3DCG Contest No.1

bahay kubo

We have series of 3DCG contest now! About the contest? Read HERE

This time, 3DCG contests are all about our ‘Bahay Kubo’.
Contest No.1 – Bahay Kubo – Entry period : by July30, Deadline : Aug 14 (Current contest)
Contest No.2 – Playing children in front of the bahay kubo – Entry period : Aug 1-14, Deadline : Aug 30
Contest No.3 – The environment (Fields, grasses, trees etc…)   – Entry period : Aug 15-31, Deadline : Sept 15

The picture is just a sample image. You can make your design. The 3D models are used for Spatial and the preparation guide for Spatial is here.

Please register for the contest via the email form below.
We’ll choose 3 creators for each contest and will let them know within 2 days after the registration period ends.
After we hold 3 contests, we’ll make 3 spaces at Spatial and introduce them with the story below.


Tara! Pasok po tayo sa aming bahay kubo (Come in to our Bahay Kubo)

So simple, yet it shows the Philippines as a whole. When we glance around, we see that the materials used to construct our home are those things that can be found in nature. The base is made of strong bamboos, representing a strong faith and love for our country, as well as resiliency that no matter how many times we are crumpled by calamities, the people are standing strong and regardless how dull or dark a color may be, we always amplify the brighter one. The Fan Palm (Anahaw), Nipa, and Cogon cover the residents within like a hat, reflecting the strength to face all kinds of struggles and heat but we always look at the comfortable side to smile. Every Filipino calls this place home and it will never be completed until it includes the cornerstone that defines who we are as Filipinos: the unconditional love we share from inside.

Pleasant tones of laughter from the children playing outside with their parents planting in the rice fields like a golden land, and the breeze that touches the depths of our spirit together with our bahay kubo, this is a life of serenity and dream. During the pre-colonial period before Spaniards came, this home has long been the traditional houses of the indigenous Filipinos. When history of colonization was written the name was renounced inspired by a Spanish word Cubo (meaning cube) probably because of its rectangular appearance and bahay is the Filipino word for house. Touring to our home, the shelter was mainly built to provide protection during the rainy season and shade during the hot summer months. On all sides, there are awning windows that keep the inside well-ventilated and may be sealed off from the weather with a series of sliding panels. Its steeply sloping high-pitched roof sheds rain and allows heated air to leave while a cooling air flow enters via the porous bamboo walls and floor. The housetop is steeply angled and open gabled to allow for fumigation, and it has huge overhanging eaves to give shade and keep the rain out. Although it is normally built as a small size there are kinds of bahay kubo that are huge like the church of Muslims called Langgal and Torogan sa Maguindanao.
Life in a Bahay Kubo is not limited by the confines of the house; it also incorporates the lives of neighbors and acquaintances, who are considered family. Solid community ties will bring them together to help build a new house and if they wish to relocate, it requires a big group of people to move the nipa hut. This is conducted by placing bamboo poles lengthwise and crosswise under the house to build a large structure capable of lifting the stilts from the ground and physically carrying it to its new location. Each person bears a portion of the weight of the Bahay Kubo and becomes a hero for all the others because he eases their burden. Following the arrival of the house at its new location, the relocating family expresses their gratitude by organizing a little fiesta for all volunteers who assisted them. This is the Bayanihan that we’ll always be proud of, a culture that is illustrating the Filipinos as one people highlighting the Philippine community’s distinctive way of life. It is derived from the term bayan, which means community, country, or town, and represents a common spirit that makes an otherwise difficult task feasible via the power of collaboration and solidarity. Working together for the common good, providing unsolicited support to one another out of a sense of closeness and camaraderie, especially during tough times and without expecting praise or personal benefit.
The simple Bahay Kubo is more than just an indigenous dwelling; it is an architectural and monumental masterpiece that is revered as a national emblem, cultural legacy, and symbol of unity. This time-honored residence is a monument to the basic and clean yet strong Filipino spirit; it symbolizes the character of the Philippine provincial landscape and displays the Filipino identity, as well as the heart and soul of Filipino rural life. Although many Filipinos have adopted numerous contemporary building forms in recent years, Bahay Kubo may still be seen by certain communities living in the highlands and away from the city. Others are even creating their own modern replicas of the ‘bahay kubo’ in quest of uniqueness, which aids in the preservation of traditions and culture. Then again, you’re always welcome to go inside. Our home is yours too, Pasok ka! Pasok ka! (Welcome, please enter)


  1. Xiao Time: Kahalagahan ng Bahay Kubo. (2014, August 15). Retrieved May 11, 2022, from https://bit.ly/3Nb2WpH
  2. OUR 7107 ISLANDS. (2021). Bahay Kubo: A Home of the Filipinos. Retrieved May 11, 2022, from https://www.our7107islands.com/bahay-kubo-a-home-of-the-filipinos/
  3. R.J. (2010, April 21). Bahay Kubo. Things Asian. Retrieved May 11, 2022, from http://thingsasian.com/story/bahay-kubo

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*The contest is only open to Filipinos creators
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