Software Freedom Day 2014 – Marinduque


Over 1600+ Students, School Faculty,  Small Medium Enterprise Owners and Local Government Unit Employees celebrated the very first Software Freedom Day in Boac, Marinduque  last September 20, 2014 under the Team: 8layer Technologies Inc., 8layer Academy Team lead: Meric Mara.


From Left to Right: Dr. Diosdado Zulueta (President of Rotary Club of Marinduque) Dr. Jerold Lantoria (Dean of MSC-SICS), Dr. Homer L Montejo ( MSC VP for Administration).

School Program at Marinduque State College hosted by School of Information and Computing Sciences
SME and LGU Program at Provincial Employment Service Office, Capitol Compound , Boac Marinduque hosted by the Rotary Club of Marinduque and the Provincial Govt. of Marinduque.


A Wonderful Culture: Tubong/Putong Ceremony of Marinduque, Philippines. Given to 8layer Technologies Inc. 8layer Academy Team, Marinduquenos gave crown, a thanksgiving song for hope and prayer for a long, blessed life.


20 Geekineers (Geek + Engineers) and FOSS Advocates shared their FOSS experience and expertise to the students of Marinduque.

Program for Students:
Program for  SME and LGU :


Awesome interaction with Fun and Awesome Geekineers showcasing different Open Source Software Projects, Technology Updates, Gigabyte Motherboards and  Raspberry Pi Demo.


Huge thanks to our Community Partners, Sponsors, Media Partners!
Presented By
8layer Technologies Inc, 8layer Academy, Kahel OS , Zenzic, Local Government of Marinduque, Rotary Club of Marinduque, Marinduque State College, MSC School of Information and Computing Sciences
Co Host Intel, Virtual Campus
Event Partner WD
Sponsor Gigabyte, Comworks, Hyundai
Brought to you by Epson, Unilever, Comfence Security, MSI-ECS,, Iontech
Community Partenr Kabisig ng Kalahi, Knorr- Makulay ang Bahay ng Batang Pinoy, DSWD, POSNET, Ubuntu PH, Mozilla PH, Drupal, Sourcescript, PUP QC FBTO, PUP Manila ACCESS, FEU – ACM
Media Partner ANC, UNTV, Vigattin Radio, DWDD, Newsbytes, Manila Bulletin, Inteventv, DZUP

Software Freedom Day PH Official Website:
SFD 2014 Photos here :

Internationally recognized as Best Software Freedom Day
Best SFD 2009

Best SFD 2011


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JRU Software Freedom Day

The Auxiliary of Computer Engineering Student conducted a seminar entitled SOFTWARE FREEDOM DAY held at the JRU Auditorium around 1:00pm to 6:00 pm.

Mark Jayson Sutayco and Siren Buaron were the mastesr of the ceremony, it started with an invocation (prayer) and National Anthem. Then it was followed by opening remarks of Dr. Milani Austria where she formally welcomed the visitors and opened the event.

The first speaker, Ms. Michelle Anne Tabirao, was from the 8Layer Incorporation and she introduced the Open Source, the Kahel OS and also the Linus Torvalds Value. She also gave lectures came from the father of Linus Torvalds the 4 lessons (1.  don’t dream big , 2. Give it away, 3. Don’t have a plan, 4. You don’t always have to be nice) she entertained question after she discussed her topic; Why 8layer is the name of the company and what are the benefits you can get if you use Kahel OS or Linux.

Another speaker shared his knowledge from the Data gov.philippines Mr. Nick Castro , he discussed about the open data source of the Philippines , a project of government , its objective is to be more  close to the public , so from a close format they made it accessible , from a not one-stop-shop they made it understandable , sharable and a one-stop-shop, he even ask “why open data?” why? Because its transparency unlock economic potential and innovate solution – as he said – , some students asked question and he even gave freebies.


After his knowledgeable talk, Rhener Yaona and Jelly Joy Calunnag performed an intermission number of their version of “let her go “.

After that another speaker was introduced , Ms. Charlotte Anne Koa from Western Digital, talked about  the hard drive that they offer types and kinds of hard drive , “why WD” –as she said- WD , because is a market leader, more solution, speed of the performance and reliability, she also discussed the NAS  Network Attach Storage. Its function is to automatically save and sync any saved files that you have in your hard drive. Most of the students asked for more information about this especially the gamers.

