Friday, December 25, 2009

2009 Season's Greetings!

I would
like to put
up a tree in my
heart, and instead
of hanging presents,
I would like to put the
names of all my friends.
Close friends and not so close
friends. The old friends, the new
friends. Those that I see every day
and the ones that I rarely see. The ones
that I always remember and the ones that
I sometimes forget. The ones that are always
there and the ones that seldom are. The friends of
difficult times and the ones of happy times. Friends
who, without meaning to, I have hurt, or without meaning
to have hurt me. Those that I know well and those I only know
by name. Those that owe me little and those that I owe so much.
My humble friends and my important friends. The names of all those
that have passed through my life no matter how fleetingly. A tree with
very deep roots and very long
and strong branches so that
their names may never be
plucked from my heart. So
that new names from all
over may join the existing ones. A tree with a very
pleasant shade so that our friendship may take a
moment of rest from the battles of life. "May the
happy moments of Xmas brighten every day of
the new year". These are our sincere wishes.

A Blessed CHRISTmas everyone! From your STRLC Family

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

PAARL Board for 2010

Our warmest congratulations to the incoming 2010 PAARL Board who were elected into office last December 17, 2009 at the Mix of Flavors Restaurant, Harbor View Square, CCP Complex, Pasay City. The new set of officers will be officially proclaimed and inducted into office during the Annual General Assembly tentatively set on 29 Jan 2010 at St. Paul Quezon City.

Past president of the association witnessed the election namely Prof. Salvacion Arlante, Prof. Rod Tarlit, Fe Angela Verzosa, Venie Sajorda, Susan Pador, Lolita Gonzales, and Marietta Molina (2007)

Christopher Paras
Head Librarian
Southeast Asian College
Quezon City
Vice President
Roderick Ramos
Reference Librarian
De La Salle University-Manila
Sonia Gementiza
Dasmariñas, Cavite
Aisa De La Torre
Ateneo Professional Schools
Rockwell Center, Makati City
Veronica Jose
Mapua Institute of Technology
Intramuros, Manila
Ana Fresnido
Assistant University Librarian
Philippine Women's University
Taft Avenue, Manila

Victoria Baleva

Erlinda B. Gonzales
Chief Librarian
Manila Doctors College
Pasay City

Sr. Gloria Pasamba
Chief Librarian
St. Paul University-Pasig
Pasig City

Elvira Lapuz
University of the Philippines Diliman
Diliman, Quezon City

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Congratulatory Letter to the 2009 LLE Passers

Dear 2009 Librarians Licensure Examination Board Passers,

On behalf of the PLAI-Southern Tagalog Region Librarians Council, we would like to express our sincerest Congratulations to your Oath Taking tomorrow, December 15, 2009 for passing the 2009 Librarians Licensure Examination given last November 10-11, 2009. We are very proud of what you have achieved and this is only the beginning of your wonderful professional journey to the Librarian's world.

We welcome you to PLAI-STRLC, the regional council representing Region 4 to our mother organization PLAI. We hope that after you take your oath, you will be an active partner in promoting our noble profession. We look forward to meeting you face to face in one of the future activities of our council or even virtually through our blog (http://plaistrlc.blogspot. com) or website (http://sites. site/plaistrlc/ home) or Facebook account.

As part of one big PLAI Family, may we all continue to strive to work together towards Strengthening Ties, Regional Linkages and Cooperation. God bless you and keep up the good work.

Very truly yours,


UPDATED as of 30 Jan 2010
UPDATED as of 17 Dec 2009


1. Agtay, Marissa Catilo
2. Diaz, Shierelyn Lopez
3. Jorquia, Marcelina
4. Savadera, Noel Magpantay
5. Villena, Levita Parto
6. Villena, Michelle Parto


7. Baris, Jera Mae Comedido
8. Quirong, Gretchell Bacalso
9. Saporsantos, Leonora R.


10. Aquino, Maria Lynette Baria
11. Bin-ong, Divina Piggingon
12. De Villa, Imelda Bagnes
13. Matalino, Jonalyn Aguilar
14. Nepomuceno, Gener Lituana


15. Avelino, Kristine Fontanilla
16. Oliveros, Jo De Los Santos
17. Salvador, Ria De Ramos


18. Basco, Idyl Bautista
19. Flordeliza, Von Darrel Tubog
20. Ganibo, Sherwin Roy Fernandez
21. Javier, Kristina Andres
22. Lapuz, Joel
23. Leaño, Jessica Añogar
24. Manimtim, Marc Joseph Medina
25. Reyes, Cecilia Gatlabayan
26. Tabuena, Alyssa Khay Quimpo
27. Toquero, Michael Jacob


28. Pascua, Mylene Mellendez

Send earlier via email addresses to almost all of the 23* passers named above. An eight-hours embargo was observed before this posting.

*25 LLE Passers from STRLC to include the mother and daughter team of Villena's from Batangas.

Included Leonara R. Saporsantos of Imus Institute, Cavite as per comment received.

Included Marcelina Jorquia, of Sta Teresa College, Bauan, Batangas and Joel Lapuz of Siena College, Taytay, Rizal as per list from PLAI-National report of collected membership fee.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


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Friday, December 11, 2009

Practical School Librarianship Seminar

News clipping below was taken from the IRRI Bulletin no. 2009.45 issue of 23-27 November 2009. It is noteworthy to reproduce it here for the information of other colleagues in the region. It seems that other stakeholders in learning/education sectors are doing their share of helping our beloved profession (e.g. IRRI-CERS) uplifted our skills and competence to better serve our communities.

Another noteworthy in the articles is the involvement of Ms Mila Medina Ramos, Chief Librarian of the IRRI Library, serving as resource speaker in a seminar. She is one of the two PLAI-STRLC colleagues in the region recently honored by the Council during its Annual General Assembly held last October 9, 2009 at the Eastern Manila Hotel & Training Center, Antipolo City. One of the recipient of the first ever PLAI-STRLC Distinguished Librarian Awards. The citation in the given plaque reads:

Mila Medina-Ramos
...for her active involvement and noteworthy contribution in the field of agricultural librarianship both locally and internationally, thus, earning for her prestigious awards including the 2006 CGIAR Science Award for Outstanding Scientific Support, the 2005 Outstanding Academic / Research Librarian of the Year given by the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Libraries, 2005 Outstanding Librarian Award from the Agricultural Librarians Association of the Philippines; for sharing her expertise and knowledge through published works and papers delivered at international and local conferences; and as one of the collaborators of the world’s most comprehensive bibliography of technical rice literature.

News Clipping
Source: IRRI Bulletin no. 2009.45

Laguna educators attend CERS-sponsored librarianship seminar

More than 60 public school teachers, librarians, and principals from Bay, Los Baños, Pila, Rizal, Pangil, and Pakil towns attended the Practical School Librarianship Seminar held at Khush Hall on 18 November.

Mila Ramos, IRRI’s chief librarian, served as resource person for the seminar. Topics covered were organizing a library’s collection, marketing a library, content development in school libraries, and services expected of librarians. Ms. Ramos also provided the participants with a list of free sources of e-books as well as Web sites offering free resources or books.

Ms. Ramos also offered free tutorials to the attendees on cataloguing and best library practices. The participants were later given a tour of the IRRI Library.

The seminar was sponsored by CERS in coordination with the Department of Education-Region IV.