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  • Mga Madalas na Itanong tungkol sa Karapatang-ari (Copyright)

    1. Ano ang Copyright? Isa itong karapatan na kinikilala ng batas na nagbibigay ng kaukulang pagkilala bilang awtor (moral rights) at kaakibat na pinansiyal na karapatan (economic rights) sa mga indibidwal na lumikha ng mga akda o gawa na saklaw ng copyright (works covered by copyright). Sa ganitong paraan, mayroong pagpapahalagang iginagawad sa mga lumikha continue reading

  • Job Opportunity: Scriptwriter for NBDB Reading Campaign Video

    SCRIPTWRITER for NBDB Reading Campaign Video (Php10,000, subject to tax) Scope of Work: Provide a creative brief on or before August 15, 2016; Provide a full script for a 3 to 5-minute reading campaign video; Script should contain visual text content and/or VO; Directly report to the NBDB secretariat the progress of work; Minimum of continue reading

  • AFCC Asian Children’s Book Award

    AFCC Asian Children’s Book Award by Genting Singapore The AFCC Asian Children’s Book Award by Genting Singapore (ACBA) is a joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Genting Singapore PLC (GENS). As Asia’s largest children’s book award, it aims to raise the profile of children’s picture books published in Asia by continue reading

  • NBDB Announcement

    The NBDB will be conducting its Annual Teambuilding and Planning Activities on June 23 – 24, 2016 (Thursday & Friday). Normal office operations resume on Monday, June 27, 2016. Thank you.

  • Open Invitation to Publishing Course by NBDB and BDAP

      Open Invitation to Publishing Course 2016 by NBDB and BDAP The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) are launching yet another new program: the first of our series of publishing courses. The pilot course will consist of three (3) subjects focusing on the fundamental aspects of continue reading

  • Global Illustration Award

    Global Illustration Award An international prize for illustrators will be awarded annually at the Frankfurt Book Fair beginning 2016 to pay tribute to the ever-growing relevance of illustrators and their publishers, not only in the field of children’s books, but in the publishing sector in general, irrespective of the actual media use to present the continue reading

  • Submission of Nominations for the 35th National Book Awards Has Re-Opened

    Submission of Nominations for the 35th National Book Awards Has Re-Opened Once again, we are inviting publishers and authors to submit their nominations for the 35th National Book Awards. This year we are accepting entries in any Philippine language, in English, and in Bisaya/Binisaya/Cebuano. We are encouraging stakeholders from Manila and the different regions to continue reading

  • Call for Applications: Service of a Research Firm to Conduct a Readership Survey

    Call for Applications: Service of a Research Firm to Conduct a Readership Survey (Deadline: June 30, 2016) Terms of Reference Background The National Book Development Board (NBDB) is the lead agency promoting the continuing development of the book publishing industry to ensure an adequate and accessible supply of quality books for the global market. Under continue reading

  • Call for Submissions: National Book Development Trust Fund 2016

    Call for Submissions: National Book Development Trust Fund 2016 For the National Book Development Trust Fund 2016, three categories are now accepting submissions: Mother Tongue, Senior High School, and IPR. Since these materials are few or even nonexistent, this year’s NBDTF is geared towards addressing this gap. National Book Development Trust Fund 2016 – Mother continue reading

  • Mia Alvar Wins $25,000 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Story Collection ‘In the Country’

    April 11, 2016 PEN Literary Award Winners include Lauren Redniss, Rick Barot, and Ta-Nehisi Coates NEW YORK— PEN America named Mia Alvar winner of the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction this evening at a ceremony in New York for her short story collection In the Country. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, In the Country comprises nine stories continue reading

  • Call for Nominations: The 35th National Book Awards

    Now on its 35th year, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) will mount the National Book Awards 2016. The NBDB is calling upon all NBDB-registered publishers to submit their nominations. Deadline for submission is May 6, 2016, Friday, 5:00 pm. Nominations mailed from outside Metro Manila will be accepted continue reading

  • Call for NCBA Kid Judges

    Call for NCBA Kid Judges The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) will hold the awarding ceremony of the 4th National Children’s Book Awards (NCBA) on July 19, 2016. The NCBA aims to recognize the country’s best published books for children and young adults in the continue reading

  • Call for FBF Speakers

    The Philippines is one of the seven (7) Markets to be featured at the Frankfurt Book Fair (“FBF”) 2016 “The Markets 2016: Global Publishing Summit.” The NBDB is actively working with the organizers of the FBF in determining the individuals who shall represent the country’s publishing industry. There are a total of four individuals/representatives (one continue reading

  • Call for Applications: Researcher/Report Writer on the digital book publishing industry (Deadline: March 18, 2016)

    Call for Applications: Researcher/Report Writer on the digital book publishing industry (Deadline: March 18, 2016) Terms of Reference 1. Position: Researcher/Report Writer on the digital book publishing industry in the Philippines from 2010 to 2015 2. Duration: 4 Months. The project will begin immediately as soon as the contract is signed. 3. Budget: For negotiation. continue reading

  • 7 Writing Grants Awarded to Science Scholars

      7 Writing Grants Awarded to Science Scholars   The National Book Development Board (NBDB) will award a writing grant worth Php 200,000.00 each to seven (7) science scholars whose manuscripts were chosen among twenty-six (26) National Book Development Trust Fund applicants, under three (3) categories. In November 2014, applications for the grants were opened continue reading

  • NBDB Announcement

    The NBDB is having a whole-day planning session on February 5, 2016, Friday. Kindly direct your inquiries to helpdesk@nbdb.gov.ph

  • 7 Writing Grants Awarded to Science Scholars

    The National Book Development Board (NBDB) will award a writing grant worth Php 200,000.00 each to seven (7) science scholars whose manuscripts were chosen among twenty-six (26) National Book Development Trust Fund applicants, under three (3) categories.

    In November 2014, applications for the grants were opened to works under four (4) categories: local history and culture, food science and technology/organic agriculture/sustainable agriculture/agritourism, traditional/integrative/tropical medicine, and popular science. The following are the recipients of writing grants under the National Book Development Trust Fund program for the year 2015:

    Food Science and Technology/Organic Agriculture/Sustainable Agriculture/Agritourism Category:

    1. Title: Commercial Production of Organic Philippine Native Chicken
    Author: Dr. Jaime Cabarles
    Region: Region VI (Iloilo)

    2. Title: Gusto Ko, Organiko!
    Author: Ms. Prima Lou Imperial
    Region: V (Camarines Sur)

    3. Title: Street Food Safety: A Primer for Philippine Street Foods
    Author: Dr. Eufemio Barcelon
    Region: IV-A (Cavite)

    Traditional/Integrative/Tropical Medicine Category
    1. Title: Guidebook on the Proper Use of Medicinal Plants
    Authors:
    a. Dr.Cecilia C. Maramba-Lazarte;
    b. Dr. Nelia P. Cortes-Maramba;
    c. Dr. Ernesta Quintana;
    d. Dr. Romeo F. Quijano;
    e. Ms. Jocelyn Palacpac;
    f. Dr. Evangeline Amor; and
    g. Dr. James Purificacion.
    Region: NCR (Manila)

    2. Title: Hilot: Revealing the Albularyo’s Ancient Secrets of Healing (tentative title)
    Authors:
    a. Dr. Bibiano S. Fajardo; and
    b. Ms. Louanne Mae L. Calipayan
    Region: NCR (Pasig)

    3. Title: ENT Tagalog Manual: Mga Karaniwang Sakit sa Ilong, Tainga, Lalamunan, at Leeg
    Authors:
    a. Dr. Mariano B. Caparas;
    b. Dr. Rene S. Tuazon;
    c. Dr. Josefino G. Hernandez; and
    d. Dr. Jacob S. Matubis.
    Region: NCR (Manila)

    Popular Science Category
    1. Title: Demystifying the Filipino Inventions: Mga Konsepto ng Byolohiya sa Likod ng mga
    Pagtutuklas (working title only)
    Author: Mr. Carl Anly Ortiz
    Region: V (Sorsogon)

    Grantees under Local History and Culture category shall be announced in March 2016.

    Through Republic Act No. 9521, the National Book Development Trust Fund (NBDTF) was established exclusively for the support and promotion of Filipino authorship and the completion of local manuscripts or research works for publication, especially in Science and Technology and in subject areas where locally-authored books are either few or non-existent. The monetary award to authors/writers allows them to complete the writing phase of a book-length manuscript eligible for publication.

    For inquiries, contact Ryan Esteban of the NBDB Secretariat at (632) 929-3887 or e-mail ryan.esteban@nbdb.gov.ph.ryan.esteban@nbdb.gov.ph

  • ADMU to host a lecture series on Filipino historian’s life and works

    ADMU to host a lecture series on Filipino historian's life and works

    On May 9, 2016, the Ateneo de Manila University School of Humanities is spearheading various activities to commemorate the birth of Fr. Horacio de la Costa, S.J., an eminent Filipino historian, a passionate defender of the humanities, the first Filipino Jesuit provincial, an intellectual giant and a true man of faith. These three events cover the Exhibit on Fr. De la Costa, curated by Fr. Rene Javellana in the Rizal Library, a lecture series, and a Pastiche featuring the works of the young De la Costa.

    A commemorative lecture series on the life and works of Fr. De la Costa, vagaries of intellectual life in Southeast Asia, poetry, and notion of hybridity will be presented from February to May 2016. Everyone is invited to join the lecture series at Faura Hall Audio Visual Room, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights. Kindly contact 426-6001 loc. 5340-5341 or email is.soh@ateneo.edu for reservations or for inquiries.

  • Call for Nominations: 2016 National Children’s Book Awards

    Call for Nominations: 2016 National Children’s Book Awards

    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
    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.

    The text of General Guidelines is available here .

    During the 3rd National Children’s Book Awards held in 2014, four books were chosen as Best Reads of 2014 and two books were given special awards from over 140 books nominated.

    The following are books recognized as Best Reads in 2014:

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    Author: Weng D. Cahiles
    Illustrator: Isa N. Natividad
    Publisher: Adarna

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    Author: Raissa Rivera Falgui
    Illustrator: Fran Alvarez
    Publisher: Adarna House, Inc.

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    Author: Felinda V. Bagas
    Illustrator: Aldy C. Aguirre
    Publisher: Adarna House, Inc.

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    Author: Xi Zuq
    Illustrator: Dominic Agsaway
    Publisher: Adarna House, Inc.

    Kids’ Choice Awards (for Best Picture Book)

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    Author: Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan
    Illustrator: Gutch Gutierrez
    Publisher: The Bookmark, Inc.

    Best Book for Readers Ages 0 to 4 (by Save the Children Foundation)

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    Illustrator: Pergylene Acuña
    Publisher: Adarna House, Inc.

  • NBDB and MCC recognize best books published in 2014

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    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

  • The Philippine Collective Booth at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair

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    Philippine publishers once again make a significant appearance at the 2015 Frankfurt Bookfair (Ger: Frankfurt Buchmesse) through a Philippine collective stand.The German book fair is the world’s largest and most significant trade fair for books. Every October, publishers, literary agents, authors, illustrators, media professionals, and trade associations flock to Frankfurt for the five-day event that gathers thousands of exhibitors from over 100 countries to negotiate publishing rights and licensing. This year’s book fair will be held from October 14 to 18 at the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

    Among the Philippine delegation to Frankfurt are powerhouses in the local publishing industry: Abiva Publishing House, Inc., Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, Inc., Diwa Learning Systems, Inc., Lampara Publishing House, Inc. Precious Pages Corporation, Rex Group of Companies, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. This collaboration has materialized through the advocacy and support of the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), Philippine Educational Printers Association (PEPA), and the National Book Development Board (NBDB). With the purpose of highlighting the Philippines as the best source of content in Asia, the delegates will exhibit a wide range of content that includes literary fiction, poetry, culture and the arts, graphic novels, history and politics, cookbooks, travel literature, reportage, children’s literature, reference material and much more.

    The booth will be located in the International Publishers Hall No: 4 Stand No. B88, and is positioned to garner the attention of the 10,000 accredited journalists who will be present at the event. A special reception hosted by NBDB will take place on October 15, 4PM. Exhibitors and visitors to the fair will be provided copies of the Philippine Catalogue, which features the participating publishers and other local presses that won’t be physically present at the fair.

    Indonesia, the Guest of Honor (GOH) country, will be the first Southeast Asian country to take center stage at Frankfurt. The coveted position will garner the attention of the 10,000 accredited journalists who will be present at event. New Zealand, GOH in 2012, broke attendance records with more than 90,000 visitors at their pavilion within the last two days of the fair.

    Philippine participation in Frankfurt will stimulate interest in Philippine literature and culture, and encourage increased participation of Philippine publishers in subsequent international book fairs. This momentous event will foster diplomacy and cultural discourse by highlighting the Philippines on the global stage.

  • The Philippine Collective Booth at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair

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    For the first time ever, Philippine publishers are collaborating to represent the country during the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair (Ger: Frankfurt Buchmesse). The German book fair is the world’s largest and most significant trade fair for books. Every October, publishers, literary agents, authors, illustrators, media professionals, and trade associations flock to Frankfurt for the five-day event that gathers thousands of exhibitors from over 100 countries to negotiate publishing rights and licensing. This year’s book fair will be held from October 14 to 18 at the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

    Among the Philippine delegation to Frankfurt are powerhouses in the local publishing industry: Abiva Publishing House, Inc., Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, Inc., Diwa Learning Systems, Inc., Lampara Publishing House, Inc. Precious Pages Corporation, Rex Group of Companies, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. This collaboration has materialized through the advocacy and support of the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), Philippine Educational Printers Association (PEPA), and the National Book Development Board (NBDB). With the purpose of highlighting the Philippines as the best source of content in Asia, the delegates will exhibit a wide range of content that includes literary fiction, poetry, culture and the arts, graphic novels, history and politics, cookbooks, travel literature, reportage, children’s literature, reference material and much more.

    The booth will be located in the International Publishers Hall No: 4 Stand No. B88, and is positioned to garner the attention of the 10,000 accredited journalists who will be present at the event. A special reception hosted by NBDB will take place on October 15, 4PM. Exhibitors and visitors to the fair will be provided copies of the Philippine Catalogue, which features the participating publishers and other local presses that won’t be physically present at the fair.

    Indonesia, the Guest of Honor (GOH) country, will be the first Southeast Asian country to take center stage at Frankfurt. The coveted position will garner the attention of the 10,000 accredited journalists who will be present at event. Last year’s GOH country, New Zealand, broke attendance records with more than 90,000 visitors at their pavilion within the last two days of the fair.

    Philippine participation in Frankfurt will stimulate interest in Philippine literature and culture, and encourage increased participation of Philippine publishers in subsequent international book fairs. This momentous event will foster diplomacy and cultural discourse by highlighting the Philippines on the global stage.

  • Philippine Children’s Literature Comes of Age

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    As the rainy season continued, book lovers were lured in to soak in a literary kind of rain on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Elements at Centris, Quezon City.

    Local and international authors who are committed in the development and promotion of children’s literature were present to share their knowledge and expertise at the recently held Philippine Children’s Book Summit with the theme “Umuulan ng Libro.”

    In celebration of the National Children’s Book Day, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) together with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), mounted the summit to create a venue where children’s book authors, illustrators, librarians, teachers, and students can discuss and weigh in on different issues concerning children’s content.

    “The story of children’s book publishing in the Philippines begins much later than the introduction of the stories that inspired them,” said Graciela Mendoza-Cayton, NBDB Executive Director.

    She emphasized the significance of the oral tradition in our country. Through this strong tradition, thoughts and ideas have long been passed on, especially in a number of rural communities not easily accessed.

