Four years ago, Google Philippines opened.
Now, it has a new home that shares the same vibe as other Google offices from all over. Personally, I have been to Google Taiwan, and the new Philippine office shares the same ambiance, hip look, and of course, free food at the in-house cafeteria.
I was lucky to be invited at the launch of their office.
Here are some photos of Google PH’s new home.
There’s a giant Google sign by the lobby that is memorable of the 2012 Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day.
This map of the Philippines marks where Google PH is located. Apparently, this board is lit not using electricity but using technology. Wowza.
Google PH’s cafeteria, or Salu-Salo room with artwork memorable of popular Pinoy lines.
They served Filipino dishes like lumpia, boneless bangus, kalabasa at sitaw, and tinola soup. There was rice, of course. The dessert was true-blue Pinoy – halo-halo.
Google PH’s Country Manager Ken Lingan was at the launch. The event was also graced by Department of Trade and Industry secretary Ramon Lopez.
Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take photos of the workspaces inside Google PH. They have breakrooms named after local tourist spots and icons such as “Vinta,” “Salakot,” “Ifugao,” “Bohol,” and “Whang Od.”
They have an open workspace where Googlers are free to move around and work on anywhere they like in the room.
Google PH aims to expand further as I noticed that on some tables, something like this is written “This space is reserved for a future Googler who will help digitize the Philippines.”
Interested to be a Googler PH?