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Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!

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More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
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    Two Years of Mapping the Philippines

    For years, Tutubi lurked at waypointsdotph group talking about travel, mapping and GPS, to get tips on travel to places even if he has no GPS. Two years ago, everything changed when he got his own Garmin nuvi 1300, bought and hand-carried for him by an online friend. His "career" as a crowdsourcing mapper began with OpenStreetMap.

    Garmin Nuvi 1300 with OpenStreetMap in action in San Pablo, Laguna near Sampaloc lake

    what has he done in 2 years? Foremost is the updated map of Paete, Laguna (his hometown), nearby Pagsanjan, other towns of Laguna, Rizal and everywhere he went to.

    He also updated the map of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Surigao del Sur, Metro Manila cities of Manila, Quezon City, San Juan, Pasig and Makati where he focused on fixing routing issues to correct routing errors as well as optimized routing for OSM to give the normal routing suggestions.

    If you noticed Tutubi puts GPS coordinates of places he visited on his blog posts, it makes tourists with GPS devices get to places without even asking for directions and guess works.

    If you're a traveler, Tutubi suggests at least updating your hometown, to place it on the map. Log on and register at OpenStreetMap and edit your hometown map. Even without a GPS, you can at least put POIs (points of interests), street names and even tag one-way streets.

    Doing so also promotes your hometown for travel and tourism.

    To date, Tutubi is one of the most active mappers of OSM Philippines, a bunch of dedicated mappers making the best free map of the Philippines (though he has yet to meet even one of them)

    Travel, Photography, Mapping = Geographic, Photographic, and Cartographic Memory ;P


    posted by backpacking philippines @ 7:52 PM,


    At Feb 5, 2012, 10:13:00 PM, Anonymous MM said...

    Great to hear :) Hope you will enjoy mapping for OSM for a quiet long time!

    regards from Germany

    At Feb 5, 2012, 11:05:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    MM, danke! ;P

    At Feb 14, 2012, 1:58:00 PM, Anonymous belladonna said...

    Thanks for the information you've share to us.

    At Feb 25, 2012, 8:45:00 AM, Blogger Pinoy Adventurista said...

    wow! ang galing naman! good job Tutubi! hope to bump with you on the road someday! :)

    At Feb 26, 2012, 5:45:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    pinoy adventurista, you might have already bumped on me in Makati :P

    At Feb 26, 2012, 7:47:00 PM, Blogger Pinoy Adventurista said...

    cguro nga po... you've remained anonymous kc kaya i don't know how you look like.,.. hehehe! we might have seen each other na before... hehehe! still, i'm hoping to bump with you on the road soon! you're one of those blogs that i read ever since i started blogging constantly...cheers! :)


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