Marie Grace Gaffud Antonio is an Open Source advocate working with Bluepoint Foundation as Executive Director and Director of Operations. Magie and Engels are proud parents of Psylocke & Phoenix.
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Philippine Sahana Initiative
Friday, Jul 4, 2008, 8:18 PM

Philippine Sahana Initiative
2007/04/24 - 2007/04/24. Discovery Suites, Ortigas

Bluepoint Foundation, in cooperation with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), will be holding the Philippine Sahana Initiative (PSI) on April 24, 2007 at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas.

Sahana is a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Disaster Management System (DMS). It is a web-based collaboration tool that addresses the common coordination problems during a disaster from finding missing people, managing aid, managing volunteers, and tracking camps effectively. Sahana has become the de facto DMS with immense backing from humanitarian and non-government organizations worldwide.

The Award for Projects of Social Benefit was given to Sahana by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) last March 26, 2007.

In support of the NDCC's program on disaster mitigation, Bluepoint will fly in 2 senior Sahana developers from Sri Lanka to provide free training for selected participants from every Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC), NDCC member agencies, and other centers for disaster preparedness throughout the country.

PSI aims to equip participants with the necessary skills for the deployment of Sahana as a centralized, nationwide disaster management system for the efficient coordination of relief efforts during disasters.

The whole-day event will be held in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), NDCC secretariat and lead RDCC organization, under the Department of National Defense (DND).

The head organizer is Magie Gaffud-Antonio, a participant of Asia-Source 2 in Sukabumi, Indonesia and also a longtime FOSS advocate in the Philippines

The Bluepoint Institute of Higher Technology Foundation is a non-profit Open Source education and development center that provides formal, cutting edge training on the Linux operating system and on the Perl, Java, and PHP programming languages. It is the first institution in the Philippines that focuses on Open Source education and on the development of real-world applications of Open Source for science, business, government, and other sectors of society. Bluepoint is duly registered under the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission and is a member of the Philippine Council for NGO Certification.
RedHat-Bluepoint Partnership
Wednesday, May 25, 2005, 10:20 PM
I stumbled upon the joint press release of Bluepoint Institute and Red Hat during our partnership last 2002. The May 13, 2005 release date in Red Hat's website is probably a typo.

Red Hat to Offer Linux Training and Professional Certification Programs in the Philippines

Addressing the increasing use of Linux for business internet applications and enterprise network functionality, Red Hat and Bluepoint Institute of Higher Technology Foundation expand the scope of Linux education opportunities in the Philippines.

AUSTRALIA - 13 February 2002 - Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing Open Source solutions, announced today that Bluepoint Institute of Higher Technology Foundation, Inc. will be offering its Linux training and acclaimed RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) programs throughout the Philippines. The programs will extend the scope of professional training opportunities available to Linux systems and software professionals and position them to take greater advantage of the expanding Linux marketplace.

"Broadening our coverage in South East Asia has long been on the horizon for Red Hat", said Liam Mulhall, Regional Manager, Global Learning Services, Asia Pacific. "The Philippines is now a major hub for us, with the partnership complimenting the support and distribution channels we have developed over the last 2 quarters. Bluepoint has the ability, skills and geographical coverage to assist us in achieving our long term strategy for the Philippines."

"We have been providing comprehensive Linux training since 1999 and are delighted to collaborate with Red Hat in offering RHCE programs throughout the Philippines," said Magie Antonio, Executive Director, Bluepoint Institute of Higher Technology Foundation. "Filipinos are showing increased interest in lowering IT deployment and maintenance cost by deploying Linux-based solutions for their systems and networks. By working together, Bluepoint and Red Hat are able to offer first-rate, cost-effective Linux training and certification programs to meet these growing enterprise requirements."

About the RHCE certifications program:
RHCE's must pass a performance-based exam that tests actual competencies in Linux systems and network administration on live computer equipment. Established in January of 1999, the RHCE program is the oldest Red Hat Linux certification curriculum and the only performance-based certification program for any OS.

Over 16,000 people have taken an official Red Hat training course in the RHCE track. More than 6,700 students have taken the RHCE Exam, and 3,500 have received RHCE certification.

