Amid the Friday madness/payday traffic, my good friend Debbz and I braved the roads to catch Steve Jobs Day in Manila, at the Rockwell tent in Makati (hopefully we’ll see a repeat next year). Here’s appSIZED (basically moi) at the big event:
Just to give you a brief background, there is no Apple Store here in the Philippines, but we do have plenty of authorized Apple resellers. There is no shortage of Apple fans here in the Philippines, as evidenced by a very active Philmug community. Steve Jobs day was in fact spearheaded by some old-timers/moderators of the Philippine Mac Users group:
The venue was sleek and minimalist, with photos and famous Steve Jobs quotes all around.
There were some “antique” Macs on display, displaying the impressive evolution of Apple’s computer line.
On top of a free and filling North Park dinner, there were some alcoholic drinks to go around. There were trivia contests to gauge how well contestants knew Jobs, Apple and geek stuff in general, and actresses Cherie Gil and Mylene Dizon gamely did some game show hosting. As expected, iPads and iPhones all played a prominent role – from versatile answer slate to mobile documentation. Prizes such as Globe’s mifi router were given away – an iPhone 4 is still up for grabs. Free Steve Jobs shirts courtesy of Digital Walker were also given away – too bad I wasn’t able to get one!
The highlight of the event was the tribute to Steve Jobs himself. The lights were turned down, and John Lennon’s Imagine played in the background while Pinoy Mac users and Apple lovers raised their iPhones and iPads to Steve Jobs.
Participants with iPads also put up an iPad video wall with the voiceover in Apple’s iconic Think Different ad – I heard that the video wall is the first of its kind. (Image courtesy of donsiapno of Philmug)
There have been many accolades to Steve Jobs, but it’s the small thank you notes, I believe, that would have made him smile.
Here’s to Steve Jobs, and his impact on the Philippines. Thank you for bringing some Apple love to our distant shores, Mr. Jobs.