Not a lot of people know that there's a small museum within the walls of the Malacañan Palace. Here you can find a copy of Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo's "Acta de la Proclamacion de la Independencia del Pueblo Filipino" (1960), a chalkboard with a sketch of Camp Crame during the tumultous EDSA Revolution (1986), and other references and memorabilia on the history and heritage of the Philippine presidency. You can now see this and more through Google Arts and Culture's virtual tour of the two-storey Presidential Museum and Library.
By logging in through g.co/pmlmalacanang, you can read about the history of the Palace and walk through curated exhibits in 360 degrees view right from your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop. "As if you were there, but not really there," quipped Google Arts and Culture Program Manager Pierre Caessa.
The online exhibits include Malacañang as Prize, Pulpit, and Stage, which lets you discover the Palace as a place for national decision-making and other activities; and Relics of Power: Remembering Philippine Presidents, which features remarkable artworks and souvenirs from 120 years of Philippine leadership.
This collaboration between the online platform and museums around the world started in 2013. Much like your dependable Google Map's Street View, you can virtually come face-to-face with a portrait of Louis XIV at The Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte in France, the beautiful murals inside the National Palace of Sintra in Portugal, and other museums and institutions you never thought you'd be able to see. The Presidential Museum and Library is just the seventh in the roster of Philippine museums that have this partnership with Google.
When asked if this would decrease the number of museum-goers, Caessa explained that this project aims to "bring a lot of people here, in this museum." After seeing a teaser of what these places have to offer, you'd want to put down your devices and check out the artifacts and artworks up close.
The Presidential Museum and Library is at Kalayaan Hall, Malacañang, J.P. Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila. Send an e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org at least three working days before the preferred date of tour.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
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