For many of us who grew up prior to technology and social media, the study of history can be boring. Luckily, advances in science have made this important subject fun and even interactive! That’s what I Am Cardboard did when they created another virtual reality diorama in partnership with the Ayala Museum, this time focusing on Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio.
Entitled Emergence of the Filipino Nation, the 10-minute VR experience offers a 360º view of four key events in Philippine history and independence: the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the Tejeros Convention, the Trial of Andres Bonifacio at Maragondon, and the Declaration of Philippine Independence in Kawit, Cavite. By putting on I am Cardboard’s VR goggles, you literally get to be in the scene and watch history unfold right before your eyes.
I got to try both and was amazed at the content. The videos were crisp and beautifully-shot, and you can turn every way you want so you can soak in the scenes. You’re more than a fly on the wall, you’re in the middle of the action.
The videos were directed by Cannes award-winning director, Marco Biemann, and was produced by IAC PH for the Ayala Museum.
This is the second set of VR content that IAC and the Ayala Museum collaborated on. The first was The Future of History, which depicted Jose Rizal’s execution in Bagumbayan. The video was launched last year and it won the Silver Boomerang for Visual and Audio Excellence under the Digital Craft category during the 2018 Boomerang Awards.
The Aguinaldo and Bonifacio VR videos will be in the Ayala Museum, located in the section where they keep the famous dioramas. I suggest you take the entire tour, from the beginning of the Filipino people and make your way towards contemporary history. The videos will make for a nice and even more interactive break from the diorama experience (which is still beautiful even if it was built in 1973).
The use of the VR is free as long as you’ve paid admission to the museum. The videos come in Filipino and English.