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Defining Quirino Exhibit commemorates President Quirino’s 125th Birth Anniversary

Our country deserves all the loyalty and devotion we can give. I beseech you to summon all the big and noble in you, all that is earnest, all that is patriotic, all that is sincere, to help set a pattern of sanity and constructive action in these days of bitterness and political bewilderment.” – President Elpidio Quirino

These are words from former President Elpidio Quirino – words that are still very relevant today. On 16 November 2015, the nation celebrates the 125th Birth Anniversary of Quirino, the 6th President of the Philippines, who rebuilt a Philippines devastated by war. Today’s Filipinos continue to benefit from President Quirino’s legacy, which includes the Minimum Wage and 8-hour Work Laws, Social Security System, and standardization of teacher’s salaries, among many others. He is also remembered for granting asylum to 6,000 “White Russian” refugees in 1948.


Filipinas Heritage Library’s Ulahingan Project wins third prize grant to digitize major cultural treasure

The Ulahingan Digitization project of the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) won the third prize grant money of $5,000 from EMC Corporation's Heritage Trust contest.
It was a Facebook-based voting contest and finalists are cultural initiatives that have a digital preservation component.
The EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information technology as a service (ITaaS). This is the first time an entry from the Philippines has become a finalist in their contest whilst winning a place in the top three.

Japan’s Cutting Edge Writing, Art & Culture: Monkey Business International

Filipinas Heritage Library has partnered with The Japan Foundation, Manila and the Japan Foundation Asia Center in presenting Japan’s Cutting Edge Writing, Art & Culture: Monkey Business International – A Talk on New Writing from Japan to be held on October 21 (Wednesday), 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Ayala Museum.


Ulahingan Project set to digitize major cultural treasure

It is said that the “Ulahingan” is so huge -- a never-ending story for as long as there are singers.

Ulahingan comes from the word “ulahing,” meaning to sing and chant. A major epic of the Manobo indigenous group in Mindanao, Philippines, it contains 4,000-6,000 lines per episode and 79 episodes on average.  This tradition is orally passed from one generation to the next, often taking several days of continuous chanting while in trance.


Nineteenth-Century Filipino Photography to be exhibited at Ayala Museum

The nineteenth century saw many innovations in capturing images, from the invention of “negative” photography (which allowed for the multiple printing of pictures) to the development of portable cameras to the devising of color photographs and cinema. While all of these were going on in Europe and the United States, a Panay-born photographer named Félix Laureano succeeded in practicing professional photography in the Philippines and Europe. As Spanish and other foreign photographers worked in Manila, Laureano set up a studio in Barcelona, had his work published in Spanish newspapers, and participated in expositions in Spain and Paris, as well as in Manila. In 1895, while his Filipino contemporaries were clamoring for colonial reforms, Laureano wrote Recuerdos de Filipinas, an album of Philippine scenes and landscapes with explanatory text. 



Six Pinoy book designers on book covers

When book covers began to be more popularly used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, they served mainly functional rather than artistic purposes. Aside from protecting the inner pages, covers such as leather imprints functioned as status symbols. Book production has gone a long way, with books becoming objects of mass consumption and covers playing a major role in the selling of books.

What sort of cover would, as food writer and teacher Ige Ramos describes it, make a book “either jump off the bookshelf screaming ‘Buy me!’ or sit quietly until the right person picks it up”? Musician and visual artist Datu Arellano puts it simply: a good book cover is “striking.” But more importantly, it “draws the reader in,” says designer Karl Castro, and “entices without giving too much of the content away.”

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Music of the Lumad

Music of the LumadIn general, lumad music encompasses a wide repertoire of sounds performed for various occasions, and makes use of an extensive array of musical instruments...

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The T’bolis believe that the gods created man and woman to look attractive so that they would be drawn to each other and procreate. Among the Lumads in Mindanao, the T’bolis stand out for their passion for beauty and personal adornment. This is evident in their costumes, body ornaments, hairstyle, and cosmetic practices.

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Retrato is where the public can view the images in the Filipinas Heritage Library’s Photo Archive. It consists of searchable black-and-white images, in thumbnail size, depicting Philippine life through the late-19th and early-20th centuries. The images are documented according to a standard adopted by the Library.

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