33rd National Book Awards finalists announced

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) are pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards.  

33rd NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS FINALISTS for Books Published in 2013
Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize for Best Book on Art
1. Balay Ukit: Tropical Architecture in Pre-WWII Filipino Houses, by Maria Virginia Yap Morales, Anvil Publishing; Seeing the Balay Ukit, directed by Paul Alexander Morales, National Commission for Culture and the Arts
2. ISTILO: Pocket Guide to Architecture Styles in the Philippines, by Gerard Lico, National Commission for Culture and the Arts
3. The Urian Anthology 2000-2009: The Rise of the Philippine New Wave Indie Film, edited by Nicanor G. Tiongson, University of the Philippines Press 
Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for Best Book of Short Fiction in English 
1. Married Women: Short Stories, by Maryanne Moll, Ateneo de Naga University Press
2. Now, Then, and Elsewhen, by Nikki Alfar, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
3. Piagsugpatan: Stories of the Mandaya, retold by Marcy Dans Lee, Adarna House
Elfren S. Cruz Prize for Best Book in the Social Sciences
1. Kahoy: Wood and Its Uses from Pre-Hispanic to Spanish Colonial Philippines, Volumes 1 & 2, by Cheek Sangalang Fadriquela, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
2. Pinagmulan: Enumerations from the Philippine Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage, edited by Jesus T. Peralta, National Commission for Culture and the Arts
3. Taming People’s Power: The EDSA Revolutions and Their Contradictions, by Lisandro E. Claudio, Ateneo de Manila University Press
4. Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identities: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kalinga Society, North Luzon, Philippines, by Analyn V. Salvador-Amores, University of the Philippines Press
5. The Light of Liberty: Documents and Studies on the Katipunan, 1892-1897, by Jim Richardson, Ateneo de Manila University Press
Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language
1. Driftwood on Dry Land, by T. S. Sungkit Jr., University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
2. Fish-Hair Woman, by Merlinda Bobis, Anvil Publishing
3. Project 17, by Eliza Victoria, Visprint
Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Philippine Language
1. Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag, by Allan N. Derain, Cacho Publishing House and Anvil Publishing
2. Ang Lihim ng Ultramar, by Rhod V. Nuncio, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 
3. Ang Makina ni Mang Turing, by Ramon Guillermo, University of the Philippines Press
4. Tatlong Gabi Tatlong Araw, by Eros Atalia, Visprint 
Philippine Literary Arts Council Prize for Best Book of Poetry in English
1. Drone: Poems, by Allan Popa, Ateneo de Manila University Press
2. M’mry Wire, by Ricardo M. de Ungria, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 
3. The Saints of Streets, by Luisa A. Igloria, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 
4. To the Evening Star, by Simeon Dumdum Jr., University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 
5. What Passes for Answers: Poems, by Mikael de Lara Co, Ateneo de Manila University Press
Premyong Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino para sa Salin at Saliksik sa Wika
1. Mga Kaalamang-Bayan ng Cordillera: Is-istorya shi Tubday, Is-stolya id Sagada, A-apoh ad Ifugao, translated to Filipino by Purificacion Delima and others, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
2. An Profeta, by Kahlil Gibran, translated to Bikol by Wilmer Joseph S. Tria, Ina Nin Bikol Foundation
3. Doros asín mga Anghél: Translations in Bikol of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets and Selected Works, translated by Victor Dennis T. Nierva, Ateneo de Naga University Press
4. Eight Muses of the Fall, by Edgar Calabia Samar, translated to English by Mikael de Lara Co and Sasha Martinez from Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog, Anvil Publishing
5. Minatubod Ako sa Diklom: Translations in Bikol of Selected Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, by Kristian Sendon Cordero, Ateneo de Naga University Press
Best Anthology in English
1. Manila Noir, edited by Jessica Hagedorn, Anvil Publishing
2. Peace Mindanao, edited by Jaime An Lim, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
