|The dynamic duo, the "Bariles" and |
the "Butanding" (Joke)
There are so many attempts that I really wanted to visit General Santos City. Various invitations from Kuya Avel were just turned down because of my schedule. This time, at least, there is a reason to attend, the Google Map Maker Mindanao Summit event.
There are four (4) important, significant and relevant things that we need to know on what I've learned in that summit. This is also my participation, in collaborative effort, in helping mapping up the Philippines--as a Travel Blogger.
1. Improve Tourism - In this sense, tourists, may either be local or foreign alike, will then be given proper direction by just looking at the google map, to the place where they want to visit. According to Avel Manansala, the City Media Affairs Officer, "it will help tourists and even local residents to locate all the establishments in a certain area at any point in time that they search for its location using their mobile phones and other search gadgets. The more information you have about a certain place, the more it is enticing to visit that place. We want to help map up the entire country so that nobody will be lost in the Philippines. This is also in support of the Department of Tourism's campaign: It’s more fun in the Philippines,
|Religious sector and PNP personnel |
participated the event
3. Map Accuracy - To improve the accuracy of Google Maps in 80 provinces around the Philippines
3. Disaster Preparedness - Google Map will help in locating disaster-prone areas in the island to prepare for calamities.
4. Crime Related incident - can help people in authorities to easily access the map and locate the places of the crime related incident.
Google Map Maker Team Asia pledged to provide interested local communities with technical support and other help necessary for a successful conduct of similar event.
The event was made possible through a joint effort of Ms. Aileen Apollo-de Jesus, Google Southeast Asia’s head of outreach and in partnership with the Soccsksargen bloggers or “sox bloggers” with brothers, Avel (the Bariles) and Orman Manansala, as lead conveners. Luzon and Visayas leg, were already done in previous weekends.
|Con Tour besides the Bariles, with other participants.|
I don't have a good night sleep prior to that event since I traveled at night, standing at the Bus from Bukidnon to Davao for 5 hours more or less. But it was complemented with a good voyage in going to General Santos City from Davao at early dawn and scenic view along the road, seeing part of the Mount Apo and verdant hills and mountains in the countryside-- when skies became clearer.
|PTB Mindanao Bernie, Renz, Doc Remo, Bariles |
and Con Tour with Google Map Speakers
and Map Making Moderators
With the dynamic duo, the "Bariles and the Butanding", I actively participated the event, asked questions and was rewarded with a sticker, courtesy from Google, because they were really the funniest emcee ever.
The event was participated at around 150 people, from various sectors in government and private, the planning development offices in various LGUs, and bloggers from different parts of Mindanao, as far as Bukidnon.
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