    “The purpose for our stories and their telling seemed to have more to do with teaching us how to be. A quick glance at early children’s books published in the Philippines reveals as much, for most of them read like guidebooks for living,” said Mendoza-Cayton

    Writing the past, writing for the future

    Japanese author Mariko Nagai discussed why writing about the past matters to young children and why poetry matters in the plenary session Dangerous Poetry for Young Readers: Writing the Past, Writing for the Future.

    “I’m a poet and a poet’s mind works in a non-linear way. And, perhaps, more importantly, when there’s a story there’s an adventure; and when there’s an adventure, there’s serendipity in danger; and only in hindsight that we see the question and makes sense of it all as it is with any journey or life itself,” said Nagai.

    Nagai wrote Dust of Eden, a book that deals with a Japanese-American family facing post-war America. There, she explored Japanese and American war history and how it affected the people especially mixed race families.

    “As a writer, I am intensely interested in history - knowing who we are and who we will become,” said Nagai.

    New ways of bringing books

    Maricel Montero, Museo Pambata Executive Director, talked about the contributions and initiatives of their institution and its mobile library.

    Since its foundation, Museo Pambata has undertaken literacy and reading projects. They are committed in fulfilling projects aimed at bringing literature to economically disadvantaged children of Manila.

    Likewise, Quintin Pastrana’s advocacy is to build libraries in rural areas in the Philippines. He is the Founder and Managing Director of the Library Renewal Partnership (www.librarypartners.com), a leading coalition of literacy providers on track to building at least 200 community learning centers to empower over 2 million citizens by 2020.

    “The two libraries we set up in Leyte and in Aklan which hadn’t had typhoon in the longest time were actually community centers that actually entertained citizens while they were waiting for the floods to recede,” said Pastrana.

    For Pastrana, building libraries is not just to help in learning but also to help the community.

    A look at wordless picture books

    In the last plenary session, Is Reading All About Letters and Words: A Look at Wordless Picture Books, Malaysian illustrator Wen Dee Tan discussed the significance of wordless picture books in visual literacy for children. According to Tan these books are more effective than picture books with text in storytelling to children with ages 0-7 as their vocabulary is not yet developed.

    “Pictures convey meaning instantaneously,” said Tan. “Visuals convey the character’s world in a way that is immediately accessible and instantly understood.”

    PBBY Awarding

    The summit culminated with the awarding of the PBBY Salanga Writer’s prize and PBBY Alcala Illustrator’s prize.

    Cheeno Marlo del Mundo Sayuno was the lone honorable mention as no one was awarded the grand prize for the PBBY Salanga Writer’s prize for this year. His winning story is entitled The Missing Blanket.

    For the Alcala Illustrator’s prize, Joffrey Z. Atienza and Maria Sabrina P. Palmares received honorable mentions.

  • Research on gender studies awarded writing grant

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    Through the initiative of the National Book Development Board to support Filipino authorship and to assist authors in completing their manuscripts, a research on gender studies was awarded a grant of Php 200,000.00. The awarding ceremony was held on July 15, 2015 at the NBDB library in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

    The recipient of the 2014 National Book Development Trust Fund grant on gender studies is Dr. Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, a computer science professor at the Ateneo De Manila University. Her manuscript is a collection of short stories of women in science.

    One of the advisory committee members, Dr. Blesshe Querijero, believes that by highlighting the lives and experiences of these women of science who have done much but of whom we have heard so little, the research can be a beacon for new role models to guide our youth who are ever exposed to various propaganda.

    The manuscript was endorsed by the gender studies advisory committee headed by Usec. Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr. Joining him are Dr. Blesshe Querijero and Dr. Judy Taguiwalo.

    Executive Director Ms. Graciela Mendoza-Cayton personally handed the first tranche of the grant to Dr. Rodrigo. The remaining tranche will be given as her work progresses.
    Earlier this year, grants were awarded in the Islamic Studies and Biodiversity/ Health and Wellness categories. The four manuscripts awarded are PAG-TUHAN: Tausug Gnosis as a Living Tradition by Mr. Darwin J. Absari under the Islamic Studies category; MPA for Teachers: A Fun Activity Guide that Illustrates the Science Behind Marine Protected Areas by Ms. Grace Quiton-Domingo; Come Back to Me: Lives Taken, Shaken, and Changed by the Lack of Reproductive Health Rights by Ms. Rosario I. Tañedo; The Birds of Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and UP Diliman by Amado C. Bajarias Jr. for the Biodiversity/Health and Wellness category.

    Founded in March 2009 by virtue of Republic Act No. 9521, the National Book Development Trust Fund (NBDTF) authorized the creation of One Hundred Fifty Million Pesos (P150,000,000.00) trust fund under the NBDB to support and promote Filipino authorship and to complete local manuscripts or research works for publication, especially in Science and Technology, and in subject areas where locally authored books are either few or non-existent.

    The NBDB’s mission is to promote the development of the local book publishing industry, enhance market growth by championing lifelong learning through reading, and uphold excellence and ethical practices in publishing.

    Related articles:
    http://nbdb.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1038&Itemid=1
    http://www.choosephilippines.com/do/events/2675/national-book-development-national-grant-2015/

  • NBDB and PBBY collaborate for PH Children’s Book Summit

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    To celebrate the National Children’s Book Day, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and Philippine
    Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last June 2, 2015 at the
    NBDB office. The summit, entitled, “Umuulan ng Libro: Philippine Children’s Book Summit” will be a gathering
    of authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians, educators, and students committed to this thriving and significant
    aspect of the book publishing industry. It will be celebrated on the 21st day of July at Elements at Centris,
    Quezon City.

    As part of their mandate, the PBBY is the lead agency in the celebration of National Children's Book Day
    (NCBD). This is celebrated every third week of July to commemorate the anniversary of the publication of
    Jose Rizal's "The Monkey and the Turtle" in Trubner's Oriental Record in London.

    Present at the MOA signing were Ms. Tarie Sabido, PBBY Chair; Ms. Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz, NBDB Chair;
    Ms. Graciela Mendoza-Cayton, NBDB Executive Director; and Mr. Ruben De Jesus, PBBY Sectoral
    Representative.

  • Call for Nominations: The 34thNational 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 languageis 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,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.”

    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 here .

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

  • Four Filipino Authors Receive 200K National Grant To Publish Books

    (First posted on the Choose Philippines website)
    Article and photos by Christa I. De La Cruz

    From the skies to the seas, from spiritual beliefs to human experiences, the Filipino mind is always in search of mysteries to solve and share.

    In the Philippines, research works are often published as a couple of pages in a university publication, limiting both its authorship and readership to the academe.

    As a resolution, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) — a government agency mandated to be the lead catalyst for building a culture of reading and authorship as well as an environment for the growth of the book publishing industry towards making it globally competitive — initiated the National Book Development Trust Fund (NBDTF).

    The NBDTF was founded in March 2009 by virtue of Republic Act No. 9521. It authorized the creation of One Hundred Fifty Million Pesos (P150,000,000.00) trust fund under the NBDB to support and promote Filipino authorship and to complete local manuscripts or research works for publication, especially in Science and Technology, and in subject areas where locally authored books are either few or non-existent.

    For this year, four grant awardees were formally endorsed last March 13 during a lunch buffet at the roof deck of Prestige Tower in Pasig City where the office of NBDB is also located. The diversity in their proposed research topics is evidence of the untapped resources in Philippine studies.

    PAG-TUHAN: Tausug Gnosis as a Living Tradition
    Mr. Darwin J. Absari

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    MPA for Teachers: A Fun Activity Guide that Illustrates the Science Behind Marine Protected Areas
    Ms. Grace Quiton-Domingo

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    Come Back to Me: Lives Taken, Shaken, and Changed by the Lack of Reproductive Health Rights
    Ms. Rosario I. Tañedo

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    Mr. Amado C. Bajarias, Jr. with manuscript title "The Birds of Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and UP Diliman" wasn't able to attend the ceremonies as he is still birdwatching in Malaysia.

    They were given the first tranche of their grant and the next tranches will be distributed throughout the completion of their manuscript.

    In an effort to promote the development of the local book publishing industry, enhance market growth by championing lifelong learning through reading, and uphold excellence and ethical practices in publishing, NBDB also invites everyone to their upcoming activities:

    Booklatan sa Laoag – March 13-14, 2015
    Copyright Clinic – March 28, 2015
    AK/DA: Araw ng Aklat at Copyright – April 23, 2015
    Buwan ng Panitikan – Whole month of April
    Little Lit Fest Industry Summit – July 2015
    Philippine Literary Festival and Business Industry Summit – September 2015
    34th National Book Awards – September 2015

  • NBDB and MCC awards best books published in 2013

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    The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) hosted a formal ceremony on November 22, 2014 at the Marble Hall, Museum of the Filipino People, National Musuem, City of Manila to fete the recipients of the 33rd National Book Awards (NBA). NBDB Chair Flor Marie Sta.Romana Cruz and MCC Chair Isagani R. Cruz were on hand to award the winners with trophies designed by sculptor Pete Jimenez.

    Below is the list of NBA winners for books published in 2013:

    33rd NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS WINNERS
    (For books published in 2013)

    Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Philippine Language
    Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag, by Allan N. Derain, Anvil Publishing, Inc.

    Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language
    Fish-Hair Woman, by Merlinda Bobis, Anvil Publishing, Inc.

    Best Book of Short Fiction in Filipino
    Sa Himaymay ng Puso at iba pang Kuwento, by Macario Pineda,
    Ateneo de Manila University Press

    Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for Best Book of Short Fiction in English
    Now, Then, and Elsewhen, by Nikki Alfar, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House

    Best Anthology in English
    Manila Noir, edited by Jessica Hagedorn, Anvil Publishing, Inc.

    Best Anthology in Bikol
    Hagong: Mga Osipon, edited by Paz Verdades M. Santos and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr.,
    Ateneo de Naga University Press

    Best Book of Non-Fiction in Filipino Language
    Anim na Sabado ng Beyblade at iba pang Sanaysay, by Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin, Visprint Inc.

    Best Book of Non-Fiction in English
    Mona Lisa: A Portrait from the Memoirs of a Grandmother, by Celine Beatrice Fabie, Mona Lisa Publication

    Best Book of Poetry in Filipino
    Labi, by Kristian Sendon Cordero, Ateneo de Manila University Press

    Philippine Literary Arts Council Prize for Best Book of Poetry in English
    m’mry wire, by Ricardo M. de Ungria, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House

    Best Book of Poetry in Bikol
    Canticos: Apat na Boses, by K.S. Cordero, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House

    Best Book of Graphic Literature in Filipino
    PilandoKomiks Isyu 2: Mga Pagsubok ng Karagatan, by Borg Sinaban, Adarna House, Inc.

    Best Book of Graphic Literature in English
    The Dark Colony Book I: Mikey Recio & The Secret of the Demon Dungeon, by Budjette Tan, Bow Guerrero, and J. B. Tapia, Visprint

    Best Translated Book
    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

    Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize for Best Book on Art
    Balay Ukit: Tropical Architecture in Pre-WWII Filipino Houses, by Maria Virginia Yap Morales,Anvil Publishing, Inc.

    Elfren S. Cruz Prize for Best Book in the Social Sciences
    Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identities: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kalinga Society, North Luzon, Philippines, by Analyn V. Salvador-Amores, The University of the Philippines Press

    Best Book in History and Journalism
    Story Book: Essays on the History of the Book in the Philippines, by Patricia May B. Jurilla, Anvil Publishing, Inc.

    Best Book on Food
    Milk Pigs & Violet Gold: Philippine Cookery, by Bryan Koh, Holy Angel University Press

    Best Book on Science
    Science Philippines: Essays on Science by Filipinos, Volume II, edited by Gisela P. Padilla-Concepcion, The University of the Philippines Press

    Best Design
    Made of Gold, by Cid Reyes, designed by Aman Santos, Metrobank Foundation

    Publisher of the Year
    Anvil Publishing, Inc.

    This year’s NBA board of judges are Isagani R. Cruz, Ruel De Vera, Shirley Lua, Joel Pablo Salud, and Danton Remoto from the MCC; Abdon Balde from the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino appointed to the NBA board of judges by the MCC; and NBDB-appointed judges Angelo Lacuesta, writer and editor; Rolando Tolentino, writer and Dean of the College of Mass Communications at UP Diliman; Ronald Baytan, Associate Professor at DLSU Manila and Associate Director, Literary Studies of the DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC); Danilo M. Reyes, writer, critic, and Associate Professor of the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University; Paolo Manalo, writer and Professor at the College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman; Elbert Or, comic book creator, illustrator, and graphic designer; Marne Kilates, writer and translator; Benilda Santos, writer, critic, and Professor at the Department of Filipino, Ateneo de Manila University; Gemino H. Abad, writer, critic, and Founding Member of the Philippine Literary Arts Council; Carlos O. Aureus, writer and Professor at UP Diliman; Ringo Bunoan, artist, writer, and researcher; Nicolas Pichay, writer and Director of Legislative Research Service at the Philippine Senate; Lila Shahani, Assistant Secretary of Human Development and Poverty Reduction, Cabinet Cluster of the Philippine Government; Jose Victor Torres, Writer and Associate Professor at DLSU; Ma. Luisa Enriquez, Director of the DLSU Center for Natural Science and Environmental Research; Kristine Fonacier, writer and editor; Claude Tayag, chef, restaurateur, and food and travel columnist; and Dan Matutina, graphic designer and illustrator.

  • 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit Tackles “The Pressing Issue” with Optimism

    At the recently held 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit, with the theme “The Pressing Issue,” stakeholders talked publishing, book distribution, and Filipino authorship and readership, amid the backdrop of the ASEAN Integration. That the opening up of regional trade between Southeast Asian countries will likewise open up opportunities than pose threats was the consensus when industry players convened at the three-day summit organized by the National Book Development Board (NBDB).

    On the first day, NBDB Chair Neni Sta. Romana Cruz opened with the State of the Book Industry Address. She cited that the country produces 6,000 titles a year, a fraction compared to Indonesia’s 12,000 or Thailand’s 13,000. But the country has no shortage of readers, with 88% of Filipinos aged 18 and above enjoying reading.The panel of reactors later offered their own perspectives on the issue. Adarna House’s Emelina Almario equates a country’s development to the number of books published. Author Paolo Chikiamco challenged why Filipino works are not classified by genre alongside international titles, but lumped into one shelf.Philippine Librarians Association’s Elizabeth Peralejo saw the need to make books more accessible, especially to public school students. Read Philippines’ Aimee Lorraine Keh-Lee reacted by asking why readers are not mentioned as often as books.

    The rest of the day was spent discussing the business of book publishing, with such topics as licensing, multimedia platforms, classrooms of the future, traditional and alternative publishing models, book distribution models, error-free publishing, marketing for books, academic presses, and e-publishing trends. Among the speakers are industry practitioners from abroad: Eric Huang, Development Director at Made in Me, a digital agency in London specializing in children’s entertainment and brand development; Linda Tan Lingard, managing parter of Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency in Malaysia; Robin Hemley, director of the Writing Program at Yale-NUS College in Singapore; and Noelle de Jesus, Filipino writer and editor based in Singapore.

    The second day, meanwhile, focused on the craft of content creation. Subjects ranged from a writer’s career, the author in the publishing value chain, marketing and branding for authors, title acquisition, rights selling, translation, genre writing, the editing process, graphic literature, awards and grants, development contracts, and book design. It ended with a business matching session with authors, literary agents, publishers, media, and booksellers.

    The third day aimed the spotlight at the reader turned writer, with a program designed in partnership with Filipino ReaderConference, founded by readers to celebrate the culture of reading. The sessions discussed crossing over from consumer to content creator, reading programs, the need for diverse books, contemporary Filipino literature in curricula, literature as advocacy, fan fiction, and book clubs. In the afternoon was the ceremony for the 3rd Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards, one of the only nationwide literary awards that includes an element of public participation through online voting to determine the finalists.

