A hundred days and counting in quarantine has been no joke to plenty of Filipinos. Those lucky enough to be secure during the pandemic have only had the problem of worrying about finding something to do, making sure that they stay healthy.
But health isn't just about the physical—there's been much discussion online, too, about how people can take care of their mental health while in quarantine. Many of these conversations suggested that people try to learn new things and read while in quarantin to keep their minds stimulated and away from troubles.
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Knowing the value of literature more than anybody, the UP Institute of Creative Writing launched a free digital library. "As libraries continue to be inaccessible due to COVID19," UP said in a release about the project, "the people's access to reading materials remains limited."
The Freelipiniana Online Library is the institute's way to compensate for the closure of libraries these awful times. Its name isn't just a pun—it's also a statement about what the library carries: Filipiniana books.
UP chose to focus on this genre since many are "largely unavailable now because many have not yet been digitized and opened for online access." This is an opportunity as well to 'allow readers to consume these local texts from the safety of their homes, be they for leisure or research,'" it said.
The website feaures six sub-categories: namely Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Drama, Graphic Literature, and Children’s Literature—with some of these reads freely downloadable.
For everyone's information, all of the works included were freely distributed by their own authors and publishers. The only catch: These can't be "printed, reproduced, or sold without permission" from their owners.
The Freelipiniana Online Library also invites interested writers to share their own work for free toward the same cause, following these guidelines .
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