Philippine National Shrines
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 2.2Mb each. June 19, 2011 marks the 150th birth anniversary of our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. As the nation joined hands in the celebration of Rizal’s works, achievements, and sacrifice; and in tribute to other heroes who laid down their lives for the country, we take you in a virtual journey to re-discover the places and sites that are of importance to them – the National Shrines. These were shot and produced with the assistance of National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), formerly National Historical Institute (NHI) in a span of about 6 months – from the ancestral home of Juan Luna in Badoc, Ilocos in the north, to Rizal’s place of exile in Dapitan City, Zamboanga in the south. It is the hope of the commission as well as the producers, that these sites be made accessible virtually to everyone, especially so to the youth and students of far flung provinces and those that just cannot physically visit the shrines and learn about its historical […] Read more!
Maleldo 2011: A Good Friday Crucifixion
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required to view the 360-degree VRs. Average VR size is 1.8Mb each. On Good Friday each year, in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, particularly in Brgy. San Pedro, Cutud, thousands of people flock to witness the world-renowned crucifixion that is re-enacted on a man-made hill. Originated in 1955, the staging of “Via Crucis” (Way of the Cross), is the only Kapampangan piece on the Passion of Christ written by an amateur, Ricardo Navarro. It was first performed during the Holy Week 57 years ago by volunteer artists of Brgy. San Pedro Cutud who, like the rest of the Filipinos during that period, had time on their hands because work or exertion on those days was taboo. It was only in 1962 that the barangay first witnessed an actual crucifixion during the play. The Christ was portrayed by Artemio Anoza, a resident of nearby Apalit town and a quack doctor who dreamt that he would become a full-fledge religious leader. Wanting to realize this dream, he volunteered himself to be crucified as a sacrifice. Since then, not a year passed without […] Read more!
3D Street Painting
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 2.2Mb each. Avida Land organized a one of a kind 3D street painting festival last weekend at the corner of EDSA and Reliance Street, the site of the new Avida Towers Centera project. It was participated by 24 teams coming from difference schools and universities. The painting started on the morning of March 18 until the early hours of the following day. Judging was done on the 19th with cash prizes of 75K, 50K, and 30K respectively for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. More information on the Centera Project can be found on Avida Land’s website: www.avidaland.com VRs taken on March 18 & 19, 2011. The author can be reached at: fung@firefly.ph Read more!
25th Anniversary of EDSA Revolution
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 2Mb each. From Wikipedia.org: The People Power Revolution (also known as the EDSA Revolution and the Philippine Revolution of 1986) was a series of popular nonviolent revolutions and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines that occurred in 1986, which marked the restoration of the country’s democracy. It became a subsequent inspiration for the Revolutions of 1989 that ended communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe. It is sometimes referred to as the Yellow Revolution due to the presence of yellow ribbons during the arrival of Benigno Aquino, Jr.. These protests were the culmination of a long campaign of civil resistance by the people against the 20-year running authoritarian, repressive regime of then president Ferdinand Marcos and made news headlines as “the revolution that surprised the world”. The majority of the demonstrations took place at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, known more commonly by its acronym EDSA, in Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila and involved over 2,000,000 Filipino civilians as well as several political, military, and religious figures, such as Cardinal […] Read more!
Virtually Yours, Rizal
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 2.4Mb each. Virtualjournals.net joins the nation in celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal on June 19, 2011. Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago The Rizal Shrine dedicated to the lifework of José Rizal is located on Santa Clara Street, Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila. This is a fortified complex which houses the building the Philippines’ national hero spent his last night and where his family later found concealed in an oil lamp, the famous poem Mi último adiós (My Last Farewell). The shrine is home to various memorabilia, books, manuscripts and artworks belonging to the prodigious and multifaceted Rizal. The shrine is compose of 2 levels: the first level house the Opening to Memory mural where the trial and execution of Rizal was depicted; the Chamber of Text displays the hero’s writings, manuscripts, and other memorabilia; and lastly, the model of the prison cell where Rizal was incarcerated from 3 November to 29 December 1896. The Reliquary Room on the 2nd level exhibits […] Read more!
