Tuesday, March 24, 2009

2009 Filipino Heritage Festival

Elias Angeles Street in Naga City, 1958

While most public libraries are preparing for the inventory of library books, checking the shelves and roofs, files and MRs etc.. this April, Raul S. Roco Library (and me) will spearhead the Exhibit and Lecture on April 30 in line with Naga City's hosting of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2009 Filipino Heritage Festival and .

Specifically, the program consists of a lecture of Prof. Jun De Leon ( Philippine Arts and Culture) and Mr. Joe Barrameda (Pe├▒afrancia History and Devotion) which follows after the formal opening of an exhibit of "Naga City Through the Years" and memorabilia of the 1st International Rondalla in 1993.

So there it is, again, arts activity in the library where public librarians can look at an example and which they can use in thier own community. But most of all, what Roco Library was working to serve as the information center in the community and its collection will be use for education and awareness of local culture. So if you see the photo above of Naga City, you will see more of it in April 30. And probably, will be thinking of having a quick visit to the Naga's public library.

Monday, March 23, 2009

arts in the library

A week ago, my staff, library volunteers and students of Global IT were working for the exhibit of old books and Bicolano writers. The materials sent from six provinces were not sufficient to display an exhibit. In fact, I was surprised to note that few local government units in the region have commissioned a printed work of thier towns/cities which are essential today. I maybe skeptics but, if you are in-charge of the project, and when you are assigned to coordinate with the this lgus, you will notice how hard it is to convince them to come up with a regional exhibit.

Anyway, when members of Sumaro Bikolnon are coming and they are sending their special collection of Bikoliana, the exhibit became a display of Bikol publication of old books written by Bikolano/Filipinos in Bikol dialect. The output of the display is a proof that there are interests and initiatives by Bikolanoes to write and publish books on Bikol during the 1800s. I am refering to the Bikol Literary Festival: Pintakasi kan mga Librong Bikolnon held at the Raul S. Roco Library last March 17 and which was made possible through the help of Sumaro Bikolonon.

In this matter, I learned a lesson. For a public library to grow and became an vital partner of the arts, it needs to reach-out with the local artist -- the writers, poets, etc.