Philippine Relief Map at Rizal Park

Satellite image of the relief map of the Philippines in Rizal Park, Manila.

Some of you may not know this, but at the extreme eastern end of Rizal Park in Manila lies a gigantic relief map of the Philippines. I believe that this is the largest relief map of the Philippines anywhere. I couldn’t find any information on the Web, but using Google Earth, I estimated the map’s scale to be 1:18,400. That is, one meter on the relief map represents 18.4 kilometers.

The relief map is pretty much accurate insofar as the mountainous areas have mountains on the map. Significant mountains are also modeled and you could probably spot a miniature Mayon Volcano on the miniature Bicol Peninsula if you wanted to.

I couldn’t find any free-licensed ground-level photos of the relief map so I’ll just point you to some pictures from Flickr or this photo of the miniature Batanes (from Rock Ed Philippines) if you’re having trouble visualizing the map.

A more educational relief map of the Philippines that is more accurate and even shows the underwater geology can be found at the atrium of the main office of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in U.P. Diliman. If the resolution were good enough, you could see it in Google Maps. The relief map is in the center of the building seen through the open-air portion. How do I know this? I stumbled upon it when I had to run an errand at Phivolcs back in college.

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July 11, 2007
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