More OpenStreetMapping

11:53 am PHT

One thing I did over the long weekend was to contribute some more to the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project, something I had been doing last year. This time around, I tackled various places in Metro Manila, not just the southern portions, and I added more types of data and not just streets.

While I haven’t completed my subdivision in Las Piñas from last time, I started filling in the streets in BF Homes Parañaque (where Rico lives, hehehe). I’m 80% done with that large subdivision and the only major part left is the area near Lopez Village. After completing this, I’ll likely conquer Tahanan Village next (where Jayvee lives  :)). You can see a rendered map of the work I’ve done so far below. I’m also done with Tierra Nueva Village, Pacific Village, and North Madrigal Business Park in Alabang, but these are small areas so entering the data was a quick task.

 OpenStreetMap map of eastern BF Homes Parañaque.

Aside from roads and streets, OSM contributors can also mark up land areas, amenities, buildings, and other stuff that you can usually find in street maps. I experimented with these by marking up the building footprints of Alabang Town Center and Festival Supermall and their open-air parking spaces. The rendered map is shown below.

 OpenStreetMap map of Alabang Town Center and Festival Supermall showing the malls’ buildings and parking spaces.

Other places I’ve dipped my map-geeky hands into include the SLEX-Filinvest exit interchange, Eastwood City, Bonifacio High Street and the Fort-C-5 interchange, and the northern half of Ortigas Center. That last one is interesting because the current Yahoo! Maps satellite imagery of that area is obscured by clouds, which is why other OSM contributors have not touched it. But I go to that area at least once a week so I just interpolated my personal knowledge with the information from other street maps to add the streets.

Yeah, I’m really addicted to maps, but I think it’s better than getting addicted to MMORPGs right? At least I'm using my addiction to contribute to society. Hehehe.  :D’,

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On 1:50 p.m., 26 Mar 2008, Juned wrote:

At least my street is on the map. And its up North  :)


On 4:39 p.m., 26 Mar 2008, Mike wrote:

Nice. Someone needs to fill in the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, I haven’t seen a good map of it anywhere yet.


On 8:19 p.m., 26 Mar 2008, Jeff wrote:

I cant remember the name of it, bit there’s another commercial (read: for profit) local startup working on something akin to Google Street View. Now all that’s left to be done is consolidate all these works together so we can all finally live in Google Maps nirvana. I’m so envious of the people from South Bay CA


On 1:41 a.m., 30 Mar 2008, seav wrote:

@Juned, all thanks, probably, to user maning who has been prolific in filling out Quezon City and Marikina.  :)

@Mike, we can probably wait for a few months or so. Somebody ought to have a GPS unit for that task.

@Jeff, I heard something like that too and I can’t remember it as well.  :p


On 12:00 a.m., 7 Apr 2008, Mark wrote:

Ah, so a service like openstreetmap exists. I just had an interesting conversation about this on my blog with a reader who also happens to be my good boss (who have previosly worked with digital Maps before). The blog post is entitled Getting lost with Google Maps, if anyone’s interested. heh. In the comments I suggested something like what openstreetmap exactly is (and hopefully more— will gr0k the site more later). I echo the sentiment of Jeff—it’d be nice to have a reliable Philippine map data.

Consider me a recruit in your openstreetmap “addiction”. I just signed up.


On 1:29 p.m., 8 Apr 2008, maning wrote:

Once again, great work seav! I haven’t get to do mapping as detailed as what you did in Alabang Town Center. Pretty nice showcase of buildings.

For those interested in contributing please have your names added to the OSM Philippines wikipage and where you want to focus mapping on. This way we can coordinate some efforts.…

Watch out for more of OSM Philippines in the coming months!

Oh one more thing: > information from other street maps to add > the streets.

It is often tricky to refer to other copyrighted maps as it may violate their license and there maybe easter eggs around:…

I found some errors in some Metro Manila street maps before.




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

@maning, thanks! That’s why I’m not relying on one map alone to get information. I corroborate from multiple sources; if they agree on the name of the street then it’s highly likely to be true and not a trap street (easter egg).  :) I also plan to eventually visit the streets themselves to check the names and to visit barangay halls.

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