Award-winning books to be featured on International Book Day

In celebration of International Book Day and National Literature Month, winners of the 34th National Book Awards including social media non-fiction iStatus Nation by Joselito Delos Reyes, anthology Ang Labingtatlong Pasaway edited by Jun Cruz Reyes, comic book 14 by Manix Abrera, short fiction collection WonderLust by Nikki Alfar, speculative fiction Dwellers by Eliza Victoria, non-fiction Ramon Obusan: Philippine Dance and Me by Kanami Namiki, humor book Buti Pa Ang Roma, May Bagong Papa by Noreen Capili, Young adult novel Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon by Edgar Samar, Poetry book Kundiman sa Gitna ng Karimlan by E. San Juan, Philippine art book Journey of Thousand Shuttles, The Philippine Weave by Norma Absing Respicio; and Kinaray-a poetry book Tikum Kadlum by Federico “Tuohan” Caballero, Teresita “Abyaran” Caballero-Castor, and Alicia P. Magos will be showcased at the Dia del Libro/World Book Day/Araw ng Aklat on April 23, Saturday, from 10AM to 11PM at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Attendees will be given a chance to have their shirt printed with quotations or designs from these Filipino-authored books. The shirt-printing booth will be paired with a henna tattoo/face paint station where book lovers are treated to lit-inspired body art and calligraphy.

iStatus Nation is a work of Professor and poet Joselito Delos Reyes. It gives readers a peek not only into his mind but into the future of creative writing. This book won the Best Book of Essays in Filipino in the 34th National Book Awards.

Bagging the prize for Best Anthology in Filipino in last year’s National Book Awards is Ang Labingtatlong Pasaway edited by Jun Cruz Reyes. The book intelligently puts together a collection of tragic and hilarious short stories using the language of the young.

In his comic book, 14, Manix Abrera deliberately omits the written word and yet successfully delivers the stories to readers. 14 is the winner of Best Book of Graphic Literature (Wordless) in the 34th National Book Awards.

Nikki Alfar writes fourteen fantastic stories such as zombie invasion and modern-day espionage with twists and turns in her book, WonderLust. Her book won the Best Book of Short Fiction in English in last year’s National Book Awards.

Eliza Victoria’s speculative fiction Dwellers draws you into a mystery where two people find themselves forced to deal with circumstances beyond their uncanny abilities. Dwellers won the Best Novel in a Foreign Language in the 34th National Book Awards.

Winning the Best Book of Non-Fiction in English in the 34th National Book Awards is Ramon Obusan: Philippine Folkdance and Me written by Kanami Namiki. In this book, Namiki beautifully weaves together the history of the development of Filipino folk dance over the twentieth century.

Buti Pa ang Roma, May Bagong Papa cleverly delves into the life and love of a single Filipina in the 21st century. Written by Noreen “Noringai” Capili, this book won the Best Book in Leisure in last year’s National Book Awards.

Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon not only bagged the prize for Best Novel in a Philippine language but also has captured the hearts of the Filipino youth. With its main character, Janus, the novel weaves into the mystery of an RPG called TALA and later delves into the legend of the Tiyanak from Tabon.

E. San Juan’s poetry book Kundiman sa Gitna ng Karimlan aims to intervene toward the remaking of history and intends to help in the achievement of freedom, prosperity, justice, and dignity of every person. This book won Best Book of Poetry in a Philippine Language other than Hiligaynon or Kinaray-a.

Norma Absing Respicio shares with us her journey in discovering the weaving technology and tradition in the Philippines in her book, Journey of a Thousand Shuttles, The Philippine Weave.  Her book won the Best Book on Art in the 34th National Book Awards.

Tikum Kadlum (Black Dog), Book 1, tells about the hunting spree of Datu Paiburong, the cutting of the priced buriraw nga kawayan (a yellow-colored variety of bamboo), and the heavy payment demanded by the man-eating monster, Makabagting, from Datu Paiburong for the crashing of his priced burugsak (gold bell).  This collection of ten epics of Panay won Best Book of Poetry in Hiligaynon or Kinaray-a in last year’s National Book Awards. 

Aside from the shirt printing and henna tattoo/face paint station, other activities such as poetry recitals, dance performances, plays, concerts, and puppet show for children will surely be enjoyed by book and culture enthusiasts.

