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Rizal and the National Library

Read "Saving the national treasures" by Susan de Guzman (Manila Bulletin, 8 January 2007) and pray that something can still be done about the sad state of materials in the National Library and the National Library itself. Prudenciana Cruz, Director of the National Library, is quoted as saying that "the weather is the worst enemy of the olden documents." Perhaps.

But I'd say apathy is worse. After all these years, we already know that the weather is the enemy of old documents. However, the powers-that-be don't really care. Maybe we should just sell naming rights to a corporate sponsor and call it, say, the Jollibee National Library. Or, even better, the National Bookstore Library =)

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