Google Maps/Earth Updated Coverage

1:56 am PHT

Following-up on my previous post about the updated satellite imagery in Google Maps and Google Earth, below is version 2.0 of the Philippine hi-res coverage that I have shown before. The bright blue spots on the map below indicate the areas that have added high resolution satellite imagery. The red spots indicate the areas that already have hi-res photos.

New significant areas covered include the STAR Tollway corridor, from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Batangas City; Puerto Galera; Biliran; General Santos City; Talisay City, Negros Occidental; Mount Pinatubo; and the whole eastern seaboard of Lingayen Gulf.

To whet your appetite for futher exploration, here’s a screenshot of Puerto Galera’s White Beach in Google Earth. After Boracay’s White Beach, Mindoro’s White Beach is arguably the most popular summer beach destination among Manileños.

One observation: before, Google Earth used to get updated imagery before Google Maps, sometimes with a one-month lag. For the past few months, however, Google has been updating both products’ image database simultaneously. Unfortunately, it makes it quite harder to do before-and-after comparisons like what I did with the San Roque Dam in Pangasinan.

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On 4:02 p.m., 7 Oct 2006, TheCoffee wrote:

Nice… I was hoping to see Dumaguete or Iloilo, but I guess that will have to wait. It’s especially nice to finally get to properly see the Makati Central Business District in all its high res glory.  :D


On 2:10 a.m., 8 Oct 2006, Migs wrote:

Next, a street map with driving directions? Or am I dreaming.

Now we can put a GPS receiver to good use! Who has one?


On 2:03 a.m., 14 Oct 2006, Dennis Agulo wrote:

Nice to have Filipinos having same interests.

I got this hobby iste . Im starting populating street maps manually, since google has no geocodes or street maps of Manila ,Davao and Cebu.

The site is still going full stam development. Hope you can provide feedback.

Dennis of Davao


On 11:23 a.m., 23 Nov 2006, Dumaguete Dreamin’ wrote:

I had tried downloading Google Earth some months ago, but got nothing compared to what you show above. Apparently, I wasn’t using it properly…or, perhaps this is a newer version.

Anyway, if they keep increasing the resolution there might be security/privacy issues that will begin to surface. I’m not sure if I want the whole world to see where I live  ;)


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On 9:25 p.m., 9 Jul 2007, john wrote:

I’m just hoping that sooner iloilo city will have its own high resolution satellite image.

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