International Book Day/Araw ng Aklat/Dia del Libro, April 23, is a symbolic and significant date for world literature and publishing. On this date in 1616, Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and the chronicler Garcilaso de la Vega, died or were buried. In the Philippines, the month of April the birth and/or death anniversaries of literary pillars like Emilio Jacinto, Paciano Rizal, Nick Joaquin, Edith Tiempo, and Bienvenido Lumbera. April is also the birth month of classic Filipino poet Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar, and to honor him the NCCA declared April the National Literature Month. This event is organized by the National Book Development Board (NBDB), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), Instituto Cervantes, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL), Ayala Land, and WTA Architecture and Design Studio.

 

 

 

 

The Philippine International Literary Festival (PILF) now on its 7th year

The Philippine International Literary Festival (PILF) is a landmark project of the National Book Development Board (NBDB) that celebrates literature and promotes best publishing practices through discourse on issues of authorship and readership shaping the local book industry. Since its inception in 2010, the festival has become a major gathering and focal point for authors, illustrators, publishers, and literature lovers in the Philippines and beyond.

The PILF has featured such literary luminaries and publishing experts as Chris Abani, FH Batacan, Butch Dalisay, Robin Hemley, Christopher Cheng, Juliet Grames, Noelle de Jesus, David Parker, Vikas Swarup, Tim Tomlinson, Mia Alvar, Tina Narang, Okky Madasari, National Artists for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and Virgilio S. Almario, and Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Diaz and Edward P. Jones.

For the past six years, the festival has been celebrated as a highlight of the Philippine Book Development Month, which is observed annually in November. For the first time, the festival will be mounted during the celebration of Buwan ng Panitikan (National Literature Month) in April.

Themed Against Forgetting, the 7th Philippine International Literary Festival underscores the role of creation as an individual’s attempt at breaking silence, as an act of bravery against seeming futility. The festival will feature a plenary session on the theme, a workshop on literary editing, and roundtable discussions on writing, publishing, rights trading, and readership.

This two-day affair will be held on April 28-29, 2016 in Quezon City. Admission is free for all sessions. However, everyone is encouraged to bring book donations. Since slots are limited, please register online by emailing litfest@nbdb.gov.ph with the subject line “SIGN ME UP FOR THE 7TH PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL” and the following information: full name, affiliation, and contact numbers. For more details, visit litfestphilippines.wordpress.com

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 Ms. Flor Marie Sta. Romana-Cruz and MCC Chair Dr. Isagani R. Cruz were present to award the winners with trophies created by sculptor Mulawin Abueva. The following is the list of 34th NBA winners for best books published in 2014:

 

Artline Highlighters Prize for Best Book of Non-Fiction in English

Ramon Obusan: Philippine Folkdance and Me, by Kanami Namiki, Anvil Publishing Inc.

 

Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Philippine Language

Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon, by Edgar Calabia Samar, Adarna House, Inc.

 

Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language

           Dwellers, by Eliza Victoria, Visprint, Inc.

 

Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for Best Book of Short Fiction in English

            Wonderlust, by Nikki Alfar, Anvil Publishing Inc.

 

Best Book of Essays in Filipino

      iStatus Nation, by Joselito Delos Reyes, Visprint, Inc.

 

Best Book of Essays in English

Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunami, by Rey Ventura, Ateneo de Manila University Press

 

Best Anthology in Filipino

Ang Labingtatlong Pasaway, by Jun Cruz Reyes, Visprint, Inc.

 

Best Anthology in English

Agam:  Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change, edited by Regina Abuyuan, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities

 

Clodualdo del Mundo Sr. Prize for Best Book of Literary Criticism / Literary History in Filipino

Talab:  Mga Sanaysay sa Panitikan, Wika, at Pagtuturo, by Rebecca T. Añonuevo, Ateneo de Naga University Press

 

Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta Prize for Best Book of Literary Criticism / Literary History in English

The Postcolonial Perverse Critiques of Contemporary Philippine Culture vol. 1, by J. Neil C. Garcia, The University of the Philippines Press

 

Best Book of Poetry in a Philippine Language other than Hiligaynon or Kinaray-a

Kundiman sa Gitna ng Karimlan, by E. San Juan, The University of the Philippines Press

 

Best Book of Poetry in Hiligaynon or Kinaray-a

           Tikum Kadlum: Sugidanon (Epics) of Panay Book 1, by Federico “Tuohan” Caballero, Teresita “Abyaran” Caballero-Castor, and Alicia P. Magos, The University of the Philippines Press

 

Philippine Literary Arts Council Prize for Best Book of Poetry in English

Hidden Codex:  Fictive Scriptures, by Jose Marte A. Abueg, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House

Time’s Enchantment and Other Reflections, by Marne Kilates, Ateneo de Naga University Press

 

Best Book of Graphic Literature in Filipino

Tabi Po (Isyu 1), by Mervin Malonzo, Visprint, Inc.

