Welcome Message from the Director of the National Library of the Philippines (NLP)


              It is with great honor that I, on behalf of the organizing committee, welcome all the delegates and guests for the 1st ASEAN Virtual Regional Conference of Public Librarians. This Regional Conference with the theme, “ASEAN Libraries, Arts, and Culture: Inspire, Innovate, and Collaborate,” will be held from 23rd to 25th of August 2021, via Zoom.

              Anent this activity, we are privileged to have a line-up of renowned speakers consisting of experts in the field who will explicate the issues that shape the public libraries and the importance of research concerning library and librarianship. Along this vein, various programs to include keynote, plenary, and parallel sessions have been arranged for your convenience.

              It is therefore the hope of the organizing committee that this conference will offer a platform for participants to discover novel opportunities, to reacquaint or reconnect with colleagues so as to strengthen librarians’ bond, and subsequently, collaborate with other libraries in the ASEAN related to future library activities. It is hoped further that all public librarians/officers-in-charge will take this opportunity to attend the virtual conference to share, to celebrate and together to create a new history for the public library profession in the ASEAN countries.

              The local organizing committee members from the National Library of the Philippines, are then looking forward to welcoming  you to this virtual conference. And to quote this adage,” It’s More Fun in the Philippines!”



Cesar Gilbert Q. Adriano
Director IV, NLP