View OG Copies of Rizal's Works + More Rare Books for Free This Month

National Library of the Philippines + OG Noli Me Tangere
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(SPOT.ph) Every Filipino has encountered Jose Rizal's subversive texts Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Whether through high school literature classes or pop culture, these historical texts and their importance have been ingrained in our subconscious. So much so that to some level, to see the original texts might be quite a shocker. Yup, they still exist. In celebration of National Library and Information Services Month, original copies of Rizal's manuscripts are on display at the National Library of the Philippines for free. These Rizal originals and several other rare and historical texts, photos, and memorabilia are up free for public viewing until November 29.

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Check out the Rare Books and Manuscripts of the National Library:

The National Library collects rare books and manuscripts relevant to key historical events. Among those on display, aside f om the OG copies of Noli and El Fili, are a copy of Rizal's final work Mi Ultimo Adios, the Acta de la Proclamacion de Independencia del pueblo Filipino, maps, photographs, and historical memorabilia.

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Philippine Declaration of Independence
Acta de la Proclamaci n de Independencia del pueblo Filipino
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An audio description of the displayed items have also been added as a feature for visually challenged guests. This feature is accessible by simply scanning the QR code on display.

Noli Me Tangere Original with QR
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So what are you waiting for? Geek out with these pieces of Philippine history at the National Library of the Philippines.

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The National Library of the Philippines is along T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila City. It is open from Monday to Friday (except holidays), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit the National Library of the Philippines' Facebook page.

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