Ligtas Pinas

In 2015, I started a mobile app project “PH Disasters” (badly named ūüėú, based on the series of apps I already made, e.g. PH Mountains, PH Falls, PH Traffic Cam) realizing the need for more local Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) mobile apps.

The project did not progress and the code stayed unwritten.

Fast forward to the year 2016, I attended a children’s workshop in Urban DRR, spearheaded by Save the Children Philippines, under Project CUST (Children for Urban Safety and Transformation).

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Resource persons for the Urban Disaster Risk Reduction children’s workshop. Photo by Trisha Reyes

I was invited to teach kids from various elementary and high schools in Metro Manila and Bulacan the basics in mobile application development. (A good friend, Genevieve Reyes, also went and taught photography to these children, while Ara Villena handled a group that was interested in visual arts. Another group learned news writing.) I did not dare to go into the details of the technical aspects of coding. Instead, I gave these young kids a brief overview of the entire app development cycle, from ideation, coding, to testing and deployment. I wanted to show them that anyone’s idea for a solution to an existing problem can be built and developed. We brainstormed the potential features of a DRR app and after a few months, I turned it into a real app.

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One of the mockups made by the kids, using mobile prototyping kits I brought.

Introducing… the¬†Ligtas Pinas mobile app! It was published March 2017 to the Philippine Google Play Store (Not yet available outside the PH App Store).

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Features:
1. Safety Tips Рessential information, instructions, and videos on things to do before, during, and after a disaster (i.e. typhoon, flood, fire, earthquake)
2. Safe Areas Рreport safe and unsafe areas during a disaster and get instantly notified when a disaster is reported near your location (within a 20 kilometer radius)
3. Emergency Hotlines Рone-click access to important local emergency phone numbers
4. Tools & Utilities Рflashlight, strobe light, compass, whistle, send exact user location (latitude and longitude)
5. And more! РChild (app user) information and emergency details, current weather, videos

Download it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mikorobyo.savethechildren.urbandrr

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The app makers: Cyro, Ed, Jazpher, Jude, Miho, Mik, Ni√Īa, Rhed, Richmond, & Third

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PH Falls

As an extension of the PH Mountains app, I’m releasing a similar nature-oriented app, called PH Falls: The Philippine waterfalls guide in your pocket. As with the previous app, it contains a directory of places, aggregation of photos, lists of personal visits, etc.

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For now it is only available on Android: http://j.mp/phfalls

If there is enough user demand, I may also release an iOS counterpart.

PH Mountains iOS App

now on iOS copy

The iOS app was just released in the Apple App Store and in less than 24 hours, it became the #1 Top Free iPhone App in the Sports category of the Philippine App Store. Download it here: http://phmountains.com/ios

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The app was also featured in WhenInManila.com, one of the most-read blogs and websites in the Philippines.

Rendezvous

Find the middle of two or more locations and discover great venues nearby! Meet halfway, save time!

What is Rendezvous?
ren¬∑dez¬∑vous noun \ňąr√§n-di-ňĆv√ľ, -dńĀ-\
: a place where people agree to meet at a particular time

Ideal for:
1. meeting-up with a far away friend (or group of friends)
2. organizing a buy-and-sell transaction
3. meeting a client for lunch
4. first dates
5. just about any meet-up scenario you can think of!

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How to use Rendezvous?

1. Add at least two markers. Either:
a. Zoom in and scroll to the desired position, then tap the ‚ÄúPlus‚ÄĚ button
-OR-
b. Tap the ‚ÄúSearch‚ÄĚ button and enter a place to look for.

2. Hold and drag the markers to adjust.

3. Tap the Rendezvous icon to look for the halfway point.

4. Several suggested venues will appear around the Rendezvous point.

5. Tap the map toolbar icons to open in Google Maps or navigate to the venue.

6. Tap the menu button (or the overflow/3-dots button) and select ‚ÄúScreenshot‚ÄĚ to take a photo of the map, then you can share it to the people you would meet.

Download the Android app here. (iOS coming soon)

PH Mountains

PH Mountains is the first and only Philippine mountains information app.

