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In this Workshop, we will be making a Filipino Miniature Bahay Kubo.

Bahay Kubo is a square shaped house with no divisions, just a door and windows. It is built using local materials such as wood, bamboo and nipa grass. It is a Philippine icon and it represents the Filipino culture. These houses are raised off the ground, to allow for proper ventilation since the flooring is made of bamboo, and also to avoid flooding. In this Workshop, Learners will assemble the pieces to build their own Bahay Kubo.  In addition, Learners will make two Filipino paper dolls to use to play with in their Bahay Kubo, each wearing the Filipino national dress-men wear the Barong Tagalog, and women wear the Baro't Saya. 

The Bahay Kubo displays the architectural intelligence of the native Filipino during pre-Hispanic times. The idea was to build a house that is resilient to the tropical season of the Philippines. At the same time, Bahay Kubo is a symbol of the unity of the people in a community by means of "Bayanihan." The men in the community volunteer to help carry your house to your desired area to live.

In the Philippines, if you are living on a farm, Bahay Kubo is the structure of the house. As I grew up living on a farm, this type of house is where I built my dreams during my childhood. 

Please note: This Workshop is recommended to ages 10+ as it requires the use of a hot glue gun.  Younger Learners may participate with parents helping hands.


What You'll Need

GLOkit What's a GLOkit?


Filipino Miniature Bahay Kubo GLOkit

This GLOkit contains a variety cardboard materials prepared and ready to assemble, brown construction paper, bamboo sticks, a hot glue gun with glue sticks, and Filipino paper dolls ready to color and cut for Bahay Kubo play time!

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Additional Supplies

This Workshop requires some preparation with a parent, prior to the Workshop. 

  • In your GLOkit you will find 4 square pieces of cardboard with textured papers on one side.  On the back sides of these 3 of these, you will find either square or rectangle shapes, drawn using either solid or dotted lines.  Using either a box cutter or Exacto knife (and having either a piece of cardboard or cutting board to work on), please cut all the way through the solid lines, and only lightly score the dotted lines.  These will be the windows and door of your Bahay Kubo, and the scoring on the dotted lines allows for the windows and door to open and close.  
  • In your GLOkit you will also find 2 sheets of brown paper, folded together in half.  Please cut 5 strips from the shorter side, each 1 cm thick. 
  • In your GLOkit you will also find little bamboo sticks taped together.  Please remove this tape prior to the Workshop.

During the Workshop each Learner will also need:

  • Coloring materials of your choice to color in the paper dolls (colored pencils, crayons, or markers)
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper to cover work surface
  • Elmer's glue or a glue stick
  • Wet paper towel or baby wipes to clean glue off hands
  • A large workspace

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Joan PeconcilloView Profile

Hi!  I'm Joan from The Philippines, also known as the Pearl of the Orient Sea. While working as a museum educator and as a local tour guide in our city, I fell in love with the arts and crafts from our culture. I am glad to be part of your journey in learning about other cultures, and to share my beautiful craft with you. 

I started crafting when I was little child.  Since my parents couldn’t afford to buy us the toys that we wanted, my aunt taught me and my siblings how to make different arts and crafts as a way to play.  We would make leaf stamps, paper dolls, paper mosaics, and simple origami.  Every time we would complete a craft we would be so proud, and we would put it to the wall corner to show it to our parents.  This was one of the best parts of my childhood.  As an adult, I continue to enjoy craft making, and my favorite materials to work with are paint, colored pencils, paper, and indigenous materials.


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Filipino Miniature Bahay Kubo