For the year 2020, the Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) welcomes proposals for future iterations of “Umpukan sa Nayon.” We are eager to nurture linkages with organizations who can help us deliver better programs for the Filipino public.

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For the year 2020, the Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) welcomes proposals for future iterations of “Umpukan sa Nayon.” We are eager to nurture linkages with organizations who can help us deliver better programs for the Filipino public.

Umpukan sa Nayon was designed as a series of multi-sectoral consultations (FGDs) for the NPF to deliberately gather and co-produce ideas for the development of its programs. 

An NPF Umpukan is anchored on the core values that continue to guide NPF during these challenging times: inclusiveness, collaboration, creativity, sustainability, innovation, transparency, developmental, community empowerment

Below are the programs of NPF and the detailed guidelines for proposing an Umpukan topic in line with our mandate, mission, vision, and strategic roadmap. 

I. The NPF Programs

Currently, there are three NPF Programs: Heritage Space, Research Institute, and the Cultural Leadership Institute.

A. Heritage Space 

The Heritage Space Program was originally designed as a series of program offerings for the Cultural Park and Creative Hub at the NPF Property located at the New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City in Parañaque City. The original activities planned for 2020-2021 were intended to activate the space through curatorial programming consisting of heritage displays and other activities in situ.

As we navigate the new world created by COVID-19, the NPF will continue generating meaningful interactions and creative partnerships. For now, we shall engage audiences in digital platforms.  This direction is supported by the proposed “Better Normal for the Workplace, Communities and Public Spaces Act of 2020” under the section on Management of Cultural and Heritage Spaces.:

Digital platforms shall be used to consolidate resources and cultural forms in public spaces, to create an archive or oral histories, visual ethnographies, philosophical discourse, that shall be made available to the public for virtual appreciation. Online promotion of cultural programs, performances, exhibitions, and enhancement of existing public arts and monuments shall be highly encouraged.

The act shall galvanize all digital efforts of NPF under the Heritage Space Program, in keeping with the spirit of innovation and creativity. The organization shall continue to be agile and responsive to our stakeholders. 

Even before the pandemic, NPF already envisioned the future site to be more than just a physical space. It is not a mere rigid infrastructure but a platform for encounters and the enlivening of stories of our roots, routes, and contemporary emergence. “Nayon” has also gone beyond the romanticized notion of village life represented in a theme park. “Nayon” can also refer to a community of social networks not limited to geographical boundaries and having affective ties to a place. 

The Heritage Space program provides platforms for heritage interpretation activities and establishes multi-sectoral linkages in the arts and culture sector and creative industries.

The NPF Heritage Space will also include a museum of NPF’s permanent collection that has over 2,500 artifacts from the different indigenous peoples of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The NPF collection is diverse and varied, ranging from intricate beaded jewelry to striking weaponry for hunting and warfare to ritualistic artifacts. It also includes musical instruments, vessels, funerary objects, and textiles. The NPF will launch a virtual microsite for the Research Institute and the museum. The NPF Virtual Museum will consist of digital exhibitions of the different artifacts with the intention of going beyond the standard flat images and short captions. This will be achieved through different multimedia outputs, such as videos, 3-dimensional imaging, social media integration, and community-centered content generation. The last two are important in creating a dialogue between NPF, the indigenous communities represented, and the public. 

B. Research Institute 

In line with its mandate under Presidential Decree No. 37 to promote, encourage, and initiate research and development projects on social science and humanities, the NPF Research Institute is a knowledge development center that will conduct research on the following fields: Cultural Governance, Sustainable Tourism, Cultural and Creative Industries, and related areas. The Research Institute will serve as a think-do-tank on policies concerning heritage, cultural and creative industries, and tourism. Knowledge products for the use of stakeholders and the general public will be among the outputs of the NPF Research Institute. 

The NPF Umpukan sa Nayon is under the Research Institute. It is a method for gathering valuable data that shall guide the development of the three programs of NPF. An Umpukan enlivens conversations about activities under the Heritage Space Program,  complements the knowledge development activities of the Research Institute, and provides inputs for the Cultural Leadership Institute.

C. Cultural Leadership Institute 

The NPF Cultural Leadership Institute is a training and formation program for developing cultural leaders who shall be at the forefront of Philippine cultural heritage protection, promotion, and development. Among its goals is to build the capacities of employees of NPF and other stakeholders in the cultural and creative industries to prepare them for leadership roles in cultural heritage protection and sustainable tourism development. 

The three programs of NPF are distinct in the sense that each has a different set of objectives, yet they are interrelated and maintain synergy. Therefore, proposals for future iterations of Umpukan sa Nayon must take this into consideration. 

II. Guidelines for Prospective Partner Organizations 

A. For the year 2020, proposals for an Umpukan may be subsumed under the following themes, each with specific trajectories that can be aligned in any of the three programs of the NPF: 


Target Month for Implementation


The future NPF site: potential of an urban forest within proximity to the Las Pinas Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) June 1
Nurturing spaces for co-creation and civic engagement July 1
Limning the Future, a Nayong Pilipino for Children August 1
Sustainable Tourism – what it means, do we mean well, and how to make it meaningful  September 2
No object unturned: The Nayong Pilipino Collection October 1
Cultural Rights, Ancestral Domain, and Self-Determination October 2
Beyond exposure: Protecting the dignity of creative labor November 1

B. Proposals must include the following parts:

  1. Cover letter addressed to the NPF Executive Director
  2. Brief profile of the organization, complete contact information, and website/social media site.
  3. Concept paper – a brief document (2-3 pages) containing the following parts:

a. Working title for the Umpukan and target implementation date.
b. List of participants from different fields of expertise and practices across the Philippines and their brief bio-note (50 up to 150 words)
c. Moderator and his/her brief bio-note (50 up to 150 words)
d. Names of support staff consisting of one (1) transcriptionist and one (1) audio-visual specialist
e. A 5-point discussion framework with research questions that can be discussed by participants within 1.5 to 2 hours.

