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Google Maps to display virus-related transit alerts

Jun 10, 2020 - 12:46 PM

The transit alerts are rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, and the US where information from local transit agencies is available

Authorize mapping agency to name features in West PH Sea – Carpio

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio says once the country's central mapping agency can approve names for features in the Philippine waters, China's attempts rename features there will lose its bearing

SOLUTIONS. Retired Supreme Court Justice offers a way to counter China's recent naming of districts and features in the South China Sea. Rappler file photo

Facebook-powered virus 'heat map' unveiled

Apr 21, 2020 - 8:59 AM

The Carnegie Mellon University project uses millions of responses to surveys of Facebook and Google users as part of an effort to monitor the spread of the virus

CORONAVIRUS MAPPING. Researchers on April 20, 2020 unveiled a coronavirus "heat map" powered by Facebook data which is aimed at helping track the spread of the disease and plan for reopening society. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Apple data shows dramatic impact of virus on movement

Apr 16, 2020 - 1:02 PM

The tool visualizes the movement of people based on the number of requests made for directions on Apple Maps since January 13

APPLE. A man wearing walks outside an Apple Store in Beijing on February 22, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Google Maps now shows info on DOTr's free hospital shuttle services

Apr 06, 2020 - 4:13 PM

There are 19 existing routes within Metro Manila, and with lines from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan all the way to Cabuyao, Laguna

GOOGLE MAPS. The Google app now shows information on free shuttle services for health professionals. Image from Google

MAPS: Metro Manila and the challenges of travel restrictions

Mar 14, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Here's an overview of the National Capital Region and the challenges and complexities of implementing a 'lockdown' or 'community quarantine' in the area

SAFETY IN COMMUTE. A passenger jeepney driver in Quezon City wears a mask in light of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Google Maps marks 15-year milestone with new features

Feb 07, 2020 - 12:03 PM

Google Maps now has more than one billion monthly active users for its app, and has mapped more than 220 countries and territories

Photo from Google

Apple unveils revamped map app in U.S. to challenge Google

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:10 PM

In its revamped map app, Apple stresses the work it has done to protect user privacy, such as obscuring search terms, routing, and other data

MAPS. Images show how the new map app from Apple looks. Photos from Apple

Pinoy songwriters co-write in BTS' new single 'Black Swan'

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Vince Nantes and August Rigo co-wrote the K-pop group's latest release

BTS. The K-pop sensations release their new single 'Black Swan,' co-written by Filipino songwriters Vince Nantes and August Rigo. Screenshot from

BTS is dropping a new album on February 21

Jan 08, 2020 - 5:32 PM

'Map of the Soul: 7' will be coming on February 21

THEY'RE BACK. South Korean group BTS will be dropping a brand new album soon. Photo from BTS' Instagram account

Ormoc mayor Richard Gomez uses mapping and data to preserve local culture

Oct 30, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The Ormoc City government implements cultural mapping techniques to preserve the city's heritage and promote the development of its local arts and culture

HERITAGE. The old city hall in Ormoc City is now being used as a museum. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/

Apple 'rejected' Hong Kong mapping app that tracks police activity

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:35 PM

HKMap is used by Hong Kongers to map locations and points of interest, such as road or railway closures, as well as locations where police activity is occurring

Ever heard of the 1734 Murillo Velarde map and why it should be renamed?

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Historian Ambeth Ocampo says it should instead be called the 'Velarde-Bagay' map to highlight the contribution of its Filipino engraver Nicolas dela Cruz Bagay

'VELARDE-BAGAY MAP.' Historian Ambeth Ocampo suggests renaming the 1734 Murillo Velarde map the 'Velarde-Bagay' map to give credit to its Filipino engraver, Nicolas de la Cruz Bagay. Photo from US Library of Congress

Google Maps rolling out update to help Manila cars on coding day

Feb 13, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The number coding option on Google Maps will let users attempt to plot routes that bypass coding-restricted areas in Metro Manila

NUMBER CODING OPTION. Google Maps will have a number coding option available in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Screenshot from livetsream

'Repeating' radio waves from deep space baffle scientists

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:45 AM

What corner of the universe these powerful waves come from and the forces that produced them remain unknown

CHIME file photo from Wikipedia

DPWH taps Project Noah maps to identify hazard areas, no-build zones

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:45 PM

DPWH's guidelines to acquire permits, certifications in projects within potentially high-hazard areas now includes using Project Noah's hazard maps as reference

PH agency wants Chinese names for Benham Rise features nullified

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The Philippines' central mapping agency says the data China used for naming the features were collected, without permission, within Philippine jurisdiction

Senate hearing on Benham Rise Photo by Angie De Silva

What are the hazard-prone areas along Vinta’s path?

