The University Library in cooperation with the School of Library and Information Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman will launch the book Collection Building: Filipiniana at the Special Collections Room, 2nd Floor, Main Library, Gonzalez Hall, University of the Philippines on Thursday,  2 o’clock in the afternoon, February 11, 2010.

Published by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Collection Building: Filipiniana is a collection of articles and conference papers of the late historian, librarian, bibliographer, archivist, cultural researcher, professor and writer, Dr. Isagani R. Medina and compiled and edited by his sister, Mirana R. Medina.

University Librarian, Prof. Salvacion M. Arlante, in her foreword to the book, wrote: “The book brings together Dr. Medina’s lifetime vision of identifying, acquiring and organizing Filipiniana materials. The articles in this compilation not only provide background about printing, publishing, and bibliographic activities in the Philippines but also give insights into a lot of  things Filipiniana: acquisition, organization, servicing, conservation, and preservation for reference and research purposes …”

Says Dr. Maria Luisa T. Camagay, Director, UP Press: “Dr. Isagani Medina straddled two complementing fields–library science and history. History gives premium to historical sources, which a librarian would have knowledge of. Dr. Medina may have started off as a librarian and particularly an expert in Filipiniana materials but happily he got interested not only in historical sources per se but in using these very sources to interpret the past. The two fields of library science and history are deeply indebted to Dr. Isagani Medina for the many works he left behind.”

Dr. Medina obtained AB in Library Science (1953) and a PhD in History (1985) from the University of the Philippines. He also had an MA in Library Science (1964) from the University of Michigan, took a Course in Archival Management from Columbia University School of Library Service (1965), and received a Certificate in Modern Archives Administration (1965) from the Center for Technology and Administration, American University, USA. In 2001, he was awarded the Dangal ng Haraya (Lifetime Achievement Award) in Cultural Research by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Invited to grace the occasion are: Dr. Sergio S. Cao, UP Diliman Chancellor, former Prime Minister, Cesar E.A. Virata, Dr. Maria Luisa T. Camagay, Director, U.P. Press, Dr. Rico T. Jose, Department of History, CSSP, and Professor Laura L. Samson, Department of Sociology, CSSP. A film tribute: “Isang Sulyap” will be shown after which, the compiler/editor, Ms. Medina will deliver a response. – R. Y. Tarlit



18 December 2006 – A tambuli was sounded to mark the beginning of the launch of the book, Ten: Coming Home and Nine More Short Stories written by eminent scholar and feminist, Dr. ALBINA PECZON-FERNANDEZ.


The tambuli is just one of the elements that made his book launching unique. At the beginning of the program, the national anthem was sung both in Tagalog and Kapampangan.


Dr. Carol Sobritchea, the director of the UP Center for Women’s Studies and Dr. Vina Paz, the chairperson of the UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas gave their thoughts about the book. Mr. PJ Nepomuceno of The Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies of the Holy Angel University in Pampanga praised the book and encouraged more writers to write and study about Pampanga.


Colleagues and friends of the author read excerpts from the book, among them former Dean of the Asian Center, Dean Aurora Roxas-Lim, Dr. Lilia Quindoza-Santiago, Ms. Jenny Llaguno and Ms. Odine de Guzman.


The author’s brothers, Jose and Benigno Peczon joined her in delighting the audience with their rendition of an old Pampango folk song.


The stories in the book were written between the late 1950s and the present is not only literary but is also filled with interesting insights into the Pampango culture. The glossary at the back is a useful took for scholars of Kapampangan studies. After the program, while guests feasted on native Kapampangan delicacies, Kapampangan folksongs and kundimans were playing in the background. –ECLagrama

8 December 2006 – Dr. Celia Hernando Tobia-Bulán of the Department of Speech Communications and Theater Arts launched her book, MASAY: The Untold Story of the Japanese Woman’s Heroic Compassion Towards Her Fellowmen at the Special Collections Section of the University Library, UP Diliman.


Dr. Belén Calingación, the Chairperson of the Department of Speech Communications and Theater Arts lauded Dr. Tobia-Bulán for her work and urged her fellow faculty members and also librarians to do the same. Dr. Nanette García-Dungo and Dr. Consolación Rustia-Alarás read excerpts from the book, with Dr. Alarás finishing her reading with an inspiring song number.


The representative of the Japan Foundation in the Philippines, Ms. Hiroko Taniguchi also gave her thoughts on the book and encouraged more scholars and academics to write books regarding Philippine-Japanese Relations to cement the partnership between these countries. Mr. Jay Gomez, an alumnus of the UP College of Music serenaded the audience with his flute.


Friends and family of Dr. Tobia-Bulán were there to support the author who in turn gave a heartwarming speech to everyone who helped her in finishing the book.


Masay is a Japanese sensei sent to a pilot school in a Japanese community in Davao as a teacher of Nippongo. There she met a Filipino, Vicente whom she later married. They moved to Zambales where the war caught on with them and changed their lives. –ECLagrama

25 August 2006 – The book, Kuwentong Bayan: Noong Panahon ng Hapon, a project of the University Center for Women’s Studies was launched at the Special Collections Section of the University Library. Dr. THELMA B. KINTANAR, spearheaded the project, along with Dr. CLEMEN C. AQUINO, Prof. PATRICIA B. ARINTO and Dr. MA. LUISA T. CAMAGAY.

Aside from launching the book, the Kuwentong Bayan Project recognized the efforts and participation of the contributors, all of whom lived and survived World War II. In addition, the project also turned over to the University Library the materials they used, including correspondences, the participants’ contributions, audio tapes and other materials.

The event was also a reunion to all the members and participants of the Kuwentong Bayan Project. Dean Ramon G. Acoymo of the UP College of Music serenaded the guests with Filipino folk songs.

The book is a compilation of life during the Japanese Occupation. It is not only a testament to human resilience in the face of adversity, but also a reminder of the horrors of war. –ECLagrama

Dr. Helen Samson-Lauterwald speaking before an audience.

28 July 2006 – DR. HELEN SAMSON-LAUTERWALD recently launched her book, The Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas (revised and updated edition) at the Special Collections Section of the University Library. Friends, colleagues and former students of the author, staff and students of the University and of course her family, attended the said event. Colleagues from the academe gave their remarks about the book, among them Fr. Diego Maramba of the Unversity of Santo Tomas and St. Scholastica’s College, Dr. Elena R. Mirano of the Department of Art Studies and Dr. Ma. Luisa T. Camagay of the Department of History of the University. Dr. Lorna I. Paredes, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, represented Dr. Sergio S. Cao for the message from the University.


The book is an update of the original work published by Dr. Lauterwald in 1977.


In 2003, the bamboo organ was declared a National Cultural Treasure making the first edition very much in demand among the visitors and parishioners of the St. Joseph Church. In 2003-2004, the organ underwent general rehabilitation under the auspices of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. These and other subsequent developments regarding the bamboo organ and the history of the Parish Church made Dr. Lauterwald realize that the first edition had to be updated.


Dr. Lauterwald, a musicologist, obtained her BA (in English and Piano) and MA (in Musicology) from the University of thePhilippines. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology minor in English and Modern History from the University ofCologne (Köln) in Germany. She was also the recipient of a research fellowship in the field of Musicology from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She now lives in Odenthal (near Cologne), Germany, with her husband Col. Juergen Lauterwald. –ECLagrama