Friendly Borders


An artifact, whether a Hopi urn, a Maori carving, or an Edo period woodblock print is a tangible representation of the culture which produced it. Languages, both living and intangible by nature, are even more fragile, and therefore more precious cultural artifacts. It is in the same custodial spirit that we seek to showcase and preserve individual languages and the very cultures from which they sprang, without regard with political considerations that often attend questions of ethnicity.

Friendly Borders strives to preserve ancient and modern cultures and languages around the world. Our small but dynamic and dedicated staff is particularly concerned about cultures that are being threatened by the inroads of modernization and could disappear  in the near future due to assimilation.

Founded in 2004, Friendly Borders has set a number of ambitious goals itself, with the aim of protecting world cultures and languages from extinction.


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    Beyond Pacquiao and Boxing: Revisiting Filipino-Mexican Cultural Ties
    By Kristoffer R. Esquejo

    Beyond Pacquiao and Boxing: Revisiting Filipino-Mexican Cultural Ties

    Manila – Whenever I see Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao fighting a Mexican boxer, I look at it in a historical context, as if I am witnessing a struggle between one of the Visayan warriors named by Spanish chroniclers as “Pintados” and a modern-day Aztec soldier from the New World. After spending ten months in Mexico for research, I found out that the Philippines and Mexico have numerous things in common. Though Filipinos and Mexicans were rivals in boxing, they treated me as a compatriot because of our shared history. The Mexican government even sent an air force combat squadron to help us…Continue reading

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