MANILA -- Ayala Museum recently came up with a fun way to celebrate International Museum Day and National Heritage Month as most establishments remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using the popular video game "Animal Crossing" as its platform, Ayala Museum mounted an exhibit featuring the works of Damian Domingo, Jose Honorato Lozano, and Juan Luna from May 20 to 22.
Slots for the in-game exhibit were filled in an hour, according to Ayala Museum, as it thanked all those who supported their efforts to make art more accessible given the coronavirus situation.
Catalogs with codes for each featured painting as well as tokens were given to visitors via e-mail at the end of each day of the exhibit.
"The watercolors of Domingo and Lozano show how 19th century Filipino attire combined European and Asian styles, tailored to uniquely Filipino tastes. Juan Luna's achievements in painting competitions in Europe remind us how Filipino talent can stand proudly on the world-stage with the best," Ayala Museum said in a Facebook post that showed screenshots from the "Animal Crossing" exhibit.
Aside from the three-day "Animal Crossing" exhibition, Ayala Museum's other activities in celebration of International Museum Day include a film screening, a virtual gallery tour, and a "make your own" exhibit session for kids.