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     IN partnership with Globe Labs and TomasinoWeb, Wikimedia Philippines and the Mozilla Firefox-Philippines Chapter held “Open Web Day” on September 29 at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium.

     The half-day seminar aims to spread awareness about open web and orient students about the basics and latest projects of Wikipedia and Mozilla Firefox.

     Joseph “Jojit” Ballesteros and Robert “Bob” Reyes of Wikimedia Philippines and Mozilla Firefox- Philippines Chapter, respectively, were the speakers. Ballesteros discussed the basics of Wikipedia: its background, popularity, and edge compared to other websites and search engines. Serving as the largest encyclopedia in existence, students were told that the vision of Wikipedia is “a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.”

     Wikipedia does not have an editor in chief or a staff of editors, just contributors willing to spend time editing and confirming content. Articles are continuously monitored and improved, giving everyone—even anonymous people—the opportunity to contribute one.

     Wikimedia Commons was also introduced. It is a project of Wikimedia where files like pictures and videos can be shared.

     Reyes reintroduced Mozilla Firefox along with its history and features. He discouraged fights between Mozilla Firefox and other browsers, saying that they inspired the creation of Opera, Safari, and Chrome to compete with Internet Explorer.

     Mozilla Firefox features were also introduced to the students. Thimble, for example, allows practicing programmers to test out their codes and see its potential result at the same time. Popcorn allows users to view videos and edit them online. Persona, on the other hand, acts like an Open ID account that doesn’t need a password, yet ensures safety. Responsive View also allows users to see if websites respond to various screen shapes, a Debugging add-on helps programmers debug their programs without new software, and the Tilt3D allows users to view websites in 3D, not only for visual entertainment but to see the flow and structure of codes.

     Before the seminar ended, the newly-created Firefox OS installed in new phones to be released by Telefonica in Brazil next year was introduced. Reyes said these phones will not only be more user-friendly, but will also cost only a tenth of the original price of an iPhone.

     They have also introduced Mozilla Representatives and Mozilla Student Representatives to help spread awareness of Mozilla Firefox and its commitment to others.

     Freebies like shirts, pens, notebooks, and lanyards were given away to the students by the end of the program.

By Rhenn Anthony S. Taguiam
Photo taken by Kenneth Adrian S. Castillo

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TomasinoWeb launches 4th JFFC conference

THE FOURTH Junior Form Function and Class (JFFC), the Philippine’s only web design conference for students, was launched at the Escaler Hall in Ateneo de Manila University last Sept. 27.

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THE FOURTH Junior Form Function and Class (JFFC), the Philippine’s only web design conference for students, was launched at the Escaler Hall in Ateneo de Manila University last Sept. 27.

TomasinoWeb, in collaboration with the Philippine Web Designers Organization (PWDO), invited several professionals in the field to share their knowledge and expertise to students from different schools and universities in numerous talks and workshops.

The JFFC conference convenes students around the country who want to expand their knowledge and discover further potentials in the field of web design by learning from professionals and interacting with web design enthusiasts, according to the JFFC website.

From student to “professional”

Ronnie Morales, CEO and founder of digital marketing company RMDC, opened the conference by discussing career opportunities for aspiring web designers and developers. Fields such as marketing and freelancing were cited as professional prospects for graduates.

“[Find] any opportunity that can grow your talent,” said Morales.

He further urged the delegates to join organizations and to participate in contests to gain mentorship and experience.

“You should be working [in] something that you are very interested in and not something you are not sure about,” he continued.

In transition from students to professionals, however, Morales stressed the need to “clean-up” one’s profile – especially in social media platforms.

“One must look professional,” Morales emphasized, “build your portfolio, build your network; [a] team you can collaborate with […] and never stop learning.”

Parallax and trends in Web Design

Potatocodes Inc. co-founder Mhariell Mosqueriola discussed the evolution of parallaxes from Mario to websites, and further continuing with the advantages of adapting parallax scrolling to boost site traffic.

“Parallax, actually, is one of the website trends of today […] and has three compositions. It has: foreground, middleground and background. Itong tatlong compositions na ito it moves in a way na magkakaiba yung paces nila – in short magkakaiba yung speed,” explained Mosqueriola.

Mosqueriola reiterated that the parallax provides a unique experience for the viewers as well as simplifies re-directing the visitors to different sections of a website.

The concept was met with criticism, however, regarding the country’s slow internet speed caused by the heaviness in excessive usage of parallax.

Hindi po ba mas babagal mag-load yung site kapag gumamit ng parallax?” asked one delegate.

Mosqueriola acknowledged this problem, and further advised that web designers would still have to choose between aesthetic and content accessibility for the effective usage of parallax.

Going solo

Angela Chua, a freelance designer from Toffeenut Design, elaborated her talk with eight points on design entrepreneurship and on how to “become your own boss.”

Preparing to fail was highlighted by Chua, however, telling that “failing does not become the finish line.” She encouraged them to “make mistakes” and take them as learning experiences. Chua also advised following routines for effective work management.

“When your body clock is off, you work is off,” she said.

To have a successful career in web design, Chua said that “the key [to success] is to not be afraid to say no.” She emphasized taking on passion projects and that entrepreneurs should be picky to avoid dull or underpaid projects, as well as knowing when to pass work opportunity to others.

The delegates attended two of their chosen workshops during the latter half of the conference where they engaged in a series of activities managed by their mentors. Workshops were held simultaneously.