C. Following our mandate, the NPF supports research interests in Social Science and the Humanities. However, the discussion framework must include questions that will allow NPF to gather transdisciplinary insights and suggestions for the three programs of the NPF.

D. We will appreciate receiving proposals from potential partner organizations sent to no less than four (4) weeks or twenty (20) working days before the target date for implementation. The NPF operates with a lean and mean staff dedicated to NPF Programs who collectively desire to serve their stakeholders in the most efficient way.

E. Framework of expectations from NPF and the partner organization:

  1. Partner organizations are expected to have a list of confirmed participants, one (1) moderator, one (1) transcriptionist, and one (1) audio-visual specialist for the proposed Umpukan before submitting a proposal to NPF.
  2. The NPF will prioritize proposals with a list of participants who come from different fields of expertise and whose insights can contribute to the three NPF Programs.
  3. The moderator is expected to be pro-active in the development of research questions and guiding the discussion flow during the Umpukan proper. The moderator may also initiate conversations with participants before the Umpukan proper if this is necessary. 
  4. The transcriptionist is expected to transcribe the entire Umpukan and provide NPF with a clear and coherent transcription with no typographical errors. 
  5. The audio-visual specialist is expected to document the discussion on video and provide NPF with a clear video with the NPF logo as watermark. In the case of online iterations of Umpukan, the audio-visual specialist need not be named by the partner organization.
  6. The NPF will provide logistical support by preparing visual collaterals to be disseminated online. The NPF will also host the Umpukan in either physical or online platforms. 
  7. An Umpukan in a physical setting can have up to ten (10) participants with breakaway segments with one moderator, transcriptionist, and audio-visual specialist. The NPF provides the necessary equipment, snacks, and venue. 
  8. An Umpukan in an online platform will have up to ten (10) participants in one episode or two (2) mini episodes each with five (5) participants. The partner organization may curate the conversation following either of the two options.  
  9. The moderator, transcriptionist, audio-visual specialist, and participants will each receive a humble honorarium for services rendered to the NPF. 
  10. The NPF is an institution that offers equal opportunity to all and is eager to co-produce knowledge in partnership with different organizations across fields of expertise. For this reason, organizations may propose one (1) Umpukan or two (2) mini-episodes of Umpukan under a given theme in a given year. 

III. The Story of “Umpukan sa Nayon”

“Umpukan sa Nayon” or “Umpukan” is a series of multi-sectoral consultations initiated by the Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) to enliven conversations based on its mandate (P.D. 37, 1972) and the recently developed strategic roadmap.

An NPF Umpukan is anchored on the core values of NPF: inclusiveness, collaboration, creativity, sustainability, innovation, transparency, developmental, community empowerment.

Originally, the project was under the Heritage Space Program of the NPF, meant to enable public participation for the development of the physical setting and content of the future Cultural Park and Creative Hub near Manila Bay. The site is close to the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area. 

Last December 10, 2019, the Nayong Pilipino Foundation sought the wisdom of elders from the Mount Kitanglad Range. Datu Makapukaw (Adolino Saway) was the head of the Kitanglad delegation joined by Bai Inatlawan (Adelina Tarino), Bai Magagaw (Leonarda Saway), Datu Aligpulos (Dominador Decano), Salima Saway, Oliver Kinuyog, and Rowins Omarol. The Mount Kitanglad Range is part of the ancestral domain of cultural communities who have been inhabiting and protecting the place. The gathering was made possible by Ma. Easterluna Luz “Easter” Canoy, anthropologist and Executive director of Kitanglad Integrated NGOs, Inc. (KIN) and cultural workers who participated in the discussion. This was the first “Umpukan.”

The second iteration of “Umpukan” was implemented using available digital applications and streamed online in the social media sites of NPF. As part of NPF’s covid-19 response, it was called “Staying Alive” with enablers and leaders of arts and culture networks such as Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), the Creative Aid Working Group, Balud Art Network (Mindanao), Creative Content Creators Association of the Philippines (SIKAP), Solidarity in Performing Arts Festival (SIPAF), Artists Welfare Project Inc. (AWPI), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Sub-commission on the Arts (NCCA-SCA), and representatives from the independent musicians’ sector. 

“Umpukan” currently serves the Heritage Space, Research Institute, and Cultural Leadership Institute of NPF because the method and insights gathered proved valuable for developing the research trajectories of the Research Institute and courses for the Cultural Leadership Institute of NPF.

For the heritage month celebrations, the NPF responded to the theme “Mga Kuwentong Pamana.” “Heritage, Communities, Our Future” was a collaboration with the International Council on Museums and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines and the Intramuros Administration (IA). We invited administrators of heritage sites, specialists in heritage interpretation, leaders of heritage organizations, leaders and key actors in community-based heritage conservation and other heritage initiatives in a locale. From May to June, the NPF also collaborated with Tuklas Pilipinas for a series of talks with practitioners from archaeology and specialists in heritage interpretation. 

We are looking forward to having more collaborations with various groups!