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Lakbayan: How Much of the Philippines Have You Visited?

1:31 am PHT

Today is the 109th anniversary of the Philippine Declaration of Independence and I’m celebrating it by launching the beta version of Lakbayan! See how much of the Philippines you have visited! To whet your appetite and give you a preview of what to expect, my personal result is shown below.

 Lakbayan Grade: C- Traveler.

 Lakbayan Visited Map.

As you can see, I have almost never been outside Luzon when traveling in the Philippines, thus the really low ‘C-’ grade. I’ve only been to Puerto Galera and Bacolod outside our country’s largest island.

I got the idea to do Lakbayan from the Visited Countries website. But it’s not just a localized rip-off. I have added some additional features. For one, instead of a simple “yes/no” answer to the question of whether you have visited a territory or not, there are five possible answers ranging from never-visited, and just-passing-through, up to I-have-lived-here. Also, you also get a Traveler’s Grade from the failing ‘F’ up to the god-like traveler ‘A+’. (It’s probably only senators and up who can claim an A+ grade. Hehehe.)

I’ve separated most popular tourist spots and cities from their provinces—just because you’ve been to Boracay doesn’t really mean that you’ve “seen” Aklan, right?

Oh yeah, I’d really appreciate reactions, bug reports, and suggestions. (This blog post’s comment form also doubles as a contact form.) As I’ve said, Lakbayan is currently in beta stage and I’ve enlisted all you vaes9 readers as my beta-testers. Hopefully this project won’t crash my server due to its viral nature (sorry to the 30+ other websites I share the machine with, in case that happens). If you enjoyed Lakbayan, some link love to it and this blog post is appreciated.  :)

For the technically inclined, I’ll do a follow-up post detailing the development details and the design considerations I made when constructing this website. But for now, enjoy!  :D

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On 3:47 a.m., 12 Jun 2007, urbano dela cruz wrote:

hey eugene,

pretty cool app. and a nice way to find out the geographic breadth of our knowledge of our lupang hinirang.

I tried it -but impatience got the better of me and I quit midway through luzon. (sorry, but that is one LOOONG list).

you did ask for feedback…

and if you want more, some observations:

1) my eye kept moving from the horizontal intensity options list to the vertical radio buttons to the horizontal listing of the places—and my eye followed an inverse C. or an H on its side path. -which quickly became tiring

2) the intensity list presents a color cue—(light to dark) and then your place list differentiates items by rows of light or dark gray. again, it got confusing.

from this user’s standpoint -it is easier to memorize the options (left to right) -so I should need any cues about which radio button is under which category -but i need to know if I am in the right row (places) -so maybe the row differentiation should dominate?

3) radio buttons get tiring after a while. Could you consder a sliding meter—that I can move from “never been there” to “visited often” to “i live/have lived there” -?

4) maybe parse the list—so I can go by regions first? and find out how much I know of each region rather than needing to complete the long list?

Just some feedback and suggestions. I hope you don’t mind.

UDC

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On 5:03 a.m., 12 Jun 2007, lin wrote:

mindanao is the largest island

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On 5:06 a.m., 12 Jun 2007, Bikoy wrote:

This is really cool. I’ve tried it and posted the results in my own blog. Keep it up!  :)

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On 8:05 a.m., 12 Jun 2007, jomer wrote:

Nice app! The list does get a bit tiring by the time I’m out of Luzon (good thing I’ve never been out of Luzon!) Maybe a dropdown list instead of a real list? I dunno if that would be better though  :P Posted my result in my LJ  ;)

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On 9:38 a.m., 12 Jun 2007, Rico wrote:

Great idea Eugene, it’s the perfect complement to <a href="http://vistapinas.com">Vista Pinas</a>! And great use of a URL operator to minimize the load on websites.

I also found that you can create a small version of the Lakbay result and use it as a badge by copying only the second paragraph of the generated HTML.

Can’t say this enough: great app Eugene!  :D

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On 11:52 a.m., 12 Jun 2007, Rico wrote:

“Luzon’s area is 104,688 square kilometers, making it the world’s 15th largest island.”

“Mindanao is the second largest island in the country at 94,630 square kilometers.”

