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Home NEWS Filipiniana FHL Gets Physical With "Romancing the Book"

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.

In Romancing the Book, May Jurilla discussed the history of the making of books, the parts of the book, and everything else related to the book as a material object, including tips on how to give books some tender loving care. Ten select titles from the rare book collection of FHL were showcased to illustrate the different parts of the book.

In addition, the following titles from the rare book collection of FHL were exhibited to show the condition of books published from the 18th up to the early 20th century and the restoration efforts of FHL to bring these precious materials back to their original grandeur. Quoting May Jurilla, “just like any other device, the book is not indestructible. It ages with the passing of time and deteriorates with the exposure to natural elements and with the handling or mishandling of its users. It needs proper attention and care for a shelf life that could last for generations.”

The exhibit will run until the 19th of July at the 2nd floor of the Ayala Museum.

Titles on exhibit:

  1. Comercio suelto, y en compañias general, y particular, en Mexico, Peru, Philipinas, y Moscovia, by Marques de Santa Cruz.  Madrid, 1732.
  2. Historia general de Philipinas, Tomo XI, by Juan de la Concepcion.  14 volumes.  Manila, 1791. 
  3. Arte de la lengua bisaya hiliguayna de la isla de Panay, by Alonso de Mentrida.  Manila, 1818. 
  4. Vocabulario de la lengua tagala, by Domingo de los Santos.  3rd edition.  Manila, 1835.  Official Handbook: Description of the Philippines.  Compiled in the Bureau of Insular Affairs, War Department, Washington, D.C.  Manila, 1903. 
  5. Official Handbook: Description of the Philippines.  Compiled in the Bureau of Insular Affairs, War Department, Washington, D.C.  Manila, 1903. 

Patricia May B. Jurilla, Ph. D. has the distinction of being the first Filipino Book Historian in the Philippines, having earned her doctorate on Philippine Book History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is an associate professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature of University of the Philippines in Diliman. She has published various books and articles on the History of the Book in the Philippines. Her latest published work is Story book: essays on the history of book in the Philippines (2013).

May Jurilla’s book entitled, Story book : essays on the history of book in the Philippines, was on sale during the lecture.