Consortium of Philippine publishing houses announces Sagip-Guro to help UP Diliman Faculty Center rebuilding

The University of the Philippines Press, Anvil Publishing Inc., the Ateneo de Manila University Press, and the De La Salle University Press are each offering special sales packages, to benefit the teachers whose offices were gutted in the fire that hit the UP Diliman Faculty Center last April 1, 2016.

Starting April 6 until November 29, the University of the Philippines Press will be giving a 75 percent discount to all its titles. It will also donate a set of its pertinent titles to each of the affected departments.

De La Salle University Press is also offering 75 percent discount to its titles.

Anvil Publishing is offering two rates: 80 percent to its titles from 2009 and older, and 20 percent off for titles from 2010 to the present.

Ateneo de Manila Press will be conducting a general sale—all books at half-price—starting April 18, to last until April 29. Each faculty member will be entitled to one free book.

For all the participating presses, purchases will be checked against a master list of the affected faculty members (numbering 267, from all the five academic departments of the College of Arts and Letters, and four departments in the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy of UP Diliman). Multiple purchases for any one title are not allowed, but there is no limit to the number of individual books that may be bought. Donors are welcome to purchase books under the names of the teachers they wish to support. For donation tracking, bring a photocopy of any identification card.

Other details are available from the following:

For UP Press, visit, or call up 9284391 loc. 112.

For Anvil Publishing, visit:, or call up 4774755 to 57.

For the De La Salle University Publishing House, call up 5234281 or 5244611 local 271.

For Ateneo de Manila University Press, call up 4265984 or 4266001 local 4612-13.

First Quarter Storm novel What Now Ricky? now available

Anvil Publishing releases What Now Ricky?, translated from acclaimed fictionist Rosario De Guzman Lingat’s 1971 novel, Ano Ngayon , Ricky? by distinguished Philippine scholar and Professor Emeritus at the Ateneo De Manila University, Soledad S. Reyes.

“The novel was first released in Filipino in the popular Liwayway magazine a few months before the declaration of martial law. lt features a “society where various forces– political, economic, social– hold sway and cause widespread misery, massive unemployment, exodus to the city, widening of the gap between the rich and the poor, injustice, unmitigated violence. Taking center stage is Ricky, a university student from Tondo who confronts and responds to these social forces which shaped the lives not only of his family, community but of society.

In this excerpt, one feels the pulse and the grit of an angry and defiant youth who took to the streets to vent their frustration:

Ricky was unperturbed and defiant. Those eyes that could not catch a glimpse of Leong Buldog were on the soldiers who were shouting their warning to the groups of defiant students who refused to disperse.
Don’t be afraid!” Ricky yelled. “Those guns don’t fire live bullets!”
Another round of explosion shattered in the air. A few meters away, several students fell down, crawled on their knees, and tried to rise.
They’ve live ammunitions, Ricky!” Tony screamed.
Run!” Ricky barked.
The students began to run away again, cursing and taunting the soldiers who by now were firing more bullets into the crowd. Some activists tried to look back while other threw more stones. Someone screamed, “Let’s get some guns!”
Another round of bullets. Danny collapsed on the street. Ricky turned around, Tony behind him. Danny lay flat on the ground. He was clutching his leg. The pants were blood-soaked.

The novel is a vivid depiction of an important period in Philippine history which, sadly, is still missing in many high school history textbooks. Reading this, students will get a sense of life during the unforgettable First Quarter Storm that preceded Martial law. The book is now available in the fiction section of National Book Store and Powerbooks.

Anvil Publishing launches “Querida”

Anvil Publishing, Inc. together with Bestsellers and The Podium launches Querida, a new anthology entitled Querida this August 10, 2013 in Podium Atrium. Edited by Caroline S. Hau, Katrina Tuvera and Isabelita O. Reyes, the stories in this collection make a prism that radiates the many aspects and qualities of ‘the other woman’.
Querida, mistress, kabit, kalaguyo, Number 2, other woman, concubine, kulasisi… we call her many names and we depict her in dozens of blockbuster movies , because she is the woman we all love to hate.

“Querida is defined by what she does, and with whom. Her name in Spanish means “beloved,” and tells us something about the passion she kindles, the affection she commands.” thus say the editors in the preface.  “ Depending on how tightly or loosely braided these issues are, a querida may be considered and treated as a partner, a playmate, or a prostitute.”

The anthology is composed of forty-two stories spanning one hundred and twenty-five years of literary portrayals of “the mistress”; from Jose Rizal’s Doña Consolacion in Noli Me Tangere to Angela Manalang Gloria’s nameless “other woman”, and Ricardo Lee, Racquel Villavicencio and Ishmael Bernal’s Marilou in Relasyon. Querida offers not only a feast of prose, poetry and drama from the Philippines’ most accomplished and distinguished authors as well as talented emerging writers such as Marivi Soliven Blanco and Katrina Tuvera, but also insights into what Lina Espina-Moore calls the beloved’s “illicit, illegal lives.”