Hands-on workshops

Juan Miguel Alvarez, founder of Potatocodes Inc., taught HTML5 basics and showed examples of web elements that can be created solely through HTML5. He later challenged the delegates to code in HTML5, and create their own concepts using basic shapes and other elements.

PWDO’s Design Lead Aceler Chua gave insights on principles and application of typography in the web. Aside from refuting the concept of web typography, he also cleared up common misconceptions posed by the delegates. One of the activities during the workshop included the sorting and pairing of typefaces.

Leonid Lintag discussed on using WordPress as an open-source Content Management System and later gave a demonstration on installing and creating a WordPress account alongside the delegates through a step-by-step process.

User experience (UX) Designers Mica Diaz de Rivera and Sam Chan started their workshop by making critiques on the UX elements of different websites – including the JFFC website. Their workshop tackled the analysis and building of user experience design through prototypes. The delegates were then asked to create application prototypes based on given user profiles, and present their designs after.

JFFC was co-presented by Zalora, KimStore and John Robert Powers and sponsored by WRIST and Birkenstock in partnership with Computer Science Society, Society of Information Technology Enthusiasts, Junior Philippine Computer Society, Information Systems Society, Computer Business Association, and Grids.

Photo by Agatha Charlotte M. Imbao

Text by Ysabel Hilado and Philip Jamilla

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Statement on the rainbow-colored profile picture of TomasinoWeb

TomasinoWeb, the official online student publication and organization of the University of Santo Tomas changed its profile pictures on its social media accounts into rainbow colors – a prominent symbol of the LGBT struggle.

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IN SOLIDARITY with LGBT people celebrating Pride Month and the US Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage, TomasinoWeb, the official online student publication and organization of the University of Santo Tomas changed its profile pictures on its social media accounts into rainbow colors – a prominent symbol of the LGBT struggle.

Moved by love and compassion towards the LGBT community, the Core group of officers decided in a majority vote to change the profile picture on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

The change was met with cheers and jeers.

The profile picture reached thousands of Facebook users, was liked and shared hundreds of times, and ignited a fiery debate in the comments section before we took it down on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

We understand that some people were offended by the profile picture and we humbly apologize to them, as it was not our intention to do so nor was it our intention to go against the teachings of the Catholic Church.

As a student publication, we respect and consider everyone’s opinions, as it is necessary for a functioning democracy.

TomasinoWeb will continue to serve and connect the Thomasian community by delivering news and information from the University and beyond.

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Artlets hold majority of the positions in TomasinoWeb’s 8th Core group

TomasinoWeb announced its new set of officers for Academic Year 2015-2016 with AB students gaining the most positions.

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TomasinoWeb joins in the fiesta-themed parade for Recruitment 101 held last August 2014. Pictured (from left to right): Managing Editor Realyn Stevens, President Reymond Cabrera, outgoing Assistant Chief Photographer Clara Murallos, Assistant Chief Photographer Joshua Lugti, and outgoing President Daniel Marquez. Photo by Chealsy Dale

TOMASINOWEB announced its new set of officers for Academic Year 2015-2016 with AB students gaining the most positions.

Eight Artlets were elected to be part of the eighth Core group of the online student publication and organization, with AB Economics junior Jastyn Alain Limon as Executive Secretary, AB History senior Miguel Jimenez as Vice President for Finance, and AB Journalism seniors Zebadiah Cañero and Nica Roque as Vice President for Human Resources and Vice President for Publicity and Communications, respectively.

Limon, who became part of last year’s Executive Board, thanked the organization for trusting him with a higher position. “I know that my past experiences as part of the Executive Board would really help in performing my duty really well,” he said.

Limon also hopes for TomasinoWeb to reach out to more Thomasians as they do their best to give them fresh and informative news.

Outgoing Associate Editor Xavier Gregorio took the position of Editor-in-Chief, with outgoing Sports Editor Realyn Stevens as Managing Editor and Jessamine Sagcal as Associate Editor. The three Core editors are Journalism majors.

AB Communication Arts junior Joshua Lugti would be leading the Photography Department as Assistant Chief Photographer, along with Advertising Arts senior Bria Cardenas as Chief Photographer.

Information Technology senior Julius Renomeron Jr. will be serving his fourth year as Creative Director, while Information Systems junior Humphrey Litan will be the Assistant Creative Director.

Computer Science majors Alecxis Banag and Manrick Capotolan were named as Webmaster, and Assistant Webmaster, respectively.

Moreover, TomasinoWeb is set to gear for the coming Academic Year with its newly elected President from the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences (ICS), Computer Science senior Reymond Cabrera.

Itutuloy lang namin ‘yung trabaho namin na magbigay ng impormasyon sa mga kapwa Tomasino,

“Hindi lang balita o articles ang tinutukoy ko, kasama din diyan ang mga pictures, posters at videos na hindi [lang] naka-focus sa pagpapakita ng galing namin kung ‘di sa] pag papakita ng pusong Tomasino,” Cabrera said.

He will be joined by Commerce students Mariejo Gabuyo, Jose Chua Jr., and Julia Ocampo as Executive Vice President, Vice President for External Affairs, and Vice President for Community Development respectively.

The turnover ceremonies were held during TomasinoWeb’s year-end held at Villa Infant Jesus Pavilion in Marikina last June 20.

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