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August 29, 2003


“Society is a strong solution of books. It draws its virtue out of what is best worth reading, as hot water draws the strength of tea leaves.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

On Aug. 30, the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) held the 22nd National Book Awards at Megamall, coinciding with the 24th Manila International Bookfair participated in by all the country’s publishers.

The big winner this year is the U.P. Printing Press, with it being named as Publisher of the Year. If there is the Best Picture awards for films, book publishers in the country has this award to look forward to. The award does not only recognize the number of publications printed but also the quality of the collective output for a given year. U.P. Printing Press is the publishing house for the University of the Philippines System, established by the Board of Regents on March 1, 1965. It has since published works of scientific, scholarly, or creative merit and publishes an average of 33 titles a year. This is already the second time U.P. Printing Press won the award after having been named Publisher of the Year by the Manila Critics Circle back in 1996.

The comic book Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah by Carlo Vergara won over perennial winner Arnold Arre. The comic book follows the story of a gay turned-superheroine, a first for the local comic kingdom. Young poet and 2001 winner Allan Popa shares this year’s award for Best Book in Poetry with Elynia S. Mabanglo’s Mesa Para sa Isa: Iba’t-Ibang Tula, 1991-2001. Popa’s collection titled Samsara is published by the Amado V. Hernandez Resource Center (incidentally, this year is the centennial birth anniversary of Amado V. Hernandez, celebrated with a series of activity starting September and culminating with the Gawad Ka Amado in December). On the other hand, Mabanglo’s book was published by UST Publishing House. Of her book’s title, Mabanglo says that she wrote it “dahil sa aking pag-iisa sa krusadang patuloy na makairal sa larangan ng pagtula sa Filipino sa isang bansang iilan o halos walang mambabasa nito” (because of my aloneness in a crusade that continues to persist in the field of Filipino poetry in a country where a few or almost none really reads it).

The Pinoy detective novel Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan won in the Fiction category together with Katrina Tuvera’s Testament and Other Stories. Smaller and Smaller Circles has a Jesuit priest, and forensic anthropologist playing the role of the detective. The novel is also the recipient of the Grand Prize for English Novel in the Carlos Palanca Awards in 1999.

The groundbreaking collection Cogito Ergo Sum and Other Musings on Science, edited by Queena Lee-Chua, won in the anthology category winning over other finalists like Ravens in Love: An Anthology of Philippine Writing, andFrom This Day Forward: Widows and Widowers Write. The first of its kind in the country, (it includes Lee Chua’s own Palanca prize-winning essay Cogito Ergo Sum, Or What I Know For Sure I Learned From Mathematics) writers in the collection give diverse perspectives on science.

The rest of this year’s winners are as follows: Jose Honorato Lozano: Filipinas 1847 by Jose Maria A. Cariño (Art); Memoirs of a Communist by Jesus B. Lava (Biography/Autobiography); Kape: A Philippine Coffee Cookbook by Vicky Veloso-Barerra and Chit U. Juan (Cookbooks and Food); Mga Dula sa Magkakaibang Midyumby Frank Rivera (Drama); The Critical Villa: Essays in Literary Criticism by Jose Garcia Villa edited by Jonathan Chua (Editing); The Philippine Forest: Our Living Heritage Karla P. Delgado (Environment); My Pledge of Love Cannot Be Broken and Other Essays on, Alas, More Fragile and Edible Things by Simeon Dumdum, Jr. andWhatever: A New Collection of Later Essays, 1987-2001 by Carmen Guerrero-Nakpil (Essay); the multi-volumes that includes Selected Essays on the Filipino and His Problems Today, Selected Studies in Philippine Colonial History, Selected Homilies and Religious Expectations, Selected Writings of His Youth, 1927-45 by Horacio de la Costa, SJ (History and Essay); Investigating Corruption: A Do-It-Yourself Guide by edited by Sheila Coronel and Lorna Kalaw-Tirol (Journalism); Supreme Court Decisions as Philosophy edited by Justice Abraham F. Sarmiento,Supreme Court Decisions as Literature and Supreme Court Decisions as History edited by Justice Camilo D. Quiason (Law); Texting Selves: Cellphones and Philippine Modernity and Nation by Raul Pertierra, Eduardo Ugarte et al and Self and Citizenship: An Invitation to Philippine Sociology by Randolph David (Social Sciences);The Tayabas Chronicles: The Early Years (1886-1907) by Ma. Concepcion Herrera vda. De Umali translated by Nita Umali Berthelsen and History of the Bisayan People in the Philippine Islands: Evangelization and Culture at the Contact Period (Part One, Book 1, Volume 1) by Ignacio Francisco Alcina, SJ, translated by Cantius J. Kobak, OFM (Translation); Anina ng mga Alon by Eugene Evasco (Young Adult Literature).
Citations were given to the Cavite Historical Society for sponsoring the publication of primary sources in historical writing, particularly Saloobin: Sagot ni Hen. Emilio Aguinaldo sa mga Paratang ng Dakilang Lumpo(2002) and Cavite en Siglo 19: Translation of Selected 19th Century Documents (2002). For promoting reading among Filipinos through the publication of popular novels, MCC awarded citations to the following publishers: Bookware Publishing Corporation, Books for Pleasure, Corazon Publishing, Lorimar Publishing, Pacyno Publishing, Precious Pages Corporation, S.G.E. Publishing and Universal Publishing.

