Hudhud and Darangen: Voices from Pre-colonial Philippines

UNESCO’s Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

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The Philippine Culture in Southeast Asia

Given more than 300 years under colonial rule[1], much of the cultural exponents of the Philippines have largely been branded as “westernized” to the extent of being “un-Asian” in terms of practices, orientation and even the mentality of its people. The dominant understanding of mainstream Philippine history only traces its beginning with the discovery of the Philippines by Spain in the 1500s. The cultural shifts that took place in the succeeding centuries masked how the Philippines was like prior to the 16th century, somehow severing the connection to the old ways of life that were known to early Filipinos (Del Castillo & Medina, 1974). Several festivals in the Philippines – which are already traditions introduced by the Spaniards – even depict how the ‘indios’ (the term they used to call the natives) have been enlightened and civilized through Christianization[2], and that…

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Speaks fluently the languages of traveling, culture, and history. Enjoys looking at forgotten architecture, spaces and relics, and getting to know the people of the world. Occasionally delivers talks about heritage sites and tourism, and never ceases to love food and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Holds two degrees from UP Diliman that are totally unrelated to those mentioned above.
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