Pagmumulat sa Mundo ng Papetri: Promoting Awareness on the World of Puppetry in the New Media (Phase 1)

With the restriction in movement due to the Covid 19 pandemic, performances have transitioned to a new media—the online platform. Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas (MULAT Theater) wanted to explore this new media to promote different puppet theatre practices in the world. Puppetry is a serious art form in many countries and also serves a lot of functions: for education, entertainment, creative expression, therapy, among others. The primary goal of this Project  (Phase 1) is to increase awareness on puppetry in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and Japan. Online materials on the art of puppetry, puppet artists, and performances were curated and organized. The output of the Project is a website that will provide information and resources on puppetry and puppet theatre practitioners and organizations that can aid in classroom learning or simply create awareness on the magical world of puppetry.

MULAT Theater would like to express its sincerest gratitude to Japan Foundation Manila for the opportunity to jumpstart this project. 



Mulat is a Filipino word which means ‘to open or awaken’ while papet is the Filipino term for ‘puppet’. Pedia, a shorter term for encyclopedia, is from the Greek word paideia  which means ‘education’,  ‘child rearing’. [1] Through this website, we hope to engage the young and the young at heart to discover the power of the puppet.

mulatpapetpedia.org provides access and links to information on the art of puppetry. The site features the following: puppet types, puppet artists and organizations, and resources.

The initial entries focus on puppetry in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and Japan. We hope to expand the geographical scope of this project by  continuing our data gathering to enrich the website. 


[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encyclopedia