September 16, 2017








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Software Freedom Day 2017
September 16, 2107

Software Freedom Day 2017

It’s Good to be FREE

A celebration of FOSS Technologies and Communities
September 16, 2017

Since 2004, the Computer Professionals’ Union through the Software Freedom Day Philippines network strives to celebrate free open source software and promote a sense of sharing and community through free annual celebrations of Software Freedom Day.

To date, we’ve held twelve different SFD celebrations in six different schools/universities with thousands of attendees – all free of charge attending students, IT practitioners, and enthusiasts.

This year, we aim to celebrate Software Freedom Day with the theme, “IT’s Good to be FREE! A Celebration of FOSS Technologies and Communities.” This will celebrate more than a decade of free open source software (FOSS) and the open source movement in the Philippines, while also recognizing the continuing need to promote and popularize FOSS among youth, students, and computer users at large.


Host Partners

We are happy to announce that this year’s celebration of Software Freedom Day will be hosted by the Taguig campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, through the efforts of the PUP Taguig Computer Society, and the College of Technology of the Lyceum of the Philippines – Manila.

Community Partners

This year’s celebration of Software Freedom Day is made possible with the support of open-hearted partners from the country’s leading open source community groups:
Drupal Pilipinas
Mozilla Philippines
Wordpress Users Group Philippines
DevCon PH
.. and more!

Call for Donors / Sponsors

To ensure that what we keep each SFD celebration free of charge for attending students and participants, we rely on generous donors and sponsors to help us cover costs for publicity, materials, transportation, production of kits, etc. Any financial/material support will be specially helpful in organizing, coordinating and holding simultaneous SFD Philippines 2017 celebrations nationwide.

What is Software Freedom Day?

Software Freedom Day is an annual worldwide celebration of free open source software (FOSS) that takes place every third Saturday of September. It is celebrated around the general objective of promoting the benefits of using high quality FOSS education, in government, at home and in business — in short, everywhere!

The first celebration of SFD took place in 2004 with twelve teams participating. At its peak in 2011, more than 400 events were organized by FOSS advocates in over 100 cities worldwide.


Why Software Freedom?

“Kalayaan para sa Software.” The Filipino translation of Software Freedom perfectly captures essence. Freedom does not mean free of cost. It means the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change, and improve software. These are the software freedoms that we stand to promote as well as defend.

Sixty years ago, computer operating systems were bundled with hardware systems and software source codes were readily available. There was a general spirit of shared knowledge and collaboration to ensure that software, from pieces of source code to full-blown operating systems, were running smoothly and well.

Today, proprietary software and operating systems are more the norm. The commercialization and subsequent emerge of software monopolies means that ordinary users are left to choose between coughing up upwards of five thousand pesos to purchase popular proprietary system, or relying on pirates and bootleg copies that pose security risks. Budding programmers and developers, on the other hand, are constrained by the limits of proprietary code.

It is in this context that free and open source software (FOSS) present itself as viable, affordable, sustainable, and useful alternative, especially for user is less develop countries like Philippines.


SFD Philippines 2017

Each of our SFD Philippines events celebrate free open source software (FOSS) through a program that consists more or less of introductory plenary inputs, breakout session on various FOSS topics, and hands-on seminars and/or exhibits that highlight specific FOSS applications. At most we hold two simultaneous events, usually in Metro Manila.


Registration – 8am to 9am

  • For easier and faster registration, attendees are encouraged to pre-register at our official website:
  • Pre-registered attendees should print a copy of their Eventbrite ticket or have it saved on their phones for easier entry to the event venue.


Morning Plenary Session – 9:00 am to 12:30 nn

Opening Remarks

National Anthem and Convocation

Welcome Address

Recognition of Partners, Sponsors and Guests

Software Freedom with FOSS | Elvin Catantan, Computer Professionals’ Union

Open Source Communities in the Philippines | Rick Bahague, Computer Professionals’ Union

Introduction to Drupal | Drupal Pilipinas

Introduction to Mozilla | Mozilla Philippines

Lessons from PH Technopreneurs and Startups | Ezra Ferraz, author of “The Finishers”

Introduction to WordPress | WordPress Users Group Philippines

FOSS and FOI Legislation | Bayan Muna Partylist

Group Photo / Awarding of Certificates to Morning Plenary Speakers


Lunch Break – 12:30 nn to 1:20 pm

  • Limited food stalls are available inside the PUP Taguig premises
  • Participants can bring their own food / drinks but can eat only OUTSIDE of the PUP Gymnasium