The next speaker was Lawrence Libo-on who discussed “Internet of Things”, as he said everything in this world is connected even parking your car and sending SMS  to someone, sensors, connectivity and people & process. He showed a video clip for further explanation.

The next speaker was graduated of BSIT from JRU Mr. Roald Umandol , who discussed the Drupal (Web Development) he also demonstrated an actual running program and tell he’s experiences ,  some of the students specially 5th year student asked question and tips , he also received a certificate of recognition from ACES .

The last speaker was Mr. Frank Chin a 4th year student of BSCpE from PUP, he discussed the  Cryptocurrecy how it works and usually do etc. even though he’s still a student he managed  to speak and tell what he knows about Cryptocurrency.

At the end of their session they received a certificate of recognition from the ACES .

All the speakers were called up in the stage to receive a token of appreciation. It was a freedom board filled with signatures of all those who participated the event.

After, Arnold Allan Macatiag, the President of ACES gave his synopsis as he thank all the participants and organizers who made the event possible.

The event successful ended.


Prepared By:
Balutan , Maria Christina C.
Edmundo Lesano Jr.

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8layer Technologies Inc. Supports Maker Festival Manila 2014



Introducing Maker Festival Manila 2014, the gathering of makers where they can show their work and collaborate on how we can know more, do more and do better, with the help of the Web.

Designed after the open and collaborative format of the Mozilla Festival in London, Maker Festival Manila 2014 is the Philippine finale of the Mozilla Maker Party campaign for 2014, where Mozillians teach the Web and help make a generation of Webmakers.

The Festival aims to attract people from all fields and backgrounds and of all ages, because we believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to learn and create something for the Web or with the help of it.

If you have a project that you feel the world should know, apply as an exhibitor now! Projects can range from IT-related ones to arts and crafts!
Curious and eager to learn about technology? This is the place where you can meet people and create cool stuff with them! You may join the event as a guest.

Visit for more info!

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Team SFD.PH @ Marinduque

penguinThis year, Team SFD.PH led by Meric B. Mara, will be inviting students, IT Professionals, Small/Medium Enterprise Owners, Organizations and Local Government Units in the beautiful province of Marinduque to propagate our advocacy for Free and Open Source Software.

Last June 20, Marinduqueños warmly welcomed us. With the community collaboration and team work of LGU officers, school officials and different organizations of Marinduque, SFD 2014 will be more fun and exciting.

Team SFD.PH has been organizing this event for 6 years and has already won the coveted title ‘Best event’ in the worldwide SFD competition. Visit: for more info.

Photo taken by the 8layer Team during LGU Invitation Rounds. The Beautiful island of Marinduque headed by Hon Gina O. Reyes (Congresswoman), Hon Carmencita O. Reyes (Governor) and Boac Municipal Mayor Roberto M. Madla.

8layer Technologie Inc. Presentation to the ever supportive Marinduque Rotary Club headed by President Giovanni Buhain and the incoming President, Mr. Diosdado Zulueta

Photo at the Right: 8layer Team with Dr. Homer L. Montejo VP for Admin Marinduque State College.

Photo at the Left: 8layer Team with Boac Municipal Mayor Roberto M. Madla, Rotary Club Pres Giovanni Buhain and IT Head: Jacob Montevirgen

Special thanks to the President of Marinduque Rotary Club Mr. Giovanni Buhain and Aklan Rotary Club President Ms. Melrose Lunn. To Luisa’s Cafe, Happy Bunny Resto and Lodging of Cristy Del Mundo, Ma’am Aguilina S. Rivas owner of East Point Hotel. To Marinduque State College: President Romulo Malvar, Dean Jerold Lantoria and Chair Desiree Malalad and Ms. Vangie Madia.

“Welcome and I truly appreciate your advocacy. Next time your group comes, stay for a day or two and explore the hidden wonders of the island.” – Ma’am Aguilina S. Rivas message for the team.



