Ayala Museum, Power Mac Center team up for a leveled-up Diorama Experience

A picture paints a thousand words, but wouldn’t it be more fantastic if pictures could indeed speak? With this in mind, Ayala Museum and Power Mac Center have tied up to make the former’s diorama exhibit of key Philippine history events a multidimensional, multisensory experience.

Signaling the start of a technology-enhanced “Diorama Experience” is Power Mac Center’s gift of brand new units of iPod Touch. These mobile devices will replace the analog audio players and will provide more detailed narrations (available in both English and Filipino) of historical events and facts relating to each diorama.

This partnership makes Ayala Museum the first museum in the country to integrate the gadget for educational purposes. It also brings the endearing dioramas into the digital age, providing a more engaging way of studying Philippine history.

Aside from serving as hi-definition audio guides, the iPod touch will eventually be designed as full-blown multimedia tours for the well-loved dioramas.

Said Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez, “We will soon be adding texts and videos as new content into the museum’s iPod Touch. We will also be working on apps and other interactive content to make history more relevant and engaging for the museum’s visitors.”

In a ceremony recently held at the museum, Power Mac Center Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Sison and Ayala Museum Senior Director Mariles Gustilo signed the memorandum of agreement for the Apple products.  

Said Gustilo: “Our partnership with Power Mac Center is in line with the museum’s efforts to spread awareness and appreciation of Philippine heritage.”

Gustilo further said that, aside from the dioramas, Power Mac Center and Ayala Museum also have plans to integrate the audio guide system into the other exhibits as well.

For his part, Sison said: “History is an important resource to nation building, while multimedia-enhanced art provides an excellent way to educate people on lessons from the past. We at Power Mac Center thank Ayala Museum for giving us the opportunity to make history and art easier to understand and appreciate through the use of technology.”  

Conceptualized by National Artist for Historical Literature Carlos Quirino, Ayala Museum’s permanent collection of 60 handcrafted dioramas collectively dubbed “The Diorama Experience” chronicles important milestones in the country’s past. They also showcase the artisanship and creativity of the woodcarvers of Paete, Laguna, who produced the dioramas.

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