"Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Para sa Arkitektura - Ildefonso P. Santos, Jr. has generously donated to the UP College of Architecture Library his own prized collection of books. Sir IP Santos, is an avid reader and collector of books. In fact, he regularly purchases new books on a weekly basis, a true testament to his love for knowledge.
Among the prized donations is the hardbound, three-volume, 110th anniversary print of "Flora de Filipinas" by Fr. Manuel Blanco, OSA. The said book is considered as one of historical significance to the Philippines, and is considered by many collectors as one of the best botanical publications in the world. The original "luxe" print was produced between 1877 to 1883. The text by Fr. Blanco documents over 1200 vernacular species of plants, and contains 479 plates illustrated by artists such as Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Lorenzo Guerrero, Miguel Zaragoza, Emma Vidal among others.
The books have been received by our Head Librarian - Ms. Merlyn Sornoza, last February 2013. A formal turnover ceremony will be held by the College on June 11, 2013 (11:30am) to mark the collection's availability to the public. Arch. IP Santos Jr. himself, together with his daughters, will be present in the said event. He shall be greeted by UPCA's faculty and students.
Note: Bust of Sir IP Santos shown in picture, is not included in the donations.
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