Great app Eugene! Can you use your awesome skills to program some sort of save function? You can just ask people to save a specific string, me thinks. I imagine lots of people using Lakbay to tick off the places they’ve visited as it happens.  ;)

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On 1:54 p.m., 12 Jun 2007, Mike wrote:

Shucks, I thought myself relatively well traveled, but it was disheartening to leave so many radio buttons at “never set foot here” and end up with a D.  :p Then again I didn’t mark the provinces I passed through on the way from Manila to Subic or Baguio since I don’t know which ones I passed through. Wasn’t as much of a geography dork back then as I am now.  :)

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On 4:38 p.m., 12 Jun 2007, Marc wrote:

Linked!

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On 9:09 p.m., 12 Jun 2007, Alfredo wrote:

Hahaha I got your site from Marc and I love the Lakbayan initiative!

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On 11:34 p.m., 12 Jun 2007, Filipinayzd wrote:

Ang galing naman! Hindi pa man lang ako nakakakaalis ng Luzon Island.

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On 11:53 p.m., 12 Jun 2007, benj wrote:

Ang galing. Lalo kong narealize na hindi ako nakakapuntang Visayas. haha

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On 12:59 a.m., 13 Jun 2007, benj wrote:

I can’t get the html code to work so I just took the image file. It didn’t work with my code editor. Hmm.

But it’s great to see all the shades of blue on my map. hehe

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On 1:44 a.m., 13 Jun 2007, seav wrote:

Woah, this is definitely the most-commented-in-the-shortest-time blog post I’ve ever had.  :)

@urbano: thanks for the usability feedback! I’ve now toned down the blue bands in favor of the horizontal gray stripes. Hopefully the rows are now easier to follow.

As for using a slide bar, well, I’d have to use JavaScript to implement that and I’m avoiding it right now because it’s hard to make it degrade nicely for those people who don’t have JavaScript enabled.

@urbano and jomer: I agree that it is a long list. There are 160 items in it. But I preferred showing it all at once so that “I can get it over with.” I personally hated those online quizzes that keeps you going page after page after page. So maybe I’ll divide it roughly into two or three parts depending on the feedback.

@lin: Luzon is the largest island. See Rico’s reply at comment #6.

@Rico: interesting idea about the save feature. I’ll try adding that one.  :)

@bikoy, Marc, Alfredo, Filipinayzd: Thanks, and I’m glad you enjoyed it.  :D

@Benj: The HTML code should work for most content management systems (although I’ve only tried it on LiveJournal). It’s perfectly fine to mince the code and format it however you want.  :)

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On 2:29 a.m., 13 Jun 2007, Filipinayzd wrote:

Ang taas naman ng istandard. May makakuha kaya ng greyd na A? Kahit siguro drayver ng bus o feri, hindi.

Akala ko dinivayd ng Cotabato City ang Sharif Kabunsuan. Almost.

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On 8:17 a.m., 13 Jun 2007, utakGAGO wrote:

your job’s brilliant! it’s nice na may gumawa ng ganito to tell people how adventurous they are..

i wonder how my map looks like.  :)) since i’m still a minor, hanggang luzon pa lang ako.

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On 8:39 a.m., 13 Jun 2007, Juned wrote:

Congrats Eugene nice work  :) BTW I got a C—which means I guess I have to travel up North and South more.  :)

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On 10:07 a.m., 13 Jun 2007, aajao wrote:

nice nice site, ang galing! i have plotted my own data and i posted my results in my xanga site. got the link from benj (atheista.net)

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On 12:11 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, urbano dela cruz wrote:

thanks eugene. it’s much easier to read with that new color scheme. -and having a default ("never been there”) makes it easier to finish the list.

And, yes, I finally finished it (http://hundredyearshence.blogspot.com/2007/06/lakbayan.html) -and got a C-.

Is it me, or is Cagayan de Oro missing from the list?

Definitely have to travel more.

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On 12:39 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, the jester-in-exile wrote:

excellent app, eugene.

now to shoot for at least a B… b for bike ride heh heh (talk about dreams and long shots).

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On 12:45 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, urbano dela cruz wrote:

thanks eugene. it’s much easier to read with that new color scheme. -and having a default ("never been there”) makes it easier to finish the list.

And, yes, I finally finished it (http://hundredyearshence.blogspot.com/2007/06/lakbayan.html) -and got a C-.

Is it me, or is Cagayan de Oro missing from the list?

Definitely have to travel more.

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On 1:35 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, Andrew wrote:

What a great app. I’m just upset that I got a freakin’ F! I guess that only means one thing: I need to get out moar!

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On 2:55 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, erasmusa wrote:

thanks for this. it’s embarrassing to get an F, but i’ll work on it!

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On 3:00 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, rick wrote:

I got an F. LOL. what a disgrace

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On 4:06 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, Sasha wrote:

I’m utterly impressed! Galing!

