For winning more prizes for its 2016 titles than any other publishing house this year, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Press has been named publisher of the year at the 36th National Book Awards, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) announced on Friday.
In a statement on its website, the government-run NBDB, which organizes the awards with the Manila Critics Circle (MCC), said eight of ADMU Press’ 14 nominated books triumphed in their respective categories.
These are “Sangkatauhan, Sangkahayupan: Mga Kuwento” by Alvin Yapan, for short fiction in Filipino; “Sulyap sa Aking Pinanggalingan” by Roque Ferriols, S.J., for nonfiction prose in Filipino; “Batang Rizal at Iba Pang Dula” by Christine Bellen, for anthology in Filipino; “Susumaton: Oral Narratives of Leyte,” edited by Merlie Alunan, for anthology in Waray; “Feeding Manila in Peace and War 1850–1945″ by Daniel Doeppers, for history; “A Field Guide to Flight: Identifying Birds on Three School Grounds” by Amado Bajarias Jr.,for science; “Out of the Shadows: Violent Conflict and the Real Economy of Mindanao,” edited by Francisco Lara Jr. and Steven Schoofs, for social sciences; and “Colonial Manila 1909–1912: Three Dutch Travel Accounts,” edited and translated by Otto van den Muijzenberg, for Karl Fredrick Castro’s book design.
This is second time the 45-year-old ADMU Press nabbed the top prize, with the first in 2008. Its current director is Ma. Karina Bolasco.
Last year’s top winner, the University of the Philippines (UP) Press, clinched five awards: poetry in English, for “Snail Fever: Poems of Two Decades” by the late Francis Macansantos; poetry in Filipino, for “Banayad: Mga Tula” by Rowena Festin; poetry in Waray, for “Taburos Han Dagat” by Victor Sugbo; literary criticism/literary history, for “Migrations and Mediations: The Emergence of Southeast Asian Diaspora Writers in Australia, 1972–2007″ by Jose Wendell Capili; and journalism, for “Peryodismo sa Bingit: Naratibong Ulat sa Panahon ng Digmaan at Krisis” by Kenneth Roland Guda.
Another former publisher of the year, Anvil Publishing Inc., copped four: novel in English, for “The Music Child and the Mahjong Queen” by Alfred Yuson; anthology (bilingual), for “Remembering/Rethinking EDSA” by JPaul Manzanilla and Caroline Hau; food, for “Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining History” by Edgie Polistico; and art, for “EIGA: Cinema in the Philippines During World War II” by Nick Deocampo.
For its part, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Publishing House won in two categories: short fiction in English, for “Mariposa Gang and Other Stories” by Catherine Torres, and essay, for “To the People Sitting in Darkness…and Other Footnotes of Our Pasts” by Jose Victor Torres.
Completing the list of winners are PageJump Media’s “Toto O.” by Charmaine Lasar (novel in Filipino); Filipinos for a Better Philippines’ “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again” by Raissa Robles (non-fiction prose in English); Adarna House Inc.’s “Meläg” by Bong Redila (graphic literature); New Day Publishers’ “Shri-Bishaya” by Ramon Muzones and Maria Cecilia Locsin-Nava (translation); Christine Jocelyn Buensalido’s “Pinoy Manners: A Modern Guide to Delicadeza for All Generations” by Joy Lumawig-Buensalido (leisure); Psicom Publishing Inc.’s “Gusto Ko Maging Voice Talent: Mga Sikreto sa Likod ng Dubbing, Voice-over at Voice Acting” by Pocholo Gonzales (professions); and Holy Angel University Press’ “Capampangan Roots” by Papa Osmubal (Oscar Balajadia) (language studies).
The awarding ceremony is reportedly set for December 1 at the National Museum of the Philippines.
The National Book Awards was established in 1982 by the nonstock, nonprofit MCC, composed of professional literary critics, newspaper columnists, and creative writers.
This year, they include National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, speculative-fiction author Dean Francis Alfar, Dr. Shirley Lua of De La Salle University (DLSU), the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Ruel de Vera, and the Philippines Graphic’s Joel Pablo Salud and Alma Anonas-Carpio.
For the past nine years, the MCC has been giving out the awards in partnership with the NBDB, which is tasked to promote and support the Philippine book-publishing industry.