The CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art Is Now Available For Free Online

  • April 27, 2021

  • Written by Shan Arcega

A treasure chest of information, all you need to do is sign up on the page (it’s free!) to access the CCP’s Encyclopedia of Philippine Art.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)’s Encyclopedia of Philippine Art is known as the country’s most comprehensive source of information on Philippine Art and Culture. Last year, the CCP strived to make this encyclopedia (which costs up to P50,000 per set, by the way) available online to keep it available to Filipinos even amidst the pandemic. Last year, however, the resource had a rate of P75 for a monthly subscription with semi-annual and annual options also available. 

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This year, the resource can now be accessed through this link for free. All one needs to do is sign up and make an account on its page to access the online Encyclopedia of Philippine Art filled with over 5000 entries from more than 500 contributors. The CCP EPA was first published in 1994 and was put together by a large number of writers, researchers, scholars, experts, artists, and cultural workers who helped complete the first 10 volumes. It is divided into nine sections: Peoples of the Philippines, Architecture, Film, Broadcast Arts, Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, and Literature. 

For any student or simply enough anyone thirsting for knowledge about our country and its art, the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art is a must-have collection. Magnifying the collection’s architecture section,

ccp Encyclopedia of Philippine Art
CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art

For budding architects, it would be in your great interest to know that the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art has a total of eight sub-sections under the topic of architecture.

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This includes Historical Essays where the development of Philippine architecture and related topics like Philippine architecture during the third republic (1946-1972) are discussed; Forms and Types, which focuses on the different private and public structures in the Philippines; Aspects of Architecture where essays related to the art and science of Philippine architecture are discussed (one can find manuals for construction, design, and planning under this sub-section); Structures where notable private and public Philippine structures like the Argao church and Convento are discussed through essays; Heritage Areas where essays on historical and cultural sites like the Baguio Heritage area are the topics of interest; and Artists and Organizations, which highlights profiles of the major architects, scholars, and organizations that make up the Philippine architecture society.

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