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#337 Lopez Museum

The Lopez Museum is a Philippine art and history museum and library located in Pasig City, Philippines. Founded on 13 February 1960 by Eugenio Lopez  in honor of his parents, Lopez built the museum to provide scholars and students access to his personal collection of rare Filipiniana books, manuscripts, maps, archaeological artifacts and fine art.

 Lopez was known to many as a leading industrialist of post-World War II Philippines. With resources that came from sugar production, he pioneered in diverse fields of business including transportation (bus, taxicab and air transport operations), mass media (ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and The Manila Chronicle), energy (MERALCO) becoming one of the first Filipino successes in business in a then largely American dominated economy.

A staunch nationalist, Eugenio Lopez believed that by preserving and promoting the Filipino heritage, his countrymen would eventually develop sense of national pride and enable the country to develop a unified spirit ultimately resulting in ensuring a strengthening of a collective national soul in the succeeding generations.

The Lopez Museum’s Library  consists of over 19,000 Filipiniana titles by about 12,000 authors and preserves  an invaluable collection of Philippine incunabula, rare books, manuscripts, dictionaries, literary works in Western and vernacular languages, religious tracts, periodicals, newspapers, coffee table volumes, academic treatises, contemporary writing, maps, archival photographs, cartoons and microfilms.  The museum is housed at the ground floor of the Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City (Excerpted from Wikipedia).

Mabuhay ang Lopez Museum!

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#274 Philippine Flag

The national flag of the Philippines is a horizontal bicolor with equal bands of royal blue and scarlet red, and with a white equilateral triangle at the hoist. In the center of the triangle is a golden yellow sun with eight primary rays, each containing three individual rays; and at each vertex of the triangle is a five-pointed golden yellow star. This flag can indicate a state of war if it is displayed with the red side on top.

The Philippine Government “Flag and Anthem” web page states that the white triangle stands for equality and fraternity; the blue field for peace, truth and justice; and red field for patriotism and valor. The three stars symbolize Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, while the 8 rays represent the 8 provinces that took part in the initial revolution against the Spanish. Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista, who wrote the Philippine Declaration of Independence and who read it on the occasion of its proclamation on June 12, 1898, has listed the eight provinces as Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Laguna, and Batangas, saying that these eight were declared in a state of war almost from the start of the revolution. (Source: Wikipedia)

Long live the Philippine flag!

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