Saturday, November 21, 2015
November 17, 2015
It is Geography Awareness Week in the Philippines... where geography and maps provide a vital role for the community and the whole country itself. The Mozilla Foundation in the Philippines has realized the importance of the combination of opensource, crowdsource, and a map. And with this, they have partnered with the Map the Philippines Project and OpenStreetMap Philippines to provide and introduction talk to maps and its importance to the country.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
On to our latest iteration of the frequently updated GPS routable map of the Philippines, we have changed from a rainbow-colored road theme to a red-orange-yellow-white roads. This enhances visibility of more elements while you are driving with your GPS-assisted device or trekking the mountains of the Philippines.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
The Real-estate business and Cyber Crime Law in the Philippines hampering Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts
As the country is disaster-prone being situated within the Pacific Ring of Fire, at the edge of the Pacific plate, and frequently visited by typhoons during the rainy season, by 2012, the government has started to focus on its efforts for disaster risk reduction by investing on instruments, tools and research; in the hope of completely mapping out the whole country for disaster preparedness. Also in the same year, the cyber crime law (RA10175) was enacted which penalizes the use of the internet for criminal purposes. Although the law is a leap for the Philippines, the congress has added versions to it which tags libel as a criminal offense; which is deemed detrimental to freedom of expression to which the United Nations strongly opposes. Lately, this same law is being used by a certain real-estate company to protect its interest.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
As Filipinos, we know very well from our elementary school days that the Philippine archipelago has 7,107 islands during low tide and 7,100 islands during high tide. But the list and the basis of the number has not been included in any textbooks to date. Not until a private library has shared the 1939 Census Atlas of the Philippines which provided a list of all the islands in the country thus giving us 7,100 reasons to enjoy the Philippines!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Mount Pulag is known for the magnificent view of sea of clouds when at its summit. Being the tallest mountain at the island of Luzon in the Philippines, no other mountains can hinder its magnificent view. However, not all are lucky to catch the sea of clouds. So when do we usually get this sea of clouds so that we get to have a glimpse of the wondrous view while on top of these towering mountains?
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Two years ago, we have reached our 100th post, celebrating it with some of the people behind the maps we use. As we reach another hundred, on our 200th post, we celebrate it with some of our tour guides who had been with us through the dangers, excitement and adventure of placing "uncharted" roads and trails on the map. These are our local guides, the boatmen, hike guides who knew the roads; whether safe and perilous, yet decided to remain with us to ensure that a Filipino would not be a stranger to his own motherland.