Monday, May 5, 2008

Breaking News: Maria Odea Balon-Ching named head of Global Open Source Project

Congratulations Deng! Deng is the eldest daughter of our classmate Mendy and her husband Atoy.

Congratulations Mendy and Atoy for having such a talented daughter! You must be very proud of her. We are happy for you and and your pride is our pride as well. We thank God for the blessings!

Filipina named head of global open source project

By Erwin Oliva
First Posted 10:52am (Mla time) 05/04/2008

MANILA, Philippines--A soft-spoken Filipina in her early twenties was recently named project leader of one of many open source community projects run by the Apache Software Foundation.

Maria Odea "Deng" Ching, 25, became the first Filipino vice president and project management committee chairperson of the Apache Archiva Project of the foundation, a non-profit organization that supports numerous open source projects around the world.

In an interview, Ching said she is also one of two women members of the Apache Archiva Project project management committee, which is composed of 15 members.

A graduate of Bachelor Science in Computer Studies from the De La Salle University in Manila, Ching is currently working for software development firm Exist Global, which holds office in Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

A programmer by training, Ching said that "hard work" and active participation in the open source community has led her to being voted chairperson of the project.

The Apache Archiva Project is a top-level open source project that provides global software developers with a repository for components needed to build software applications.

As part of her responsibility in Exist Global, Ching said she has been actively contributing to the project--begun in March 2008--until she assumed her current position.

There are about 1,000 developers involved in the Apache Software Foundation, which is currently doing more than 60 projects.


I hope I cropped Deng's face from the family picture correctly. I just based it from Mendy's description over the phone.


Daet Parochial School Class 67 said...

Congratulations Meldy….(Ed,Mendy) Being a Linux (and Apache SQL server) user, I can say that this is a really wonderful achievement. Ang galling. I am very proud of her and her parents, off course. I will circulate this to my other friends worldwide. Once again….my congratulations! Lots of huggggssssss….

Ed Canela

Daet Parochial School Class 67 said...


Thanks and regards to you as well.


Daet Parochial School Class 67 said...

Wow! A big congratulations to Mendy and family! Her pride is our pride.


Daet Parochial School Class 67 said...

Thanks a lot. I'm overwhelmed with all your compliments and support.


Daet Parochial School Class 67 said...

Please extend my family's congratulation to Mendy and her family for the
accomplishment of her daughter. As Fetchie said, her pride is our pride as well.


deng said...

Thank you very much po for all your support, encouragement and messages.. My mom is very blessed to have such caring and supportive friends :-)


Daet Parochial School Class 67 said...



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