Vice President for Consulting Services /
Mike is probably your antithesis of a geek. If you met him in UP Diliman in the late 90’s, you probably wouldn’t think he was someone majoring in Geodetic Engineering. This was a guy who fronted a college band named 10,000 Pogi Points, lived a rock-and-roll lifestyle, and successfully lived to tell the tale.
He is more than a musician, however. His talent crossed over to software engineering. A renowned Agile software development mentor in Philippines, he has trained, mentored and coached over 100 member teams across four continents - ranging from senior management to junior developers.
He might have stopped making music, but his next project is bigger than everything he has ever done: that is, upholding the Filipino tech community and making the Philippines the world’s next emerging power. Ambitious? Maybe. But for someone who is used to surprising people, we are hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
Senior Software Engineer / Co-founder, Haybol.ph
Why did you go into software development? What triggered the interest?
I got into software development because I loved playing computer games as a child and I wanted to build a game myself. Later I realized that it was not really development of games that piqued my interest, but it was the satisfaction of knowing that I can build beautiful things (apps) using my hands.
At any point, have you ever thought of shifting careers? Why or why not?
I thought of doing sales/marketing at some point. Simply because I know nothing about it. I realize that building apps alone does not sell a product/service. I have to learn to dress it up and be able to learn how to pitch it to people who are not technologists.
Batch 2011 of the O&B Internship Program speaks. O&B is proud of you guys, we are sure you'll be great engineers someday.