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Philippine Independence Day was formerly observed on July 4, the day when the United States granted the country its freedom in 1946. However, in 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal moved the celebration of independence to June 12, the date the nation declared independence from Spain in 1898.
 
From then on, through numerous presidential proclamations, July 4 became known as Philippine-Republic Day or more commonly, Filipino-American Friendship Day. 
 

We wish to express our appreciation for the donations received for our current project : addressing the present needs of school teachers and students affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Through your generous donations, we were able to send 92 teachers back to Leyte, and prepare 100 teachers’ kits, and 500 students' kits, budgeted at Php400.00 per teacher and Php300.00 per student. These kits will be sent free, through our collaboration with Air Asia.


Collecting takes many forms. Some collectors collect simply for the beauty of a book’s design and printing. They are connoisseurs of the “book arts”. They look for fine art illustrations, unique typeface, pages crafted from handmade paper or parchment, and gold stamped lettering on fine hand tooled leather bindings. 


One of the most unusual maps in the Ortigas Library collection is better described as a humorous artwork or satirical cartoon rather than serious cartography.  The work in question is a large 30 by 42 inch lithograph printed in bright primary colors roughly delineating the towns and barrios surrounding Fort William McKinley now renamed Fort Bonifacio. 


The Ortgias Foundation Library put up a promo booth at the PICC from January 30 to February 2 for the GOPAC International Convention.   With 400 foreign delegates, the foundation promoted  Philippine culture and history through books, notecards, t-shirts and other items all with Filipiniana themes, 


Meeting Rafa Ortigas for the first time left a lasting impression. Aside from being one of Manila’s leading business executives and lawyers, he was also one of the Philippine’s most legendary Filipiniana book collectors.


Many fine books and countless photographs have been published in the last ten years extolling the charms of the major Spanish Era churches of the Philippines. Over this same period Atty. Rafael Ortigas, Jr. President of the Ortigas Foundation, started an ambitious project documenting all Spanish Era churches in the Philippines from the Manila Cathedral to the most remote provincial parish.


When we hear people speak of national heritage we usually think of venerable old buildings, artistic masterpieces by national artists or priceless ceramic or gold artifacts excavated from pre-colonial Philippine sites. What little government and institutional funding there is for historical preservation most often is spent on restoring ancestral homes, church facades and other public buildings or even historic districts.


Amid all the discussion in the press, academic circles and the political sector, as to whether or not English should be the primary language for education in this country, one of the greatest advantages of an English language education for Filipinos is almost always overlooked.


The Ortigas Foundation Library is very fortunate in that it will soon be lent an entire set of the National Geographic Society magazine collected by the Foundation’s chairman Rafael Ortigas Jr.. Atty. Rafa has been a life long collector of the magazine since his boyhood days in the 1950s when his father subscribed for their family. 


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