Sometimes, we should also judge a book by its cover.

This should be an interesting lecture. Too bad it coincides with my weekly Nihongo class.

Never Say 'Never Judge a Book by Its Cover'

Filipinas Heritage Library presents The Printed Word

Never Say “Never Judge a Book by Its Cover”
a lecture and exhibition by Dr. May Jurilla

14 March 2015 | 3:00PM | Ayala Museum 2F

On the history of the book cover, its function, its art and impact. Of special interest to publishers, graphic designers, authors, readers, and anyone who has ever cared for the look of the book.

P300 regular rate | P150 discounted (students, teachers, librarians, senior citizens, and members)

759-8288 loc 45 or 36

Old photo: But This is not Europe

This is actually a detail of the fountain at Plaza Calderon dela Barca (now called Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz), in front of the Binondo Church (officially the Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz). The photo was taken on Good Friday, probably in 2005, using my Minolta film SLR.

But This Is Not Europe

If not for the electric wire that invaded the upper left corner of the photo, it does have an old European appeal, no? That shouldn’t be surprising since the Plaza has been around during the late 1800s (Google won’t give me info on when it was actually constructed), hence the Spanish influence.

A few years later, this fountain was repainted. Instead of cream with charming rusty splotches, it’s now a boring light gray that seems to remove highlighting shadows, giving the fountain statues a rather flat appearance.

While I support the revival and restoration of old structures in Manila (and Dog knows we should put more effort into the preservation of our architectural heritage), it’s disappointing to see how people who actually do these things don’t seem to bother thinking things through. Yes, it’s merely a choice of paint. But choosing the right kind of paint could turn an otherwise beautiful European-style fountain into a drab hunk of concrete where water pours out of.

The literary works of Jose Rizal — a lecture by Virgilio Almario.

Jose Rizal

A few days from now, the country will be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal. There will be several events throughout the country celebrating the birth of its National Hero.

Here’s a lecture on Rizal’s literary works by National Artist Virgilio Almario at the Filipinas Heritage Library:

RIZAL MAKATA: Makabagong Pananaliksik sa Mga Obra ni Jose Rizal (a lecture by Virgilio Almario)

July 2, 2011 (Saturday) – 1:00 p.m.
Filipinas Heritage Library

Jose Rizal is regarded as Asia’s Renaissance Man. He was a student of life, an extensive traveler, and a prolific writer of letters, essays, poems, and stories.

In celebration of Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary, National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario will shed new light on the merits and impact of our National Hero’s literary works. A forum with other noted Philippine writers will follow the seminar. Teachers are also invited to a workshop on How to Teach Rizal after the lecture and forum.

The participation fee is Php 250. It includes snacks, a copy of Rio Alma’s book Rizal Makata, and a certificate. Pre-registration is required to secure a slot.

For more information, please contact Camille at 8921801 local 13, 0917-5612413, email at, or visit