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Publication: Initiatives from 2000 to Present

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The Lopez Museum’s publishing initiative is an explicit demonstration of its commitment to scholarship.



UNFOLDING HALF A CENTURY: THE LOPEZ MEMORIAL MUSEUMThis is a portrait of the Lopez Memorial Museum and the unfolding of its story. Founded some fifty years ago, the opening event saw the start of one of the most vibrant museums and libraries in the fields of art, history, and culture. This publication documents the legacy of Eugenio López, Sr. and how the later generations of the family has taken up the cudgels of his commitment. It speaks about the library as a repository for publications written for, by, and on the Philippines, no small task. The book looks at the institution’s history of collecting as a background for the innovative ways that it has melded masterpieces with cutting-edge art. Today the museum is at the forefront of Philippine exhibition, conceptualization and design. The book also stands as a record of the institution’s taking on the immense challenge of preserving Filipiniana material and digitizing close to three million documents. For the men and women who view this institution as a haven for scholars and who enjoy the challenge of viewing new art, the fifty or so “voices” scattered throughout the publication will resonate well with the kind of impact that the Lopez Memorial Museum has had on their personal and professional lives.


by Raul Rodrigo

THE POWER AND THE GLORY: THE STORY OF THE MANILA CHRONICLE 1945-1998This is the story of the Manila Chronicle and its two incarnations: in 1945, from the ashes of war; and in 1986, from the ruins of dictatorship. By telling the story of a great and resilient newspaper, Raul Rodrigo also recalls the turbulent times of the Philippine press and the chaos and turmoil of the postwar Republic. This is a wonderful read, with colorful and telling detail. Through its portrayal of the grand ambitions of the interventionist press baron Eugenio López, Sr.—the Chronicle’s proprietorand moving force—this book tackles the intimate link between media and power. By chronicling the epic wrangling among the newspaper’s editors and staff, Rodrigo takes us into the insides of a newsroom—the egos and the ambitions that clashed there, as well as the pettiness and greatness that lay within.

—Sheila Coronel
Co-founder of PCIJ and recipient of a Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism


by Isabel Nazareno
(Co-published with the Friends of Manansala)

DISCOVERING MANANSALANumerous books on Philippine art or artists are oversized, glossy, and expensive. Consequently, these coffee table books are rarely consulted after the first review. While some books are read for pleasure and others for work, this book is a welcome addition to suit both purposes. It was written by Isabel A. Nazareno, a promising historian who teaches in the History Department of Ateneo de Manila University. She presents Manansala’s life and works in the context of history: simply but substancially. It is a book that can be taken as bedside reading material, to be consulted and enjoyed time and again.


1982 / 2002

Edited and introduced by Oscar M. Lopez

(Three volumes in four)
First Edition: 1982
Revised Edition: 2002

THE LOPEZ FAMILY: ITS ORIGINS AND GENEALOGYThree-volumes, the last in two parts, feature the origins and genealogy of the Lopez family. These begin with Basilio and Sabina followed by eight generations of Lopezes, based on stories from historical records. More than genealogical accounts, their lives teach the values of social justice, honesty, and education, and stress the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Stories also revolve around the pioneering determination and gift for entrepeneurship that mark the successes of their businesses today. These books stand as testimonies to an abiding nationalism, for instance when Maria and Rosario, skilled businesswomen, became instrumental in smuggling rifles to the Ilonggo army during the Philippine-American War, the same spirit that President Manuel Quezon lauded when he said, “The Lopez Women are tigers.”


FIREBRINGER: Forty years of First Philippines Holdings 1961-2001
By Raul Rodrigo (co-published by the Eugenio Lopez Foundation, Inc. for First Philippine Holdings)

FIREBRINGER: Forty years of First Philippines Holdings 1961-2001Fire Bringer is the story of the rise, fall, and rise again of First Philippine Holdings. Founded June 30, 1961 by Don Eugenio Lopez and other entrepreneurs, Meralco Securities Corporation (MSC)—forerunner of First Holdings—set out to acquire Meralco and take the lead in the energy sector. MSC built Power Plant and multiplied its generating capacity five times in ten years, setting their power rates as among the lowest in the world. Valued highly by governments and banks, Meralco bonds received better terms than Philippine government bonds. Martial Law cronies later took over key Lopez businesses, including Meralco and MSC, and the renamed First Holdings came to near collapse. But 1986 witnessed the return of the Lopez family, which regained control and steered First Holdings to health under the stewardship of Oscar M. Lopez. Today their power generation and distribution, property, and manufacturing businesses represent value, quality and reliability to the consumer. Oscar Lopez observes some parallels, “First Holdings, like the Lopez family, has undergone many triumphs and trials, but we have endured and will forge ahead. That is our commitment to the Filipino people whom we serve.”


by Raul Rodrigo

PHOENIX: THE SAGA OF THE LOPEZ FAMILYThe Lopez family has for generations been one of the country’s most dynamic entrepreneurial families. While their story is intertwined with some of the most pivotal developments in Philippine history, it has never been fully told. Raul Rodrigo’s Phoenix follows the Lopez family through seven generations. It is an epic story told with clarity, insight, and grace, sketching portraits of some of the clan’s most interesting figures. It is drama and history combined, and could well be considered a landmark in Philippine business history and biography writing. Rodrigo provides a vivid tapestry of business and politics spanning over 200 years, with mention of Manuel L. Quezon, Claro M. Recto, and Jovito Salonga, among other luminaries. When faced with war, political oppression, and violence, the family absorbed the blows, recovered, and rebounded. Like the phoenix of myth, the family would time and again rise from ashes to start anew.


Proceedings of the State of the Art of Filipiniana Collections in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Lopez Memorial Museum

Proceedings of the State of the Art of Filipiniana Collections in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Lopez Memorial MuseumMaterial culled from the proceedings of a seminar held at the Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo on November 29, 2000, with the intention of furthering cooperation and collection-sharing among the twelve participating libraries, the discussions focused on the nature and scope of their Filipiniana materials. While still growing, the Lopez Library possessed in 2000 some 16,000 titles by 12,000 authors. Other institutions that presented on the state of their Filipiniana collections included the Ateneo de Manila University, Central Philippine University, De La Salle University, Filipinas Heritage Library, Mindanao State University, The National Library, Silliman University, University of San Carlos, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and Xavier University. Topics that most interested

participants were measures being taken towards the conservation and automation of these collections.

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