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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Book Sharing Project Update : Gubat, Sorsogon

Two months back, I joined several blogger friends in the Book Sharing Project initiated by James Betia of Journeying James. The team worked closely with Emm Balabat, an alumna of Rizal Elementary School in Gubat, Sorsogon. The goal was to help fill up a library with books which the alumni association and other members of the local community heavily worked on putting up. 

What made this project special was that it would be the first library of this school in 50 years! 

Last September 14, the Rizal Elementary School library finally opened its doors to the public. We witnessed the opening along with the excited members of the community, a bulk of which were grade school students. TV5 also graciously covered the event. 

Our team received heavy support from Mayor Ronnel Lim and the people of Gubat, Sorsogon. (Emm, maraming salamat!) We were also joined by other volunteers, some of them, came by themselves after reading about the project from James' blog. :) 

A selected number of students performed prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony. 

Apart from the opening, we also shared 400 slippers to the kids. 
After the long ceremony....Tadaaa!

Photo courtesy of JourneyingJames.com 

P.S. Special thanks to chef Arvin Quiloy for the delicious food that he and his team prepared for us. Thanks to the LGU as well for taking care of some of the meals. :) My delighted tummy sends its regards. :P Emm, James & Nikki, I can't thank you enough for taking charge! 

And thanks to everyone who shared their time, money, moral support, etc. :) 

Here are the blogs of my fellow bloggers about their experiences at the Book Sharing Project :
Claire Madarang - Traveling Light : The Library Born From the Love of Travelers and Community : 
James Betia - Journeying James : Leaving a Legacy in Gubat, Sorsogon

Coming Soon : Touring Sorsogon 


  1. What a commendable undertaking! More power to all of you who made this possible.

  2. @bertN - Salamat :).The efforts of the alumni association and the rest of the community in Gubat, Sorsogon was really commendable. If not for their HUGE support, the project won't be possible.

  3. Hi, I was really pleased to read this blog about my hometown. I was a product of Rizal Elementary school and I clearly remembered the small nook at the Principal's office ( Forteza ) to read obsolete copies of encyclopaedia. Back then, books were a luxury to children like us . Glossy,and updated published journals, children's books and literature were rareLy seen in Rizal. Kudos!


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