    The summit’s three days also became the venue for Aklatan 2014 – the all-Filipino book fair that seeks to create a venue for interaction and dialogue among readers, authors, and artists. This year’s Aklatan has brought together seventeen publishers, showcasing the best and latest in their catalogue.

    Previous festivals have drawn a gamut of heavyweights from the literary scene: International novelists Junot Diaz (“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”), Edward P. Jones (“The Known World”), Vikas Swarup (“Q&A/Slumdog Millionaire”), Chris Abani (“Virgin of Flames”), Andy Mulligan (“Trash”); Filipino writers Gemino Abad, Resil Mojares, Alfred Yuson, Jose “Butch” Dalisay, Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo; Editors Ravi Mirchandani of Atlantic Books-UK and Rachel Kahan of G.P. Putnam & Sons-New York; Literary Agents Mita Kapur, Jayapriya Vasudevan, and Priya Doraswamy of Jacaranda Press-India; and other luminaries such as David Parker, Chairman of the Board of the Man Asian Literary Prize, and National Artists Virgilio Almario, Bienvenido Lumbera, and F. Sionil Jose. These dignitaries are among the many speakers who conduct more than thirty literary workshops that span the numerous issues within literature and the publishing industry.

    The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit is the centerpiece of the Philippine Book Development Month in November. It is organized by the National Book Development Board in partnership with Yabang Pinoy, Aklatan, and Filipino ReaderCon.

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    A very intuitive performance by Daloy Dance Group

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    NBDB Exec. Director Graciela Cayton delivers her welcome remarks

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    An insightful and funny discussion with Jun Cruz Reyes, Manix Abrera, and Eros Atalia.

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    The panelists for the session on “The Future of Publishing and Opportunities in the ASEAN and global markets”
    (from left to right) NBDB Exec. Director Graciela Cayton, Selina Lee, Linda Lingard, Andrea Passion-Flores,
    Robin Hemley, and Eric Huang.

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    Writer Rin Chupeco discusses “What makes diverse Filipino reader” during the 5th PILF-BIS

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    Launch and book signing of Eros Atalia’s Taguan-Pung at Manwal ng Pagpapatiwakal (level up)

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    The Pressing Issue: 5th PILF-BIS at Bayanihan Center, Pasig City

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    FEU Theatre Guild performs a musical play of the tale of Moymoy Lulumboy.

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    NBDB staff poses for a group photo at the 5th PILF-BIS

  • NBDB participates in the 2nd IP Youth camp

    The National Book Development Board (NBDB) extends its support to the 2nd IP Youth camp held on September 24-26, 2014 at the Punta de Fabian Resort in Baras, Rizal. This program is administered by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) with the aim to involve young students in promoting the significance of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and to cultivate them in becoming the IP advocates in their respective schools.

    Selected students from 7 schools were gathered on the event. Among the participating schools are Ateneo de Manila High School, Makati Science High School, Manila Science High School, Philippine Science High School, Taguig Science High School, Muntinlupa Science High School, PUP Laboratory High School, and UST High School.

    To share with the students an inspiring message about the book industry, Deputy Executive Director Camille Dela Rosa gave a talk about Publishing value chain, General concerns in content creation, and Tips on how to support your favorite authors. An interactive conversation went on as the students actively participated in the spontaneous Q and A.

    NBDB supports organizations and agencies with an advocacy that advocate original content creation and readership.

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    Ms. Minda Del Rio of the IP Philippines
    delivers her welcome remarks to start off the activity.

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    Deputy Executive Director Camille dela Rosa with the
    students of the 2nd IP Youth camp

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    Students from different schools gathered
    in the 2nd IP Youth camp.

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    Deputy Executive Director Camille Dela Rosa
    during her interactive talk with the students.

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    An active participation of the students during the talk.

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    Ms. Emmelina Masanque moderating the first
    day of the IP Youth camp.

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    Deputy Executive Director Camille Dela Rosa gives an inspiring
    message to the participating students of IP Youth camp.

  • NBDB to represent the book industry at the Sikat Pinoy National Art Fair

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    The National Book Development Board (NBDB) is set to join the Sikat Pinoy National Art Fair on September 26 to 28, 2014, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Megatrade Halls 1 and 2 of SM Megamall. This event is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) with hopes to bring together the best local artists in the visual, fine crafts, performing and literary arts and help them expand and promote art entrepreneurship.

    NBDB with its eagerness and effort to help build a strong local book market will represent the book industry by providing an exhibit space for book industry stakeholders and other literary organizations to showcase their products on this activity.

    Gear up and participate in this exciting event where you can witness the exceptional skills of Filipino artists in various fields: music, dance, film, theater, fine crafts and literary and visual arts.

    Halika na at sabay nating saksihan ang malikhaing sining at kultura ng Pinoy!

  • Booklatan sa Bayan in Iloilo

    A two-day session of the Booklatan sa Bayan program will be conducted at West Visayas State University in Iloilo on September 24 to 25, 2014.

    To emphasize the theme “The book publishing supply chain and the academic perspective,” the National Book Development Board (NBDB) prepares several discussions to be facilitated by our invited speakers. Among the topics are Authorship and publishing in the university, Writing and publishing venues for young and aspiring writers, New technologies in book publishing, Highlighting literature and local books in the curriculum, Forming a book club and other ways to increase readership in the community, and Copyright 101. Workshops on book designing and storytelling will also be done during the event.

    Participants of the Booklatan are students, professors, supervisors, librarians, publishers, and editors of different schools and universities in Iloilo. NBDB highly encourages more people to join and exchange ideas that would greatly help in upgrading the skills of budding writers and educators.

    Prepare yourself for these exciting activities. See you there!

  • NBDB hosts a post-event session of the 3rd NCBA

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    On September 3, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) held a post-event session of the recently concluded 3rd National Children’s Book Awards at the NBDB Conference Hall.

    PBBY Chair Tarie Sabido started off the discussion with a quick background on the NCBA. She also emphasized the importance of a transparent judging process.

    NCBA Judges who were present to meet participating publishers were Robert Alejandro, Daisy Jane Calado, Ryce Cortez, and Troy Lacsamana.

    The NBDB encourages these dialogues to establish open communication lines with industry players.

  • 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
    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

    Best Translated Book
    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

  • 2014 National Children’s Book Awards

    Top 10 Finalists for the Kid's Choice Awards

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    Sandwich to the Moon

    Author: Jaime Bauza
    Illustrator: Jaime Bauza
    Publisher: L G & M Corporation

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    Si Berting ang Batang Uling

    Author: Christopher Rosales
    Illustrator: Aldy Aguirre
    Publisher: Lampara Publishing House Inc

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    Si Berting ang Batang Uling

    Author: Christopher Rosales
    Illustrator: Aldy Aguirre
    Publisher: Lampara Publishing House Inc

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    Sine Madyika

    Author: Lauren V. Macaraeg
    Illustrator: Aldy Aguirre
    Publisher: Lampara Publishing House Inc.

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    Pintong Maraming Silid

    Author: Eugene Y. Evasco
    Illustrator: Leo Kempis Ang
    Publisher: L G & M Corporation

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    The Little Girl in a Box

    Author: Felinda V. Bagas
    Illustrator: Aldy Aguirre
    Publisher: Adarna House Inc.

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    May Darating na Trak Bukas

    Author: Rio Alma
    Illustrator: Sergio Bumatay III
    Publisher: Adarna House Inc.

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    Ang Bonggang Bonggang Batang Beki

    Author: Rhandee Garlitos
    Illustrator: Tokwa Salazar Peñaflorida
    Publisher: L G & M Corporation

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    The Day of Darkness
    Kid's Choice Award Winner

    Author: Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan
    Illustrator: Gutch Gutierrez
    Publisher: The Bookmark, Inc.

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    Ang Ikaklit sa aming hardin

    Author: Bernadette Villanueva Neri
    Illustrator: CJ De Silva
    Publisher: Publikasyong Twamkittens

  • BOOKLATAN SA BAYAN IN LEYTE

    The National Book Development Board in partnership with The Deparment of Education and The DepEd Library Hub had successfully conducted the Booklatan sa Bayan program in Tacloban City and Palo Leyte on August 27 and 28, 2014. NBDB visited two schools in Leyte: San Fernando Elementary School in Tacloban City and San Joaquin Elementary School in Palo Leyte. Over 300 students, teachers, librarians and supervisors participated in the event.

    Highlighting the theme “Rebuilding a Library, Rebuilding the Community” of this Booklatan project, a formal turnover of books from the NBDB to the DepEd Library Hub in Leyte happened during the morning session then followed by a Copyright 101 discussion was facilitated by NBDB Director Wilfred Castillo. Interesting questions from teachers and supervisors were raised during the talk and an exciting exchanged of ideas occurred.

    Two seminars for students were conducted in the afternoon session. Writers Daryll Delgado and Beverly Siy facilitated the writing workshop. Students were taught how to write haikus and were given tips and advice on how to write effectively. Active student participation made the discussion fun and dynamic.

    Parallel to the seminars for students were the two discussions for teachers and librarians. Children's Literature Association of the Philippines, Inc. (CLAPI) President Leonila Galvez discussed on how to formulate a book club and other ways to increase readership while School Principal Delia Serrano, facilitated a workshop on how to develop a reading community.
    The Booklatan project showed useful information intended to help rebuild and strengthen schools and libraries in Leyte.

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    A circle of teachers and librarians discussing about their activity plan to increase readership in the
    communityduring the afternoon session of the Booklatan program.

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    NBDB Director Wilfred Castillo talks about Protecting Copyright & Promoting Original Creative
    Content during the morning session of the Booklatan in Tacloban.

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    Mr. Aselo Makabenta of the Library Hub Leyte gives his welcome remarks to start off the morning
    session of the Booklatan sa Bayan in Tacloban.

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    Around 80 teachers from different schools in Leyte attended the afternoon session in
    San Joaquin Elementary School.

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    NBDB Executive Director Graciela Cayton delivering her message for the formal turnover of book
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    Young aspiring writers of Palo Leyte are busy writing haikus during the writing workshop.

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    Ms. Daryll Delgado teaching the students of Palo Leyte the effective writing process.

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    A student of Tacloban City recites her poem during the writing workshop facilitated by Ms. Beverly Siy.

  • Egay Samar on Some Truths about Myth-Making and The Real Win for an NBA Winner

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    • Is being a writer a childhood dream for you?

    When I was very young, I wanted to be a komiks writer & illustrator. I grew up reading Liwayway and
    local komiks such as Aliwan, Hiwaga, Pilipino Komiks and Tagalog Klasiks, and I’ve always been
    fascinated with their ability to prolong stories and excite my imagination. So perhaps, yes, as a child,
    I already dreamt of being a writer.

    • What were some challenges you had to go through in publishing your works?

    I was very lucky that I had real publishing opportunities when I was still in high school. When I was in second year high school, a regional newsmagazine based in San Pablo, Barkada!, went to our school and distributed free back issues. Then they invited us to submit our own works. I remember writing this soppy short story entitled “Ulan” and then went to their office to submit the story personally. I learned that the publisher was Palanca awardee Fernando Villarca-Cao, and his wife, Dr. Meo Cao, was the editor. They both told me that my story had a lot of problems, but that they also saw promise in my writing. Not only did they publish my story, they also invited me to be a staff member of Barkada! I had an authentic press ID, and they gave me my own column later on. In third year high school, I was designated as the first editor in chief of our campus newspaper. The following year, I won in the National Schools Press Conference held in Tangub City, the event that gave me my first airplane ride. These gave me credentials enough to be invited to write my own columns to two more established regional newspapers. And so when I graduated from high school and entered Ateneo, I was already eyeing Heights and Matanglawin. The only real challenge is in having the courage to write—and to submit. I learned that already when I was very young. Everything else that happens around them—writing and submitting—is mostly beyond our control.

    • If you're not a writer and teacher, what do you think is that profession that would make you fulfilled or just as happy?

    Anything that would allow me to be creative. Like some characters in my novels, I want to involve myself in game design and innovation. Of course, I don’t have the necessary background for it right now, but it is something I would have worked on if I didn’t know then that I’d write. Let us just say that if I am enrolling as a college freshman this school-year, I’m most likely taking Information Design as my major, and a minor in Developmental Studies.

    • What do you think is the best thing about being a writer?

    The fact that I have to work by myself up until the time I am ready to show the manuscript to a friend, an editor, or a publisher.

    • What do you think is the worst thing about it?

    The fact that I have to work by myself up until the time I am ready to show the manuscript to a friend, an editor, or a publisher. I am not trying to be witty and confusing here; it is true that the writing life is often driven by these conflicted emotions. I had to say a lot of no’s to friends and family just because I needed to write; but whenever I am writing, it becomes one of the most rewarding moments in my life—and I get to experience it again and again.

    • Have you had an interesting encounter with a fan or an amusing autograph-signing experience?

    A lot! I am always grateful to readers who really invest themselves in my work. Just last June 7, we had a book signing at Fully Booked in Greenbelt 5 for Janus Sílang, and I was about to leave when I saw these two college student-looking boys who seemed hesitant to approach the table. I invited them to come closer, and enthused them over my new book. I asked them where they were from, and they told me, Quezon [Province]. And I asked what were they doing in Manila (I thought they were looking for work and just happened to pass by). And they replied, shyly, “For you, sir!” I was speechless for a few seconds! And they then brought out copies of my earlier books that they also asked me to sign after they both bought Janus. How could I ever prepare for such rewarding moments? It was very touching for me. To know that I affected readers that much for them to travel all the way to Manila just to attend my book signing is beyond what I hoped for, and I will always be thankful. I continue to write because of readers like them.

    • Do you stick to a reading and writing habit every day?

    When I am working on a major project—like a novel—I have to. Otherwise, it is easier to pass time doing nothing writing-related. I wrote the first draft of Janus in a month, because I had my daily target number of pages. So yes, I can be OC whenever I need to accomplish real work.

    • Among all the books you've published, what has got to be the most challenging to write/research for?

    Perhaps my second novel, Sa Kasunod ng 909, just because I also wrote it as a doctoral dissertation, and you know how the academe can be so demanding with regard to issues of sources and influences, citation and form.

    • That same book won the JUAN C. LAYA PRIZE FOR BEST NOVEL IN A PHILIPPINE LANGUAGE in the National Book Awards (NBA). Could you tell us a bit more about that experience, from learning about your nomination to realizing that you've bagged the prize?

    It was my first National Book Award, and it was exciting, of course. But instead of receiving a cash prize, I wished there was a program instead to facilitate the distribution of the awarded books to different parts of the country, especially to public school students who do not have a luxury of buying books for leisure. What is a National Book Award for if not even 0.01% of our population got to read the book?

    • Everyone is talking about your latest book "Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon." (Okay, not exactly everyone, but social media sites and the blogosphere have been abuzz with it for months.) Why do you think it's a must-read, particularly for Filipino young adults?

    I would like to brag a little and say that it is something I wish I read when I was growing up. Aren’t we writing for all the books we wish existed when we were younger? So far, yes, we are getting very positive reviews and feedback, and most of them pointed to two things: it is current and it is Filipino—the book speaks to most readers (as far as Goodreads and blog reviews go) in a way that affects them emotionally and intuitively. I hope more people will get a chance to read the book; I am really proud of what I was trying to achieve in it—a hero that attempts to represent this generation’s aspirations and weaknesses.

    • One of the most powerful imageries in the first book of the series is the "dilang-karayom ng Manananggal sa puso." Can you say that you've felt something close or similar to this kind of fear? If so, could you please share with us that experience?

    Yes, but I would rather keep it to myself, for now, until the next book. Book 2 opens with a chapter entitled “Dilang Karayom.” So there.

    • What got you hooked on Filipino folklore or mga kuwentong bayan?