3. Querida: An Anthology, edited by Caroline S. Hau, Katrina Tuvera, and Isabelita O. Reyes, Anvil Publishing
4. The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005-2010, edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar, University of the Philippines Press
Best Anthology in Bikol 
1. Hagong:  Mga Osipon, edited by Paz Verdades M. Santos and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr., by Ateneo de Naga University Press
Best Book on Food
1. Cacao, Bean to Bar: A Cacao Grower’s Manual, by Pacita U. Juan, Josephine V. Ramos, and Ma. Regina S. Francisco, Anvil Publishing
2. Milk Pigs and Violet Gold: Philippine Cookery, by Bryan Koh, Holy Angel University Press
3. The Alba Cookbook: Best-Loved Spanish Recipes, Practical Tips on Cooking and the Good Life, by Anastacio de Alba and Miguel de Alba, Anvil Publishing
Best Book of Graphic Literature in English
1. The Filipino Heroes League, Book Two: The Sword, by Paolo Fabregas, Visprint
2. Mikey Recio and the Secret of the Demon Dungeon, by Budjette Tan, Bow Guerrero, and J. B. “Taps” Tapia, Visprint
Best Book of Graphic Literature in Filipino 
1. Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady, by Carlo Vergara, illustrated by Elmer Cantada, Visprint
2. PilandoKomiks 2:  Mga Pagsubok ng Karagatan, by Borg Sinaban, Adarna House
Best Book in History and Journalism
1. A Cultural History of Santo Domingo, by Romeo B. Galang Jr., University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 
2. Costly Wars, Elusive Peace: Collected Articles on the Peace Processes in the Philippines, 1990-2007, by Miriam Coronel Ferrer, University of the Philippines Press
3. History of Hacienda de Imus, 1590-1910, by Rene R. Escalante, National Commission for Culture and the Arts
4. Human Face: A Journalist’s Encounters and Awakenings, by Ma. Ceres P. Doyo, Anvil Publishing and Inquirer Books
5. Story Book: Essays on the History of the Book in the Philippines, by Patricia May B. Jurilla, Anvil Publishing
Best Book of Non-Fiction in English
1. Autumn in Madrid and Other Travel Tales, by Alice M. Sun-Cua, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
2. Mona Lisa: A Portrait from the Memoirs of a Grandmother, by Celine Beatrice Fabie, Mona Lisa Publication
3. Personal Space and Other Essays, by Chit Roces-Santos, Anvil Publishing
4. Report from the Abyss: Non-Fiction, by Karl R. De Mesa, Visprint
Best Book of Non-Fiction in Filipino Language
1. Anim na Sabado ng Beyblade at iba pang Sanaysay, by Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin, Visprint
2. Doble Tres, Doble Uno: 33 Sanaysay sa Pamilya at Lipunang Pilipino, 1997-2008, by 
Lamberto E. Antonio, Ateneo de Manila University Press
Best Book of Poetry in Bikol  
1. Canticos:  Apat na Boses, by K.S. Cordero, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
Best Book of Poetry in Filipino
1. Ang Pasipiko sa Loob ng Aking Maleta, by Alwynn C. Javier, Ateneo de Manila University Press
2. Kung Saan sa Katawan, by Louie Jon A. Sanchez, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
3. Laan, by Allan Popa, De La Salle University Publishing House
4. Labi, by Kristian Sendon Cordero, Ateneo de Manila University Press
Best Book on Science
1. Science Philippines: Essays on Science by Filipinos, Volume II, edited by Gisela P. Padilla-Concepcion, University of the Philippines Press
Best Book of Short Fiction in Filipino 
1. Sa Himaymay ng Puso at iba pang Kuwento, by Macario Pineda, Ateneo de Manila University Press
Best Design
1. Dessert Comes First, by Lori Baltazar, designed by Patricia Silva, Sketch Books
2. Kikomachine Komix Blg. 9: Ilayo Mo Kami sa Apoy ng Impyerno!, written and designed by Manix Abrera, Visprint
3. Made of Gold, by Cid Reyes, designed by Aman Santos, Metrobank Foundation
4. Manila Noir, edited by Jessica Hagedorn, designed by Akashic Books, with a new cover by R. Jordan P. Santos, Anvil Publishing
5. Taming People’s Power: The EDSA Revolutions and their Contradictions, by Lisandro E. Claudio, designed by Karl Frederick M. Castro and Carina Santos, Ateneo de Manila University Press



KK hosts roundtable discussion series on interdisciplinarity

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, in cooperation with the Rizal Library, will organize a series of university-wide roundtable discussions on interdisciplinarity. In the roundtable series, different academics from various fields gather to talk about the recent developments—foremost of which is the implementation of interdisciplinarity—in higher education.

