Sunday, January 30, 2011

Inaugural Address of the 33rd President of PAARL, Inc.

BFL Chair Mrs. Corazon M. Nera; Honored guests, Members, Colleagues and Friends:

To Be or Not To Be

This famous line of William Shakespeare has often been applied to dilemmas confronting decision-makers faced with a dichotomous choice, only one of which should be acted upon (Berino, 2008).

I and my household are honored to have been installed as the 33rd president to PAARL, Inc. When I was 30, I only wanted to have a wife and kids and build a family of my own. But since I got enmeshed and eventually became the president to PNULISAA, Inc. I started to be engaged from being a public relations officer to conference chair/vice president from 2006 to 2008 with Library Customer Care, Information Literacy Power Packages, Web-based Reader Services as my contribution to the nation’s continuing professional education for librarians and libraries through “A Caring Alumni Group’” and that is, PNULISAA, Inc. Its members and patrons plus a circle of 10 good leaders, namely: Elnora Conti (Far Eastern University), Placida Socorro Limpin (Australia), Medel Vincent Bautista (Xavier School), Evelyn Nabus (Colegio San Juan de Letran), Consuelo Estigoy (E. Joson Memorial Colleges), Medina De Castro (Sta. Isabel College), Estela Montejo (Ateneo de Manila University), Jocelyn Ladlad (De La Salle University), Marites Chavez (Congressional High School) and Arturo Morales (DILG-LGU), who are the Association’s strong pillars, support me, backing me up in each professional activity I indulge in. Also, I share this honor to my professor-advisers from the Philippine Normal University: Dr. Linda M. Tayona, Prof. Ruben P. Marasigan, Prof. Miguel M. Cobaria and Dr. Maria A. Orendain. To my one personal guest, Ms. Zenaida S. Andres, school administrator from St. Louis College of Valenzuela, Ms, Annabelle L. Aliwalas (immediate superior @ DLSU) and the library personnel of De La Salle University.

As PAARL President, in the same way Ms. Fe Angela M. Verzosa (2000 and 2004 president) iterated, I also would like to see our Association going stronger and best attuned to the needs of our members, in the advancement of their professions in academic and research workplaces. In the recent posts in e-groups, you were able to see my personal service brand replacing I am PAARL (used as P.R.O in 2009) and PAARL, Inc., Every Librarian’s Association (used as conference chair in 2010), now be pleased to read, hear from time to time a new service brand, referring to PAARL Inc. as FULLY ENGAGED, MEMBER-DRIVEN ASSOCIATION.

I also believe that service brand acceptance must be earned with a good product and regular promotion and it is very fitting to use this year in specific communications bearing the new brand for services and products PAARL will facilitate and sell as one FULLY ENGAGED, MEMBER-DRIVEN ASSOCIATION.

As leader of a DREAM TEAM composing of power team players from DLSU-Dasma represented by Sonia Gementiza; UP-Diliman, Sharon Ma. Esposo; Ateneo Professional School, Sonia Lourdes David; UST, Cecilia Lobo; TIP-QC, Sonny Boy Manalo; CEU, Victoria Baleva; Ateneo de Manila University, Matet Villanueva; San Juan De Letran, Carolyn De Jesus; and, Global City College, Christopher Paras, I would like to lead PAARL as a stress-free library organization while aimed at developing more professional competencies through quality, customer-oriented services resulting to satisfied clients and good Association’s image utilizing not only acquired conceptual and technical skills but also human-related skills (as was explained when we had our planning in Tagaytay last January 8.

I subscribe to what Ms. Elvira Lapuz (this year’s Professional Service Awardee) shared projected in the screen through e-beam technology- in Tagaytay planning, January 8. She emphasized PRIORITY NEEDS:
1. Increase advocacy and marketing of the Association;
2. Develop and manage the Association’s financial resources;
3. Increase membership; and,
4. Develop future leaders and advocates.

PAARL 2011 Calendar of Activities was prepared because of these priority needs (see activities below)

If you think there is a need for PAARL to register at IFLA and be a member under its ORGANIZATION CATEGORY, push and drive us to make it happen. If you think WONDERFUL Batanes is worth every single centavo for an outreach, book a flight now, bring a book, a bag or a box of books and periodicals and join us in December. We had HELLO Singapore last October with 34 participants, feel a deeper sense of belongingness with PAARL, bond with your board of directors and member-joiners and benchmark with our EXCITING HONGKONG LIBRARY TOUR & BENCHMARKING this October.

Do you want some more? Be engaged with PAARL now! I look forward to hearing from you, receive e-mail notices, phone calls & invites, video surprises, blog write-ups with your, YES! Count me in…

Mga kapwa ko manggagawa sa ubasan ng kasalukuyang panahon: mga kapwa ko laybraryan at ipinagmamalaki kong mga kasapi n gating Asosasyon. Mabuhay ang PAARL sa kanyang ika-38 pagkakatatag. Happy celebration.

Maraming salamat po.

PAARL 2011Calendar of Activities
January 28 38th General Assembly/Induction of 2011 Board & Awarding Ceremonies
The National Library of the Philippines, T.M. Kalaw St., Manila

February 18 Face2Face: Finding Your Balance in Handling Difficult Library Customers: A Forum
@ 1pm Conference Hall, Miguel de Benavides Library
University of Santo Tomas
Espana, Manila
Fees: Php300.00, members; Ph350.00, non-members; Php200.00, student
Come early for a FREE GUIDED TOUR @ 11 am to 12noon: Major book exhibit entitled: LUMINA PANDIT : An Exhibition of Historical Treasures (display of the precious and significant collections of books and other materials accumulated through the years in the celebration of the 400th year anniversary of the foundation of the University of Santo Tomas.

March 18 Organizing & Publishing: A Professional’s Best CPE
Global City College
3/F Bonifacio Technology Center
Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, Philippines

April 1 Library Tour I: Ateneo, UP, UST, Intramuros Musuem and Archives
Quezon City/Manila

April 27 - 29 National Summer Conference: Library Tourism & Hospitality: Endearing Philippine Libraries and Information Services to Publics
Roxas City (optional: enroute to Boracay)

May 19-20 PAARL Academy: 2 day Modular Training Program on Bibliotherapy Shops in Libraries & Information Centers
PLAI Office/National Bookstore Superbranch, Ayala, Makati

June 17 Call for Papers (TECHNICAL SERVICES)
C & E Logic

July Professional’s Best: Librarians’ Service and Teaching Portfolios: Creating & Collecting
15th Philippine Academic Book Fair, SM Megamall

August 19-20 PAARL Academy: 2 day Modular Training Program on Modern Library Leadership
San Miguel Building, Ortigas

September Call for Papers: (READERS SERVICES)
Manila International Book Fair, SMX Mall of Asia

October 21 Library Tour II: Ateneo, UP, UST, Intramuros Musuem and Archives

October 26-28 Exciting Hong Kong: Benchmarking Tour in Hong Kong

November Call for Papers: (SUPPORT STAFF)/PAARLNET
The National Library of the Philipines, T.M. Kalaw St., Manila

December 1-3 Outreach Program: Wonderful Batanes

December 20 Election Results / Christmas Party

January 7 2012 Planning for 2012
Sagada, Mountain Province

January 2012 39th General Assembly/Induction of 2012 Board & Awarding Ceremonies
The National Library of the Philippines, T.M. Kalaw St., Manila


  1. I missed hearing this inspiring and enriching speech from a good mentor and friend. God bless kuya Erick!

  2. The best thought we can share are not actually those quotes from famous people but those which spring from our experiences and extracted from the heart. You rock Mr. Prexy!