The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman community officially welcomed the most comprehensive and authoritative sourcebook on Philippine art and culture into the libraries of their colleges and schools.
In the presence of UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Fidel Nemenzo, and the University of the Philippines Press, over 300 sets of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (CCP EPA) were officially turned over for the use of the university’s students and faculty in all units across the nation.
“UP scholars served as editors, writers, researchers, creative and technical directors as well as support staff,” CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado said in Filipino. “This project would also not be possible without its editorial, research and project management staff, majority of which were produced by this prestigious institution.”
The University of the Philippines has made numerous contributions to Filipino history and humanities. Many essays and articles about the university are written into the CCP EPA. The university has produced 21 National Artists and educated four presidents of the Republic of the Philippines.
“Their dedication towards making this grand project in the last years, as well as their undying cooperation with the cultural center only proves that UP is still and will always be the home of outstanding scholars in service of the nation,” he said in Filipino. Millado was represented by Libertine Dela Cruz, Project Manager of the CCP EPA.
With 12 volumes, over 5000 entries, and over 3500 images, the CCP EPA contains quintessential information on everything Filipino from north to south, urban to rural, and indigenous to contemporary.
“We strongly encourage you to embody and take part in our goal of disseminating knowledge on Philippine arts and culture, stimulating new ideas, and creating new works that will enrich our country’s heritage,” Millado said.
The CCP EPA is now on a course to go digital as production for its online edition is currently underway, and is set to be launched next year.