Introducing Vista Pinas

3:12 pm PHT

After months of planning and setting up, I am extremely pleased to announce that we have finally launched Vista Pinas, my second blog where I give you a virtual tour of Filipino sights as can be seen from satellite imagery found in Google Maps and Google Earth. It’s like Google Sightseeing done Pinoy-style!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a very long time, you might recognize that Vista Pinas is actually just a re-branded Tanawing Pinoy, which I have been writing since February of last year. The re-branding is because Tanawing Pinoy is now part of the Bayanihan Blog Network, the pioneer Filipino blog network. (See the introductory post about Vista Pinas on BBN.) This will be my first ever foray into writing as a sideline and dare I say, pro-blogging?  :D This exciting new venture would not be possible without the help and support of Rico, Sasha, and Abe. Thanks guys!

I’ve always been fascinated with maps and I’ve been quite excited ever since Google launched Google Maps over two years ago and most especially after they added satellite imagery a short time after. Modesty aside, I am probably the only authority outside of Google to know how Google is applying geospatial technology in the Philippine context. For one, I’ve been religiously documenting the which parts of the Philippines already have high-resolution satellite photos in Google Maps and Google Earth (see the coverage for May 2006, October 2006, and February 2007). I’ve also created the first serious Filipino Google Maps mash-up.

It’s no surprise then that I put up Tanawing Pinoy. However, I let the blog become dormant for the latter half of last year (well, I did create it as an experiment in niche blogging). Then at this year’s Blog Parteeh, Rico approached me and pitched the idea of helping the Bayanihan Blog Network celebrate all things Filipino. I voiced my assent and we later met last March to hash out the details. There, the plan to resuscitate Tanawing Pinoy came up and Vista Pinas is the result.

Head on over to Vista Pinas and support it! Subscribe to the feed, comment on the entries, and share other Filipino sights that you’ve seen in Google Maps or Google Earth. You’ve never seen the Philippines like this before.  :)

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On 6:40 p.m., 12 May 2007, joyce wrote:

yey! congrats euge!! palaging astig when someone can do something they love or at least really like a lot and make a little money on the side. sinilip ko yung blog and i really like it. the colors are pleasing to the eye. but one thing though, especially to a casual surfer/internet user like me who reads but never writes, the sidebar on the right seems to busy, distracts from your writing. there’s so much going on.

still it’s a great blog! congrats again euge!


On 2:38 p.m., 13 May 2007, benj wrote:

Congratulations Eugene! Makabayang makabayan!  :)


On 6:43 p.m., 13 May 2007, Rico wrote:

Finally! I can formally welcome you to the BBN Eugene. Thanks so much for letting us bring in your unique idea. Let us celebrate all things Filipino indeed!  :)


On 6:43 p.m., 14 May 2007, seav wrote:

Hi, Joyce! Well, Vista Pinas is something that I enjoy doing. Regarding the sidebar, that’s a product of the unified BBN theme. It’s a bit busy, but the colors are subdued and not as bright as the actual content, so I guess it’s ok.  :)

Benj, thanks man. Congrats on the Froodee stint, too.  :D

Rico, thank you for giving me the opportunity. Here’s to the Filipino talent and creativity!


On 4:29 a.m., 15 May 2007, Sasha wrote:

Welcome to the BBN family, Eugene! I’m still impressed with this great blog idea. I’m looking forward to where you’ll be taking it! Well done!  :)


On 12:36 a.m., 16 May 2007, seav wrote:

Thanks, Sasha! I’ll try my very best to make the “virtual tour” interesting, informative, and exciting as well.  :)

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