The major cultural agencies of government are the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Historical Institute, the National Museum, The National Library, the Records Management and Archives Office, and the Commission on the Filipino Language. The Heads of these cultural agencies are all ex-officio members of the NCCA Board and all except the Commission on the Filipino Language are together under the National Commission on Culture and Arts.
The Philippines has a larger and more vigorous artistic community than any other Southeast Asian nations because it has four cultural heritages - Asian, European, Mexican, and American. In Manila alone, the arts and culture capital, there are many art galleries showcasing the works of talented local painters, sculptors, muralists, and folk artists. Theatrical and orchestral performances are also very popular.