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It boasts the following features:

MOUNTAIN LIST

  • One hand-picked photo per mountain
  • Vast collection of mountain information, maps, photos, and videos
  • Mountains can be sorted alphabetically, by elevation, by climbing difficulty, or by location (Find out the nearest mountains around you!)
  • Mountains currently closed for hiking are marked
  • Includes weather information (with remarks whether an excellent/good/fair/poor day for hiking)
  • Aggregated photos from Instagram and Google Images

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MOUNTAIN MAP

  • Choose between Terrain (default), Satellite, Normal, or Hybrid view
  • See your current location relative to the mountains (Useful when identifying peaks around you)

HIKE LIST

  • Keep track of your hikes
  • Automatically plotted on a separate map
  • Two separate lists (and maps): ‚ÄėClimbed‚Äô and ‚ÄėWanna Climb‚Äô
  • Share it to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

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QUOTES

  • Shows a quotation (about mountains, nature, and adventure) every time you open the app
  • Tap the refresh button for a new one if you just can‚Äôt get enough ūüėČ
  • Share quotes directly from the app either as text or an image

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CUSTOMIZABLE

  • Personalize the app
  • Choose between metric and imperial units
  • Set the total image cache size limit

Click here to download the Android app. (iOS app will soon follow)

UPDATE (12/10/14): PH Mountains made it to the #3 spot of the Top Free Android Apps in the Philippines and #19 in the Top New Free Worldwide, both in the Sports category.

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PH Traffic Cam’s iOS App

Good news! The iOS app of PH Traffic Cam is already up in the Apple App Store. Click here to download.

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In other news, I recently launched the app’s Facebook page. And did I mention that two months ago the Android app reached more than 50,000 downloads already? Yay! The recent update (version 1.4) also¬†had¬†a major interface revamp that includes some Android Material Design elements.

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UPDATE (12/04/14): PH Traffic Cam made it to the #4 spot of the iOS Top Free Apps Charts in the Philippines, Navigation category.

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PH Traffic Cam

PH Traffic Cam is an Android app that lets you watch LIVE traffic cameras from all over Metro Manila. This app is helpful for both drivers and commuters. Here you can see the current traffic situation with your own eyes!

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Download here.

 Disclaimer: The traffic monitoring cameras are owned and operated by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), under the leadership of Chairman Francis Tolentino. This traffic mirror is 100% produced by NowPlanet.TV, a digital media brand of the publicly listed Information Capital Technology Ventures, Inc. (ICTV). It can be accessed at http://mmda.nowplanet.tv/

Furthermore, this is not an official app and is in no way affiliated to or endorsed by MMDA and ICTV.

UPDATE (06/20/13): PH Traffic Cam made it to the #2 spot of the Top Free Android Apps in the Philippines and #5 in the Top New Free Worldwide, both in the Transportation category.

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Khan Academy Mobile

Khan Academy Mobile brings the popular learning platform’s entire curriculum to Android users in a unique and feature-rich way! You can create study plans by marking the videos that most interests you, then watch them later. You can even share the video links to various channels.

Key features:
‚ėÜ Watch and learn from thousands of educational videos from the entire Khan Academy curriculum
‚ėÜ Organized by subject
‚ėÜ Create a study plan that will serve as your handy to-watch list
‚ėÜ Share video links via SMS, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any other app on your Android phone!

‚ėÜ Built specifically for Android! Uses Holo UX design.
‚ėÜ Utilizes caching of video categories for faster app navigation!

 

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This is my first published application in my personal Android developer account. Basically, it is an Android counterpart of the app I wrote for J2Me several months ago which can be downloaded here. However, this version is packed with additional features that the J2Me platform simply can’t do (e.g. sharing the video link to any¬†compatible¬†application in the phone).¬†However, due to my limited time for leisure coding, the app is still in beta stage and bugs and crashes may come here and there. Please report them and send in your comments and suggestions, too! They are very much appreciated.

Download the app here.

*This is not an official app and is in no way endorsed by or affiliated to Khan Academy, Inc.

2Fuse Score Generator

Recently, an iOS game named 2Fuse¬†have made almost every person in my workplace busy playing with his or her iPod Touch/iPad. The game challenges the speed of your fingers, as well as your hand-eye coordination. Though I would not recommend it for color blind folks like me. ūüėČ

My friends then started sharing their high scores on Facebook. When I saw this, I remembered the Facebook hack that I discovered a few months back. It makes use of a Facebook vulnerability that allows me to post something “via” any Facebook application that I like, as long as I know its Facebook ID (which is very easy to find out).

So I made an html page that lets anyone post any score they like. Here is the link.

Twyxt: a social network for two

Or rather, the un-social network.

Here’s a quick introduction:

Download the app now at http://www.twyxt.us/download/.

Here are some of the media coverage:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lovetwyxt
Twitter: http://twitter.com/twyxt
Blog: http://twyxt.tumblr.com/

UPDATE (03/06/13): Added media coverage links and the YouTube introductory video.

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