• Filipinos are great contributors when it comes to visual and performing arts, film, and any form of media that makes us known in the whole world, and with that as our heritage CCP deserves to be full digitized. This is the storage of our cultural heritage so we should keep it in a way by means of current innovation in storage devices. This is beneficial upto the future generation.

EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has announced the launch of a nationwide digitization porject to convert and integrate CCP's entire audio-visual collection of Philippine arts and culture into digital and emergent forms, for the preservation of the nation's treasures for the use of future genrations to come.

Its great news that EMC is pursuing this digitization project, which will involve storing, protecting, managing and making CCP Library's vast collection of national, cultural and historical materials available online.

Currently the library consists approximately 40,000 hours of audio, 30,000 hours of tapes from its film archive, 6,500 photos, 28,000 photographic slides and at least 56,000 manuscripts of literary works. Part of its program is to also digitally capture 1,500 art and 1,500 historical pieces for future content migration.

“Poetry, film, music, visual art and expressions of humanity are all part of a country’s national, cultural and historical heritage and, yet, many of these critical documents and cultural artifacts are at risk of disappearing without the right information infrastructure systems,” say David Webster, President of EMC in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. “EMC recognizes and supports the protection of such important heritage of the Philippines for the enjoyment and appreciation of future generations of Filipinos.”

Indeed this supports CCP's vision and far-sightedness on the importance of preserving the nation’s heritage. EMC has been closely collaborating with the CCP team and providing the necessary EMC products and technologies, including training support, to start the project.

So far they only have accomplished 1% percent migration, which equvalent to 1000+ hours of what has been done to covert the library's archive to digital formats. The 32 terabite storage space is currently set to allocate all these.

”EMC’s collaboration with CCP is a natural fit with our core business and expertise around storing, protecting and managing critical digital information assets,” say Ronnie Latinazo, Country Manager of EMC Philippines. “It has been a rewarding challenge to help CCP create a virtual and interactive environment to make information on Philippines’ rich cultural past available and accessible to everyone. This is EMC’s way of giving back to the community after having operated in the Philippines for the past 10 years.”

“We commend EMC’s generosity and dedication as a responsible corporate citizen. CCP is honored to be a beneficiary of this digital preservation initiative. It shows EMC's spirit and vision of making technology a vital tool in building a better Philippines and outstanding Filipinos. This partnership will benefit not only this generation but the youth of the future as well,” said Dr. Raul Sunico, President, Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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