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Google Philippines launched, job openings announced

Google on Wednesday launched its Philippine operations in Taguig City's upscale McKinley Hill Village and said it will soon open an office in the business and financial district of Makati City.

"The Philippines is a key country in Southeast Asia in terms of its digital economy. Over 33 million Filipinos access the Internet regularly. And Internet use in the Philippines is set to grow exponentially. Research indicates that the number of Filipinos online will have nearly doubled by 2016," said Julian Persaud, Google Southeast Asia managing director.

At the helm of the Philippine office is country manager Narciso Reyes, a finance and digital marketing and veteran, whose previous companies include Friendster, Komli, and LycosAsia.

 The reception area is patterned after the old limestone houses in Batanes

"The Philippines is the second top user of Internet in Asia. We're also the fastest-growing smartphone market in Southeast Asia. So we're excited to be deepening our investment in the Philippines with our (local) office," Reyes noted.

Like the Google HQ in Silicon Valley, food is also free here in Google PH

The event was also attended by Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III, who spoke on behalf of Presdent Benigno Aquino III to welcome the Internet giant to the country.

"Setting up shop here in the Philippines is a vote of confidence in the country. We hope that Google's entry will encourage more local businesses to go online and tap into international markets," Quezon said.

Both Persaud and Reyes noted the Philippine staff is still small at the moment but the company will be announcing openings soon on its website.

 Of course, there's a recreation area. Yep, that's Pacman

A Google cardboard to help you know more about the Philippines

This conference room has a Pahiyas flavor that is made more colorful by the Cobonpue chairs at the right side

 Pinoy idioms adorn the wall of the pantry area. A few expats also work here from different Google locations around the world.

A map of the Philippines carved out of wood panels can be seen at the office lobby. Seen here are Google PH country manager Kenneth Lingan (left) and DTI secretary Ramon Lopez, who was the guest speaker during the opening. Lingan is from Solana town in Cagayan province.

 Google PH country manager Kenneth Lingan (left) and DTI chief Ramon Lopez try out the VR capabilities of the Google cardboard during the launch

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