FHL launches Filipiniana Online

Ninety participating librarians, educators and cultural workers from Metro Manila and beyond attended the official launch of Filipiniana Online, the Filipinas Heritage Library’s (FHL) digital portal for its rare books, special collections, and Rizaliana, last January 22 at the Ayala Museum.

 Filipiniana Online seeks to be FHL’s solutions toward preserving its collection while still making its collection more accessible to students, researchers, and the general audiences in the Philippines and abroad.

 “The Filipiniana Online project was a result of three P’s,” Suzanne Yupangco, FHL Senior Manager, “Passion, perseverance, and partnership.”

 Yupangco adds, “It is also our thrust while pursuing this to make primary resources available, in the hopes that our readers develop good research skills as well as feel proud of being Filipino.”

 Jei Ente, Ayala Museum’s senior marketing associate, began the series of presentations of the launch by presenting various trends and cases in the digitization of cultural heritage.

 On overview of the collection and the Filipiniana Online platform was then presented by one of FHL’s librarians, Ella Gonzales. These include the complete digitized volumes of The Philippine Islands, one of the definitive general resource materials on Philippine history edited by Emma Blair and James Robertson; a number of national hero Jose Rizal’s writings; various papers and documents by Elpidio Quirino; and Ayala Foundation, Inc. Publications.

Nelson Co, managing director of TradeChannel Philippines which provides the platform’s “flipbook” interface, compared the Filipinana Online project to “a field of dreams,” through which readers find out more about themselves, celebrate the achievements of Filipino generations past, and see how they can better themselves from these learnings.

Videos from Filipiniana Online’s mobile developers and of an interview with Luisito dela Cruz, professor at Assumption College, Makati, followed before finally opening demo stations of the program in various operating systems to audiences.

Filipiniana Online is available for institutional and individual membership, offered at discounted price while completing the digitization of its entire rare books collection. For more information, visit http://ebooks.filipinaslibrary.org.ph

The Filipinas Heritage Library is part of the Arts and Culture Division of Ayala Foundation. 

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