The Changing Face of the Ifugao Bulul

with Floy Quintos

The Ifugao Bulul has been widely popularized in Philippine Contemporary Art and the Creative Industries.

This timely re-examination of the Bulul covers a long journey. From a symbol of an ancient animism that survived the colonization of Luzon to its changing face throughout Ifugao history.

First, we will seek to ground the object in Ifugao mythology and oral literature. With the use of both archival photos and recent footage, we will place the object in its proper context, still relevant to the Ifugao people and their culture. We examine the myths and processes, the taboos and the chants that accompany both the creation as well as the use of these figures.

Then by examining the faces and features of specific examples, we trace the changing face of the object by linking them to specific periods of Ifugao history. From the archaic, pre-contact period to the attempts of Spanish colonizers, to the period of pacification by the Americans to the expansion of local trade and commerce, we will see how the Bulul reflected all these important chapters of Ifugao history.

Rather than treat the object type as a static, immutable art piece, this lecture seeks to show the continuum in which an object — and the culture that created it — struggles to survive and evolve.

About Floy Quintos:

Floy Quintos is a multi-awarded playwright and a director for live events, theater, concerts. His love for Philippine Culture has led him on a life-long study of Philippine material culture and its meanings.

He is a creative consultant and scriptwriter for many NCCA documentary projects, most notably "Dayaw". He has curated exhibitions on Philippine textiles, amulets, and folk art for the Vargas, Yuchengco, Museo Cordillera and Taoid Museum in Laoag.

For the Ayala Museum, he has helped curate the show and edit the catalogue of "In My Father's Room: Stories and Small Things Near and Dear to Luis Ma. Araneta "(2016). He has been a guest lecturer for the Intramuros Administration, the San Agustin Museum, The Museo Kordilyera and other educational institutions. In 2019, he was invited by the Musee Du Quai Branley in Paris to mount the first international exhibition on the amulets known as "Anting-anting: The Secret Soul of The Filipino."




MARCH 13, SAT, 4pm-5pm – Lecture 1: Bulul: The Deity Behind the Statue

MARCH 20, SAT, 4pm-5pm – Lecture 2: The Bulul's Changing Face

Ticket Rate Per Session:

P400 Regular

P285 Senior/PWD

P240 Discounted (Undergrad student/Teacher/AGC/Member)

P675 Season Pass (for both lectures)


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P215 Senior/PWDs

P180 Discounted (Members, Students, Teachers, AGC)

P510 Season Pass (both tour and lecture)

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