The first roundtable will be on Sept. 1, 2014, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., at the 4th floor, new Rizal Library. It will discuss the theoretical and historical underpinnings of interdisciplinarity. The panel is composed of Dr. Ma. Assunta Cuyegkeng of the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability and Dr. Ramon Guillermo of the University of the Philippines Diliman. Serving as rapporteur is Prof. Michael Pante of the Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University.

In this series, scholars, practitioners, and administrators engage in dialogue and critique as to how interdisciplinarity is imagined, understood, and practiced. The series will be divided into three main categories: the historical, operational, and institutional aspects. The roundtable aims to contribute to ways in which interdisciplinarity is defined and practiced in the general education curriculum of higher educational institutions. The second installment—on the practice of interdisciplinarity—will be on Sept. 8, 2014. The third installment—on the institutional implications of interdisciplinarity—will be on Sept. 22, 2014. All sessions will be in the 4th floor, new Rizal Library.

ALiWW to host Conversations on Archival Research

The Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (ALiWW) cordially invites you to CONVERSATIONS ON ARCHIVAL RESEARCH (with focus on the ALiWW holdings), on Monday, 1 September 2014, at 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., at the ALiWW Reading Room Basement, Rizal Library Special Collections Building. Moderated by the Executive Director of the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings, Jema M. Pamintuan, PhD, the session will feature the following:

  • An overview of archival research by Vernon R. Totanes, PhD (Director, Rizal Library), which will include his experiences in doing archival research;
  • A talk by Jonathan O. Chua, PhD (ALiWW Board Member) on his experiences in doing research using the ALiWW archives;
  • An explanation of the ALiWW Research Awards Call for Proposals by Marita Concepcion Castro Guevara, PhD(ALiWW Board Member);
  • A guided tour of the ALiWW holdings by Ms Rosalyn Ocampo (ALiWW archivist); and
  • An opportunity to raise questions and share experiences on archival research.

This invitation is open to all who would like to know more about archival research. Students who are interested to respond to the ALiWW Research Awards Call for Proposals (due on Monday, 8 September 2014) are highly encouraged to attend this session. To confirm your attendance or for inquiries, please contact:

Ms Rosalyn S. Ocampo

Archivist, Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (ALiWW)
Telephone: (+63 2) 426-6001 local 5561 
Email: <aliww@admu.edu.ph> <rocampo@ateneo.edu>

CCP and Tanghalang Pilipino present Pahimakas ng Isang Ahente

For its 28th Theater Season, CCP and Tanghalang Pilipino present Pahimakas ng Isang Ahente ni Arthur Miller (salin ni Rolando Tinio mula sa Death of a Salesman). 

This powerful modern drama has been performed many times since its opening in 1949, in both English and non-English speaking countries, and in diverse range of languages and cultural contexts. Over the years, the play has stirred a number of intriguing interpretations. 

Pahimakas will be at the CCP Studio Theater (Tanghalang Huseng Batute) from September 26 – October 19, 2014. Watch out for further details on this theater classic. Promotional video here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=354540791378973

The 35th MIBF returns to SM MOA on September 17 to 21

The country’s biggest book event is right around the corner: the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), which heads back to the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City on Sept. 17-21, 2014.

Now on its 35th year, the MIBF still remains the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair. It showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature for leisure and academic reading. Everything you need from fiction bestsellers, to textbooks, to graphic novels, and even educational materials are all under one roof. Moreover, the MIBF is also the go-to venue for this year’s most awaited book launches and signings, dialogues with readers, contests, and other literary events.) here.

After three decades, it has evolved from an event for the publishing industry and the academe to one of the most-awaited exhibitions for all sorts of readers. The MIBF has become a gathering of sorts for bookworms of all ages and walks of life to celebrate the joys of reading and the knowledge each book brings about. It has also been providing a venue for the exchange of ideas amongst players in the publishing and academic industry.

