From newbies to rockstars: Pinoy developers inspire with their stories

Google Developers Lounge

Becoming a developer is fairly similar to pursuing any other career path. It requires passion and hard work in order for you to succeed. You will also encounter hardships that you need to overcome along the way.

During Google Philippines’ Developer Lounge last April 20, leading Filipino developers from across the archipelago shared their insights from their professional journeys. These developers, who each have taken different paths and are at different stages in their careers, spoke about how they started, overcame challenges, and eventually reach their current success.

Julia Menchavez
Web developer,

Julia Menchavez–Web developer,

Julia Camille Menchavez is a Web developer at, a Cebu-based startup focused on building a unique video tournament platform. She is also a lecturer at the Computer Science Department of the University of the Philippines Cebu.

Moreover, Menchavez is one of the organizers of the Google Developer Group (GDG) in Cebu. She organizes and co-leads Google events such as Women Techmakers in the region, and has been invited to give several talks on Web-related topics such as Progressive Web Apps. Last year, she delivered a TEDx talk, titled “A Software Developer’s Secret to Life,” and discussed how to apply developer tricks to real life.

Ralph Vincent Regalado
CEO and Founder, Senti

Ralph Vincent Regalado–CEO and Founder, Senti

One of the Community Manager of GDG Philippines, Ralph Vincent Regalado is the CEO and founder of Senti, a tech startup that analyzes sentiments and conversations on social media. He is a professor and a Natural Language Processing researcher at De La Salle University, Manila.

Regalado is a review committee member of conferences organized by the Computing Society of the Philippines-Special Interest Group on Natural language Processing and the Philippines Society of IT Educators. Some of the notable projects he spearheaded are Salinlahi, a learning tool for Filipino heritage learners, and Savant, a mobile app that assesses the vulnerability of coastal communities. He has also helped organize developer events, including Startup Weekend Manila 2014 and 2015 and PyCon Philippines 2014.

Albert Padin
Co-founder and CTO, Symph

Albert Padin–Co-founder and CTO, Symph

Developer and entrepreneur Albert Padin works on consumer, enterprise,a nd government software products. He is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Symph, a design, development, and startup studio. Symph has already developed solutions for 500 Startups, the Office of the President of the Philippines, and the World Bank.

Padin leads a diverse team of developers that create software solutions. He ensures that the team’s output is always high quality and performs well at scale. Passionate about empowering startups, Padin involved himself in the Philippine Startup Ecosystem by facilitating and mentoring in the events.

Aside from the three developers mentioned above, Google also invited Peter Cauton, founder and CEO of STORM, who is also a GDG and Launchpad Accelerator mentor. Joining Cauton are the founders and executives of ZipMatch, the first-ever Launchpad Accelerator participant from the Philippines. ZipMatch is a Philippine real estate marketplace that guides users on their next home purchase in the country.

From left: STORM founder and CEO Peter Cauton with Zipmatch’s Co-founder and CEO John Dang, Co-founder, Chief Revenue Officer Chow Paredes, and COO and Partner Kyle Wiltshire

In Launchpad Accelerator, the chosen tech startups enter a mentorship-based program that will help them build successful companies. Participants gets a $50,000 equity-free investment, credits for Google products, and strategic public relations support. They will work closely with Google for six months in their home country. Plus, they will also go to a two-week visit to Google headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Words Pat Calica