Arts in the Philippines
Arts in the Philippines refer to all the various forms of the arts that have developed and accumulated in the country up to the present era. Traditional arts include folk architecture, maritime transport, weaving, carving, folk performing arts, folk literature, folk graphic and plastic arts, ornament, textile, or fiber art, pottery, and other artistic expressions of traditional culture.
About Arts in the Philippines in brief
Arts in the Philippines refer to all the various forms of the arts that have developed and accumulated in the country up to the present era. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the official cultural agency of the government of the Philippines, has categorized Filipino arts into traditional and non-traditional. Traditional arts include folk architecture, maritime transport, weaving, carving, folk performing arts, folk literature, folk graphic and plastic arts, ornament, textile, or fiber art, pottery, and other artistic expressions of traditional culture. There are numerous Filipino specialists or experts on the various fields of traditional arts, with those garnering the highest distinctions declared as Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan, equal to National Artist. Folk structures include simple sacred stick stands to indigenous castles or fortresses such as the idjang. Five rice terrace clusters have been declared as world heritage sites, namely Nagacadan, Hungduan, central Mayoyao, Bangaan, and Batad. The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, locally called payyo, are a geologically-altering works of art. Many of these bahay na bato buildings have been declaration as world Heritage Sites. Many are house-like buildings made of native materials, and are usually open-air. Some were originally pagoda-like, a style later continued by natives converted into Islam, but have now become extremely rare.
Some of the oldest surviving coral houses still used today are in Palawan, where they are known as Bahay kubo. The oldest surviving coconut houses are in Sabtang, which is one of the largest coconut-growing areas of the country, with more than 1,000 coconut trees in the area. The Philippines is home to more than 100,000 Filipinos, many of whom are still living in their ancestral homes. The number of Filipinos in the U.S. is growing, and is expected to reach 100 million by the end of the year, according to the National Institute of American Studies (NIAS) The U.N. has declared the Philippines as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the first time in its history. The country is also home to a number of world-renowned museums, including the National Museum of Fine Arts, Architecture, and Design, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, which has been declared a National Cultural Treasure. The national museum of fine arts is located in Manila, and has a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of art, including works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Picasso. It is the only museum of its kind in the world that is open to the general public. It also has a museum of contemporary art, which includes works by contemporary artists such as Pablo Picasso and Diego Gómez. The museum also has an exhibition of works by the likes of Salvador Dali, who was the first Filipino to visit the country in the 17th century.