Virtual Sentro Rizal
The “Virtual Sentro Rizal 2nd Edition” is a project of the CFO that brings the traditional mode of appreciating Filipino heritage into the digital age. It is a portable, multi-lingual collection of 200 Filipiniana references in DVD format which were selected across genres and regions. These were culled from the library collection of the National Commission for Culture & the Arts with additional materials sourced from cooperating producers and publishers. This initiative is in compliance with Section XII of Republic Act No. 10066 – the National Cultural Heritage Law (2009) – which calls for the institutionalization of Sentro Rizal/s to serve as physical venues for the promotion of Philippine history, language, arts and culture in areas with significant numbers of overseas Filipinos. While the virtual nature of the collection allows cultural dissemination beyond borders and is purposively designed to appeal to the tech-savvy generation, this compilation is a modest attempt to introduce the Philippines via distance learning to Filipino and as well as foreign audiences. The translation of the texts into Filipino, Ilocano, Sebwano, Bicolano, Mëranaw, and Spanish provides a teaching/learning tool for culture educators that also promotes the use of the Filipino language and the development of the Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education program. The translation of the texts of the “Virtual Sentro Rizal 2nd Edition” into Spanish was piloted to address the importance of cross-cultural understanding by making Philippine culture accessible to foreigners and especially to the growing number of transnational diaspora youth born to Filipino marriage migrants worldwide. The 2nd Edition package also includes the multi-lingual Users’ Manual in printed format, the promotional Audio-Visual Presentation and the sample Lesson Plans.