Google’s Maps app has been around for quite sometime, and is probably the most used online maps service compared to its main competitors, Microsoft’s Bing Maps and Apple Maps because of its features, reliability and accuracy. And last Tuesday, the global tech and search giant Google has announced the launch of  Street View in the Philippines.

Google Street View Cars in Manila

Google Street View Cars in Manila

Google Street View started in the US since 2007, and since then, it has been a favorite feature found on Google Maps and Google Earth. As the name suggests, Street View takes you to the streets of your favorite cities, across 50 countries wherever it is supported. Through the efforts and initiative of the Department of Tourism, Google is bringing the favorite feature to the country to let potential foreign tourists experience the streets of Manila, as well as other Philippine tourist destinations without leaving the comfort of their homes, before actually heading to the country.

To make this possible, Google has already deployed Street View cars to roam around the metro. These colorful Chevrolet cars are equipped with cameras on top of them that are capable of taking 360 degree panoramic photos as they explore the streets of Metro Manila. The first batch hit the streets last Tuesday, and the images they were able to take will be available through Google Maps and Google Earth as Street View images at a later date, according to Google Philippines’ Marketing Manager, Ryan Morales.

Google's Street View Trekker

Google’s Street View Trekker

And of course, not all streets and roads can be explored by the Street View Cars given the geological features of our country, with rough roads in some provinces and with over 7,107 islands. This is where Street View Trekkers come in, as they are equipped with cameras that are also capable of taking 360 degrees panoramic photos, stowed on their backs.

Manila City Hall on Street View

Manila City Hall on Street View

Currently, there are a couple of places in Manila that can be viewed in Street View like the Manila City Hall, San Agustin Church, Baluarte de San Diego, Plaza San Luis Complex and Fort Santiago, among others. Just head to Google Maps or Google Earth, search for these places and drag the yellow guy to the location to enter Street View.

Don’t forget to watch the Official Launch Video of Google Street View in the Philippines with the video embedded below. [via]