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Ernando ‘Nanie’ Guanlao has dedicated 15 years of his life transforming his home in Makati, Manila into a free public library, open to anyone and everyone.

Nanie is 63 and started with 100 books, and now stocks over 1000 books, purely so that other people can enjoy them, as he believes everyone should have access to books.

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