LOOK: This Free Map Shows You the Philippines' Brightest Spots at Night

You can download it!


(SPOT.ph) An aerial view of the Philippines, especially at night, can be fascinating if you know where to look. There's an entire row of yellow light radiating from lampposts beside what seems to be a black spot—obviously Roxas Boulevard right beside Manila Bay. There's a red dotted line, which happens to be a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam that stretches along EDSA. It’s a play of light and dark in a canvas that is the Philippine archipelago, and map-maker David Garcia creates a free downloadable map out of these familiar scenes.



"We are a nation of islands; of cities scattered and sprawling across islands; and of islands within our cities," says Garcia. His map shows how various urban centers in the country use light—from the brightly-colored Metro Manila to the pockets of yellow in Metro Cebu and the crowded Boracay. You can even see faint white spots coming from the fishing fleet in our oceans. To come up with this amazing map, he used data from National Aeronautics and Space Administration and PhilGIS.



Mapmaker, Garcia's website, also has other Philippine maps that are available for free. There's one that shows population densities, another that highlights road networks, an infographic that compares the sizes of islands in the country, and more.


You can download a high-resolution image of "The Philippines at Night" for free through Mapmaker's Facebook page.

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