Friday, July 31, 2009

.. gift of Cory Aquino

The death of Ms. Cory Aquino yesterday was disheartening. It is the same feeling I have experience when Raul Roco died in 2005.

Photo taken from Bicol Forum, Jan. 13-19,1986 issue with Cory Aquino and
Doy Laurel campaigning in Naga City.

I was 10 years old when 1986 election happened and Cory Aquino was installed as President. Yellow colors became a fad, and Ms. Cory stole the hearts of the Filipinos, the Bicolano people is one. I could not imagine a life where freedom endures. I could not imagine a life here if Marcos remained in control of our country, too. To me, that is something I and the Filipino will forever indebted to Ms. Cory Aquino.

Goodbye po, asin Dios na po an bahala magbalos saimo sa gabos na karahayan na itinao mo samuya!

Friday, July 10, 2009

E-Library in Naga

Tina, staffer of the National Library, has been contacting me last month for the Philippine E-Lib training in Naga. As the access point in Bikol, it is expected that Naga Library promotes this project to the libraries and librarians. But the schedule was postponed and reset this July in view of the unstable weather condition. This is not surprising in the region.

So this it - July 8-10, 2009 is the Web Technology training. The E-lib which has became a hype for public librarians in 2006 when it was introduce, has failed to keep the expectation of my colleague in the profession.. Probably this time, the training will bring back the interest and hype that it has seen before to the users-public. I see the point of creating this project, and i believe, with a proper push and will, this initiative will be a landmark project.

As the training goes, Mam Sally Arlante, National Library Director Nani Cruz, Sir's Ed Quiroz and Chito Angeles have never disappointed the participants. The event became successful. Thanks to STI, to my staff and to the organizer.

Just a side note, while preparing for the activity - when the Children's section was transfered at the second floor, the previous area which is the venue for the seminar was turned-out to be an ideal place for exhibit and gatherings. This is something I am going to think in the future.