Original text by Cyrus Natividad
Central Philippine University Book Fair 2020 opened on Wednesday, January 15 with the theme “I want Books! Let’s Go Read!” at the Henry Luce III Library Lobby. The Book Fair is an annual activity that provides current reading materials, quality books, and resources to the students, faculty, staff, and researchers. There is a large selection of book display on every subject interest. It is an opportunity for the deans and professors to select, evaluate, recommend and update library materials in their field of specialization.
The Opening Program started at 9:00 AM at the Knowledge for Development Center after the Registration of Book Exhibitors. Mr. Christian C. Mosqueda, Library Staff, led the Opening Prayer and was followed by the Pambansang Awit led by Cultural Affairs Coordinator, Ms. Crista Huyong.
University President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, thanked the University Libraries for organizing this year’s Bookfair. Dr. Robles reminded participants that, “It is incumbent for everyone to know the new products.” He acknowledged former CPU High School Librarian Emma de la Cruz for helping Henry Luce III Library as a consultant.
Director of Libraries, Prof. Maria Cynthia T. Peleña, explained the rationale of the Book Fair. Peleña also clarified CHED’s requirement that 20% of the total collection of books should be published in the last 5 years. “The University Library contributes to the excellence of board examinations,” Peleña added.
The Book Fair was formally opened with the cutting of ribbon, with Dr. Robles, Dr. Irving Domingo Rio, Prof. Peleña, Mrs. de la Cruz, the Deans, and Department Heads.