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A new mall now on the map

Posted by ianlopez1115 on 1 October 2010 in English (English)

After 3-4 months of mapping with little or no documentation in the User Diary, I decided to map a new mall found approximately 3 kilometers east of downtown area. Since it started its construction a few months back, I decided to check out its progress every other day. But other activities forced me to limit the update to the point that I cannot make substantial edits to the area.

Many people, including the San PableƱos (an adjective to describe the residents of my home city), waited for months. Now the wait is over, and some of my online friends commented that virtually all of San Pablo City was practically deserted as many of its residents drove or commuted to the new mall. In fact, one of them was curious with the new mall, as she was away from the city (and the country) for quite some time. I told her that I already went to the above-mentioned establishment and mapped it, but I didn't enter the building (since my intention was to map, not to engage in retail therapy or compulsive buying. Also, there were too many people window shopping and camwhoring at that time). I also gave her the link to the map showing SM City San Pablo (the name of the establishment).

Personally, I believe that my contributions a few hours back made OpenStreetMap the most up to date online map of SM City San Pablo so far (That's what MapCompare said.) Regardless of its effects on traffic and the entire city in general, SM City San Pablo now becomes part of OpenStreetMap history (in my opinion) as probably the first retail area in southwest Luzon that was *somewhat* thoroughly mapped on its first day of operations.

Location: San Rafael, San Pablo, Laguna, Calabarzon, 4000, Philippines

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