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AFTERWAR: World War II Film Festival and Exhibition

Filipinas Heritage Library
in partnership with
Ayala Malls Cinemas

Film Festival and Exhibition


FHL supports the 2017 Koha International Conference

For the first time, the Philippines hosted this year’s Koha International Conference (KohaCon) on June 19 to 21, 2017 at the Ayala Museum through the support of the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), a user of the Koha Integrated Library System (ILS).

KohaCon is an annual international users’ conference on Koha ILS, the world’s first free and open source ILS. KohaCon is aimed at sharing and exchanging experience in new functionalities, training and bug squashing, promoting collaboration to enhance the use of open source ILS and to encourage new developments in Koha. The previous KohaCons were held in France (2006), Texas (2009), New Zealand (2010), India (2011), Scotland (2012), Nevada (2013), Argentina (2014), Nigeria (2015), and Greece (2016).

KohaCon17 was organized by the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP) and Koha ILS Philippines Volunteers led by Eugene Espinoza, one of the country’s Koha specialists and FHL’s Consultant for Koha. A Hackfest followed on June 22 to 23 at the Asian Institute of Management, wherein attendees were able to participate in Koha development which includes testing of the new version and new features, and interact with Koha developers. 


Filipinas Heritage Library, Partners launch "Revolutionary"

On May 20, Saturday, Filipinas Heritage Library, Bahay Nakpil-Bautista Foundation, Inc., and the Estate of Nick Joaquin will launch REVOLUTIONARY, an exhibition and program held at the Ayala Museum in celebration of the centenary of the National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin, and the sesquicentennial of the musician and Katipunero, Julio Nakpil.

Featuring the compositions of Nakpil as well as Joaquin’s non-fiction works, the multi-sensory exhibition will attempt to arrange a conversation between the two artists on History and the Revolution. It will also try to illustrate the Manila where both Joaquin and Nakpil were born, and where they lived at an important historical turn – the end of Spanish rule and advent of American colonization.

In Nakpil’s time, Manila was called the “Reina de los perfumes en Asia,” having had perfume makers that imported scents such as ilang-ilang and lavender to Europe. Nakpil even honored the ilang-ilang with a composition. Contemporary scent creator Oscar Mejia of Oscar Mejia Artisan Fragrances will contribute scents that invoke both old Manila and the Revolution. Meanwhile, World War II had destroyed the Manila that Joaquin had begun to write about in the 1930s, and whose history he traced in books such as Manila, My Manila, Almanac for Manileños, and his many journalistic works.  


Doble Mirada: Madrid-Manila

At the turn of the century, the Philippines is presented to the world in two cities
In July 2015, Filipinas Heritage Library collaborated with the Toronto-based independent researcher, Francisco G. Villanueva, in organizing the mini exhibition entitled Felix Laureano: First Filipino Photographer at the Ayala Museum. The Panay-born photographer had successfully set up his own photo studio in Barcelona and was likely friends with the propagandista who fought for reforms in Spain in the late nineteenth century.In 1895, Laureano published Recuerdos de Filipinas, a photo-album of Philippine scenes accompanied by short descriptive essays. Recuerdos de Filipinas was displayed at the Exposición Regional de Filipinas in Manila in the same year.



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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Martial Law and Music

Martial Law and MusicThe year 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. In the next two months, Filipinas Heritage Library will feature a series of articles on the different aspects of arts & culture in the Philippines during the years 1972 to 1981. The first, on music, was written by our intern Bea Saban, a History major at Skidmore College, New York.

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Other Features


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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LibraryLink is a one-stop resource center for Filipiniana resources. It aims to provide one search engine or point of entry for researchers and students who are doing research on Filipiniana. LibraryLink provides a venue for interaction among researchers, library professionals, people from the publishing industry and the academe.

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