EVEN before the COVID-19 pandemic restricted people’s movement, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) started developing some of its programs and projects in digital form for various virtual platforms. When the pandemic hit, streaming content online took a natural course.
In the future, a virtual building and theater tour package has been developed to provide online arts education and cultural content for all; especially for those who cannot physically come to the CCP due to current quarantine protocols or geographical and logistical restrictions.
Launched last February during Pasinaya 2022, the CCP virtual tours also address the changes in how people consume art in the new normal, ushering in a new way of bringing visitors back to the center.
The interactive 360 and/or 180 degree guided virtual tour is a project of the CCP Venue Operations Division (production and exhibition department) and takes visitors inside the CCP theaters, rooms and other facilities including the newly built Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater).
Via Zoom, visitors can see the interiors of the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) with its famous “Genesis” stage carpet, based on an artwork by national artist HR Ocampo. Virtual visitors can also visit Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre) and Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theatre) and take a peek behind the scenes.
The 30- to 45-minute tour used high-resolution photography and allowed for a true on-site experience, as if visitors were walking with us through every corner of the artistic spaces.
Over 2916 photographs with 489 panoramas and 8 aerial photographs were used to create a digital simulation of actual physical spaces; Creating an immersive virtual environment.
The guided tour is interactive, allowing tour guests to ask questions and further explore the featured spaces through the assigned guide. It has embedded videos of the CCP Cultural Cache Online episodes from the Visual Arts and Museum Division and audio descriptions from the CCP Visual Arts Collection, which are on display in various areas of the building.
Would you like to know more about the history of the building, its sacred halls and other little things? After each tour there is a question and answer session.
For tour inquiries, email [email protected] or call 8833-2125 or 8832-1125. 1412/1413.