Indigenous Knowledge Contours for a Science of the Folk Community


Joel Regala


The Philippines have a complex history. Aspects of Indian, Arabic and Chinese culture spread to the early indigenous kingdoms of the Philippine archipelago, which were colonized by the Spanish in 1565, followed by the United States in 1898. The colonizers thought Native peoples had no civilization, so indigenous knowledge was relegated to the category of ‘superstition.’ National independence came in 1946 and, with it, a globalized business culture, which also disregarded indigenous knowledge. Finally, the recovery of indigenous heritage is now seen as vital, so that we may understand the full richness of our national identity.


Author Biography

Joel Regala, Holy Angel University Angeles City, Philippines

Joel S. Regala is Assistant Professor and former Chair of the General Education Department, School of Arts & Sciences, Holy Angel University, Angeles City (Philippines). He finished his BSEd in History, Magna Cum Laude, at Holy Angel University, then obtained his MA in Philippine Studies at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Joel sits as a Vice President of ADHIKA (Asosasyon Ng Mga Dalubhasa May Hilig at Interes Sa Kasaysayan) Ng Pilipinas Inc. [Association of Professionals, Enthusiasts, and Interests in History of the Philippines]. He attended the Big History Summer Institute at the Dominican University of California in 2017. He may be contacted at <>.