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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.
FHL and Google present online history of Baguio
This September, Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) joins the Ayala Museum in becoming the first cultural institutions from the Philippines to partner with Google Cultural Institute (GCI). Through its online exhibit on the GCI site, “We look before and after, and pine for what is not: A history of Pines Hotel and Baguio,” FHL makes some of its collections free and accessible to the public.
Finding The Lost Art of Gabino Reyes Congson
For its next Printed Word exhibit and lecture, Filipinas Heritage Library presents “The Lost Art of Gabino Reyes Congson” on September 6, Saturday, 10:30 AM at the 2F Function Room of the Ayala Museum.
Gabino Reyes Congson illustrated popular covers for the iconic Philippine Magazine from 1936 to 1941. As Philippine Magazine editor and publisher AVH Hartendorp wrote, “Mr Congson’s drawings of Manila street characters are noted for their keen observation and humor, and those who understand anything of art will admire the economy and efficiency of the means he employs in transferring what he sees and thinks to his sketch pad.”
State of the Nation Address : A Briefer
Written by Marianne G. Bugnosen (FHL Intern)
The State of the Nation Address or SONA, began during the Commonwealth of the Philippines. According to the 1935 Constitution Article VII, Section 5, “[t]he President shall from time to time give to the Congress information on the state of the Nation, and recommend to its consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
FHL Gets Physical With "Romancing the Book"
On 12 July 2014, nearly a hundred book lovers, cultural workers, educators, and students came together to share and listen to intimate stories about the book as a material object. The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) once again invited May Jurilla to facilitate a lecture, this time entitled, Romancing the Book, which is the second installment of The Printed Word, a lecture series revolving around the history of the book and other facets related to it. The Printed Word aims to contribute to the promotion of reading and appreciation of the publishing industry and of Filipiniana publications.
Now Online: The Roderick Hall Collection Annotated Bibliography
The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) is pleased to announce that the Annotated Bibliography of the Roderick Hall Collection is now available online at http://rodhall.filipinaslibrary.org.ph.
This growing collection of over 900 books and papers on World War II in the Philippines is compiled by Roderick Hall, with a focus on personal experiences both civilian and military, within the Philippines, during the Japanese occupation. The collection also includes books written by Japanese authors thus taking into account both sides of the war. This collection is housed and available for research at the FHL.