December 8, 2023
UNANG GANTIMPALA RECIPIENT — The city government of Baguio led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan with members of the city council commended City Librarian Easter Wahayna-Pablo on Aug. 28 for bringing pride and honor to the city for emerging as “Unang Gantimpala” recipient in the 2023 Gawad Pampublikong Aklatan Award under the professional category by the National Library of the Philippines last Aug. 25 at the National Library of the Philippines Auditorium. — Neil Clark Ongchangco

City officials recently commended Easter Wahayna-Pablo for having been conferred the Leadership Award by the National Library of the Philippines and the Asian Foundation during the 2023 Search for Gawad Pampublikong Aklatan (GPA) awarding ceremony on Aug. 25 at the National Library.

In a resolution authored by Councilor Betty Lourdes F. Tabanda, the council stated that the local government is elated and extremely proud that the National Library and the Asia Foundation recognized the impact of Pablo’s works and accomplishments that inspires and motivates others to continue working for the good of the community.

The Gawad Pampublikong Aklatan Leadership Award is conferred by the National Library and the Asia Foundation to individuals who exhibit exemplary performance and demonstrate a profound commitment to advancing literacy, education, cultural awareness, national, social, and economic progress and technological innovations within their communities and beyond.

Pablo is hardworking, innovative, and focused in transforming the City Library to become more than a repository of books but an edifice of expanded library services.

The council said her determination to raise the level of services of the City Library from conventional functions to digital and technological enhancements provided for timely and relevant information to clients.

She was able to propel the City Library to enriching lives with immersive and inclusive learning aside from the fact that activities that encourage community engagement flowed through, such as cultural forums, research seminars and webinars, makerspace and robotic events thematic contests, outreach activities, tutorials, guitar lessons, genealogy services, storytelling at the park on Saturdays, and other partnership programs.

The resolution added Pablo showed exceptional commitment to realize the vision of the public library as an equalizer of a well informed and dynamic society, thus, she devoted much of her time and knowledge outside and beyond the call of duty, in transforming the City Library as an accessible source of timely, relevant and accurate information.

With her positive outlook, Pablo has constantly been a force in pursuing the library’s mission of enriching lives through the City Library’s services, programs, and resources, all of which foster immersive and inclusive learning experiences for everyone. – PIO release