ranging from Server Administrators, Engineers, and enthusiasts coming together to share and learn from each other on the topics related to Windows with emphasis on Windows Platforms.

Break out from an “engineering” mindset

IT professionals, you need to break out into something beyond the engineering role. An IT professional sooner or later becomes a trainer, a consultant, a presales technology specialist, an architect, a project manager, and so on and so forth. For all of these roles, different levels of technology knowledge is needed. However, one skill is A MUST in all of these roles: PRESENTATION. Yes, the IT professional cannot hide behind his or her console forever. One sooner or later needs to get out, get dressed, stand in front of people and talk to them about our technology. If you are currently in an engineering role in your company unfortunately you may not have the opportunity to get out in front of people to present.

PHIWUG will give you that opportunity. While you’re reading this, you may be aware that PHIWUG has regular community events. Where do they get their speakers from? People from the community who are very eager to share their stuff! Public speaking is something not natural for most if not all of these folks (including myself). Our only strength comes from that overflowing passion to share the tachnology with the community. If you are a well-versed public speaker and attend a PHIWUG event, you would know. PHIWUG speakers do not follow the usual norms of public speaking simply because they speak from the heart. The formal skills and confidence in public speaking comes later on 🙂

Even the best PHIWUG speakers started with trembling hands and knees!

If you have that desire yet you think “Oh, the PHIWUG speakers are so good I’m nothing compared to them,” well stop that thought! If it’s a consolation to you, all of us PHIWUG speakers started with trembling knees and mouse clicks that don’t hit their mark because of nervousness! Everyone started from nothing, so better start now! Lucky for you there is an opportunity where you can mess up your presentation and NOT get fired because of it! There are different levels of being in front presenting during events. One can be the speaker for the event, or one can assist with the demos and have little or even no speaking roles, just to build up confidence little by little. So take this opportunity to build up your career with the necessary skills. Oh, did I mention that you get to rub elbows with experts in their field? That’s another bonus!

Call to action

For one to get the most out of PHIWUG community events, one has to get out of the attendee’s chair and get onto the speaker’s podium. Talk to your PHIWUG leads and tell them you are interested in a speaking/demoing role, and participate actively in the PHIWUG Facebook discussions. It will give you the confidence and necessary skills later in your career. You want to get some skills out of PHIWUG events? Attend! You want to get THE MOST out of PHIWUG events? Deliver!

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April 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Video: Microsoft Philippines Technet Session on Hyper-V

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This event was recorded on 12 May 2011 at Microsoft Philippines offices in Manila. Language used was predominantly Filipino and English.

In this session, we will take a look at Hyper-V of Windows Server 2008 R2 and how it will benefit your organization. Our speaker will also share with you his real-world experiences on planning for and deploying a virtualization environment, plus common practical scenarios in deploying a Hyper-V infrastructure.

Demonstrations include:

  • Hyper-V Implementation and Management Basics
  • Practical Applications of Virtualizing your infrastructure with Hyper-V
  • Using Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator to Assess your Environment

Jay Paloma, MCSE, MVP Enterprise Security
Consultant, Microsoft Services Singapore

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May 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Video: Interview with Microsoft MVP Jay Paloma

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While I was on vacation in the Philippines, I was interviewed by Zandra Nicolas of Microsoft Philippines where I shared my thoughts on becoming an MVP, and on the professional benefits of becoming a contributor to the Philippines technical community. This was recorded on 6th of May 2011, in Microsoft Philippines office.

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May 13, 2011 at 1:42 AM