    Poetry. I always looked at the creatures in our folklore as characters pregnant with meanings. Even when I was working with my masteral thesis, more than ten years ago, and it was a poetry collection, I was already deep into our folklore. The opening poem of the collection, which also won Grand Prize in the Palanca in 2004, is “Kuwentong-bayan.” It is a very painful poem to write—especially because I was trying to go beyond some personal hurt; I was trying to access a more collective pain. I only ever got a glimpse of it—if ever I did at all—and it was enough to inspire me up until now.

    • What hurdles did you have to overcome in researching for this series?

    In a creative work, any challenge (or hurdle, as you call it) should excite the creative mind. The most dissimilar this series is to my previous novels involves the linearity and primacy of plot. If you’ve read my first novel, Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog, you would probably think that I was not a big fan of plot—of narrating a story. But no, I was just trying to accomplish some other novelistic projects with Walong Diwata, That novel was more interested in themes, and so it mostly essayed. It was essaying even when it pretends to be sharing an anecdote. With Janus Silang, I knew I needed to tell a story, first and foremost.

    • What was the most fun about writing this first book (in the series)?

    The myth-making! When the myth of the Tiyanak presented itself to me, I was literally shaking, and if I didn’t know I was writing, I would think I was possessed. And it was only a taste of things to come. The second book of the series will introduce Janus to the world of the baganis; it will also attempt to deconstruct a very popular folk story. I hope readers will accept what I did as necessary to the mythos of Janus.

    Read more about Egay Samar and his works at http://edgarsamar.com/. He also tweets @ecsamar.

  • Hope, joy, and Aldy Aguirre

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    “It’s not what you can do and what you have that matters the most. It’s how you put it into use.”

    Aldy Aguirre is one of those talented Filipino artists who don’t hesitate to show everyone his passion for arts. As the saying goes “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work,” and Aldy believes that his talent in creating illustrations is something that should not be put into waste. With all determination and creative talent combined, he was able to get into Ang Illustrador ng Kabataaan (AngInk), an association of artists committed to the creation and promotion of illustration for children. “I was referred by my brother and sister-in-law to them, I’m really thankful to them for believing in me and seeing my potentials, they’re one of my inspirations,” Aldy says. He was also awarded the PBBY Alcala Illustrator’s Prize in 2010 and he also competed in the Lampara Books Illustrator’s Prize. After bringing home the bacon, book publishers started to offer him to illustrate for their titles.

    Recently, the book he illustrated, The Little Girl in a Box, won in the 3rd National Children’s Book Awards as one of the Best Reads for 2014. “I really didn’t expect anything attending the event but it’s so nice and uplifting to know that what you love doing gets appreciated and given this kind of recognition, I’m really thankful. It makes me want to improve on what I do, produce better works in the future, if still given chances to do so,” Aldy shares. According to him, The Little Girl in a Box is the most emotional children’s book he had illustrated. The book portrays a mixed emotion of fear, sadness, uncertainty, hope and joy. His job was to fuse all those feelings through pictures and come up with interesting and playful illustrations. His style in creating illustrations is to see things in the character’s perspective. Among his other works are Piagsugpata, The story of how everything began, Hello, tatay!, Sinemadyika, Ang riles sa tiyan ni tatay, Si Berting ang batang uling, Whuush, at Ang Batang may maraming maraming baha.

    Aldy has a sense of joy and passion for kid’s heart and that defines why he chooses to be part of AngInk. He has worked as a freelancer with groups that take care of children’s welfare and rights and he has always been a fan of local and foreign children’s picture book back then. “I brought local books as pasalubong to my little sister before and saw that my favorite illustrators are members of Ink. The organization helped me a lot since I joined,” Aldy says.

    Aside from being an illustrator, Aldy is a fulltime father and a husband. He also has an interest in playing percussions. “I used to play drums with my friends that I miss dearly,” he shares.

    Aldy’s perseverance and eagerness to do what he loves doing served as his foundation to his success. According to Aldy, respect, humility, and loving what you do are the three qualities one should possess not only for becoming a successful illustrator but also for all aspects in life. What would you tell young illustrators trying to break into the business? “If they want to get noticed, work hard, join competitions, submit their works to publishers, post them in social media, do whatever it takes to get noticed then work harder once someone gives you a break. And it’s not what you can do and what you have that matters the most, its how you put it into use,” Aldy says.

    Aldy is currently working on his own story for a picture book and he hopes it will turn out well.

  • NBDB and PBBY announce Best Reads of 2012-2013

    The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) announced the winners of the 3rd National Children's Book Awards on 26 July 2014. Close to 200 writers, artists, and publishers attended the event held at the GT-Toyota Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

    The Best Reads in Philippine Children’s Books published in 2012-2013 are Hating Kapatid written by Raissa Rivera Falgui, illustrated by Fran Alvarez; Ngumiti Si Andoy written by Xi Zuq, illustrated by Dominic Agsaway; The Little Girl in a Box written by Felinda V. Bagas, illustrated by Aldy C. Aguirre; and What Kids Should Know about Andres and the Katipunan written by Weng Cahiles, illustrated by Isa Natividad. The four books are published by Adarna House, Inc.

    The panel of judges tasked to choose the Best Reads was composed of Robert Alejandro, renowned artist and designer; Daisy Calado, reading specialist; Troy Lacsamana, librarian; Isabel “Pepper” Roxas, illustrator and graphic designer; and Budjette Tan, comic book writer.

    For the first time, the NCBA had a Kids’ Choice Award for the best picture book chosen by a panel of young readers. The Kids’ Choice Award was awarded to The Day of Darkness written by Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan, illustrated by Gutch Gutierrez, and published by The Bookmark, Inc.

    The panel of judges for the Kids’ Choice Award was composed of two groups of kids, those ages 11 to 13, namely: Alon Luna Fabros, Jay Harold Odon, Pheonna Heart Ragasa, Amihan Ramos, and Miranda Villanueva; and those ages 10 and below, namely: Carelle Ann Abanico, Sophia Aspera, Apriel Beltran, Alonzo John Ibarra Cristobal, and Rafael Varela.

    Bahay Kubo, the classic Filipino song illustrated by Pergylene Acuña and published by Adarna House, Inc., was honored as Best Book for readers ages 0 to 4, a prize sponsored by Save the Children International.

    Gerald Cai, Head of Learning & Reading, Media Solutions Centre, Southeast Asia and Oceana of Samsung Asia, attended the ceremony to launch the Samsung KidsTime Author's Award that aims to recognize quality children's books in the region.

    NBDB Chair Hon. Flor Marie Sta.Romana Cruz and PBBY Chair Tarie Sabido officially turned over copies of the winning books to the representatives of the Department of Education: Hon. Francis Varela, Undersecretary for Finance and Administration, and Hon. Dina S. Ocampo, Undersecretary for Programs and Projects; and Flordeliza Quiñones of the National Library.

  • NBDB holds its 2014 Mid-Year Assessment and Team Building

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    The National Book Development Board held its 2014 Mid-Year Assessment and Team Building on August 1 and 2, 2014 at Vista Venice Highlands Resorts in Morong, Bataan. The two events are aimed at fostering stronger relationship, improving effective team communication, and the continued professional development of the staff.

    Among the activities done during the two-day workshop were an obstacle course, team experiential learning games and exercises on team work. NBDB got the chance to enjoy and try their hand at completing the obstacle challenges facilitated for them. It was a fun-filled experience for the NBDB staff to explore and learn something new about one another which will certainly help improve the work environment. Also, creative presentations were made by each division to discuss accomplishments and review which goals were effectively done so far this year.

    NBDB Chair Flor Marie Sta. Romana Cruz hopes that these events have strengthened the inter-departmental coordination and efficiency throughout the organization and between employees.

  • Fictionist Daryll Delgado once wanted to be a dog

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    Interview by Kris Lanot Lacaba

    Today, Daryll Delgado—a brilliant fictionist and the author of the short story
    collection After the Body Displaces water—has become a more voracious reader
    than ever. As a young girl, the books she read made her want to be a detective,
    or a castaway sailor, a Russian priest, a Japanese boy, or a dog.
    What are you reading these days?

    I just reread Mookie Katigbak’s Burning Houses, Alwynn Javier’s Ang Pasipiko so
    Loob ng Aking Maleta, and the two short story anthologies, Manila Noir, and
    Maximum Volume.

    I always have to read lots of media reports and NGO reports, laws and regulations,
    and such. I don’t not enjoy this kind of reading, but I don’t seek it either. When
    I’m swamped, my in-between-work-reading tends to be a Nabokov or a Cortazar,
    a John Banville or a Borges, Gluck’s poetry or a random romance novel. I read the
    way I listen to music, sometimes. I let my mood dictate my choices. I don’t always
    process too much.

    What will you read next?

    I really don’t know. I don’t have any kind of reading program. I don’t update my
    reading list. These days, I read whatever I can get my hands on. I am in the middle
    of several books right now, apart from my staple ones. I’m in the middle of DFW’s
    Everything and More, Yi Yun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, Carol Maso’s The Art Lover,
    Agnes Keith’s Land Below the Wind, and Proust’s Swann’s Way. I might go back to
    Proust. I keep going back to Proust, and I don’t mind not getting to the end of it
    just yet. There are also so many books by Filipino writers that I have been meaning
    to read.

  • NBDB holds first kapihan for book authors

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    The National Book Development Board (NBDB) recently concluded the Limbag Kapihan, a first in a series of fora for book industry stakeholders. The Limbag Kapihan, held onTuesday, March 3, at the NBDB office in Pasig City, tackled issues concerning authorsvwith regards to publishing.

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    The Kapihan was well attended with 69 authors and various industry stakeholders
    joining the discussion on various issues relevant to the publishing industry.
    The forum, dedicated to authors, began with NBDB Executive Director Graciela
    Cayton explaining the publishing industry supply chain, which included content producers, publishers, printers, paper suppliers, booksellers, etc. Atty. Louie Calvario of the
    Intellectual Property Office gave the basics on writers’ rights and copyright issues.
    Retired book publisher and distributor Lirio Sandoval recounted his experience in
    publishing a 10-volume encyclopedia of Philippine history. Sarge Lacuesta, fictionist
    and literary editor, discussed writers’ royalties, fees, and advances. Sandoval and
    Lacuesta led discussions on current publishing practices here and abroad.
    Writers Isagani Cruz and Ricardo Lee began a discussion on writers’ experiences.
    Both opined that, ideally, writers should be able to earn a living from writing books.
    They and many attendees discussed the writing process, alternative sources of income
    for writers, and issues such as taxation and publishers’ contracts.
    Book blogger and book club organizer Honey de Peralta talked about Filipino readership
    and reading habits, referring to the NBDB 2011 readership survey as well as an informal
    reader survey she conducted. She refutes notions that Filipinos do not read, emphatically stating that reading in the Philippines is alive and well.
    Writer and literary agent Andrea Pasion Flores explained what it is that literary agents
    do and posed the question of whether there is a need for literary agents for Philippine
    authors. Poet Ruel De Vera was on hand to give the closing remarks.
    The Limbag Kapihan for authors is a first in a series of public consultations and
    discussions with various book industry stakeholders. The kapihan aims to tackle current publishing realities and issues, with an eye towards facing the challenges of ASEAN
    economic integration in 2015.
    The NBDB is a government entity tasked with the development of the book publishing industry in the Philippines. It holds the annual Philippine International Literature Festival,
    the National Book Awards, the National Children’s Book Awards, and various reading advocacy activities and bookselling events. The NBDB is under the Department of Education and works with other government entities and private organization in formulating policy affecting book development in the country.

  • NBDB announces recipients of 2013 trust fund grant

    The NBDB is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2013 National Book Development Trust Fund: Mga Tigmo sa Balagbatbat by Telesforo Sungkit, Jr. for the category A Novel or Book-Length Literary Work Originally Written in Cebuano; UDI(H): Documentasyon ng Pagpapanday ng mga Ifugao by Lars Raymund Ubaldo for the category Documentation/Codification of a continue reading

  • NBDB now accepting applicants for 2013 writing grant

    The National Book Development Board (NBDB) is calling upon authors with manuscripts for books to apply for the National Book Development Trust Fund Grant for 2013. The chosen manuscripts will receive a grant of at least P200,000.00 each. Manuscripts should be on any of the following: Local history of a province written in English or continue reading

  • The Ken Spillman and NBDCS AFCC Subsidy

    Once a year, participants come to the Asian Festival for Children’s Content (AFCC) in Singapore to meet and mingle with writers, illustrators, publishers, editors, and producers of excellent children’s content. You come, too. To assist Filipino creators to access regional opportunities, Australian children’s author Ken Spillman has made available a grant of Ten Thousand Pesos continue reading

  • Our New Office Location

    Please be adviced that the NBDB will be in the process of transferring to its new office from 2012 December 17-28. For urgent matters, you may still call 920-9853 and 9293677 or e-mail helpdesk@nbdb.gov.ph. Telephone numbers 929-3883 and 929-3887 will not be serviceable until 2012 January 2. Thank you for bearing with us.

    New NBDB Office
    Unit 2401, Prestige Tower,
    F. Ortigas Jr. Road (formerly Emerald Avenue),
    Ortigas Centre, Pasig City

  • NBDB’s Highly Recommended Supplementary Materials Launched

    To launch the list of quality books and readings that can be used as supplementary materials, the National Book Development Board (NBDB), in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), organized the Highly Recommended Supplementary Materials Conference and Book Fair that was held last 27-28 November 2012 at the Mega Trade Hall I, SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong City.

    The Book Fair boasted of award-winning books and reading materials published locally. A number of books which passed the screening conducted by Network of Outstanding Teachers and Educators (NOTED) were also exhibited. Next to the Book Fair, an academic and scholarly conference was held. The use of local culture and the latest technology in educating the youth was emphasized.

    The HRSM list and the related events aim to help the educators from the public and private schools in making intelligent choices in the vetting of supplementary books and materials for use in their respective schools.

  • NBDB is looking for an Accountant

    The National Book Development Board is looking for an Accountant to join its ranks.

    Accountant III (SG 19)
    Administrative and Financial Services Division

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    1. Review reports: Collection and Deposits, Disbursements by Disbursing Officers, Checks issued and trial balances submitted and the related supporting documents before final recording in the books of original entry;

    2. Keep and maintain the books of original entry: Check Disbursement Journal, Journal of Collections & Deposits, Cash Disbursement Journal, General Journal;

    3. Prepare and maintain the general ledger; trial balances and other financial statements;

    4. Verify COA disallowances and prepare journal vouchers and collection letters;

    5. Reconcile physical inventory of properties with the books of accounts;

    6. Sign disbursement and ascertain that government funds are expended or utilized in accordance with law and regulation and safeguards against loss or wastage through illegal or improper disposition;

    7. Submit financial statements/reports as required by COA, DBM and other government agencies;

    8. Perform such other related functions as may be assigned by the proper authority

    CSC Qualification Standards:
    1. Bachelor's Degree relevant to the job
    2. 2 years relevant experience in government accounting, auditing and budgeting
    3. 8 hours of relevant training
    4. Eligibility: RA 1080 (CPA)

    Interested applicants for both positions may send a copy of their résumé/CV to oed@nbdb.gov.ph or fax them to 9268238

  • The NBDB Commits to Excellence and Ethical Practices

    In a special board meeting held on February 18, 2012, the National Book Development Board resolved to amend its Vision and Mission statements to focus on an aspect of book development that requires equal attention: the promotion of excellence and ethical practices within the book publishing industry.

    The call to adhere to ethical business practices is not only timely, but necessary, as the public is so inundated with news about graft and corrupt practices that it is in danger of becoming inured. This should not be the case, especially when it comes to books.

    Though no concrete evidence has ever surfaced to prove the existence of unethical business practices within the book industry, the Board recognizes the prevalence of these practices, which have been brought about by cutthroat competition within the industry itself. Unfortunately, these practices happen in the sale of books both in the public and private sectors.

