It has been two months after the horrific storm Ondoy inundated our San Mateo home. Like in every disaster, damages to properties are immediately realized. As a bibliophile, I grieve the loss of books, prints and photographs. They have been the very reason why I found a new interest in Philippine history and culture.
“Books are fragile” says Carina Guevarra of Art19b Gallery. She is one of the people who grieved with us after learning how Ondoy damaged our collection and art collections of people she knew. These books could have been our heirloom to our son I told her.
Fellow blogger and Filipino history and cultural advocate Arnold A. of With One’s Past visited us in San Mateo only to feel sorry for the out-of-print Filipiniana that we tried to salvage. A few can be restored by patiently turning them page by page and drying them out. Unfortunately, the hardened mud that covered majority of the books made it hopeless.
We had already moved on and made efforts to forget that unfortunate day. Today, we celebrate to whatever is left but we lament for what can never be replaced.