By BSU UPAO - Posted on 18 September 2017

Benguet State University Library and Information Services (ULIS) conducted National Book Week with the launching of the book authored by Dr. Digna Lipaod Adonis titled “Two Homes for One Heart: Igorot Immigration Stories” on September 15, 2017. Awarding for the Essay and Poster Making Contests followed.

The book tells the story of 24 adults and their families, 11 young people, and three guests who shared their immigration experiences, reflections, and perspective. These people are from different provinces of the Cordillera region but are currently living in different parts of the world.

After the opening program for both the activities, Lea M. Jalon, College Librarian presented a book review in which she is marveled at the different experiences of the Global Igorot community.

“The experiences of many of our contributors assert that immigration can strengthen rather than weaken one’s cultural identity and that remaining rooted to your cultural roots and its origin is intrinsic and not necessarily dictated by your current location and position,” quoted Jalon.

Junior high school students from different schools, University employees and students witnessed the said launching.

“This is a cannibalism of stories, ang ginawa ni Ma’am Digna dito ay kumain siya ng mga kwento ng tao (Ma’am Digna consumed the stories of the people),” commented Dr. Ryan Guinaran, University Board of Regents ( Private Sector) saying that the author has distilled lessons from the stories of Igorots wonderfully written and compiled in a book.

“Launching this book is a journey, and I believe lahat tayo may kwento, at kung lahat tayo may kwento, may masusulat tayong libro (Every one of us has a story to tell, and if we have stories, we can write a book),” said Dr. Adonis as she lectured on book writing.

After the book launching, Dr. Lauren Kipa-an, Chief of ULIS awarded the winners of the Poster making contest that was conducted on September 14. Alejandro V. Ferry from the Philippine Nazarene College won the first place, while Chykka Rehan J. Mascarinsas from the University of the Cordilleras (UC) won the second place and finally Ethel M. Valdez of Benguet State University won the third place.

On the Essay writing contest, Teodora Alejandra Gabaldon of UC won the first place. Starla May Benfian Ernest from the Baguio College of Technology won the second place while Lieziel Anne G. Bacani of Benguet State University won third.

The 83rd National Book Week was celebrated with the theme “Libraries Take Action: Providing Access and Opportunity For All”.//MDPenchog