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 4:50 - The hours pass pretty quickly when my day is full, like what it was today. Planning for tomorrow's episode of e-Talakayan is always exciting, plus an eUP Communications team meeting I almost didn't make it to, because the MMDA iPhone app failed so massively ;~; (actually, it was my fault. I could've left Laguna earlier, but I didn't want to arrive at 6am like I usually did and wait three hours for the meeting :<. But then I was Murphy'd. /le sigh)

Started developing a cold at the end of our Cebu business trip. The biggest suspect is the overcold airconditioning in the hotel rooms, and nothing but a thin blanket to cover myself in. People who know me are quite aware of the fact that I wouldn't survive in cold weather, which is why I'm always getting the chills at the office, where the AC unit is pointed right at my station. The hotel was ten times worse D: As of this posting, aside from the sore throat, my whole face hurts. Add the back muscle pain and voila, Triccie Jell-O.

To the topic at hand though: Y4iT Cebu. This technically being my third Y4iT (the first one was the Mini-Y4iT at Guerrero Hall in FC), I expected it to be much more manageable, especially compared to the last one; six days of chaos with twenty-six thousand plus in attendance. But it was just as challenging, one of the reasons being that supplies and manpower were on the lacking side. Which is why I am doubly impressed with the organising skills of Messrs Marco and Joeboy, and of course Miss Chato XD The whole team, Cebu and Manila, really put their best efforts in making Y4iT happen outside of Luzon for the first time, and I am glad to have been part of it, behind the scenes and as a witness :)

The speakers themselves were all informative, interesting, and inspiring. Wendy Gorton representing EdTech and Google encouraged the attendees to not be afraid to fail, and during her talk, she shared the story of a student of hers who was thought to be a problem child but proved to be otherwise. It's a good tale, akin to Ishaan's story in Taare Zameen Par, and it really pleases me that this is the path education seems to be taking, finally evolving from book-knowledge and mindless memorisation. When I was teaching a literature class in La Salle, I always found it so interesting, the different ways people interpreted a certain allegory or a poem. My philosophy was while there could be wrong answers, there wasn't one right answer, not one single interpretation of art that was "correct". And I was always excited when a student comes up to me and asks for more stories/poems from the same author, even if he/she is just one student in a massive class.

Not being a computer science person, the opening talk by Dr. Jimmy Caro was confusing for me at first, for I had no idea who Alan Turing was. But as he progressed in his tribute to the father of modern computer science, and as the history of Mr Turing unfolded, from his scientific successes to his social and emotional assault by people with lesser minds than he, that unknown persona took shape and, well, I was teary-eyed at the camera by the end of the talk. I was glad to know of Mr Alan Turing, a scientific Van Gogh that the world didn't deserve.

Koko Pimentel was surprisingly gracious, despite the technical malfunction that occurred during his Q&A. And putting this down here as an FYI: he invites everyone to view and review the code of the Automated Election System, to make sure that it doesn't have any anomalies. It's available online, and I'll update this post with a link as soon as I can find it. One good step in the direction of government transparency o/. 

The Cebu crowd was fantastic XD There were good questions from the students and other attendees, and you could feel that everyone had their full attention on whoever was speaking. The participants were also well-disciplined, coming back to the venue right on time for the morning and afternoon sessions.

It was a great run for the first Y4iT Cebu, and hopefully I can come back with the team next year to hold a bigger event with more participants and speakers. I'm quite sure, by the looks of the posts on Twitter, that a lot of the attendees were inspired and given the courage and motivation to know and pursue what it is they want in life :)

UP NEXT: Crazy Cebu Tales, from Walking Through the Dead Wasteland to the Return of the Lost Samsung Smartphone.
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One of the things I highly enjoy doing at work is creating little images for the UPITDC-prompted radio show E-Talakayan, which airs every Wednesday from 1-2pm on DZUP 1602. DZUP is the University of the Philippines' radio station located in the Diliman campus, and it has limited reach. It can't go further away than the general Manila area, so for those in far-flung provinces (like my parents :D), they can listen to DZUP online on their Weebly link.

E-Talakayan recently celebrated its first anniversary last Wednesday, Nov 7 2012. The hosts, Sarah "Joy" Salvio and Mario Carreon, gave us one hour of reminiscence and a preview of things to come for the show, plus a lot of freebies and giveaways for the listeners.

Since the show started running November of last year, a variety of IT topics have been discussed and shared with the listeners. Some of these topics include careers in IT, internet security, IT in the Philippines, computer graphics, gaming and almost everything under the sun when it comes to information technology. The show even had a discussion on how the internet and social media sites are affecting the society in unexpected ways, from helping out in disasters (like the recent Habagat floods) to spreading news, whether in a positive or negative way. I, being a media student, was of course intrigued by how IT really has worked its way deep in the cogs of the present time. I both marvel and fear at what it could bring in the years to come.

Aside from talking about the planned topics for the show, there is also the IT Trivia section, wherein the hosts and the guests share current trends and technologies, from new software developments to technical advice on gadgets emerging in the market. For the uninitiated, it's a welcome segment because it is able to relay these kinds of information in an understandable format. Heck, that's the whole thrust of the show, "kung saan ang IT ay hindi pang-eksperto lamang, kundi kaalamang nailalapit sa bayan."

Anyway, I'm really glad to be part of the show's production, and I do hope it gets to be of service to more people in the future :)

Links to the official E-Talakayan Facebook page can be found here, and their official Twitter handle is @eTalakayan. Click here to go to the main website, hosted by UP ITDC, where people can listen to past episodes. In iTunes, just search for the free podcast by typing e-Talakayan. Enjoy!


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