The “Soul of San Diego,” Balboa Park ranks as one of the most significant urban parks in the United States, covering 1,200 acres with more than 80 cultural, conservation, and recreation organizations. Every year the House of the Philippines has a Lawn Program.
Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble participated in the Lawn Program in 2006. This was yet another cultural exchange opportunity for PKE to advance it’s mission. Kulintangan is little known and less frequently practiced compared to such quintessential Philippine folk arts like tinikling, itik-itik or maglalatik, which reflect more than 300 years of Spanish rule and influence.
According to the House of the Philippines website,
The House of the Philippines is a place to learn about the history, culture and people of the Philippines. It is one of many cottages that make up the House of Pacific Relations located in Balboa Park, the cultural heart of San Diego. The mission of these Houses is to provide a cultural experience for the residents and visitors of San Diego.
Created in 1935, the House of Pacific Relations was originally constructed as part of the California-Pacific International Exposition in San Diego. The House of the Philippines came out of urgency from members of the Philippine American Community between 1959 and 1960 when the founding members started the process of applying with HPR. The whole point was to “to share the Filipino culture with the visitors from all over the world in the cultural center of San Diego,” said Juanita Santos, Past President & Founding Member.
In 1961, the House of the Philippines became part of the International Cottages in Balboa Park. Since then, the House of the Philippines has served as a place to learn about the history, culture, and people of the Philippines. It is one of the many cottages that make up the House of Pacific Relations located in Balboa Park, the cultural heart of San Diego.
The House of the Philippines is a non-profit organization operated by dedicated volunteers who donate their time and effort to continually improve the House as a means of sharing the Philippine culture with others. New members are always welcome. Monthly membership meetings are held at the House.
Pictured here are Mitchell Almoite, Bernard Ellorin, Christine Quidim, Sev Reyes, Jhoselle Padilla, and Joseph Ramirez.