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Philippine Muslim Holidays

Presidential Decree 1083 (1977) first recognized and enforced Philippine Muslim holidays “to reinforce the unity of the Filipino people.” The observance of these holidays was initially limited to Mindanao. In Republic Act 9177 (2002), however, the Philippines recognized Eid’l Fitr as a regular holiday of nationwide observance.



Indigenous Peoples and Land

indigenousThe Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 identifies indigenous peoples (IPs) as “homogeneous societies…who have continuously lived as organized community on communally bounded and defined territory…or who have, through resistance to political, social and cultural inroads of colonization, non-indigenous religions and cultures, become historically differentiated from the majority of Filipinos.” Indigenous cultural communities/indigenous peoples (ICCs/IPs) also include cultural groups that have been displaced from their ancestral land and have resettled in another territory while still maintaining their social institutions.


LibraryLink Conference on Preservation held at FHL

On August 25 to 27, the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) hosted The 2nd LibraryLink Conference with the theme “Preservation: Trends and Challenges” held at the Reading Room of FHL in Makati City.

Storytelling in the Library

The Filipinas Heritage Library celebrated fourteen years of serving and promoting literacy and Philippine art, history, and culture last August 28, 2010. The Filipinas Heritage Library began in 1974 as part of the Ayala Museum through the donation of materials from the Ayala Corporation and the Zobel de Ayala family. In celebration of the centennial of the 1896 Philippine Revolution, the library was given a new home in 1996 in the Nielson Tower, marking the Ayala Foundation’s commitment to providing a knowledge network on the Philippines.

Art and Architecture under Martial Law

Filipino art and culture was institutionalized during the martial law regime when in 1973 the Constitution stated that "Filipino culture shall be preserved and developed for national identity"; therefore the "arts and letters shall be under the patronage of the State." Government support for the arts was shown in the architecture and other cultural institutions commissioned by the first lady, Imelda R. Marcos.


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