Philippine Indigenous and Traditional Arts for Beginners (6 weeks)


Art is a window to the culture


It can be noted that art as a form of human expression is customarily used to communicate ideas and thoughts. This may include representations of spiritual/religious beliefs, information that is to be shared for the benefit of a community (such as where to find the best game to hunt or plants to harvest), messages of warning, territorial markings, and self-expression, among others. 


In the context of Philippine history, this program aims for its learners to understand Filipino culture by looking at the window through its Indigenous and Traditional Arts provide. Boasting almost a hundred (100) ethnolinguistic groups, Philippine Indigenous and Traditional Arts will allow its learners to be exposed to various indigenous Filipino artistic expressions from architecture, culinary arts, performing arts, rituals and how it serves their decorative, aesthetic, and utilitarian functions to the community. Congruent to this, each session will also highlight the creative genius, artistic excellence and distinctive skills of Filipino artisans. Most importantly, at the end of this course, it shall help learners to reflect on how Filipino cultural identity is manifested in the various forms and expressions of the nation’s indigenous and traditional arts. 


  • SESSION 1: Sining sa Perlas ng Silanganan (Art in the Pearl of Orient Seas)

Introduction to the history of the Philippines and the culture of Filipino people. Also, provides an overview of some Filipino concepts of art. 


  • SESSION 2: Hinulma ng Kamay at Kahoy (Sculpted by the Hands and Wood)

Learn and differentiate the various artistic expressions and creative forms of woods in the Philippines – from the small anito to architecture such as the Bahay Kubo and Torogan,


  • SESSION 3: Salu-Salo at Halo-Halo (Feast and Halo-Halo)

Learn and appreciate the rich and flavorful culinary arts of the Filipino.


  • SESSION 4: Bayan ng Ginto at Mandirigma (Land of Gold and Warriors)

Learn and understand the concepts of aesthetics and beauty of the Filipino through how they ornate, accessorize, and decorate their body through gold and tattooing. 


  • SESSION 5: Ang Kalikasan ay ang Entablado (Nature is the Stage)

Learn and appreciate the different traditional performing arts in the Philippines.


  • SESSION 6: Habi at Hibla ng Lahing Pilipino (Weaves and Threads of Filipino  


Learn the colorful and highly distinctive textile traditions and practices in the Philippines and how it weaves the threads of Filipino identity. 



Feb 11, 18, 25
Mar 4, 11, 18

Feb 12, 19, 26
Mar 5, 12

Mar 18


Rosalito Amosco Jr earned his BA in History at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and further pursued a Post Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching at Adamson University. Accordingly, he also worked as an Instructor and Senior High School Teacher to both universities and taught Philippine History, Culture, and, Arts subjects. Currently, he is involved with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Philippines.


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