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau identifies 5 areas located near the forecasted track of Tropical Storm Vinta that are prone to landslides and heavy flooding

LOOK: 'Circulatory' and 'skeletal' maps of the Philippines

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:30 PM

For Filipino geographer and cartographer David Garcia, making maps can be useful in urban planning and disaster preparedness

Created by David Garcia

#ReliefPH: Help victims of Urduja

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:42 PM

(UPDATED) People affected by Tropical Storm Urduja need your help and support. This page shows how you can help.

John Gokongwei proves family-run conglomerates work

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The JG Summit founder says the conglomerate has maintained its core values and long-term vision even as it went public and reached out to global markets

FAMILY MATTERS. John Gokongwei Jr (center) poses with his family after receiving MAP's Management Man of the year for 2017 in a ceremony held on November 27 in Taguig City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

John Gokongwei Jr is MAP man of the year 2017

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:39 AM

The JG summit founder is chosen by the Management Association of the Philippines for his leadership in making the Gokongwei Group of companies a force for nation building

Palace endorses DBM resolution on pay hike for police, soldiers

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:41 PM

A Police Officer 1 can enjoy a 100% increase – from the current P14,834 base pay to P29,668 – should the resolution be signed by both houses of Congress

SALUTE. In this file photo, President Duterte visits the wake of slain Captain Clinton Capio at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacañang

Senate panel OKs additional P1.68 B in 2018 CHED budget

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The Senate finance committee increases the CHED's proposed budget for 2017 from P12.41 billion to P14.1 billion, but this excludes funds for the free tuition law

BUDGET APPROVED. CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan smiles during the Senate finance committee hearing on their proposed 2018 budget. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

MAPS: Protest activities on September 21, Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:00 AM

See where marches, rallies, and other protest activities are happening on Thursday, September 21, the 45th anniversary of Marcos' Martial Law declaration

STOP THE KILLINGS. On the 45th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos' declaration of martial law, groups from the Southern Tagalog region troop to Camp Aguinaldo Thursday morning, September 21, 2017, to protest continuing violations of human rights under the Duterte administration. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No more lines for gov't permits? P422M automation budget sought

Aug 20, 2017 - 10:37 AM

This what we need—a combined Google and Waze for a public wanting to get data or service from the government in a manner that is fast and in many cases free says Senator Ralph Recto

Making maps useful for addressing disasters and climate change

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:37 PM

In a time when people are increasingly exposed to the factors of disaster and climate change I believe that usable maps can help people make a difference

UNDERSTANDING MAPS. This is a screenshot of the maps on landslide and flood susceptibility from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Mines and Geosciences Bureau). The maps are in jpeg format, and require considerable work for reuse.

How you can participate in the #MMShakeDrill

Jul 11, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Here s a list of reminders on participating in the MMShakeDrill on July 14 to 17

7 fakta menarik tentang Google Maps

Jul 10, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Tahukah kamu bahwa Google Maps sudah memetakan dunia di lebih dari 200 negara dan wilayah?

FAKTA GOOGLE MAPS. Tahukah kamu, ternyata Google Maps telah memetakan lebih dari 200 negara dan wilayah di dunia. Foto dari akun Twitter @Goggle_IDN

Marawi battle zone: Urban warfare challenges PH military

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

It’s a lot like the siege of Zamboanga City in September 2013 – but much worse

VSU turns over flood hazard, resource maps to Eastern Visayas towns

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:14 AM

After 3 years of research VSU turns over high resolution maps and data in CDs to representatives of local government units in the 5 provinces of Region 8

Pakistan, Afghanistan to use Google Maps to settle border row

May 08, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Technical teams of both countries will use GPS and Google Maps as well as other means to get the answer to a border dispute between Pakistan and Afghanistan Abdul Razeq police chief of Afghanistan s Kandahar province says

