As Filipinos continue to feel the strain of the global financial crisis, the Philippines’ cultural and historical legacy is beginning to fade, according to a report from the Philippine Institute of Tourism (PIT).
The institute’s report, titled “Philippine Culture and Identity,” describes the growing influence of a handful of Philippine artists, filmmakers, and academics on the global stage, but it’s the country’s increasingly visible Asian identity that’s now the focus of much of the attention.PIT’s “Philippines” section, for example, says the country has more than 7,000 artists, writers, musicians, and other creative people of Asian descent.
But the report also mentions “the rise of Filipino identity” as a theme that is often overlooked.
The Philippines’ history of being a center of the Chinese empire, which is largely responsible for the rise of Chinese cultural and national identity in the 20th century, is now being challenged by a wave of foreign arrivals and a new, assertive Filipino identity, the report says.
The report comes amid growing concern among Filipinos about how the Philippines is being left behind in the world, particularly in terms of its cultural and political leadership.
“The Philippines is a very culturally and politically homogenous country.
There is no ethnic identity that is being lost or lost in this process,” said Daniela Palma, a lecturer at the Philippine National University.
Palma has spent much of her career studying Philippine history and culture, particularly the rise and decline of Philippine cultural and identity.
“In this country, it is important to know that there is a sense of belonging to a nation,” Palma said.
“When you have a country that is very homogenous, then it is hard to be an outsider, and this is one of the reasons why people feel insecure.”
In her study, “The Philippine Cultural and Political Identity: The Case of ‘Porfilang na Pampanga’ (The Rise and Fall of Philippine Culture),” Palma notes that while there are Filipino artists, academics, and scholars, the country is not a top-tier destination for international students.
It is also a place where people who are not native Filipinos can’t find jobs or opportunities.
The Philippine Institute for Tourism (PUTP) was founded in 2005 as a non-profit, not a government agency, Palma noted.
The institute is now one of only three such non-profits in the country.
The others are the National Institute of Film and Television Culture (INFNTC), the Institute of Contemporary Philippine Art (ICES), and the Philippine Academy of Art and Art History.PUTP, which Palma founded in 2010, was founded to help the government manage the cultural and cultural heritage of the country, Palmas told Ars.
In the wake of the financial crisis in the early 2000s, she said, the institute was able to provide funding to help Filipino artists and writers, to help local Filipino filmmakers, to teach Filipino artists about their art and history, and to create a Philippine cultural identity for Filipinos abroad.
“We created this project to help create Filipino identity for the world,” Palmas said.PUP has been able to do this through the support of local Filipino artists who were unable to afford to purchase the art needed to create the artwork.
The fund was created in response to the “PorFilang na Paanga” (The Rising and Fall Of Philippine Culture), Palma explained.PALMAS was part of a team that spent a year and a half researching and producing the report.
The report’s title refers to the rise in the Philippine culture and identity during the 1970s and 1980s, Palias said.
It was an effort to document the “cultural explosion” in the Philippines, she explained.
Palmas and her team researched and compiled the literature and articles on Filipino culture and nationalism in the 1970-1980s, to better understand what the Philippine people were going through at the time, Palamas said.
“This was an attempt to understand what Filipino identity was, and what Filipino history was,” Palamas told Ars, adding that the report was a response to questions like, “How did Filipinos change their identity, or did they become more Filipino?
Did Filipino culture become more Philippine?
How did they grow up, or change?”PALAS said that during the process of writing the report, she and her colleagues came across several other publications, which were critical of the government’s handling of the economic crisis.
The authors of these publications, Palas said, were the same people who would write about the “pornography” of Philippine pornography in the 1980s and ’90s, the “narcotics war” in Asia, and the drug trade in the Southeast Asian country of Vietnam.
In addition, Palases research also found that Filipinos were very critical of how the Philippine government treated the plight of their country’s Chinese and Muslim minorities