Although open to guests by appointment, you can now tour the Malacañang presidential palace from the comfort of your house.
The Presidential Museum and Library (PML) can now be explored nearly due to a partnership with Google.
An on-line exhibit and digital tour have been launched known as “Malacañang as Prize, Pulpit, and Stage” and “Relics of Power: remembering the Philippine Presidents.”
Viewers can now stroll via the two flooring of the PML and discover the artefacts and memorabilia stored in the museum.
The working platform, Google Arts & Culture, can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store by trying to find “Malacañang Presidential Museum and Library.”
PML Director Edgar Ryan Faustino informed The Inquirer that he was “initially very hesitant” about the venture.
“It was my great fear that the public would no longer be interested in visiting us here in the museum since they can already see the most interesting artefacts on their computers or mobile devices,” he stated.
“But despite these considerations, I was convinced that this is indeed a noteworthy undertaking and deserving of support.”
He stated folks might even be extra to visit the museum bodily after they’ve skilled a digital tour.
“Instead of thinking that interest in the museum would wane, it may even whet people’s appetites to come here and see the exhibits themselves,” he added.
Pierre Caessa, Google Arts & Culture Program Manager, stated a expertise much like Google Street View was used to seize 360-degree views of the PML.
The expertise used was known as “Museum View,” a push-cart mounted with a digicam system dubbed the trolley.
“What it allows is anyone to visit Malacañang Palace from his home, from the streets, from the bus from anywhere you want,” he stated.
Kenneth Lingan, nation supervisor of Google Philippines, stated the venture was additionally a solution to protect tradition and historical past for generations to return.
“Google’s mission has always been about organising the world’s information to make it universally useful and accessible. Digitising artistic and cultural content is an important part of that broader mission,” he stated.
“By bringing more of the cultural treasures to the fingertips of the people in the internet and helping the cultural sector share more of its diverse heritage online, we hope not to only play out role in sharing cultural knowledge in new and exciting ways but also to preserve culture and history for the generations to come.”
Presidential spokesman Martin Andanar stated the collaboration was a “historic undertaking where our people’s story cab be accessible to the rest of the world through this magnificent technology”.
“We share Philippine heritage and culture with people who are oceans and miles apart,” he stated.
“Every person on the planet whether they are in Africa or Antartica, as long as they have the tools, will be able to walk around the Malacañang Presidential Museum and Library.”
To take a digital tour of the PML, click on right here.