This Virtual Reality Experience Lets You Relive Legacies of Bonifacio and Aguinaldo
by Jace Amodo, April 04, 2019 4:15pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Whether for a breather purpose or a quality "me-time,” traveling—going to our comfort places or discovering new itineraries—is a common escape among Manillennials. But one need not go far to learn newfound knowledge and satisfy curiosity; Ayala Museum lets you on a historical journey into the pre-Hispanic Philippines through an exhibit and into the building of our nation through a Diorama Virtual Reality immersive experience.
The game-changing VR experience was introduced in 2018, featuring none other than Dr. Jose Rizal. Through this, guests can observe the execution of our National Hero in various point-of-views: one of the witnesses', the soldiers', and Rizal’s himself. Now, the museum is telling the story of the intertwined lives of Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo, two iconic historical figures whose names are often unseparated.
Entitled Emergence of the Filipino Nation, this Diorama Virtual Reality Experience reveals the unfortunate reality that, as with any revolutions, our winding road to freedom took "friendly fires," or sacrifices from our people. Among the important historical scenes that can be revisited are the “Cry of Pugad Lawin,” the first call for national revolution against Spanish colonization; the “Tejeros Convention,” the first presidential and vice presidential elections in the country; the Trial and Execution of Andres Bonifacio; and the Declaration of Philippine Independence.
We all know how books, especially Philippine literature, wrestles with gadgets to disseminate information—we scroll screens than flip pages. However, technology marries the essence of books through this VR experience, educating us on our history by wearing 360 goggles.
Revisit our country's roots and pick up a lesson or two. The Emergence of the Filipino Nation is permanently on show at the Ayala Museum. While you're at it, picture who you want to see next through the lens. Apolinario Mabini? Gabriela Silang? Melchora Aquino? Keep your heads up, and we might see them soon!
The Ayala Museum is at Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City, and is open Tuesday to Sundays, from 9am to 6pm. For more information, visit www.ayalamuseum.org or follow Ayala Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.