Making Sense of Space and Place through Maps and (Counter) Mapping Practices

Featuring Simeona “Ony” Martinez

About the episode

Making Sense of Space and Place through Maps and (Counter) Mapping Practices

Going beyond geography. In this episode, we explore the world of mapping and how maps contribute to our understanding of lived experiences more than just physical terrain.

About the podcast

Gubatbp. (pronounced as “gubat at iba pa” or “forest and others”) is a monthly podcast by the Forest Foundation Philippines. Here, we tell stories and engage in discussions about the interrelatedness of people, forest, and biodiversity.

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Resources from our episodes

Featured In:

Counter–Mapping for Resistance and Solidarity in the Philippines Between Art, Pedagogy and Community. Ortega, Arnisson Andre C., et al. (2018)

Featured In:

Counter Mapping. Steinauer-Scudder, Chelsea. (2018)

Your Hosts


Executive Director

Onggie Canivel is the Executive Director of Forest Foundation Philippines. A staunch advocate of the environment, he previously held positions, leading advocacy and policy initiatives, at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). 


He obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. 


Passionate about the great outdoors, he spends his free time reading books on the environment, and sharing his love of the forests to friends and family by taking them to the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Also a serial hobbyist, he collects fountain pens and takes fishkeeping seriously.


Knowledge Management Specialist

Bryan Mariano is Forest Foundation Philippines’ Knowledge Management Specialist. He is a development communication practitioner who has been working in the forest conservation sector since 2015. He is currently finishing his MS Geography program at the University of the Philippines Diliman where he studies social meanings of places and knowledge production in human-nature relations. With great admiration for landscapes, he enjoys hiking and reading books about the environment.