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Who is the first mayor of your place? What is the history of your street?
NOVEMBER 21 1564
The Legazpi expedition sets sail from Navidad in Mexico on a voyage that was to culminate in Legazpi’s arrival in Cebu.
• History is unquestionably a valid way of viewing reality: that is the present can be accessible only with a knowledge of the past (Bauzon: 1978).
• local history focuses on a certain geographic location, essentially it is a history of a community, state or region (Phillips: 1995).
Local studies center
• is a specialized information center combining a library, an archives and a museum in terms of the range of the collections, serving the purpose of preservation of knowledge about a certain locality in all its facets (Perez & Templanza: 2012).
The Formation of local/regional historical groups or centers To collect/preserve documents publish checklists and bibliographies,
local history writing contests, and similar activities.
The National Historical Commission also recommended during the First Seminar for Provincial Manila in 1972, which urged the creation of provincial historical committees to gather and store source materials for local history in provincial/ municipal/ city museums (Mojares, 1980).
Iloko Studies in Vigan, Ilocos Sur,
Igorot Studies Center in Sagada,
Samar-Leyte Studies Center in Tacloban , Leyte
Northern Luzon Studies Center in Bayombong Nueva Viscaya
Negros Occidental Historical Commission
Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos.
Serve as clearing house in-charge of collecting, organizing, disseminating and preserving local studies materials of their particular locality
Responsible for conducting, publishing and promoting local historical researches
Responsible for promoting historical events and creating historical activities
Encourage to establish and sustain linkage and networking with other centers, historical bodies, and government bodies both here and abroad
The history of Colon street
The text of the deliberation of Cebuano leaders whether or not to surrender Cebu Cebuano Studies to the Americans Center of the University of San Carlos
Old photographs of Parian church in Cebu
University of San Carlos
Cebuano Studies Center
Gathering of materials on the history and culture of Cebu and as part of the university’s extension services. 1972- it was first conceptualize as an answer to the growing demand for research services in local history.
December 13, 1975- the center opened its services to the general public.
The people behind the establishment of the Center:
Dr. Resil Mojares – Center Director
Fr. Joseph Baumgartner, SVD (+) – Chief Librarian Fr. Joseph Goertz, SVD (+)- Research Director
1. a special library to house source materials pertaining to Cebu, as
well as the predominantly Cebuano-speaking areas in the country;
2. a research center devoted to studies pertaining to Cebu in the
area of the humanities and social sciences; and
3. a special office assisting in the promotion of Cebuano culture and
To provide world-class resources for research on a diversity of Cebuano and Cebuano-related topics. It aims at creating new knowledge in Cebuano, at preserving the best of Cebuano culture and heritage and at extending the contributions of the University of San Carlos to research scholarship.
The opening of the CSC of the University of San Carlos was recognized by the local community as Gov. Osmundo Rama in his address at the opening ceremonies hailed the Center as an answer to a long felt need for a place where systematic research can be undertaken on the history, life and culture of Cebu and Cebuanos (De Jesus:1976).
The Center is a contribution of the University of San Carlos to the community. It is expected to render help as catalyst for scholarly studies on the history and traditions of Cebu and in the larger view for an enlarged and informed awareness of place, people and time which will be of benefit to the spiritual and intellectual development not only of the Cebuano but of the Filipino.
Library services & collection building
Research & Publications
Educational Activities/Community Outreach
The Center is open to the public and will service all scholars and researchers in the Cebuano Studies area. It admits special affiliation with independent scholars and institutions here and abroad. In exchange for their research outputs, the Center offers working space for affiliates doing lengthy research.
For Faculty of the University of San Carlos, the Center provides semestral research deloading grants and external-funded projects graduate studies (master’s and doctoral).
Organize lectures, conferences and seminars with local and foreign linkages.
The special library of the center has a wide assortment of research materials, including rare materials. At present, it has the best collection of Cebuano books in the country, a large serial collection of newspapers and magazines published in Cebu, and a growing photograph collection Availability of indexes or research aids for easy retrieval of the materials and conduct language courses and arrange translator and clerical services for scholars; instil a consciousness in the community for the importance of documents, artifacts and other source materials; and encourage recognition of people with significant cultural contributions.
To date, CSC welcomes visiting scholars who wish to conduct their researches on Cebu and encourages affiliation and collaboration with other national/international institutions.
Gifts or donations
How are the collections acquired?
Reproduction of loaned materials
works on the region, irrespective of the place of origin of the author,
all materials published in the region irrespective of the origin of the author and subject matter treated in them.
works by natives of the region, irrespective of the subject matter and place of publication
84 art objects, 87 manuscript collections
242 microfilms, 36 CDs, 600 slides
6,164 photographs, 190 maps
Musical sheets, souvenir programs, transcript of interviews, brochures, vertical files, photocopies of periodical and journal articles
Nueva Fuerza (1915-1921) Bag-ong Kusog (1921-1941) Progress (1928-1934) The Freeman (1921-22) Babaye (1930-31) Star (1929-30) Visayan Shinbum 1940s Bisaya 1940s
Bibliography of Cebuano Linguistics (1977) Sergio Osmeña Bibliography (1978) Bibliographic guides to Cebuano folklore and the history of Cebu Cebuano Cultural Systems: An Annotated Bibliography Cebuano Folktales1 and 2 ; The Cebuano Folksongs 1 Tigmo ug Sanglitanan
Reconstructing Cebu’s Social and Political History from 1880s to 1940 by Michael Cullinane
Events in Maktan 1521-1900 Heide K. Gloria’s American Occupation in Cebu 1899-1917 by Jose R. Quisumbing Social Political Implications of Religious Confrontation in a Cebuano Community: Sante Fe, Cebu 1903-1940 by Geoffrey Salgado
Cebu City Barrios: The Origin of their Names by Evangeline de Paula Ang Sugbo sa Karaang Panahon: An Annotated Translation of the 1935 History of Cebu by Fe Susan Go Bag-Ong Kusog Index by Magallon (1915-41)
Ang Kagubot sa Sugbo by Manuel Enriquez dela Calzada,
Economic History of Cebu 1600-18981 by Bruce Fenner
Index to the ordinances of the City Council of Cebu (1945-75) by Atty.Emma Acosta
A Historical –Biographical Study of the Lives of Persons After Whom the Streets of Cebu City is Named (1956)
Personalities and Information (1934) Cebu Visayas Directory (1932)
At present, the Center is engaged in a campaign to salvage valuable cultural materials by soliciting donation of materials from homes and places where these materials may be neglected or are not readily accessible to students and researchers. How?
