AdU Lib celebrates 79th National Book Week

Date Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM

In celebration of the 79th National Book Week (NBW), Adamson University’s Fr. Leandro Montañana, C.M. Library held a series of activities from November 25-29 that were particularly aimed at promoting and encouraging love for reading. This year’s NBW theme was Libraries: Preservers and Promoters of Culture and the Arts.


The week-long celebration kicked off with an opening ceremony that was highlighted by a book discussion. Sharing their thoughts on their most influential books were Ms. Marie Eve Bacolod, high school teacher at the Basic Education Department (BED); Prof. Joel Paguirigan, director of Center for Language Learning; Ms. Judeelyn Bundoc, and Ms. Herminia Revalo, Library staff. Simultaneous with the book discussion was the opening of exhibits at the LM Library and BED–Elementary Library featuring rare book collections and award-winning children’s books.


A five-day mini book fair featuring books by Scholastic Publications was also set up. Other activities held to spice up the week included contests in extemporaneous speech, on-the-spot essay writing contest, read-aloud contest, and a walk-in quiz. Winners were awarded cash and certificates. Another special activity was the storytelling session for kindergarten kids given by Campus Ministry director Fr. Rock Joseph Enriquez, C.M.


A Holy Mass was officiated by Fr. Enriquez to cap the celebration. Prof. Alejandro Nueva, Jr. of the Social Science Department was also on hand to give an inspirational message, where he shared tips on cultivating and developing a reading habit. The blessing of the new library sections and awarding of winners were held afterwards.


The contest winners were:


On-the-Spot Essay Writing Contest:

Elementary Level: 1st Prize – Micah Ella Barrios, Grade VI; 2nd Prize – Mybyl Perez, Grade V; 3rd Prize – Shaned Ligutan, Grade VI

High School Level: 1st Prize – Sweet Gina Manongsong, 3rd Year; 2nd Prize – Marielle Fatima Tuazon, Grade 8; 3rd Prize – Marianne Bongcac, 3rd Year.


Read-Aloud Contest: 1st Prize – Yuli Bel M. Dizon, Grade VI; 2nd Prize – Shaina Chloe Marcos, Grade IV; 3rd Prize – Racine Xandra Venturillo, Grade IV.


Extemporaneous Speech Contest: 1st Prize – Alexius O. Bantoto, BSBA-Financial Management; 2nd Prize – Mary Christian Katrine Dela Torre, BS Psychology; 3rd Prize – Kadmiel M. Sardua, BS Mechanical Engineering.


Cited as Frequent Library Borrowers were:

Administrators: Dr. Carl Mark Miniano, Prof. Joel Paguirigan, and Engr. Evelyn Raguindin


Faculty: Engr. Dennis Amora, Prof. Arlene Ordoña-Lopez, Prof. Manuel Are, Prof. Don Emmanuel Nolasco, Prof. Porferio Comia, Atty. Noel Ostrea, Prof. Maria Flordeliza Donato, Prof. Princess Paredes, Arch. Roberto Duran, Mr. Raymond Taguitay, Prof. Frances Ruth Ibasan, and Engr. Joaquin Walter.


Students: Chris John Arenas, Cristina Jingco, Julius Bulaybulay, Jan Carlo Navarro, Philma Cardenas, Roy Jethro Pera, Dennis Edodollon, Kathlyn Lauren Reyes, Jessica Grace Esparza, Joemarr John Sy, Gabrielle Garcia and John Habib Sy.


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 79th National Book Week at Adamson was made successful by the consolidated efforts of this year’s committee members Ms. Ellen Tejada, BED-High School Librarian, Ms. Elvira Pineda, BED-Elementary Librarian, and Ms. Vivian Lirio, College of Law Librarian, through the leadership of Ms. Helen De Castro, director of Library Services, and Ms. Helen A. Ordoñez, head of the Readers’ Services section. Vivian Lirio

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