Taking Street View in the Philippines

I could still remember the first time I look for directions and there’s only one option that would give me the right answer and the specific one too without any doubt. That was way back then and even so now. In fact, it was only a few days ago when I last visited the site and indeed, it didn’t failed me again in helping to find the location where we are invited to attend a gathering. For me it was very helpful and handy and of course as long as you have internet connection.

I’m sure you know what I’m talking about and it’s no other than the very popular Google Earth or the Google Maps. And since its inception, it has evolved to almost a very interactive solution in locating for directions and or for fun alone. I’m pretty sure that at some point of your technological involvement you have played with it far too often. Then as technology advances, so does its features. It has added more and also updated so many maps including the third world countries. I can now even see a clear view of our house in the Philippines which is far better than a year or so ago were all I can see are green terrains.

And since I am no longer a regular user of Google Earth, it was only several months ago that I came to know about the “Street View” feature and it amazes me more of its capacity and the clarity of the pictures. Of course it is still not available in most industrialized countries, how much more in the third world. But late last month, I have read in a news article that Google will start driving around “Street View” cars in the Philippines to capture panoramic view for the first time. And according to that report, Google will be publishing special 360-degree imagery of four historical sites in Manila, like the San Agustin Church, Baluarte de San Diego, Plaza San Luis Complex and Fort Santiago.

It will not take long before Google will bring “Street View” in many cities, not only major cities, in the Philippines knowing that there are so many wonderful and fascinating natural landscapes in the Philippines. For sure it will help boost the domestic and international tourism in the long run.

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