About Haifa Carina

Hi! I'm Haifa Carina

from the Philippines.


iOS developer. Events Organizer.

Adventurer. Ponderer. Dreamer.


I am real.
I like green!
I give hugs!
I love challenge.
I hate leeches.
I want to travel the world!
I wish I could teleport.
I need you to be real.
I will build my underground house.
I was always impulsive.
I feel restless inside.
I think I can do anything.
I say "Life is short, enjoy all the way!"


Email Me: haifa@baluyos.net
Facebook: haifacarina
Twitter: @haifacarina
Instagram: @haifacarina



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20th Birthday Countdown: You are Special #5
Friday, 09 December 2011 23:31




You're reasoning is really really impressive. When I talk a lot of random theories, your ideas always have supporting facts. You're also a keen observant. I think you have nothing to worry about when you're lost in a strange place. You could find your way in or out and no one could easily fool you.

20th Birthday Countdown: You are Special #6
Thursday, 08 December 2011 13:14




Rubber Ducky! Bibi! Recalling our early exchange of kulitan was pretty amusing. We had a funny start, didn't we? The idol. The baleleng. The marriage. You were super hyper. And you never failed to steal my attention. Even until now.

20th Birthday Countdown: You are Special #7
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 23:55



You're so lucky you have an awesome father who knows a lot of interesting and extraordinary stuffs. I find it really beautiful how you admire your father. How high you are when you share stories about him. Well, he's also lucky he's got a son like you.


P.S. At least I got the remaining 7 right. nyahaha XD

Induction of New DevCon Members/Devopsdays 2011 Pre-Event Cocktails
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 00:05


Oathtaking of the New DevCon Members


Yey! I'm a Developers Connect (DevCon) member now! I was inducted last December 1, 2011 at the Museum Cafe, Greenbelt 4, Makati City. My fellow inductees were Sir Jonathan Yap, Lope Emano, Nelvin Driz, Jeric Dy, Terence Ponce, and Joanna Mariazeta. Aside from the induction of new DevCon members, it was a social gathering night of DevCon members and Devopsdays sponsors and partners. Cocktail foods were served with red wine, white wine and iced tea.

Then I finally met the DevCon founder, Sir Winston Damarillo, who now lives in Los Angeles. Interesting guy. I was surprised to learn he also came from Cagayan de Oro City. He studied high school at Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan. Small world! 

I had a really great night. Lovely place. Awesome people. Inspiring organization.

With Sir Arnie Locsin from Microsoft Philippines

L-R: Nelvin Driz, Haifa Carina, Winston Damarillo, Carlo Ledesma, Jeric Dy, Diane Suico and Marica Uchida


Photos by DevCon Philippines


More Awesome Stickers!
Monday, 05 December 2011 01:36

I shall collect more stickers for my laptop! XD

Home After 7 Months for DevCon at XU
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 02:03


After 7 months, I finally went back home to Cagayan de Oro City! *tears of joy*


I would have loved to say that I went back home for a vacation, but no, I was there to organize an event which I also love doing. The event was Campus DevCon at Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan which took place last November 16, 2011.


I started volunteering for DevCon last September and was addicted to their activities. It was like a Xavier Computer Enthusiasts' League (XCEL, my college organization) in the professional world. One of their activities is the Campus DevCon which targets schools as a DevCon venue. Since Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan haven't been touched by DevCon, I was appointed to organize a Campus DevCon considering it was my alma mater. I was pretty active during my college years so I got plenty of friends from Computer Studies Student Council (CSSC) and College of Computer Studies faculty which made the organizing much easier for me.


