What’s in a book


The Filipinas Heritage Library is launching The Printed Word, the lecture series on the BOOK, its history, as well as other facets not readily known by the public. The first lecture entitled “Revelations of the Book” will be on the significant and interesting materials found in FHL’s rare book collection as identified by our speaker, Ms. Patricia May B. Jurilla, PhD.


In Revelations of the Book, May Jurilla will discuss the history of books, printing, and publishing in the Philippines as revealed by the treasures and curiosities of the Rare Books collection of the Filipinas Heritage Library. The talk will also be supplemented by an exhibition of select titles from the rare book collection of FHL.

Rare Books collection includes a treasure of over 2,000 volumes of books on the Philippines printed before 1946, including antique books as early as the 18th century.  It also has rare manuscripts and maps that date as far as 1890, and microfiches of over 400 rare print publications.


May Jurilla is a book historian and a professor at the University of the Philippines of both the English and Comparative Literature Departments. She also has the distinction of being the first Book Doctor in the Philippines, having earned her doctorate on Philippine Book History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Among her published works are Florante at Laura and the History of the Filipino Book published in Book History (2005), and her bookTagalog Bestsellers of the Twentieth Century: A History of the Book in the Philippines (2008).


The lecture-exhibit is on March 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the 2F Function Room of the Ayala Museum. Regular admission to the lecture is Php 300. For students, teachers, and senior citizens, a discounted rate of Php 150 is given to them.

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