Continue acquiring materials about Cebu that are available in the country and abroad ( Dr. Yu’s collected materials from University of Calgary)
Collection of journal articles about Cebu and its community.
The operations of the Center are financed by the university funds as an independent cost center. The Center also receive support from private agencies and individuals in the community in the form of grants for specific projects and the donation deposit or loan of materials to a library of this kind.
Acquisition of library materials are from the budget of the University Library System.
Don Vicente Sotto Grant
Don Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
Cornelio Faigao Fund
The Center has initiated researches which are published as separate items or reported in the Philippine Quarterly of Culture and Society, the journal devoted to the Humanities and Social Sciences published by the USC. Much of Center research has been done by the Center Director individually or with a team, some with funding from external sources.
A number of books based on Center research have also been published by academic presses in Manila.
The Cornelio Faigao Memorial Annual Writers Workshop
Partnership with the Cebu Provincial Government for the writing on the history of 42 towns & 9 cities including history of Provincial capitol and Cebu City Government
Lecture Series in Carcar City
The Graduate Program Cebuano Heritage Studies
Linkage with the Cebu City Historical and Cultural Affairs Commission for the Cebu City search of the 75th Cebuano Families
The Cornelio Faigao Memorial Writers Workshop (29th year)- an annual activity of the Center since 1984 to train creative writers in Cebu.
Lecture Series (Carcar City, Cebu) monthly lecture presentations of Carcar writers and their works to the community.
The Graduate Program Cebuano Heritage Studiesstarted in 2006-2007 but discontinued in 2009-2010 and is now revived.
Cebu Provincial Government
Cebu City Government
Carcar City Government
National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Cebu City Historical and Cultural Affairs Commission
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated Taboan Writers Festival Women in Literary Arts
Ford &Toyota Foundations
Great ASEAN Writers
Center for South East Asian Studies (CSEAS)
Official Historian of Cebu 1983 awarded as Most Province (Cebu Provincial Outstanding Institution in 1993 Gawad Awardee from Board Resolution in 1987). 2006, 3rd prize Cebu in the Field ofwinner Arts & Cultural Center of the Philippines Search forthe Excellence Best Culture during Charter 2008 awarded asHEI Best in cultural Research. Research Program 2006 Day Celebrations. Research Program from CHED Central Visayas 7 ( Best Higher Education Institution Research Program for Research in Cebuano Studies: Promotion and Development of Cebuano Culture).
Challenges: Cebuano publications are not available in the market. Acquisition of old periodicals not accessible.
Future Direction: Digitization of the Cebuano rare collection
The existence of local studies centers with the materials that can be preserved and stored, it will be beneficial to students, local researchers and foreign scholars . The present interest in local history is expressive of the need to focus attention on local or regional experience and traditions. It will be an important instrument in encouraging studies in local history and culture in the awareness of regional traditions.
For the information specialist, it is a period of transition. For a long time the local collection was often deprived and neglected feature of a library service but this situation has vastly altered for the better in the last 30 years or so. Change has generally meant improvement and development has generally encompassed growth the future for local studies librarianship looks exciting but also demanding (Dewe:1987).
Former CSC Directors: Dr. Resil Mojares Dr. Erlinda Alburo Former Library System Directors Fr. Joseph Baumgartner, SVD (+) Dr. Marilou P. Tadlip, Former Research Director Fr. Joseph Goertz, SVD (+) Former Librarians and Secretaries
For the continuous support Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu Center Director Mrs. Maxie Doreen Cabarron Library System Director
References: Books Phillips, Faye. (1995). Local History Collections in Libraries. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited. Dewe, Michael. (1987). A Manual of Local Studies Librarianship. Aldershot: Gower. Periodicals Bauzon, Leslie E. Local History: Rationale, problems and prospects. PQCS. 1978. (p.157-165) Don Vicente Sotto. Grant established. Morning Times. July 1, 1976.
Mojares, Resil. The Cebuano studies center at USC. PQCS. March 1976. (p.62-32)
Mojares, Resil. Cebuano studies center: Databank on Visayan culture. Vistas The Cebu Weekly. June 26, 1981 (p.24-25). Mojares, Resil. Building a center for local studies: The case of the Cebuano studies center. Mindanao Journal. Oct. 1979-1980 (p.172-179). Perez, Martin Julius. An analytical study of the common and unique characteristics of Local Studies Centers in the Philippines.Far Eastern Univ. Retrieved from http://consalxv.org.
Perez, Martin Julius. Local studies centers: Transforming history, culture and heritage in the Philippines. IFLA Journal. 2012.(297309).
Documents Cebuano Studies Center Year End Report Electronic Resources: www.cebuanostudiescenter.com
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