Filipinas Heritage Library                LibraryLink                Retrato                Himig                Filipiniana Online                Roderick Hall Collection (WWII)

Search Catalog

Book an Appointment


6F Ayala Museum
Makati Ave. cor. De la Rosa St.
Makati City
View map

Library Hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM
(except holidays)

Tel. No. - (632) 759-8281
Fax (632) 759-8287
E-mail us at:


Filipinas Heritage Library and the Ayala Museum are part of the Arts and Culture Division of Ayala Foundation, Inc.

Click here to visit the Ayala Museum website:




Supported by

Free wi-fi for Friends of FHL
Powered by

Home NEWS Filipiniana The Library that Partnership Built

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.

For many of the hopeful students of Centex Batangas, having a library is a dream come true. A permanent library will aid in fostering their love for reading and help sustain the development of their literacy skills. “Most students here love reading and we noticed that they really go to our reading corners to read different kinds of books,” shared Ms Geraldin Payaban, an Integrated Language Arts Teacher. But the school was unable to find a permanent place for its previous library, constantly moving books and shelves from one room to another within the campus. 
Enter Macquarie. When the global investment banking group decided on Centex Batangas as the beneficiary of their fundraising activity early 2014, it was an easy decision to allocate the money for the need. A portion of the funds gathered from Macquarie’s fun run also contributed to the feeding program, construction of the vegetable garden, and expansion of the cafeteria. Once the donation was in place, improvements soon followed. With the help of the Filipinas Heritage Library, through its advocacy of developing resources and facilities in school and community libraries called the OurLibrary program, Centex Batangas was ready for the newest addition to the school. 

Macquarie’s Tim Mulvihill, Centex Batangas Principal Precy Belarmino,  and Ayala Foundation’s President Luli Heras-de Leon

Finally, last December 15 marked the turnover of Centex Batangas’ first permanent library, where a small ceremony was held in front of excited students and teachers. In attendance were Macquarie’s Tim Mulvihill, Executive Director for Offshore Services; and Rosemary Hannah, Division Director for Corporate Operations, as well as Centex Batangas Principal Precy Belarmino; Schools District Supervisor Trinidad Masangcay; Ayala Foundation’s President Luli Heras-de Leon; Programs Director Joie Lopez; Education Pillar Lead JR Demecais; the Centex project managers; Senior Manager Suzanne Yupangco; and the librarians from FHL. 
In response, student government president Aldwynn Macuha thanked the Centex team, FHL, and Macquarie for all their hard work. He added, “My schoolmates and I promise to take care and treasure every single page of the books you gave. We will spend most of our free time to read as many books as we can during our stay in this school.” 
His sentiment was echoed by his teachers. “Now there are lots of books in our new library, so they’re able to read more, learn more, and enjoy more,” declared Ms Payaban. Another ILA teacher, Ms Sheryll Taroma, looks forward to how the additional reading material will help expand the students’ imaginations and capabilities. “I have hopes that being readers would make them more productive citizens not just of Bauan, not just of Batangas, but of the country as a whole,” she said.