08 May 2020

Direk Peque Gallaga’s Legacy Lives On

Peque Gallaga

Film maker. Educator. Lasallian.


Peque Gallaga, an award-winning director, a seasoned critique, but more importantly, a proud Lasallian, has passed at the age of 79 in his humble abode in Bacolod City. He completed his grade school and high school education from the De La Salle College, and earned his college degree from the University of St. La Salle (USLS) Bacolod. 

Direk Peque was a committed educator and is the mentor of countless students now active as actors, production people, or art department talents in the entertainment industry.  Almost every Communication Arts major in the Philippines knows his name and his most famous work Oro, Plata, Mata (1982).

On 29 April 2013, the Peque Gallaga Collection was formally turned over to The Learning Commons, De La Salle University, which forms part of the library’s growing special collections on Philippine cinema. According to Direk Peque, this is his way of going back and giving back to where everything started, that is, to the Library, being his source of inspiration and passion. He generously shared his precious collection of various memorabilia ranging from paintings, trophies, certificates, plaques, posters and scrapbooks. A collection of photographs and costume pictures from his films complete the collection (see formal turnover article here). The collection is housed at the Special Collections of The Learning Commons, 14th floor, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.

Direk Peque may have left the portals of this world, but he has left us a great legacy, immortalized by his works where we can still be a part of his life well-lived.

06 February 2020

The Launching of AC Youth Collaboration Mural Project

The American Corner (AC) in Manila at De La Salle University launched the AC Youth Collaboration Mural Project last February 03, 2020. The mural is a symbolic depiction of the shared history, culture, friendship and alliance between the Philippines and America. The project highlights the US-Philippines relationship as Friends, Partners, & Allies through visual arts while involving the civil society. It caters mostly to students and young artists in building collaborative and safe spaces where communities can engage and learn from one another.

This creative work is done in partnership with Benilde Industrial Design through Prof. Myrthon Magno, one of AC's makerspace program participants. Together with his talented student visual artists: Arianne Lois Comia, Andrea Nicole Osana, Margarita Viray, Ramon Christopher Ramos, and Therese Michelle Paman, they all worked together to bring to life this mural masterpiece.

The event was attended by the art student volunteers along with their mentors. DLSU President, Br. Raymundo Suplido, FSC and U.S. Embassy Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, Nina Lewis graced the celebration. For the last 20 years, American Corner Manila - De La Salle University Libraries has remained an inclusive program and resource space for the public. It offers access to information about the U.S., cultural and educational exchange opportunities, English Language resources, Education USA advising, and a wide range of innovative programs among many others. We embrace this kind of partnership for future alliance in our continued effort for uplifting skills and development.

02 April 2019

Libraries Hosts the Third Forum of "Women in Global Diplomacy"

In line with the International Women’s Month, a successful third run of the diplomatic dialogue series was held last 28 March 2019 at The Learning Commons, 6th floor, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. Unlike the first two sessions where the focus were Filipina diplomats, this third session went global when four esteemed foreign lady ambassadors talked about the challenging theme on women as better diplomats. The discussants were Ambassador Adekunbi Abibat Sonaike Ayodeji, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of the Philippines; Ambassador Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Venezuela to the Republic of the Philippines; Ms. Joanna Wasiewska, Deputy Chief of Mission of Poland and Ambassador Olivia V. Palala, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Palestine.

The Ambassadors were welcomed by the De La Salle University Vice President for Lasallian Mission, Ms. Fritzie Ian De Vera. The forum was participated by students and faculty from the DLSU and DLS-College of Saint Benilde. They engaged with the discussants, listening to the stories of these inspiring women and having the chance to ask the Ambassadors interesting to mildly controversial questions concerning their field of work. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Bubbles Beverly Asor, Associate Professor at the Behavioral Sciences Department.

Women in Diplomacy is a continuing activity spearheaded by Ambassador Delia D. Albert, the first career woman diplomat to serve the country as Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines and in the ASEAN region. Her collection was turned over last March 2015 to the Libraries, consisting of books, documents, and memorabilia focusing on international relations, accessible to the university community.

21 March 2019

Information Commons in Laguna now open!

Keeping up with the foremost objective of the Laguna Campus to be the center of science and technology, the Libraries formally launched the Information Commons last 28 March 2019.  The Information Commons in Laguna is a library that emphasizes more spaces that imbibe collaboration and digital scholarship. It was established in support of the academic, learning and research mission of the university. With the evolving learning needs of our students today, it is goal of the Libraries' to have people come to the library and experience this innovative learning space.

The Information Commons houses the following spaces: (1) a Gaming Zone where students can play board games and video games; (2) an interactive multimedia room that seats 30 students; (3) a Faculty Lounge and the Cyber Zone.  

The event was attended by the directors and coordinators from the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Services (OAVCAS) headed by Ms. Kai Shan Fernandez.  Dr. Gil Nonato Santos, Vice Chancellor for the Laguna Campus, was represented by Dr. Roy Francis Navea, Academics Director, Laguna Campus. Members of the Laguna Campus community were also present during the event.

The Information Commons is located at the 2/F West Wing, Milagros Del Rosario Bldg. Open from 7AM to 7PM, Mondays through Fridays, and 8 AM to 12PM on Saturdays.

14 March 2019

DLSU Librarians at ALAM 2019

Now on its 8th year, the University of the Philippines Library Science Alumni Association (UPLSAA) held its annual seminar-workshop, last 6-8 March 2019 at The Palladium Hotel, Coron, Palawan. This was dubbed as Advancing Libraries, Archives, and Museums (ALAM) 2019 with the theme “Information for All: Creating the Right Balance Between Access, Usability, and Security towards Inclusive LAMs”. This year’s seminar-workshop aims to promote the objectives of the UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP) and to integrate them in the context and practices of Philippine LAMs and LAM practitioners. Objectives of the program are as follows: (1) to promote and widen access to information; (2) to support training and lifelong learning in the fields of communication and information; (3) to support the production of local content and indigenous knowledge and accessibility of special collections; (4) to promote information and knowledge networking at local and national levels; (5) to promote international and national reflection on the ethical, legal, and societal challenges of Knowledge Societies; (6) to promote friendly, inclusive, safe, and secure spaces. Culminating the sessions was a collaborative information activity with the students at Tagumpay National High School.
Two (2) DLSU Librarians, Ms. Marian Ramos-Eclevia and Ms. April Manabat, were included in the line-up of resource speakers for this year’s ALAM. Eclevia talked about equity, diversity and inclusivity initiatives in LAMs while Manabat presented insights on library initiatives in accessing human experiences as information source.

Also present in this seminar-workshop were Ms. May Cajes, Ms. Vivian Soriente and Ms. Elizabeth Padilla who actively participated in the workshops and lectures as well as in the community outreach conducted at Tagumpay National High School. They were able to teach some basics on searching for sources, conducting research and citing sources to some students during the outreach program.


Image credits: C. Eclevia, A. Manabat