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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

MVP renewed for 2015 and this year’s major production

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Hello dear subscribers and readers of my techblog! First and foremost, I would like to inform all that I was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for the 9th time. My thanks goes out to Microsoft, and to all of you who read and learn about these great technologies.

As I was looking through tech materials I had produced / written over the past years, the Windows 7 Deployment Video Series still top my list, and more than 5 years after it was published it is still getting monthly views. Part 1 had 153 views last March 2015 (it peaked at 1,949 last March 2011). But as I reflect on this graph, only one thing comes to mind: time to make a new one!

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Video stats of the Windows 7 Deployment Video Series Part 1

So new one it is! Still in the planning stages, but I’m thinking of collaborating on this project. It will still be in video, so those of you who don’t really like reading long, boring blogposts, and prefer visuals and audio (like me). And most probably will include Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager as well!

Do leave a reply to this blog post if you wish to suggest tech topics you want covered, especially in the upcoming Deployment video.

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April 10, 2015 at 11:58 PM

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Impromptu Tech Sharing Session with PHIWUG

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I spent the week of July 9, 2013 in my hometown of Makati City in Manila, Philippines for a barrage of customer and partner events. Just when my weekend was about to begin during the Friday evening, I still have one more technical session to attend: that with the movers/leads of the Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG). This was held at the Palawan Room of the Microsoft Philippines offices in Makati City.

During this impromptu technical sharing, i talked about Citrix AppDNA and how it can help customers accelerate their migration out of Windows XP, given that Microsoft will end its support on April 2014. MVP John Delizo talked about Office 365. Meanwhile two guests, Chester Coronel, former MVP and currently an employee of Microsoft (which explains why he is a former MVP) talked about Windows 8.1.

We also planned for MVP Jay-R Barrios to do a whiteboard session on Windows client deployment. We planned for an online session because although he was in Manila, he cannot make it to Microsoft Philippines offices. Unfortunately the network connection was too slow for a video+audio presentation.

On top of the technical discussions were also organizational ones as well as planned event in the future, as well as the usual chatter.

PHIWUG 20130712 Group Pic

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July 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM

MVP Renewed for 2013

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April 1 once again, and in spite of all the April Fools’ jokes going around, I anxiously wait for one very important message: that my MVP has been renewed! This year I got that same message again! Only this time, I am no longer categorized under Enterprise Security (where my previous projects took me), and into Windows Expert – Consumer (where my current gigs take me). Hope that this year would be fruitful in terms of writings and community events.

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April 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

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Windows 7 Deployment Essentials – Part 1 of 3

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Three Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG) presidents who are MVP’s cooked up something for PHIWUG – a 3-part Windows 7 Deployment session. I delivered Part 1 while on-vacation in Manila last September 2, 2011. The event almost did not push through because my flight was diverted 80 kms north to Clark Field in Pampanga to refuel. Good thing that the plane flew us back to Manila, and what could have been a 3-hour bus ride is now a 10-min plane ride. Since I was expecting to land in Manila at 12:30PM, and now I’ve landed at 3:30PM and the event is at 6PM, I went straight to Microsoft Philippines from the airport — no time to rest!

In this event, I discussed real-world scenarios on deploying Windows 7. Part 2 and Part 3 don’t have fixed dates yet.

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