FILIPINO boxing champion Manny Pacquiao says images of Manila and the country’s main tourist spots on Google’s Street View will definitely attract more visitors in the country.
“These images will bring the wonders of the Philippines to the world,” said Pacquiao who tried to locate Vigan during the launch of the search engine’s newest feature at the Marriot Hotel Manila.
On the other hand, Domingo Ramon Enerio 3rd, Tourism Promotion Board chief operating officer, is equally grateful with the launching of Google’s Street View. “The Department of Tourism is very happy that a global company like Google has been helping boost Philippine tourism with the project.”
Google’s Street View is a new imagery that takes Google Maps to a new level allowing you to visually explore and navigate a neighborhood through panoramic street level photographs.
According to Ryan Morales, Google Southeast Asia and Google Philippines’ country marketing manager, the Philippines became the 69th country included in the service. For six months, panoramic images of streets in he country’s capital city as well as 39 other cities, and 30 historic and heritage sites, were captured, including Pacquiao’s hometown of General Santos City. Through Street View, a netizen can even take a peek at the Pacman Wildcard Gym or the boxer’s farms.
“I’m happy that I can share the beauty of my hometown and province to the world through Street View. Not many people know that we have a lot of eco-tourism wonders in Sangangani, and one of the biggest fish ports in the country in General Santos City. That was the venue of the largest display of tuna, now an official Guinness World Record. Through this they can virtually tour my farm, and my beach resorts,’ Pacquiao elaborated.