Return of Balangays to Butuan
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 2Mb each. Battered by huge waves caused by the northeast monsoon, the 11-day journey of balangays Masawa hong Butuan and Sama Tawi-Tawi from Manila finally came to a close on January 31st as the boats docked at a swollen Agusan River in Brgy. Bading, Butuan City. Under a state of calamity due to massive flooding from continuous rains, Butuanons nevertheless came out in full force to welcome the return of Butuan’s pride – balangay Masawa hong Butuan. Festivities begun with performances from the tribal dance group bangKA in their colorful native costumes at a makeshift bamboo stage. Each groups of the balangay crew was presented to the public with a ceremonial strike of a gong. An interfaith prayer follows with religious leaders giving thanks for the safe return of the crew and the boats. Dance performances were also rendered by students from the Agusan schools as native delicacies were served to the delight of the crew. Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. spoke proudly of the accomplishments of the balangay […] Read more!
Balangay Masawa hong Butuan Homebound
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 1.7Mb each. Text By: Jorge B. Navarra – Butuan Global Forum In the morning of January 21, 2011, “Balangay MASAWA HONG BUTUAN” arrived in Sangley Point after more than an hour of sailing in Manila Bay from CCP Harbour Square. The crew was privileged to have on board the following guest passengers: Laurice Guillen-Feleo, her daughter Ina Feleo, Bibsy Carballo, Behn Cervantes, Nestor Torre, his mother Isabel Urbina-Torre, Nestor’s niece Angeli and nephew John, Djanin Cruz and brother Bodie Cruz (children of Tirso Cruz III), and TV reporters from Manila and Hongkong. “Balangay MASAWA HONG BUTUAN” is returning to its home port in Luna Compound, Barangay Bading in Butuan City. “Balangay SAMA TAWI-TAWI” is escorting MASAWA HONG BUTUAN all the way to Butuan. The first balangay replica to be built for the Voyage of the Balangay, “Balangay DIWATA NG LAHI”, has been transferred to Coast Guard headquarters where it will undergo processing as a boat relic exhibit in the National Museum. The three balangays went on an epic […] Read more!
2011 Feast of the Black Nazarene
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the image to view the 360-degree VR. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. VR size is 2.0Mb. Celebrated every 9th of January, the Feast of the Black Nazarene is a wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ held to be miraculous by many Filipino devotees. Its original carver is an anonymous Mexican carpenter, and the image was transported by a galleon from Acapulco, Mexico by the Augustinian Recollect Missionaries on May 31, 1606. The image is currently enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila. The following 360VRs were taken one day before the actual Feast inside the church and its vicinity. For a glimpse of what the procession looks like, please view the link below from the previous year. Initial 3 VRs taken on January 8, 2011. The author can be reached at: fung@firefly.ph Read more!
Balangays: The Voyage Home
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 1.8Mb each. The moon hasn’t risen yet that night, a few stars dotted the sky here and there, clouds move with the wind against our bow, sounds of clashing waves mixed with the screams of the engine, even in darkness, the sea was white and furious as the rage of Poseidon tossed the small merchant ship I was on in a slow, arduous, 30-hour 250-nautical mile journey from Cuyo Island to Manila; with the first few seemingly endless moments spent in puking my guts out! A Little History The 3 balangay boats, Diwata ng Lahi, Masawa hong Butuan, and Sama Tawi-Tawi, are replicas of an ancient Philippine boat first excavated in Butuan in the 1970s. Carbon dated to about 320AD, these wooden boats, characterize with a carved-out planks edge adjoined through pins or dowels, were constructed by the Sama (Badjao) people of Sibutu and Sitangkai without any blueprints, but only through the knowledge handed down by their ancestors. Made entirely of hard woods like the dugong, the boats […] Read more!
