Friday, September 21, 2018

Librarian Licensure Exam 2018 RESULTS

The results of the Librarian Licensure Examination last September 18-19, 2018 was released today. Here is the news from the PRC News Website:

"The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 466 out of 951 passed the Librarian Licensure Examination given by the Board for Librarians in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Tacloban and Tuguegarao this September 2018.

The members of the Board for Librarians who gave the licensure examination are Yolanda C. Granda, Chairman and Lourdes T. David, Member.

The results were released in two (2) working days after the last day of examination.

From October 4 to October 5, 2018, registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done online.  Please go to http://online1.prc.gov.ph and follow instructions for initial registration.  Those who will register are required to bring the following: downloaded duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, notice of admission (for identification only), 2 pieces passport sized pictures (colored with white background and complete name tag), 2 sets of documentary stamps and 1 piece short brown envelope.  Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremonies of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER."

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Top 10:

1. Lyandrea Grace Daoas Capuyan - Saint Louis University (88.60%)
2. Briar Rose Javier Mariano - Baliuag University (88.50%)
3. Frances Riscel Sasing Padin - University of San Carlos (88.40%)
4. Ma Eunicia Flora Estal Sagun - University of Santo Tomas (88.35%)
5. Mikee Jay Camille Moral Chan - University of The Philippines-Diliman (88.05%)
Franchesca Hutalla Ramirez - Bulacan State University -Malolos (88.05%)
6. Daniel Paulo Francisco Dela Cruz - University of The Philippines-Diliman (87.75%)
Armando Tabafa MontaƱo Jr - Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, Inc (87.75%)
7. John Paul Ravago Combalicer - University of Santo Tomas (87.70%)
8. Aris Andrada Gragasin - University of The Philippines-Diliman (87.45%)
9. Arlyn Olante Bayeng - Benguet State University-La Trinidad (87.40%)
10. Fzaira Libot Cerrero - University of The Philippines-Diliman (87.30%)

This year's passing overall percentage is 49% (466 out of 951). This is lower compared to the passing rates in 2017 (60%) and 2016 (65%). Retakers said that this exam was more difficult than the last.

Sad to say, my school Central Philippine University in Iloilo City didn't fare that well compared to last year. We had 13 test-takers this year, 6 first-timers and 4 retakers and only 3 of the first-timers passed who were my students in the review class last year:
Mamon, Melgy Kea
Vergara, Ana Lee
Yerro, Maria JC

Congratulations to those who passed. Welcome to the world of librarianship! Read my blog entry for tips for new professionals: Congrats, you passed the board exam! So what's next?

For those who failed, there's still a next time. I also wrote something for you: Failure is not the End.

Share your LIS insights: write for LIS Student Journal by UP LISSA

Are you a librarian, LIS student, or a professional in a related field who wants to share your insights, research, and ideas to more people or the LIS student community here in the Philippines? Then you might want to write for the LIS Student Journal of the UP LIS Students' Association (UP LISSA).  Submissions are open for all LIS students here in the country (not just UP LISSA members).

According to the Primer and Mechanics in their website, "The LISSA Student Journal (LSJ) is a student-reviewed organization journal of LISSA resident members and alumni. It aims to promote discourse on LIS within the academic, professional, and social contexts.
  • Academic – discourse on theories and concepts in LIS, researches, analysis of traditional and contemporary issues using LIS perspectives, and on the roles of LIS alongside other academic disciplines.
  • Professional – discourse on the practice of LIS, including application of concepts in day-to-day tasks, management of LIS institutions, tricks-of-the-trade, projects and innovations, and leadership.
  • Social – discourse on the relationships and interactions of LIS students and professionals with other people and institutions, narratives and experiences, personal anecdotes, etc."

Check out their website for previous papers: http://journal.uplissa.org. Accepted submissions will be posted on their website. 

I also read the some of the articles and the topics are varied and very interesting, and they are also open to creative works like poetry, short stories, and personal essays.


