On Dr Jose Rizal's birthday this year, I was back in historic Manila with Ate Bing, Ate Mary, and Manuel. But instead of visiting him, we opted to soak up on Philippine culture. Our first stop: the Cultural Center of the Philippines' (CCP) Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino.
Aside from the musical instruments, I noticed the dioramas about Filipino homes. Filipinos living by the sea (the 'sea gypsies', Sama Dilaut or Badjao) have boathouses; those who live in the mountains, like the Bagobos, have developed interconnected houses in the trees; Filipinos who live along the path of the strongest typhoon winds, such as the Ivatans, have developed houses of thick limestone walls; and people who live in calmer conditions used bamboo and nipa to construct their houses, like the lowlanders and the Agtas.
|Sama Dilaut 'lepa' and houses on stilts (in the background)|
|Ivatan limestone house|
|Bagobo tree houses|
It's so amazing to see that houses Filipinos live in are as different as their environment! These houses are just an indicator of the diversity of culture in the Philippines.