Mabuhay: Art of the Philippines

Grades: 1-3   
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum

For the 2017-2018 school year, sign-ups will begin July 1, 2017.

Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. ​Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.​


Take a trip across the sea! Learn about the diversity and rich heritage of Filipino art, life, and culture—from indigenous traditions of Northern and Southern Philippines, to art made under Spanish Colonial rule and finally some colorful contemporary pieces. In this participatory tour, students get involved by weaving with a traditional back-strap loom, trying on costumes, and creating beautiful art patterns as seen on Filipino objects. The tour is enriched with a lovely Filipino story read in an open courtyard. 


Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Dawn Sueoka at

Art on this Tour:

Bachelor's Hat (suklang). Northern Luzon​, Bontoc​. Rattan, boar's tusks, mother-of-pearl buttons, sennit ties. Bequest of John Allerton, 1991, (6118.1). (Pictured above).

Connecting to Standards

General Learner Outcomes

GLO #1: Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
GLO #2: Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
GLO #3: Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
GLO #5: Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)

Common Core ELA Standards

K-12.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words

SS.1.3.1 Compare own life with those of children in history
SS.1.6.1 Describe ways in which own and other cultures express cultural beliefs and practices through stories and/or legends
SS.2.2.1 Investigate the history of families using level-appropriate primary sources (e.g., artifacts, photographs, interviews, documents)
SS.3.6.3 Explain how cultural elements (e.g., language, art, music, stories, legends, and traditions) can change over time and explain possible reasons for that change

FA.1.1.6 Compare artwork from various cultures that have similar themes and subject matter
FA.2.1.4 Investigate how art is used in celebrations, festivals, and customs of selected cultures from the past and present
FA.3.1.3 Use observational skills in creating an original work of art

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