Posted by March 26, 2013on
Last week I was in Iloilo City to cover the Grand Launch of the Digital tourism Project of Smart Communications in cooperation with the local heritage advocates of Iloilo.
We arrived in Iloilo April 20th for a full day of tour, exploring several ancestral houses as well as centuries old churches, as far as Miag-ao in the south.
What made out tour even more fun and exciting is we got to use our mobile phones and tablets to scan the QR Codes installed in various heritage properties. After scanning the QR Code, we were then redirected to a webpage which gives information about the old church of house we are visiting. There were also old photos so you get to imagine how the place looked like decades ago.
It was really really hot the whole day, but we still had so much fun checking out every info we can squeeze from the QR Code. Now each and every traveler will have easy access to various information. It’s quick and reliable, just like the Smart Communications which spearheaded this project.
March 21st, was the official launch of the Digital tourism project. The event was held at the roofdeck of the Iloilo city Hall.
The event was attended by the officers of Smart communications from Manila and Cebu, local government officials, as well as local heritage advocates.
The program was opened by Deparment of Tourism Western Visayas Regional Director atty. Helen Catalbas.
Also present during the event were Iloilo city Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Iloilo city Tourim Officer Ben Jimena.
During the launch event, Atty. Catalbas, Mayor Mabilog as well as other guests were able to test the QR Codes that were installed at the roofdeck of Iloilo City Hall.
Iloilo is the second City to have the QR Codes installed at the heritage sites. First was Cebu City when Smart launched the project in December 2011.
I am very optimistic and excited about this project. I hope that over time, all of our major tourist spots will be installed with QR Codes.
Many thanks to Smart communications Inc. for bringing me to Iloilo the city I always consider as my second home,to cover this event! Madamo gid nga salamat!
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