The Plazas of Manila exhibit presented by Samsung Digital is open at the Yuchengco Museum from August 27 to September 18, 2015. Notable architect, designer, and urban planner Paulo Alcazaren takes the role as the curator to this exhibit.
The Plazas of Manila exhibit is being partnered between Samsung Corporate Citizen and the Philippine Science High School Foundation, Inc. to help Filipinos rediscover Philippine‘s heritage and culture.
A mobile app, Culture Explorer is featured in the exhibit using augmented reality technology to help visitors, especially the youth, to learn more about Manila’s plazas and other cultural and heritage landmarks.
“Through this exhibit, we are able to cast the spotlight on one of the most important elements of Filipino culture and history, the plaza. This exhibit allows us to bridge technology and art together, giving the Filipino youth a chance to learn about their roots,” said Linda Cordova, Executive Director of the Philippine Science High School Foundation, Inc.
Alcazaren, a founding member of the Heritage Conservation Society, believes that the marriage of technology and art will not only benefit artists, but also the students of culture and history.
“Technology makes the arts, culture, and history more accessible and more appealing to people. It allows them to appreciate everything in a more dynamic manner, injecting a new dimension and giving it a meaning beyond what they get to read in books,” said Alcazaren.
“Philippine history is very rich and it has to be kept alive in the minds and hearts of people. Samsung believes that technology is the perfect medium to link the past with the present, to generate greater appreciation of our rich heritage. Culture Explorer enables users to appreciate the Philippines’ rich history in these everyday landmarks, which can be easily overlooked. it helps to pique interest among the young generation with the use of augmented reality technology,” said Arlita Tayko-Narag, Head of Samsung Public Affairs.
Culture Explorer is compatible with all Android smartphones and tablets, and can be downloaded fro free from Google Play Store and Galaxy Apps.
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