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On 4:43 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, karla wrote:

i better answer this one at home  :D galing eugene!

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On 4:56 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, tutubi wrote:

tried posting the map on my travel blog and I got a C grade. don’t know if it’s already good  :)

had to edit the HTML manually since there are inserted spaces when copy/pasted. WIll not yet post the results though  :)

note that I used to have a large map of the Philippines in my room and I used pushpins to mark the places I’ve been to.

thinking of manually doing this to post in my blog before I saw this

cool!

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On 6:01 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, ronnie wrote:

Hey, this is so cool Eugenius! I got a B, hehe. How do you get an A?

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On 7:09 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, macy wrote:

Oh wow. It’s a great app! Though I only got an F, my claim to fame would be actually living in Palawan now. Bwahaha  :p

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On 7:09 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, benj wrote:

If there were an option that would allow one to update his/her map as he/she travels more, I think that would even make it cooler. But then again, I’m no programmer and I dunno how hard it is to put that additional feature. hehe.  :p

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On 9:47 p.m., 13 Jun 2007, urbano dela cruz wrote:

thanks eugene. it’s much easier to read with that new color scheme. -and having a default ("never been there”) makes it easier to finish the list.

And, yes, I finally finished it (http://hundredyearshence.blogspot.com/2007/06/lakbayan.html) -and got a C-.

Is it me, or is Cagayan de Oro missing from the list?

Definitely have to travel more.

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On 1:52 a.m., 14 Jun 2007, Rico wrote:

Again, great job Eugene! More proof that if you build it, they’ll come. And thanks for implementing the save feature.  :)

If you don’t mind another suggestion, maybe you can make the grade badge dynamic? Instead of the badge HTML calling a static pic, it could call a function on Lakbayan that generates the proper image depending on the operators passed on, if you know what I mean…

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On 9:58 a.m., 14 Jun 2007, Jim wrote:

Coooool! you might hopefully the DOT will pick this up and add a link to your project as a means of self-assessment of the Filipino tourists.  :)

Congrats!

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On 11:41 a.m., 14 Jun 2007, aajao wrote:

i’ve linked you in my blogger, although my Lakbayan results were posted in my xanga. your site is a nice read, i hope you don’t mind the link.  :)

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On 1:18 p.m., 14 Jun 2007, Jervis wrote:

great work, I put it in my blog too! da best ka Eugene!  :)

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On 2:45 p.m., 14 Jun 2007, MiGs wrote:

Eugene,

Nice one!!!! tuwang tuwa yung boss ko.. hahahha

I’ve also told my friends to try this out.. And i guess that what other readers did too. Sa dami ng mag a-access dito.. malamang maging “not accessible” na to soon. hehehhe

I got a C-Here: http://migs.wordpress.com/2007/06/14/the-plac…

Question:

> How do you compute for the score? Kasi may mga nakita ako na puro mindanao lang napuntahan pero c- din score… samantalang ako meron sa Luzon, visayas, mindanao

Comments/Suggestions: 1. Sana may ibang color… wag puro blue…  =P

2. Can you device a way to track all those who used this? You can surely see those who placed this on their blogs.. pero pano yung mga walang blogs? And may list sana  =P

I wana know kasi what places ang walang masyadong nagpupunta… bakit kaya hindi sila napupuntahan.. so far.. sa mga na mga results on their blogs, walang masyadong nagpupunta sa central visayas.

3. baka pwede yung:

Samar-Northern Samar-Central Samar-Eastern- Mainland Samar-EasternHomonhon Island Samar-Western Samar-Southern

I’m sure the Government will notice this… be prepared for an offer  =P

By the way, may mga places na dinadaanan pala (just passing through) going to the places na sinagot natin na “been there once or few times” na hindi alam ng traveler…

May mga nakita ako na places na magkatabi lang yung “been there once or few times” pero yung gitnang place hindi nilagyan ng “just passing thru”.

Thanks again!

MiGs migs.wordpress.com

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On 3:18 p.m., 14 Jun 2007, redjeulle wrote:

nice app…:-) however it won’t fit in my sidebar, how can i get it to be smaller? thanks.

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On 4:08 p.m., 14 Jun 2007, Vince Lopez wrote:

the best ka Eugene!!! im also a developer, mostly application not on web platform.

here’s my blog, with your cool webapp:

http://vincelopez.multiply.com/journal/item/4

fellow multipliers love your work. i bet this will be BIG BIG hit!! congrats!

