ALIWW is certainly a catchy acronym. Nakakaaliw! What do the letters stand for?
ALIWW stands for Ateneo Library of Women's Writings. As its name implies, it is an archival facility within the Ateneo de Manila University founded to collect, preserve, and promote writings by and about Filipino women.

Has ALIWW already managed to collect materials?
Yes. ALIWW has successfully solicited manuscripts and print memorabilia from outstanding Filipino women : in the field of literature, Paz Marquez Benitez, Paz Latorena, Loreto Paras Sulit, Lina Espina Moore, Rosario de Guzman Lingat, Genoveva Matute, Liwayway Arceo, Lualhati Bautista, Lina Flor; in the visual arts, Anita Magsaysay-Ho and Pacita Abad. Recent acquisitions are the memorabilia of suffragist Encarnacion Alzona and comfort woman Maria Rosa Henson.

What happens to these materials once they are deposited at ALIWW?
Once here, the materials are processed --catalogued and classified- by professional librarians. Only when they are so processed are they made accessible to researchers and readers.

Besides making these materials available to the public, what other services does ALIWW provide women who donate their works and personal papers?
ALIWW publicizes these donations and promotes the works of these women by means of lectures, exhibits, and publications.

All these activities require money. Where does ALIWW derive its funding?
As a special collection of the Rizal Library, ALIWW has a budget for archival acquisitions and operations. Funds for all other expenses must be sourced from grants and donations.

Who constitute the ALIWW staff?
For the present, a librarian and two support staff.

Is the Reading Room open to visitors?
Yes. There is a full-time staff at ALIWW during office hours. However, researchers who may have specific questions about any materials are encouraged to contact the librarian at

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