As follow up to “Lumina Pundit”, UnionBank and the University of Santo Tomas continued the effort to preserve massive multivolume of rare books from UST Heritage Library spanning from 1492 to 1945 with a Herculean project titled “Semper Lumina” (Always the Light) which features the vast treasures found at the UST Miguel de Benavides Library and the Archivo de Santo Tomas.
A follow through of Lumina Pundit (Spreading the Light), Semper Lumina is an international exhibit of the rich collection of Asia’s oldest university with accompanying two-volume catalogues showing such holdings.
Launch last Friday, May 5, Semper Lumina showcased a six-volume catalogue of rare publications, a two-vloume catalogue of UST Archives, and the Heritage digital library.
The program started with the Philippine National Anthem and followed by UST Hymn with opening remarks from Rev. Fr. Angel A. Aparicio, O.P., Prefect of Libraries and inspirational message by Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., Rector, University of Santo Tomas.
“The collection of rare books of the UST Library is an eloquent witness tot he role of this institution in nurturing the values that have contributed tot he birth and growth of this nation,” wrote Rev. Fr. Aparicio in the Volume 1 prologue. He served as the catalogues’ general editor.
Prof. Joselito B. Zulueta, Faculty Member, UST Faculty of Arts and Letters, gave a brief review of the rare books and archive catalogue while Ms. Diana V. Padilla, Lead person, Lumina Pundit II-Digitation Project, presented the digital library.
Re. Fr, Dagohoy and Mr. Justo A. Ortiz, Chairman and CEO, Union Bank of the Philippines, presented the first copies of the catalogues in front of the VIP guests inside the Garden Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel.
Volumes 1 to 3 feature catalogues of rare books housed at the UST Heritage Library section dated 1492 to 1900, while Volume 4 covers rare Filipiniana periodicals up to 1945.
All of the 834,000 digitized pages and versions of books and periodicals may be accessed through the UST Digital Library at digilib.ust.edu.ph. As of date, a total of 1.5 million pages has been scanned, which will also be uploaded on the website.
Asia’s only Pontifical University finds its roots tot he donation by Msgr. Benavides, second Archbishop of Manila and founder of UST, of his personal library collections.
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