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Published On: Wed, May 30th, 2012

First Tacurong City MapUp an inspiring success!

Staged as Tacurongnon’s response to a nagging challenge, planned and executed by a team of creative volunteers and supported by well meaning sponsors, “Let’s Map Tacurong!“- the first ever Google MapUp workshop and mapping session in Tacurong City, was an inspiring success. Take the following comments from notable online personalities:

I’m awed by Tacurongnons response. You guys started mapping from “zero” because of your city’s outdated low resolution satellite image. Teaching you how to map is a challenge because of this circumstance. Still, you managed to map your place. That’s really commendable –Bernie Arellano III of, a Google Mapmaker session speaker.

It’s amazing how you found a good way of mapping Tacurong City despite the low resolution satellite image. The use of GPS devices and GPS enabled smartphones to map your place was a creative way of hurdling your mapping obstacle. And you were able to convene this many participants and sponsors!- Avel Manansala of, Lead Convenor of SoCCSarSKGen Bloggers

Answering a request by Tacurongnons to map Tacurong City,  Tacurong Online and Google conducted a whole day, Google Map maker workshop and mapping session last sunday May 20, 2012 at the Audio Visual Room of Notre Dame of Tacurong College.  Aimed at petitioning Google Earth, for a better satellite image of Tacurong City and providing venue for learning the basics of mapping using Google Map maker, the fifty participants jam packed the venue and proved that Tacurongnons can and will rise up to the challenge of mapping a city despite its outdated satellite image.

Map Maker view of Tacurong City as of May 30, 2012. Note the number of edits and how the ‘grids” are already there despite the low satellite image resolution

The MapUp was graced by no less than City Councilor Bogz Jamorabon, extending a warm welcome to the participants and representing City Mayor Lina Montilla (who is very supportive of the activity but was sick that day). The MapUp was also well attended and facilitated by the Geo advocates and bloggers from SoCCSarSKGen headed by Avel Manansala. Avel gave short, opening remarks regarding Google Mapping and geo advocacies of the Sox Bloggers.

Avel giving his opening remarks to the participants of Tacurong City MapUp

Dr. Remo Aguilar gave a backgrounder early on (Why map Tacurong?) rallying his fellow Tacurongnons to request for a better satellite image and mapping activities for Tacurong City.

Dr. Aguilar rallying his fellow Tacurongnons to map Tacurong City despite the low resolution image of Tacurong City in the Google map

Alexis Chua of gave a mini tutorial on acquiring google accounts needed for the use of Google Map Maker.

Alexis giving a basic talk on getting a google account..

Bernie Arellano III gave an extensive hands on tutorial on how to add, edit or review a place on Google Map Maker. A unique feature of Tacurong MapUp was the tutorial session by Christian Carillo and Dennis Teo (City Planning Office) on using a GPS device to map a place. Doc Aguilar also added a mini tutorial on using a GPS enabled android smartphone, to map a place.

Bernie Arellano III giving a how to on adding, editing and reviewing a place

The whole afternoon was spent with actual mapping activities by the participants, facilitated by the Sox Bloggers and the Tacurong Google Mappers.We were also informed that Google Geo advocate Dante Varias was actually online approving, editing and commenting “edits’ that same day, so most of our edits got published already.

Surprisingly, the different sectors of Tacurong City was well represented that day. Participants from AFP, Task Force Talakudong, PNP, business sector, health, DECS, DTI, private schools and students came to the NDTC Audio Visual Room very much eager to learn the ropes of Google Map Maker. During the actual mapping, many interesting questions were raised (such as “can we review an already published edits?” or “How to build up your Map Maker credibility”) and were adequately addressed by the speakers and facilitators. These participants received certificates of participation, Google T-shirts (some) and Google Map Maker stickers after the MapUP.

The new Tacurong Google Mappers with the speakers and facilitators of Let’s Map Tacurong City!

The speakers also received their certificate of appreciation and tokens after the MapUp.

Of course, this mapUp wouldn’t be successful without the following:

  • Google, for giving us Map Maker, Aileen Apollo, Bernie Arellano III, Lexi Tan and the shirt/stickers/20 more food packs.
  • City Mayor Lina Montilla (LGU-Tacurong) for her all out support of the activity, providing FREE lunch and snacks for the 44 participants and facilitators.
  • Monsignor Antonio Pueyo and Notre Dame of Tacurong College thru sir Johnny Garcia for providing us with a cool, relaxing and spacious venue, electrical outlets, lcd projectors and superfast WIFI for FREE!
  • City Tourism Office headed by Mam Emelie Jamorabon, who gave us the much needed leg work to finish the details of the workshop, for FREE
  • Frebros Technology for providing another two fast WIFI access points for the workshop, again for FREE
  • Little Einstein School thru Karen Lepalim for the free overflowing and bottomless coffee.
  • Arkowa Arts for the two free Let’s Map Tacurong City Tarpaulin.
  • Palm Bistro for the facilitators’ food discount!

I’m thankful to the Sox Bloggers Avel Manansala, Alexis Chua, Laurence Erojo, Nanardz Zee, Arze Garcera, Xyrilloid Landicho, Marz Bendol for coming over and help facilitate Tacurong Map Up. Tacurong is also thankful for speakers Bernie Arellano, Alexis Chua and Christian Carillo for sharing their map making skills. Let’s Map tacurong is also a brainchild of Tacurong Google Mappers Christian Carillo, Dennis Teo, Leah dela Rosa, Karen Lepalim and many others who weren’t able to attend the MapUP.

My loving thanks also to my two ever reliable workshop planners and wing ladies Joy and Rain Villareal, for making the workshop happen smoothly with their knack for details.

Let’s Map Tacurong City MapUp is an inspiring success because of the volunteerism of participants, speakers, facilitators and the sponsors. It proved once again, that Tacurong could rise up to a challenge and surpass expectations. Congrats Tacurong!

About the Author

- I’m a traveler. I work fulltime as a medical professional. I go to different places most of the time I’m off my day job. I shoot photos for fun, hack computers for even more fun and play badminton as my exercise. And yes, I’m not rich.

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  1. congrats Tacurong City for a succesful map-up activity…..Congrats Doc Remo and Kuya Avel.

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