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Google launches Street View in the Philippines

Google launches Street View in the Philippines
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You can now discover the wonders of the Philippines in street-level panoramic views through the Google Street View.

Google announced on September 16 that the first Street View imagery of the Philippines is now live on Google Maps, allowing you to see a 360-degree digital imagery of over 30 major metropolitan areas in the country including Greater Manila and Baguio, and over 30 historic locations like Vigan’s Heritage Town and favorite travel destinations in the Philippines such as Mount Pulag.

Each panoramic shot in the Google Street View was taken by the special cameras installed in Google cars that roamed the streets of the Philippines. Finding out what places would  like on foot was made possible using the Trekker, a retrofitted backpack that carries around the panoramic cameras to capture photos of places unreachable to vehicles.

Privacy and anonymity is also taken in great consideration by the Google Street View team. With state-of-the-art blurring technology in their cameras, faces and government-issued numbers like car plates and business plates are blurred to ensure security. In addition to this, Street View is only allowed to take its panoramic images in public places—unless specified or given permission. Offensive photos and images subjected to copyright will be taken down by Google if there are any complaints filed by users.

The new addition to the country’s expanding Google Maps platform aims to allow both local and foreign tourists see and enjoy the wonderful places in the Philippines, as well as boost tourism sales and awareness for areas where advertising is scarce.

Google Street View is looking to be the go-to place for information when traveling by giving actual views of familiar and unfamiliar landscapes, driving routes, meeting points, commercial places, and vacation spots.

The Philippines, which started the Street View driving in January 2014, is the 69th country in the world to utilize the Street View Imagery technology.

Words and photos John Sosmeña

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