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On 4:27 p.m., 14 Jun 2007, MiGs wrote:

Eugene,

Nice one!!!! tuwang tuwa yung boss ko.. hahahha

Ive also told my friends to try this out.. And i guess that what other readers did too. Sa dami ng mag a-access dito.. malamang maging not accessible na to soon. hehehhe

I got a C-Here: http://migs.wordpress.com/2007/06/14/the-plac…

Question:

> How do you compute for the score? Kasi may mga nakita ako na puro mindanao lang napuntahan pero c- din score samantalang ako meron sa Luzon, visayas, mindanao

Comments/Suggestions: 1. Sana may ibang color wag puro blue  =P

2. Can you device a way to track all those who used this? You can surely see those who placed this on their blogs.. pero pano yung mga walang blogs? And may list sana  =P

I wana know kasi what places ang walang masyadong nagpupunta bakit kaya hindi sila napupuntahan.. so far.. sa mga na mga results on their blogs, walang masyadong nagpupunta sa central visayas.

3. baka pwede yung:

Samar-Northern Samar-Central Samar-Eastern- Mainland Samar-EasternHomonhon Island Samar-Western Samar-Southern

Im sure the Government will notice this be prepared for an offer  =P

By the way, may mga places na dinadaanan pala (just passing through) going to the places na sinagot natin na been there once or few times na hindi alam ng traveler

May mga nakita ako na places na magkatabi lang yung been there once or few times pero yung gitnang place hindi nilagyan ng just passing thru.

Thanks again!

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On 4:43 p.m., 14 Jun 2007, tina wrote:

nice app!  :) got a C.

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On 7:00 p.m., 14 Jun 2007, drei wrote:

eugene!! thanks for doing this! i’ll put in my flickr, and maybe blog!  :)

i got a B-  :)

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On 7:46 p.m., 14 Jun 2007, kathy wrote:

Great job! Kudos! I’ve already generated my own “visited countries” map before, and I wondered if there was a similar application somewhere where you can do it on a smaller geographical scale. Anyway, I got a C-! I’m definitely going to blog about this.  :)

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On 8:57 p.m., 14 Jun 2007, Filipinayzd wrote:

Dumadaan bang Batangas (aling parte ng probinsya?) ang byaheng Bicol-Manila?

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On 11:35 p.m., 14 Jun 2007, Jazzy wrote:

Hi Eugene. This is a great app and used it in my blog. www.anointedceo.com.

A simple copy and paste of the code in wordpress does not seems to work. I need to adjust the code so wordpress don’t concat or do anything about it and translate it as it is.

My suggestion, Can you possibly minimize the code that need to be paste? Particularly the map id.

Congratulations and Keep it up Bro.

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On 1:25 a.m., 15 Jun 2007, jakejakejake wrote:

nice!. thanks! =Ū

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On 12:51 p.m., 15 Jun 2007, banggigay wrote:

wow! this is coool!

i took the assessment, however, i wonder why it wont show to my site, even after i pasted the html code generated.

got a grade b!  :-)

cheers for your works!

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On 1:43 p.m., 15 Jun 2007, estan wrote:

Ahem, uhmm, I just got a grade of A-.

Hehehe…

Nice tool pre. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the code to work kaya image file na lang. Ala ako problem sa list. only complaint lang is that the radio buttons are just too close to each other.

Check my blog post at http://estanli.net/blog/2007/06/15/places-ive…

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On 1:46 p.m., 15 Jun 2007, estan wrote:

btw, great design for your site. love it man!

link kita.

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On 1:48 p.m., 15 Jun 2007, estan wrote:

Ahem, I got a score of A-

Nice tool pre. Very useful in tracking down visited places sa Pinas. I don’t have any complaints sa list except yung radio buttons mo masyado malapit. Pero its still manageable.

Check my blog post:

http://estanli.net/blog/2007/06/15/places-ive…

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On 4:07 p.m., 15 Jun 2007, jun wrote:

Got an F!  =( I need to go out more.

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On 4:13 p.m., 15 Jun 2007, Jun Sorioso wrote:

Very entertaining. Galing mo pre.

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On 6:25 p.m., 15 Jun 2007, Writeonthespot wrote:

This is one great tool to check how much of the Philippines I’ve visited. My friends and I really make it a point to visit various parts of the country. I’ve posted this in my blog http://clairealgarme.multiply.com/ along with some of the places I’ve been to. I post my travel journals in the Discovery Travel Channel Community.