Venice of the Philippines
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 1.8Mb each. This article is part of the Pinoy Travel Blogger’s Blog Carnival. Sitangkai is the southernmost municipality of the Philippines. With a distance of 1,100 kilometers from Manila, it is the last main island of the country (the southernmost island is Siluag near the southern tip of Sibutu). Geographically nearer to North Borneo, majority of the island’s basic needs are Malaysian in origin. Called as the “Venice of the Philippines,” houses are connected by stilt footbridges and boats as the primary mode of transportation; the Sama (Badjao) people lead an idyllic life with fishing and dried marine products as sources of livelihood. With an average elevation of 1 meter above sea level, getting to the “water world” of Sitangkai is an adventure in itself. Upon docking in the main seaport, one has to take a ‘temper,’ long flat-bottom boat suitable for shallow water, into Sitangkai. The 30 minute ride cut across extremely shallow sand bars that you often have to get out of the boat and assist […] Read more!
Myth of the Human Body
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 1.5Mb each. The body on the pedestal, in the act of throwing a discus, greets visitors as one enters the exhibit hall. On the left, one man in the poise to kick a suppose ball in mid-air, while another is about to catch a soccer ball, yet another in the process of shooting a hoop; on the right, at a distance away, an archer is preparing to fire his arrow, everyone immortalize in apparent tribute to the Olympic Games with the posters of the Greek gods hung above the ceiling. This is the Myth of the Human Body exhibit, wherein actual bodies were subjected in a process called “plastination”, a revolutionizing scientific technology that can bring out the vivid figures of the living human body as invented by a German anatomist, Gunther von Hagens. The process, usually takes a year to complete, can permanently preserved the texture of the skin tissues, the internal organs, the bones, the nerves, even down to the microscopic capillaries! To the ancient Greeks, […] Read more!
Caleidoscope Exhibit
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 1.6Mb each. The Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) Advanced Class of 2010 mounted their exhibit from October 3 to 31 at the Athena Building in Eastwood City. Aptly named Caleidoscope, the exhibit takes on color as a new meaning with nothing less than 18 concept booths that offer a spectrum of vividness to enliven the senses! The exhibit may be over… and the booths are probably being taken down as we speak, but the opportunity to captured each one of them presented itself, so here they are, immortalize in virtual reality technology for everyone’s viewing pleasure… no visiting hours… open all the time! Kudos to the 2010 batch! Inspired by Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) as the “enlightened one,” the modern Saffron living room is fitted with cove lighting and other lighting fixtures from the floor to the ceiling. Sunflower is warm, cheerful and bright. A color known for its positive psychological effects, this blissful color commonly used in mellow and relaxing interiors takes a new twist in this […] Read more!
Yuri and Enah’s Wedding
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 1.8Mb each. The wedding invitation says three o’clock in the afternoon; I arrived at the church 30 minutes late amidst the heavy downpour that afternoon. The ceremony was halfway through, the couple was kneeling at the front of the altar, heads bowed, I quickly pull out my gear and unmindful of the congregation, went up the podium, set my tripod and was about to shoot… then realize I’m in the wrong wedding! So rather than come down immediately and make an embarrassment of myself, I took some shots anyway; after which, as if I’m proud of the images taken, slowly walk away and sit at the farthest corner, heaving a sign of relief and cold perspiration. They don’t know me; I don’t know them, let’s leave it at that. But I know whom to kill for mis-declaring the time of the wedding… I’ll wait after the honeymoon is over…. “Like A Flower, Our Love Blossomed From Friendship To Marriage Like A Butterfly, Our Faith And Trust Shall Give […] Read more!
Balangays in Singapore
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Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 1.9Mb each. After over a month since the balangays exited Philippine waters for the start of their Southeast Asia journey, I joined the crew in Batam Island, Indonesia once again and sailed to the tiny city state of Singapore. Having arrived in Singapore days prior to the rendezvous due to the unpredictability of the voyage, I spent the time exploring some of the city’s iconic attractions, visited old friends, sampled the local cuisines, and shopped for electronics. Getting news of the impending balangay arrivals to Nongsa Point Marina sent us packing for Batam Island onboard a fast ferry, leaving Singapore. The 60 minute ride of crossing the Singapore Strait to Indonesia was actually shorter than the time it took from our hostel to the ferry station. From the Marina, we tracked the position of the balangays via GPS and saw the boat’s silhouette as they finally entered the marina under a full moon around 10pm on September 23rd. The boats spent the following day provisioning while the crew […] Read more!