Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Archangel Saint Michael Academy

Victor Hugo - He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Pleased to be included as one of the think tank, trustee and incorporator of the newly registered preschool, senior high and TESDA school - the Archangel Saint Michael Academy.

Despite the pandemic and a shaky economy in 2019, we are able to put up this school for the benefit of the youth and less fortunate childrens in Bula.  Be part of us now in helping cultivate strong positive values with ASMA - Archangel Saint Michael Academy .. education with flying colors!

bienvenido santos @ roco library

the Naga Library is named Raul Roco in honor of the late senator and legislator. 

the Roco Lib as many call it.. did  not house the memorabilia of Sen. Roco only. for it also housed the materials and manuscripts of writer Bienvenido N. Santos.

Bievenido Nuque Santos, known as a prolific writer in english, has contributed a lot in Bicol... in Naga in particular. He taugth and became the Executive Vice President of the University of Nueva CAceres.

Santos married a Bicolana from Daraga and have children, one of which is Lourdes Santos Anonas  who worked also in the University of Nueva CAceres as teacher, Dean and later, as Executive Vice President. . 

for sometime we also encountered the word " the heart of Bicol".. it is  a phrase describe for Naga and originally a poem written by Santos.

4 years ago, to enliven the works of BN Santos, Naga sponsored the Bienvenido N. Santos Short Story Writing Contest for English and Bicol.

villa magdalena, scents of apple etc..  are among his works...... we encountered and read those writings in college.. ..... if you miss the chance of meeting Santos,,, come and visit the Naga Library because in the future we will be organizing more activities for him.


Bienvenido N. Santos Short Story Writing Contest is extended!

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to all residents of the six Bicol provinces-Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon-who have attained the age of 16 and above. High school seniors, college students, and Bicol residents interested in writing are encouraged to participate. IMPORTANT: Since the goal of this contest is to encourage more literary writing by beginning writers, professional writers who are at least 3-time awardees in other literary contests are not eligible to participate. There is a limit of ONE ENTRY PER PERSON.

DEADLINE: November 30, 2020.

    HOW TO ENTER: The author’s name, address, telephone/cell phone number, email address and a 25-50 word biographical sketch must be included with his/her entry on a separate sheet of paper. The name of the author should not appear on the story itself. There is no entry fee. Entrants will be contracted by email to acknowledge receipt of their stories.

    CONTENTS: Entries written in English or Bicol must be unpublished original stories. Stories set in Bicol with themes related to life in Bicol will be preferred and given extra points.

    JUDGING: A Committee of Readers will complete the first round of judging and select at least 12-15 best stories in English out of the entries submitted. These selected stories will then be sent to a panel of judges who will select the First, Second, and Third prize winners. For the Bicol Short Story Division, a separate panel of judges will choose the best story and two honorable mentions.


    A. Short Story in English Division                     B.Short Story in Bicol Division

      1st prize: P10, 000+ Medallion Best story     1st prize  P 10, 000 + Medallion

      2nd prize P5, 000+ Medallion                           2nd Honorable Mention-P   5, 000+ Medallion

      3rd prize P2, 000+ Medallion                           3rd Honorable Mention-P   2, 000 +Medallion

    To claim cash awards, winners must present a valid photo ID showing residency in Bicol, or enrollment in a Bicol high school, college, or university, and a sign a declaration that their story is original (not plagiarized).


    All entries become the property of the Raul S. Roco  – Naga City Public Library and will not be returned.

    Each entry must be submitted by the contest deadline in its own envelope. Stories submitted by fax machine and E-Mail will not be accepted. Illegible entries will be disqualified.

    Stories must be written in English, or Bicol, and should be original and unpublished up to the time the winners are declared in December 2020.

    Stories must be written on a computer or a typewriter, on letter size (8 ½ x 11) paper, be double-spaced and no longer than 1,500-2,500 words.

    Total word count must be printed on the front page of the story.

    No changes to a story are allowed once it is received.

    Inquiries to follow up on entries will not be allowed.

    Pseudonyms or pen names are not permitted.

    By entering the Contest, entrants agree to allow Raul S. Roco Library to publish their stories, names, photos, and biographical information without compensation. Winners also consent to authorize the Contest Sponsor to publish the winning entries into a book.

    No photographs should be sent with entries. Winners will be contracted about a photograph at a later date and must agree to publication of his/her photograph.

    The Raul S. Roco – Naga City Public Library reserves the right to reject and disqualify any submissions that could be offensive or inappropriate or that do not meet the terms and conditions of these rules, such as providing false information, plagiarizing someone else’s work, or entering more than once.