AFP - July 29 - While dating apps in the West encourage one-on-one meetings, many singles in in Asia find it awkward and prefer dating in groups. Valenice Balace developed Peekawoo app in the Philippines two years ago. The app discouraged users from meeting one-on-one and offered a chaperone service for those who requested it. As Peekawoo expanded (it has now 7K members) it was no longer practical so they started organising meetups instead. It is a model shared by Hong Kong-based app Grouvly, which sets up groups of six people for dates. Hong Kongers now make up 50% of Grouvly's users. There are plans to roll out the service to Japan, South Korea, Australia and China.