Waze replies to Rufa Mae's viral Waze voice 'audition'


Posted at Aug 10 2018 05:52 PM

Waze, through its official Twitter account, has responded to the viral "audition" video of local comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto to become one of the voices giving directions in the ubiquitous road navigation app.

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Tagging the actress' Twitter account, Waze linked to an article about her take on being a GPS voice-over, and said: "Hey @imrufamaequinto, no need to audition. You can make your very own Waze Voice using your Waze app. Just head to Settings > Voice Directions & get recording. Bonus: you can share them with everyone via a link."

Staying in-character as her popular "Booba" persona, known for her "dumb" but optimistic speaking voice, Quinto replied: "Yes I do gogogo!"

Waze, a popular tool among Filipino drivers, has tapped numerous international celebrities to voice its directions, including the likes of Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, and Shaquille O'Neal.

The Google-owned company added its official Filipino voice command, dubbed "Adora," in July 2017. 

Adora can notably pronounce street names with a local accent, in contrast to the twang of American English-based voices.