The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS), will be conducting its Annual National Congress on 20-23 November 2018 at the at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

With the theme “Connected Actions, Collective Vision:  Libraries Transforming Society”, PLAI envisions to lead the country’s library community in a collective call to connected actions towards transforming society.  Libraries have the capacity to transform societies, thereby contributing to the development of a nation.

The PLAI Congress 2018 aims to:

  • Understand the role of libraries and information centers in building literate, informed, and participative societies, thereby contributing to societal, cultural, and economic growth of a nation;
  • Recognize that connected actions and collective vision of the library community will help libraries address the challenges of the future;
  • To engage libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage partners and institutions in safeguarding cultural heritage in all its diverse forms;
  • To advocate the roles of librarians and library associations as key players for societal improvements and change through capacity building and professional agenda.

In line with this, we are inviting you to attend this year’s National Congress. There will be parallel sessions sponsored by various library associations to discuss topics relevant to the theme and to the profession.  Likewise, the PLAI’s General Assembly will be held to present updates and provide a venue for discussion of concerns relating to the Association and to the profession in general.

The Congress registration fees are as follows:


(At Novotel only; limited slots offered on discounted rates; double occupancy)

Participant Regular Rate

(Payment must be deposited on or before 30 September 2018)

PLAI Member


Non-PLAI Member


Inclusive of: Novotel hotel accommodation, with breakfast, double occupancy, 3 nights (20-22 November 2018); 

Congress meals (3 lunches, 6 snacks, 1 fellowship dinner); kit, and; certificate



Participant Early-bird Rate

(Payment must be deposited on or before 30 September 2018)

Regular Rate

(Payment must be deposited  from       01 October to 19 November 2018)

Onsite Rate

(Payment made after 19 November 2018 )

PLAI Member P6,500 P7,500 P8,000
Non-PLAI Member P7,000 P8,000 P8,500

Inclusive of meals (3 lunches, 6 snacks, 1 fellowship dinner), Congress kit, and certificate

Undergraduate Student

(limited slots only)


Inclusive of Congress kit and certificate (no meals)


Live-out participants shall be responsible for booking their own accommodations.

Interested attendees may inquire with the following PLAI Officers:

PLAI 2017-18 National Board of Trustees
Michael B. Pinto, RL Tel (078) 8440539 Mobile 0926 8330266
Rhea Rowena U. Apolinario, RL Tel (02) 9818500 loc. 2869 Mobile 0928 5059283
Venus I. Guyos, RL Tel (078) 8441822 loc. 300 Mobile 0977 1241948
Carina C. Samaniego, RL Tel (02) 426-6001 loc. 4172 Mobile 0908 8927810
Gina G. Canceran, RL

(for local information/accommodation needs)

Tel (02) 526-4253 Mobile 0927 8094907


Details and guidelines on the registration will be out soon.

Requests for DepEd Advisory, CSC Announcement,  CHED Memo, and PASUC Endorsement, are being processed.  PLAI Congress 2018 is also being applied for as a CPD Program.