Sixty-two participants of the “Insulae Indiae Orientalis: The 36th International Map Collector’s Society (IMCoS) Symposium” visited the UST Miguel de Benavides Library on October 16, 2018. They were shown the library’s map exhibit which consists of the rare and historical map collection from the UST Archives and they were also given a demonstration of the restoration processes of rare materials at the Antonio Vivencio del Rosario Heritage Library. The Symposium was held primarily at the Ayala Museum from October 14 to 17, 2018.

The guests were welcomed by UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Jesús M. Miranda, Jr., O.P., and the Prefect of Libraries Rev. Fr. Angel A. Aparicio, O.P., together with UST Office of Public Affairs Director Assoc. Prof. Giovanna V. Fontanilla, Ph.D., and Chief Librarian Ma. Cecilia D. Lobo.

An exhibit featuring the Archives’ collection of rare and historical maps was held from October 17 to October 26 at the library’s exhibit area and along the 5th floor hallway.

The Philippine Map Collector’s Society, an affiliate of the London based IMCoS, and Gallery Prints organized the symposium which presented series of lectures and visits to libraries and museums. Part of the event was the visit of the participants to the Antonio Vivencio Heritage Section of the Benavides Library. Located at the fifth floor of the UST Miguel de Benavides Library building, the UST Antonio Vicencio del Rosario Heritage Library is a repository of rare and prestigious printed collections of the University of Santo Tomas encompassing approximately 30,000 volumes of materials about the country’s history including rare Filipiniana books, rare periodicals, rare legal collections, and rare books on medicine and pharmacy.