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On 12:59 a.m., 16 Jun 2007, cookie wrote:

Haha! I only got a “C”, and my map shows I’m a ’northy-dudette’! Interesting site you have there.  :)

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On 1:16 a.m., 16 Jun 2007, kate wrote:

hey! I was looking for something like this earlier this week! Buti na lang a friend of mine posted his results on his blog! Thanks for coming up with one. Did you create this with just HTML??? galing galing! I like it as it is..  :) Yeah, I think some key cities in Mindanao could have been noted.(i.e. CDO and GenSan) Thanks again!  :)

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On 3:25 a.m., 16 Jun 2007, Filipinayzd wrote:

Meron bang versyon na mga ispisifik tourist spots naman? Hehe

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On 3:25 a.m., 16 Jun 2007, kate wrote:

must have missed it I guess.. Just saw vistapinas awhile back. Keep it up!  :)

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On 10:32 a.m., 16 Jun 2007, Rick wrote:

I took the test again. I got a D! Nagmamadali ako the first time kaya I got an F  :P

This is great! Kilala mo pala si Drei? Small world!

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On 12:16 p.m., 16 Jun 2007, missyosigirl wrote:

me too, i took the test again! i am now a C-  :P so babaguhin ko blog post ko about this hehe. nakakaGC (grade conscious) naman to!!!  :P

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On 3:59 p.m., 16 Jun 2007, renz wrote:

nice application eugene! not bad for a beta, i hope you’ll able to improve it based on user’s feedback.

astig ka pinoy!

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On 4:36 p.m., 16 Jun 2007, jove francisco wrote:

thank you very much eugene for this great application.

it brought back memories of my trips around our beloved country.

i would like to email you sana, i can’t seem to post the code properly on my site. help? my results don’t come out the right way when i hit my publish button. i save my code. help?

more power!

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On 5:47 p.m., 16 Jun 2007, cindyayap wrote:

cool.got to know my grade.so my traveler’s mission now is to get to know Pilipinas more  ;) Was just wondering, are you from Las Piņas?

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On 8:25 p.m., 16 Jun 2007, benj wrote:

Want to take it to the next level? Allow users to do mouseovers on the map and show details (or atleast the name and visitation status) of each province.

And it would be cool if we could compile it through all users. lol.

haha. sorry, kapal ng mukhang magsuggest. hehe

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On 10:28 p.m., 16 Jun 2007, Ferdz wrote:

Great work on this one Eugene! Tried it and I got a C+! Since it’s still in Beta, I’m sure you’ll still be improving the system along the way.

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On 5:22 a.m., 17 Jun 2007, LAR wrote:

Hi! This is great! I tried it and I got C-.  :)

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On 12:04 p.m., 17 Jun 2007, Ranier wrote:

possible enhancement:

It would be better if the highlighted portion in the map displays what the specific location is on mouseover.

i hope this comment makes sense.  :)

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On 2:43 p.m., 17 Jun 2007, benj wrote:

^ Yup, it does! that’s my suggestion as well. hehe

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On 5:23 p.m., 17 Jun 2007, Dabawenya wrote:

thanks for your cool app. I got a B- and am proudly posting it in my blog. there’s so much more to see of our beautiful country. here’s more to your good work!  :-)

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On 11:10 a.m., 18 Jun 2007, winztotoy wrote:

very nice!… grading system would be more accurate if big provinces will be divided into small areas like zambales-north, zambales-central, zambales-south, etc… much better if accuracy is up to town level.

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On 2:26 p.m., 18 Jun 2007, comment wrote:

pretty hard to answer, for most people the “Just Passing through” places will be overlooked.

There should be something that approximates the route between point A to point B making the places in between be marked as passed places.

I’m no expert on philippine geography so I don’t know what places I passed between manila and bagiuo. Google doesn’t help much.

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On 8:38 a.m., 19 Jun 2007, Marley wrote:

Very good idea, kudos to this application  :) Keep it up man!

And sadly, I have never been out of Luzon, save for Cebu and Bohol. Haaay, gotta keep seeing the country  :D

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On 10:10 a.m., 19 Jun 2007, MiGs wrote:

Brader Eugene!

Thanks for dropping by at my blog!

Question… Is there a soul in this earth that has really visited or passed-by every island, city, barangay in the Philippines?

Tingin ko wala pa..

=>

MiGs

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On 10:46 a.m., 20 Jun 2007, manuel wrote:

great work! keep it up!

