Google Places (formerly known as Google Local Business Center) now includes the Philippines. So, I probably won’t be updating my submissions to Google Mapmaker. Please consider the information in this post (probably) out-of-date.
The number one question we usually get is “how far is the airport from this location”. We can use Mapmaker to find the answer. Please click on the links directly below for direct examples.
The Accurate Way to use Google Mapmaker
It’s easy to use Google Mapmaker and its Directions feature. Most of the time, just typing in Location A and Location B (in Directions) will work, but when it doesn’t – when you get “We could not understand the destination.” or “We could not understand the source location.” errors, we’ve got to take a few additional (still very easy) steps.
First, make sure that the location/s we’re interested in have been listed on Mapmaker. Use the Search function. If they are listed, make sure to copy their exact names for pasting in Directions. That should do it, but if we still get the errors – we have to get the coordinates.
Second, we have to manually get the coordinates of at least one of them. Let’s get Pier 4’s coordinates. On its overview info page, click on “Get Directions” and then click on the tiny play button.
You’ll get an error but don’t worry about it. We’re just after the coordinates of Pier 4.
Complete coordinates look like this: Pier 4, Cebu City, Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines.@10.300891,123.914199
Third, we go back to Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal – Mapmaker Coordinates. Click on “Get Directions”. Then, Click on “From here”.
Paste Pier 4, Cebu City, Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines.@10.300891,123.914199 in the “End Address” field. You can also skip pressing “From here” and paste “Pier 4” into the “Start Address” field. Just keep in mind that directions from the airport to the pier is not the same as directions from the pier to the airport.
Fifth, if all things go well, we should be seeing something like (below).
These are some of the locations I have been asked to find. Links directly to their mapmaker coordinates:
Google Places (formerly known as Google Local Business Center) now includes the Philippines. So, I probably won’t be updating my submissions to Google Mapmaker. Please consider the information above (probably) out-of-date.