Today, January 23, is not just a milestone for Google Inc. but will also open more jobs and opportunity for the Filipino as Google Inc. opens new office to strengthen investment in the Philippines. Presented by Julian Persaud, Managing Director, Google Southeast Asia, the launch is to announce and inform 33 million internet users and 1.5 broadband subscribers (ADMA 2012) the opening of its Makati office as a key part of Google’s effort to develop wide range of products and services to serve Filipinos better.
“We are delighted that Google has decided to set up an office (in the Philippines),” said Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III who represented President Benigno Aquino III who is currently on official trip to Davos, Switzerland to promote the Philippines as an investment haven. Likewise, Usec. Quezon mentioned that Google’s presence “is a testament to their commitment to the Philippines.”
The announcement coincides with the appointment of Narciso Reyes as Google Philippines’ Country Manager, bringing his role over 16 years of digital marketing and finance experience in Asia and the US.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is an American multinational corporation that provides Internet-related products and services, including internet search, cloud computing, software and advertising technologies. Advertising revenues from AdWords generate almost all of the company’s profits. Google Philippines is set to deepen its investment in the country by providing better services to Filipino users and help businesses – large and small – grow locally and globally, contributing to the growth of the Philippines economy.
“We envision Google as part of everyday Filipino lives and as a partner in the development of local communities, culture and business,” said Reyes.
Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin and originally nicknamed their new search engine “BackRub”, because the system checked back-links to estimate the importance of a site.
In 2011, the company launched Google Maps with a Filipino user interface, allowing Filipinos around the country to better access the search platform and find local geographic information – from online maps to satellite imagery and even driving directions – on their PCs and mobile phones. 64% ownership of Internet capable mobile phones is nearly equal to desktop ownership with 68% and exceeds 58% notebook computer ownership (Nielsen Southeast Asia Digital Consumer Report, 2011).
Free Zone powered by Google was launched late last year in partnership with Globe Telecommunications, one of the largest telecom operators in the country to give people access to the World Wide Web through their mobile phones. The service extends basic Google services (Google Search, Gmail and Google+) on Internet-enabled feature phones without data charge.
Today marks a special day for Google Philippines but we must also remember that on this day, January 23 in 1899 the First Philippine Republic — also known as the Malolos Republic — was inaugurated at the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, and Aguinaldo was declared its first president. FYI.
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