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This article was published on January 28, 2014


Google Street View arrives in the Philippines, kicking off in the capital Manila

Google Street View arrives in the Philippines, kicking off in the capital Manila
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

Google is extending its Street View imagery service into the Philippines today. The Internet giant announced that it will begin capturing images of capital city Manila, but will expand coverage to the rest of the country, which is composed of a prolific 7,107 islands, in due course.

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Like its Street View projects in other Asian countries, Google has partnered with the Department of Tourism in the Philippines. Governments in the West have often fretted over the privacy implications of Street View, but Asia has been more progressive in that respect — many countries see the service as having the potential to boost tourism.

Google has kicked things off in the Philippines’ by publishing images of Intramuros, an historic old section of Manila that was given the Street View treatment recently. You can check out The San Agustin ChurchBaluarte de San DiegoPlaza San Luis Complex and Fort Santiago on Google Maps, the video below gives an overview.

➤ Mabuhay, Street View Philippines! [Google Asia Blog]

Let’s hope it fares better than in Indonesia: Google Street View car crashes into TWO minivans and a parked vehicle – driver runs off

Thumbnail image via esfera / Shutterstock