Since mid-March this year, the whole of Luzon, its associated islands, and parts of Visayas, were placed under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the threat of the 2019 N-coronavirus (COVID-19). This had effectively put much of the country in total lockdown, limiting the movement of the general population to securing bare necessities, going to work, and responding to health-related emergencies, in response to the pandemic.

Additional lockdown restrictions across the country likewise mandated the temporary closure of non-essential shops and businesses, including those in the publishing and creative industries. As a community response to these changes, the same disruption gave way to alternative modes of interactions within the book trade and creative circles, among others, during the COVID-19 quarantine.

As the government agency mandated to support the book development and publishing sector, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) sees the importance of gathering narratives and connecting it to the collective memory and cultural experiences of Filipinos during this extraordinary time. The Special Online Edition of Book watch gathers everyday anecdotes, experiences, and reflections which will speak of our narratives about and while in quarantine.

We are pleased to announce the first batch of contributors for the Bookwatch Special Online Edition 2020.

“Mula sa #Dagli19 #COVID19” by Stefani J Alvarez

“Quarantine Market Run bilang Faux Flâneur, at iba pang Naratibong Gobang” by Mark Angeles

“Portraits of Confinement (2020-) by Mac Andre R. Arboleda

“Kauhaw Giluwas sa Lamaw” (Coconut Juice Save the Thirst) by Kathrece Pia Camacho

“Ambo(N)” by Windel Joy Clerigo

“Mga Paagi sa Pag-Uli” by R. Joseph Dazo

“Our Facades Speak” by Danielle Florendo

“Nagpapangabuhi” by Bryan A. Fruelda

“Lost in Isolation” by Dr. Kristin Managaytay

“Sixteen Minutes: My COVID-19 Travelogue” by Alexander San Pedro

Second Batch of Contributors:

Mga Danas at Dalumat sa Paghuhubad sa Panahon ng Krisis” by Mark P. Bonabon

Online Class, Day 1” by Ellamil Danilo Jr.

Printa” by Jessrel E. Gilbuena

Not Caving In: Covid-19, teachers’ greater realities, and words’ worth” by Ivan Jim Layugan

Paglilimbag sa Gitna ng Pandemya” by Christine Marie Lim Magpile

Untitled by Jan Adams D. Magtanong

Ang Pagtuturo ay Isang Tuldok sa Pandemya” by Francisco Montesena

Bahay Balisa” by Basilio Pangilinan

Norm” by Dominic Matthew S. Ricardo

Day Hundredth: Emergency Exit” by Catrina Shaina Marie O. Sacares

Hell Week sa Los Baños” by Ana Genesis Joy Salvador and Mac Andre R. Arboleda

Untitled by Ivy Nicole Silo

Resilience of Filipino Teachers” by Genine S. Torres

Third Batch of Contributors:

Nang tahimik by Mandy Alqueza

Daan sa Krus sa Gitna ng Pandemya” by Kyle Aristophere Atienza

Sa Mga Gabing Laganap ang Pangamba” by Baloloy Paterno, Jr.

Nilalagnat ang Lungsod” by Lanylyn Bellen

Bisig” by Kristin S. Bernardino

Nang matapos ang quarantine ng sardinas…” by Anjanette Cayabyab

Tatlong Tula” by Kristian Cordero

Sayang” by Aisee Paguio Cruz

Our Lady of the Pick-up Truck” by Rodrigo Dela Peña

Nakapaninibagong Siyudad ng Ating Panahon” by Francis Delgado

Pitong Couplet para sa Quarantine by Geraldine Flores-Ingco

Mapa ng Pagsibol” by Ralph Lorenz Fonte

Araw-Araw sa Panahon ni COVID-19” by Winston C. Gallo

Telemedicine para sa Kaluluwa” by KR Gonzales

Isang Tanghali, Pagmumuni sa Bintana Habang Tinatanaw ang Lungsod” by Paul Joshua Morante

Sa Panahon ng Ligalig” (tatlong tula ng panalangin sa panahon ng pandemya) by Chum Ocenar

Panahon ng Sakuna” by Radney Ranario

Naaalala ko ang Bukas” by Xavier Axl Roncesvalles

Ikapitong Kaarawan” (tulang pambata) by Mark Anthony S. Salvador

Tayo Habang Delubyo” by Chelsea Joy Serezo

Self quarantine” by Sir Ahyet TV

Petsa de peligro” by Roda Tajon

1:30AM, Day XXX, Apartment” by John Romeo Venturero