 

Best Book of Graphic Literature in English

Rodski Patotski:  Ang Dalagang Baby, by Gerry Alanguilan (story) and Arnold Arre (illustration), Meganon Comics Publishing House

 

Best Book of Wordless Graphic Literature

14, by Manix Abrera (writer and illustrator), Visprint, Inc.

 

Best Translated Book

The Manila Synod of 1582:  The Draft of Its Handbook for Confessors, translated by Paul A. Dumol, Ateneo de Manila University Press

 

Best Book on Food

Country Cooking:  Philippine Regional Cuisines, by Michaela Fenix, Anvil Publishing Inc.

 

Elfren S. Cruz Prize for Best Book in Social Sciences

Rido:  Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao, edited by Wilfredo Magno Torres III, Expanded Edition, Ateneo de Manila University Press

 

Victorio C. Valledor Prize for Best Book in the Professions

The Adventures of a PR Girl, by Bettina Rodriguez-Olmedo, Anvil Publishing Inc.

 

Best Book in Leisure

Buti Pa Ang Roma, May Bagong Papa, by Noreen Capili, Anvil Publishing Inc.

 

Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize for Best Book on Art

Journey of a Thousand Shuttles, The Philippine Weave, by Norma Absing Respicio, National Commission for Culture and the Arts

 

Pilipinas Shell Prize for Best Book in Science

Birds of Cebu and Bohol Philippines, by Nilo Arribas Jr., Bobby Kintanar, and Raul Benjamin Puentespina, University of San Carlos Press

 

John C. Kaw Prize for Best Book in History

Sakdalistas’ Struggle for Philippine Independence, 1930-1945, by Motoe Terami-Wada, Ateneo de Manila University Press

 

Best Book of Journalism

Vantage Point: The Sixth Estate and Other Discoveries, by Luis V. Teodoro, The University of the Philippines Press

 

Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Prize for Best Book in Language Studies

Ambagan 2011:  Mga Salita Mula sa Iba’t Ibang Wika sa Filipinas, by Michael M. Coroza and Galileo S. Zafra, The University of the Philippines Press

 

Best Design

The Manila Synod of 1582:  The Draft of Its Handbook for Confessors, designed by Karl Fredrick M. Castro, Ateneo de Manila University Press

 

Publisher of the Year

Visprint, Inc.

 

This year’s NBA board of judges is composed of literary critics and writers, Isagani R. Cruz, Ruel S. de Vera, Dean Francis Alfar, Joel Pablo Salud, Shirley Lua, and Alma Anonas-Carpio from the MCC; Alice Sun-Cua, travel writer and medical doctor as the MCC-appointed judge for Hiligaynon/Kinaray-a Language category; and NBDB-appointed judges Rogelio Mangahas, poet and writer; Priscelina Legasto, editor, writer, and Professor at University of the Philippines Diliman; Charlson Ong, fictionist and Professor at University of the Philippines Diliman; Nerisa del Carmen Guevara, writer and Professor at the University of Santo Tomas; Allan Popa, writer and Professor at the Ateneo de Manila University; Leoncio Deriada, writer and Professor at the University of the Philippines Visayas; Gary Devilles, author and Ateneo de Manila University professor; Emil Francis Flores, Assistant Professor at University of the Philippines Diliman; Jose Wendell Capili, writer and Professor at the College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman; Guillermo Ramos, graphic designer and Editor-in-Chief of Rustan’s SansRival Magalogue; Grace Gorospe-Jamon, Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman; Ma. Mercedes Planta, Associate Professor at the Department of History, University of the Philippines Diliman and Deputy Director at Third World Studies Center, UP; Joselito Zulueta, editor and National Secretary of the Philippine Center of International PEN; Felipe Jocano Jr., Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman; Ruben de Jesus, artist and Associate Professor of UP College of Fine Arts; Ma. Luisa C. Delayco, Dean of Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business, De La Salle University; Timothy Dacanay, playwright and Chairman of Design Foundation Department, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde; Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, publisher and writer; and Marco Nemesio Montaño, chemical scientist and Professor at the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman.

