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Fr. Paul De Vera, OSB: A Man of Prayer and Work

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Fr. Paul Moyano de Vera, OSB comes from Mangaldan, a town in Pangasinan. In 1954, he graduated from Santo Tomas Catholic School in Mangaldan. In the same year, he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, Mendiola, Manila.

He studied Philosophy both in the Abbey and in San Beda College. He pursued his theological studies at the Abbey’s School of Theology right after his simple profession. On June 29, 1957, he pronounced his solemn vows at the Abbey Church. Four years hence, he was ordained to the priestly ministry. It was on March 21, 1961 at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros where his Eminence Rufino Cardinal Santos ordained the man of prayer and work who we simply know today as Father Paul. He also finished a course in Library Science in 1965 at the University of Santo Tomas.

Father Paul is well-respected and loved by his staff in all San Beda College libraries in Mendiola, Alabang and Rizal campus. His colleagues in the library profession look up to him as the “unofficial spiritual father and consultant on library matters”. He is often invited as a resource person in seminars and finds time to say Mass in big and important library celebrations.

He is gifted and possesses the special ability in organizing and motivating librarians to pursue bigger goals. So far, he has bound professional and paraprofessional librarians to form MUNPARLAS (Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Las Piñas) Library Association in year 2004 and the RIZAL LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION for the province of Rizal in year 2008. Much earlier, he co-founded the PHILIPPINE ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH LIBRARIANS (PAARL) and  was its first secretary in 1973. His latest “baby” is the Anolid Barangay Reading Center in Mangaldan, Pangasinan which was inaugurated last June 11, 2010.

Fr. Paul is a selfless person and believes that knowledge must be shared. He shared his talents and expertise  as an officer of the various library and instructional media center organizations.  As mentioned earlier, he is likewise a very much sought speaker or resource person. He is a bona fide  accreditor of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities in the area of library. He is also very much involved with the Mendiola Consortium. He taught Library Science subjects at Centro Escolar University from 1974 to 1997. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Libraries and Information Services, a sub-committee of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts.

Fr. Paul is a professional licensed librarian. He is recognized and given awards by various groups and organizations. The latest recognition includes PAARL’S Lifetime Achievement Award last January 28, 2011; PLAI’S  Special Award given last November 30, 2010; Outstanding Librarian Award (2010) from the Southern Tagalog Region Librarians Council. And Outstanding Librarian Award by the UST Library Science Alumni Association last April 2, 2011 on the occasion of UST’S 400 Years Anniversary.

Writing is also one facet of Fr. Paul’s hidden talents. He was then the author of the bulletin of the Seventh CONSAL ( Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians) 1987; editor of the IFLA Newsletter during the 46th International Federation of the Library Associations Conference held in Manila on August 18-23; editor-in-chief of the PLAI Bulletin and Newsletter.

Father Paul’s other love is sports. He is very much a part of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as San Beda College representative to the Management Committee. On March  19,2010, NCAA South which he helped founded 12 years ago awarded him a PLAQUE OF RECOGNITION in appreciation of his unwavering support and his unselfish commitment towards sports development especially in the countryside. He is one of the pioneers and current member of the Board of directors of SAMAHANG BASKETBALL NG PILIPINAS.

But over and above all these external activities, Father Paul remains humble and faithful to being a monk and religious priest. He has and still serving the Benedictine Community in various capacities such as member of the Board of Trustees, San Beda College Alabang; former Prior Administrator and presently the prefect of the junior clerics.

We join Father Paul as he celebrates the greatest and most important milestone of his life, fifty (50) long, fruitful years and umblemished service as a priest. We salute him and we continue to pray that the loving God and Father shower him His endless love, peace and joy and grant him always good health. CONGRATULATIONS!

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