The country has been incessantly facing numerous challenging societal problems. There are the usual corruption issues, red tape, poor quality of education, traffic woes and so on. The ills may be due to something cultural, behavioral or ethical in a Filipino, and whatever the reasons there may be, these strike the citizens at their core.
Only one issue is enough to create a Pandora’s Box effect—in the end, dissect one and a whole string of concerns is thereby unraveled. How then do we solve a complex, or perhaps on a pessimistic tone, a problematic country like this? To be sure, it is safe to say that there has to be a holistic approach. But perchance, one of the better investments in terms of long-term projection is improving the culture’s habit of reading.
It is then a colossal contribution that can be considered that of putting up and maintaining the Book Museum and Ethnology Center, the first of its kind in Asia.
The full article can be accessed at https://bookbed.org/2016/08/16/nation-building-by-reading-at-the-book-museum/
Published originally on 16 August 2016 at BookBed
Bookbed is a community of readers and dreamers based in Manila, Philippines. Their goal is to help develop a reading nation. They review books, publish stories and art, support and sell local work and organize events and book drives.
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