PLAI-Bicol Region Librarians Council


December 21, 2012

Distinguished Librarian Awardee 



           In the 1970s till the 80s, Dr. Porcalla was the leader of librarians in Bicol Region. In fact, she was the first president of the Bicol Librarians Association, from 1974 till 1979. She was the Regional Coordinator of the Philippine Librarians Association in 1971 to 1974. She was also a distinguished librarian in the national level as she served as at the Board of Directors of Philippine Association of Academic Library and Research Libraries from 1971 till 1980. Through these organizations, she made possible cooperation between and among libraries in Bicol

In 1964, she gave her most important gift to Bicol. Under her leadership, UNC established a Graduate School program in Library Science, the first in the region. She also initiated programs and activities that formed and trained Bikolano librarians. Her initiatives were undoubtedly effective as most of her trained students are now chief librarians in different parts of the country.

Her desire to share her knowledge was ardent that, aside from being an administrator-librarian, she taught at the Colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences in UNC. She guided many Library Science students in writing their theses. She also reached out to libraries in other colleges and universities in Bikol as consultant, and served as lecturer and resources persons in a number of regional and national conferences for teachers and students of Library Science, and librarians. She also contributed to library journals - among them is her research “Management of Libraries in Private Colleges and Universities in the Bicol Region” which was published in PAGE Research Journal.

For her pioneering contribution to library education and academic librarianship, she was well recognized by various organizations in the country. In 1983, the Ministry of Education Culture and Sports (now Department of Education) presented to her a Plaque of Recognition. Her alma mater, UP, named her the Most Outstanding Alumna in Bicol in 1964, and one of the 50 Outstanding Alumni of UP Library Science in 2000. To top her strings of awards, her name was included in the International Biographical Reference Sources, namely: International Who’s Who, 10th and 12th Editions – 1991-1992; The World Who’s Who on Women of 1992-1993, 11th Edition – 1992; and Who’s Who in the Asian and Pacific Region, 1998 Edition.

Now a retiree, she spends her time by doing social work and traveling abroad to visit her children and to enjoy life meaningfully. But the positive impact that she left the UNC, Bicol and her students remain and will be felt indefinitely into the future. Indeed, she is an inspiration to practitioners, teachers and students of Library Science, a gift to Bicol.

In recognition of her leadership, achievement and service to Bikol in the field of Library Science, the Bicol Regional Librarians Council is privileged to confer upon Dr. Perpetua S. Porcalla this Distinguished Librarian Award.


                                                  Imelda Rojas Brazal

For Ms. Imelda Rojas Brazal, clinching the fifth place in the 2010 Licensure Examination for Librarians cannot be attributed solely to extensive review or to luck. Her success was a result of years of hard work, focus and training.

As a student at the Camarines Sur National High School, she already manifested academic excellence as she finished Top 7 in her class. She pursued college education at the Ateneo de Naga University and firmed up her decision to becoming a librarian. Throughout her four years in college, she assumed roles which complimented her long-term goal and provided her holistic formation. She was a student assistant at the school’s library from 2008 till 2010. She served as Naga City Youth Librarian by virtue of an appointment by the local government in 2010. In the same year, she also spent her weekends as volunteer at the Seminary of Our Lady of Most Holy Trinity in 2010.

She exceeded the academic requirements in ADNU and finished her course with Latin honors (Cum Laude). Further, in recognition of the honor that she gave to Naga City, Mayor John Bongat conferred upon her the City Excellence Award at the 2011 Mayoral Awards.

After graduation in college, she has worked for her alma mater: first as Assistant Cataloguer and now as Periodicals Librarian.

                                                 Ime Amor Adorna Mortel

           In 2009, a graduate of Ateneo de Naga University brought honor to Bicol Region by placing sixth in the Licensure Examination for Librarians and set a standard for aspiring librarians to follow. She is Ms. Ime Amor Adorna Mortel.

Before being a board topnotcher, Ime worked as student assistant at ADNU’s James O’Brien Library to survive college and to already acquire first-hand experience in her field. She was indeed a good example to her fellow students in her organization, Gabay Scholar, presented to her its top award. And when she earned the feat at the licensure exam, she gave not only inspiration but challenge to Bicol’s Library Science students to defy mediocrity and achieve excellence.

She continued enhancing her knowledge and skills by pursuing Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Nueva Caceres. In the same institution, she now works as one of its librarians.


Aquinas University


Ateneo de Naga University




Bicol College 


University of Nueva Caceres


FORUM with Mrs. Mila Ramos as Guest Speaker

 Download Mrs. Ramos presentation during the Librarians Tribute and Forum below:


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