In all honesty, I was surprised with the number of attendees. I was expecting  participants not more than 100 basing on the Facebook event invitation responses. However, when the day came, there were 179 attendees! Talk about awesomeness! XD


Thank you so much DevCon members Ms. Florida Ortiz, Ms. Jo Eduardo for assisting me all the way; for the Lightning Talk Speakers Sir Butch Landingin, Gino Tria, Sir Jon Janairo Doblados, Ma'am Stephanie Caragos, Stephen "Tensai" Piana and John Reuben "Kazuo" Requiroso for sacrificing your Wednesday afternoon to share your expertise on the trending technologies;  for Jhoanne Salisi from Orange and Bronze for sharing lotsa freebies; for Sir Gerry Doroja, Ma'am Amor Cajilla and Ma'am Bambi Jimenez of the College of Computer Studies faculty for the generous sponsorship and warm assistance throughout the planning and implementation of the event; and for the dynamic Computer Studies Student Council (CSSC) for the manpower, technical assistance and everything in between especially to Donna Borja, Harold Silve and Levin Tacandong.


I learned so much both as an organizer and attendee because of this event. Looking forward to the next event with you guys! ^^


Awesome AppCongress 2011 team
Sunday, 20 November 2011 23:07



Congratulations to the AppCongress 2011 team!


The 1st Applications Developers Congress last November 19, 2011 held at Xavier School, Greenhills was one of the most fun activities I've organized ever. The event was packed with awesome speakers who presented a glimpse on the trending application technolgies of this generation. Lotsa raffle items too!


Thank you Sir Jonathan Yap, Kat Yap and Sir JP Loh for considering me as one of the co-organizers.


Thank you so much friends..

Danilo Punzalan, Jr. - for taking part of the event as the emcee by ambush. Love you Dan!

Kim Culango - for heading the registration team and still being pretty to be the event muse. nyahaha

Josan Dometita - for taking pictures of the event and marshaling at the same time. And for being so in love? <3

Gino Tria - for being the technical guy on stage and running for event errands (yes, nakita ko pinawisan ka sobra pagbalik mo. thank you so much!)

Melai Taduan, Neil Adavan and Jay Pedro - for being so awesome at organizing and manning the registration booth

Terence Ponce, Liam, Bryan Chug - for being our gorgeous marshalls. :P


You guys spell the FUN of the AppCongress for me. Until the next event!



A Day at the Shooting of Crossroads, a POPCOM Production
Saturday, 05 November 2011 22:52


My father invited me to join him one Saturday (5 November 2011) at Carlos L. Albert High School, Quezon City to watch the shoot of Crossroads, a sort of indie-educational film focusing on youth pregnancy and decision making. My father's office, Commission on Population (POPCOM) produced the film. Joseph Bitangcol and Mercedes Cabral were the most familiar faces I found from the film's set of actors/actress.


It was my first time to witness an actual movie shoot and was so excited to see what's happening behind the scenes. Huge cameras. Unknown Bulky Equipments. Clapperboard. Lights. Reflectors. Make-up artists. Sleeping actors and actresses (many of them lacks sleep). Blooper Scenes. This experience sure was a real eye-opener.


My father and I arrived past 10AM with Vivian Deato, Integral Media Advertising Agency representative and Tiso, son of the agency owner. There was an ongoing shoot when we arrived. Vivian then introduced me and my father to the film director, Charliebebs "Bebs" Gohetia, screenwriter Zig, and actress Mercedes. After that scene, we went to a classroom which seem like a dressing room because clothes everywhere. Most of them were sleeping while waiting for their scene. Then we were introduced to the actors in the room. I can't recall their names. I'm not really a showbiz person and I rarely watch TV so pardon my ignorance. haha. But I remember Joseph Bitangcol, who has the only familiar face in the room.


Not long after, we went to another location, still at the school to watch them shoot another scene or sequence as they call it. Then my father, Vivian and I went out to Araneta for lunch. I really enjoyed talking to Vivian. I learned a lot about how media works. One example is a SINGLE 30-second commercial could cost around PHP400,000 to PHP 500,000. What a rip-off right???


When we came back, they were about to shoot another sequence when the rain fell. We went to the dressing room while waiting for the rain to subside. Vivian and my father were outside talking. I was reading the script. When I looked around the room, the two actresses were sleeping, one cast was sleeping, and only Joseph was awake. I wasn't sure what his name was so I went out to ask Vivian for his name, who was still by the way talking to my father. Then I told them both I'm going back inside to interview him.


