Palace launches online Presidential Museum and Library

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 05 2017 04:55 PM | Updated as of Jul 05 2017 05:18 PM

Anyone with an internet connection can now access exhibitions from the Malacañang Museum and Library online, thanks to Google Arts and Culture.

The Palace and Google on Wednesday unveiled the new partnership at the Kalayaan Hall in Malacañang. 

In a statement, the Palace said this "includes curated exhibits consisting of furniture, artwork, memorabilia, and items from the collections of Presidential Museum and Library (PML) as well as private institutions and individuals."

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said this is in line with the President's promise to open the Malacañang Museum to the public for free.

"It is just really echoing the sentiment and what the President wants, through technology," he said.

Andanar added that this initiative gives Filipinos and other nationalities a chance who are not in Metro Manila to experience the history of Malacañang and Philippine Presidents. 

"OFWs at mga turista sa labas ng bansa, mga dayuhan, kapag nakita nila ang yaman ng bansa natin sa museum so hopefully it will entice them to visit the Philippines," he said.

Netizens can also have virtual walks through the two floors of the museum and library, including the historic Kalayaan Hall, through 360-degree views of the building's interior. The PML can also be explored through Google Maps.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Communications Operations is set to unveil the first Filipino Muslim television in the country, PTV Salam Television.

"We are also already planning, actually procurement na, ng PTV Salam Television free to air in Jolo Sulu," Andanar said.

A Salam satellite Television located in Marawi is set to launch once the fighting and complete recovery of the city have been concluded.