Philippines Cultural Day

See free Filipino movies, learn folk dance steps, and hear history talks – celebrate 50 years of friendship between the Philippines and New Zealand. 

  • When Sun 28 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:30pm
  • Where
    Throughout Te Papa
  • Cost Free event

Come to a series of three talks about heroes of Filipino history. In between talks, try out some traditional dance steps, including the Tinikling – step over bamboo poles in time to the music! The dances come from Luzon, the Visayas islands, and Mindanao.

In the afternoon, see the film Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo (Bonifacio: The First President). This historical action epic tells the true story of Andrés Bonifacio, a revolutionary leader who fought to free the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule in the 1890s.

The second film is K’na, the Dreamweaver, a romance about a young princess of the T’boli indigenous people. K’na weaves patterns granted to her by a goddess through dreams. She also has the power to weave together her village’s warring clans – unless love intervenes.


10.30am–1.30pm, Te Marae, Level 4: Three talks on heroes of Filipino history from the Spanish colonial period (1521–1898) to the revolutionary protests of the 1980s. Folk dance workshops take place between talks.

2pm–3.30pm, Soundings Theatre, Level 2: Movie – Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo (Bonifacio: The First President) (Tagalog with English subtitles, 2014, 100 minutes)

3.45pm–5pm, Soundings Theatre, Level 2: Movie – K’na, the Dreamweaver (Tagalog with English subtitles, 2014, 85 minutes)

The covers of the films being aired at Te Papa