By Krixia Subingsubing, VERA Files
An old man with unusually yellow hair toils over the shelves. With youthful energy, he briskly covers them with protective plastic, his arms enveloping them as if in loving embrace. He himself is soaked, but the books must be kept warm and dry for others.
For Hernando Guanlao, founder and caretaker of Reading Club 2000, service stops at nothing.
A life mission
At 62, Guanlao, or “Mang Nanie” as he is fondly called, shows no sign of slowing down from his work in his self-established library.
“There is no such thing as retirement from your life’s purpose,” he said.
Indeed, the spirit of a public library has always been a major driving force in his life. The second of Honorio and Felisa Guanlao’s five children, Guanlao started up his own “for-rent komiks”Read More »from Mang Nanie and his sidewalk library