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A lot of new contributors in the Philippines

Posted by maning on 14 October 2009 in English (English)

I am seeing a lot newbies adding POIs and streetnames around the Philippines lately.

Welcome guys/gals!
We have a lot of work to do :)

If you have questions, ask me. Or better, subscribe to the osm philippines mailing list:

Our wikipage is here:

Keep on mapping!

unsolicited map advert

Posted by maning on 3 September 2009 in English (English)

found this while compiling node stats.

amenity:1 hectare commercial prop. for sale jun domingo 09228829926 1
amenity:1.1 ha. commercial property for sale 09228829926 1
amenity:2 storey building 213m2 for sale 1
amenity:2 storey building LA 210m2 for sale 09228829926 1
amenity:684m2 commercial lot for sale 09228829926 1

created by this user:

expressive changesets

Posted by maning on 31 July 2009 in English (English)

Lately, I've gotten bored with my changeset comments. The usual comments like "add new POI at road X" or "edit X footway" doesn't tell much about how I feel during editing sessions. In order to spice them up, I'm adding more expressive comments on my changesets.

Some are here:
1. A requested edit of my daughter

2. A mouth watering POI edit

3. A frustrated edit

OSM-PH Tagaytay Mapping Party

Posted by maning on 21 May 2009 in English (English)

My post-party blog report on the our Fist OSM-PH Tagaytay Mapping Party:

Location: Purok 157, Tagaytay, Cavite, Calabarzon, 4120, Philippines

OSM-PH mapping part May 16, 2009 at Tagaytay City

Posted by maning on 30 April 2009 in English (English)

OSM-PH is inviting Philippine-based mappers to join in our very first
OSM-PH mapping party in tagaytay city.

* When: Full day of May 16, 2009
* Where: Tagaytay City
* Target: map all roads, POIs and tourist attractions. The gameplan is to
produce a comprehensive map suitable for basic navigation both for tourists and

Check out the wikipage for updates:

Sama na kayo! This will be a fun day.

Location: Purok 157, Tagaytay, Cavite, Calabarzon, 4120, Philippines

Vacation offer: Map the Island of Boracay!

Posted by maning on 19 February 2009 in English (English)

Enthropia is making an offer to an openstreetmapper to gather information and map the whole island of Boracay. The map bounty: 25,000 Philippine Pesos.

Boracay in Openstreetmap is fairly complete, but as we say in OSM, “it’s a wiki, it’s never complete”.

My post on the announcement here:

seeing new Pinoy mappers lately

Posted by maning on 4 February 2009 in English (English)

Acoording osmaware:

There are a couple of new mappers in the Philippines today.


We invite you to join the OSM Philippines community. Please add your name at our wiki page:

And join the discussion in our maililist:

Keep on mapping!

user:maning on OSM Philippines - 2008

Posted by maning on 6 January 2009 in English (English)

here's my brief take on what happened for OSM Phillipines last year:

user:maning on OSM Philippines - 2008

any milestone I missed?

OSM Philippine website

Posted by maning on 15 December 2008 in English (English)

Just to announce, OSM Philippines project has a dedicated simple
website for the project.

Thanks to for helping us. We will do incremental
improvements along the way.

I wonder what tags are used in philippine contributed gpx traces

Posted by maning on 7 November 2008 in English (English)

From wordle


Nice updates for Metro Manila

Posted by maning on 6 November 2008 in English (English)

I have to say the recent Mapnik update for Metro manila is looking quite extensive!

- Paranaque and Las Pinas are getting more coverage (though a lot has no names)
- More buildings added
- North Caloocan gets some love (partly by me, need to add road names)
- We now have municipal/provincial boundaries (which of course can be improved further)
- Taytay from rally's data import
- More landuse added
- And oh! I really liked this one:

At this rate, I can boldly say we can get the Metro Manila completed by the end of 2009! (At least for roads).
The black-holes that needs volunteers are Muntinlupa, Taguig, Pateros, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon.

But something really bugs me, why is Jolly Recreation Center so prominent in Osmarender?

