Google recently celebrated its fifth anniversary in the Philippines. Along with this monumental event was a promise of a stronger commitment to contribute to the country’s digital, economic, and cultural growth.

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Ken Lingan, Google Philippines Country Manager
Every Filipino needs to be fully equipped in their role as drivers of our country’s growth. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, we look at the collaborations we can make with different sectors, institutions, and all Filipinos so we can maximize the internet to help us build an even greater Philippines. Making the internet optimal for use is a persistent challenge but together, we can harness its power to create opportunities and unlock our country’s full potential.  Ken Lingan, Google Philippines Country Manager.

Businesses Thriving Online

Google is increasing its efforts to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in making themselves more visible online, encouraging them to be a part of the growing e-commerce industry in the country.

Based on a TEMASEK report in 2016, the Philippine e-commerce industry is projected to grow from 5 billion to 9.5 billion USD in the year 2025, add to that, an 18% annual growth in the number of people who avail of goods and services through the web.

We are reaching out more to both public and private sectors to find out how our tools and programs can help them achieve their goals. By working more closely with the government and businesses, we believe we will be able to push the country further to become a powerhouse economy.

Google is also looking forward to work with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) so that customers can easily find the products or services that they’re looking for through Google My Business, a free tool that empowers entrepreneurs to share relevant information such as location, business hours and contact information.

Celebrating Filipinos’ best

This year, Google is set to debut a campaign that highlights Philippine culture and tourism. Using the Local Guides online tool, Filipinos will be able to share knowledge and contribute to emphasizing the country’s best. Google Maps users can also share reviews of places they’ve been to, including dining destinations, tourist attractions, hotels, shops, and other places.

Later this year, a Local Guide Summit will also be held that involves local communities, and also with a purpose of recognizing top contributors.

Google Doodles, which involve occasional changes to the search homepage will also continue for celebrating holidays and notable national historic events.

Towards a better, safer internet

Enabling Filipinos to make the most out of the Internet remains a top priority for Google. Along with the Datally and Files Go apps in 2017, the brand has announced that YouTube Go, an app that allows users to carefully manage data when watching videos, and save them for offline use,  is now on its beta stage here in the Philippines.

With the goal of improving the Internet environment, Google is also closely working with YouTube creators and other social influencers to promote and encourage productive interactions online. Named #LovePhilippines, this new campaign takes off from 2016, to highlight unique things about the country, from food, places, culture and other fun facts.

Through the initiatives we outlined this year, Google is committed to giving Filipinos a better experience on the internet. With new tools and opportunities in store, we are optimistic that we will fuel breakthroughs that will lead to the country’s success.

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

Without questions, Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is the best camera smartphone the Cherry Mobile has to date. We haven’t seen other Cherry Mobile phones that are capable of taking photos with impressive quality than the one we brought to Japan to cover Tokyo Game Show 2018.

If you have been following our Instagram posts (@gadgetpilipinas) during our coverage of the TGS 2018, our daily driver was the Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.  So, feast your eyes and take a look at some of our photos:

For high-resolution photos, go  to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HwHBWNh2WYceTywxiNBhxNKbZuGyz988?usp=sharing

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This selfie was taken the night before we left for Tokyo.
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Jam can smile while sleeping. I took this photo inside Skyliner going to Nippori Station from Narita Airport.
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Our Tokyo trip isn’t always complete without grabbing a lunch at Matsuya.
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Night time is coming, and bedtime is near; oh, where is our AirBnB, I thought it is just right here!
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After looking for a 100-Yen store to buy Allan’s towel (since our AirBnB didn’t have any towels available), we took a break at this vending machine to reward ourselves a cold drink.
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Taken near Bic Camera at Akihabara using Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.
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We gotta have this here in the Philippines! Oh, I noticed that Flare S7 Plus fails to put a watermark when using Bokeh effect.
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A food shot with our Cherry Roam.

We’ve got to hold our horses so we don’t spoil too much of our TGS experience with photos. Watch out for our first impressions and review of Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus!

Oh, and while you’re at it – be sure to check out our full coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2018 on this link.

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If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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