National Book Week 2018 - - M E S S A G E -

While it started as a stu­dent ac­tiv­ity of the Li­brary Club of the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Manila which was or­ga­nized in the Aca­demic Year 1929-1930, the first Univer­sity Book Week was held in the Univer­sity Li­brary on Au­gust 13-21, 1932. It was be­lieved that the National Book Week started with this pro­ject of the stu­dents from the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines. In fact, two other in­sti­tu­tions fol­lowed suit: the North­ern Lu­zon Ju­nior Col­lege (which even­tu­ally be­came Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Baguio) in Vi­gan, Ilo­cos Sur on Novem­ber 28 to De­cem­ber 5, 1932, and the Pangisi­nan Aca­demic High School Li­brary in Lin­gayen, Pan­gasi­nan on Fe­bru­ary 13-18, 1933.

Two years later, the Philip­pine Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion (now PLAI), re­al­iz­ing the mer­its of the cel­e­bra­tion, ap­pealed to Gover­nor Gen­eral Frank Mur­phy for of­fi­cial sup­port for the ac­tiv­ity. Gov. Gen. Mur­phy is­sued Procla­ma­tion No. 696 on June 6, 1934 caus­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of the National Book Week ev­ery June 18 to June 24.

The National Book Week cel­e­bra­tion was even­tu­ally moved from June to Novem­ber 24-30 by virtue of Pres­i­dent Manuel L. Que­zon’s Procla­ma­tion No. 109 on Novem­ber 19, 1936.

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