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On 1:22 p.m., 20 Jun 2007, Kyle Domingo wrote:

Hi Eugene. I liked what you did. Graphically shows how much of a/an (un)traveller I really am. Great work.

Kyle Domingo http://veryhappycow.blogspot.com/

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On 5:56 p.m., 20 Jun 2007, missyosigirl wrote:

Weeeh! I took the test again and I got a C-! hehehe.

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On 11:34 p.m., 20 Jun 2007, Aaron wrote:

Asteeg man, kaso D ako hahahaha! di pa pala ako nakakapunta sa Visayas ever! at parang buong panahon ko ay nasa Luzon lang ako hehe… ok lang.  :) Five days lang yata akong nakatuntong sa Mindanao. Asteeg naman nito! galing!  :)

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On 11:36 p.m., 20 Jun 2007, Aaron wrote:

PS: nakakatuwa siya.  :) God bless!  :)

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On 8:49 a.m., 21 Jun 2007, bluefairyguy wrote:

dear sir,

you are heaven sent..!  (”,)

many thanks,

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On 10:58 a.m., 21 Jun 2007, gail wrote:

to echo the comment above me, “dear sir, you are heaven sent!”

wonderful tool. will definitely bookmark so i can update my score after a year. (planning to do some pinas traveling in a year.)

i was just about to create a checklist of major philippine provinces for my lifetime goal of: “visit major provinces in the philippines”

suggestion, is there a way to make this list a downloadable checklist?

more power to you. this is great work.

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On 3:16 p.m., 21 Jun 2007, tutubi wrote:

posted my own in my blog already with updates and I got a B-

note also my comments in my post about having “been there there, but never done that;” mainly the difference between usual tourists, business travelers and true explorers

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On 3:16 p.m., 21 Jun 2007, tutubi wrote:

posted my own in my blog already with updates and I got a B-

note also my comments in my post about having “been there there, but never done that;” mainly the difference between usual tourists, business travelers and true explorers

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On 3:17 p.m., 21 Jun 2007, tutubi wrote:

posted my own in my blog already with updates and I got a B-

note also my comments in my post about having “been there there, but never done that;” mainly the difference between usual tourists, business travelers and true explorers

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On 3:18 p.m., 21 Jun 2007, tutubi wrote:

posted my own in my blog already with updates and I got a B-

note also my comments in my post about having “been there there, but never done that;” mainly the difference between usual tourists, business travelers and true explorers

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On 3:20 p.m., 21 Jun 2007, tutubi wrote:

posted my own in my blog already with updates and I got a B-

note also my comments in my post about having “been there there, but never done that;” mainly the difference between usual tourists, business travelers and true explorers

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On 5:58 a.m., 22 Jun 2007, anpablo wrote:

only got a C! boo!

scrolling through the radio buttons get tiring, though. but i love what you did! i’ve already told my friends about it and they went gaga.

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On 9:38 p.m., 22 Jun 2007, jeneen wrote:

hey great thing you’ve come up with! now i actually have a way to measure my travels (other than counting the islands i’ve been to and circling the towns and cities on the map  ;)

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On 9:43 p.m., 22 Jun 2007, jeneen wrote:

oh, is there a way you could design it so that it will save your answers so that you can keep going back and update your “grade”?  =D

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On 12:06 a.m., 24 Jun 2007, Culture Shiok! Singapore OFW wrote:

This will be next BIG thing in Philippine Blogosphere!

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On 1:12 a.m., 27 Jun 2007, murps wrote:

This is awesome! Congratulations! I have a blank map of the Philippines and I color the places I’ve been to. Now I can share the map electronically. Thanks to you! I have no problems with the listing and the way it’s presented. Keep up the good work!  :)

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On 1:50 p.m., 27 Jun 2007, Janice wrote:

Cool app! And equally cool website (vistapinas.com). Kudos to you for taking the time and initiative to build something like this.

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On 4:33 p.m., 27 Jun 2007, ynseng wrote:

galing galing! i cant praise you enough for doing this i got a C+ and proud of it hopefully in a few years ma-promote ako sa B.

if you intend at all to improve it (nice as it already is), i suggest you go regional (as suggested na ata sa taas)then provincial then cities. remainders are tricky since you have an in passing option. siguro to make it simpler, just state the provinces/cities and let the viewers know if that province includes a popular destination (e.g., AklanBoracay or Occ. MindoroP.Galera, etc.)

“just because youve been to Boracay doesnt really mean that youve seen Aklan” …yeah but most travelers/tourists dont always see a whole provincecity for that matter.

just my two cents. congrats again for the novel idea!

