- Insights into Living Heritage

in celebration of Philippine Heritage Month 2022



The Philippine Arts Council is presenting "The Filipino in Me - Insights into Living Heritage" this June 2022 for Philippine Heritage Month. This is an online exhibit of multimedia works on Philippine living heritage themes from June 1 to July 31, 2022.

This event aims to explore the unique qualities, and build an inventory, of Philippine living heritage in Canada. It aims to encourage art creation, and an appreciation on how art can engage the community and the exploration of heritage. This is a wonderful opportunity to further artistic practice, promote Philippine culture, and showcase original works to the public. This event also aims to initiate important conversations on lived experiences, facilitating a culture of understanding, empowerment and equity.

Show us what parts of your Philippine living heritage are important to you!

Presented in partnership with the Edmonton Philippine International Centre (EPIC).


This is a national call for entries to showcase multimedia art works on the meaning of, reflections on, and/or the practice of Philippine living heritage in daily lives and current times in Canada.

  • The call is open to residents of Canada.

  • Individual or group submissions are welcome.

  • Submission is free.

  • Submission must be the original work of the entrant/s.

  • Multiple submissions by an individual or group are allowed.

  • Existing or new works are eligible.

  • Eligible media include, but not limited to: literary arts (i.e. poetry, essay, short story, etc); music; dance; visual arts (i.e. painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, illustrations); crafts; film/video; textile.

  • Submit entries by email, a shared Google file, Dropbox, or via WeTransfer to Indicate "The Filipino in Me" in the subject line.

  • Include in the submission:​​

  1. Name of Submitter/s or Creator/s​

  2. Email address and phone contact

  3. City of residence

  4. Artist/Creator Statement on Work

  • Cash awards and prizes to be awarded to top submissions, based on peer adjudication and public online voting.​


  • Deadline for submissions is May 28, 2022.

  • Online exhibition at, from June 1 to July 31, 2022.

  • Voting [Peer Adjudication and People's Choice], June 1 to July 31, 2022.

  • Announcement of Top Entries and Awards, August 14, 2022.


  • Any submission that includes or suggests graphic, racist, or otherwise inappropriate content will automatically be disqualified.

  • Submissions by minors require a signed Parent/Guardian Consent when submitting works.

  • All entrants must be able to supply a signed release for any identifiable person or persons in their works of their parents/guardians, if requested.

  • Submissions remain the property of the artists/creators. Philippine Arts Council reserves the rights to use entries for promotional materials and purposes in print and online, without cost.

  • For questions and further information, email


Living heritage are the values, beliefs, and way of life passed on through generations, and define our sense of identity. These may be reflected in the intangible elements such as:

  • oral traditions and expressions, including language -- proverbs, tales, legends, myths, epic songs and poems, nursery rhymes, chants

  • performing arts --  traditional vocal and instrumental music, dance, theatre, puppetry, costumes

  • social practices, rituals and beliefs, festive events -- seasonal ceremonies, traditional games and sports, culinary traditions, traditional legal systems, fiestas

  • knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe -- knowledge about local fauna and flora, traditional healing systems, traditional ecological wisdom

  • traditional craftsmanship -- traditional artisanry, musical instruments, household utensils, tools, clothing, jewelry, decorative art, ritual objects and tools


Living heritage continue to exist and be meaningful in the present. While they draw on traditions, they are also contemporary, living and continuously recreated through a dynamic process.


  • traditional beading / jewelry / design / fabric / embroidery incorporated in modern design

  • cooking traditional foods, or a fusion of the food

  • performing and adapting Philippine traditions in a Canadian setting

  • rearranging and/or reinterpreting songs learned from elders

  • traditional tattooing and designs

  • Christmas traditions, and other important Philippine events


*** For inquiries regarding participation

in The Filipino in Me - Insights into Living Heritage, as an exhibitor or sponsor,



We look forward to hearing from you!