Latest Stories

Inquirer shares joy of reading with San Pablo City’s public schools


Philippine Daily Inquirer president and CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez says the Inquirer hopes to bring the joy and power of reading to as many as it could. ARNOLD ALMACEN/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

SAN PABLO CITY, Philippines—The Inquirer’s daily ration of free newspapers to all 243 public elementary and high schools and the city library here  is “helping tremendously in the efforts to enhance learning in the city,” a city library official said.

Rosario N. Robielos, supervisor-in-charge of the library, known here as the Library Hub, acknowledged the newspaper’s support during a thanksgiving ceremony last June 28 that was attended by over 100 school principals, school heads and city officials.

“We are happy that we are able to share our resources with San Pablo City. The goal is to bring the joy and power of reading to as many as it could,” said Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, president and chief executive officer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, in a message read for her by Manuel Andrew Chanco IV, assistant vice president for circulation.

Romualdez expressed the hope that the Inquirer’s “small efforts will help readers become better people, better citizens and eventually create a better society.”

Erwin Reyes, circulation officer of the Inquirer for Southern Luzon, said the free copies which were first given on June 10, consisted of issues from Monday to Friday and Sunday and would be given for the duration of school year 2011-2012.

Robielos said the thanksgiving program also served to acknowledge the support given by the various donors to the three-year-old Library Hub, which has been refurbished to serve its clientele of young, senior citizens, students, out of school youths in Laguna and elsewhere or anyone “as long as they bring proper identification.”

First opened in 2008, the two-story library with a floor area of 302.25 square meters used to be an abandoned  municipal building until Mayor Vicente Amante provided a budget of P3 million for its rehabilitation.

Robielos said that with help from some institutions, particularly the Rotary International Club of Korea-San Pablo Chapter, it is now equipped with an electronic section on the first floor with 15 personal computers connected to the Internet.

Also on the first floor are the office of the librarian, shelves of reading materials and a “book clinic” where books are repaired.

On the second floor are the function room, “rainbow room,” named after the Rainbows Foundation, which donated  reference books, and an area for storytelling sessions.

Robielos also cited the support of Rural Bank of 7 Lakes, broadcaster Jiggy Manicad, Laguna Governor Jeorge “ER”  Ejercito and Mayor Amante for other donations to the facility.

Support from the various groups and individuals has helped the Library Hub earn second place in the 2009 search for best libraries nationwide, said Robielos.

Dr. Enrico T. Sanchez, schools division superintendent, exhorted the Library Hub’s donors to “keep on giving” and “keep on sharing.”

He said their support has made life more meaningful for readers in San Pablo City who come to the library.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Children , Education , Inquirer , Media , news , public school , Read-along , Reading , San Pablo City

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. US teacher fired over comment on black president
  2. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  3. Filipinos, Dane re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  4. Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  5. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Massive infra spending set
  8. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  9. Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds
  10. Korea ferry captain arrested, divers spot bodies
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  8. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  9. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


  • 16 suffer burns in Batangas sugar factory accident
  • Angat level drops; cloud seeding set
  • Indigenous aspiration in Bangsamoro
  • Banahaw continues to lure pilgrims, trekkers
  • Passion of Christ moves survivors
  • Sports

  • Tottenham beats Fulham 3-1 in Premier League
  • Martino defends Messi, takes blame for Barca fail
  • Vettel hoping for resurgence at Chinese GP
  • MLB pitcher donates $100,000 for Sewol ferry victims
  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Minnie Driver plays devastated mother to a stillborn child
  • Business

  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Learning by doing: pilgrimage of faith
  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
  • Marketplace