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Book Week celebrations at VMA

John Orla Jr., VMA chairman of the Board; at right, VMA president Elizabeth Salabas*

The Visayan Maritime Academy (VMA) celebrated the 88th National Book Week on November 28 with various activities.

“By virtue of Proclamation No. 109 signed by former President Manuel L. Quezon, the last week of November of every year is designated as the National Book Week, and is a very special and exciting opportunity for us to honor authors, illustrators, storytellers and librarians who went through the intellectual and creative process of knitting words together and preserving them for generations”, Juan Orola Jr., VMA chairman of the Board, said.

The Library Book Club officers and members organized two days of various activities aimed to encourage their peers to read, write, illustrate and even showcase their talents in role play, a press release from VMA said.

The successful opening salvo was held on November 28, capped by Tanghal Makata Spoken Poetry, Digital Poster Making and Pinoy Book Character contest, graced by  VMA president Elizabeth Orola-Salabas, chairman of the Board of Trustees Juan Orola, Jr, with their sister, Epifania Balenia -Occupational Safety and Health Commitee head, who marked a legacy by inculcating in the students how the love of reading books really works  to help them become better persons and likewise inspire them to pursue and soar high to achieve success.

Every activity was open to all willing participants from all year levels, strands and courses of VMA supported by their advisers, program heads, deans, principal and the ever supportive vice president for Academic Affairs Remedios Johanna Vargas, vice president for Maritime Studies, Capt. Nino Elson Salabas, and vice president for Tech Voc and Enterprise Development Program, Carlitos Orola, the press release added.

“As we celebrate National Book Week with the theme: ‘Basa. Bayan. Bukas.’, may we take this opportunity to renew our enthusiasm for reading, learn and remember our roots, and honor the ones who diligently and creatively delivered the truth to us,” Elizabeth Salabas said *

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