    The NBDB strongly urges members of the industry, as well as schools, to police their own ranks and to work with government in curbing these unethical practices. The Board feels that this is particularly crucial today because children and young adult Filipinos are exposed, through various media, to examples of unethical practices.

    The NBDB would like to remind everyone who forms part of the book publishing industry that the Declaration of Policy found in Republic Act 8047, the law that created the NBDB, states that the book industry has a significant role to play in national development and, as such, it is different from all other industries. This is precisely the reason it receives significant support from government.

    The Declaration of Policy also states that books, which are its products, are instrumental to the citizenry's intellectual, technical and cultural development - the basic social foundation for the country's economic and social growth. The NBDB Board hopes that all who comprise this industry should play their part in creating excellent and affordable books in an ethical environment that truly contributes to national development.

    The new NBDB board is chaired by Flor Marie Sta. Romana Cruz. Ms. Sta. Romana Cruz is a prizewinning writer of children's literature and an essayist. She has a column in one of the leading national dailies. She tackles issues dealing with education, literacy and literature.

  • 14 Book Publishers sign Integrity Pledge

    Fourteen book publishers this month signed the “Integrity Pledge,” a document which calls on businessmen to observe ethical business practices and good corporate governance. The Integrity Pledge specifically binds business owners andmanagers to “prohibit bribery in any form in all activities under their control and ensure that their charitable and political contributions, business gifts,and sponsorships are transparent and will not be for the purpose of attempting to influence the recipient, whether government or private, into an improper exercise of functions duties or judgment.”

    The fourteen signatories from the book publishing Socorro Ramos of National Book Store chain, Bienvenido Tan of Bookmark,Marily Orosa, President of Studio 5 Designs Publishing, Rhodora de Leon,Marketing Manager of Gabay Eskwela Publishing House, Rossana Llenado, Presidentof Ahead Books and Things Enterprises, Deo Alvarez, General Manager of AtlasPublishing Company, Conchita Ramirez, Assistant General Manager of Brown Madonna Press, Doroteo Gerardo Alanguilan, Jr., Owner of Komikero Publishing,Jerry Vicente Catabijan, President of St. Mary’s Publishing Corporation,Rebecca Veloso, President of Studio Graphics Corporation, Elizabeth Ocampo,General Manager of Wiseman’s Books Trading, Jigger Latoza, Director of theUniversity of San Agustin-Iloilo Center for Research and Publications, Olivia Limpe-Aw of Foresight Books Publishing and Distribution Co., and Paul Aragonesof OMF Literature, Inc.

    Dr. Dennis Gonzalez, the NBDB chair, said that they invited book publishers and textbook manufacturers early this month to sign the Integrity Pledge in support of President Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid” initiative to curb graft and corruption in government and to level the playing field in business. “Without support and cooperation from the private sector, any anti-corruption program that will be initiated by the government will likely fail. And a level playing field can only be achieved when textbook suppliers do not resort to bribery and other questionable practices to bag government textbook contracts,” Gonzalez said.

    Gonzalez disclosed that early this month, NBDB circulated the Integrity Pledge among the 200 estimated book publishing firms currently operating in the country. He is hoping that more book publishers will sign the Integrity Pledge and join NBDB in its efforts to raise the quality of textbooks in the Philippines.

  • Invitation for Filipino Authors to participate in the Filbookfest in San Francisco USA

    The Literacy Initiatives International Foundation (LIIF) of San Francisco, through the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), invites Filipino authors to join the Filbookfest on October 1 - 2, 2011 at the San Francisco Library, California USA.

    The LIIF, through the Asia Foundation, will sponsor the airfare and accommodation of six (6) authors who will be selected to deliver talks and presentations during the two-day festival. The invitation is also open to those authors who can go on their own or can find other sponsors for their trip.

    The following are the guidelines and procedures for authors who would like to be sponsored by LIIF:

    1. Should have a published book already

    2. Relatively young ( between 20-40 yrs old)

    3. Has a US Visa already or is confident of getting one

    4. Is capable of doing an interesting presentation

    5. Willing to present on the following topics:
    • Children's books
    • Cookery
    • Inspirational
    • Travel and Culture
    • Health and Wellness
    • Fiction that are not too localized

    Qualified authors may send their written applications to the BDAP secretariat at:

    Address: AZ Bldg 723 Bumatay St. Plainview
    1550 Mandaluyong City

    Email: flor.javier@azdirect.com.ph
    Fax number: 533-2399

    Application should contain the following:

    • Short bio-data or resume
    • List of books published
    • 2x2 colored picture

    Successful candidates are entitled to free transportation and accommodation in San Francisco, California, USA. Candidates who will be selected but not given US Visa, will not be entitled to the grant. The position will go to the next qualified candidate.

    Deadline for submission of applications is March 31, 2011.

    Authors who will not be funded by Asia Foundation must write a letter of intent so that LIIF can send a formal letter of invitation.

    For further inquiries, call the BDAP Secretariat at 533-2309 c/o Flor Javier.

  • Marco Mañalac is a proud geek

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    Marco Mañalac first created a buzz last year when he scored the role of Allan Strang in the Philippine adaptation of the Tony-award winning play Equus, the same controversial role played by Daniel Radcliffe about a boy and his god-like fascination with horses. He was a popular bet in last year’s MYX VJ Hunt where he consistently garnered the highest SMS votes from viewers. And just last September, he walked the runway alongside the country’s sexiest men when he made it to the centerfold of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s hottest bachelors and joined the Cosmo Bachelor Bash. Marco started doing commercials and began acting when he joined the Trumpets workshop which also opened opportunities such as his hosting stints in the Nickelodeon channel. He’s hosted shows like Whacked and In the Can.

    But before Marco became that familiar face on television and magazines, he was a self-confessed comic fan boy of Spider-Man and DC comics. He said he’s been a bookworm since he was a kid, and like most kids, started with all-time favorites like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Goosebumps.

    Although a comic book geek, Marco does not limit his reading list to his childhood superheroes. His favorite books may be predominantly fantasy and sci-f (he’s read the Dark Towers series, Dune, Catch-22, Endoverse, Secret Invasion, Blackest Night,and the Star Wars novels), but the genres of books he has read go way beyond a typical boy’s preferences. He digs classics like Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness, as well as Chinese masterpieces like Journey to the West and Romance of the Three Kingdoms. And like many of us, he also enjoyed Harry Potter and the Twilight series. Marco took up Communications at the Ateneo de Manila with a minor in Literature, that’s why the books he has read are that diverse. And yes, he graduated Cum Laude, too. His love of reading ever since he was a kid enthused him to take up a course that would keep him in touch with literature and creative writing.

    Marco is such a devotee of graphic novels, that while he was still a student at the Ateneo, he formed CAPES, an organization of comic book lovers that met every week to discuss and debate about the latest issues of their favorite titles.

    “People have really strong opinions when it comes to their favorite comic books. One time, we had a heated debate on Civil War, about whether or not superheroes should reveal their real identities to the public,” he said.

    The group also came up with weekly issues of comics that they themselves wrote and drew and sold to fellow students.

    The other subjects he took up in college also introduced Marco to the works of Filipino authors. In his class with award-winning writer Rica Bolipata-Santos, they were required to read chick lit novels such as Tara FT Sering’s Almost Married and Getting Better. “I think they (chick lit novels) are great! The stories they tell are very real that you can relate to them. You’re drawing from your own experience, you’re feeling what the characters are feeling, and you’re going through what they’re going through.” Marco also cites Jose Dalisay’s novel Soledad’s Sister as one of his all-time favorite books. The novel relates the hardships that OFWs experience overseas and the further discrimination they live through when they return to their homeland.

    “I go to bookstores whenever I’m in the mall. Plus, the comics come out every Wednesday in the US, so here I go to the bookstore to buy my copy either on Thursday or Friday,” says Marco. He has also passed along his passion for reading by telling friends and classmates about the books he read. “I started spreading the ‘good news’ in high school. In Facebook, my friends look forward to my Comic Pick of the Week. I started lending my books in high school but it’s so frustrating because most of my classmates didn’t return them to me,” he shares laughing.

    Now as the latest addition to the list of NBDB’s Get Caught Reading endorsers, Marco is happy to be in the company of fellow hardcore bookworms.

  • Sam Concepcion gets caught reading!

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    Teen heart throb Sam Concepcion is one of the National Book Development Board’s (NBDB) Get Caught Reading campaign ambassadors. This is aside from the numerous advocacies he is supporting as Youth Ambassador for Education and the Arts, Department of Education’s Youth Role Model, Ambassador for Education and Spokesperson, and World Vision’s Ambassador for Children,.

    When the NBDB launched Get Caught Reading in 2007, Sam and his fellow cast members of Super Inggo went on a tour of schools to promote the habit of reading. Sam is also a regular storyteller in the NBDB’s storytelling events in malls, libraries, and schools.

    "Reading is like a song. There’s certain feeling you associate with reading a book the same way you’re reminded of something when you listen to songs," says Sam, who at 17 is already a veteran in theater productions. Among his stage roles are Edmund Pevensie in Trumpet’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. He says it helps a lot to re-read the books everytime he plays a character from an adaptation.

    Having come from a family of musicians, it was inevitable that Sam would pursue a singing career. As a kid, he was a commercial model. In spite of being busy with theater, promoting his albums, and visiting places all over the country to support his advocacies he does not take for granted his studies. He is currently home-schooled under the International Studies program.

    Sam recently released his sophomore album "Pop Class" and is a mainstay in ASAP where he is member of Gigger Boys and A-Pop. Together with other Get Caught Reading celebrity endorsers like Chris Tiu, Nikki Gil, Robi Domingo, Matt Evans, and Karylle, Sam will be participating in many of the NBDB’s readership promotion campaigns.

  • PGMA signs EO 885 eliminating taxes on imported books

    President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently signed Executive Order 885 “MODIFYING THE RATES OF IMPORT DUTY ON CERTAIN IMPORTED ARTICLES AS PROVIDED UNDER PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 1464, AS AMENDED”, exempting imported books from customs duties.

    The President signed EO 885 in response to last year’s protests against the Great Book Blockade. Early last year, the NBDB led local booksellers and book lovers in objection to the Department of Finance’s Department Order 17-09’s or the Clarificatory Guidelines on the Duty-Free Importation of Books which imposed customs and duties on imported books that entered the country.

    The elimination of duties on books is aimed to promote and strengthen the development of education in the Philippines.

    Click here for to view EO 885.

  • Anti-Book Piracy Council launched to fight book pirates

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    (l-r) Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society Exec. Director Alvin Buenaventura, IPO Deputy Director General Allan B. Gepty, Philippine National Police Deputy Director General Perfecto Palad, IPO Director General Ricardo R. Blancaflor, NBDB Chairman Dr. Dennis T. Gonzalez, NBI- IPRD Exec. Director Atty. Dante Bonoan, NBDB Exec. Director Atty. Andrea Pasion-Flores, Book Development Association of the Philippines President Lirio Sandoval and OMB Chairman and CEO Ronnie Ricketts

    Manila, Philippines – Users, manufacturers and sellers of illegal photocopied books and textbooks in print and digital formats are numbered.

    Starting May 2010, the newly formed Anti-Book Piracy Coalition (ABC) would go on full swing in its anti-book piracy campaign all-over the country.

    The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Optical Media Board and the Philippine National Police (PNP), together with the National Book Development Board, Book Development Association of the Philippines and the Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, have banded together through the leadership of the Intellectual Property Office - Philippines and launched the “Anti-Book Piracy Council (ABC)” on 26 May 2010 at the IPO Office in Makati City as a move to control incidents of book piracy and illegal photocopying inside and outside school campuses in the country at the start of the school year 2010-2011.

  • Submission of nominations to the 1st National Children’s Book Awards extended up to May 28
  • NBDB supports Asian Festival of Children’s Content

    Calling all publishers, children’s book writers, illustrators, librarians and storytellers! On May 6 to 9, Singapore will host the Asian Festival of Children’s Content featuring an unprecedented list of international speakers in the field of publishing and media. The 4-day festival will highlight lectures, forums, workshops, and an Asian publisher’s syposium consisting of workshops from continue reading

  • NBDB to host a panel discussion on Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado

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    The wait's almost over, guys. Ilustrado's big debut in Manila is near! The NBDB will host an afternoon conversation on Philippine lit and publishing with Miguel Syjuco at the Filipinas Heritage Library on April 14, 2010 at 3 pm. Man Asian shortlisted novelist Jose Dalisay will join him, and so will Palanca publisher Antonio Hidalgo. Ilustrado is published by Macmillan. Stay tuned for more details!

  • Winners of the Tulaan sa Tren 2 Poetry Writing Contest

    The National Book Development Board is pleased to announce the winners of the Tulaan sa Tren 2 Poetry Writing Contest. Filipino Category 1st Prize Pan-Rush Hour by Joselito delos Reyes 2nd Prize Sa Metro Linea 3 by Gexter Ocampo Lacambra 3rd Prize Tren, Tren, Tren by Abdon Balde Jr. Runners-Up Dahilan ay Ikaw by Danilo continue reading

  • 28th National Book Awards winners announced

    The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) announced the winners of the 28th National Book Awards last November 14, during the awards ceremonies held at the Ayala Museum in Makati City.

    Anvil Publishing, Inc. bagged this year's Publisher of the Year Award for having published the most number of winning books this year.

    List of Winners:

    Arts & Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize for Best Book on Art: The Shared Voice: Chanted and Spoken Narratives from the Philippines, Grace Nono (Anvil Publishing and Fundacion Santiago)

    Autobiography/Biography: Afro-Asia in Upheaval: A Memoir of Front-line Reporting, Amando Doronila (Anvil Publishing)

    General Nonfiction: Ah, Wilderness! A Journey Through Sacred Time, Simeon Dumdum Jr. (Ateneo de Manila University Press)

    Leisure: Café by the Ruins: Memories and Recipes, Lia Llamado, Adelaida Lim and Feliz Perez (Anvil Publishing)

    Literary Criticism/Literary History: Our Scene So Fair: Filipino Poetry in English, 1905 to 1955, Gémino H. Abad (University of the Philippines Press)

    Poetry: The Gods We Worship Live Next Door, Bino A Realuyo (Anvil Publishing)

    Professions: Sine Gabay: A Film Study Guide, Nick Deocampo and the Center for New Cinema (Anvil Publishing)

    Sciences: Diabetes is BitterSweet: A Guide to Understanding Diabetes, edited by Estrellita V. Fernando-Lopez, (SweetStar Publication)

    Social Sciences: Competing Views and Strategies on Agrarian Reform, Volume I: International Perspective and Volume II: Philippine Perspective, Saturnino M. Borras Jr. (Ateneo de Manila University Press)

    Design: The Philippines Through European Lenses: Late 19th Century Photographs from the Meekamp Van Embden Collection, designed by Karl Frederick M. Castro (Ateneo de Manila University Press)

    This year’s trophy was designed by young sculptor and TOYM awardee Michael Cacnio.

    The 28th National Book Awards was sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Ayala Foundation, Ayala Museum, Manila Bulletin, Fuji Xerox Phils., Michael Cacnio, and the Metro Gallery.

  • Governing Board names OIC- Deputy Executive Director

    The NBDB Governing Board, during its 175th Regular Board Meeting last 25 August 2009, has appointed Edgardo P. Sabalvoro as officer-in-charge of the Office of the Deputy Executive Director vice Frances Jeanne L. Sarmiento who retires from Government Service effective 1 September 2009.

    Mr. Sabalvoro has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the National College of Public Administration and Governance in UP-Diliman and has a Career Service Executive Eligibility (CSEE) in 2005. He also worked with the Office of the Chairman from July 1997 – December 1998 as Executive Assistant III and re-joined NBDB as Executive Assistant V, under the Office of the Chairman from January 2003 to the present.

