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“Our Culture is the Philippines greatest gift to the world.”

Felipe de Leon Jr. is a Professor of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Q.C. where he teaches humanities, aesthetics, music theory and Philippine art and culture and Professorial Lecturer on courses in social transformation, such as Language and Social Transformation, Semiotics, Mythology and Institutional Dynamics, and Accompanying People’s Movements, at the Asian Social Institute in Paco, Manila.

His experience as a cultural administrator is extensive and widely recognized. He was the Commissioner and Head of the Subcommission for the Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Chairman of its National Committee for Music from 2004-07. He was also Chairman of the Gawad Sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (National Living Treasures Awards) from 1993-2007. He was mainly responsible for setting up and institutionalizing this award, which recognizes the masters of traditional arts in the country for the purpose of preservation and transmission of skills to the younger generation. He is presently the Chairman of the NCCA’s Committee on Intangible Heritage.

Among his published works are Philippine Art and Literature, Volume III of the Filipino Nation Encyclopedia, published by Grolier International in l982, and On Art, Man and Nature: Selected Readings in the Humanities. He has written numerous articles on cultural issues, especially on cultural creativity and diversity, worldviews and values, and culture and development. He was the main author of the ASEAN Declaration for Cultural Heritage.



  • Humanities
  • Aesthetics
  • Music Theory
  • Philippine Art and Culture
  • Social Transformation
  • Semiotics
  • Mythology and Institutional Dynamics
  • Accompanying People’s Movement