Images from facebook.com/uplissa
From the UP LISSA Facebook post:
Hey there LIS Students! Do you have any insights or ideas in line with our field? If so, then the LIS Student Journal is for you! 
Just submit any academic or creative work you have produced regarding any specialization involving Library and Information Science, and we'll make sure your ideas are spread to make an impact within the LIS Studentry. 
Mechanics:
1. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by students from UP LISSA, to ensure the quality of content and freedom from plagiarism. The identity of the reviewers shall remain anonymous.
2. Students may submit their papers anonymously; just include the wish to be anonymous in your submission. Only the academics head of UP LISSA will see where the email came from, and names will not be released.
3. The LSJ is open to all LIS Students as well as students from allied fields/interests, as long as the articles are about the information professions.
4. Send your submission to the email address lissa.acads@gmail.com, or chat/ask any UP LISSA Member about submissions. Submissions will be accepted throughout September and posted on October. 
Thanks to Gillian Reyes for informing me of this journal. Librarians and LIS students out there who have a penchant for writing, get your pens and keyboards moving and submit!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Czech 1960's New Wave Cinema: The Cremator and Ikarie XB-1

Cinematheque Centre Iloilo is one of my favorite places in the city. They often have different films from all over the world, usually showing for free or at affordable prices. Their latest movies are on the subject of "Magnificent Black and White: Czechoslovak New Wave Cinema of 1960's." Two movies caught my interest: The Cremator and Ikarie XB-1. It was free so I didn't want to miss it.

The Cremator summary from Google: "In Prague, Karl Kopfrkingl enjoys his work at the crematorium perhaps a bit too much, having gained a perverse idea of reincarnation from his haphazard studies of Tibet. After World War II breaks out, there is a sudden need to be as Aryan as possible, and Kopfrkingl's old friend Reinke points out that Kopfrkingl has some German heritage. But his wife is Jewish, which makes his children Jewish, which makes the now-Nazi Kopfrkingl's blood boil."

I wasn't impressed with this movie after my first watch, but the more I think about it the more I appreciate it in a way that it gets scarier. Kopfrkingl works as a cremator, and the film opens with his book launching of a work on Tibet and Buddhism. Nazis enter the picture and the normal-looking Karl turns out to be a psychopath. He systematically kills off his own family without remorse to serve an ideology. He formed his own reasoning that he was not killing, but relieving people from their suffering. I didn't like how he twisted the Buddhist idea of reincarnation and I feel that the movie might give a wrong impression of Buddhism.

It succeeds as a horror film and a social commentary of that time. The film has a lot of surreal elements. A mysterious woman shows up in random places here and there, a woman who turns out to be dead (she might have been a symbol of death). The  black and white format gave the story a more creepy feeling.

This next film was really enjoyable for me. Ikarie XB-1 is a Czech science fiction film more known with the title Voyage to the End of the Universe. The story is loosely based on Stanislaw Lem's book The Magellanic Clouds. The story centers around the crew of the spaceship Ikarie XB-1 who are tasked to find life in the Alpha Centauri system. The acting and script are solid. The characters are realistic and believable, and each of them has distinct personalities that a viewer can root for.

I like stories of mystery set in space, which show a sense of awe, horror, and despair. One of my favorite books is The Dry Salvages by Caitlin R. Kiernan, which is best summarized as "space mission gone wrong." That's the stories I look for and that's why I like the movies Alien and Prometheus. In this movie, however, there are no alien species or monstrous space creatures. The horror is much more psychological though the film has a generally positive tone.

The crew deals with their own problems in the spaceship and back on Earth. During a party, they are interrupted by a foreign body in space - which turns out to be an ancient abandoned spaceship filled with dead humans. Things get creepy. Then it gets even creepier when they pass by a 'dark star' that emits a radiation that makes them all sleep. One of the crew goes insane, though the story had a pretty happy ending. Overall, it's a great science fiction film that has aged well.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

PLAI WVRLC Regional Conference 2018: Librarians Engage!

Last September 6-8, 2018 was the Philippine Librarians Association - Western Visayas Regional Librarians Council (PLAI-WVRLC) annual Regional Conference and General Assembly in JBLFMU-Molo. This year's theme is Librarians Engage! Moving Forward to Student-Centered Initiatives. This CPD activity was awarded 20 CPD points. Around 120 participants all over the region attended the event. I can say that this 3-day seminar is unique and different from previous librarians' conferences that I've attended. We talked about library innovation and practices, but also hands-on activities on creativity and story-telling.

This conference had two main speakers, Mr. Darrel Marco, and Dr. Danilo Baylen. Mr. Marco is currently working for a law firm and has extensive experience in school libraries and story-telling. He spoke on the topics of "Librarians as Storytellers" and "Library Activities towards a more Interactive Space". Dr. Danilo Baylen is a Professor in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia, United States. His topics were "Concept Mapping for Academic Success", "LEGOs for Creative Thinking and Collaboration", and "Information Literacy for All."

For Day 1, Mr. Marco talked about Storytelling and we had varied activities such as illustrating stories, translating stories into different languages, and a writing workshop where we tried to write our own stories. This is great for school librarians who have story-telling activities in their libraries and schools. Storytelling is a great way to market the library and also encourage reading to students. Even if you are not working for a school library, you can still learn something and apply story-telling. I think the important thing here is to constantly be creative and think of many ways we can encourage users to the library, and story-telling can be one of them.

