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

28 January 2019

ISS Remarks of Circumstance re: Donation to DLSU Taft Libraries

On 21 January 2019, Ingrid Sala Santamaria donated a collection of books, CDs and DVDs to the Libraries. In line with this, she gave her Remarks of Circumstance focusing on the purpose of life. She recalled how she been organizing and collating these materials in the spirit of documenting how she lived her life.

Below is a copy of her Remarks of Circumstance delivered during the Turnover Ceremony.


ISS Remarks of Circumstance re: Donation to DLSU Taft Libraries
Turnover Ceremony
Monday, January 21, 2019 4 PM
The  Learning Commons, Henry Sy Sr. Bldg., 9th Floor, Mezzanine

Brother Ray Suplido, DLSU Officials, Beloved Friends and Family, Good afternoon.

It is such an honor and a great privilege for me to stand before you today on this significant occasion.

An anonymous author once said, and I here quote, "Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it."

As a 5-year old, my mother Pilar Blanco Sala gave me my first piano lessons with which I obediently complied.

At age 10, I gave my first SOLO RECITAL, then called the Premiere Recital, something every budding pianist aspired for.

At that recital, I clearly knew what I wanted to do in life ---- to be a performing pianist on stage.  I HAD FOUND MY PURPOSE!

Between that Premiere Recital and today, there are nearly 7 decades --- 7 decades of my giving my whole heart and soul to my purpose.

My whole artistic life and activities have been adequately, perhaps too excessively, chronicled in all manner of media --- newspapers and magazines, coffee table books other than my own, radio, television and now more recently, for a decade, on YouTube.  This probably could be attributed to the fact that in our country, as in most, it is customary to announce and comment on artistic, cultural and musical happenings --- and truth to say, I have given a thousand or so piano performances here and abroad in the past 5 ½ decades, officially, since 1962.

The sheer number of performances then would account for the voluminous amount of newspaper clippings, magazine interviews, concert programs and posters, hundreds of appreciation certificates and some awards and plaques of recognition --- all these, not to mention my passion which extended to collecting miniature pianos --- and there are a few hundred of these too!

The past few years, I have been organizing and collating these materials in the spirit of documenting how this life I was privileged to have and live, was in fact, LIVED.

With the help of several fiends and associates, we have been able to condense our collections into several categories of big, hard-bound books.

We have also been able to produce 4 coffee table books:  My Four Seasons, The CYSO Story, Peace Philharmonic Philippines, The Romantic Piano Concerto Journey Tours.  A 5th and Final one, is envisioned for the immediate future, perhaps to be named:  "The Eternal Spring"...?

(AUDIO - VISUAL:  CDs and Videos)
Apart from the PRINTED WORD, on the auditory side, besides the hundreds of live concert recordings, I felt compelled recently to produce official, digitally recorded discs of some major piano concertos.  This endeavor resulted in the recording of 11 piano concertos with the Manila Symphony Orchestra.  They are contained in 6 discs.

After this, I went to the Cultural Center of the Philippines and requested for copies of 6 concertos, all different from the previous 11, that I had performed there over the past decades.  I had these 6 vintage CCP recordings remastered to enhance their sound quality.

Then, of course, there are the hundreds of videos I have from so many other concerts both here and abroad, many of them now uploaded on YouTube on my two Channels.

Ten years ago, I discovered YouTube.  I found out we could upload any number of videos at NO COST.  YOUTUBE THEN BECAME MY NEW WORLD STAGE ONLINE!

My original Channel, the Ingrid Sala Santamaria Channel, has some 900 subscribers and over 300,000 views worldwide.

Midyear last year, I decided to open a second YouTube Channel, the Dr. Ingrid Sala Santamaria Channel, starting with the officially recorded concertos with better sound quality.  Additionally, in this new Channel, we have been allowed to upload WHOLE concertos as opposed to 10-minute segments allowed 10 years ago.  This makes it more convenient to view whole programs instead of cup-up versions as was the case when we started 10 years ago.

So, wading and wallowing through all this memorabilia for years, it has now come to the point of my seriously thinking of a good way to conserve all these for the next generations, possibly and hopefully, for inspirational purposes.

Surrounded by La Sallites all my life ---- my husband Joe, his brothers and other family; my son Joey, daughter Cecile, son-in-law Senic; 7 of my grandchildren; and myself being an honorary La Sallite, I looked to De La Salle University Taft, one of the most revered educational institutions in the whole world, to help me conserve some aspects of my so-called Memorabilia Collection, to graciously agree to display and make the Collection accessible to its students, faculty, staff, administration, and other visitors.

I would like to think that this act would align with St. John Baptist De La Salle's vision of completing and enhancing one's education with the knowledge and love of the arts, culture and music.  As someone once said, "While it is well enough to leave footprints on the sands of time, it is even more important to make sure they point to a commendable direction."

