State of the Map Asia and Pista ng Mapa 2022 Conference Travel Guidelines

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the SotMA and PnM Organizing Committee is thrilled to meet and greet fellow mappy folks all around the world! Our partner organization, Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines Inc - Bicol University Student Chapter (GEPBUSC).


Bicol University College of Engineering (BUCENG) will host the State of the Map Asia and Pista ng Mapa 2022. Bicol University is a world- class university located in Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines, with satellite campuses located throughout the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon. It was established on June 21, 1969.

The conference will be held at Bicol University East Campus - College of Engineering Gymnasium (address: Bgry. 1 Em’s Barrio, Legazpi City, Albay. The gymnasium is a sports arena which can hold a maximum of 500 individuals).

How to get there

From Bicol International Airport

Bicol International Airport (BIA) is a major international airport in the Bicol Region. After arriving in BIA, the first and most accessible place you can go is SM Legazpi.

Getting to SM Legazpi

By Van

You may take the airport van/ shuttle to downtown Legazpi. There’s no fixed schedule, the van leaves once full. Here’s the Legazpi airport van/ shuttle fare:

By Taxi

Alternatively, there are taxis at BIA. Fare will be based through Taxi Meter Charge only. Refuse “pakyawan rate” (charter rate without using the meter) to avoid overcharging. And tell the driver to drop you off at SM Legazpi.

Getting to Bicol University College of Engineering from SM Legazpi

SM City Legazpi is the largest shopping mall in Legazpi. Beside SM Legazpi is the terminal. From there, you may ride a public transport (jeep or tricycle).

By Jeepney

Ride a jeepney to BUCENG. Tell the jeepney driver to stop by the DENR Building. In order to reach the BUCENG gymnasium, find the BUCIT road which is across the DENR Building. Carefully cross the road towards the tricycle terminal. You may walk there for 5-8 mins to the campus.

By Tricycle

If you’re in a hurry, you can catch a tricycle cab and ride your way to BUCENG gymnasium or anywhere in Legazpi. Price ranges from PHP 50 - 100 or USD $1-2.


For hotels, you may refer to this document.

Other accommodations include:

Citycorner Tourist Inn and Dormitory

RNR Suites

Siville Inn

Emerald Boutique Hotel

GOlite Hostel

Sampaguita Tourist Inn Washington

Thirdy’s Tourist Inn

RedDoorz @ Golite Washington

Vista Al Mayon Pensionne

The ApplePeach House

Hotel Villa Angelina

Vicente’s Residences

COVID Regulations

Requirements for fully vaccinated foreign nationals of non-visa required countries and foreign nationals with valid and existing visas

Requirements for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers


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