Philippine Culture

Culture is what defines a country and its people. In the Philippines culture plays a significant role in preserving national identity. The Philippines has a diverse cultural heritage, reflecting the country’s rich and colorful history that spans decades of Hispanic, Japanese, American and Chinese influences.

Makati: Home for Philippines’ Culture and Heritage

In Makati City, the Philippines culture is preserved and promoted for the education and appreciation of the people. Despite its status as the leading financial and business district in the country, Makati has effectively merged Philippines culture and arts right in the midst of the city’s busy commerce.

The city is home to major institutions that hold some of the most comprehensive collections of cultural artifacts, historical data and a wealth of educational materials pertaining to the Philippines culture. One of these institutions is the prestigious Ayala Museum, which is located at the corner of Dela Rosa Street and Makati Avenue (there is also an access through Makati’s Greenbelt mall).

Ayala Museum houses the historical dioramas of Philippine history’s most significant events. It also has on display some of the most notable paintings of contemporary Filipino and international artists in its galleries. Nearby is the Makati Park and Garden which has an amphitheater where some Philippines culture shows, folk dances, ballet, stage plays and other cultural concerts are held.

For those doing research on Philippines culture and history or simply want to browse through a wealth of literary and educational materials on the country’s rich heritage, Makati hosts the Filipinas Heritage Library, which is a non-government institution built and maintained by Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI). Filipinas Heritage Library holds more than 13,000 contemporary books on the country’s history, art and social sciences, with over 2,000 rare titles and an extensive collection of maps, slides, photographs and rare books on microfiche.

Filipinas Heritage Library has moved to the sixth floor of the Ayala Museum from its old location near the intersection of Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue. With the Filipinas Heritage Library now physically under its wing, the Makati City’s Ayala Museum has really become a complete resource center for the Philippines culture, arts and history.

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