We highly welcome contributions in the form of manuscripts related to Philippine Arts and Culture. Such should be typewritten and double-spaced. Accompanying photograph/s if any, should be in black and white.


Your responsiveness would make you a vital and significant part of this publication. Moreover, your involvement or participation in terms of sharing your collection/s to be published would pave the way to your being instrumental in the preservation of Filipino cultural heritage as envisioned by the Foundation. Be assured that due credits and proper acknowledgment will be accorded you.


This publications which attempts to unveil Philippine Culture specifically that of Region IV is brought by REX Oasis of Arts and Culture Foundation to give you as much information and knowledge for better appreciation of our cultural heritage.


Highlighted in this issue are the Blanco Family, Angono Cave, Escudero Museum, Sinauna Crafts, Rizal Shrine, Aguinaldo Shrine, Dalampasigan Restaurant, Balaw-Balaw Restaurant and the local artists of Rizal and Batangas which are just some of many cultural attractions in the CALABARZON.

The Compendium of Philippine Arts now presents to our valued readers (whether artistically inclined or not) this first issue of its second volume which delves with special focus on the Visayan arts and culture, having been through with that of Luzon in the preceding issue last year. This special feature on the cultural characteristics in the Visayan Region aims to highlight the inherent beauty and relative significance that herein printed facts convey; with a hope that we would gain better insights and understanding of the Philippine cultural heritage, with an even more intimate touch of artistic expressions put into this compendium for your reading pleasure.
One way of raising the level of consciousness of the indigenous Philippine arts and culture is to provide the reading public with as much information and materials. Thus, Compendium of Philippine Arts and Culture Autonomous region is being made available for you by REX Oasis of Arts and Culture Foundation. If there is one Filipino ethnic cultural area which should preserved to showcase a precious cultural heritage or legacy, it is the Cordillera autonomous region. The ethnicity of the woven and carved crafts of the place has imprinted an identity which has gained not only local but international acclaim.
Sometime in October 1995, the Mindanao State University System and the REX Oasis of Arts & Culture Foundation sponsored the two-week "Salimpokao sa Mindanao Exhibit" at the ROAC Foundation to showcase the best of Mindanao arts & crafts. Objectives of the exhibit revolve on what Dr. Abdullah Madale says: "Instead of whining over not being noticed, why not showcase the best of Mindanao, for the rest of appreciate…" and on ROAC’s mission, vision philosophy which states: "ROAC will stand as the clearing house of information and data of the diverse culture of the various Filipino indigenous groups, eventually hoping to bring to the attention of the rest of the globe through publications the world-class talents of the Filipino artists." 


Compendium of Phil. Arts Vol. 1 No. 2 March 1996 issue specially features Mindanao cultural to hopefully, bring to the attention of others the beautiful cultural heritage of our Muslim Filipino brothers. Through this publication, the Muslim cultural heritage is, in a way, being brought to a certain level of preservation.

True to the ROAC’s mission which is that of preserving the Filipino Cultural heritage and providing incentive and assistance to the artistically-gifted Filipino, the third issue now showcases Luzon arts and culture after having highlighted that of Mindanao in the second issue. Through this, it is hoped that we would be able to see the distinctive cultural features and characteristics of Northern, Central and Southern Luzon, including the NCR, thus gain a better understanding and perspective of the Philippine cultural heritage, eventually bringing appreciation to the inherent beauty of our culture. This issue serves the dual purpose of not only giving expression, in print, Luzon arts and culture, but also preserving and bringing to the attention of every Filipino and foreigners who will read this, the world-class cultural heritage of the Philippines.
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