Description : Of all countries in Southeast Asia, the Philippines have the largest artistic community due to its four major cultural heritages – American, European, Asian and Mexican. In the National Museum in Manila alone, there are displayed a wide variety of artworks of talented sculptors, painters, folk artists and muralists. The National Museum preserves and conserves the country’s largest tangible and intangible ethnographic collection. However, the National Library is used as a repository for the country’s finest literary materials. With a rich cultural heritage and a handful of talented artists, Philippines is now internationally known for its talented artists. Even though the movies produced here were internationally acclaimed, the movie industry remained small due to the popularity of foreign movies and high taxes. American movies are usually an inspiration for the films created in the Philippines. Literature on the other hand, is based on the American and Spanish literature influences and on the oral traditions of folklore.