Google’s Street View team set to work in the Philippines for the first time Tuesday, capturing imagery from around the capital city of Manila at the start of a journey that will ultimately take it across much of the sprawling archipelago. Announcing via a blog post its plan to snap views from around the country, Ryan Morales, Google’s marketing manager for the Philippines, described the Street View effort as “a logistical challenge” – understandable when you consider the nation comprises 7,107 islands.
Google has teamed up with the country’s department of tourism, with the government hoping the imagery will help to boost visitor numbers to the Philippines. “As a preview of the Philippines’ take on Street View, we’re publishing today 360-degree photos from within Manila’s historic walled city of Intramuros,” Morales wrote in his post. Landmarks there includethe San Agustin Church (the country’s oldest stone church), Baluarte de San Diego (one of the oldest stone fortifications in Intramuros), Plaza San Luis Complex (comprising a number of buildings showing various examples of Filipino-Spanish architecture), and Fort Santiago, built by the Spanish in the 16th century (pictured above).