Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Comelec Precinct Finder

The Comelec website has this Precinct Finder, which is a very cool thing. For one thing, it tells you exactly where to go to vote on May 10.


Even cooler, it tells you exactly where anyone will be going to vote on May 10, provided you know their full name and date of birth. For example...

GLORIA MACARAEG MACAPAGAL ARROYO / April 05, 1947
PAMPANGA, LUBAO, LUBAO EAST CENTRAL ELEM. SCHOOL

BENIGNO SIMEON III COJUANGCO AQUINO / February 08, 1960
TARLAC, CITY OF TARLAC, CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MANUEL JR. BAMBA VILLAR / December 13, 1949
NCR - FOURTH DISTRICT, CITY OF LAS PI√ĎAS, STI COVERED COURT

GILBERTO, JR. COJUANGCO TEODORO / June 14, 1964
TARLAC, MAYANTOC, CARABAOAN ELEM. SCHOOL

JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA / April 19, 1937
NCR - SECOND DISTRICT, SAN JUAN CITY, PEDRO CRUZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

RICHARD JUICO GORDON / August 05, 1945
ZAMBALES, OLONGAPO CITY, EAST TAPINAC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

EMMANUEL DAPIDRAN PACQUIAO / December 17, 1978
SARANGANI, KIAMBA, KIAMBA, CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MANUEL ARANETA ROXAS / May 13, 1957
CAPIZ, ROXAS CITY, RUFINA ANDRADA SANTOS MEM. SCHOOL

IMELDA ROMUALDEZ MARCOS / July 02, 1929
ILOCOS NORTE, BATAC CITY, M. MARCOS MEM. ELEM. SCHOOL

FIDEL VALDEZ RAMOS / March 18, 1928
PANGASINAN, ASINGAN, NARCISO R. RAMOS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


I was hoping to find some prominent political personality who scandalously is not registered to vote, but so far have had no such luck.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cebu in 2005 and 2009

Google Maps recently updated their satellite imagery for Cebu City, for the first time in years. The previous data was from 2005, and the new data brings a whole four-year jump to 2009. Here are some highlights of what's changed.

Mandaue Reclamation Area
Previously barren land now has the glorious Cebu International Convention Center, and just across the street is the new Parkmall.

Asiatown IT Park
Five new high rise office buildings and a newly rebuilt mall. The jail beside the business park has been dismantled. And amazingly, the slum area to the north disappeared and was replaced by greenery.

Cebu Business Park
A bunch of new high rise hotels, office buildings, and Ayala Center Cebu added a new expansion wing and the wonderful Terraces.

SM City Cebu
The already huge SM City Cebu added a huge expansion wing on top of its parking lot, making it the 4th largest shopping mall in the Philippines and the 11th largest in the world.

South Road PropertiesSadly the area that showed endless promise in 2005 still has nothing to show for it but endless promise today. Aside from extravagant street lights and a pointless red sidewalk to nowhere, the place is practically unchanged.