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Milestone: 300 Sights in Vista Pinas

January 2, 2015

With that previous article about the Leyte Landing Memorial, I have now featured 300 sights in Vista Pinas. It took me a five-year journey to reach this next milestone starting with the 201st sight Heritage of Cebu Monument which I featured back in 2009. I first reached the 100-sight milestone... (read more)

A José Rizal @150 Tribute

June 21, 2011

As a belated tribute to the 150th birthday of our National Hero, José Rizal, let’s look back at the five Rizal-related sites that I have featured here in Vista Pinas throughout the years. Surprisingly, all but one are found overseas. Then again, this should not be a surprise. Since I... (read more)

Boracay in OpenStreetMap

December 6, 2009

Ever since I’ve started this blog, I’ve been waiting for Google to obtain high-resolution satellite imagery of Boracay for Google Maps. And that’s because I would then have plenty of new sights to feature here in Vista Pinas, Boracay being the tourist hotspot it is. I’ve actually featured White Beach... (read more)

Five Hundred Subscribers!

July 11, 2009

Wow! I’m quite amazed that Vista Pinas had already crossed the 500-subscriber mark! So I’d like to take this opportunity to give a big “Thank You!” to all of my readers. I hope that you’re learning as much from this blog as I have in writing it. I have not... (read more)

Milestone: 200 Sights in Vista Pinas

April 12, 2009

It’s been a long time coming but we have finally reached the 200-sight milestone with that previous article about the Mabini Shrine in Tanauan, Batangas. If you’re interested check out my post marking the first 100 milestone back in September 2007. Following are some of my favorite sights in these last... (read more)

Updated Google Earth Imagery for May 2008

May 15, 2008

This entry is cross-posted from my primary blog. It’s been seven months since new high-resolution satellite imagery was released in Google Earth for the Philippines. So on May 13, Google updated their Google Earth data with tons of new and updated satellite imagery for our country via their usual question and... (read more)

A Hundred Subscribers

April 15, 2008

Yay! Vista Pinas has reached more than a hundred subscribers in less than a year since the re-launch. While there are certainly quite a number of blogs that have achieved more than 100 subscribers in much less time (like Brian Gorrell’s blog, hehehe), achieving this milestone is still a cause... (read more)

How Do I Locate Places?

November 5, 2007

Before we start, I’d like to welcome readers from the Philippine Explorer section of’s Global Nation, which had a short feature on Vista Pinas. Hope you enjoy the site! A few months back, Migs asked in a comment how I managed to find Erap’s rest house in Tanay, Rizal. Well,... (read more)

Milestone: 100 Sights in Vista Pinas

September 17, 2007

That previous sight on the Friendship Tower of Bagac just happens to be the 100th sight we’ve featured on Vista Pinas. Wow, it’s been a long virtual ride through the Philippines, hasn’t it? We started this website as Tanawing Pinoy back in February 2006 and the first featured sight was... (read more)

Welcome! (Again)

May 15, 2007

Hello to all the readers of The Bayanihan Blog Network, Fool for Five, The Parody, and Yugatech. My name is Eugene Alvin Villar and Vista Pinas is where I lead you on a virtual tour of Filipino places from all around the world. This is possible through the satellite... (read more)

Updated Google Maps Imagery for February 2007

March 19, 2007

Google has updated their satellite imagery for both Google Earth and Google Maps last February 28. In terms of Philippine content, I only see just a few more areas with high-resolution satellite imagery care of Digital Globe. Shown below is the updated hi-res coverage map. The blue spots show areas... (read more)

Google Earth Philippines

July 5, 2006

If you’re more of a Filipino Google Earth junkie instead of a Google Maps hacker, then you should visit Google Earth Philippines. This wiki, which is primarily run by Roby and Urbano over at the Philippines Makeover blog (formerly Metro Manila Makeover), aims to be a central repository of all... (read more)

Google Maps Now Has the Updated Imagery

June 22, 2006

I wasn’t expecting it to arrive so soon, but Google Maps now has the same new satellite imagery enjoyed several days ago by Google Earth. Quite a lot of places in the Philippines now have high-resolution photos and the map below shows their locations. Some of the covered cities include: Laoag,... (read more)

Google Earth Now Has Manila in Hi-Res!

June 10, 2006

TheCoffee, a friend of mine, has told me that Google Earth has updated its satellite imagery. Metro Manila, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao, and Zamboanga, among others, finally have high-resolution images! See this Google Earth screenshot of the Quezon Memorial Circle. For more excitement, head on over to this thread at SkyscraperCity. I... (read more)

New Map and Gallery Sections

March 13, 2006

You might’ve noticed since yesterday that there are new links to the Map and Gallery sections. These are archive pages that let you explore the sights that have been featured here in Vista Pinas. The Map presents an embedded Google Map that lets you geographically explore the sights. Each sight is... (read more)


February 24, 2006

Welcome to Vista Pinas, a weblog dedicated to showing Filipino sights from the Google Local website. Savvy readers may recognize this blog to be similar to the Google Sightseeing site, and Vista Pinas is indeed inspired by that blog. Localized “Google Sightseeing” blogs are not new and a notable example... (read more)