Friday, June 12, 2015

Aguinaldo Shrine Comes to Life



Last July 11,2015 at the eve of the 117th day of Philippine Independence day , we as a group of Media together with the DOT Securetary and LGU of Kawit comes on in this day of showing to the press and its entities the 1st Video Mapping that would be one of a kind that will be happening on Aguinaldo Shrine. and  As part of the 117th Philippine Independence celebration, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Local Government of Kawit, Cavite have partnered for the monumental lighting and video mapping show of the iconic Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit Cavite, in order to raise the standard of monument lighting an presentation of buildings.

The 16th century national monument will be seen in a completely new light , through an audio-visual staging that makes use of video mapping technology. Also known as “projection mapping” or spatial augmented reality, video mapping uses digitally-produced images based on the architectural lines of a structure to tell a story, create an impression, and bring any structure into life.


The public viewing of the lighting and video mapping show begins on June 11 and will be on a special limited run until June 15. The shows are scheduled to take place every 7:30pm, 8:30pm ,and  9:30pm. In between the video mapping show, guest can also view the permanent lighting with sounds of the historical structure.

“The lighting and video show of the Aguinaldo shrine is the first time that it will be displayed on a national heritage site in our country. A State-of-the Art , avant- garde show of our history, i will tell the story of who we are as a people in a single, fluid, audio visual narrative”. DOT Region IV-A Dir. Rebecca V. Labit said.


A formal ceremony will be held on June 15, also the final public viewing and last day of this Independence Day feature, and will be attended by Government Officials, tourism stakeholders, members of the academe,members of the diplomatic corps, historians and heritage experts, media representatives and influential personalities.

“More that a hundred years ago, the Aguinaldo Shrine was a witness to one of the most critical junctures in Philippine history- the declaration of a free Filipino nation. Being an  important edifice  of our national identity, It is a living reminder of the freedom that our ancestors have fought and longed for , and the monument of the success that our country has achieved since then. It is our honor to lead this Independence Day celebration using a new technology such as video mapping to relive and re-imagined the beginning of our country’s independence,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. said.

The 14,000 square foot heritage mansion was the ancestral residence of the Aguinaldo’s and the birthplace of  Emilio, who later became the General and the fist Philippine president. The residence was declared a National Heritage Shrine shortly after the death of Emilio Aguinaldo in 1964. Constructed in 1845 from wood and thatch materials the Aguinaldo Shrine has seen various reconstructions in 1849 and during the early 1920’s. It’s most historic spot known as the “Independence Balcony” saw the end of the three hundred-year Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines and the birth of the First Philippine Republic.

“Through this project, our foreign and domestic tourist will have a deeper understanding for the many heritage destinations around the country. It is our hope to encourage the private sector and other stakeholders to work together in conserving both our tangible and intangible cultural heritage for the next generation of Filipinos to see and appreciate. Our achievements today are tooted and founded on our past. And our history and national heritage are integral to the continuity of our national identity.” Secretary Jimenez added.


The lighting and video mapping of the Aguinaldo Shrine is a project of the DOT through the LGU of Kawit, Cavite and implemented by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and Optimum Show Philippines, Inc. The project is also supported by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

For updates on the Aguinaldo Shrine Lighting and Video Mapping Show, check the hashtag #FilipinoShines and follw the offictial DOT social medial accounts, Facebook : ITs more Fun in the Phils, , Instagram @TourismPHL , and Twitter @TourismPHL

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