Mr. Darrel Marco lecturing on Storytelling
Librarians in the audience
What I liked about his lecture is it's never boring. The speaker is really a good story-teller, and even if the stories he sampled are for kids, we adults were also riveted!

For Days 2 and 3, Dr. Danilo Baylen introduced "Concept Mapping", making diagrams which show relationships between concepts. This is a useful study tool for students, but it can also be used for a variety of purposes like library planning or brainstorming. We learned how to make our own concept maps. The next lectures were the most interesting part of the seminar - we got to play with LEGO. Dr. Baylen uses LEGO for his own classes, and it can also be a tool for teaching creativity and collaboration.

We had hands-on activities on the LEGO pieces. We were divided into groups and given sets of LEGO pieces to work with. We started with an easy activity, and the next activities became more and more challenging. Our first task was to form a duck with the pieces we were given. Even with the same kind of LEGO pieces, the result was a great variety of ducks! It was an example of how people create and express in unique and different ways.

5 baby ducklings and their mom
After the making the duck, we had a more complicated task. Given a set of pieces, we must build the tallest structure and use our brains and strategize how to do that. You can't just stack all the pieces end to end - we had to think of how to build a solid structure with a good foundation. Then the next seemed to be more difficult levels. We had to figure out how to build the 'longest bridge' with the pieces but it must be three inches tall. Then we had to make the strongest bridge and it must be tested with weights to see if it's strong enough! Everyone was really game and we felt like kids again.

The LEGO activity was simply not playing around, because I realized that its also a great tool for teaching creativity, strategy, and collaboration. It was fun to work with other people and think of creative ways to solve a problem and do what is asked. As librarians, we can also take this as an inspiration and have library activities that engage users as well as educate them in creative ways. Using actual LEGOs is not required.


My favorite part of the LEGO challenges was building a character using the pieces. I got to build Starlord or Peter Quill from the Guardians of the Galaxy. It was so fun for me since the LEGOs we built were of different superheroes (both Marvel and DC) and Star Wars characters. I really liked the activity since I love Marvel and Star Wars.

LEGO figures we built. I can see The Flash, Gamora, and Rey.
Our activity for Day 3 was for "Information Literacy for All." We were once again divided into groups and had a box of small plastic toys of different animals. Out of these animals, we made 5 questions users may ask about them. Out of the questions, we based further questions. We had to figure out what resource to use as librarians in answering these questions.

My group was super serious
I liked this activity because it practices librarians' information searching skills. As librarians, we should be the experts in knowing where to find information. If we are not skilled at this, then how can we help our users? I also think that its a good activity for teaching Reference and Information Services.

The last part of the conference was the President and Treasurer's report, followed by an election of new officers for the 2019-2020 term. I was an officer for 2016-2018 as representative of Iloilo province and Acting Secretary. I'm not joining the officers for this time but it was also a good experience to work with other librarians to plan and organize events like this. It's good to see that the librarians of PLAI-WVRLC are all working together and accomplishing great things.

Lastly, we want to thank JBLFMU-Molo, Inc. for the venue and volunteers, CPU Library Staff, and WVSU Library Staff for making this event possible.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians [movie reaction]

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) is a movie based on a best-selling book of the same title by Kevin Kwan. I loved the book, it's an entertaining read. My brother read it and highly recommended it, and soon me and my mom read the book and also became fans. The story is about American-born Rachel Chu, an Economics professor. Her boyfriend Nick Young invites her to go to Singapore to attend the wedding of his best friend. Little did Rachel know that Nick is actually one of the most sought-after bachelors in Singapore, his family being one of the richest people there. Rachel must go through mean girls going after Nick, the mean judgement of high society, and eventually - Nick's family, and especially his mother.

I like that this book is not just romanticizing the 'crazy rich life' or the super-rich in Asia. It's a satire and parody of this kind of life, and it's interesting that the author himself was part of these people. Nick's family is an interesting mix of people and looks like a typical Asian family, though of course, they are different - they're crazy rich. The story highlights the differences between the Asians who grew up in a Western perspective and those who are more traditional. The story shows that these two perspectives also have their distinct differences, advantages, and disadvantages.

