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Old Intramuros to Be Viewed in AR Version Soon

The Department of Tourism teams up with iAcademy with plans to take us back in time by launching an augmented reality app that will let tourists experience Intramuros in 3D.

DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat (left) and iAcademy COO Raquel Wong (right) signed the memorandum of agreement last October 4, 2019.

iAcademy, a school that specializes in computing, business, and design, agreed to work with the DOT to produce the films and the app that will promote the country’s tourism in by way of historical information and photographs.  To start the project, a pilot will be constructed in Intramuros, Manila.  Tourism chief, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says after working on the pilot, they plan to expand the experience to other historical destinations.  “We’re starting in Intramuros but we want to do it in Corregidor and Mt. Samat. But let’s start first in Manila,” she said.

Romulo-Puyat also expressed her aim in attracting younger people to take interest in historical involvement through tech-savvy practices.  “We want more of the young people to go to Intramuros, so with this technology they can go around and see how it was before so it is interactive,” she said. “It is a new way to attract more people as it’s not only educational but fun.”

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