From the fast-paced life of the corporate world, having been engaged as a trainer, a team leader, and a manager – Aaron had played almost every role you can imagine in some of the city’s biggest BPO companies. And although he excelled effortlessly in his corporate career, Aaron chose to follow his heart and pursue his passion in his recent endeavors.
Aaron’s Artwork will be featured in Salangi Ko Pu Gallery – a glassed exhibit area which showcases different artworks of the members of the Culture and Arts Council of Angeles. The gallery is situated inside the Angeles City Library and Information Center.
Angeles City Library and Information Center
In 1968, the motion to establish a city library has been approved. Three years later, the city library was born and was allowed to use a space for free at Sandico Building in Plaridel Street, Angeles City. In 1972, Mr. Renato “Katoks” Tayag – a distinguished son of Angeles City, a lawyer, a journalist, and an author donated 1,690 sqm of land in Sto. Entierro Street to be used for the establishment of a city library. Finally, in 1981, the Angeles City Library building has been constructed. It was reconstructed in 2002 into the 3-story building we now see.
The Angeles City Library and Information Center has the following sections and services:
READING SERVICES – an area that has a wide collection of textbooks in all subject fields including philosophy, languages, applied sciences, fine arts, history and others. The reading services have the following sections:
- Reference Section – an area that showcases extensive information and references from Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Almanacs just to name a few. This section also contains the Bibliographies and Culinary Collections.
- Law Section houses law books, Supreme court Rulings Annotated (SCRA) and other important legal materials.
- Culture and Arts Section – this area is a recreation area for writers, poets, artists, and cultural advocates. This area also houses the Filipiniana Collection, Kapampangan Collections, and Rizaliana Collections.
- Periodical Section – an area where one can find local and foreign journals, magazines, newspapers, and clippings.
- Fiction Section – A section for recreational reading where diverse fiction books may be loaned by qualified readers for a period of 5 days.
- Children’s Library – features services like storytelling, reading, and art workshops for children.
TECH4ED SERVICES – this service has been introduced by the Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communication Office that will serve as a knowledge hub for the following modules:
- e-Eduskills- alternative learning system, skills and language training;
- e-Assist – ICT literacy, financial literacy, and entrepreneurial literacy training; and
- e-Govserve – direct government services in rural communities.
- e-Agri- enhancement of farm technologies for product diversity.
- e-Marketplace – expansion of markets
- e-Assess – facilitation of hiring process of the Business Process Management
INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER (INTERNET NG BAYAN)
The area offers a public with free IT access and internet for one hour to be used for research and educational purposes. As part of the Computer Literacy Program, a free demonstration on internet use is offered to out of school youth and senior citizens.
EDUCTAINMENT PROGRAM (Library Guided-Tour)
A guided tour to showcase the different services available in the library may be availed by groups free of charge.
ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOG (OPAC)
This is a modern version of a library catalog that helps users identify and retrieve information about reading materials with the use of the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
The Angeles City Library and Information Center also houses the following offices:
- Tourism Information Center of the Angeles City Tourism Office
- Culture and Arts Council of Angeles Office
- Renato “Katoks” Tayag
- Rafael Lazatin
- Salangi ko Pu Gallery
- Sidduan ning Amanang Kabiasnan (Institute for Kapampangan Heritage). Kapampangan research, cultural education and teaching of Kulitan.
- Kidzone Children’s Library
- Bale Sining Arts & Crafts Workshop Center
- Chess Library and Training Center
- Teen Information Center
In 2014, the Angeles City Library and Information Center has begun welcoming artists and cultural workers by providing a functioning sanctuary where visual arts exhibits, workshops, Kapampangan literature, creative writing, and Kulitan may be done. This is in line with the library’s objective to promote and provide culturally relevant services and programs. The city library will also be promoted as one of the tourist destinations in Pampanga.
Starting August 11, 2018 Aaron Jude Gonzales will officially open his Layers and Issues Art Exhibit at Salangi Ko Pu Gallery of Angeles City Library and Information Center. The exhibit will feature a number of hand-painted acrylic abstracts. The artworks will also be open for sale. Layers and Issues Art exhibit officially opens at 7:00 in the evening.