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FHL Imagines Batanes in New Exhibit
Filipinas Heritage Library has partnered with independent publisher Firetree Press in presenting IMAGINING BATANES, an exhibition and series of talks on the remote group of islands in northern Philippines.
Imagining Batanes opened on May 12 with a conversation among Quintin Pastrana, director of Firetree Press; Ivatan artists Victoria Abad Kerblat and Xavier Abelador; and Ivatan anthropologist Prof. Edwin Valientes. The conversation also presented Asa Ka Awan du Vatan (A Year in Batanes), Firetree Press’ maiden publication. This limited edition book and journal curates the vivid watercolors and narratives of the seasons, lives, and cultures that make up Batanes.
The event will consist of two more talks on Batanes life and culture. On May 23, Prof. Nestor T. Castro of the University of the Philippines Department of Anthropology will present “Nanau nu Mangalkem: Ivatan Indigenous Knowledge on Biodiversity Conservation.” Prof. Florentino H. Hornedo, himself an Ivatan and a member of the faculty at the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School, will deliver a lecture on “Word & Reality in Ivatan Traditional Lyric Poetry” on May 30.
Watercolors by artists from the Yaru nu Artes Ivatan Gallery in Batanes, as well as photographs by Opal Bala and Raena Abella, are displayed during the event, and shall form part of Retrato, the photo archive of Filipinas Heritage Library. Supplementing the exhibit are Ivatan artifacts from private collectors and related books from FHL’s Filipiniana collection.
The LMG Centennial History in 100 tweets
Writer and diplomat Leon Ma. Guerrero's 100th birth year will be celebrated in an interactive exhibit from March 25 to April 12, 2015 at the Ayala Museum. Co-presented by Filipinas Heritage Library, the exhibit will feature 100 tweet-length pieces of his work, as well as books and memorabilia. The exhibit will open with an invitation-only event on March 24 (the day of his birth) at 6pm, and will run on Museum hours from 9am to 6pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission is free, giving the public a chance to re-connect with one of the foremost nationalists of his era.
He is known to a generation of students as the translator of Noli and Fili and the biographer of Rizal. His book The First Filipino won first prize in the Rizal Centennial Biography Contest in 1961. His essays in Spanish, published under the title El Si y El No, won the Premio Zobel two years later.
In 1954, President Ramon Magsaysay appointed Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Leon Maria Guerrero, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, the first Philippine Ambassador to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Guerrero was also ambassador to Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.
The New Statesman of London described him as “…a unique member of his profession. His speeches are so fresh, so sensible, so free from the conventional emptiness of official utterances…” Amb. Guerrero established the Philippine Society of London, whose members included British businessmen and firms with interests in the Philippines, British subjects interested in our culture, and Filipino residents in London.
Amb. Guerrero placed a marker on No. 37, Chalcot Crescent, the house where Rizal lived while annotating Antonio de Morga’s Suceso de las islas Filipinas in London. After 7 years on British soil, Amb. Guerrero was sent to Spain in 1962 where he represented the Philippines until 1966. He was instructed to make representations with the Spanish government for copies of official documents about the North Borneo question.
Never Say ‘Never Judge a Book by Its Cover’
Get the Cover Story in FHL’s Latest Printed Word Lecture
Never Say ‘Never Judge a Book by Its Cover’ is the bold statement proposed by the latest lecture in The Printed Word series, presented by Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) and Prof. May Jurilla, PhD. The lecture, which will be held on 14 March 2015, Saturday, at the 2/F of the Ayala Museum, will tackle the brief history and function of book covers, from the medieval period to contemporary times.
An accompanying exhibit curated by Dr. Jurilla will run at the 2/F of the Ayala Museum until 21 March. Included on display is an edition of Flora de Filipinas, a full-colored illustrated study on Philippine flora by Augustinian priest and botanist Manuel Blanco, as well as other iconic books from FHL’s Rare Books Collection, Roderick Hall Collection, and Pedro Ortiz Armengol Collection, that help trace the history of cover production in the Philippines.
Jurilla holds a PhD on Philippine book history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, giving her the distinction of being the first Filipino book historian in the country. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Her previous Printed Word lectures are Revelations of the Book, on the history and the social context of printing in the Philippines, and Romancing the Book, on book production and proper care.
Filipinas Heritage Library Remembers Battle for Manila at the Ayala Museum
Hundreds of participants including survivors, veterans, former internees, teachers, and students joined the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) in commemorating the 70th year of the Battle for Manila from February 3 to March 3 at the Ayala Museum through a series of lectures and an exhibit.
Manila, My City at War! opened on February 3 with talks by Roderick Hall, whose collection of 2,000+ books on World War II - Philippine Theater, is now housed at FHL; Robin Pettyfer, nephew of former University of Santo Tomas internee Rupert Wilkinson; writer and filmmaker Uro de la Cruz, who has brought the works of Filipino pre- and postwar photographer Teodulo Protomartir to public consciousness; and Col. Emmanuel V. de Ocampo, President of the Veterans’ Federation of the Philippines.
An Open Door: Holocaust Rescue In The Philippines
A lecture and film screening
This presentation outlines how the unique political structure of the Philippine Commonwealth (1935-1946) allowed President Manuel Quezon, US High Commissioner Paul McNutt, members of the Jewish community in Manila, and Jewish relief organizations in the United States, Germany, and the Philippines to provide refuge for more than 1,300 Jews fleeing the Holocaust. Several Manilaner families will be introduced, and their experiences with Filipino friends and neighbors during the Japanese Occupation and Battle for Manila will be recounted. Following liberation, most of the refugees left war-torn Manila, but kept an affection for the Philippines and Filipinos that lasted the rest of their lives and passed to their children and grandchildren. This came to fruition in a dedicated relief campaign in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, led by the son/grandson/nephew of Manilaners.
Manila, My City at War! at the Ayala Museum
“Now but a valley of shudders was Manila, where the famine had become visible as bloated bodies collapsed on the sidewalks.”
Thus Nick Joaquin describes the city during the Japanese occupation in World War II, from 1942 to 1945. It was a time of hunger, pillage, rape, massacre, and bombing. Children were bayoneted in front of their mothers; bodies hit by flying shrapnel lined the distance from hiding places to artesian wells. Books, paintings, and buildings burned to ashes. It was also a time when American internees created zines and comics; Tagalog was used without being described as “malalim”; and music alternated with air raid sirens and radio propaganda.
Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) seeks to recall this period in history with Manila, My City at War!, a commemorative event for the 70th year of the Battle for Manila on February 3 to March 3, 2015 at the Ayala Museum. The event will consist of a mini conference and exhibit that aim to show the various losses brought about by war. It hopes to open a space for awareness as well as reflection: The Battle for Manila was the war of the present generation’s grandparents. What would this generation go to war for, and what would we be willing to risk losing?
The Library that Partnership Built
Finding a home for learning—especially one for elementary school children—is not an easy task. From understanding the needs of the students to assembling and curating the right reading material for them, the challenge goes beyond building infrastructure. It is a multi-layered challenge, but one that can be readily met by different partners coming in with the right help at the right time.