Inflation to rise until Q3 of 2017 – BSP

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:52 PM

Despite global risks iinflation remains manageable and will fall within the target range by yearend says outgoing BSP chief Amando Tetangco Jr

Piñol urges farmers to use guide map for crop planning

Mar 26, 2017 - 6:29 PM

The color coded guide map provides data that farmers need to identify the type of crops suitable for their land

GUIDE MAP. Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol encourage local farmers to use the government's new color-coded guide map to plot the type of crops suited for their lands. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DOST scientists receive AFP 'Gawad sa Kaunlaran'

Dec 30, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The awardees are DOST Executive Director Dr Mahar Lagmay and geologists Peter Khallil Figueroa Ferrer and Carmille Marie Escape

LNMB renamed 'Libingan ng Mga Bayani and Friends' on Google Maps

Nov 11, 2016 - 4:39 PM

Libingan ng mga Bayani is a grave misnomer some netizens believe

#ReliefPH: Help victims of typhoon Lawin

Oct 20, 2016 - 11:08 AM

People affected by typhoon Lawin need your help and support This page shows how you can help

Taiwan asks Google to blur images of South China Sea island

Sep 22, 2016 - 2:10 PM

The development comes after Taiwan last year inaugurated a solar powered lighthouse an expanded airstrip and a pier as part of efforts to strengthen defense capabilities on Taiping Island

This undated handout picture released by Chiang Chi-chen, legislator of Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) on September 22, 2016 shows four Y-shaped structures (foreground C) jutting out to sea on the Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island that is part of the Spratlys archipelago. Office of Taiwan legislator Chiang Chi-Chen/Handout/AFP

Tugade wants Clark airport rehab privatized

Aug 30, 2016 - 8:15 PM

I have proposed that it should be done by private [sector] It should be done in the next 10 months or so the transportation secretary says

PRIVATE HANDS. Tugade wants the upgrade works of the airport to be handled by private sector. Image from Clark International Airport website

Stuck in a plane on the tarmac for hours? New CAB rule sets limit

Aug 30, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Once a new Civil Aeronautics Board resolution becomes effective domestic flights need to be deplaned by the 3rd hour and international flights by the 4th hour

APPEASEMENT. Royal KLM staff address passenger concerns for the cancelled flight due to the closure of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo courtesy of Manja Bayang

The geography of Pokémon Go and how it can help improve cities

Aug 12, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The effects are mixed as we catch ‘em all and everyone’s been caught

How to know if your area is near a fault line

Aug 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Phivolcs' FaultFinder web app lets users determine their distance from the nearest active fault line

NDRRMC warns against floods, landslides in #ButchoyPH areas

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:32 AM

Local disaster councils are tasked to be on heightened readiness

[Dash of SAS] Pleasure points

Jun 17, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The Pleasure Project is on a relentless pursuit of pleasure in the name of accessible and appealing sex education

Soldiers get replica of 1734 map debunking China's claims

Jun 06, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The Northern Luzon Command says the 1734 Murillo Map will always remind them that Scarborough Shoal is ours

'SCARBOROUGH IS OURS.' The Northern Luzon Command on June 6, 2016, receives a framed replica of the 1734 Murillo Map that shows the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) as part of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Northern Luzon Command

How drones can be a force for progress

May 30, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Meet the team behind Skyeye – environmental scientists and sociologists convinced that drones are the best answer to the country s land titling and mapping woes

Photo by Skyeye

Ortigas Center: A bustling CBD in the heart of Metro Manila

May 20, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Be inspired to explore more of this mini city through this animated infographic

PPCRV to monitor elections using #PHVoteWatch map

May 05, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The PHVoteWatch map crowdsources cases of vote buying and vote selling campaign offenses election related violence and other forms of election wrongdoing among communities

#PHVoteWatch: Report vote buying, other election wrongdoing

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Report cases of vote buying vote selling election related violence campaign violations and other forms of election problems and offenses using the PHVoteWatch map

WATCH: 'Game of Thrones' opening title map in 360 degrees

Apr 14, 2016 - 10:24 AM

From King s Landing in Westeros all the way to Slaver s Bay in Essos – see the world of Game of Thrones like you ve never seen before

WESTEROS. HBO, Facebook, Oculus, and Elastic have teamed up to create a 360-degree version of the opening titles of 'Game of Thrones.' Pictured is the original opening titles. Screengrab from YouTube/GameOfThrones