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DOT partners with iAcademy, introduces AR app featuring PH tourism sites

MANILA, Philippines – In an effort to further boost the country's tourism, the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday released an application that features an augmented reality (AR) version of the country's top destination sites.

The app was introduced in partnership with iAcademy, with DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and College's Chief Operating Officer Raquel Wong leading the ceremony at the iAcademy Nexus campus in Makati City.

“I met with [people from] iAcademy was actually in Intramuros I thought about a month ago, and I was so amazed when they showed me the AR technology, ”Puyat told reporters during the event about how the partnership started.

To use, just tap the app so the camera pop open. Then focus or scan the DOT logo so an AR version of the Philippines' top tourism sites, such as Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, Puerto Princesa in Palawan and Siargao Island, will appear in place of the logo.

Aside from featuring top destination sites, Puyat is also eyeing that the app will show an AR version of how historical sites such as Intramuros, Corregidor, and Mt. Samat in Bataan looked like before.

“And that was actually what we wanted for the youth, because we wanted young people to go to Intramuros, and with this AR technology, the youth could now go around, use their phones and then they could see Intramuros, for example, they can see the ruins but they can see how it was before, ”she went on to say about using the app.

According to Puyat, the app will be available on both Google Play for Android users and the App Store for Apple users. However, she did not elaborate on when the app would officially roll out. / kga

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