From Pre-Colonial Survivor to Pop Culture Icon: The Changing Face of the Ifugao Bulul with Speaker Floy Quintos

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Join Ayala Museum online on March 13 and March 20 for its first Discovery Lecture of the year: The Changing Face of the Ifugao Bulul with Floy Quintos!

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. 

The first part of the lecture happening on March 13 talks about the Deity behind the statue. The lecture will seek to ground the object in Ifugao mythology and oral literature with the use of both archival photos and recent footage. Quintos will examine the myths and processes, the taboos and the chants that accompany both the creation as well as the use of these figures. 

In the second lecture on March 20, Quintos will 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, viewers 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.

To take part in this two-part lecture, register through or email


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/Members
P240 Discounted (Undergrad student/Teacher/AGC/Member)
P675 Season Pass (for both lectures)


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