Interesting guy. Vivian told me earlier he just had an accident, so I asked him about it. Showed pictures of his bloated face and the titanium metal for his face bone to heal. Bloody Ouch! haha. Other than that, we talked about his career, showbiz politics, his crazily-impossible-to-survive schedule, Justine Timberlake, more of his stories and some of mine. So what's my realization after an afternoon of chatting with the famous Joseph Bitangcol? I AM SO GLAD I COULD SLEEP 8 HOURS A DAY! :P


Then the last person I remember meeting for the day was Kevin Aquino, Vivian's nephew, who drove us back home. He's the first person I met who competes in car shows, audio stuff and studies aeronautics. The day ended with a picture taking with the director and cast of the current sequence being shot. Awesome, awesome, awesome day!


DevCon Volunteer at Startup Weekend Manila 2011
Thursday, 27 October 2011 01:25

The Registration Folks: Haifa, Terence, Marica and Rob

I volunteered over the weekend for Startup Weekend Manila (SWM) held at MINT College, Taguig City last October 21-23, 2011. I got three things that seem to highlight my experience as an SWM volunteer: attractive venue (MINT College), lotsa food and awesome people!


"Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them."


My favorite team, with the reason that their presentation struck and entertained me most, is.. *drumroll* VOODOO APP! nyahahaha. I find it really cute. XD


It's with events like this that you get meet and befriend different people (in this case, IT people). And I'll never get tired of hearing new stories and ideas from new friends!



Half of the SWM crowd


Photos by Jonathan Richie Yap


Dept. of Agriculture Region IV-B Teambuilding
Thursday, 27 October 2011 00:13

Department of Agriculture Region IV-B (MIMAROPA)


Ate Mai invited me to join her facilitate the teambuilding for Department of Agriculture Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) at Lagos Del Sol, Cavinti, Laguna last October 20-21, 2011. Being the outdoor lover, I made no second thoughts and agreed. Xiang and Charisse also helped out. With the whole two days and one night with them, I had to admit, I was impressed with how energetic and game they were with any activity prepared for them.


Thanks to this event, I met Atty. Cipriano G. Santiago, their Regional Executive Director. They call him Red. Just months ago, I initially decided to take up Law but changed my mind because I wanted to experience life as a young programmer. So I didn't let the opportunity pass without learning from him how it was like to study in Law. He said when you study Law, you'll have to give all your attention to it and avoid 'barkadas' and partying. Thank goodness I changed my mind! I'm gonna have to miss half of my youthful years if I didn't! HAHAHAHA. Well, it just means Law is something one has to really work hard for. Aside from the Law topic, I learned so much from him about leadership, management, and comparison of benefits between government and private institutions. Ate Mai told me after the team building that one employee shared that DA changed a lot ever since he was assigned as their regional director.


You're a real inspiration Boss! Keep it up!


Photos by Shirley Tomas, Tellie Tullano , Marilou Arnaiz Layug and Ronald Degala


Ah-Counter at TOPS Toastmasters Club
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 23:18

TOPS Toastmasters Club

On our October 12, 2011 TOPS Toastmasters meeting, the theme was Tribute to Steve Jobs. Distinguished Toastmaster Tony Cortes gave an interesting and noteworthy educational talk about effective evaluation. Moreover, Ms. Estelle Ostorio, was given three speakers to evaluate in preparation for the District 75's Toastmaster Evaluation Competition* at Boracay.


TM Rye Cruz was the table topics master. Prepared speeches were given by TM Len Ebreo, TM Barrie Cruz, TM Marian Rodriguez, and TM Abet Talampas. As for the technical evaluators, I was the Ah-Counter, TM Patrick Mayo was the grammarian and TM Annie Jose was the timer.


So what's it like for me to be an Ah-Counter? For sure, my listening skills and focus were really tested. But I had fun. Fillers (e.g. ah, uhm, er) are a normal part of everyday communication for average people. And when I was an Ah-Counter, I can't stop but be amazed to many of the Toastmasters in the club who seemed to have no fillers in their vocabulary. Just plain awesome!


* As of the writing of this blog post, I'm so happy to share that TM Estelle is the Toastmaster District 75 Evaluation Champion!

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