National Artist Carlos Quirino celebrates birth centennial

Arts and Culture
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RCBC Plaza
Yuchengco Museum
Ayala cor. Sen. Gil. Puyat Aves., , Makati
Metro Manila, Philippines

About the Event

The birth centennial of Carlos Quirino (1900-1999), 1997 National Artist of the Philippines for Historical Literature, will be observed this year with a series of events that highlights his prowess as a writer, scholar, sportsman, bibliophile, and his invaluable contributions to the study of Philippine history.

During his lifetime, Quirino wrote dozens of books on Philippine history and culture. His prizewinning biography, "The Great Malayan" (1940), was one of the earliest English-language biographies on Jose Rizal. Other works include "Man of Destiny," a biography of President Manuel Quezon (1935); "Magsaysay and the Philippines" (1958); "Philippine Cartography" (1959); "Damian Domingo: First Eminent Filipino Painter" (1961), "History of the Philippine Sugar Industry" (1974), and "Filipinos at War" (1981).

Starting off the year-long celebration is "Pen, Paper, and Bookmaking: The Life of Carlos Quirino," an exhibit on view at the Yuchengco Museum from Feb. 18 to April 10, which showcases Quirino's craft with a display of over 70 items from the Quirino family archives and private collections, including manuscripts, diaries, personal letters, memorabilia, and rare books from his vast personal library.

Alongside the exhibit, Vibal Foundation (VFI), the non-profit arm of Vibal Publishing House, launches a coffee-table reprint of Quirino's book "Philippine Cartography," a landmark history of Philippine maps and their cartographers. First published in a limited edition in 1959, and published a second time in Amsterdam, the third edition of Philippine Cartography showcases more than 120 maps from the finest collections in the Philippines and the most comprehensive bibliography of Philippine maps. This edition also contains a fresh and authoritative introduction by map collector and scholar Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia.


The exhibition also features a specially commissioned film by Vibal Foundation, featuring interviews with artists and scholars such as F. Sionil Jose, Alejandro Roces, Manuel Quezon III, Corazon Alvina, Gilda Cordero Fernando, and Reni Roxas.

Weekly informal lectures by Quirino's contemporaries and friends on his work will supplement the exhibition.

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