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On 6:19 p.m., 28 Jun 2007, clare wrote:

Hey Eugene,

Great idea—later on, you can then include specific areas, that’d be cool! I got wind of this in macalua.com.

I founded a pinoy travel advocacy org with some friends. When you have time do drop by http://www.youthtrip.org.

Maybe we can work together one time. All the best!

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On 6:32 p.m., 28 Jun 2007, clare wrote:

Hi Eugene -

I got wind of this from macalua.com  :-) This is a great idea, and a work in progress (later on you could specify towns and cities naman to make it even more accurate). Ang galing!

When you have time, do visit www.youthtrip.org—It’s a Pinoy travel advocacy ngo my friends and I founded. Maybe in the future we could work on something.

All the best!

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On 12:30 a.m., 29 Jun 2007, clare wrote:

thanks for dropping by km0. hehe. you had a good point. congratulations on this—i think it will catch on.

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On 8:13 p.m., 1 Jul 2007, silverfork wrote:

Hi Eugene! Whoa! Cool app! At… naaalala pa kita mula sa Zobel, sa mga MTAP!  :-)

More power.

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On 10:20 p.m., 1 Jul 2007, ruth wrote:

husay. pagkatapos mong masagutan, parang gusto mong mag-impake at sumakay ng bus para pumunta kunsaan  :)

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On 3:38 a.m., 8 Jul 2007, travelphilippines wrote:

my score was c. too bad i wasnt set my foot yet at any parts of mindanao hopefully soon atleast davao,camuiguin and cagayan de oro

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On 3:26 p.m., 9 Jul 2007, cutiechie wrote:

Eugenius! Lufet mo! This website is making waves in the net. Galing-galing talaga  :)

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On 3:57 a.m., 13 Jul 2007, blarmey wrote:

I got a C- and I lived in CDO for a year!

I was puzzled when Marawi City didn’t come up so I just checked Lanao del Sur.

I wonder what grade Abu-Sayyaf (the murderous dogs) would get.

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On 4:04 a.m., 13 Jul 2007, blarmey wrote:

C+ pala!

Hey How do I post this on myspace? Only the last couple of text lines gets embedded. Not the map.

Btw, I think I would have gotten a better grade if I knew all the spots I drove through when on the 20 city tour I went on in 05 Island Paradise Adventure Race sponsored by the DOT.

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On 11:07 p.m., 23 Jul 2007, ted wrote:

hey nice job. i posted my result in my multiply . had a comment from a friend (and i second the motion)… is it possible that you make/ add the snorkelling/ dive sites in the philippines. i’m sure most diving enthusiasts will appreciate it too.

you could visit our organization’s page http://upmbs.netfirms.com/divemap.html to see what i’m talking about.  =)

keep up the good work… medyo gasgas na ang linya but it still holds true WAG MAGING DAYUHAN SA SARILING BAYAN.

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On 9:30 p.m., 24 Jul 2007, adrian wrote:

Hi, i need your help. Can’t post my grade on blogspot. Are there special instructions for blogspot users? I noticed you had instructions for livejournal users and others. Thanks!

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On 10:38 p.m., 24 Jul 2007, TheBachelorGirl wrote:

Fantastic! Like some have already suggested, maybe you can add the names of the provinces. Even though I’ve traveled relatively all over, I still can’t remember which province connects to what. Hehe… Thanks!

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On 5:30 p.m., 9 Aug 2007, Peejay Reyes wrote:

C- ako!

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On 7:36 p.m., 28 Oct 2007, Jami wrote:

I would like to suggest that the link of the map image should lead to the update page so updates will be bookmarked easily. We already have the grade image and the texts below that links to the Lakbayan homepage. It is also important for example I have a friend who view my map and found out that his visited places is slightly similar to mine, he can just go to my update page and do some changes to it. Just my two cents. I already tweaked mine. Nice site anyway.

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On 2:49 p.m., 2 Nov 2007, Dennis wrote:

Great work, Eugene! I had fun filling out the quiz.

one (stupid) question: how do you distinguish between c) “been here once or a few times” and d) “I often go here”? (i.e. does “often” mean visiting the place at least once a month/year?)

not really that important, actually, but it would be nice to know so my answer would be more accurate.

thanks!!!