Anvil Publishing’s Back to School Special features books for parents and kids

Weeks before the start of classes, parents make sure that their kids are ready for school. Conscientious parents have a BTS checklist: from tuition fees to uniforms, shoes, bags and school supplies, making sure that no important detail is overlooked.
Most parents know that preparing a child for school is more than completing the checklist for supplies. Children of all grade levels need to be psychologically and emotionally prepared for the rigors of the academe. Children need to develop a positive attitude toward learning and studying so that the tutoring time (by the parents, no less) becomes manageable and harmonious.
Psychologist and award-winning teacher and author Queena Lee-Chua’s classic titles on child development entitled Helping Our Children Do Well in School, Eureka!, Homework and Learning provide strategies and best practices on how to develop a student’s study habits and comprehension skills.
For Queena, the most important pointers she can give parents are the following:
  1. Create a conducive environment for study.
  2. Encourage love for reading and judicious multimedia use.
  3. Discipline with love.
  4. Set personal, academic and life goals.
The books also discuss other parenting essentials that encourage the child’s love for learning. Knowing that each child is unique and has his/her own qualities, Chua guides parents on how to discover inherent gifts and talents of children that need to be honed to boost their self-confidence .
A daily challenge for home makers is thinking of what to cook for their children’s’ “baon”. Convenience is a key factor and so is nutrition; so that the meal  will provide the daily nutritional needs for a growing and active child. Pack-along Snacks & Baon by The Maya Kitchen solves this problem. In this book are easy-to-prepare recipes like Orange Fish Teriyaki and Chicken Cordon Bleu, Fruity Chicken Sandwich and Sandwich Steak Chasseur; meat pies like Crusted Beef Burgers and Bacon and Mushroom Quiche; home-style crunches like Banana Crackers and Cheesy Oven Fries; plus yummy desserts like Banana Streusel Cake and Pineapple Boat Tarts, among others. The book provides valuable tips on how to keep the meal fresh and intact hours after they are prepared.

Book on national artists now available

The lives and works of the National Artists are discussed in greater detail in the book The National Artists of the Philippines, published jointly by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Anvil Publishing, Inc. and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

For inquiries on the availability of the book, please contact NCCA Publications at 527-5529 or at 5272192 local 614, or Anvil at 631-7048 / 633-6121 / 633-6136 / 671-9230 or email them at

Anvil and Bestsellers to launch Motherhood Statements

Anvil Publishing and Bestsellers celebrate Mother’s Day with the release of Motherhood Statements, a collection of essays about motherhood edited by Cyan Abad-Jugo and Rica Bolipata-Santos, The book will be launched in Bestsellers 4th Level Robinsons Galleria at 6pm on May 9, 2013.

The book is an attempt to map out with words the most tricky and exciting terrain of mothering and of being mothered. In thirty essays, mothers, daughters, and sons, speak of various ways the umbilical cord continues to be bound and cut, and cut again and again– aware of the pain and pleasure that comes with our most fundamental relationship in this life.

Editor and award-winning writer Rica Bolipata Santos writes in the introduction “You could say that this anthology is just a continuation of their journal, except that other people have (thankfully) joined in the conversation! Here are mothers looking back, mothers looking forward,mothers with a million concerns or with one whopping issue, and daughters and sons writing about their mothers, with questions, confusions, maybe even anger.”

The book features essays from a varied mix of fictionists and journalists like Gémino H. Abad, Annette Acosta-Dickson, Ajie Alvarez-Taduran, Mari Jina Andaya, FH Batacan, Ian Rosales Casocot, Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Noelle Q. de Jesus, Honeylein C. de Peralta, Paul Hsiung Go, Jose Claudio B. Guerrero, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, Marra PL. Lanot, Priscilla Supnet Macansantos, Luchie B. Maranan, Ambeth R. Ocampo, Charlson Ong, Devi Benedicte I. Paez, Ma. Elena L. Paulma, Sandra Nicole Roldan, Shakira Andrea C. Sison, Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, Catherine Rose Torres, Janet Villa, Criselda Yabes, April Timbol Yap, Lawrence Lacambra Ypil .

Some excerpts : From Cyan Jugo , “Motherhood has taught me to swallow more times than I thought possible. It has taught me I have a temper. It is about eating humble pie, each time I discover I’m not the wonderful mother I thought I’d be, that apparently I have no patience and a lot of anger management issues.” From Noelle de Jesus Chua’s Beneath The Motherload: “A good mother does not impose her will, but presents it as both an option and as an opportunity. A good mother knows when to be silent and to let her eyes speak more than her mouth. A good mother recognizes that children need to feel that they are making their own decisions in order to grow up.”

From award winning columnist and historian Ambeth Ocampo: “One would presume that living with my mother for little over four decades would make me an expert on her life, but the surprising thing was that there were many facets of her life she kept to herself. The process of rediscovery took awhile as my sisters patiently went through her drawers and cabinets, sifting through her personal effects…Going over my mother’s effects was an exercise in history that make me appreciate the love and care that allowed me to be what I wanted and could be.”

Motherhood Statements is available in National Book Store, Powerbooks and Bestsellers branches nationwide.