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U.P. Varagas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center

Brief History

March 1, 1978, Mr. Jorge B. Vargas bequeathed his personal papers and memorabilia to his alma mater the University of the Philippines


rare Filipiniana documents, papers, books, journals and magazines

photographs and scrapbooks

356 oil paintings and 139 watercolors & pastel works (late 19thC to early 1950’s)

21 pieces of sculpture

80,982 stamps from 1890 to 1978

4,788 coins from the Spanish colonial period to the 2nd Philippine Republic

souvenir pins and matchboxes

Services/conditions for use

museum/research services from Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM-11:30 AM and 1:30 PM-4:30 PM; close on weekends and holidays unless prearranged

P 15 admission fee for general public; P 10 for students and faculty


Roxas Avenue, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City

Jose P. Laurel Museum Library

Brief History

February 6, 1960, Justice Pedro Tuason & other civic leaders established the Jose P. Laurel Memorial Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization

Objective is to perpetuate the memory of Dr. Jose P. Laurel by establishing a Laurel Memorial Hall, publishing his works, granting graduate scholarships, holding memorial lectures, undertaking research projects


books, private papers, memorabilia, photographs, clippings

Laureliana collection


Open to researches and visitors from Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 pm


Roxas Boulevard cor. Pedro Gil St., Manila 

Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation

Brief history

The Ramon Magsaysay Papers/Memorabilia was established in 1958, a year after the death of President Magsaysay on March 17, 1957

Mrs. Luz B. Magsaysay gave the custody of the papers to the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation


300,000 estimated items of private papers, photographs, scrapbooks, albums, books, pamphlets, personal effects, art objects, tapes, clippings, etc.

Services and Conditions for use

open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 12:00 AM and 1:00 to 5:00 PM

letter request to use the collection is required addressed to the Executive Trustees of the Foundation


1680 Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila

About the Author:
Aida Sarmiento is a member of Philippine Association of Academic Research Libraries (PAARL), Philippine Association of Teachers in Library Science (PATLS). She currently serves as College Librarian II for the University of the Philippines, Diliman.