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.

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      Wednesday, June 28, 2006

      :: Open invitation and challenge

      'Naga City has released its 2003 basemap data into the public domain,' writes Senen Ebio, GIS-guy of the city government. Now they're inviting Google Earth enthusiasts to dissect the data, play around with it, and use it to build KML/KMZs about the city.
      He also shares some Bicol-wide shapefiles (circa Y2K), which point out geographic features like roads and rivers which are not necessarily where Google Earth currently says they are. We've posted the files in Google Earth Philippines.
      It's a whole lot of things to play with--on a totally deeper, certainly more expert, level than what most people have been doing on GE. But basically and precisely, it's a challenge to everyone to go beyond gazing at rooftops and finding/making practical use of Google Earth. As our earlier posts about Naga City show, this should ultimately be about understanding our communities, our society, our nation, our world.
      How do we use Google Earth to fight crime? What is the best route from Fairview to Alabang during morning rush hour? What can KMZs tell us about corruption and infrastructure building in the country? What's a good 10K path for jogging with the most greenery and the least cars to run into? Which barangays still have no doctors, are running out of teachers, and where are they exactly? How big is a hacienda relative to, say, a farmer's hut on a three-hectare farm still denied him by DAR?
      Google Earth tantalizes the most when exploited as a visualization tool for social phenomena and relationships. It illustrates as well as defines relationships between individuals and sectors. It shows relative space--literally and romantically--between investors and manufacturers, consumers and entrepreneurs, citizens and governments, and teachers from every sector and everybody who would care to listen.


      Anonymous senenebio said...

      May I also share some old Bicol regionwide shapefiles (circa Y2K). Notice the distance differences between geographic features from GE's images specially on roads and rivers. (approx 1.2MB shapes + kml) (approx 500KB kml only)

      4:16 PM  
      Anonymous jessie said...

      made my first ever kml file from naga basemap data (c/o sir senen) via our mapserver wms

      more info here:

      9:41 PM  
      Blogger Roby said...

      I've updated my post to highlight the new files you've shared. Also posted the shapefiles on Google Earth Philippines ( BTW, please tell me where I can email you. You can email me through

      Something seems to be wrong with the first link you provided. Was able to find the KML you made, I think--a naga.php.kml file, yes? Unfortunately, I can't seem to run that as well. Keeps crashing my GE.

      12:02 PM  
      Anonymous jessie said...

      Hi, Sorry. I forgot to mention that you need to use v4 of google earth which comes with a new revision of the KML format to properly render it.


      12:26 PM  
      Anonymous Roby said...

      Thanks, Jessie. It worked. But could you provide some additional context on this for a non-techie like me and our millions of readers out there? :)
      What exactly am I looking at here? Land use zones? If you could provide me some color codes would love to post about this. I ran your KML with the 3D renders of building footprints in Naga, and it was fantastic--although it did crash my desktop.

      4:06 PM  
      Anonymous jessie said...

      It is actually interfacing with our map server via its WMS feature. It is using Naga City's basemap data with roads, railroads, buildings, hospitals, schools, road buffers and land use (year 2000) layers.

      here are the color codes:

      agricultural - green (line-horizontal)
      agricultural nursery - green (line-vertical)
      agroindustrial - violet
      cemeteries - grey (line-horizontal)
      commercial - red (line-horizontal)
      dump site - brown
      ecopark - green
      ecotourism - green (line-vertical)
      forest reserves - green (diagonal-left)
      industrial - violet (diagonal-left)
      institutional - blue
      irrigable land - green (line-horizontal)
      parks - green (diagonal-left)
      residential - yellow (line-horizontal)
      transport utilities - blue (line-horizontal)

      8:58 PM  
      Anonymous senenebio said...

      While testing lastweek, I added Naga Citys Road Network with names. The kmz is here:

      I could zoom up to the street level.

      12:39 PM  
      Blogger jessie said...

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      10:11 AM  
      Blogger jessie said...

      hello sir..

      what application did you use in creating with this map? is this ka-map with mapserver?

      another question is the code.. can you please send me the code? thanks in advance..

      10:54 AM  

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