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AFTERWAR: World War II Film Festival and Exhibition

Filipinas Heritage Library
in partnership with
Ayala Malls Cinemas

Film Festival and Exhibition


FHL supports the 2017 Koha International Conference

For the first time, the Philippines hosted this year’s Koha International Conference (KohaCon) on June 19 to 21, 2017 at the Ayala Museum through the support of the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), a user of the Koha Integrated Library System (ILS).

KohaCon is an annual international users’ conference on Koha ILS, the world’s first free and open source ILS. KohaCon is aimed at sharing and exchanging experience in new functionalities, training and bug squashing, promoting collaboration to enhance the use of open source ILS and to encourage new developments in Koha. The previous KohaCons were held in France (2006), Texas (2009), New Zealand (2010), India (2011), Scotland (2012), Nevada (2013), Argentina (2014), Nigeria (2015), and Greece (2016).

KohaCon17 was organized by the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP) and Koha ILS Philippines Volunteers led by Eugene Espinoza, one of the country’s Koha specialists and FHL’s Consultant for Koha. A Hackfest followed on June 22 to 23 at the Asian Institute of Management, wherein attendees were able to participate in Koha development which includes testing of the new version and new features, and interact with Koha developers. 


Doble Mirada: Madrid-Manila

At the turn of the century, the Philippines is presented to the world in two cities
In July 2015, Filipinas Heritage Library collaborated with the Toronto-based independent researcher, Francisco G. Villanueva, in organizing the mini exhibition entitled Felix Laureano: First Filipino Photographer at the Ayala Museum. The Panay-born photographer had successfully set up his own photo studio in Barcelona and was likely friends with the propagandista who fought for reforms in Spain in the late nineteenth century.In 1895, Laureano published Recuerdos de Filipinas, a photo-album of Philippine scenes accompanied by short descriptive essays. Recuerdos de Filipinas was displayed at the Exposición Regional de Filipinas in Manila in the same year.


Filipinas Heritage Library, Partners launch "Revolutionary"

On May 20, Saturday, Filipinas Heritage Library, Bahay Nakpil-Bautista Foundation, Inc., and the Estate of Nick Joaquin will launch REVOLUTIONARY, an exhibition and program held at the Ayala Museum in celebration of the centenary of the National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin, and the sesquicentennial of the musician and Katipunero, Julio Nakpil.

Featuring the compositions of Nakpil as well as Joaquin’s non-fiction works, the multi-sensory exhibition will attempt to arrange a conversation between the two artists on History and the Revolution. It will also try to illustrate the Manila where both Joaquin and Nakpil were born, and where they lived at an important historical turn – the end of Spanish rule and advent of American colonization.

In Nakpil’s time, Manila was called the “Reina de los perfumes en Asia,” having had perfume makers that imported scents such as ilang-ilang and lavender to Europe. Nakpil even honored the ilang-ilang with a composition. Contemporary scent creator Oscar Mejia of Oscar Mejia Artisan Fragrances will contribute scents that invoke both old Manila and the Revolution. Meanwhile, World War II had destroyed the Manila that Joaquin had begun to write about in the 1930s, and whose history he traced in books such as Manila, My Manila, Almanac for Manileños, and his many journalistic works.  


Ayala Foundation, FILCOLS celebrate Philippine Book Development Month 2016

Text by Alvin J. Buenaventura of FILCOLS
The Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc. (FILCOLS) and Ayala Foundation celebrated Philippine Book Development Month 2016 with a simple event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, 25 November at the Ground Floor Lobby, Ayala Museum, Makati City.

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