Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2nd raul s. roco library lecture

was out for a month, grueling for the preparation of the 2nd raul s. roco library lecture with a theme, safekeeping history in every library.

was fortunate to have director antonio santos, elder florentino gamil and mr. tito valiente as resource speakers. likewise, to partner with the bicol region librarians council, which undoubtedly a fresh start to reach out with bicol librarians.

have names of librarians and participants whom i would like to post, but i decided to leave it vague, i knew some who did not attend have had other personal matters to attend to. however, the event turned-out successful.

below is a photo shot during the seminar, with me, director antonio santos of the national library, madam sonia roco, wife of education and senator raul s. roco, ateneo de naga university librarian and the current president of bicol region librarians council edna san buenaventura. at the back were the other speakers - mr tito valiente, elder florentino gamil, and the naga central school 2 rondalla.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

naga celebrates reading, thanks inquirer, jollibee & dep ed

once more, naga library is the most popular reading center in the region as it successfully launched a three-day celebration of learning and fun last July 19, 20 and 21. the naga celebrates reading which is partnered and supported by the philippine daily inquirer, jollibee and department of education was able to impart the importance of reading and the use of library to the 3, 500 visiting preschoolers and elementary pupils in Naga. thanks to ms farah bongat for her special support in the activity.

photos of the activity can be viewed at the raul s. roco library facebook. and also, an article which was released in the inquirer written by jonas soltes (thank you) and shiena barrameda (ty also)  :
: Reading day lesson for 60 day-care kids

NAGA CITY—It was an extraordinary activity for 60 preschoolers from day-care centers in three barangays in Naga City. They trooped to the Raul S. Roco Library to celebrate National Children’s Book Reading Day with an Inquirer Read-Along session.

The children, aged 5-6 years old, from Dayangdang, San Felipe and Lerma huddled close to Farrah Bongat, wife of Naga City Mayor John Bongat, and opened their hearts to her as she narrated the story of how a young boy conquered his fear of darkness.

Bongat read “Si Ching na Takot sa Dilim,” written by Aleli Dew Batnag and illustrated by Paul Eric Roca. The story is about Ching who overcame his fear of “creatures that lurk in the dark” because of a power outage.

Like some children, Ching cannot sleep with the lights turned off. For “protection from monsters,” he always keeps a flashlight beside him.

One night, while he is left alone by his mother who had to run on an errand, power goes out in the neighborhood.

With the batteries of his flashlight spent, Ching discovers the beautiful things that glow in the dark, such as the eyes of his cat and the stars in the night sky.

After the storytelling, the children told Bongat that they, too, feared the dark because of “monsters and ghosts that exist with darkness.”

“Darkness is not all bad,” she said as she allayed their concerns.

Bongat said “it’s important to read stories laden with good values to children because during this stage (childhood) in their life it is easy for them to absorb and live those values.”

The library section that served as venue for the read-along has been dedicated to acclaimed Filipino writer Bienvenido Santos, whose works were inspired by landmarks and life in Albay and Camarines Sur, such as “The Volcano” and some narratives in “You Lovely People,” a collection of short stories.

It was inaugurated on March 14 as a “special gift” of the city government to Santos, whose 100th birthday was celebrated on March 22.

The library itself was named after the well-loved Bicolano senator and wide reader who died in 2005.

Librarian Federico J. Vinluan said the read-along was part of the library’s three-day celebration of the nationwide Book Reading Day.

Around 300 children, aged 4-10 years, from public elementary schools all over the city were invited to other event activities, including a book fair, newspaper-reading and a musical program.

“It is important to impart to children love of reading at an age when they are very curious. This is when they learn many things, including good values, and the time when they need them most,” Vinluan said.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

naga celebrates reading! reload x2

though classes for elementary have started last june, naga library orientation have been prepared and it coincides with the national children's book day. the cam. norte provincial library have programs too and it was conducted last july 14. 

in naga, the event for preschoolers and elementary pupils are scheduled on july 19, 20 and 21. 

naga library's raul s. roco library have prepared read-along sessions with the philippine daily inquirer together with orientations and games by  jollibee, and sm city naga as partners. 

10 years from now,, i am hopeful that they will return to the naga library again!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

family history center, first in luzon after marikina.

if you are in naga, and you are interested to trace the roots of your family. 

GO TO NAGA LIBRARY - raul s. roco library, it partnered with the Church of Jesus Christ the Latter-days in establishing the FAMILY HISTORY CENTER.

IT is the home of genealogy that  provides online index and database of families in the Philippines. it has collections of microfilm that contains personal records such as birth certificates, marriage and baptismal dated back in 1700s. to put it simply, the family history center in naga offers personal records with genealogical significance.

with four (4) microfilm readers and two (2) computer units for the programs, this can help make an initial activities in finding the roots of interested clients.

come and visit the Naga Library now.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


On its fifth year, Naga Library has become the permanent Secretariat of the Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement Awards. What is RSRYAA?

For anyone who are not familiar with the RSRYAA, it is a program where youth organizations submit a propose project which they will implement for six (6) months. The best organization that can successfully initiate an activity will be awarded with a cash prize of 50,000 and a trophy designed by the National Artist Salvador Bernal.

As of the moment, there are 7 youth groups have submitted a confirmation.

RSRYAA and its preparatory activities may be strange to the usual library works. But the efforts made have provided an avenue to showcase the significant role of the Bicolano youth in the nation building. And that Naga Library, being an institution of knowledge has committed itself to make its activities and services a more youth-oriented. I believe, this is one activities that is unique from other public libraries and the stories crop-up from the youth groups in dealing with the community problems is a an extraordinary lesson that came-out from a reader. Moreover, the solutions that they have adopted are lessons they learned from reading. And this is what made Naga Library as the home of Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement Award.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

bienvenido santos @ naga library

NAGA LIBRARY is blessed to have a collection of writer Bienvenido Santos.

The opportunity  to treasure and maintain the personal collection has been given to us by the santos family. the printed collection  and other memorabilia will now be accessed by the general public in march 14.

bienvenido santos is one of the best writers in Philippine literature. 

my classmate vivien soriente of dlsu library told me that the memorabilia collection of Bienvenido Santos is now in their library. given the facilities and expertise, I was delighted to see the room dedicated to him.

i personally acknowledge the proponent of the project - sir Nathan, in putting a special section in the naga library.