For more information on the RHCE program, course descriptions and facility locations, please see

RH033- US$400 (Red Hat Linux Essentials- 4 days)
RH133- US$400 (Red Hat Linux Systems Administration- 4 days)
RH253- US$450 (Red Hat Linux Networking and Administration- 4 days)
RH300- US$700 (Red Hat Certified Engineer Course- 5 days)
RH302- US$250 (Red Hat Certified Engineer Exam-1 day)

RH320- US$700 (Apache and Secure Web Server Administration- 5 days)
RH143- US$700 (Red Hat Linux Programming Essentials- 5 days)
RH221- US$700 (Red Hat Device Drivers- 5 days)
RHS342- US$450 (Developing Red Hat Firewall Solutions- 4 days)
RHS346- US$400 (Developing Red Hat VPN Solutions- 3 days)

Magie Antonio -
+63 2 534 1077

Classes will be held in Mandaluyong City, Manila
#7 First Street, Acacia Lane

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Linux Links
Monday, Mar 21, 2005, 8:26 PM Linux Links

Interview: Engels and Magie Antonio
by Dominique Cimafranca

March 11, 2002

Engels and Marie Grace Gaffud-Antonio are part of the dynamic team behind Bluepoint, a Linux consulting and training NGO. Recently, they made the local headlines with their appointment as Red Hat's official training arm in the Philippines. But this is a feather in the cap, as they have done extensive work with Linux education in the country. More info on that from their web site at

Being a husband-and-wife team also puts them in a unique position within the Linux community. Perhaps the penguin will bring more couples together in the future? If so, they'll have a good role model in Engels and Magie.

Q: What's taking up most of your time these days?

Engels: I just finished my RHCX training under Red Hat's Chief Instructor and subsequently conducted Bluepoint's first RH300 course offering.

Magie: I'm busy scheduling Linux and Open Source seminars and trainings nationwide as promised to Pres. Arroyo when we met her last February 13 with the Red Hat people. I'm also a member of the OpenLMS team. OpenLMS is e-learning software that we are doing with different schools under the Bluepoint Open Source Software (BOSS) program.

Q: What was your first computer?

Engels: A Wang 80286. Quite powerful back then, having more than the usual 640K of RAM.

Magie: A 386 with 2MB RAM and a 500MB hard drive, way back in the high school days.

Q: And how did you first get involved with Linux?

Engels: I think it was way back in October of 1991. My cousin sent me a copy of the first bleeding edge kernels via snail mail on a floppy, together with a crude version of what we now call a HOW-TO, plus some other stuff. I got it to boot.

Things started getting useful when I got hold of the 1.0.9 kernel--I was able to run a multi-node BBS on my 80386 and start participating in the file and message echoes of Fidonet.

Magie: I was one of the SysOps of the Linux-based Dominion BBS in 1995.

Q: What do you like best about Linux?

Engels: I usually refer to Linux as the Philosopher's Stone. With it, I can turn any machine into gold, so to speak. You can say that what I like most about Linux is its open nature, which is the source of its versatility and stability.

Magie: Linux challenges me and my computer's capability--reminds me that I can do more with what the ever-developing technology has to offer. It's very non-delimiting.

Q: Can you list down your favorite Linux tools and apps?

Engels: Kernel development tools...I love playing around with the Linux kernel. PVM and MPI are also on top my list. I consider Squid and the userspace ipchains/iptables utilities as the "magic" behind most networks today. OpenSSH is a remote SysAd's dream come true.

Magie: I think Evolution is a cool e-mail client. I use it most of the time for my correspondence. Xinerama of X11R6.4 is fun. It is an X server extension that allows multiple physical monitors to behave as a single screen--I can drag apps across monitors! The "service" command, which replaces "/etc/rc.d/init.d/servicename", is also very helpful.

Q: What is the Linux project you are proudest of?

Engels: I met some of my former students from way back during the Bluepoint-Red Hat partnership launch. Most of them have become really great and respected system administrators, network engineers, security experts, lead programmers, and Red Hat Certified Engineers. So, they may not be Linux projects per se, but I'm very proud of them. Corny no? But hey, it's the truth.

Q: Aside from Linux and computers, what do you do?

Engels: From time to time, I return to my first love--electronics. I sometimes long for the excitement of competitive swimming and always enjoy GIMP lessons from my seven-year old daughter, Psylocke.

Magie: Aside from managing the operations of the Bluepoint Foundation, I work on my Judo when time permits. I also look forward to weekend sound trips with my unica hija.

Q: Excuse me, did you actually name your daughter Psylocke? Or is that just a nickname?

Engels: Affirmative.

Q: Well, I wish I had a cool name like that. I always wanted to be called...Galactus. One last pair of questions: first, how did you meet?

Engels: Maj and I were blockmates at the College of Engineering in UP Diliman. We were together since our freshman year.

Q: Wow, college sweethearts. And how long have you been married?

Engels: Eight years last February 16, kind sir.

Q: Well, that's about all the time we have. Thanks for the interview!

Engels and Magie: Our pleasure.
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