In his final book, the late historian Benito Legarda Jr tried to bring to light what makes our Spanish-era churches truly Filipino. Distinguished economist, historian and scholar Benito Legarda Jr had devoted his writing career in promoting Filipino culture and history. He served as deputy governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, among many others. The prolific historian focused his essays and articles on the Spanish colonial galleon trade, the Philippines’s 19th-century economy and the Second World War in Manila, which he had witnessed and experienced during his teenage years. With his passing last year at the age of 94, the Ortigas Foundation Library decided to publish his architectural study from the ‘60s about Hispanic Philippine churches. Complemented with modern photographs from the Ortigas Foundation’s extensive collection, Hispanic Philippine Churches: An Architectural Study was finally published.