The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.- Central Luzon Region Librarians Council recently had its 2nd Regional Conference on Cultural Heritage Preservation with the theme Librarians’ PresCon: Preserving the Past, Conserving the Future. It was held in Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Pampanga last May 31, 2013. It was a whole day affair which comprised of two lectures and a walk tour in the Center for Kapampangan Studies Museum and Manansala Visual Art Museum, in celebration of the National Cultural Heritage Month and in line with the PLAI National Congress’ theme: Libraries: Preservers and Promoters of Culture and Arts.

 Participants were intellectually stimulated hearing from powerhouse resource persons Atty. Antonio Marquez Santos, Director of the National Library of the Philippines and Head, National Committee on Library and Information Services, who discussed about Republic Act 10066 and its implications to libraries and librarians; and Ms. Carina C. Samaniego, Director of the Ateneo de Manila University Archives, who lectured about Promoting a Culture of Preservation: the Roles of Librarians in Cultural Heritage Preservation.

The event was attended by over 70 participants hailing from Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Olongapo/ Zambales area. Some colleagues from Dasmariñas, Cavite and Manila (MCU) also joined us in the event.

The PLAI-CeLRLC Board would like to extend our thanks to all the participants who joined us in this activity and to the different library organizations and librarians’ social networking groups who helped us promote this activity.  Special thanks is extended to NCLIS for the assistance given the Council through its Technical Assistance Program.

To all of you, thank you very much and see you all in our next event for the professional equipping and development of all of us in the region, for the benefit of the clientele we serve in the agencies and institutions we belong.