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CCP introduces 12-volume ‘Encyclopedia of Philippine Art’

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on Wednesday, November 28 introduced their 12-volume Encyclopedia of Philippine Art with the inclusion of discourses on popular culture, digital media, and LGBTQ-themed essays in broadcast art, among others.

The 2nd edition of the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art in Print Edition is identified to be the most authoritative and comprehensive source of information of Philippine Art and Culture. It has 12 sections which includes: Peoples of the Philippines (vol. 1-3); Architecture (vol. 4); Visual Arts (vol. 5); Film (vol.6); Music (vol.7); Dance (vol. 8); Theater (vol. 9); Broadcast Arts (vol. 10); and Literature (vols. 11-12).

  • Volumes 1 to 3 – Peoples of the Philippines contains comprehensive articles on major ethnolinguistic groups of the country, presenting the unique artistic and cultural expressions within the Philippine archipelago.
  • Volume 4 – Architecture features an extensive coverage of the Philippine architectural landscape, presenting the history, development, and prospects of ingenious and contemporary communities and structures.
  • Volume 5 – Visual Arts explains various expressions of the Filipino visual tradition, from indigenous crafts to contemporary forms.
  • Volume 6 – Film follows the evolution of Philippine cinema from the silent film era to the digital age.
  • Volume 7 – Music contains compositions, instruments, artists, and groups that shaped Philippine music throughout history.
  • Volume 8 – Dance contains the continuing traditions in dance from the pre-Islamic and pre-Christian eras to the Hispanic and American colonial periods, up to contemporary times.
  • Volume 9 – Theater traditions from the various regions, localities, groups, and sectors of Philippine society from precolonial to contemporary times.
  • Volume 10 – Broadcast Arts or Radio is a new addition to the encyclopedia. This is the first comprehensive baseline information on the history, evolution, program development, artists, and personalities to contemporary times.
  • Volume 11 to 12 – Literature tackles the treatise on all the oral and written literary traditions across the archipelago and beyond.

The encyclopedias’ editor-in-chief, Dr. Nicanor Tiongson shared that the encyclopedia rejects the ideas of high and low art and fine and popular art; it is people-oriented, tackles LGBTQ issues, and shuns patriarchal values. He also emphazied that the encyclopedia has been repeatedly “revised, updated, and expanded.”

The comprehensive encyclopedia has more than 5,000 feature essays on art history, major works, types of art, artist biographies, organization profiles, and aspects of production. It includes more than 3,500 photographs and illustrations.

The 12-volume encyclopedia features the work of more than 500 scholars, experts, researchers, and writers, and was edited by 12 expert area-editors. The second edition of the encyclopedia — which comes over two decades after the first edition was published in 1994 — was made with a budget of P45 million.

The encyclopedia will be accompanied by soon to be released digital edition, which will contain all the information of the 2nd edition. The content will be continuously updated to follow changes and new innovations, equipped with images, audiovisual clips, navigational tools, as well as online and offline versions. The set is now available for P50,000.

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