Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC)

The INSTITUTE OF PHILIPPINE CULTURE is a social science research organization of the School of Social Sciences of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. Founded in 1960, the IPC seeks a better understanding of culture and society in the Philippines and other Asian countries, an improved quality of life for disadvantaged groups, and a more peaceful, just, and equitable national and global society.
To realize its vision, the IPC has set the following goals:

  • Make significant contributions through scholarly and action research to knowledge generation and theory building on Philippine society and culture, locating these within comparable expressions in the Asian region;
  • Enhance the capabilities of development agencies in civil society, government, and business through knowledge-based training programs;
  • Develop partnerships with nongovernment organizations, people’s organizations, and communities engaged in participatory research, action, and advocacy; and
  • Play a significant part in the attainment of the mission and goals of the Ateneo de Manila University.

The fulfillment of the IPC’s goals is anchored on research, the major focus of its activities. IPC research follows two tracks. The first focuses on its regular programs, namely, cultural heritage documentation; cities, governance and sustainability; assessments of development programs; children and youth; and technology and health. Over the years, the IPC has produced research reports and papers analyzing the situation of groups and communities; helped build the capacity of government and civil society partners for understanding and serving their partner or clientele population; and played key roles in networks active in advocacy.
The second centers around issues or themes aimed at offering solutions to persistent problems while building theory on the dynamics of Philippine society and culture. They have been grouped into six substantial clusters:

  1. social justice, poverty, and resilience;
  2. civil society, social change, and cultural and faith-based values;
  3. asset building and social capital formation in community-based health, education, shelter, and natural resource management;
  4. cultures of work, conflict, and peace;
  5. the impact of globalization. and
  6. preservation and promotion of cultural heritage.

Contact Information:
Institute of Philippine Culture
Second Floor, Frank Lynch Hall
Social Development Complex
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone Nos:

  • (632) 426-6001 loc. 4651 loc. 213 (Ms. Shyl Sales, Administrative Assistant)
  • (632) 426-6067
  • (632) 426-6068

Fax No:

  • (632) 426-6067 loc. 121