AdU Library celebrates 80th National Book Week

Date Posted: February 5, 2015 at 02:38 PM



The Fr. Leandro Montañana, CM Library celebrated the 80th National Book Week last November 24-28, 2014 with a series of activities aligned to the theme Philippine Libraries: Future Possibilities.


To start the event, a contest-parade featuring elementary and high school students dressed up like the characters of their favorite books was held. This was followed by a photo exhibit about the history of the library and a book exhibit showcasing classical literature and fairy tale collections, which were opened at the main and elementary libraries. A speech-choir competition among college students was also held where contestants interpreted William Bacani’s The Resiliency of a Filipino. Ms. International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago graced the occasion as guest speaker and as one of the judges. At the main library, a walk-in quiz among library users was conducted.


A special feature of the week was the storytelling session given to Grades 1 and 2 students. No less than University President Fr. Gregorio Bañaga, Jr., CM and Ms. Alice Quilicot, former director of the Office for Student Assistance and Scholarships and now with Bagong Kulturang Pinoy, delighted the young students as storytellers.  


Simultaneously held at the ST and BED quadrangles was the book fair set up by CD Books International, Creative Mind Books Center, IBC Book Consolidators, F & J de Jesus, Fastbooks Educational Supply, Linar Educational Materials, Mind Mover Publishing House, Philmont Academic Solutions, Learning is Fun and Scholastic Publications.  


To wrap up the event, a Holy Mass officiated by Fr. Andrew Bayal, CM, Vice-President for Student Affairs, was celebrated. The awarding ceremonies followed, with an inspirational message given by Hon. Manuel Quezon III, Undersecretary of the Office for Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning. Quezon III is a grandson of former President Manuel L. Quezon. 


Contest winners received cash prizes and certificates. The winners for the Book Character Parade Contest elementary level Mianne Grace Fajardo, Grade 4-St. Anthony as Cruella de Vil in first place; Blythe Shekinah Padlan, Grade 3-St. Cecilia as Sofia the First in second place; and Halcyon Josh De Jesus, Grade 2-St. Francis as Humpty Dumpty in third place. Winners for the high school level were Vito Gabriel M. Gueco, Grade 8-St. Matthew and Dahlia Franzelle S. Mendoza, Grade 8-St. John as Adam and Eve in first place; Charlotte Marjorie Relos, IV-St. Vincent de Paul as Katniss Everdeen in second; and Danielle Cherubim Sanchez, Grade 9-St. Monica as Maleficent in third. The winners for the Speech Choir Competition were AdU-Pulitika in first place, #Matatag in second, and BA 129 in third.


Cited as Frequent Library Borrowers were students Karla Pauline Crusis, Grade 3-St. Cecilia; Dennis Edodollon, BS Civil Engineering; and Datumama P. Fernandez, Bachelor of Laws. Frequent borrowers from the ranks of the faculty and administrators were Prof. Barbara Claridad from the College of Nursing and  Engr. Evelyn Raguindin, dean of the College of Engineering.


The National Book Week (NBW) is one of the major activities among libraries in the country. It originated with the signing of Proclamation No. 696 on June 6, 1934 stating that NBW be observed from June 18-24. Two years later, President Quezon signed Proclamation No. 109 designating November 24-30 of each year as NBW. 


AdU’s Annual Book Week celebration was a resounding success thanks to the leadership of Ms. Helen De Castro, Director of Library Services Department and Ms. Helen Ordoñez, Head of Readers’ Services section. They were ably supported by committee chair Ms. Vivian Lirio, committee vice-chair Ms. Elvira Pineda, member Ms. Rosita Uy, Member and the whole library staff. The contributions of the Basic Education, English and Foreign Languages, and Social Science Departments, and the Center for Guidance, Counseling, Placement and Testing Services were also significant. Vivian Lirio


Library Week Opening

The Annual Book Week was opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by (from left to right) Atty. Jan Nelin Navallasca, OSS director; Ms. Helen Ordoñez, head of the Reader Services section; Dr. Carl Mark Miniano, College of Business Administration dean; Ms. Helen De Castro, Library Services director; Dr. Catherine Castañeda, Consultant for Academic Affairs; Dr. Servillano Marquez, CELA dean; Dr. Liria Dacanay, College of Science dean; and Prof. Ma. Victoria Abergos, chairperson of the Marketing and Management Department.


Storytelling session

University President Fr. Gregorio Bañaga Jr., CM was one of the guest storytellers on November 24.

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