Salumpuwit,Bangko , Silya atbp… Exhibit

THE Block- SM North EDSA, Quezon City -Philippines

poster of the exhibit

National Commission for Culture and the Arts ( NCCA),  Metro Bank Foundation , Inc. , and SM Super malls invites everyone to attend the exhibit .

Different kind of chairs

The exhibit entitled Salumpuwit, Bangko , Silya atbp. from the book of Dr. Gerald Lico . There were about 38 different chairs representing different eras.

Rocking chair and a Butaka chair

 Rocking Chair / Rocker or Tumba-tumba / Lumba-lumba was the in- chair fashion during the Spanish regime . This is a type of chiar with two curved bands (also known as rockers) attached to the bottom of the legs, connecting the legs on each side to each other. The rockers contact the floor at only two points, giving the occupant the ability to rock back and forth by shifting his/her weight or pushing lightly with his/her feet . Old heirloom family pieces would include a rocking chair made from Philippine finest hardwood species  .

Butaka or Butaca ( chair with  with long arm rests )  is sometimes called The quintessential impolite chair . The butaka is a native lounge chair with a lengthy back that is reclined down and extended arms for resting legs. It is made up of wood and intertwined rattan strips. It is also common in households in Northern Luzon.

 When the Spaniards came to the northern part of Luzon , a reclined chair was discovered in the midst of native aristocrat’s houses and called it “butaca”, a Spanish word for arm chair. Finding it very relaxing, the Spaniards adopted and even brought it to their mission houses and mansions. They also used it during special occasions. A lot of the old heirloom pieces were  made from finest Philippine hardwood species .

Batibot chairs

 Batibot means ‘small but strong and sturdy.’ The wooden seats and tabletop are wrapped in sheet iron, and the legs and seat backs are made of bent iron rods; even the studs and rivets are made of solid iron. The chairs were popular in the Philippines in the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s .  Recent trends in chair fashion enable batibot chairs make a come back . Instead of black or brown paint – Some chairs were painted with pastel colors.

Art Nouveu inspired living room chairs made from wood

There will also be a FREE lecture on Architecture and Interior Design on August 31, 2013 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Contact: Mr. Henri Palma or Ms. Lalaine Calicdan of the Metrobank Foundation , Inc. 898-88-56 or (0922-8464559)

Link: Metrobank Foundation Facebook page:


5 Responses

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  2. How can we order your”butaca”?
    Can you shipped it here in milledgeville, georgia?

    • Hi, the author is not the one selling the items. You may contact the organizers of the event

  3. how much is the rocking chair ?

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