NATIONAL BOOK WEEK CELEBRATION
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.