AdU Library celebrates 81st National Book Week

Date Posted: January 25, 2016 at 03:17 PM

The Fr. Leandro Montañana, CM Library held a series of activities to celebrate the 81st National Book Week, which carried the theme The Filipino Readers in the Era of ASEAN Integration last November 23-27, 2015.


The event was launched at the ST Quadrangle with the opening of the Book Fair and was attended by Dr. Catherine Castañeda, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Servillano Marquez, Jr., dean of the College of Education and Liberal Arts; Dr. Nuna Almanzor, Executive Director of the Center for Research and Development; Ms. Loreto Garcia, Library Director of the University of the East; and other guests. It was followed by the opening of the Book Exhibit at the LM Library and BED-Elementary Library, which featured winning works from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, Pulitzer Prize, Gintong Aklat award, John Newberry award, Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) Prize, and the Caldecott Medal. The kick-off event was spiced up with a performance from special guest Mark Joshua Jacobe, an alumnus of the AB Communication program and winner of To The Top, a multi-platform boy band competition on GMA 7.


Invited book exhibitors were Linar Educational Materials, Inc., Forefront Book Company, Adarna House, Belview Company Inc., EESM Bookstore, Mind Mover Publishing House, Creative Mind Books Center, Goodwill Trading Co., Inc., F&J De Jesus, Inc., Fastbooks Educational Supply, Inc., Library Journals Services Corp., IBC Book Consolidators, Inc., EDCA, Elsevier, and Learning is Fun.


Among other activities conducted during the week-long celebration was the storytelling activity participated by Grade 1 pupils together with advisers Ms. Noemi Segura (Grade 1-St. Mary) and Ms. Wilma Alama (Grade 1-St. Claire) and held at the BED Library. Doing the story telling was Fr. Marcelo Manimtim, CM, incoming University President. Subsequently, a puppet show was performed by the Philippine Information Agency Group at the OZ Audio-Visual Room with participants coming from Grade 2-St. Joseph, Grade 3-St. Anne, and Grade 4-St. Therese.


A forum on Intellectual Property Rights was held on November 26 at the University Theater. Resource speakers for the forum were Atty. Louie Andrew Calvario, Attorney VI of the Office of the Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, and Ms. Milagros Santos-Ong, director of the Supreme Court Library.


The week’s celebrations were capped with a Mass officiated by Fr. Renato Ruelos, CM and an awarding ceremony for the Frequent Library Borrowers.


Cited as Frequent Library Borrowers were students Gabrielle Therese Fauz Sasuman (Elementary), Jamie Nicole Mananquil (High School), Emmanuel Jay Edralin (College), Rowell Mendoza (Graduate School), and Delbert Baguilat (College of Law). Frequent borrowers from the ranks of the faculty and administrators were Prof. Niela Rosales from the College of nursing, Mr. Ernell B. Gutierrez, staff from the VPAA office, and Prof. Joel Amilhasan Paguirigan, director of the Center for Language Learning.


In her inspirational message during the opening ceremony Dr. Castañeda reminded the audience of the importance of the Book Week celebration: to keep stock of what we have read in the past years and explore new avenues; to reiterate that “knowledge is power,” and that books and e-books equip us with that power; to keep us relevant, to train us to be holistic and thorough in all policies, decisions and be up-to-date with local and global development; and to improve our communication skills, both oral and written, with enriched vocabulary sources.


The NBW is considered as one of the major events in the library and information science profession. It began when then Governor General Frank Murphy signed Proclamation No. 696 on June 6, 1934 stating that a National Book Week be observed from June 18-24. Two years later, President Manuel L. Quezon signed Proclamation No. 109 designating the period November 24 to 30 of each year as National Book Week.


The celebration of 81st National Book Week was made successful by the leadership of Ms. Helen De Castro, Director of Library Services Department and Ms. Helen Ordoñez, Head of Readers’ Services section with the consolidated efforts of committee chairperson Ms. Elvira Pineda, ex-officio member Ms. Vivian Lirio, and the whole library staff. Significant contributions were also given by the Basic Education Department, Communication Department, and the Center for Guidance, Counseling, Placement and Testing Services. Kholyn Kaye Lao

National Book Week opening

Leading the ribbon-cutting honors during the opening ceremony were (front, from left) CELA dean Dr. Servillano Marquez, Jr., Library Services director Ms. Helen De Castro, and Dr. Catherine Q. Castañeda, Vice President for Academic Affairs. Joining them were (back row, from left) Ms. Helen Ordoñez, Library Services head for Readers Services; Dr. Ramon Luber, Biology Department chairperson; Engr. Jerry Olay, Chemical Engineering Department chairperson; Dr. Nuna E. Almanzor, CRD executive director; and Ms. Loreto Garcia, Library Director of the University of the East.

NBW storytelling session

Incoming University President Fr. Marcelo Manimtim, CM (back row, seated center) led the storytelling session for Grade 1 pupils during the NBW celebration

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