In every corner of the world, there’s a Filipino, as the opening theme of a popular local noontime variety show goes. In a way, this is true. The world has become one big global village for Filipinos, whatever pursuits we are undertaking in other countries, be it professional or personal, business or pleasure. There are Pinoys in almost every part of the world.
Couple this with the slew of location and geo-tagging technologies available today and you have one excellent way of seeing what realms the Pinoy has “conquered.” Closer to the homefront, Google has already added higher-resolution satellite imagery for many of the Philippines’ metropolitan areas into Google Maps, previously available only with the client-based Google Earth. With this, enterprising developers can now come up with iBegin or LocalBrit type of Web applications–either asking users to contribute information, reviews, and photos of establishments, or providing an easy way to locate establishments and addresses from existing geo-tagged data all with the Google Maps interface.
In fact, Pinoys are already starting to do this, with select locations, such as www.boracay.com.ph–the site is open for reviews, photos and articles from just about anyone with information to contribute. This is sans the mapping/satellite feature, though, but it’s getting closer to that.
Pinoys all over the world
As for finding Pinoys all over the world, local developer j4s0n has just announced Pinoy Locator, a simple application that lets Filipinos shout out from their locations (or the locations they have defined). The system also provides a rudimentary way to tag other places, such as establishments or landmarks. If you ask me, this could be a good precursor to a contributor-driven directory of places in the Philippines. For now, such geo-data is available, but commercially (meaning you can have it but you have to pay for it). Of course, there’s the issue of accuracy and filtering mechanisms. One problem with Web 2.0 is having too much trust on the user (even if systems can be gamed, after all). But hey, for a country that Google forgot when it put up vector and geo data online with Google Maps, something like pinoylocator is a good start.
So where are you on pinoylocator? I’m here.
Disclaimer: This writer is directly affiliated with the above-linked sites and/or the creators thereof. Hey, aren’t these cool Web apps?