In the Philippines, Merienda is a term generally coined for a lighter meal eaten in between breakfast, lunch or dinner. Last July 28 and 29, I together with some members of the PUP-SRC Firefox Club held a MozMerienda, our own localized version of MozCoffee. With the increasing number of Firefox Student Ambassadors from PUP – Sta. Rosa, I thought that the MozMerienda is a perfect opportunity for them to have a formal introduction into the program and get to know more about the Open Web.
We held it in Secret Garden, a favorite hangout for some PUPians, located several blocks away from the University.
From the suggestions of different members of the PUP-SRC Firefox Club, we came upon an agreed schedule and decided that we will be having 2 MozMeriendas. One targeted for the 4th year on July 28th and the other targeted for 3rd year students on July 29. The events were publicly available on the PUP-SRC Firefox Club page on FB, so that I also got an idea how many will be our attendees.
Here are the photos taken by Wendy Aguilar for first day of MozMerienda, she also handled the social media accounts for that day.
Arlene Taliente was assigned for the registration for both days.
Then, Vennis Sacro had a talk about the Firefox Student Ambassadors program. She discussed what is FSA, how to become one, what do they do and what are the benefits of joining the program.
After Vennis had her talk, some students addressed their concerns on being an FSA, some asked about the Mozilla products. I was so happy because that is how I wanted the MozMerienda to go, a kwentuhan session of sorts. I answered their questions, provided some tips and tricks and encouraged them to join the FSA program. Then, I shared my Mozilla story, how I came to know the organization, then started volunteering, how being an FSA taught me things that I won’t learn inside the classroom and how awesome the people in the community is.
We started the registration sometime 10am and we had 12 attendees.
Then we had a sharing session just like the first day. I had a good time answering their queries on Moziilla and its products. Since they were 3rd year IT students and I started volunteering for Mozilla on the same year they were in, I was able to relate easily about their woes of joining the FSA program. I assured them that being an FSA doesn’t mean that you are required for this and that but rather what you can offer to help.
In conclusion, I think the MozMerienda series provided a good kick off event for the #PUPSRCYearOfTheFirefox and I am super excited for our upcoming events. It is also a strong start for the FSAs in PUP-SRC because they are seeing first hand how fun, rewarding and what a learning experience it is to be a Firefox Student Ambassador and I have high hopes for everyone.
Here are the feedback from my co-organizers
Wendy Aguilar: “Awesome! Got a chance to share what it’s like to be an FSA, to be part of MozPH community. Super fulfilling.”
Arlene Taliente: “It was great and unforgettable experience as being part of the crew and seeing my fellow IT students learning and having fun through Mozmerienda.”
Vennis Sacro: “It was fun and inspiring. I wish we got more time to talk to them.“