During the intensive and extensive Sala Foundation Ten-year Music Development Program I spearheaded, my biggest personal sacrifice was NOT to perform on stage, so that I could totally focus on producing excellent young artists.  I felt that if I succeeded in doing this, I would have multiplied myself a hundredfold.

This indeed, all modesty aside, would make my footprints point to a worthy destination ....  and I honestly feel that St. John Baptist De La Salle would SMILE and see this endeavor as an extension of his holistic philosophy of education.

With this hopefully aligned educational aspiration then, I wish to donate this modest representation of a purposefully lived life, in an earnest wish that those whose lives these will touch, will be inspired to fulfill their own fullest potential, not necessarily in music, but in their own chosen fields.  I would wish for these young adults to aspire to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in their lives and in our world because they experienced a TORCH lighted at DLSU Taft Libraries.

Brother Ray, I hereby TURN OVER this Collection to you, to DLSU Taft, and to anyone you may wish to welcome in your wonderful LIBRARIES to share them.

THANK YOU for leading and lighting the way, Brother Ray. ANIMO LA SALLE!!!

Ingrid Sala Santamaria donates collection to Libraries

On 21 January 2019, Ingrid Sala Santamaria donated a collection of books, CDs and DVDs to the Libraries. In line with this, she gave her Remarks of Circumstance focusing on the purpose of life. She recalled how she been organizing and collating these materials in the spirit of documenting how she lived her life.

(A copy of the Invitation nestled on the book “My Four Seasons”)

Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Ingrid Sala Santamaria received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Battig Piano School in Cebu under her mother, Pilar Blanco Sala. Further studies followed at the Juilliard School in New York. She received a master's degree from Sta. Isabel College in Manila. De La Salle University conferred on her the Doctor of Music degree in Music Education, honoris causa, in 2006.

As chair of the Salvador and Pilar Sala Foundation, Inc. (SPSFI), Santamaria spearheaded a Ten-Year Music Development program which produced the Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) in 1995 evolving into the Peace Philharmonic Philippines (PPP) in 2000. The young and deserving music scholars who have graduated from this endeavor have since reaped honors nationally. With this initiative, SPSFI continues their training and performance projects, PPP being the only orchestra group south of Manila.

Among the honors received by Santamaria are: the Hall of Fame award from the Performing Arts League in Crestwood, Florida, USA; "Who is Who" in Asia documentary feature by NHK Television, Japan; "One of the 100 Most Notable Cebuanos of the Century" award; and from the French government; Chevalier, Ordre des Palmas Academiques; and Chevalier, Ordre du Merite Nationale.

Ingrid Santamaria at podium for Remarks of Circumstance

Going through all this memorabilia for years, Santamaria has now come to the point of thinking on how to preserve the collection for the next generations. She made the donation in the hope that young aspiring adults can make a difference in the world through her inspiring work. To reciprocate the kind gesture, Brother Ray gracefully accepted the donation as he delivered his Remarks of Acceptance.

Brother Ray delivers Remarks of Acceptance

DLSU Director of Libraries Christine Abrigo, Ingrid Santamaria and DLSU President Brother Ray Suplido, FSC posing with the certificate of appreciation and token of donation

Posing with some Memorabilia items: Edu Jarque, Marilou Magsaysay, Ingrid Santamaria, Brother Ray Suplido

Brother Ray, Ingrid Santamaria, Chona Montinola

Mila Wales, Belinda Cunanan

Seated L-R: Christine Abrigo, Brother Ray Suplido, Ingrid Santamaria, Jeffrey Solares, Mila Wales;
Standing, L-R: Janice Penaflor, Edwin Reyes, Belinda Cunanan, Edu Jarque

24 January 2019

DLSU Librarians Speak at the 1st National MIL Forum

Promoting media and information literacy education with its opportunities and challenges were the main focus of the 1st National MIL Forum held last 18-19 January 2019 at the Quezon City Sports Club, E. Rodriguez, Quezon City. The activity was organized by the Philippine MIL Core Group, an ad hoc committee of MIL educators, advocates, and practitioners in the Philippines and the Philippines Communication Society. This national forum aims: (1) to discuss the state of media and information literacy education in the country; (2) to describe the role of media and libraries in promoting media and information literacy education; (3) to develop an outline of topics for revised media and information literacy curriculum guide in SHS; and (4) to identify strategies in teaching media and information literacy.

Two DLSU Librarians were invited to be the discussants of the 1st ever National MIL Forum. Mr. John Louie Zabala talked about the impressions on media and information literacy education in the Philippines on Day 1. He also shared his co-authored work on literate studentry and MIL implementation in the Philippines which was presented in the 17th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL 2018) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.


The role of media and libraries in promoting media and information literacy education was the primary emphasis of Ms. April Manabat’s session on Day 2, repositioning libraries and librarians as key players in promoting media information literacy education in the Philippines.

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The event was attended by almost a hundred participants comprising of teachers, educators, media practitioners and information professionals, both from the private and public sectors in the country.

Image credit: NFMIL FB page