KAWIT, Cavite: The birthplace of the first Philippine President, Emilio Aguinaldo, has been refurbished with a digitally enhanced showcase of light, colors and striking images that would cater to an audience akin to graphic visual presentations.
The 14,000-square foot mansion, which was constructed in 1845 and declared a National Heritage Shrine after the death of Aguinaldo in 1964, was fitted with digital technology known as “spatial augmented reality” or “video or projection mapping.”
The project is is supported by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and is a result of the partnership of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Local Government of Kawit town in Cavite and implemented by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority while the light show is produced by Optimum Show Philippines, Inc.
“The lighting and video mapping show of the Aguinaldo Shrine is the first time that it will be displayed on a national heritage site in our country. A state-of-the-art, avant-garde show of our history, it will tell the story of who we are as a people in a single, fluid, audio-visual narrative,” said DOT Regional Director Rebecca V. Labit.
She added that the use of high-tech innovation may not be cheap but the benefits can satisfy the discriminating present generation and can extend into posterity.
On the other hand, Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said in a statement that the scheduled showcase held on Friday, during the celebration of Independence Day, is a way to address the growing interest in the country’s heritage structures including churches, ancestral houses, shrines and monuments.
Jimenez also appealed to the private sector and stakeholders to “work together in conserving our cultural heritage for the next generation of Filipinos to see and appreciate and for the continuity of our national identity.”
A formal ceremony to be held tomorrow, June 15, which will be attended by government officials, tourism stakeholders, members of the academe and diplomatic corps, historians, heritage experts, media representatives and influential personalities.