Thursday, January 30, 2014

Google Street View Philippines Launch: Intramuros Captured in 360-Degree Panoramic Views

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Google Street View initiates its very first 360-degree panoramic shots of the Philippines at Intramuros, Manila. We can now virtually look around certain places of the walled city using our online gadgets and computers. The sites now available for viewing are  the San Agustin Church, Baluarte De San Diego,  Plaza San Luis Complex and Fort Santiago.

This was revealed to us during the Google Street View Launch held at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia a few days ago with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez as guest of honor.

It will continue driving Street View cars in the Philippines starting with places in Metro Manila to capture more panoramic images of the famous tourist spots in the country. This includes historic or heritage spots like the structures in Intramuros where they chose as a starting point of this project because of the vast number of structures there that are almost turning into ruins.


Aside from the colorful cars equipped with  15 special cameras, they will also be using the Google Street View Trekker and Google Street View Trolley

This is a project done in cooperation with the Department of Tourism. Secretary Mon Jimenez was there to formally unveil to the members of teh media Google Street View.

The Intramuros Administrator was also present at the Google Street View launch

Ryan Morales, Country Marketing manager for Google Philippines was also there to share with the members of the media the vehicles and equipment used for Google Street View which includes the Trekker - a wearable backpack camera system that their accomplishment so far.

Ms. Gail Tan, Communications and Public Affairs Manager of Google Philippines started the event with introductory remarks

Question and answer portion with the members of the media.

Google is really fond of branding their events with their logo

This was the logo situated infront of the SMX hall entrance

Wearing the Google Street View Trekker - not as heavy as it seems

Google Street View has been available in around 50 countries globally and this will be the very first for the Philippines to roll out and show to the world the beauty of the Philippines through Google Street View.

If you see one of these cars at your neighborhood, be sure to smile and wave because the camera may just be able to capture you as well.

Anyway, its more fun in the Philippines not only because of its majestic tourist destinations but mainly because of the warm and friendly people that make up our country.

Congratulations Google Philippines!

More photos at the Wazzup Pilipinas Facebook page and videos at the Pinoy Tekkie YouTube channel.

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