The story in the book doesn't only revolve around the love story between Nick and Rachel, but various subplots and a myriad of interesting characters. There's Nick's cousin Astrid, who is a fashion icon but struggles with her family and her suspicion of her husband's infidelity. Nick's mother Eleanor, and even Rachel's mother, each has their own stories. Nick's family has an interesting history, but Rachel also has her own family secrets she wasn't even aware of! The book shows an excellent spectrum of characters from the crazy rich, newly rich, old rich, social climbers, and regular people. We see the good, the bad, and the ugly side of the super-rich. The book was a best-selling hit and soon news hit that it will be adapted to a movie and of course, I was excited.

There was so much hype for the movie, more so in the Philippines because it stars Kris Aquino and another Fil-Am Actor, Nick Santos. When I saw the casting of Constance Wu and Henry Golding as the main actors and I thought that they would look great for the part of Rachel and Nick. I actually went to the first screening the first day it opened, I was that excited. I really didn't want the movie to fail, and I'm glad my expectations were exceeded!

In my opinion, there's no other actor more apt to play Nick Young than Henry Golding. Nick in the book is chill, laid-back, yet also a gentleman, which is like Henry's aura. He was the perfect Nick for me. Constance Wu also got Rachel just right, someone down-to-earth, yet also has inner strength. Awkwafina plays Peik Lin, Rachel's nouveau-riche college friend. Awkwafina is hilarious here, and she's the comedic relief in the movie but also plays a very good friend to Rachel's dark times. Nick Santos is Oliver, Nick's cousin, the self-proclaimed'rainbow sheep' of the family. Michelle Yeoh stars shines as Eleanor, Nick's doting mother. I love that she played Eleanor not as a stereotypical controlling, tiger mother, but a complicated character that the viewer can also sympathize with. For her, Rachel will 'never be enough' for Nick and his family, and the conflict between her and Rachel is central in the movie.

Overall the casting was excellent but I still think that the perfect actress for the role of Astrid should have been our very own Heart Evangelista! There are rumors that she actually auditioned for the role. Gemma Chan was great and portrayed Astrid's grace and poise well. Though if you see Heart in this video of Harpers' Bazaar wearing high-end couture clothing, clothes just have a new life on her and I think Gemma lacked that sort of magic. I also think Heart would be great at acting the estranged wife with a strained marriage.

Henry and Constance had good chemistry on screen, and Nick Santos (Oliver) was great for his role as well. There was so much hype because of Kris Aquino's cameo, and Kris herself said that she didn't promote the movie in her social media that much because her role was so short, people might bash her for overly promoting it! Anyway, Kris played a 'Malay Princess' Intan, and her cameo was brief but memorable in the wedding of Colin and Amarinta. She's the unapproachable princess who goes out of her way to be left alone, and Rachel breaks the ice between her to the astonishment of Eleanor and other nosy relatives.


Here are some interesting tidbits that I remember from the book that wasn't included in the movie (there might be spoilers here):

  • In the book, Astrid's husband actually staged everything about having an affair. He did it so Astrid can have a reason to separate from him.
  • There's a character they didn't show, Astrid's ex Charlie. In her problematic marriage, he's there to be a friend for Astrid. But what's interesting here is how it showed how Astrid became the rich fashion icon she is, when she wasn't always like that growing up.
  • There was this funny part in the book about one of the mean girls who bully Rachel. The grandfather of the family is in a coma and they are just waiting for him to die so they can get his wealth, but he ends up waking up after so many years and revokes his wealth from his own family!
  • The story of the Young family's rise to wealth is in the book and it's a great story of hard work and inspiration.
  • Nick's dad wasn't featured in the movie, but he's more chill compared to his wife and doesn't have any problems with Rachel at all. I imagine him as looking like Lucio Tan.

But there are also scenes in the movie not included in the book, like the climactic scene of mahjong between Rachel and Eleanor. I  don't understand the game at all and this article from Vox might be helpful: "The symbolism of Crazy Rich Asians’ pivotal mahjong scene, explained" by Jeff Yang.

The movie focused on Nick and Rachel and didn't show most of the subplots in the book. But I actually like it that way, since all those little side-stories won't fit in a 2-hour long movie anyway.
That last scene is really one of the best scenes I've seen in movies lately. Even if I'm not a big fan of romance, I admit that I sorta cried during the Colin/Amarinta wedding scenes and the proposal scenes in the movie.

After some startling and surprising revelations about her own heritage from Eleanor, Rachel went into semi-depression. It may be a distressing topic, but it's a very sympathetic portrayal of Rachel's sad moments.

The book has a sequel, Rich People Problems, and there are also rumors that a movie sequel is in the works. The movie was such a big hit. It's the same Cinderella story we all love, but Rachel is far from the damsel in distress. We've seen her down, depressed, and doubting herself, but emerges triumphant and finally recognizes her true worth (which loads of money can never buy). It's a love story, a family story, a funny story that's also dramatic, a truly Asian story.

