Pilipino Culture & History Resources
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So a year ago I made a pre-colonial Philippines reference post on Tumblr with links to English translated texts from Spanish written accounts of our ancestors during the early colonization, to Chinese accounts, some books and essays, videos, and posts that were already written on the Pinoy-Culture Tumblr blog.

It’s been over a year and since then I have collected more resource material and have finally gotten around to making a whole new updated reference post for those of you interested in reading the material yourselves and enriching yourself with knowledge of our history and cultures.

I have broken it down to 4 sections.

I. Pre-colonial History & Culture Based on Primary Accounts & Dictionaries

Pretty self explanatory. This section focuses on resource on looking at our precolonial history and cultures. The links are for the most part linked to the English translations of the early Spanish accounts and other primary sources regarding our ancestors and history from nearby countries like China, Brunei, & Japan.

II. Books

Once again, pretty self explanatory. This section focuses on books regarding our history and cultures. Think of it as a list of a Pilipin@ library that you should check out and read.

III. Video Clips

Though not a lot, there are a few useful videos regarding various aspects of our history and cultures and this section will post links to those videos.

Front page of the Boxer Codex

Front page of the Boxer Codex

IV. Articles, Essays, & Online Archives

The final category, which again is pretty self explanatory.

This list will be the official reference list and will be periodically updated as I found more resources to add. If you have or find anything to add feel free to drop a comment below so I can add it to the list.

I. Pre-colonial History & Culture Based on Primary Accounts & Dictionaries

A Manila Galleon depicted in the Boxer Codex

A Manila Galleon depicted in the Boxer Codex

History of the Bisayan People in the Philippine Islands by Francisco Ignacio Alcina, English Translation

History of the Bisayan People in the Philippine Islands by Francisco Ignacio Alcina, English Translation

II. Books

Filipino Tattoos: Ancient to Modern by Lane Wilcken

Filipino Tattoos: Ancient to Modern by Lane Wilcken

III. Video Clips

  • Forgotten Philippines: Gold of Ancestors (With English translations) (Parts: 123)
  • Philippine Treasures Video by GMA-7 (No English Translations) (Parts: 1234)
  • Ayala Museum Gold Book
The Philippines Treasures

Philippines Treasures Documentary by GMA-7 Network

IV. Articles, Essays, & Online Archives

  • Philippines Epics and Ballads Archive by Ateneo (this has some of the actual recordings of the epic chanters but some don’t have the translations in English yet, they are only translated into Tagalog, and even some aren’t translated at all, however there are brief notes on the epics in pdf format. Also you will need to register an account but its free and you don’t need to attend a school in the Philippines to access the archive, just put in your school name in the field that asks)
  • Any book and essay by F. Landa Jocano.
  1. Agricultural Rituals in a Philippine Barrio
  2. Notes on Philippine Divinities
  3. Notes on the Sulod Concept of Death, the Soul, and the Region of the Dead

Anything by Francisco Demetrio, S.J.

  1. Towards a Classification of Bisayan Folk Beliefs and Customs
  2. Creation Myths Among the Early Filipinos
  3. Death: Its Origin and Related Beliefs Among the Early Filipinos

Anything by Dante L. Ambrosio

  1. Bakunawa and Laho
  2. Balátik and Moropóro Stars of Philippine skies 
  3. ‘Mamahi:’ Stars of Tawi-tawi 
  4. Balatik: Katutubong Bituin ng mga Pilipino 

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