Apr 24, 2020

If you feel like you’ve exhausted all the virtual tours of international museums available online, it’s time to visit our very own National Museum through this website—albeit only the Old Senate Session Hall, where National Artist Carlos V. Francisco’s “Filipino Struggles through History” is currently on display.

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The National Museum has recently announced a project with photographer Fung Yu and digital heritage preservation project Pamana.ph (where the virtual tour is currently hosted) that digitized the National Museum of Fine Art’ Old Senate Session Hall side for the viewing pleasure of everyone in quarantine.

Walkthrough of the 10-panel oil on canvas painting that depicts the history of Filipinos from the arrival of the Spanish to the emancipation from the American forces

The 1968 “Botong” Francisco painting, a 10-panel oil on canvas creation on loan from the Manila City Council can be viewed up to the most minute details through ultra-sharp digital rendering (276-megapixel resolution to be exact).

Apart from the highly zoomable “Botong” Francisco painting, sculptures on the entablatures by Isabelo Tampingco and sons are also clickable and come with tidbits of information about the figures, which include Pope Leo XIII and US President Thomas Woodrow Wilson am

To access the highly zoomable video complete with thematic music, just visit pamana.ph.

Pamana is a digital preservation project that has so far documented and transformed churches, lighthouses, museums, shrines, ancestral houses, forts and other historical locations around the country into virtual environments accessible through their website.

“We envisioned this to be an educational [platform] as well so viewers, particularly students from far-flung provinces, can visit these sites virtually and learn of their historical and cultural significance,” reads its About page on Facebook.

The project is more relevant than ever in a time where travel is restricted due to COVID-19. On Apr. 24, President Duterte has yet again extended the ongoing enhanced community quarantine in high-risk areas in an effort to contain the virus.

 

Header photo courtesy of Pamana.ph

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