The movie is actually more personal for me than I thought. I lived in  Taiwan for a month prior to watching the movie and knew more about Asian/Chinese culture more intimately. The movie also showed the tension between Western and Asian culture and even the clash between Asians themselves! These conflicts were portrayed really well. I have also experienced this first-hand by living in a multi-cultural environment even for a short period of time.

Crazy Rich Asians as a movie, is a historical moment in history. I'm glad that I got to watch it, and I think it's worth seeing all over again.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Free Vegetarian Cookbook: Simply Veggie compiled by HALA Batch 13

vegetarian, simple vegetarian recipes, food, Mabuhay Temple, Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple
As I posted before, I attended the HALA study program from May to June of this year. We had a variety of lessons and activities, and one of the most exciting ones was the Vegetarian Cooking Class with Teacher Susan Tung and Teacher Ah King. For two months every Monday, we spent it in the Kitchen of Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple in Manila learning special vegetarian dishes. I can attest that "All Buddhas come from the kitchen," saying is true.

One of my classmates in HALA had an idea of creating a small 'cookbook' of recipes we learned in this class. I helped out as compiler and editor, and here is the finished product, a simple 23-page recipe booklet. Note that some recipes here are classified as 'lacto-ovo vegetarian' which means some contains animal products such as milk and eggs.

This has been from the effort of all 6 HALA Batch 13 students: Me, Kat, Adrian, Rezza (four from the Philippines), Rosario (Argentina), and Tiago (Portugal). Thank you also to those who taught us cooking: Teachers AK Lim, Ah King, and Susan Tung.

From the Introduction I wrote:
This simple cookbook is a collection of recipes we have learned from the Cooking class in the Humanistic Academy of Life and Arts (a.k.a. “HALA”) in Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple, Manila, Philippines, from May 1-June 24, 2018. HALA is a free program where we learn Buddhist living, study Buddhism and various activities such as cooking, meditation, art, exercises, singing, and more.

The idea for this short recipe book was originally from Tiago, who wanted to have a simple cookbook of the recipes we learned to also share for the generous donors, BLIA members, students, and the general public who also want to try simple vegetarian dishes.

The first precept of the five precepts of Buddhist practice is “No killing,” thus Buddhists practice Vegetarianism. During our stay in the temple, we realized that vegetarian food can be tasty, simple, and inexpensive. These are basic recipes that you can modify to your own taste and liking. We hope that readers could try one and see for themselves. The recipes included here can be classified as “Lacto-ovo vegetarian,” which means meat is not included but some animal products may be included such as milk and eggs.

Download the book through the link below. Feel free to share. Optional but much appreciated: like or follow Humanistic Academy of Life and Arts or Malditang Librarian on Facebook for updates and other interesting things.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

PLAI-WVRLC Seminar Invitation: Librarians engage!


Updated invitation: http://bit.ly/2vRoiTR
Online Registration: http://bit.ly/2MK6X5t
Program: http://bit.ly/2BeaKGQ

The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.—Western Visayas Region Librarians Council (PLAI-
WVRLC) in partnership with John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University—Molo, Inc., and West Visayas State University is holding the PLAI-WVRLC Regional Conference and General Assembly 2018 with the theme “Librarians Engage! Moving Forward to Student-Centered Learning Initiatives” on September 6-8, 2018, at John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University—Molo, Inc., M.H. del Pilar Street, Molo, Iloilo City. This conference has the following objectives:
  1. Upgrade librarians' skills and competencies towards student-centered learning initiatives.
  2. Train librarians to facilitate creative thinking and collaborative learning.
  3. Design information literacy learning experiences for diverse populations.
  4. Conduct the Regional Competition for the 2018 National Book Week Celebration.
  5. Hold the General Assembly and Election of new PLAI-WVRLC officers for the Year 2019-2020.
In view of this, PLAI-WVRLC cordially invites you to participate in this event. Rates are as follows:
P1,500.00 – PLAI Members
P2,000.00 - Non-PLAI members/Paraprofessionals
P 500.00 - BLIS students

Registration fee is inclusive of 6 snacks, 3 lunches, kits, and certificates. For inquiries, please contact cellphone numbers: 09666688291/ 09509445394/09194506688. You may also email at
cgfacevedo@gmail.com or at plaiwvrlc@gmail.com. The officers of PLAI-WVRLC do look forward to your coming to this event.

Sincerely yours,

Christian George F. Acevedo
PLAI-WVRLC President
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