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Blog of the Week: The Philippine Diary Project


The Daily Opium caters to the interests of history buffs with its Featured Blog of the Week. If you are interested in reading eye-witness accounts of events that happened in the country or of works made by foreigners about the country, then this site might prove interesting.

Owned and managed by historian and Philippine Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDPSO) Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III, The Philippine Diary Project “aims to make diaries written by both famous and unknown Filipinos, and foreign writing about the Philippines, available to the public.” The diaries featured, mostly dating back to the 1930’s to 1950’s, were published at one point but have since gone out of print. Some are available to the public for the first time.

Do you want to do more than read the site? It welcomes volunteers to encode and do editorial work for the project.