Keep on mapping guys!

Location: Green Hills East Subdivision, Wack-Wack Greenhills, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, 1556, Philippines now using openstreetmap

Posted by maning on 23 October 2008 in English (English) the premiere volunteer driven travel site of the Philippines

Now uses openstreetmap for some of their destinations.

waypoint narrative:
waypoint map:

Metro Manila Philippines needs some OSM love Part 2

Posted by maning on 24 September 2008 in English (English)

Just got the news today from an OSM mapper that Metro Manila
Philippines is now in Google Mapmaker
See this:,121.05835&spn=0.295086,0.31826&z=12

I have to admit that it is impressive in many parts (but not as
detailed as where I am currently mapping). However, we all know it
ain't free as in freedom.

So again here's my OSM love campaign. Calling all OSMer! Please join
us in an online mapping party for Metro Manila Philippines. A couple
of minutes (or hours or days) of your time editing using the Yahoo!
imagery is most welcome.

Using yahoo imagery, we want to complete a "first pass" edit to many
areas in the metropolis (yahoo imagery in Metro Manila is pretty much
dated by our guesstimate: 5 years old, but still very much useful).

Before editing please consider the following:
1. choose an area where there is virtually no edits (this way we don't
mess-up other contributions);
2. we have "mostly" completed major routes (motorway/truks/primary)
so the remaining tags would be mostly residential areas;
3. add the tag highway=road.

Also have a look at the!_Aerial_Imagery#Problems_with_tracing_Yahoo
for tips.

Location: Addition Hill Brookeside, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

SM Marikina, Metro Manila

Posted by maning on 13 September 2008 in English (English)

SM Marikina Mall opened last week, I just cycled around with my kids, and its
now added to OSM (building outline, service roads, ramps and footbridge). As far as I know we are the only webmap with this
data as of this time.

Roads in Visayas, Philippines (Guimaras, Panay and Negros)

Posted by maning on 13 September 2008 in English (English)

Currently uploading a couple of roads from 1:250K out-of-copyright maps
in Guimaras, Panay and Negros Island with following tags. I hope local
mappers in Visayas would improve it.

More will come later.

Mailinglist for OSM Philippines

Posted by maning on 29 July 2008 in English (English)

For those mapping in the Philippines, please join our mailinglist.

Mailinglist for OSM Philippines

Posted by maning on 29 July 2008 in English (English)

For those mapping in the Philippines, please join our mailinglist.

map seeding Quezon City

Posted by maning on 1 May 2008 in English (English)

Today, I'm currenlty uploading ways covering Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. I believe I have covered almost 90% of the city.
The data came from an image map from the City government (with permission of course). I rectified the image and created a local wms
for JOSM. Most streets are unnamed and I hope local mappers would continue adding the names and other POIs.


Mapping in Mindanao, Philippines with public domain maps

Posted by maning on 14 February 2008 in English (English)

For the past weeks I've been using public domain maps in mapping roads in Mindanao.

Now most major roads are visible in the map.

3 tags are added: highway, FIXME and source.

I have a rough documentation on the process (will add more detail in time).

Overlaying ways on LANDSAT, I'm not really satisfied with the results some ways are way off by tens of meters. But the general geometry is OK. I will be editing further using landsat. Is there any way to cache landsat for offline JOSM editing?



Leaving Metro Manila OSM for a while

Posted by maning on 1 February 2008 in English (English)

For the next couple of weeks, I will be leaving OSM editing in Metro Manila
for a while. I believe there are a number of mappers who can continue this (11 mappers in Metro Manila already) [].

I have posted last month in the OSM mailing list about public domain maps we can use for OSM. []

These out-of-copyright maps roughly showing major highways around the country circa 1940s-50s. []

I now have most of the sheets around Mindanao Island rectified and can access them with JOSM. For the meantime, I will focus my effort towards "seeding" Mindanao,
then work northward to Visayas and then back to Luzon. My rectification is by no means "uber" accurate so manual editing maybe needed by local mappers in these areas. My goal is to provide a skeletal network for others to continue mapping.



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