Written by: Mitchie Tabirao – Open Source Advocate

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Be Open for Change

Be Open for Change – Linux Day 2014

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Trivia #SFD2014isComing


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“Communities for Endless FOSSibilities” – The SFD 2013 Celebration

28 advocates, 5 places, ONE Solid SFD Event

September 21, 2013 marked the day when open source advocates, sharing the same passion, made a difference. It was the much awaited IT event of the year – the “Software Freedom Day 2013″. Held in beautiful capital of Aklan province, Kalibo, and attended by more than 1000 students, faculty members, SMEs, LGU and chamber representatives, the power of FOSS unfolded before these audiences with a blast. Spearheaded by 8Layer Technology’s CEO, Mr. Meric Mara, an open source advocate himself, together with other speakers, volunteers and team SFD.PH traveled 458 km from Manila to embark on the mission of imparting talents and skills to the Aklanons and be a responsible medium for community improvement.


Students and coordinators from four different schools: Aklan Catholic College (ACC), STI College – Kalibo (STI), Numansia Intergrated School (NIS) and Northwestern Visayan Colleges (NVC); and SMEs gathered together at Ati-atihan Hostel simultaneously celebrated the event with some speakers moving from one venue to the other. Each venue had its own set of topics, raffle prizes and programmes.


The Preparation

SFD.PH is a team! Along with the support of participating Schools, PCCI, Municipal Government, DTI, Deped and local Media in Aklan, they were able to accomplish their tasks to bring the best SFD celebration to date. Undaunted by all the challenges, hardships and difficulties brought by the distance of the event venue during the preparation, team SFD.PH still was able to build the spirit of camaraderie and had fun along the way. These special moments and journey would always be meaningful to team SFD.PH.


The New SFD song

The advocates’ love for open source knows no bounds. Not only were these advocates a bunch of technical geeks but they are also musically-inclined with talents on composing and writing songs. A new SFD song was created to showcase the creativity and excitement of the team for the event. What better way to celebrate the day of sharing than through music and song! The lyrics and melody would surely perked up one’s mood.


The SFD Event

Inspite of some technical problems due to power shortage in the venues, the event went on uninterrupted and ended successfully.

@Ati-atihan Hostel – SMEs


The event started early in the morning with Ms. Megs Lunn, executive director of PCCI as the emcee. The first speaker, Josh Pendejito, Business Channel Manager of Intel Phils. introduced the evolution and the latest trend of microprocessors that captivated the audience’s attention with his upbeat mood. This was followed by Atty. Reggie Tongol of UNTV that talked about the Data Privacy and Creative commons. Atty. Reggie had the longest time on stage as the audience got so interested and hooked up on asking legal questions pertaining to patents, ownership and the like. After lunch session was more business related as Mr. Bryan Del Rosario of OBS talked about Sailfin payroll system; Mr. Lawrz Libo-on of POSNet on Benefits of FOSS and Kasosyo Apps Suite; Erwin Galang of OBS on Orange HRIS; Mr. Meric Mara on Raspberry Pi; Mr. Mark Quitoriano on Call Centers; and Mr. Macoy Mejia on Business Intelligence. Raffle items were drawn in between talks to excite the audience. Major raffle items like the EPSON printer went to Ms. Salmy Beltran, owner of Hora-Hopia products and the Starmobile tablet went to Mr. Ragemmel Buncalan, a student from West Visayas State Univ.



Certificates were distributed and a take-home kit that contains KahelOS CD, Open source tools, 1-year Kasosyo voucher, Sailfin Payroll installer, and other freebies was given to each of the SME attendees.

@APSTA – STI & other school students



Due to the large number of attendees, STI had to find another venue for the event. It was held at APSTA with students from other schools both in high school and college participating too. A slight delay was encountered in the commencement of the event because of the unexpected power shortage.

The first speaker was Josh Pendejito from Intel who talked about what’s on trend with Intel.

Students were mesmerized with his voice and they listened with their full attention. Intel tumblers were given to those who listened and answered his questions correctly. An intermission number followed to entertain the audience. The next speaker, Ms. Eli of 8Layer Technologies, discussed about Social Media. Followed by Dennis Diola who tackled about Geo-Server Maps. And the last speaker, but definitely not the least, was the heart and brain of everything, Mr. Meric Mara who shared his knowledge about Raspberry Pi and KahelOS. Everyone was impressed with his mini gadget as he started his talk by giving a prize to anyone whose cellphone number would appear in his system. It was such an adrenaline rush to everyone.

The event ended with the participants having their group picture taken with the speakers holding the “Software Freedom Day” banner.

@ACC Gym – ACC students


This venue almost got cancelled few days before the event; but as the saying goes, “All’s well that ends well”. Special thanks to Ms. Megs Lunn for helping in the glitches with the organizers.

