Philippines Makeover

From a distance, we ask...'tang'na, why not? Learn about our nation, then dream up a better Philippines with Google Earth, SketchUp, and all things possible in the virtual. Render a bridge. Share lessons. Take/make a tour. Bridge investors with Pinoy producers and manufacturers. Questions, visions, delusions welcome.

    Uy! Google Earth Philippines: Google Earth ekek for Pinoys!

      Saturday, June 24, 2006

      :: Island and Context Hopping

      Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet posted 'Philippines Google Earth Tour' last year: a virtual 'helicopter tour' of 29 highly-recommended destinations all around the archipelago. We've posted his KML file in our Google Earth Philippines wiki. The compile includes markers for Pagudpud, Vigan, Banaue Rice Terraces, Hundred Islands, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Laguna de Bay, Puraran in Catanduanes, Mount Mayon, Boracay, El Nido, Puerto Galera, Anilao, Bantayan Island, Mount Apo, and much more. Each marker also links to wikipedia for relevant and theoretically constantly updated information.

      More than the markers, the context of a 'tour' demonstrates that Google Earth has practical applications. We'd like to see members of the academe challenging students, for example, to design other such tours that can educate all of us not only about the country, but even about more focused communities. What about bike tours around barangays in Batangas? Or hiking trails threading villages in the foothills of the Sierra Madre?
      Meanwhile, consider what the context of 'history' adds to Google Earth. We have World War II battle markers in our wiki. Could somebody post a KML of the Bataan Death March? Or could someone please just finally show me where Pinaglabanan, Pasong Tirad, Besang Pass, Mount Buntis, and all those historically significant places are? Where would they be relative to, say, Megamall?
      Anton also demonstrates the elegance of Google Earth's ability to link to the Internet--again, wikis are perfect--so people more importantly learn about the real places, people, and communities represented by those little yellow markers. The Department of Agrarian Reform is into Google Earth, too, adding yet another context to our newest toy: development. KMZs tagging agrarian reform beneficiaries as local manufacturers help to bridge farmers with investors both foreign and local.


      Anonymous antondiaz said...

      hi, thanks for this post. I'm actually updating the tour to include the recently hi-res photos of metro manila. Check it out soon...

      1:05 AM  
      Anonymous Roby said...

      Salamat din, Anton.
      Let us know about the update, and we'll let the word out.

      10:18 AM  

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