As part of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee year celebration, the Singapore National Library Board (NLB) launched “Singapore 50: Gift Books,” a project which aims to create greater awareness of the country’s unique heritage and cityscape through books.
The project has presented 10,300 books to 40 libraries around the world, including those in Australia, China, India, the UK, the US, and Asean
These books features authors and topics across Singapore’s architecture, biodiversity, economic development, history, literature, and arts and culture.
Under this project, the NLB sent 300 books to the National Library of the Philippines (NLP). To mark the handover, the Singapore Embassy in Manila held a presentation ceremony on December 17.
Singaporean Ambassador to the Philippines Kok Li Peng symbolically handed over the books to National Library of the Philippines Acting Director Yolanda Jacinto.
In her welcome remarks, Ambassador Kok spoke of the close ties and continued exchanges between NLB and NLP.
“NLB has sent 300 books on Singapore to the NLP in this regard. Through this project, Singapore hopes to give an educational dimension to our SG50 celebrations by sharing knowledge on Singapore with the rest of the world,” she said. “As you can see, the eclectic mix of titles aims to share Singapore’s growth as a nation with Filipino readers. At the same time, we celebrate the passion for reading and the accessibility of knowledge through public libraries for the young and old. Furthermore, I believe the books would further enrich NLP’s vast collection.”
For her part, Jacinto expressed, “This donation of books to the National Library of the Philippines from the National Library Board is another indication on how NLB treasures its partnership with NLP. On May 2014, NLB also donated 40 units of e-readers to NLP, which was distributed to affiliated public libraries in the NCR. We also maintain exchange of publications with them.”
She continued that NLB is also the local library’s partner in the recently launched INELI-ASEAN, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project. By September 2016, they will be hosting the second convening of the innovators composed of 20 public librarians from the Asean countries.
At the end of the program, Ambassador Kok hoped that these books would share Singapore’s growth as a nation with Filipino readers and, ultimately, strengthen people to people relations between Singapore and the Philippines.
“I hope that each book will serve as a new chapter in the longstanding friendship between Singapore and the Philippines, and as a pillar to promote cordial understanding between our peoples,” she concluded.
The presentation ceremony is part of the celebrations for Singapore’s 50th year of independence by the Singapore Embassy in Manila.