The Philippine Performance Archive on Cultural Performances: Archive as Performative Cultural Memory and Pedagogy

  • Sir Anril Pineda TiatcoEmail author
  • Bryan Levina Viray
  • Jem Roque Javier
Part of the Digital Culture and Humanities book series (DICUHU, volume 1)


The essay is a general overview of the Philippine Performance Archive on Cultural Performances. The first part is an introduction and a presentation of the archival project with emphasis on the concept of cultural performance, concretized within performance studies paradigm using Philippine society and culture as context. The second part is a discussion of how data in the archive were documented and collected using focused ethnography as primary methodology. The method is argued to be the distinguishing mark of the project from other digital archives. Also, this section provides a detailed exposition about the significance of understanding local performance vocabularies and how these terms are translated into the archive through semantic framing. In the end, it is asserted that the Philippine Performance Archive on Cultural Performances functions not only as a repository of resource materials on the study of Philippine cultural performances but also as a performative cultural memory and a pedagogical tool.


Philippine cultural performances Digital archive Focused ethnography Semantic framing Philippine Performance Archive Performative cultural memory 



The authors would like to acknowledge the University of the Philippines Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for funding support provided to the project through its Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program (EIDR). The authors would also like to acknowledge Dr. Jonathan Bollen (University of New South Wales), Dr. Julie Holledge (Flinders University), and Dr. Joanne Tompkins (University of Queensland) for their encouraging words on the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bryan Levina Viray
    • 1
  • Jem Roque Javier
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the Philippines DilimanQuezon CityThe Philippines

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