PAARL Goes to Singapore!

The Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians, Inc. (PAARL) resumes its International Study tour on 23-27 October 2023 in Singapore.

With the title Merlions, Libraries, and Everything in Between, this study tour aims to expose PAARL members and other interested participants to the best practices of top libraries and cultural institutions in Singapore.

Specifically, participants will :

  • acquire knowledge about the latest trends and developments in libraries in Singapore;
  • learn more about programming in libraries and cultural institutions; and
  • foster collaboration and network with peers in Singapore.

With an all-in price of US$1,253.00 (or ₱71,421.00), participants will get to visit well-known Singaporean university and public libraries (National University of Singapore Library, Nanyang Technological University Library, Library@Orchard, etc.), other cultural institutions (National Library Board of Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, etc.), and tourist spots (Madame Tussaud’s, Little India, etc.). Other tour inclusions are:

  • Registration fee, certificate, and travel kit
  • PAL Round trip Economy Flight (+20kg check-in baggage allowance and in-flight meal)
  • Travel tax and insurance
  • Tour guide
  • Tour bus (tours and transfers)
  • Entrance fees for Madame Tussauds & National Museum of Singapore
  • 5D/4N Accommodation (3.5-star hotel), twin/triple-sharing
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Free PAARL jacket

Those who wish to join the study tour may download the invitation letter here and register via this link:

Interested participants may opt to pay in Philippine Peso or in US Dollar, and in full or in scheduled installments as per the breakdown below:

PaymentPayment Schedulein Philippine Pesoin US Dollar
1st Payment (30%)15 July 2023₱21,426.30$375.90
2nd Payment (30%)15 August 2023₱21,426.30$375.90
3rd Payment (20%)15 September 2023₱14,284.20$375.90
4th Payment (20%)30 September 2023₱14,284.20$375.90
Total ———->₱71,421.00$1,253.00
Note: There is a non-refundable security deposit of US$500.00 (or its Peso equivalent) from the total fee if participant pulls out before the tour date

Not included are the personal expenses and incidentals of participants, as well as additional drinks during meals apart from those provided.

The 4-tranche payment may be made to the tour operator, Step Up, banking details below:

Account Name: Step Up Intl Services Inc

Bank: Banco De Oro (BDO)

Branch: Robinsons Galleria

Account Number: BDO Savings USD 104950348666 (if paying in US$) or

BDO Savings PESO 004950311002 (if paying in Ph₱)

Once payment has been made, participants are advised to upload proof of payment and fill in details in this online form:

This international study tour is open to all PAARL Members, non-PAARL Members, and academic administrators who are interested in knowing the best practices of LIS colleagues in Singapore.

Those who will join the tour will have an orientation scheduled a week before the tour dates.

For more inquiries and information, email PAARL at or send a us message via PAARL’s Facebook page.