FOSS Tools Marathon – 1:20 pm to 5:10 pm

Game Development Using FOSS Tools | Marlon Dimaunahan

Audio Production with FOSS Tools | Mic Narciso

Wikimedia and FOSS in Education | Joseph Ballesteros

Introduction to Python | James Bermas

FOSS Tools in Data Science | Dr. Reina Reyes

Introduction to Docker | Gerald Villorente

FOSS for Business: OpenBSD | Tito Mari Francis Escano


Closing Program – 5:10 pm to 5:30 pm

Group Photo / Awarding of Certificates to Afternoon Speakers

Announcement of Raffle Winners

Closing Remarks

Reina Reyes

Reina Reyes

Data Scientist and Astrophysicist.
Reinabelle “Reina” Reyes is a Filipina scientist, teacher, writer, and public speaker. She completed her B.S. degree in Physics from Ateneo de Manila University and her Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics from PrincetonUniversity in New Jersey.


Gerald Villorente

Gerald Villorente

Gerald has an extensive background and experience as a full stack engineer. He has been involved in a variety of projects ranging from front-end to back-end development, database and server configurations, Linux network and system administration, as well as Dev Ops tasks. Gerald is a very active member of the Drupal community in the Philippines.

James Bermas

James Bermas

James is an IT consultant working for Fujitsu Philippines Inc. He has practiced using Python since 2003. He is currently working full time building Human Resource ERP solutions and uses Python as a means to work smarter, quicker, and easier when going through lots of task automation and data processing.

Marlon Dimaunahan

Marlon Dimaunahan

Marlon is a Professional Game & Apps Developer, Founder of GAWANIMYD Production , CO-Founder of Night Owl Studios, CO-Founder of Haliya Interactive, CO-Founder of Zej Games. Graduated at the Philippine Korean Friendships Center for the Course of Game Programming. Certified TESDA NCIII in  Game Programming.

Tito Mari Francis Escaño

Tito Mari Francis Escaño

An alumni of Aquinas University of Legazpi (soon UST Legazpi) with college degree in Computer Engineering, was involved in frontend and middleware development using PHP, believes that no smart programming hack on frontend and middleware can make up for bad database design on the backend, and founded EDGEKIT Computer Systems to create solutions using better tools, platforms and methodologies that people know little about.
Joseph Ballesteros

Joseph Ballesteros

Joseph “Jojit” Ballesteros is among the founding Trustees of the Wikimedia Philippines (WMPH). He served as Vice President from May 2010 to July 2011 and as President from July 2011 to May 2012. Aside from being a member of WMPH, he also supports the objectives of the PhilWiki Community User Group, the Wikimedia Foundation and the whole Wikimedia movement. He currently serves as the Internal Auditor of WMPH.

Frederick Villaluna

Frederick Villaluna

An active Mozilla Representative in the Philippines. Currently working as IT Manager in a multinational company for media research, advertising, social media intelligence and insight solutions. He is also a co-founder of a startup company in the Negros Island Region and a college professor for almost 9 years.

Mic Narciso

Mic Narciso

Currently works as a communications and public affairs professional.

Digital artist and musician

Previous SFD Philippines Celebrations!

SFD 2010

SFD Philippines 2010 – Change is FOSSIBLE!

SFD 2009

SFD Philippines 2009 – Open your mind to Free Software

SFD Tagaytay 2013

SFD Tagaytay 2013 – Prism Break: Protecting privacy and freedom with FOSS

SFD Philippines 2016

The CHANGE WE NEED: FOSS, Better Internet, Data Privacy, Atbp. UP Diliman – NCPAG

The SFD Philippines 2017 Team

                                                           The Computer Professionals’ Union (CPU) is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization of workers, professionals, students and ICT Advocates of ICT united in common goal of working for and ICT that can assist and serve the real development needs of the people. This means the development of an ICT sector, in the Philippines as well as globally, that is just, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible.


The Junior Computer Professionals’ Union (JCPU) was launched as the youth arm of the ICT advocacy organization CPU in 2010. It aims to bring CPU’s principles on Freedom of Information, Privacy of Information, ICT Sector Welfare, and Open Appropriate Technology in the halls of the academe.



Advocates of Science and Technology for the People or AGHAM, is an organization of patriotric, pro-people science and technology advocates, bounded together by a common interest of promoting science and technology that genuinely serve the interest of the Filipino people, especially the poor. AGHAM Youth is the youth counterpart in universities and colleges in the Philippines.



The Agham Youth is a student organization established in March 1999 in recognition of the need for a renewal of the advocacy for the development and utilization of science and technology that shall be of service to the broad masses of the people.



Office of Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, Bayan Muna Partylist Representative.

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