Minecrafter-YouTuber Von Brix Caliva recreates iconic Filipino pride tourist sites

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Minecraft Pilipinas on YouTube features (From left to right) Barasoain Church, Rizal Park, Magellan’s Cross, Fort Santiago, Aguinaldo Shrine, and five more iconic Philippine destinations recreated on Minecraft and featured on YouTube. Images from BrixBuilds.

The Philippines on Minecraft has been built by YouTuber Von Brix Caliva aka BrixBuilds who recreated iconic Filipino pride symbols that tie to the country’s history, geography, and culture.

The first episode of Minecraft Pilipinas showcases Minecraft-made homages to ten renowned destinations in the Philippines.

The BrixBuilds channel’s PixelCraftTV 018 video released on May 18, 2020, exhibits the creative use of Minecraft by making models of well-known or popular architectural landmarks and nature parks.

The YouTube video that runs over 5 minutes pumps up Filipino pride by showing the different Minecraft replicas of Philippine destinations with the nationalistic song “Bayan Ko” by Constancio de Guzman playing in the background.

The video starts off with the Philippine fabric T’nalak as the background of the title “Pilipinas” written in the Philippine ancient script of Baybayin and opens to a world of the country’s rich heritage.

Minecraft Pilipinas Episode 1 features the following:

  1. Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  2. Barasoain Church, Malolos City, Bulacan
  3. Dambana ng Kagitingan, Mt. Samat, Bataan
  4. Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila
  5. Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila
  6. Corregidor Island, Cavite City, Cavite
  7. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine, Kawit, Cavite
  8. Magellan’s Cross, Cebu City, Cebu
  9. Zamboanga Peninsula, Region X
  10. 7 Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Here are five Minecraft builds and their actual counterparts:

The Barasoain Church is recognized as the site for the country’s first Constitutional Convention, ushering in the first national Constitution in Asia.
Fort Santiago was the Spaniard’s main fortress of defense and was also used in their spice trade.
The Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine’s famous balcony was placed twenty-one years after the country declared independence, to further commemorate the event.
The Magellan’s Cross was first planted by Magellan as a marker of religious propagation in Cebu.
Rizal Park was made to commemorate the life, death, and legacy of Jose Rizal.

The Minecraft replica of Fort Santiago’s gate has already been praised by the Intramuros Administration on their Facebook page and used as an example of “touring from home.” Caliva intends to recreate more of these tour sites and landmarks in future videos.

Other such creators, like JB Cunanan and Fred Tacla, rebuilt Minecraft homages to their alma maters, UP Diliman and UP Los Baños, respectively.

Not only can this game be used to be a medium of creativity, but it can also be a medium of information and education. Good News Pilipinas contributor Agnes Hannah Q. Balibay utilized this by teaching COVID-19 safety tips through the game.

SEE the video here and SEND CHEERS to YouTuber Von Brix Caliva for building iconic Philippine tourist sites on the Minecraft world!

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