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How Do I Configure Google Maps Data to Show the Location of My Event?

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Chiriqui.Life (CL) has many "nice-to-have" features built into it. One of them is to show the location of an event that has been posted on CL's calendar, using the Google Maps geographical map panel within an event.

Because Panama is not as well documented as many other regions of the world, use of the Google Maps is at times difficult to configure properly. The purpose of this Q&A is to document what the more popular location configuration parameters are for various places in the Chiriquí highlands.

As an aside, one of the things that the CL staff has been doing over the past several months is to edit the Google Maps application database so that more of the Boquete area locations are configured in its database. Anyone is free to do that, but it can be somewhat daunting to sign up, sign in, and then do it. But if you are so motivated, we would encourage you to do so.

Please take note: it doesn't matter what the "official name" of an entity might be, nor what you think the address might be; the important concept here is that Google Maps is controlled by Google, and Google decides how things are called, or what their address might be. What is provided below is what works with Google Maps. If you do not agree with their names or the associated location data, then it is incumbent upon you to take the matter up with Google. We've tried, and failed repeatedly.

What follows in the replies to this question in our Q&A forum are the correct parameters to enter for the Google Maps data fields while posting (or editing) an event on the CL calendar. These replies will be added as new locations become configured by Google Maps. CL members can also add replies with these configuration parameters in case we have overlooked something of importance.

Note that Google Maps software is very sophisticated. It tries to be intelligent about the names and obvious variants of names, and has an ability to learn (the so-called artificial intelligence thing). Do not be surprised if you find that you are successful in using configuration data other than as outlined below.

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Bethel Christian Church

(also known as Evangelica Church Villa Betel)

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Romero Super Market

Either variant will work correctly.

Super Mercado Romero.png  Super Mercado Romero variant.png

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Boquete's Parque Central (the actual name is Parque Domingo Médica).

Note, either variant will work properly.

  Parque Domingo Medica 2.png   Parque Domingo Medica 1.png

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Hotel Ladera (and its associated restaurant)

There are two versions of Google Maps configuration data for Hotel Ladera. Either one shown here will work properly.

Hotel Ladera - Jaramillo version.png    Hotel Ladera - JBajo Boquete version.png

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