    Mr. Sabalvoro was previously connected with Claretian Publications Inc. and Crossroads Publications Inc. as Division Head and Marketing Director, respectively.

  • NBDB awards 2008 Quality Seal to textbooks in Math and English

    The National Book Development Board (NBDB) awarded the 2008 NBDB Quality Seal to XL Excelling in Mathematics 3 and Rainbows in English 5, both by Vibal Publishing House last May 29 at Discovery Suites, Pasig City.

    Aside from serving as a badge of excellence to guide private schools in selecting quality textbooks for students, the evaluation procedure of the Quality Seal also helps publishers of nominated textbooks in improving the content of the books, which undergo a rigorous evaluation process by experts from different reputable learning institutions.

    “Publishing textbooks in a developing country is a tremendous responsibility. This is more so for the public school system where the textbook is the only source of knowledge, though it is no less important for textbooks intended for the private schools,” says NBDB Executive Director Atty. Andrea Pasion-Flores. “The NBDB has been helping publishers by making available more avenues to upgrade the quality of textbooks. It is hoped publishers take advantage of these to improve the quality of their textbooks.”

    The NBDB started conferring the Quality Seal last year starting with textbooks in Mathematics. The NBDB Quality Seal is one of the NBDB’s initiatives to improve the quality of textbooks in the country.

    For 2009, the NBDB will be accepting nominations for English and Science. Schools and publishers are encouraged to submit their nominations. For the complete nomination procedure, interested parties may call the NBDB at 920-9853.

  • FILCOLS now a member of IFRRO

    Authors and publishers can now rejoice, collective management in the realm of book publishing and related industries is now a reality for them.

    FILCOLS or Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society Inc., a local collective management society, which the NBDB helped establish in 2008, is now a member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO), the international organization of collective management societies based in Belgium. IFRRO currently has 56 member-RROs worldwide. In an email communication received by the NBDB, Mr. Olav Stokkmo, Chief Executive and Secretary General of IFRRO, confirmed that the IFRRO Board, during its meeting on 3 June 2009, approved FILCOL’s application for RRO membership in IFRRO.

    On 26 March 2008, the NBDB Board, during the 164th Regular Board Meeting passed resolution 01-164 recognizing FILCOLS as the NBDB’s recognized reprographic rights organization to assist FILCOLS to grow their membership and to eventually qualify for membership in IFRRO. Its endorsement is good for three (3) years and its performance will again be evaluated on April 2011. The Intellectual Property Office - Philippines likewise supported FILCOL’s membership in IFFRO.

    The NBDB Board is tasked per section 6 (c)of R.A. 8047 to “formulate policies, guidelines and mechanisms to ensure that editors, compilers, and especially authors are paid justly and promptly royalties due them for reproduction of their works in any form and number and for whatever purpose.”

    The NBDB facilitated the formation of FILCOLS, as mandated in the National Book Policy 1.7 which provides that “mechanisms shall be formulated to ensure that the intellectual properties of authors and publishers are adequately protected through collective reprography licensing and other schemes.”

    NBDB Chairman Dennis T. Gonzalez, is thankful to Paul Wee of Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore (CLASS), Caroline Morgan and Karen Pitt of Copyright Agency Limited of Australia (CAL), and Olav Stokkmo, Chief Executive and Secretary General of IFRRO for assisting the NBDB in establishing a local collective management society for authors and publishers since 2003. Atty. Andrea Pasion-Flores, NBDB Executive Director, is optimistic that this positive development will encourage local authors and publishers to collectively manage their reprographic and reproduction rights of their copyrighted works to better provide them protection against infringement and illegal reproduction of their works, while giving copyright owners fair remuneration for their works.

    The officers of Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society are Virgilio S. Almario, chair (author, national artist); Karina A. Bolasco, Vice Chair (Local Trade Publisher), Lirio P. Sandoval, Treasurer (President, Book Development Association of the Philippines); Mariano L. Kilates (author); Abdon M. Balde, Jr. (author) Galileo S. Zafra (author); Jerry Vincent S. Catabijan (local textbook publisher), Rolando de Vera (foreign publisher representative); and Alvin J. Buenaventura, executive director.

  • Chris Tiu is latest Get Caught Reading endorser

    household name Chris Tiu has been most successful at, it’s multitasking. Already, at age twenty-three, he has performed and done well in the many roles he’s had to play in his life, among them: athlete, star student, television host, entrepreneur, local politician, brand endorser, ambassador for social causes—even every teenage girl’s dream guy. Now, as if he doesn’t endure enough stress juggling around these things (his daily practice and games, tapings and photo shoots) Chris Tiu has taken in one more advocacy to add to his shining roster of achievements: the National Book Development Board’s (NBDB) Get Caught Reading (GCR) Campaign.

    Like fellow celebrity readers and endorsers Nikki Gil, Karylle and Christian Batuista, Chris is set to participate soon in the storytelling and book distribution activities of the NBDB. Unlike them, however, Chris did not give much attention to the prospect of reading books at an early age. He was as most boys were—physical beings, always spotted running around playing sports and the Play Station with his brothers and cousins.

    It was only in high school that Chris got into the bandwagon of bookworm friends and started reading on a regular basis. He would take books off the Sidney Sheldon and John Grisham shelves, in bookstores, or from the collections of friends, imagining himself as the lead character in this or that thriller. Later on when he got to college at the Ateneo, studying Management Engineering, his reading interests grew further, but he also always brought around with him finance and banking books—to learn more than what is being taught as school, he says.

    These days, Chris makes it a point to visit bookstores whenever he’s at the mall, and to read regularly, be it newspapers, magazines or books (his choices now range from biographies to world affairs), as long as they keep him informed. He actually looks forward to taking trips out of town or abroad, because these are the only times he gets to read in peace and finish a book—which he hasn’t achieved for a long time. At the end of a busy day, when he’s at home and not in a hotel room after a game with the Philippine team, Chris, after checking his emails and keeping fans up to date through his blog, makes sure to check in on current events websites, so he’s sure to know what’s going on in the outside world, even when his own is quite full already.

    Chris is very enthusiastic in joining causes like these that promote literacy among the young for two reasons. First, because he himself wishes that he could have started his affair with reading at an early age. And second, because he believes that a good education is the key to producing good citizens, who will in turn, work on improving the country’s situation.

    Watch out for more of Chris’ activities as he gets caught reading!

  • Judge delays Google book settlement hearing

    NEW YORK (AP) – The federal court overseeing Google Inc.'s settlement over its book-scanning program is giving authors four more months to opt out of the deal and review its potential pitfalls.
    Instead of a May 5 deadline, the court ruled Tuesday that authors now have until Sept. 4 to review the agreement.

    Under the Google Print Library Project, snippets from millions of out-of-print but copyright-protected books have been indexed online by Michigan and other libraries. Google has called the project, which also scans public-domain works, an invaluable chance for books to receive increased exposure.

    But in a class-action suit filed in 2005, the Authors Guild alleged that Google was "engaging in massive copyright infringement." Within weeks, publishers also sued.

    In October 2008, Google and the publishing industry agreed to settle their battle. The settlement calls for Google to pay $125 million while developing online sales opportunities for scanned books that turn up in Google searches. Google would get 37 percent of future revenue and publishers and authors would share the rest.

    Mountain View, Calif.-based Google would also pay for the millions of copyrighted books already scanned — $60 per complete work to the rights holder — and for the legal fees of the Authors Guild and publishing association.

    In November 2008 a judge had set a June 2009 date for a final settlement and hearing to decide if the deal is fair, reasonable and adequate. Tuesday's extension pushes back the final hearing on the settlement's approval to Oct. 7.

    All other deadlines and key dates in the case remain the same, including the May 5 deadline by which a book must have been scanned in order for an author to be entitled to a cash payment.
    But there may be another hurdle to the deal's approval. The Justice Department is reviewing whether Google's settlement violates antitrust laws, The Wall Street Journal said late Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

    The Justice Department recently contacted Google and other parties for details on the settlement, the newspaper said, noting that it is unclear whether the agency would try to block the deal.

  • Pinoy illustrator, publishing house nominated for Swedish award

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    By Llanesca T. Panti

    A Filipino illustrator and a local publishing house have been nominated for the world’s largest prize for children and young adult literature, the Consul General of Sweden reported Thursday.

    Albert Gamos, the illustrator of the The Best of Lola Basyang by Severino Reyes, and Adarna House Publishing were nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a Swedish children’s literature award established by the Swedish government in 2002 in honor of the Swedish children’s books writer Astrid Lindgren. The award, which is given annually with 5 million Swedish crowns, aims to increase interest in children and young people’s literature, and to promote children’s rights on a global level.

    The Best of Lola Basyang, which earned Gamos a Gintong Aklat Award for Children’s Literature and won him the National Book Award for Best Anthology. Additionally, he also finished runner-up at the 1992 Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations.

    Adarna House, on the other hand, has been considered for the prestigious award for its Literacy Project called Bright Minds Read (BMR) which they launched in 2003 together with the Ronald McDonald House of Charities and the Department of Education.
    BMR was a response to a study conducted among public school students, which revealed that after completing first grade, 40 percent of students still cannot read. Together with educators from the University of the Philippines, 32 picture books were then created and a campaign to teach teachers how to use BMR materials was done.
    In the program’s first year, the percentage of Grade 1 non-readers dramatically dropped to 4 percent. To date, BMR has covered 2,000 schools.

    Adarna has also partnered with Reach Out and Read-Philippines (ROR-P) to promote early literacy and a love for books. The first bilingual (Filipino-English) board books will be provided to pediatric patientsbelow two years old.

    In October last year, Adarnaa House and Reach Out and Read (ROR) Philippines also opened the Adarna House Reading Corner in the activity center of Philippine Children’s Medical Center. The Philippines is one of the first few countries outside of the US that has implemented ROR.

    The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council. If the Filipinos win the award, they will score a breakthrough victory for the country since previous winners came from the United States, Austria, Brazil, United Kingdom, Japan, Venezuela and Australia.

    Unlike many similar awards in literature, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is solely funded by the Swedish central government.

    http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/march/13/yehey/top_stories/20090313top8.html

  • PGMA Signs Trust Fund Law for Philippine Authors

    Now, local authors, publishers and the reading public have more cause to celebrate.

    President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has signed into law last 5 March 2009 the National Book Development Trust Fund Act after both Houses of the 14th Congress have approved R. A. 9521 - An Act Creating a National Book Development Trust Fund To Support Philippine Authorship. A milestone legislation in local book development authored by Iloilo City Rep. Raul T. Gonzalez Jr., Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and co-authored by several members of the House as well as Senators Edgardo Angara, Allan Peter Cayetano, and Jinggoy Estrada, this law will provide authors from all regions of the country a reasonable amount to complete their manuscripts for publication.

    The NBDB Chairman, Dr. Dennis T. Gonzalez, says: “this will benefit veteran and promising authors working or researching on topics in which local books are either few or non-existent.” There are many subject areas in which local books are insufficient in number and variety, and most of the books in libraries and bookstores are foreign publications.

    According to data gathered by the NBDB, the United Kingdom exported £2.23 million (around Php 155 million) worth of books to the Philippines in 2007. The United States exported US$18.89 million worth of books to this country in the same year. US book export to the Philippines in 2008 (US$19.20M) is bigger than its book exports to New Zealand (US$12M), Malaysia (US$9.95M), Thailand (US$10.10M), Taiwan (US$15.06M) and Hong Kong (US$18.88M).

    With its enactment into law, the National Book Development Trust Fund of Php 150 million will be established within a period of one year, and the interest from the Fund will provide annually at least fifty (50) grants to authors in all regions in order to spur creativity and support the completion of local manuscripts or research works for publication.

    The NBDB shall be the administrator of the Fund and shall appoint a government financial institution as portfolio manager, subject to guidelines and decision-making mechanisms promulgated by the NBDB.

    The Trust Fund will assist authors to produce books especially on science and technology, local history, indigenous children’s stories, and translations of classic works into local languages, among others. “This will motivate and inspire veteran and budding authors to produce new titles or complete their manuscripts,” adds Dr. Gonzalez, who is also Associate Dean of the Ateneo School of Government.

    The first National Book Development Trust Fund bills were filed by then Deputy Speaker and now Justice Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez and Senator Loren Legarda at the 12th Congress in 2003.

    The NBDB Chairman thanks Her Excellency for her competent and active appointees to the NBDB, viz. Executive Director Atty. Andrea Pasion Flores, Dep. Exec. Dir. Frances Jean Sarmiento, and Governing Board members DTI Usec. Elmer Hernandez, NCCA Chair Vilma Labrador, DOST Asec. Malou Orijola, CHED Commissioner Nona Ricafort, UP Vice Pres. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Ateneo Prof. Queena Lee Chua, and publishers Alegria Limjoco, Alfredo Ramos, and Roland Robles.

    The NBDB hopes that the next President in 2010 will also appoint competent and responsible members of the Governing Board who shall be the ones who shall award the initial grants from the interest of the Trust Fund for Philippine Authors.

    Click here to view the entire R.A. 9521.

  • NBDB co-organizes Publishing in Cyberspace

    The NBDB, in partnership with the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), the University of the Philippines, and the University of the Philippines Press,
    conducted a cutting-edge seminar on "Publishing in Cyberspace" recently at
    the Pulungang Claro M. Recto Hall, Bulwagang Rizal of the UP College of Arts
    and Letters in UP Diliman.

    The event, which was attended mainly by publishers, writers, booksellers, and other book industry stakeholders, focused on what the future holds for book publishing in and how online marketing can be used to maximize sales. Speakers included Cambridge University Press's Christopher Boughton and Yehey! Philippines' Miguel Lim. The event was a good example of collaboration by academe and industry, reflecting both UP’s commitment to strengthening academic publishing in the Philippines, and the commitment of NBDB and BDAP to creating a world-class and globally competitive Philippine book publishing industry.

  • Salient Points of R.A. 9521

    Policy: It is the policy of the State to promote the continuing development of the book publishing industry in all regions of the country as embodied in Republic Act No. 8047 or the "Book Publishing Industry Development Act."

    Since authorship is one of the major components of book publishing, the national book policy obliges the State to create a dynamic and conducive environment for the promotion of Filipino authorship and other creative activities in book development.

    A National Book Development Trust Fund is established exclusively for the support and promotion of Filipino authorship especially in Science and Technology and in subject areas wherein locally authored books are either few or non-existent.

    Fund Sources:
    1. The amount of fifty million pesos (P50,000,000.00) shall be allotted in the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the next five (5) years starting from the enactment of this law;
    2. The amount of fifty million pesos (P50,000,000.00) from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) fund at five million pesos (P5,000,000.00) per month for ten (IO) months;
    3. Another fifty million pesos (P50,000,000.00) from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) at five million pesos (P5,000,000.00) per month for ten (10 ) months.

    Grants Program Guidelines:
    1. Only interests drawn from the fund sources shall be used;
    2. Grants will be awarded after one year and distributed equitably in the regions;
    3. Government corporations are authorized to give grants to the fund at their discretion;
    4. Contributions to the Fund shall be exempt from the donor's tax and the same shall be considered as allowable deductions from the gross income of the donor, in accordance with the provisions of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended;
    5. The National Book Development Board (NBDB) shall be the administrator of the Fund; For the sound and judicious management of the Fund, the NBDB shall appoint a government financial institution;
    6. The NBDB in coordination with the national and local government units (LGUs) shall undertake activities to inform, promote and develop Filipino authorship;
    7. The NBDB may provide incentives to LGUs such as, but not limited to, matching the funds being provided by the LGUs, in activities that reflect their partnership towards attaining the objectives of this Act.

    Effectivity. -This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in any newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines.