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On 3:39 p.m., 3 Dec 2007, donna wrote:

hi, i saw your website from one of the bloggers. it’s a very interesting website, and it’s relevant. i’ve never realized that i’ve travelled Philippines that much when i was younger. I’m B- by the way. Perhaps, you would like to explore the possibility of advertising our country in a way that tourist will become really attracted, not in a conventional way but something different. The only thing is,i got a little bit confused on the colours while i was ticking, it made me a little bit dizzy. It was artistic. Well done.

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On 5:59 p.m., 9 Dec 2007, Macnerdz wrote:

Well there are lots of beautiful places here in Pinas, i think nde mo sila ma-vivisit lahat in one lifetime alone  :)

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On 1:38 a.m., 21 Dec 2007, Gian Paolo wrote:

Kudos to you for this cool app! I got a D, though.  :(

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On 7:26 a.m., 5 Feb 2008, bambit wrote:

Hi Eugene! wonderful job, have it on my blog with a C grade when I thought I’d have a D … but we can’t see the C+ banner grade on my husband’s blog, seems the image isn’t available?

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On 4:49 p.m., 21 Feb 2008, TBasco wrote:

hello eugene,

thank you for putting this up. aliw  :) it made me realize a lot of things. one of them is that the few places you’ve been to, i still need to visit.

pero mejo dahil bano pa ako sa lenguahe nyo eh natagalan bago ako nakapost sa friendster ko pero oks lang dami pang dapat pag-aralan

hope you keep this project alive

cheers!

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On 12:29 p.m., 10 Mar 2008, Pinayjade wrote:

Hi cool apps.medyo nakakaduling nga lang ng kaunti. hope u can add some names of the provinces like some others have already suggested. Cheers!

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On 3:42 p.m., 24 Mar 2008, brewmaster wrote:

“ito ang aking lupang sinilangan, ito ang tahanan ng aking lahi…!!

ayos ’to sir! nakakadagdag inspirasyong lalo pang tuklasin ang aking bayan,, minsan may nagtanong sa’kin “di ba may 7,000++ islands ang pinas?? ilan na napuntahan mo??” napa-sip ako dun.. at least ngyun, may idea na ako kung ilan,,

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On 5:14 p.m., 26 Mar 2008, will wrote:

impressive. congratulations and keep up the good work pare.  :-)

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On 3:23 p.m., 31 Mar 2008, Leo F. Swiontek wrote:

Hey How do I post this on myspace? Only the last couple of text lines gets embedded. Not the map.

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On 11:26 p.m., 12 Apr 2008, MM wrote:

Hi, I’ve been meaning to message you about my appreciation of the application you created. My friend who is also your acquaintance prodded me to do so, saying how much programmers appreciate it if somebody recognizes their efforts. I’m a C traveler. Hopefully I’ll become a C+ in the next few months. I get more excited by the thought that I can update my map after visiting new places.

Thank you very much for your efforts. Thank God we have people like you who are creative.  :)

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On 12:34 p.m., 16 Apr 2008, itchywitch wrote:

Wondering why major cities such as Cagayan De Oro and General Santos was missing from your list? Lowering my score to a C+  :)

Why?

Why?

Why?

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On 5:06 p.m., 18 Apr 2008, seav wrote:

Thanks for the comments everyone! I appreciate it.  :-)

@itchywitch, CDO and GenSan are there: look under Misamis Oriental and South Cotabato.  :)

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On 6:22 p.m., 18 Apr 2008, The Islander wrote:

ive been doing this travel ratings before and i guess i would make it as my benchmark every year. so far, got a C+. very helpful program.

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On 6:42 p.m., 20 Jun 2008, Lenggai wrote:

Saw this from one of the blogs in wordpress, I really had fun filling this up!

I posted it in one of my blogs. Thanks again and keep it up!

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On 8:22 p.m., 22 Jun 2008, babycris wrote:

wonderful creation. i’ve seen it on my friend’s site so i also tried my own travel calculation and its quite amazing coz i can virtually see where i have been throughout the Philippines though it’s not that good enough because its a long way to go and more to explore. hope i can update it soon.

sayang lang i just missed my chance to go to palawan before, i should have scored more:) thumbs up for your work. it’s nice that you’re promoting the Philippines because there are really nice places to go and to any “Kabayan” out there who hasn’t explored our country then you must start you own journey.

congratulation for this website. it’s really an inspirational and encouraging one.

PS. please add more colors to have some variations.

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On 9:40 a.m., 23 Jul 2008, Daniella wrote:

I’m a C-, all of which are from Luzon. Haven’t been to Visayas and Mindanao. I still have a long way to go pala. Cool application! I’ve seen it at Chico Garcia’s site.

Thanks.

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