Mrs. Sandra De Erit – Library Director receives the PTA-TL donation from Ms. Jessamine Calma and Ms. Ma. Cristina Velez

Colegio San Agustin Bacolod’s Parent Teachers’ Association – Tertiary Level under the leadership of Mr. Luis Angel Del Corro as its President recently made a donation to augment the Learning Resource Center’s budget for the purchase of learning materials specifically to academic programs that will undergo PAASCO Accreditation. This funding was also made possible through the efforts of Ms. Jessamine Calma, Asst. Treasurer of the PTA-TL and also the Chairman of the Library Committee and Mrs. Ma. Cristina Velez, Secretary of the PTA-TL. Mrs. Sandra De Erit wishes to thank all the PTA- TL officers for their generous support and she looks forward to more collaboration with our PTA- Tertiary Level for worthwhile projects in the years to come.






Mrs. De Erit with her mother and husband

Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod recently recognized their employees whose work have supported and further the mission, goals, and values of the school last February 23, 2018 at the La Proa Hall L’Fisher Hotel.

The awardee who stood out was the Director of Libraries, Mrs. Sandra De Erit who was awarded the 35 Years Service Award, together with Engr. Luis S. Jimenez and Mrs. Zenaida Febrio. Ms. Sandra in her Response Speech had outlined her 39 years of fond memories at Colegio San Agustin starting when she was still a working scholar of the school. She was first assigned at the Typing Room and then at the Grade School and High School Office. When she graduated in 1982, she was immediately hired by Fr. Benigno Gomez, OSA as BED Librarian where she spent 30 wonderful years of her life until her appointment as the Director of Libraries in 2012.

Ms. Sandra said that she had encountered challenges in her journey but recognizing her own personal limitations had not stop her from trying to become better in her work, to learn from her mistakes and maximize her capabilities.

To the question of what made her stay at CSA-B? She said that she regard the school as her own home, a typical family environment where each member tries to uplift one another and is willing to make sacrifices for the welfare of the whole family.

Ms. Sandra quoted Father St. Augustine in her speech “Grow where you are planted.” She believed that she had grown at CSA-B beyond her wildest dreams. And her 35 years of service is her humble gift to God and to Colegio de San Agustin.

The 13th Recognition of Employees was attended by Colegio San Agustin’s awardees who arrived together with their families, and the school employees who were resplendent in their Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana gowns.



Last April 2016, Mr. Salvador E. Erazo was recognized as an affiliate member of the Augustinian Order. Through this affiliation given by Fr. Alejandro Moral Anton, Prior General of the Order of St. Augustine, General Curia of the Order, Rome, Mr. Erazo is considered a member of the Augustinian Family in union with them by bonds of communion and fraternity, in the same way as those who are members by profession of religious vows. In addition, Mr. Erazo will also share in the same spiritual benefits.




Colegio San Agustin Research and Planning Office (RPO) in cooperation with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development held a seminar on the Utilization of HERDIN Database last January 30, 2018 at Room A2-7 of Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod attended by the faculty and students.

This was later followed by an orientation of our college librarians on how to upload Colegio San Agustin’s health researches.

This way, our health related researches will also be made available to Filipino researchers nationwide.

Health Research and Information Development Network or HERDIN is an online database that provides quick and easy access to more than 50,000 citations and bibliographic information from published and unpublished health researches, health related scientific journals, books, proceedings, periodicals, thesis/dissertation, feasibility study, research project, health policy and annual report authored by the Filipino researchers, about the Philippines or Filipinos. Citations may include links to full text of research.

Who can access HERDIN? A person looking for health research information (e.g. students, researchers, research managers, and clinical specialists). It is an EASY and FREE access to information. Just go to http://www.herdin.ph and then type in keyword on the search box.

Our Learning Resource Center strongly encourages our faculty and students to be a part of the Health Research and Development Network and avail of its services.



To quote Neil Gaiman, “The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity”.

That means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them.

Armed with this advocacy, the Learning Resource Center and the College of Nursing of Colegio San Agustin went to the Reading Center of Purok Sagrado, Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City last January 26, 2018.

With the “Kinabookasan Advocacy Project” the Nursing faculty and students, donated books to the center, gave picture books to the small kids, and held a fun party with games and snacks for the small kids and their parents.

The Learning Resource Center also gave boxes of books and a bookshelf where the colorful books were displayed for the future readers of Purok Sagrado. Miss Sandra De Erit, the Library Director, said that the reading center will encourage the pre-schoolers to love reading and the young students to have access to books like the dictionary, the bible and encyclopedias that they can use to do their assignments and research. The LRC and CON promised to continue to support this project in the coming years.




The Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) Congress has always been a big event for Filipino librarians and information professionals. It is a great opportunity for all to gather, collaborate, network, and discuss pertinent issues and topics in the Library and Information Science profession. This year the PLAI Congress was held at SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City last November 21-24, 2017.

PLAI’s Conference committee Chair Rhea Rowena U, Apolinario, RL announced that this year’s PLAI Congress, with the theme, “Libraries Take Action: Providing Access and Opportunity for All”, is rooted in the context of the United Nations 2030 agenda with the belief that increasing access to information and the knowledge across society with the assistance and availability of information and communications technologies, supports sustainable development and improves people’s lives. We believe that libraries are key institutions in achieving the (17) sustainable development goals to transform our world. As such, in all of these goals, libraries can take action and support each of these goals through the provision of services, resources, research, and manpower, among others.

Colegio San Agustin – Bacolod was represented by Mrs. Sandra De Erit, who also served as the co-chairman for the PLAI National Congress 2017 Working Committee (Local). Ms. Analyn Gersabalino was a member of the Working Committee in-charge of Registration and Certificates. Ms. Corazon Deita, and Mrs. Carmen Gumawa had the opportunity to attend various parallel sessions, and seminar workshops, which focused on updating librarians of the trends, practices and innovative information services among libraries, address issues related to the librarianship profession.

The Oath taking and Induction Ceremonies for New Librarians and new PLAI members on the third day which was participated by Ms. Carmen who passed the Board Exam for Librarians in 2016, and Ms. Jennelyn Galvez who passed the Board Exams in September 2017.

Librarians’ Night also a Fellowship/ Cultural Night, followed and was attended by librarians wearing their all-black attires complete with Bacolod’s Masskara or masks.

With the National Librarian’s Congress, Librarians will go back to their respective libraries armed with the knowledge that they are now at the forefront of development, taking a proactive stand in the advancement of literacy in the country, bringing learning opportunities to the people and actively engaging the youth in learning.



All the schools and universities in the Philippines celebrate the National Book Week with the theme “Libraries Take Action: Providing Access and Opportunity for All” last November.

CSA-B had likewise planned events which would promote the library and the love for reading. The National Book Week celebration for our Basic Education started on November 20 until the 29th, 2017 and for their opening salvo they had the ZUMBOOK (Zumba and Book Donation) at the CSA-B – Main Campus. The teachers and students did their Zumba routine with Ms. Nichole Marie Figueroa, Library in-charge of Villa San Agustin campus as their Zumba instructor.

Another event that took place was the Book Character parade last November 29th, 2017, at the San Agustin quadrangle. A dazzling array of students came as Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Bell, the Hulk and many more. Not only did they parade their colorful costumes, they also said the famous lines of the characters that they were portraying.






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