have long been fascinated by the Philippines because of the concentration in
a small area of many different kinds and levels of tradition and external influence.
Situated both on the cultural boundary between Asian and Oceanic peoples, and
the physical boundary between Asiatic and Australian continental masses, the
archipelago provides a veritable laboratory in which theories involving migration,
diffusion, independent invention, and cultural materialism can be investigated.
Of course, one does not have to have a pet theory to enjoy the wide diversity
of lifestyles and material culture on the islands!