National Children’s Book Awards 2016 now open for nominations

Now on its 4th year, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for the Young (PBBY) will present the National Children’s Book Awards on July 2016. The NCBA will give honor to the best books for children and young adults (0-19 years) published during the years 2014 and 2015. The National Book Development Board is now accepting nominations for the National Children’s Book Awards (NCBA).

All publishers, authors, and illustrators are encouraged to submit their nominations. Deadline for submission is February 12, 2016, Friday, 5:00 pm. Nominations mailed from outside Metro Manila will be accepted if post marked February 12, 2016.

A book is eligible if it complies with all of the following:

1. Published in the Philippines by an NBDB-registered publisher within the two (2) years preceding the year of selection;
2. Authored by a Filipino citizen;
3. Written in Filipino or English; and
4. Released to the public in the eligible year.
Steps in nomination:
1. Fill out the following:
i. Form 1A (if there are 3 or less entries/nominees); or
ii. Form 1B (if there are more than 3 entries/nominees).
2. Attach any one of the following:
i. Delivery receipt/s to a bookstore, or a dealer/jobber, or any similar entity that has the ability to distribute books to the public; or
ii. A donation to a school or library, which need not be formally accepted in an instrument by the beneficiary. It is enough that the donation is received, acknowledged and/or certified by the beneficiaries of said donation in writing; or
iii. Distributed in bookstores or entities that sell the book, including online stores, proof of which should be provided; or
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iv. Produced/printed by a book facility/entity, as shown by a document that said book has been produced in quantities consistent with the act of publication. It is, however, understood, that the specific number of copies shall not be part of the criteria to determine the books to be selected for the Awards; or
v. A consignment agreement with a bookstore or outlet or a sales report.
3. Attach a copy of NBDB Certificate of Registration;
4. Provide us seven (7) copies of each book;
5. Submit all requirements to:

The Executive Director
National Book Development Board
Unit 2401 Prestige Tower, F. J. Ortigas Avenue,
Ortigas Center, 1605 Pasig City
Subject: The National Children’s Book Awards 2016

For further inquiries, please contact the NBDB Secretariat through Mr. Ryan Esteban at telephone number (02) 929-3887 local 804 or email ryan.esteban@nbdb.gov.ph.

Umuulan ng Libro: Philippine Children’s Book Summit set for July 21

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is hosting a literary summit that will focus on children’s content. Entitled “Umuulan ng Libro: Philippine Children’s Book Summit,” it will be a gathering of authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, and librarians who are committed to this thriving aspect of the book publishing industry. One of our guest speakers will include winner of the Illustrator’s Award at the 2015 Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Wen Dee Tan. The event will also feature different local children’s book publishers.

Registration fee: Php 600
Students get 50% discount!

For more information about the summit, you may contact Kata Garcia at 352-6765 loc. 204 or pbby@adarna.com.ph.

NBDB and PBBY to hold “Umuulan ng Libro: Philippine Children’s Book Summit”

In celebration of the 32nd National Children’s Book Day, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) will be holding a summit, entitled “Umuulan ng Libro: Philippine Children’s Book Summit,” on July 21, 2015 at the Elements at Centris in Quezon City.

The Philippine Children’s book summit will feature international and local speakers who will tackle different vital topics concerning children’s literature in the country. The summit will also feature differentlocal children’s book publishers.This summit is open to teachers, students, educators, librarians, publishers, authors and illustrators. 

For more information about the summit, you may contact the PBBY at 352-6765 loc. 204 or pbby@adarna.com.ph.

New category added to the 34th National Book Awards

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) are calling upon all NBDB-registered publishers to submit their nominations for the National Book Awards 2015.

This year, Language Studies, a special category, is the latest addition in the National Book Awards (NBA) Guidelines. As the revised rules state, “Language Studies includes dictionaries, grammars, and essays on translation, linguistics, and other language-related areas. This special category is given by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF). The KWF is responsible for the screening process and determination of winner and awarding of the prize for the winner.”

Also, in the Literary Division, the categories are open to books in any language (published in the last calendar year), but there are special categories this year for books in Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a (published within the last three calendar years—2012-2014). As announced earlier, initial changes in the NBA 2015 rules are the addition of the Essays Category in the Literary Division and the splitting of History and Journalism into two separate categories in the Non-Literary Division. Translation, a new category added last year, covers “a book translated from one language into a Philippine language, English, or Spanish; or from one Philippine language to another Philippine language.”

