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Home NEWS Events FHL and Google present online history of Baguio

FHL and Google present online history of Baguio

This September, Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) joins the Ayala Museum in becoming the first cultural institutions from the Philippines to partner with Google Cultural Institute (GCI). Through its online exhibit on the GCI site, “We look before and after, and pine for what is not: A history of Pines Hotel and Baguio,” FHL makes some of its collections free and accessible to the public.

GCI hosts exhibits and features collections from museums and archives from around the world. Its other partner libraries include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (USA), the Vaclav Havel Library (Czech Republic), the Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives (Japan), the Library of Birmingham (UK), the National Library of Ireland (Ireland), the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (India), and the Royal Library Denmark (Denmark). Exhibits cover biographical profiles, geographic histories, and narratives of historical events. Accompanied by metadata that make it easier to search for, each high-resolution item in the exhibits can be viewed in detail.

“We look before and after” talks about the Pines Hotel, an iconic landmark whose history is closely intertwined with that of Baguio City. Now occupied by the largest commercial mall in Northern Luzon, the site of the Pines Hotel was originally that of the Baguio Sanitarium. Serving American soldiers and officials, the sanitarium was a primary structure of arguably the most popular colonial hill station built by the Americans in Asia.

The exhibit features rare materials such as the Journal of the Philippine Commission, Samuel E. Kane’s Baguio, Gateway to Wonderland (1931), and Dean Worcester’s Baguio and the Benguet Road (1914); as well as photos from FHL’s Retrato Collection or scanned from books and periodicals. It is only the first of the exhibits that FHL plans to curate and upload on GCI.

Please click on the image to access the exhibit.