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Why Should I Take A Course In Philippine History?

Museum Volunteers of the Philippines – History course begins this 30 September 2015.



For most foreigners, the Philippines is either their new home or their temporary home. While in this country, adjusting could be hard with the language barrier or the cultural diversity. There is also this notorious Metro Manila traffic jam that stresses out most foreign visitors. This country is a strange, new world for most foreigners, especially non-Asians.


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However, there is more about Manila or the Philippines that is worth noticing. Sometimes when we are new in a place, we don’t really appreciate its worth because we don’t feel we belong there. However, knowing about the history of a group of people can eventually open one’s mind into understanding the strangers you meet everyday. With understanding the cultural heritage of a group of people, it becomes easier to adjust with their behaviour, traditions or customs. It is the same thing with places in the Philippines. Once you understand the historical significance of an old building or an island, then you also realise that history comes alive and you are right there in that special place.


In fact, there was a group of foreigners who settled in Manila in the 1981 and they were fascinated with the Filipino culture, historical heritage and arts. One of them is a lady named Margaretha Gloor who was curious about the Filipino culture. Eventually, other foreigners joined her with their common passion for history, archaeology and arts. This lead them to coordinate with the National Museum as a first step. Through the years, their group grew with more foreigners living in Manila who were all studying and learning about Philippine history. What binds them together is their common interest in knowing more about the foreign country where they currently reside, which is the Philippines. Their group is called “Museum Volunteers of the Philippines.”


Today, MVP has over 200 members with an international group who are both Filipinos and expatriates from different countries around the world. MVP has a library that contains rare and valuable resources for history enthusiasts. They have more than 1400 volumes and other reading materials about the Philippines and Asia.




MVP Opens Registration for History Course

Museum Volunteers of the Philippines (MVP) announces the opening of registration for the 2015-16 edition of their course, Philippines: Past and Present. It is an in-depth treatment of Philippine History from pre-colonial times up to the present.


Students will meet once a week at the Ateneo Professional Schools in Rockwell Center, Makati City, from late September 2015 to March 2016.  The course features presentations by module leaders, guest speakers, field trips, and active student participation.  The course is popular among expatriates and local residents alike who are interested in learning more about the cultural and historical background of the Philippines.


This will be the 27th year for MVP to offer the course.  The organization is dedicated to fostering better understanding of Filipino culture and history through volunteer work with local museums that preserve historical and cultural artifacts. The history class originally began as a course for docents, or museum guides. It now has a wider, more general appeal. Participation has therefore broadened through the years.  Enrollment includes membership in MVP for one year.


Although the class is taught in English, it is sensitive to the needs of non-native English language speakers. Opportunities for student participation are provided through presentations, being part of reaction or discussion panels, or doing research work. It is a chance to sharpen English language skills in a congenial, multi-cultural environment.


The class begins on September 30, 2015 and will end on March 16, 2016, with breaks for local holidays and Christmas. The class is organized into 5 modules: Early History prior to 1521, Spanish Rule from 1521 to 1898, American and Japanese periods from 1898 to 1946, Independent Period from 1946 to 1986, and Modern Era after EDSA I (1986 to the present).


Slots are limited, so early registration is encouraged.  For further information and registration, please send email to



Author: Marcelle Villegas 


With text from Museum Volunteers of the Philippines


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Poster – Museum Volunteers of the Philippines



Special thanks to Maggie Pedersen of Museum Volunteers of the Philippines






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