    This is consistent with other relevant policies:
    Section 2 of Republic Act 8047 recognized that “the book publishing industry has a significant role in national development…considering that books are the most effective and economical tools for achieving educational growth, for imparting information and for recording, preserving, and disseminating the nation’s heritage;

    The same law declares as a policy of the State to promote the continuing development of the book publishing industry, with the active participation of the private sector, to ensure the adequate supply of affordable, quality-produced books not only for the domestic but also the export market;

    Letter j, Section 6, Rule IV of the Rules and Regulations Implementing R.A. 8047 provides for the Governing Board the power and function to “receive donations, grants, levies, devices, and similar acquisitions which shall form a trust fund of the Board to accomplish its development plans on book publishing. Any intended disbursement from the trust fund must be covered by a duly approved Board resolution;

    General Policy #1 of the National Book Policy, promulgated and adopted on 4 July 1999 through Executive Order No. 119, provides that “the State shall create the best condition for the promotion of Filipino authorship and other creative activities in book development;”

    Implementing Policy 1.1 and 1.9 of the National Book Policy provide that “new writers/authors shall be developed…with preferential attention to subject areas wherein there is scarcity or no locally-authored publications” and “a book development fund for authors and other personnel in the book publishing industry shall be established, respectively;

    Expected Outcomes and Externalities: A National Book Development Trust Fund to support Filipino authorship may solve the following:

    1. The problem of low levels of output in book production in the Philippines. This is a concern that has been raised by government policy-makers and stakeholders in the industry (Pacheco, 1996:2,13; UNESCO, 1995; Miranda, 1987:5;Aprieto, 1981:3-4; Albert, et al., 1966:2). The estimates made on the number of titles we produced yearly pales in comparison with other countries.

    This will increase the number of titles produced annually especially on local history, science and technology, indigenous children’s stories, and translations of classic works into local languages, among others.

    2. The lack of incentives for authors and creative artists caused by the limited number of research grants and fellowships which force authors to move to more financially rewarding endeavors.

    This will motivate and inspire veteran as well as budding authors and book writers to write books in Filipino, English and in other local languages.

    3. The lack of trained and competent authors, editors, designers, graphic artists and production specialists.

    This will create more training and development activities to encourage authors and the creative members of the industry to come out with bigger quality outputs and create more trained and competent personnel.

    4. Minimal number of works written in any of the eight major local languages or dialects viz. Cebuano, Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), Bikol, Kapampangan, Ilokano, Waray, Tagalog, and Pangasinan.

    This will eventually spur a vibrant book trade in the regions in the future.

  • Thirty textbooks nominees for 2008 NBDB Quality Seal Awards

    In its continuing effort to recognize quality private school textbooks, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) announced that it received 30 Mathematics and English textbooks as nominees for the 2008 Quality Seal Awards (QSA).

    “This 50 percent increase from last year’s 20 nominations is due to the opening of the awards to English textbooks,” said Salvador Briola Jr., officer-in-charge of the agency’s Accreditation and Incentives Division (AID) which manages the awards. “Last year, we launched the awards for excellent Mathematics textbooks.”

    Unlike in its first year, when it was usually the heads of private schools who nominated the best Math textbooks being used in their schools, awards coordinator Lily Pahilanga noted that this year’s nominations show that NBDB-registered publishers are excited for this year’s awards, as shown by the number of textbooks confidently nominated by the publishers themselves.

    “The awards aim to recognize quality books written and published by Filipinos,” said Dr. Dennis T. Gonzalez, the Board’s chair. “We want to inform our people that we have excellent Mathematics textbooks being used in our private schools.”

    The NBDB Quality Seal is given to a published private school textbook after undergoing strict evaluation by NBDB’s pool of evaluators from reputable learning institutions and research centers.

    After undergoing stringent evaluation by top Mathematics experts from different centers of excellence last year, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Statistics by Phoenix Publishing House Inc., Growing Up with Math 5 by FNB Educational Inc., Intermediate Algebra by JC Palabay Enterprises Inc., Realistic Math Worktext 3 by Sibs Publishing House Inc., and XP Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry & Statistics by Vibal Publishing House received the 2007 Quality Seal this year.

  • Critic praises NBDB

    In his latest column at the Philippine Star, Isagani R. Cruz describes the National Book Development Board (NBDB) as “one of the most hard-working government agencies.”

    Dr. Cruz, a former Education undersecretary and founding chair of the Manila Critics Circle, saw for himself how the agency “works very hard and very efficiently” in the management of the recent National Book Awards, and in the “very visible results of their various projects” as it fulfills its vision to make the Philippines a publishing hub in Asia.

    NBDB led the nationwide celebration of the 12th Philippine Book Development Month with innovative events like the Marathon Reading of Noli Me Tangere. The agency provided LRT commuters a taste of Philippine poetry through the “Tulaan sa Tren” project. The Board also continues to urge legislators to pass into law the “National Book Development Trust Fund” to support Filipino authorship nationwide.

    You may read the full article through this link http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=418977&publicationSubCategoryId=442

  • Filipino author wins 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize

    Filipino author Miguel Syjuco wins the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel Ilustrado, a fictional account of a young Filipino caught within a notorious scandal spanning over the Philippine history.

    The panel of judges for the 2008 prize praised Ilustrado:

    "The shortlist for the Man Asian prize testifies to the great vitality of the novel in Asian societies undergoing hectic and unexpected transformations. In the end, we had to choose; and Ilustrado seems to us to possess formal ambition, linguistic inventiveness and sociopolitical insight in the most satisfying measure. Brilliantly conceived, and stylishly executed, it covers a large and tumultuous historical period with seemingly effortless skill. It is also ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and effervescent with humour."

    The prize winner was announced at a celebratory dinner at The Peninsula Hong Kong. Miguel Syjuco was awarded USD 10,000.

    Ilustrado was selected from shortlist of five:

    Kavery Nambisan, The Story that Must Not be Told
    Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay
    Miguel Syjuco, Ilustrado
    Yu Hua, Brothers
    Alfred A. Yuson, The Music Child

    The Man Asian Literary Prize is considered the most prestigious award of its kind in Asia.

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  • NBDB and MCC announce winners of the 27th National Book Awards

    The best published books of 2007 were given special recognition when the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle announced the winners of the 27th National Book Awards last November 15 at the Yuchengco Museum.

    The Ateneo de Manila University Press bagged the Publisher of the Year Award. Among the writers who won awards for their books published in the Philippines in 2007 were Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Senator Juan Flavier, Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, Conrad de Quiros, Fr. Joaquin Bernas, and Tony Perez.

    This year’s trophies were designed by young sculptor Glenn Cagandahan.

    LIST OF WINNERS

    ANTHOLOGY: Cordillera in June: Essays Celebrating June Prill-Brett, Anthropologist, edited by B. P. Tapang (UP Press); Mga Piling Dulang Mindanao, Unang Aklat, edited by Arthur P. Casanova (UST Publishing House).

    ART & BEST DESIGNED BOOK: Salvador F. Bernal: Designing the Stage, by Nicanor G. Tiongson, designed by Brian Tenorio (NCCA).

    BIOGRAPHY / AUTOBIOGRAPHY: From Barrio to Senado: An Autobiography, by Juan M. Flavier; Legends & Adventures, by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil (Circe Communications); Maria Kalaw Katigbak: A Charmed Life, by Monina Allarey Mercado (Anvil).

    CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: The Boy Who Touched Heaven / Ang Batang Humipo sa Langit, by Iris Gem Li, translated by Roberto Añonuevo (CANVAS and Adarna House).

    DRAMA: Tatlong Paglalakbay: Isang Trilohiya ng Mahahabang Dula, by Tony Perez (UST Publishing House).

    ESSAY / CREATIVE NONFICTION: Pagmumuni-muni at Pagtatalak ng Sirenang Nagpapanggap na Prinsesa: Mga Piling Maikling Sanaysay, by J. I. E. Teodoro (Imprenta Igbaong); Tongues on Fire, by Conrado de Quiros (Anvil).

    FICTION: Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street, by Benjamin Pimentel (ADMU Press).

    HISTORY: Kolonyal na Patakaran at Nagbabagong Kamalayang Filipino: Musika sa Publikong Paaralan sa Pilipinas, 1898-1935, by Raul C. Navarro (ADMU Press); The Saga of La Naval: Triumph of a People’s Faith, edited by Lito B. Zulueta (Dominican Province of the Philippines).

    JOURNALISM: The Rulemakers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress, by Sheila S. Coronel, Yvonne T. Chua, Luz Rimban, and Booma B. Cruz (Anvil).

    LAW: A Living Constitution: The Troubled Arroyo Presidency, by Joaquin G. Bernas SJ (ADMU Press).

    LITERARY CRITICISM: Sipat Kultura: Tungo sa Mapagpalayang Pagbabasa, Pag-aaral at Pagtuturo ng Panitikan, by Rolando B. Tolentino (ADMU Press).

    MEDICINE: Bone Tumors in Filipinos: A Collection of 876 Cases from the University of the Philippines Philippine General Hospital, by Edward H. M. Wang and Ariel Vergel de Dios (Bookmark).

    POETRY: Antisi*Pasyon asin iba pang Rawitdawit sa Bikol asin Ingles / Anticipation and Other Poems in Bikol and English, by Victor Dennis T. Nierva, translated by Marne L. Kilates and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr. (Goldprint); Mostly in Monsoon Weather: Poems New & Revisited, by Marne L. Kilates (UP Press); Passage: Poems, 1983-2006, by Edgar B. Maranan (Bookmark).

    SCIENCES: Living with Nature in Our Times, by Abercio V. Rotor (UST).

    SOCIAL SCIENCES: Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines, by Warwick Anderson (ADMU Press); The Dynamics of Regional Development: The Philippines in East Asia, edited by Arsenio M. Balisacan and Hal Hill (ADMU Press).

    THEOLOGY & RELIGION: Investing in Miracles: El Shaddai and the Transformation of Popular Catholicism in the Philippines, by Katharine L. Wiegele (ADMU Press).

    TRANSLATION: Lagalag sa Nanyang, translated by Joaquin Sy from Nanyang Piaoliuji, by Bai Ren (UP Press).

    TRAVEL: Baler, Aurora, by Edgardo J. Angara, Jesus T. Peralta, Domingo Madulid, Jose Maria A. Cariño, Xavier Brisset, Enrique Quezon Avanceña, Manuel L. Quezon III, Ricardo T. Jose, and Juan Edgardo M. Angara (Rural Empowerment Assistance and Development Foundation).

    PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: Ateneo de Manila University Press

    A citation was given to Vocabulary of the Kapampangan Language in Spanish and Dictionary of the Spanish Language in Kapampangan, translated by Venancio Q. Samson from Vocabulario de Pampango en Romance, y Diccionario de Romance en Pampango (1732), by Diego Bergaño (Holy Angel University Press).

    The finalists were chosen by the following professional organizations and academic institutions: American Hospitality Academy, Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices, Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, DLSU Business Management Department, DLSU Department of Communications, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting, NBDB, National Historical Institute, Philippine Economics Society, University of Asia and the Pacific Filipino Department, UP Institute of Creative Writing, UP College of Fine Arts, UP Department of Psychology, UP-NCPAG, UP-NISMED, Philippine Literary Arts Council, Philippine Travel Agencies Association, and Women’s Studies Association of the Philippine.

    The winners were chosen jointly by the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board’s appointed judges. Aside from members of the Manila Crtiics Circle, the following were the NBDB’s appointed judges per category: Dr. Mario Miclat (Anthology), Cid Reyes (Art/Architecture), Dr. Priscelina Legasto (Biography/Autobiography), Usec. Elmer Hernandez (Business and Economics), Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz (Children’s Literature), Chef Richard Cordova (Cook Books and Food), Alvin Yapan (Drama), Dr. Nona Ricafort (Education), Wendell Capili (Essay), Jun Cruz Reyes (Fiction in a Vernacular Language), Charlson Ong (Fiction in a Foreign Language), Prof. Ambeth Ocampo (History), Malou Mangahas (Journalism), Ret. Supreme Court Justice Santiago Kapunan (Law), Dr. Pamela Constantino (Linguistics), Prof. Gary Devilles (Literary Criticism), Dr. Francisco Altarejos (Medicine), Dr. Gemino Abad (Poetry), Dr. Merle Tan (Science), Dr. Zosimo Lee (Social Science), Quinito Henson (Sports), Dr. Dennis Gonzalez (Theology and Religion), Marne Kilates (Translation), Emily Abrera (Travel), and Francisco Doplon (Design).

    The 27th National Book Awards is sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Yuchengco Museum, Manila Bulletin, Galerie Joaquin, Fuji Xerox, and Senator Mar Roxas.

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  • Senate okays 150M book development trust fund

    The Senate Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture chaired by Sen. Alan Peter “Compañero” S. Cayetano has recently approved on second reading a measure creating the 150-million-pesos National Book Development Trust Fund to support Filipino authorship nationwide.

    “If passed into law, the interest derived from the Trust Fund will enable at least sixty-five (65) grants worth P150,000.00 each per region to be awarded yearly. This will enable deserving writers or researchers in the Philippines to produce or finish excellent manuscripts on a variety of topics or subject areas for publication,” Cayetano said in his sponsorship speech.

    Senate Bill 2409 was authored by Cayetano together with Senators Edgardo J. Angara and Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada. Once enacted, the bill will create the trust fund to support Filipino authors who, at present, must divide their time between full-time jobs to earn for their families and writing to start or finish their manuscripts.

    “The amount of the grant to be given to our Filipino authors shall essentially depend on the quality of the manuscript and a number of related factors including the usefulness of the study, its commercial viability as well as the amount of time needed by the author to conduct their research, take a leave from their jobs and finish writing the manuscript,” continued Cayetano.

    The Senate received HB 4213, the House version of the trust fund bill that merged House Bill 1401 authored by Rep. Raul T. Gonzalez Jr. (Lone district, Iloilo City) and House Bill 1948 authored Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd district, Cagayan de Oro).

    As fund administrator, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) will prepare the implementing guidelines and decision-making mechanisms, and appoint a government financial institution as fund manager.

    NBDB chairman Dr. Dennis T. Gonzalez said “if enacted into law, the fund will provide considerable support to the creative sector especially to our authors in the regions.”

    The agency is tasked with developing the book publishing industry into a world-class and globally competitive industry that will make the Philippines a publishing hub in Asia. A crucial step is to motivate excellent authors all over the country to start writing good books. The fund is expected to boost the number of books on local history, science and technology, and in other genres where local works are either few or non-existent.

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  • NBDB and LRTA launch TULAAN SA TREN

    It isn’t every day that you get to fill a single train with a National Artist, venerated poets, and celebrities. Last August 9, the NBDB, together with the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), was able to make this seemingly impossible feat happen with the successful launch of Tulaan sa Tren.

    National Artist Virgilio Almario, Gemino Abad, Jose Lacaba, Marra Lanot, Paolo Manalo, and Vim Nadera and other Philippine Literature bigwigs rode a jam-packed train with the public from Santolan to Recto, in a historic and unforgettable event where the poems recorded by Edu Manzano. Miriam Quiambao, Nikki Gil, Rhea Santos, Matt Evans, Christine Bersola-Babao, Romnick Sarmenta, Lyn Ching-Pascual, Rhea Santos, and Chin-chin Gutierrez were played and heard by the public for the first time. The poems are now regularly heard by LRT Line 2 passengers over the public announcement system in Line 2 stations. The literary experience is all the more enlivened by posters of the poems placed inside the trains that the passengers can look up at while taking their everyday commute to school or work.

