“Reading is very important and we cannot learn if we do not read. We cannot be successful in our crafts without reading and to read in a public place which is conducive and free, and where you can focus, is what I am ensuring my clientele,” – Michael C. Nagas
These were the words he expressed when he won second place Gawad Parangal sa Natatanging Tagapaglingkod ng Pampublikong Aklatan of the National Library of the Philippine (NLP) under the Non-Professional Category in 2019.
This year, his passion for books is once again distinguished as he will be awarded as the Champion for the same category.
“My dream to influence people through reading did not stop when I bagged my award last year because I vowed to continue my passion, and it brought me to what I achieved this time,” said Nagas, in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency.
Known to the locals, among his brainchild programs in library services from 2014 until 2019 is the establishment of reading centers in the barangays of the city which is now affiliated with the NLP.
Through the years, his visits to daycare and elementary public schools to read stories to children paved the way to develop the kids’ listening and reading comprehension.
Nagas is also the Vice-President and a pioneer member of the La Union Public Library Association (LUPLA) which was established in 2002 to cater to the reading needs of the public and promote the importance of reading and books for educational purposes.
He finished two degrees, namely Bachelor in Office Administration and Bachelor in Library and Information Science graduate at Saint Louis College (SLC) and has an ongoing Master’s degree in the same field.
“I hope that through this new achievement, I would be able to encourage and empower other librarians to continue with their crafts because they could do so much to educate the children,” he added.
He said that he still believes in the learning that people could get from reading books rather than on the internet.
“I hope that someday, we could bring back more people inside the libraries to spend quality time reading and composing good articles instead of surfing and posting it on the net,” he finished.
Nagas will receive his award in August 2020 in Manila along with a plaque of recognition for the local government unit of San Fernando City and a cash prize of Php25,000.00. (JCR/JNPD/AHFF/PIA La Union)