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Filipinas Heritage Library’s Ulahingan Project wins third prize grant to digitize major cultural treasure

The Ulahingan Digitization project of the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) won the third prize grant money of $5,000 from EMC Corporation's Heritage Trust contest.
It was a Facebook-based voting contest and finalists are cultural initiatives that have a digital preservation component.
The EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information technology as a service (ITaaS). This is the first time an entry from the Philippines has become a finalist in their contest whilst winning a place in the top three.

Japan’s Cutting Edge Writing, Art & Culture: Monkey Business International

Filipinas Heritage Library has partnered with The Japan Foundation, Manila and the Japan Foundation Asia Center in presenting Japan’s Cutting Edge Writing, Art & Culture: Monkey Business International – A Talk on New Writing from Japan to be held on October 21 (Wednesday), 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Ayala Museum.


Ulahingan Project set to digitize major cultural treasure

It is said that the “Ulahingan” is so huge -- a never-ending story for as long as there are singers.

Ulahingan comes from the word “ulahing,” meaning to sing and chant. A major epic of the Manobo indigenous group in Mindanao, Philippines, it contains 4,000-6,000 lines per episode and 79 episodes on average.  This tradition is orally passed from one generation to the next, often taking several days of continuous chanting while in trance.


Nineteenth-Century Filipino Photography to be exhibited at Ayala Museum

The nineteenth century saw many innovations in capturing images, from the invention of “negative” photography (which allowed for the multiple printing of pictures) to the development of portable cameras to the devising of color photographs and cinema. While all of these were going on in Europe and the United States, a Panay-born photographer named Félix Laureano succeeded in practicing professional photography in the Philippines and Europe. As Spanish and other foreign photographers worked in Manila, Laureano set up a studio in Barcelona, had his work published in Spanish newspapers, and participated in expositions in Spain and Paris, as well as in Manila. In 1895, while his Filipino contemporaries were clamoring for colonial reforms, Laureano wrote Recuerdos de Filipinas, an album of Philippine scenes and landscapes with explanatory text. 


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.



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