To view/download a copy of the final version of the NBA 2015 rules, visit nbdb.gov.ph or click on this link: http://nbdb.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=59&Itemid=95

Again, deadline of submission of entries is May 30, 2015. Books mailed from outside Manila will be accepted if postmarked May 30, 2015.

For queries/concerns, please send an email to Ms. Debbie Nieto at debbiednieto@nbdb.gov.ph or call (02)929-3887 local 804.

Call for Applications: The 2015 NBDTF Grant (P200,000 each)

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) is calling for applications for the National Book Development Trust Fund (NBDTF) Grant for 2015. Authors and organizations are invited to submit at least 25% of their manuscripts or research works for books. The chosen works will receive a grant of P200,000.00 each.

Manuscripts/research works for books should be on any of the following:
 
1. Local History and Culture (written in Filipino, English, or any Philippine language) 

Local history includes the history of places, people, and events defined by a geographical area in the Philippines (cities, towns, barangays, local government, and regional areas). It also includes the culture and characteristics of the people represented in the local community.

2. Traditional Medicine / Integrative Medicine / Tropical Medicine

Traditional Medicine includes knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to cultures in the Philippines that are used in the maintenance of health, as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement, or treatment of physical and mental illness.
Integrative Medicine includes knowledge, skills, practices, developments, and achievements related to medical care that combines traditional and modern medicine.

Tropical Medicine includes research on the diagnosis, prevention, control, and treatment of tropical and/or infectious diseases, particularly those of public health importance or are major causes of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines. 
 
3. Food Science and Technology / Organic Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture / 
    Agritourism

Food Science and Technology includes research, novel theories, and technologies related to the production, processing, packaging, storage, distribution, preparation, and marketing of food and food products in the Philippines, particularly rice and rice-based products, local crops, traditional fermented food, and fish and other marine products.  It may cover food and ingredient origins, discoveries in procurement of raw ingredients/materials, and food security issues and challenges in the country.

Organic Agriculture includes research on methods of agriculture that exclude the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

Sustainable Agriculture includes research on agricultural and natural systems that focus on long-term ecological health.

Agritourism includes research on tourism in the Philippines that focuses on agriculturally based operations or activities. 
 
4. Popular Science

Popular science includes research on Filipino robotics and Filipino inventions.  It may also cover research on programs and/or competitions that support Filipino designers and inventors including students. 

For queries, please send an email to oed@nbdb.gov.ph. 

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NBDB hosts AK/DA: Araw ng Aklat at Copyright 2015

Please join us as we celebrate World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, 10:00am, at the Level 3 Atrium, SM Aura, Taguig City. Dubbed as AK/DA: Araw ng Aklat at Copyright, this day pays tribute to all authors and promotes a deeper respect for their copyright. One of the highlights of this event is the public launching of our first batch of Book Champions and IP Ambassadors, who have all committed to actively support the campaign of NBDB and IPOPHL all throughout the year.

The even will feature storytelling sessions by Bodjie Pascua, arts and crafts, and booksigning events for various authors.

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Call for nominations to the 34th National Book Awards

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) are calling upon all NBDB-registered publishers to submit their nominations for the National Book Awards 2015. Nominated titles in Filipino and English published within 2014 are eligible for the award. As in previous years, a third language is included for nominated titles in the Literary Division.

This year, Ilonggo/Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a books published within the last three calendar years (2012-2014) may be submitted. Among the changes in the NBA’s Nomination/Selection Criteria are the addition of the Essays Category in the Literary Division and the splitting of History and Journalism into two separate categories in the Non-Literary Division. Translation is still included as a category, which covers “a book translated from one language into a Philippine language, English, or Spanish; or from one Philippine language to another Philippine language.”

The winner of each category, except Publisher of the Year, will receive a cash prize of P15,000, which will be awarded to the author or book designer. Moreover, special awards will be given to the winners of the National Book Awards. These include Juan C. Laya Prize, Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize, Iñigo Ed. Regalado Prize, Cirilo F. Bautista Prize, Philippine Literary Arts Council Prize, Elfren S. Cruz Prize, and Komisyon sa Wika ng Filipino Prize.

To download a copy of the rules, click on this link: http://nbdb.gov.ph/images//nba%202015%20-%20nomination%20or%20selection%20criteria.pdf

Deadline of submission of entries is May 30, 2015. Books mailed from outside Manila will be accepted if postmarked May 30, 2015.