|Over 2,000 rare books digitized, made available in Flipbook form|
In a lively chitchat with senior director for arts and culture of Ayala Foundation, Mariles Gustilo, and museum manager, Suzanne Yupangco, we learned it took all of five months to complete the move and at the same time, make the transition to the digital world. Well, when you have over 10,000 books on Philippine history, culture, art, literature and social sciences; more than two thousand rare books from as early as 1608; over 35,000 photographs depicting Philippine life, culture and history dating back to the 15th century; and over 5,000 digitized Filipino songs from the 1900s, you take special care of your priceless valuables.
|Light and airy -- a far cry from the basement of Nielsen Tower|
|Over 5,000 Filipino songs from the 1900s available at the listening station|
As a photographer, I would probably wear out my membership card in sifting through the over 35,000 images in the Retrato Collection, some dating back from the 15th century. I may have gotten a complimentary membership but honestly, I think the annual membership is well worth the P1,000 investment specially considering that it also gives one access to the museum plus one other perk: being able to bring a friend or family member to the library for free. Well, considering the mental/cultural stimulation you'll get, the price of admission, like the library's collection, is really priceless.
Information details: New address: 6F Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue cor. De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park; Landline: (632) 7577117 locals 21 to 36, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph
Library hours: Tuesdays - Fridays, 9AM - 6PM • Saturdays, 10AM - 7PM • Research fees: Annual membership - P1,000; Per visit - P50 (student), P100 (professionals); Other fees: Photocopying: P2 (letter), P2.25 (legal); Printing: B&W, P5 (letter), P10.00 (legal); Scanning: Contemporary, P50 (legal), P100 (letter), P300 (A4); Rare P100 (letter), P150 (legal), P350 (A4); Retrato Photo Order (VAT inclusive): Per Photo - P200, Scanning - P100, CD storage - P20; Himig Music Reproduction - P30/song, CD storage - P20; Internet access PC - P25/hour; Microfiche reading - P25; Use of electricity - P25; Wi-fi for non-members - P25
Attribution: all photos courtesy of Filipinas Heritage Library