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Manila Reborn

This May, Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) published another online exhibit on Google Cultural Institute through GCI’s End of World War II channel, which presents 28 exhibits on the period after the war. FHL is the only institution from Southeast Asia included in this channel; the other Asian museums are from Japan while majority of the contributors are from the United States and Europe.

Featuring photographs from FHL’s Retrato collection, “Manila Reborn” talks of how the city in the 1930s was “taken by surprise” when war broke out in 1941; how the military aspects of the Battle for Manila in February 1945 left the city in ruins; and how Philippine governments, from those led by Sergio Osmeña to Elpidio Quirino, sought to rebuild not only the city, but the country, from scratch.

The library’s first online exhibit on GCI was titled“ We look before and after, and pine for what is not: A history of Pines Hotel and Baguio,” launched in September last year. Future exhibits on GCI seek to promote the library’s collections on World War II, its presidential papers, as well as its photo and music collections in the context of Philippine and international history.