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1998 - to present (GP) was launched on April 9, 1999 as a portal site to bring Filipinos around the world closer to home. The initial membership of the site ranged from 7,000 to 7,500, and the very first sections were Freedom Wall, Chat, Email, News, Search, E-greetings, Photo Album, Jokes, and Information Center. From the beginning up to this day, the most visited section has been the Chat Room, peaking at 85 chatters at a given time.

The first GP design circa 1999

GP celebrated its first anniversary at Splash Island in Laguna on April 15, 2000. It was a grand eyeball including the first 100 GP members who registered for the event. There were games and gifts for attendees of the grand EB. 2000

GP's second anniversary in 2001 brought about minor changes in the look of the website and the addition of new sections such as Travel and Chatters Gallery. Aside from that, improvements were also made on existing sections. 2002 2002 - New design

With the continued support of its members, became a finalist in the Philippine Web Awards in 2003 and bagged the People's Choice Award. This became an inspiration for its staff to provide its members and visitors even better service and offer premium services exclusive for members.

The website underwent a major upgrade in 2004, reaping more rewards as a result. It was again chosen as one of the finalists in the Philippine Web Awards and snagged the Best Web Site Award this time. This served to further inspire its staff to provide excellent and relevant information to its audience. Towards the end of the year, GP launched two more new sections: Cultural Heritage and Musician.s Corner.

2005 saw the introduction of a new feature that aims to bring together the online Filipino community: GP Barkada. A central log-in feature also came in, allowing members to access various member sections and services after logging in only once.

In 2006, GP launched a new section featuring Filipino achievers called Certified Achiever. It also celebrated it's 7th anniversary with a bang. It launched a brand new look and held 7 Bigatin Promos with major prizes: Magic Sing, a trip for four to Puerto Galera, GP Barkada Blowout, iPod Nano, digital camera, Palm Z-22, and a free overnight stay at Dusit Hotel for two. In addition, small prizes were given away for minor promos: prepaid load, USB and webphone. 2006

By 2007, had grown to a membership of over 140,000. Newer sections included directories, entertaining stories, success stories, odd jobs, puzzles and recipes. The Cultural Heritage section in particular, aimed to familiarize Filipinos, especially those born and raised outside the country, with local culture and tradition. In the area of entertainment, GP also invited local bands and singers to engage in chat sessions with GP members. 2007

Aside from its numerous sections, was also tied to sister sites that offered e-commerce, a virtual trade hall, and an online radio.

GP celebrated its 9th anniversary in 2008 with a promo with GP special packages as prizes. New content also came out, including GP Specials, GP Features and Featured Place.

To this day, continues its aim to provide its members and visitors with relevant information and remain a portal where Filipinos around the globe can come together and take a step closer to home. 2010



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