    The Tulaan sa Tren launch began at the LRTA Santolan Depot, LRTA’s Atty. Elmo Triste and NBDB chairman Dr. Dennis Gonzalez welcomed the literary giants and the celebrity readers – most of whom came with their families – as well as their loyal followers to the festive event that did not only bring the poems closer to the public but also the poets themselves. From the depot, everyone walked a few meters to the Santolan Station where the Tulaan sa Tren train awaited. The 60-minute ride took passengers from Santolan to Recto back to Santolan Station, entertaining everyone aboard with the celebrities’ superb renditions of poems such as Jose Corazon de Jesus’ “Ang Tren,” Jose Garcia Villa’s “To A Lady Going to Antipolo,” Rio Alma’s “Ang Ilog,” and Jose Lacaba’s “Ang Mga Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Juan de la Cruz.”

    The launch was also well-timed with Anvil Publishing’s release of Rio Alma’s latest book Mga Biyahe, Mga Estasyon (Journeys, Junctions), where the well-loved poet reflects on his journeys to different places in the world. Almario, who took the train ride with childlike glee, congratulated the NBDB and the LRTA for their wonderful present to the Filipino people.

    With Tulaan sa Tren, the NBDB hopes to invigorate the ordinary Filipinos’ appreciation for Philippine poetry and rekindle their interest in reading the best poets and authors of our country. The project will run until January 2009.

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  • Matt Evans visits magical and adventure-filled worlds through books

    Former Pinoy Big Brother teen housemate Matt Evans is the latest addition to the roster of stars supporting National Book Development Board’s (NBDB) Get Caught Reading campaign.

    Evans, who joined the ranks of Ramon Zamora and Janno Gibbs when he played the role of the legendary komiks and movie hero Pedro Penduko in the small screen, admits that the worlds he explores whenever he picks up a book takes him to realms as magical and surreal as the worlds of his on-screen alter ego Pedro. His curiosity of the paranormal and the unknown as a teenager has led him to the pages of horror books like True Philippine Ghost Stories. Just like most active boys his age, Matt also easily gets hooked on adventure-filled stories, from the heart-stopping suspense of Harry Potter’s Quidditch game to the adventures and triumphs of Captain America.

    Brad Pitt’s guile portrayal of the Greek hero Achilles in the movie Troy filled Matt and his friends with much enthusiasm for mythology that they trooped to another friend’s encyclopedia collection at home to know more about the Trojan and Greek heroes. Matt believes though that all the adventures, drama, and action that we find in many different books can be found in just one book. “All kinds of stories can be found in the Bible. There’s drama, action, and fantasy.” A devout Baptist, Matt was raised to get into the habit of reading the Bible everyday. He reads at least three chapters of the Bible each night before going to bed.

    Matt debunks the common belief that boys are difficult to encourage to read. He shared that as a high school student, seeing classmates who sat in one corner of the classroom to read non-school books piqued his and his other classmates’ curiosity to inquire about what the person was reading. Eventually, many in the class were also encouraged to read books.

    “Sometimes when we’re together, my friends and I talked about books that we’ve read, which eventually influenced the rest of us to check out the books we’re talking about.” Matt said that just like how most young boys bring up the latest on-line games during conversations with friends, they could also bring out the readers in their barkada by talking about the books they have read as well.

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  • Nikki Gil shares the rewards she gets out of books and reading

    Another self-confessed celebrity bibliophile joins the National Book Development Board’s (NBDB) Get Caught Reading campaign. TV host/actress/singer Nikki Gil shares her passion for books and reading and the many rewards she gets from being a bookworm, hoping that young Filipinos like her would be encouraged to develop such devotion for reading as well.

    Nikki, an English Literature major at the Ateneo de Manila University, grew up in a family where the zeal for reading is inculcated at a young age. ”We were trained to love books at home. Every summer, when kids would be out playing, my mom would be out buying books for us and every summer we have to come up with a book report to make sure that we really read the book. It worked to our advantage because my sister and I grew up loving books.”

    Nikki’s extensive book collection at home contains the many books she started collecting since she was in grade school.” You should see my room; the library in my room is separate from the house library! Because I wanna see how many books I’ve read.” Her books range from early childhood favorites like the Newbery Medal books and Sweet Valley, classics like Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, and contemporary bestsellers such as Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera.

    “Reading makes you interesting. It makes you articulate. You are able to express what you mean better, and people understand you better if you’re a wide reader. It opens you up to different worlds.” Nikki’s love for reading has honed her writing skills as well. Apart from writing for MYX Magazine, she also wrote the Foreword for the book Young Women on the Journey, a collection of testimonies by young women of their journeys and experiences growing up.

    Through the Get Caught Reading campaign, Nikki hopes young Filipinos like her would be made aware of the endless benefits one gets out of reading. ” The appetite for reading is something you’re not born with; you develop it through the years. It’s a practice that you acquire. You can only do it through practice. You can start with reading the newspaper, then work your way up to reading short stories, and then get into the classics.”

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  • Miriam Quiambao gets inspired reading books

    Beauty queen-turned-TV host Miriam Quiambao is one of the celebrity bookworms supporting the NBDB’s Get Caught Reading campaign. Known to be an ardent supporter of many social causes, Miriam joins NBDB in helping make the Philippines a reading nation and shows Filipinos how reading has helped her accomplished what she has achieved.

    "I’ve always liked reading books. I remember when I was in elementary I liked Enid Blyton, and then in college there was Judith McNaught. Back when I was in Hong Kong, when I did not have work, I would just be collecting one book after another. When I got back home, I brought two giant balikbayan boxes of books, and I couldn’t even fit them in my new apartment!" shared Miriam.

    When not busy with her TV shows and school (she is taking up Venturing into Entrepreneurship at the Asian Institute of Management), Miriam finds time for herself and unwinds through books that are inspiring and uplifting. Titles in her bookshelves include Joel Osteen's Your Best Life Now, Don Miguel Ruiz's The Mastery of Love, and Lance Armstrong's autobiography It’s not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. She also just obtained a copy of Angelina Jolie's memoir Notes from My Travels, which chronicles Jolie's travel missions as a UN ambassador.

    Miriam is happy to see more and more book stores opening these days and hopes this spreads to the rest of the country. She believes that in spite of the many other media that start to replace books as the primary reading material, holding a book and perusing its pages is still the best way to take you places. She hopes that whenever she is caught carrying a book with her, Filipinos would also be influenced to take time to read, as she, in spite of her very busy schedule, tries to do.

    To boost the country's reading culture, Miriam encourages sharing and discussing with other people the books you have read. "It is fun to discuss books with people so you can exchange ideas. It's important because it enhances the reading experiences when you have interaction, and it stimulates more interest in reading books."

  • National Book Awards to be administered by the NBDB

    To encourage the production of good quality books, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) recently signed a memorandum of agreement to formalize the transfer of the administration of the National Book Awards from MCC to the NBDB.

    Dr. Dennis T. Gonzalez, NBDB chairman, and Dr. Isagani R. Cruz of the MCC signed the MOA during the agency’s board meeting and witnessed by NBDB’s governing board members.

    “We envision the time when our award-winning authors and publishers will be treated like celebrities, even for a day,” Chairman Gonzalez said.

    “In the early days, Krip Yuson used to write scripts for the televised awarding ceremonies. Little by little, our jobs prevented us from doing these things. With the NBA in the hands of the NBDB, we hope a fine celebration befitting our winners will be organized,” Dr. Cruz said.

    MCC is an organization of professional literary critics and newspaper columnists. The organization administers and facilitates the annual holding of the National Book Awards, a yearly award that recognizes the best published books for the year. The group started the prestigious awards in 1982.

    The MOA “offered the organization, administration and facilitation of the NBA” to the NBDB. MCC decided on this move to “guarantee the continued existence of this much-respected awards in the publishing industry and ensure the continued support the NBA gives to the publishing industry.”

    NBDB will be responsible for the yearly organization of the awards to be held sometime in the latter part of the year, which will be during the Philippine Book Development Month in November.

  • Karylle encourages both young and old to read

    Multi-talented singer/actress Karylle joins the roster of stars promoting the love of books and reading as the latest celebrity endorser of the National Book Development Board’s (NBDB) “Get Caught Reading” campaign.
    Karylle firmly believes that reading books should not end after school especially if you want to keep challenging your mind and keep your brain working even after graduation. She herself started reading non-schoolbooks again only a few years ago when she started buying books as gifts for loved ones. The habit of reading, as she attests, is something that everybody is never too old acquire. In spite of her busy schedule, her play Seussical the Musical stages this December, Karylle makes sure she spends enough time reading.
    To get herself into the habit of reading, Karylle started by reading children’s books and, together with a group of friends, formed their own book club. She insists that instead of making excuses not to read books, everyone should think of ways of how they can encourage themselves to read books. “Buy a children’s book, if that’s your stage in reading. Buy picture books, maybe you should start there. Find something that works for you,” suggested Karylle.
    Reading has also helped her tap her creative side especially since she writes her own songs. Aside from personal experiences, Karylle says she gets inspiration to write songs from people she looks up to who also write. Her favorite Filipino poet is Benilda Santos and Karylle said that being able to meet and talk to her made her feel that she can write too.
    The books Karylle reads range from chic lit and children’s books to poetry and essays, like the compilation of works of different women across the world Imagining Ourselves, chic lit books How To Meet Cute Boys and Around the World in 80 Dates, Poetry Out Loud, Filipino children’s books, books by Dr. Seuss, and the works of Paolo Coelho.
    Karylle has also actively participated in other reading advocacies like NBDB, the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), and Adarna House’s Teens Read, Too!
    To support the Get Caught Reading Campaign-Philippines, call NBDB at 929-3887 or send your e-mail to projects@nbdb.gov.ph.

  • Permission to Adopt the AAP’s Get Caught Reading Campaign

    July 28, 2006

    Dr. Dennis T. Gonzalez
    Chairman
    National Book Development Board
    A. Maria Regidor Street, Area XI
    University of the Philippines
    Diliman, Quezon City 1101
    Through: Mr. Carlo June Panila
    Project Development Officer III

    Dear Mr. Gonzalez,

    On behalf of the Association of American Publishers, I hereby grant the National Book Development Board permission to adopt the AAP’s Get Caught Reading campaign in its efforts to support the love of books and reading throughout the Philippines.

    We are thrilled that your country will be adopting our program, and we look forward to assist you in your future endeavors on making Get Caught Reading Philippines a success.

    Please feel free to contact me if we can be of further assistance!

    With kind regards,

    Tina Jordan
    Vice President
    Association of American Publishers
    71 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10003-3004
    tjordan@publishers.org
    212/255-0200 ext. 263

  • Top US publishers’ org okays RP Adoption of Book Readership Program

    The Association of American Publishers (AAP), the largest trade organization of publishing companies in the United States, has granted franchise to the Philippines, through the National Book Development Board (NBDB), to replicate the implementation of its Get Caught Reading program here.

    “We are thrilled that (the Philippines) will be adopting our program, and we look forward to assist (the NBDB) in…making Get Caught Reading Philippines a success,” says AAP vice-president Tina Jordan, in her letter to NBDB honcho Dennis T. Gonzalez.

  • Do you know that the books we purchase are exempted from the value-added tax (VAT), and later the expanded VAT (E-VAT)? And do you know that there will soon be a website wherein we can access every author and publishing company in the industry?.

    Actually, there is, and now that you are aware of it, it's time to get to know the group behind these undertakings.

    These actions wouldn' have happened without the initiative of the National Book Development Board (NBDB). The Book Publishing Industry Development Act created the agency in order to formulate and implement a national book policy. The agency envisions promoting the growth of the book publishing industry in the Philippines. Ten years after its creation, it can be said that NBDB has lived up to promoting its vision.

    NBDB is headed by a Chairman which is a part of a Governing Board. The Governing Board is responsible for formulating plans and programs as well as operational policies and guidelines for undertaking activities relative to promoting book development, production, and distribution as well as incentive schemes for individual authors and writers. The Governing Board is composed of seven members from different fields and will elect a chairman among themselves. The secretariat assists the Governing Board in assessing as well as addressing the needs and problems of the Publishing Industry.

    NBDB is divided into six divisions in order to carry out the plans or projects of the NBDB. These divisions are the Office of the Chairman (OTC), Office of the Executive Director (OED), Research, Policies and Programs Division (RPPD), Accreditation and Incentives Division (AID), Projects Division, and the Administrative and Finance Division (A&F).

    The OTC assists the Chairman in its tasks and responsibilities in the agency. They are mainly there to facilitate the formulation, adoption and implementation of the National Book Policy and the corresponding National Book Development Plan.

    The OED is principally involved in the day-to-day management and direction of operations and affairs of the agency. They are also concerned with preparing annual reports and other reports the board may require within given periods.

    The RPPD is tasked to gather and organize data on book publishing and other related aspects, and to plan and conduct studies and researches designed to improve the book publishing industry. They are also to provide information, education-training, communication and advocacy of the progressive growth of the publishing industry.

    The AID is tasked to register and classify persons and enterprises engaged in book publishing. They are also responsible for the implementation and evaluation of programs on incentives for book development and other aspects of the publishing industry. They also process and regulate applications for tax exemption in importation of raw materials.

    The Projects Division is mainly involved in developing ventures wherein NBDB can delve into. These projects are geared into the development of the book publishing industry.

    Lastly, the A&F is in charge of money matters and of preparing the annual budget that can be utilized by the agency.

    In a nutshell, that is the work of each division in the NBDB. Each division is manned by dedicated and passionate people who really do care for the publishing industry. These are the people we should give credit to not only for their hard work but also for making the book publishing industry flourish. The success of the agency is also the success of the individuals behind it. These personnel made NBDB's ten years illustrious and victorious.

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  • NBDB Launches First-Ever Virtual Book City

    Envision a city wherein the citizens are renowned authors, first-rate publishers, brilliant illustrators, a dedicated government agency and you? Imagine a city with unlimited possibilities, all with the click of a mouse.

    That city is more than an imagination now because the National Book Development Board has made it tangible.

    With the agency's mandate to promote Filipino authorship and book development, they have come up with the Virtual Book City (VBC). This website will be an online source of information serving as the communication link among stakeholders of the Philippine book publishing industry, the Philippine authors and you. Designed literally as a virtual city, you can gain access to the website's features by going inside buildings or establishments.

    Sounds good, right? NBDB has loaded a lot more features to these buildings that we all can enjoy.

    A forum will aid virtual discussion among book lovers and industry players. Site visitors can post messages, create an electronic group, discuss with authors, book publishers and others through electronic mail. The forum will also include a buy-and-sell section wherein you can actively take part of. There is also an interactive online survey wherein you can have a say on current reading preferences, books, and other issues concerning the book industry.

    To top that, the VBC will also include a comprehensive list of award winning books that you can download. These are categorized according to award-giving body, authors, publisher, topic and other details.

    But VBC is more than that, authors who are looking for publishers can gain access to NBDB's large database of accredited publishers. What's also good about the website is that it is very interactive that you can actually send and receive messages to which ever you' e doing business with. VBC will also provide tips on how to secure an international serial book number (or the ISBN), a copyright and how to publish, market and distribute your book. Talk about a larger chance for having your work published and appreciated locally and internationally. Published works will be uploaded as e-books and can be accessible to anyone and anywhere. Becoming an author will then be as competitive as becoming a doctor, lawyer or a nurse. Not only do you get well-paid but your published works well then have a wide reach. As high-strung as it may seem, VBC will encourage more Filipinos to write.

    A search facility will be contained in the website that will allow a common search of all the contents of NBDB website and an advance search for a specific category. This will provide a faster means of accessing information.

    A landmark in Philippine online milieu, VBC will be integrated into the NBDB's existing website and shall be accessible in its homepage. The website not only targets job creation, investments, and education for all but at the same time creates the best condition in supporting Filipino authorship and book development.

    The launching of the website will coincide with the celebration of NBDB's tenth anniversary celebration and the Philippine book development month this June 2006.

    VBC is more than a mind's eye now, an actualization that is larger than life.

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