Adarna bares Manila Int’l Book Fair: book-signing sched + t-shirt Raffle + free tickets

September is just around the corner! This year’s Manila International Book Fair, the biggest convention of local and international publishers in the country, will be held from September 17 to 21 (Wed-Sat) this year, still at the SMX Convention Center.

Let us be the first to invite you to mark your calendars for this event, for which we have again prepared many surprises! We can’t possibly fit everything into one post, so we will start this off with the final book-signing schedule of our new title authors and illustrators. (See above image.) Of course, there will be many more authors and illustrators available at our booth so drop by anytime and you might just spot your favorite book creator there! As usual, we are giving out free printable MIBF tickets, just click here to download.

Also, our new shirt has been getting a lot of raves, and inquiries as to its availability. We thought it would be nice to give some out to 30 lucky readers. We will not be selling the shirt, so winners of the raffle will be the only ones, apart from our staff, to have this shirt. (Just click on the shirt for a chance to win one!)

Join Canvas’s Three Sentence Story writing contest

We’re using CANVAS STORIES, our Facebook app, again to showcase artworks designed to inspire new stories.  This time, we’re looking for stories (or poems or musings or random thoughts, really) that build on the theme: IF TREES COULD TALK…

The rules are simple:

  • Between now (August 25) and September 9, take our app (www.canvasstories.com) for a spin, and submit 3-sentence stories for any, some, or all of the artworks.
  • We will choose the three stories we like best from all the entries submitted. The writers of the three selected stories will each get P3,000.
  • Entries may be in English or Filipino, and you may submit as many entries as you wish.

For more details, check out our FAQs, and our Terms and Rules.

Log on now to www.canvasstories.com to unlock the stories with your imagination. We look forward to reading your 3-sentence answer to the question: IF TREES COULD TALK, what would they tell us? 


Tanghalang SLU new season premieres with Ang Hiwaga ng Ibong Adarna

TANGHALANG SLU, the resident Theater Company of Saint Louis University in Baguio City celebrating its 16th Theater Season: 2014-2015 with plays revolving around the theme: Objectives and Perspectives presents ANG HIWAGA NG IBONG ADARNA. 

Shows will be on September 3,4,5,6, 2014 at 6:15PM; September 7, 2014 at 10:00am; 2:00pm; 6:00pm at the SLU-CCA Theater, Baguio City

Tickets are available at the SLU CCA Office.

For more information, consult the accompanying graphic. 

Like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tanghalang.slu

Join the Romance Novel Writing Workshop at Ayala Museum this September

Do you love to write romantic novels and dreamt of publishing your own book in the next few years? Good timing because Ayala Museum has the right workshop for you as the best selling romance author Mina Esguerra discusses how to write romance novels since she has several books under her belt such as Interim: Goddess of Love, Fairy Tale Fail, and Love your Frenemies.  Learning from a pro can help you with your ambition to write your own.

Romance Novel Writing for Adults (18 and above)
September 12, 17 and 19, 2014
6pm to 9pm
Fee: 3,800
Deadline: September 5, 2014 

Payments are either cash, check or credit card but no discounts are applicable to credit card transactions.

For further details, you may visit Ayala Museum at:

Website: Ayala Museum

Facebook: Ayala Museum

Address: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Makati City

Tel. #: +632-7598288 local 25

E-mail: villaflores.md@ayalafoundation.org

Poetry and photography meet at the Impossible Place

“The Impossible Place” is an interactive installation featuring the poetry of Pauline Lacanilao and the photography of Sandra Dans. It is an exploration of loss, forgiveness, and the role of the artistic process in negotiating the two.

As two Filipino women, we’re focused on exploring our vision and voice as artists. But we are also keenly aware of how what we say in a society that is largely a post-colonial western-supremacist patriachy, carries a significance for Filipino women everywhere.

  • Where: Uno Morato (#1 Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City)
  • When: September 13, 2014, 8 pm
  • Who: Pauline Lacanilao, Sandra Dans
  • What: Interactive photography-poetry exhibit