November 9, 2010

My world, literally

The Western end of the Rizal Park is marked by a relief map of the Philippines in a pool of water. We're at the Southern end of the country—geographically, we'd be standing in the Celebes Sea, with Malaysia on the left and Indonesia to the right and back—and the islands nearest us are those of Sulu and Basilan, which are both part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. I wish I could have taken a photo from a higher vantage point, but unless I stood on the Light Rail Transit's track, this was as high as I could get. I was completely fascinated with the map as a child and I still am.

relief map of the Philippines at the Rizal Park


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20 comments:

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

The way you described my home country, Malaysia seem so near and yet so far!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful post and photo for the day and what a lovely world you have! Hope you enjoy a great week!

Sylvia

ρομπερτ said...

What a great idea. Always calm waters for you. Please have a good Tuesday.


daily athens

Photo Cache said...

I'm a bit disoriented. I don't recognize this part of Rizal Park. But I totally agree with Autumn Belle's remarks. How have you been?

Jacob said...

This is a fantastic idea and whoever thought it up should be well-rewarded! I've never seen anything like it. A great geography lesson for adults and kids and foreigners!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I really like this idea too. There's something similar in a Memphis park along the Mississippi. Only that one is much narrower and models the flow of the Mississippi from Minnesota to New Orleans.

Al said...

I also love this idea, that's the sort of thing I'd find fascinating too. It would be even better if it was interactive, letting people walk across the map!

Lesley said...

maps are fascinating things and I would love to see this one. what a wonderful idea.

Luna Miranda said...

the last time i was in Luneta (2 days before the "incident" at the grand stand), the farthest point i reached was the statue of Lapu-Lapu.:p will go back soon and hopefully, will reach the islands.:p
great shot!

George said...

I think this is a really neat map. I think it would be nice to see from a higher vantage point, but I don't want you standing on those tracks to get it!

Olivier said...

un beau paysage, photo prise tout pret de l'eau, j'espere que vous n'avez pas mouille votre APN

Dina said...

Oh, I love this!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting words and so beautiful picture! :)
Léia

brattcat said...

This is such a great shot, Hilda.

Lois said...

Wow this is a fantastic idea and so unique! Lovely picture Hilda.

Ebie said...

I never knew this exists! How clever. Jokingly, how did they show the 7100 islands?

Nilo Manalo said...

When I was a kid, I remember there was a stair where you can see a top view of this map. Is it gone already?

Hilda said...

Nilo:
Oh yeah, I vaguely remember that platform from my childhood too. Yes, it's gone now. The park management really should put it back.

Travel Guy said...

I lived close to the Manila Zoo, on Mabini and Quirino for 1 year. I used to walk home from work near the port area every Saturday morning. I loved to take a rest at the park. Such a beautiful area. You have a very nice blog. I linked to it here: http://insidersvacationguide.blogspot.com/2010/11/blog-roll-manila-photosblogspotcom.html

Charles

traveller said...

Didn't even know this existed!