This project aims to document in 360 immersive technology all heritage structures within the Philippines, such as churches, lighthouses, museums, WWII sites, shrines, ancestral houses, forts and other historical locations both natural and man-made with particular emphasis to those declared under the National Cultural Treasure, National Historical Landmark, National Shrine, National Historical Site, National Monument and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This website is an on-going non-commercial personal advocacy project and the first of its kind in the Philippines; it has the endorsement from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), and support (in terms of site access) from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), the National Museum, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Apart from being a digital preservation project, it is also a geographical information system (GIS) and we envisioned this to be an educational one as well so viewers, particularly students from far-flung provinces, can visit these sites virtually and learn of their historical and cultural significance.
The people behind PAMANA.ph pioneered full-resolution 360 panorama in the Philippine and has been shooting for over 12 years now. Our work has been contributed to news/media websites of inquirer.net, abs-cbnnews.com, newsbreak.ph, spot.ph, theasiamag.com and rappler.com, cbcpnews.com; magazine contributions included Mabuhay, BluPrint, Travel, Action Asia, BalikBayan and FrameOne; coffee-table books included Best of the Best Philippines and Voyage of the Balangay.
The author is a member of the Voyage of the Balangay’s crew that sailed around the Philippines and Southeast Asia in replicas of the ancient wooden balangay boat with the aim: to rekindle the maritime consciousness of the Filipino people and relearn the glorious histories of our ancient ancestors. Together with the 1st Phil. Mt. Everest Team, members of the Phil. Navy, Phil. Coast Guard, Sama boat builders of Tawi-Tawi, and volunteers from Butuan, the entire balangay crew was individually given an Award of Merit and declared Honorary Butuanon in recognition for this achievement.
A member of ICOMOS Philippines and Heritage Conservation Society (HCS), he seeks to use 360 imaging in helping to preserve our heritage sites. He was also a past Director of International Virtual Reality Photography Association (IVRPA) based in the US, the only international 360 organization that further the science and art of panoramic photography.
As a panoramic photographer, our images were exhibited at Plymouth in UK, Palmela in Portugal, and Dalian in China, showcasing the best of what our country has to offer in terms of heritage, culture, and tourism. This photographer was also acknowledged as one of the Masters of Contemporary Panoramic Photography by the International Virtual Reality Photography Association (IVRPA).
The author is also a past speaker for Photoworld Manila 2009 organized by The Federation of Philippine Photographer’s Foundation (FPPF).
Advocacy works for government agencies included: Philippine National Shrines wherein we traveled from Ilocos to Zamboanga and shot the shrines of Rizal, Bonifacio, Juan Luna, Mabini and other National Heroes with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). For the Department of Tourism (DOT), some of our works are currently presented in the website: www.experiencephilippines.org. A 360 Virtual Tour for the National Museum in bridging the “old” to the “new.” A 360 tour for the Malacanang Museum and Library can also be found here: www.malacanang.gov.ph
As a pioneer member of 360cities.net (which is accessible via Google Earth), was instrumental in creating a Philippine page to showcase our country’s rich images.
The author has also consistently contributed to the World Wide Panorama project since June 2005 together with the best panoramic photographers of the world.
Some of our best 360VRs of the Philippines are incorporated in Arounder Touch, an application that Apple has installed by default to all the iPhones and iPads being sold in the US and European market.
Recently, held a solo 360 photo exhibit at the National Museum of the Filipino People in Manila and in National Museum Butuan showcasing the Voyage of the Balangay project in 2015.
Collaborated with Samsung Philippines for the 1st virtual reality exhibit: “Plazas of Manila” (as curated by Archt. Paulo Alcazaren) and launched a heritage app: “Culture Connect” at the Yuchengco Museum in August 2015.
Preserving Philippine Heritage. Promoting Cultural Tourism. Learning Historical Significance.