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Published On: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012

Tacurong City attended the First and Biggest Google Map Making Summit!

Yup that’s right. The City of Tacurong thru Mayor Lina Montilla sent mappers Pepito Carillo and Dennis Teo from the city’s Planning and Development Office to attend the Biggest Google Mapping Summit held recently held at STI Gensan. Aimed at putting Tacurong in the map, helping out in disaster preparedness and increasing our tourism industry (Baras Bird Sanctuary, among others), Tacurong made this first step towards achieving these goals.

Tacurong Google Mappers at the Summit (Dennis Teo, Pepito Carillo and Remo Aguilar)

Mappers Pepito and Dennis receiving their Google Mapping Certificates from the Google Geo Advocates

This summit was organized by Google itself thru Aileen Apollo (Google’s Asia Extension Services head) and had its Luzon and Visayas leg prior to this event. Mindanao Google summit was facilitated by the fab duo Google Mappers Avel ( and Orman Manansala ( and the Sox Bloggers. This mapping summit brought to Gensan Google Geo Mapper advocates from as far as India and Singapore and the Super Mods Geo Advocates from the Philippines Doc Lemuel Foronda, Dante Varias and Berniemack Arellano (Habagat Central).

The biggest Google Mapping Summit attendees (Photo by Kevin Olmedo)

During this workshop summit, participants were taught how to map their respective localities, edit existing ones, or review maps that are mad by other Google mappers. The group were also oriented on where to find help and ask questions whenever they run into one in the process of Geo Mapping.

The author amidst the Google Geoadvocates and Supermods Bernie, Orman, Dante, Doc Lemuel and Aileen Apollo

Map Tacurong! (Logo map concept from Berniemack Arellano's picture)

An offshoot of this mapping summit is the creation of Tacurong Google Mappers, an open group of Google mappers volunteering to geotag and map Tacurong City. You can join this group on facebookand Google+ to learn more about Map Tacurong! and  its activities.

Thank you LGU Tacurong for heading our invitation, and SMART and STI Gensan for the biggest Google Mapping Summit!

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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