<i>Bata, bata…Halina’t Magbasa</i>: The nation celebrates National Book Week 2006


PLAI-NCR members on parade.

Now on its 72nd year, the National Book Week (November 24-30) celebration commenced with a fun-walk/parade held at the Luneta area on November 24 at 7:30 in the morning. Participants included members of the different library associations and students and teachers of elementary and high schools in Metro Manila. The fun-walk/parade showcased popular children’s book characters as well as dances in the Philippines. These are depicted in very colorful costumes and floats with school children and high school students participating enthusiastically.

The parade was followed by a formal opening program held at the National Library Auditorium to usher in the weeklong celebration whose theme is “Bata, Bata… Halina’t Magbasa.” The theme highlights the PLAI, the National Library of the Philippines and the country’s library and information professionals’ commitment to inculcate among our young a lifetime habit of reading.

As contributions to the National Book Week, the different library associations held lectures and fora designed to upgrade knowledge and skills of the library and information professionals:

PATLS LIS Wizard, TNL Auditorium, November 22 Re-learning Children’s Literature, TNL Auditorium, November 24 TNL Story Telling Sessions, TNL Children’s Library Section, November 25

UPLSAA Pamana ni Lola Basyang: Writing and Illustrating Stories for Children, TNL Auditorium, November 27

PLAI Puppet Show, Pasig City Library, November 28

PAARL Resource Generation and Funding for Libraries, TNL Auditorium, November 29

Chaired by EVA B. BRILLO, Library Director, St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, and co-chaired by the Assistant Director of The National Library, Mrs. FLORA VALMONTE, the weeklong celebration culminated with a dinner held on November 29 at the Villa Immaculada by Tamayo’s Catering in Intramuros, Manila. The dinner was highlighted by the launching of the Scholarship and Adapt-A-Public High School Library Projects of the PLAI NCR Regional Council with Mrs. SALVACION M. ARLANTE, Chair of the NCR Regional Council doing the honors of explaining the projects, at the same time enjoining all concerns to support such projects. Awards were granted to the following: Atty. ANTONIO M. SANTOS (Special Award), PRUDENCIANA C. CRUZ (Special Award), LOURDES V. SORIANO (Cirilo B. Perez Award), and THELMA S. KIM (Severino Velasco Award).

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