Google Doodle marks Philippine Day
To mark the Philippines’ 120th Independence Day on Tuesday, tech giant Google depicted the country’s colorful marine life on its Doodle—the image that appears above the search bar on its homepage—underlined by the red, yellow, and blue colors of the national flag.
In a statement, Google Philippines said the Doodle “captures the underwater depths with an image of the seabed, explored by Moorish idols [the yellow striped fishes], blue spotted stingrays, and a whale shark.”
“Coral reefs, which serves as habitat to these aquatic species, break the blue waters with its bright colors,” Google added.
With up to 70 percent of the marine area of the so-called Coral Triangle, the Philippines’ waters are recognized as the center of the world’s marine biodiversity, with over 2,500 species of fish in it.
It’s not the first time Google has featured the Philippines in its Doodle. Previous Doodles—often stylized to include the letters of the company’s name—include a depiction of musical maestro Levi Celerio to mark his 108th birthday on April 30; the elections last May 9, 2016; the jeepney in November 2014; and the bayanihan concept for Independence Day in 2014.