Dr. Graciano Lopez Jaena Learning Center & Museum officially launched

The Dr. Graciano Lopez Jaena Learning Resource Center was officially inaugurated in December 20, 2022 with a blessing and launching ceremony. It was held two days after the Ilonggo hero’s 166th birth anniversary celebration.

The Iloilo City Public Library (ICPL), formerly located in the Iloilo City Hall, is also located in the shrine. The shrine started its construction in 2020 and was opened to the public last year.

Graciano Lopez Jaena, recognized as one of the national heroes of the Philippines, was a Filipino journalist, orator, and reformist. He is most known as the editor of La Solidaridad, the propaganda newspaper. He was born in Jaro, Iloilo City on December 18, 1856 and died of tuberculosis in Barcelona, Spain on January 20, 1896. Every year, Iloilo City celebrates December 18 as a holiday to commemorate the hero's birth.

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas on the Graciano Lopez Jaena Learning Center and Museum

Mayor Jerry P. Treñas led the wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Lopez Jaena and the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Graciano Lopez Jaena Foundation, Inc., to formally launch the learning center and museum located at the hero’s shrine in Fajardo Street, Jaro.

“We hold the launching of the Dr. Graciano Lopez Jaena Learning Resource Center and Museum in honor of his well-lived life anchored on selflessness and heroism,” said Treñas.

Members of the Graciano Lopez Jaena Foundation, the DepEd Division of Iloilo City, the Freemasons and Order of Demolay, Brgy. Officials of Brgy. Arguelles, and Iloilo City Government officials graced the event.

Iloilo City Public Library: an important learning hub in the city

According to Treñas, the Graciano Lopez Jaena library is a big help for students as it serves as venue for their learning. 

Nalipay gid ako kay nakita ko nga ang mga kabataan ta nagakadto sa aton library…May isa na gani nakapasar sa iya board exam, nagatuon diri. Libre, may lugar para sa aton kabataan. Indi na sila magtuon sa mga coffee shops,” ("I am very happy when I see young people who go to our library. One library client even passed the board exam. There is a free place for our youth, they don't have to study in coffee shops.") said Trenas.

The library is very conducive for learning as it is quiet and peaceful, spacious with free use of computers and internet especially for research and group studies.

The learning center has been accepting walk-ins daily now that the face-to-face classes have resumed.

Iloilo City Public Library (ICPL) office headed by Marion Aguirre holds regular storytelling sessions for day care center pupils. They also provide learning modules to parents for their children, ages 6 to 12 years old from Grade 1- Grade 6 that can be printed online. Sensory books for children with special needs are also available.

The library is open to the public from Mondays to Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information and updates on the library, visit or follow their Facebook page.

Read more: Iloilo City Public Library continues to serve in the new normal

Soon: More public libraries in every district of Iloilo City

Treñas said that aside from the Graciano Lopez Jaena Learning Center and Museum, the Iloilo City Government will also put up libraries in other districts of the metropolis.

Sta. Filomena Library in Arevalo is already operational, and the city will construct next in Lapaz and Mandurriao districts. The city already announced that the Lapaz district library will be named in honor of Justice Delfin Jaranilla. A separate building is also planned to be built for the Sta. Filomena district library.

Read more: Monthly Storytelling at Sta. Filomena District Library, Iloilo City

These public libraries are part of the the W.H.E.E.L.S program of Treñas administration which includes priority projects for education of Ilonggos.

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