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Education / Arts & Tourism
The Proposal for the Center for Filipino Music, Film and Theater
Contemporary Construction with Alternative Local Building Materials
(Bamboo, Coco Lumber, Rattan, Abaka and Coconut Husk)
a. Project

The music of the Philippines has always been diverse and evolving
through time, it started out as indigenous music, as rituals and chants.
After the Spanish era, the Filipino music has evolved into Liturgical and
Secular Music that still lives on in Christianity until today. And as time
progressed, Western and American influences also fused with our music
which gave birth to the concept of pop, and until present we improve
this concept and have developed OPM, this era was called as post-
liberation. The Post-liberation era of music came together with the pop
music in the Filipino language and continued to diversify until today. This
post-liberation gave birth to various music icons such as Levi Celerio, Cecil
Lloyd, Ruben Tagalog, Mabuhay Singers, Ryan Cayabyab, Rey Valera,
Imelda Papin, etc.

Philippine Theater also has evolved through time. In parallel, it also

started out indigenously for feasts, an example is the awiting bayan, and
sarswela. The Spanish colonial influence gave birth to comedy, moro-
moro, marcha, etc. After this, the American influence gave input to
theater by contributing the concept of stage shows, musicals, etc. and
introduced the concepts of Broadway, Shakespeare, fiction, and many

With the birth and evolution of music and theater, is the introduction of
Filipino film and cinema. Due to music and theater performances that
require venue, the birth of Spanish Cinemas and vaudeville was born. And
with the evolution of both music and theater was the adapting of the
cinema until its present condition.
These facets of Philippine history is not exhibited and well-relayed to
the Filipino people because it is not given enough concern and awareness.
At present, Filipino Music and Cinema doesnt have any museum or central
institution for the Filipino though Filipino Theater is centered at the
Cultural Center of the Philippines. This concern is not given enough
concern by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and
still neglected. Until today, they still rent the Ayuntamientos Vestibule and
Marble Hall in Intramuros for NCCAs awarding and events for Cinema,
Music and Theater.

This is the envisioning of the proponent for the project. A center for
Filipino music, theater and cinema, where every Filipino can participate
and include themselves in the local arts. And this proposal aims to achieve
that outlook through strategic design and architecture. And also serve as
an educational center for the local arts.

b. Research

The project aims to apply fusion of modern and traditional construction

methods using vernacular or local alternative building materials,
specifically bamboo, coco lumber, rattan, abaka, and coconut husks.

Bamboo, considered as the 21st century steel, is envisioned to be

used in the construction of the project and also widening its uses. Also,
coco lumber, rattan, abaka, and coconut husk lacks intensive research
and architectural applications which the proponent deem fit to be studied
in this paper.


a. Goals
The main goal of the study is to propose a complex that will affect
Filipino people in terms of their awareness, knowledge and concern for the
arts, specifically music, cinema and theater. Also, this can be a great leap
on the local arts and may also raise innovational issues for the Filipino
music, film and theater due to more concern to its educational knowhow.
b. Objectives
Propose a strategic center for Filipino music, theater and cinema
for local art events and education.
Introduce an intensive application of traditional and modern
construction methods using local alternative building materials
such as bamboo, coco lumber, rattan, abaca and coconut husk.


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National Commission on Culture and the Arts. (2015, April 15).

Philippine Music, A Historical Overview. Retrieved from National
Commission on Culture and the Arts:

Philippine Journeys. (n.d.). History of Philippine Cinema. Retrieved from

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