The first speaker was Mr. Joscel Pendjito of Intel Philippines who tackled the fourth generation intel core and benefits of intel processor. Then, Mr. Renan Mara shared the meaning of FOSS and SFD. The third speaker, Mr. Rhoane Tañada discussed the Kannel Open Source SMS Gateway which got the audience wide-eyed with the live streaming of sending sms. The fourth speaker was Mr. Erwin Galang who talked about the Soundation and Multimedia. Lastly, students and faculties from PUP shared their experience about open source and challenged the students to never stop learning and sharing.

@Numancia Municipal Hall – Numancia and other school students


The venue was an open stadium and with the power shortage, there was technical problems with the sound and visual system – no microphone and projector. But the resourceful speakers assigned there thought of an intuitive way of handling the situation by dividing the audience into two groups, to make sure their voices will be heard.

Mr. Allan de Guzman, Mr. Alec Rivera, Ms. Jenica Capati and Mr. Aljon Mara took turns in talking to the 2 groups about FOSS, Raspberry Pi, Linux Distribution and LAMPP.

@Aklan Training Center – NVC students  NVC

Just like what happened to the other venues mentioned above, the power shortage did not hinder the advocates in sharing their knowledge on why celebrate Sofware Freedom Day. They tried to share as much as they can without the use of any projector and sound system. Speakers went to the center of the crowd for everyone to hear their voices. They used their personal laptop to show the audience visual images that best explain their topics ranging from Free and Open Source, Raspberry Pi, Intel processors, Php and jQuery; and Asterisk: Open Source Telephony.

The highlight of the event was when one of the speakers, Mr. Macoy Mejia of MDS raffled away a Raspberry Pi and donated another one to NVC Computer Science Organization.

The Boracay Side Trip

What’s a trip to the rich island of Aklan if a visit to the world famous Boracay Beach is not included! Choosing this place to let all the participants to relax and mingle was a perfect idea to end the celebration on a high note, proving that Filipinos know how to have FUN!


The Charity Mission

The SFD celebration was capped off with donating old laptops, PCs from our supportive donors and a starmobile tablet to ALS to promote SFD and Free and Opensource softwares. It’s all part of the plan and through the help of friends and supporters, this mission of giving back to the community was accomplished through and through!



The Sponsors and Supporters

Team is grateful to all the sponsors and supporters of the event. All of these would not be possible without their support. Special acknowledgement to IDSS, Intel, MDS, Comclark, Starmobile, EPSON, Mighty Corp. Other supporters who shared their money, time and talent, we are thankful too. Special thanks to Cong. Teddy Casiño, FOSS Bill Author, Mr. Allan Caeg, FOSS Advocate, and Mr. Michael Cheng of Singapore Php User Group who sent their congratulatory messages for the event. Lastly, to Mr. Nervin Macaranas of PUP Manila for the SFD teaser video.


Sir Teddy on Foss Bill Video:

Mr. Allan Caeg Message Video

Mr. Michael Cheng Message Video:

SFD Teaser Video by Nervin Macaranas:

Building The Community

SFD is a celebration that is filled with an abundance of knowledge to be learned and shared in return.

Knowledge multiplies when it is being shared. SFD is all about sharing, creating awareness and building a community – a community that abounds with talented people willing to impart and share knowledge. With FOSS and a knowlegeable community, the road to technology progress is endless.

“SFD is more than celebration of free and open source software, it is a revolution against walls that blind us from truths we should know”

- Lawrz Libo-on, President, POSNet

Walang shortcut sa pagiging magaling, ito ay hindi patungkol sa inyo, wala akong pakialam kung ikaw ang pinakamagaling na programmer, ito ay patungkol sa kumunidad, ito ay patungkol sa pagbabahagi. 

Be more. Be Useful. Be of Service. ”

-Meric Mara, CEO, 8layer

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SFD 2013: Photo Contest Winner

Team would like to Congratulate Mr. Dexter Dela Cruz for winning the first ever SFD: Photo Contest.


You have won a brand new EPSON L110 Printer, a single function printer that gives you superb savings and page yield.

Instructions on how to claim the prize will be sent via email.

Again, congratulations to you and thank you for making Software Freedom Day 2013 successful!

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SFD Certificate is now ready

To those who attended SFD.PH Software Freedom Day, The Certificate is now ready…please visit and get your COPY! Mabuhay!

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