I'm Manuel (if you can't pronounce my name, you can call me Manny). I am or was a programmer since 2006, but I decided to "retire" in 2019. I realized time is the most expensive commodity, but I continue to do my passion on software development once in a while. You’d usually find me in random coffee shops around the world.

I travel in different countries and stay longer in cities to immerse myself in the culture. If you ever need a helping hand in software development or your business, and you’re in an interesting destination, do let me know!

I love Javascript and Node JS development. I enjoy making websites, and I’m also into iOS mobile app development.

I teach part time in the University of the Philippines Open University because when I see the youth, I see hope. I wish to impart not only my knowledge but inspire the next generation who would shape our world.

I help businesses in the direction on how to tailor software systems, custom or off-the-shelf solutions, to their processes. I particularly give importance to the software processes to ensure the implementation run smoother.

I also enjoy making short videos. Sample: https://youtu.be/iMpk5rTl6FQ

I’m willing to help you or your company if you do something meaningful and I find it in line of what I value in life.

For other stuff, I'm a couchsurfer, and I travel whenever I can. I volunteer to help educate street kids in Manila. Oh, and I enjoy cooking, because eating outside is becoming expensive, and cheap foods are unhealthy; I'm currently addicted to pasta dishes!

Follow my adventures on IG, @mannyvergel


  • Node JS + MongoDB - 2013 to present
  • iOS Development - 2010 to present
  • Java + Oracle - 2006 - 2016
  • I also have experience in Meteor, Ionic, Android development, Python, Ruby on Rails, Alfresco, DSpace, Liferay, MSSQL Server, Struts, Hibernate, Grails, Spring, and Photoshop.. yes, Photoshop. Sometimes people want me to be a graphics designer, but I hide this fact sometimes because I want to focus on my technical skills.

Personal Work / Business:

  • Popoy's Kapihan
    • I started my own coffee shop! More on this later.
  • Lupito's Pizzeria
    • I'm starting my own pizza shop! More on this later.
  • HashtagCircle.com
    • I'm not good at giving gifts so I thought of a service I can give to my friends who are getting married. People enjoyed it, and suggested maybe offer it to the public as well, thus Hashtag Circle was born.
  • Pesobility.com
    • Got annoyed that investment is not taught in school, so I made this finance-awareness website. Traffic is doing pretty well.
  • CurrencyConverterAPI.com
    • My site, Pesobility, needed a currency conversion API but I cannot find anything that's easy to use, reliable, and free. I thought, maybe others will find it useful as well, so I made it a standalone service.
  • Oils JS Framework
    • Made a framework on top of Express for my convenience that I can use for all of my Node JS projects.
  • Sitetistry.com
    • Extended my Node JS framework to support multi tenancy. So I'm hosting several of my projects using Sitetistry.. saves a lot of cloud computing resources.



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If you're looking for my contact info, you may email me at [email protected], you attractive person you!