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The Book Stop by WTA Design Studio

Last May 6, Kate and I went to Ayala Triangle to check out the Book Stop.

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This is a project of the WTA Design Studio as part of their Architecture of Ideas project. From their website:

As part of our Architecture of Ideas campaign, we have launched a non-profit initiative to build a free public library called The Book Stop. The Book Stop serves as an open library and book exchange where everyone is invited to come and grab a book. It will be placed in venues like malls, parks, commercial centers and other similar public grounds.

This pop-up library will provide a space where people can enjoy reading, interact in lively discussions with fellow readers and share their love for books by donating their own. Eventually, it can provide data to measure the need for more public libraries in the country.

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I love the idea of a reading nook in a public space like a park. The idea of being able to go to one, grab a book and have a safe spot to read it is very nice. We don’t have enough public spaces like parks, and goodness knows we don’t have enough public libraries where people can indulge in reading without having to spend money to get a book.

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Nancy Drew!

We got to talk to some of the team behind this, which resulted in them interviewing us. I told them that I was a library & information science student and that I used to work in a library. We talked about the idea (like I said it was very good), the collection (it was a mish-mash of random books that they don’t take inventory of but just count at the end of the day), and what things they can do to improve on it (the idea that people can freely take books builds a trust among the people).

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I would definitely love to see more places like this around the metro. I think it would be a great idea for the firm to partner with librarians to plan more spaces that are bigger, more accessible, and have more services that people can avail of. Come to think of it, that would make a great thesis. Hmm.

Enter if you dare: UPCAT

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Tomorrow is one of UP’s biggest events: the UPCAT. Thousands of students from all across the country will go to the different campuses and testing centers, take the exam to try and get into the University of the Philippines.

I honestly cannot remember much about the exam itself, but the events around it are pretty clear. My exam was on the morning of the first day, Saturday. My dad came all the way from Zambales to accompany me, and I was relieved even though my tita was ready to take me.

Pa woke me up at 3:30 AM. I said it was too early, considering that we lived fifteen minutes away. But he insisted, and thirty minutes later we were on our way to a lugawan in Sikatuna for breakfast. He said I had to eat, even though I wasn’t hungry. Good goto though.

By 5:30, our car was parked in the parking lot in front of the College of Economics. Later, Pa told me that the other parents were asked to vacate the parking lot, but since he was early and he wasn’t sitting in the car, he wasn’t asked to move.

A little aside, my dad had years of practice waiting for me to finish stuff. My classes, my taekwondo lessons, JS Prom, hair treatments. He’d just patiently sit there and wait til I’m done. Thanks Pa. <3 Anyway, I was in line to get to the room, but we weren't assigned one. Our permits were plain white papers (not the color printed ones the kids taking UPCAT tomorrow have), and there were no room numbers. Instead, we were asked to line up by permit number and counted off til a room was full. I ended up in a room with a classmate of mine. By then, I was already feeling cold. The room had aircon, but I was the only one shivering. What the heck, I have a slight fever while taking the UPCAT. Can't remember much after that. Monday my classmates and I were exchanging stories about our UPCAT experience. Then everything was forgotten until the results came out. A few years later, I went with my parents to accompany my brother and his classmates for their turn with the UPCAT. Last year, my cousin took it and tomorrow, a friend's daughter will take the plunge. Best of luck to all the people taking the UPCAT this weekend! Good luck with the traffic too. That's the stage one of your test. 😉