34th National Book Awards winners announced

The National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle recently hosted the culminating ceremony for the 34th National Book Awards (NBA), recognizing and celebrating the best books published in 2014. The official ceremony was held on December 5, 2015 at the Old Senate Session Hall, National Museum of the Philippines, Ermita, Manila. NBDB Chair […]


Final call for entries to 65th Palanca Awards

​With the April 30 deadline fast approaching, the ​​Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature issues its final call for entries to the 65th Palanca Awards. Interested participants have until the end of the month to turn in their literary submissions to the country’s most prestigious and longest running literary competition.   The 65th Palanca Awards […]


Palanca Awards 2015 rules revised

The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (CPMA) announces that it has revised the rules governing the 65th year contest. In a message about the revised 2015 rules, CPMA Director General Sylvia Palanca-Quirino said, “The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature attaches hereto, the revised rules for the 2015 contest, superseding the rules earlier published […]


65th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards now accepting entries; ​​Novel, Nobela categories offered in this year’s contest​

The Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. (CPF) is now accepting entries to the 65th season of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards). Established in 1950, the Palanca Awards honors the legacy of businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., a staunch supporter of education and literature. The Palanca Awards aims to develop Philippine […]


Call for entries to 5th Chito S. Rono Literary Awards

THE 5th CHITO S. RONO LITERARY AWARDS FOR WRITERS IN WARAY AND INABAKNON Contest Rules 1.The contest is open to all writers coming from Eastern Visayas (Region VIII). 2.The contestant must be a Waray or Inabaknon speaker/writer. 3.Members of the Lamiraw Executive Committee (the contest organizers) and the Lamiraw workshop panelists (the members of the […]


UMPIL awards Gawad Balagtas, holds national confab 2014

Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), or the Writers’ Union of the Philippines, awards this year’s Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas to the following Filipino writers who have contributed significantly to the development of Philippine literature in any language: Lamberto G. Ceballos (Tula at Kathang Cebuano), Querubin D. Fernandez, Jr. (Tulang Kapampangan), Steven Patrick Fernandez (Dula sa Filipino), Luis Francia (Essay in English), Eulalio R. Guieb III (Kathang Filipino), Nilo P. Pamonag (Tula at Kathang Hiligaynon), Jose Victor Peñaranda (Poetry in English), and Lorenzo G. Tabin (Tula at Kathang Ilocano).

The Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez for outstanding literature teacher will be bestowed on Regina Garcia Groyon, while the Gawad Pedro Bucaneg for outstanding literary organization will be conferred upon Sumakwelan Iloilo.

The ceremonies will be held on 30 August 2014 at 3:00 pm at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication Auditorium (UP CMC). These will be the culminating event of the 2014 UMPIL Pambansang Kumperensiya, which will be held on 28-30 August at UP CMC.


64th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards now accepting entries, facilitates submission

Now on its 64th year, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (the Palanca Awards), the most prestigious and longest-running literary competition in the Philippines, is now accepting entries for its annual literary tilt.

This year, the Palanca Awards has enhanced­­­ its submission system to facilitate the submission of entries, particularly for aspiring and professional literary artists who wish to join the competition but are based in the provinces or overseas. Contestants will no longer be required to submit hard copies of entries, which saves on printing and courier service costs.

Online submission to the 64th Palanca Awards may be done through the official website, www.palancaawards.com.ph, where the contest documents may be downloaded. The accomplished forms and entries may then be uploaded and submitted through the website. To complete the submission process, hard copies of the notarized contest documents must be submitted to any of the following addresses: (1) Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City; or (2) Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. The contest rules are also posted on the Palanca Awards Facebook page at www.facebook.com/palancaawards.


32nd National Book Award 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. 

32nd NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS FINALISTS For Books Published in 2012 

Literary Division

Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language
1. Agueda: A Ballad of Stone and Wind, by Anna Maria L. Harper, designed by Robbie Villegas (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House)
2. In My Mother’s House, by Joni Cham, designed by Lolita M. Calvo (Central Book Supply and De La Salle University)
3. La India, or Island of the Disappeared, by Rosario Cruz-Lucero, designed by Zenaida N. Ebalan (University of the Philippines Press)
4. Margosatubig: The Story of Salagunting, by Ramon L. Muzones, translated by Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava, designed by Karl Fredrick M. Castro (Ateneo de Manila University Press) 
5. The Leprous Bishop, by Gabriel Miró, translated by Marlon James Sales, designed by Felix Mago Miguel (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House) 


Call for nominations: 26th Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas

The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL, or Writers Union of the Philippines) has opened the nominations for its annual Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas. The lifetime achievement awards will be given on August 31, 2013, during the annual UMPIL convention. Founded in 1974, UMPIL is the largest organization of Filipino writers in the country. […]


Naku, Nakuu, Nakuuu! wins Peter Pan Prize

We’ve known for quite some time now, and we’re so happy to have finally received permission to announce it to the world: the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Sweden has awarded this year’s Peter Pan Prize to Naku, Nakuu, Nakuuu!. Our cheers, cartwheels, and confetti to author Nanoy Rafael, illustrator Sergio Bumatay III, and […]