Google Earth Hi-Resolution Coverage

5:27 pm PHT

Well, sorry for the Google Earth-related posts but I’m just excited. Hehehe. Anyway, I explored the Philippines on Google Earth and compiled all the areas with high-resolution images into the image below. The red spots (they’re not exact) mark those areas.

As you can see, many major cities aside from Metro Manila are now covered: Cebu, Bacolod, Tacloban, Naga, Legazpi, Laoag, Dagupan, Lingayen, Calbayog, Iligan, Zamboanga, Olongapo, Puerto Princesa, Marawi, Danao, Antipolo, etc. A major omission is the island of Panay; there’s no high-resolution images there yet, to the consternation of those from Iloilo.  :p

The last major update of satellite imagery was back in April when the cities of Davao, Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Bislig, and Butuan got high-resolution satellite photos. Before that, an update In June 2005 had northern Cavite, south central Bulacan, and northern Pampanga in hi-res.

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On 2:59 p.m., 9 Jul 2006, chymera00 wrote:

can’t wait for the release of the hi-res images for Iloilo City. I wonder why they didn’t include any site from Panay in their recent upgrade.


On 3:56 p.m., 10 Jul 2006, miggs wrote:

I think the first city to have a high-res image is Davao. There’s a wish list forum in, and I think people from Davao populate that forum with requests. It’s not a request forum, but I think having a “forum brigade” to make google earth notice your place will work, and they will later include your place in their next update (wherever it is).


On 8:56 p.m., 10 Jul 2006, seav wrote:

miggs, not quite. cavite city, angeles city, and some parts of malolos city were the first cities to have hi-res images. this was back in june 2005. in april this year, the cities of cotabato, davao, bislig, butuan, and cagayan de oro were then added. then in june, all those red spots you see on the map are the total areas having hi-res images.  =)


On 10:49 a.m., 2 Aug 2006, markku wrote:

I just noticed the update around two weeks ago when an officemate was playing with google Earth. Like a kid, I looked for our house and found it!  :) But I think their data is from several months ago, right?


On 11:56 p.m., 3 Aug 2006, seav wrote:

Markku, as far as I can tell, the imagery is at least a year old; probably even two years. For example, in the photo for the northeastern parts of Metro Manila, the C-5 Santolan flyover-tunnel isn’t even finished yet.


On 12:50 a.m., 16 Aug 2006, adeli mia wrote:

help me find map that focuses houses…

please ive been looking all kind of sites…

i need a vision of our house we are in the philippines in marawi city,,,,,


On 1:34 a.m., 17 Mar 2007, sind wrote:

Naga does not have yet a hi-resolution coverage of the google earth. The other one aside from leagzpi in the Bicol Region is the city of Iriga. I wonder when will Naga have a hi-res coverage? I wish it would be sooner


On 1:50 p.m., 23 Jul 2007, mike wrote:

why is it that san pablo city in laguna has a very poor resolution. i can’t even see a single image of a building nor major roads and hi-ways. I hope i could see the said city in a good or hi-resolution image. luck..


On 2:42 p.m., 23 Jul 2007, seav wrote:

@mike, I don’t know why San Pablo still does not have hi-resolution images. If it were up to me, I’d want all of the Philippines to have high-resolution images. But Google gets its images from various third-party providers and I think the licensing issues are the problem why not all images are added.

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