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Digitizing Filipiniana

The Filipinas Heritage Library recently launched their newest endeavour, the Filipiniana Online, last January 22, 2014. It is the digitized version of FHL’s rare Filipiniana collection. They have over 2,000 rare books, many of which are too fragile to be handled and lent out to their users. The idea of digitizing the books was born a few years ago and to date, they have around 500 books digitized and uploaded as flipbooks to the website, with many more in the works.

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Our class was able to attend through the invitation of our professor, and was considered to be part of our collection management and development curriculum. Prior to the launch, we took a tour of the Ayala Musuem and the Filipinas Heritage Library.

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The FHL was previously located at the Nielssen Tower along Makati Avenue. Personally, I found it a very picturesque location, and quite unique too. But times change, so the library was moved to its present location at the 6th floor of the Ayala Museum.

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Here we saw their collection, and in line with our studies, talked to the librarians who were in charge of developing the collection as well as digitizing it. As libraries in the Philippines go, FHL is one of the better ones, support and budget-wise, but that doesn’t mean they are without challenges. Still, it was very interesting to see their process of how they gathered the resources to purchase the equipment they needed to digitize the books.

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The Filipiniana Online is open to the public. However, only the preliminary pages are available for viewing and full access to the books requires a paid membership.

Congratulations to the team of the Filipinas Heritage Library for the successful launch.

Related links:
FHL launches Filipiniana Online
What is Filipiniana?

Manga Realities: The Art of Japanese Comics Today Exhibit

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Manga Realities exhibit opened at the Ayala Museum in Makati. The weather and schedules finally worked out so my friends and I were able to see it. I heard great reviews about it, a sharp contrast from the previous exhibit we went to.

Manga Realities exhibit at the Ayala Museum

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The Manga Realities occupies two floors of the museum. You’ll see the exhibit from the entrance. You might wonder if it’s a music related exhibit, what with a piano, an electric guitar and a drum set placed in prominent positions. These instruments showcase the contrasting music genres of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad and Nodame Cantabile. The former gives an edgy air with its animate displays and wall of album cover parodies (each chapter of the manga features one). On the opposite end, the Nodame Cantabile offers a more genteel atmosphere, what with the heavily framed prints that make you wonder if you’ve stumbled into an old European museum.

Contrast

Beck album cover parodies

Nodame Cantabile framed prints

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