Relive the history of Intramuros city with augmented reality app Experience Philippines
Manila, Philippines — You can now relieve the Intramuros City’s history using your mobile phone — thanks to the augmented reality app Experience Philippines.
Available both on Android and iOS, the Experience Philippines app allows culture buffs and tourists to immerse themselves in the past of the so-called walled city.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has partnered with iACADEMY to bring users the different information and visuals about Intramuros. For those who do not know, the iACADEMY is a school in Makati that offers an array of courses, which include business, design, and computing.
To download the said app, all you have to do is to type “Experience Philippines” on the App Store or Google Play. You have to tap on the “ARTech” button and go to the tourist site to activate the app.
Various sites in Intramuros, along with the DOT logo, are featured. Some of these are the Fort Santiago Gate, the Gallery of Presidents, the Manila Cathedral, the Ayuntamiento, the Churches of our Lady of Lourdes, of San Ignacio, of San Francisco, and of Recollects, and San Agustin Church.
“With the Experience Philippines app, tourists can relive the past of Intramuros city with just a tap on their mobile phone screens,” said DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
The DOT chief added the agency hopes to be able to expand the technology to other tourist destinations across the country, with the help of iACADEMY.
These tourist sites the agency is eyeing include Corregidor, Banaue Rice Terraces, Puerto Princesa, Mt. Samat, Mt. Pinatubo, as well as Pampanga.
With the help of this app, according to Intramuros Administration Administrator Atty. Guiller B. Asido, it is expected that more tourists will be encouraged to visit the walled city.
According to Raquel Wong, the Chief Operating Officer of iACADEMY, production of AR content along with short films to showcase the country is sustainable, accessible, and experiential as it does not require mass print production.