The book awards is one of the major literary events in the country attended by respected and emerging writers and publishers. Seen during the affair were Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, who received the Publisher of the Year award and distributed invitations for UP Press’ grand launching of 40 new titles; Rene Villanueva, who allegedly walked out on the event because the MCC didn’t declare any winners in the children’s literature category despite the fact that the genre has published the most titles in the year; Iloilo-based writer John Iremil Teodoro, who flew to Manila to receive his Palanca award that would transpire two days later; MCC member Danton Remoto, who solicits support from fellow gay writers for their endeavor to field two gay Party-List candidates for congress; CCP visual arts department head Sid Gomez-Hildawa; journalist-poet-fictionist Roel Hoang Manipon, who is currently collecting his essays and journalistic writings into a book; gynecologist-poet Alice Sun-Cua with her ever supportive husband, Alex; among others.

The Bookfair runs for a full week.

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History of the National Book Awards (taken from MCC’s printed programme)

Founded in 1981, the Manila Critics Circle, Inc., is a non-profit, non-stock organization of professional literary critics and newspaper columnist who believe that Philippine books deserve much more attention than they usually get from business, media and the general public. Aside from giving the Annual Book Awards, the Circle has held an ASEAN-wide literary contest (in cooperation with Filipinas Foundation), participated in the nomination process for National Artist awards, joined National Book exhibits, prepared various position papers on literary publishing, and sat in the National Book Development Board. Members have done reviews for national and international periodicals, such as ASEAN Theater Journal, Asiaweek, Diyaryo Filipino, Filipinas, Filipino Magazin (Filmag), Independent, Journal of Asian Studies, Kinaadman, Manila Chronicle, Manila Times, National Book Review, Philippine Daily Globe, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Graphic, Philippine Journal of Education, Philippine Panorama, Philippine Star, Philippine Studies, Sun-Star Weekend, Unitas, and World Literature Today, and for television shows such as Mabuhay: This is Your Wake-Up Call.

Membership in the Circle is strictly by invitation; a unanimous vote is required before anyone is invited to become a member. Current members are: Juaniyo Arcellana, Fr. Miguel Bernard SJ, Isagani R. Cruz, Ruel de Vera, Virgilio Almario, Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta, Resil B. Mojares, Danton Remoto, and Alfred Yuson. Former members were Arlene Babst-Vokey, Alice Guillermo, Doreen G. Fernandez (died 2002), Leonidas V. Benesa (died 1984), and Alfredo Navarro Salanga (died 1988),

Every year since 1982, the Circle has given the National Book Awards to the best books written, designed and published in the Philippines. In addition, the Circle also gives Special Awards to outstanding publishers or publishing projects and Citations for outstanding achievement in special categories. In 1995 and 1996, the awarding ceremonies were telecast over PTV. No book written or edited by a member is eligible to win a National Book Award; instead, the Circle gives Members’ Awards to its members who publish books.  Trophies for the awards were designed and donated by Eduardo Castrillo(1981-83), Agnes Arellano (1984-87), Cesare and Jean Marie Syjuco (1989-91), Edgar Doctor (1992), Gino Gonzales (1993-95), and National Artist Napoleon Abueva (1996-99).

List of Past Winners


1981  Being Filipino, edited by Gilda Cordero-Fernando
Walong Dekada ng Makabagong Tulang Pilipino, edited by Virgilio S. Almario
1983 Readings in Philippine Cinema, edited by Rafael Ma. Guerrero
1984 Magsasaka: ang Bayaning Di Kilala
1987 Kamalayan: Feminist Writings in the Philippines, edited by Pennie S. Azarcon
1988 Kurditan; Mga Kuwentong Iluko, edited by Jose A. Bragado, Reynaldo A. Duque, and Hermilinda T. Lingbaoan
1989 Man of Earth: An Anthology of Filipino Poetry and Verse from English 1905 to the Mid-50s, edited by Gemino H. Abad and Edna Z. Manlapaz
1990 Kudeta: The Challenge to Philippine Democracy
1991 Saving the Earth: The Philippine Experience, 2nd ed., edited by Eric Gamalinda
1992 Forbidden Fruit : Women Write the Erotic, edited by Tina Cuyugan
Panahon ng Hapon: Sining sa Digmaan, Digmaan sa Sining, edited by Gina V. Barte
1993 A Native Clearing: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English since the 50s to the Present from Edith Tiempo to Cirilo F. Bautista, edited by Gemino H. Abad
1994 Coming to Terms: Writings on Mid-life by 15 Women, edited by Lorna Kalaw-Tirol
1995 An Anarchy of Families, edited by Alfred W. McCoy
A Passionate Patience, edited by Ricky de Ungria
1997 The Best of Lola Basyang: Timeless Tales for the Filipino Family, by Severino Reyes, edited by Bienvenido Lumbera, translated by Gilda Cordero-Fernando
1998 Filipiniana Reader: A Companion Anthology of Filipiniana Online, edited by Priscelina Patajo Legasto
1999 A Habit of Shores: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, 60s to the 90s, The Sequence to a Native Clearing edited by Gemino H. Abad
2000 Intsik: An Anthology of Chinese Filipino Writing, edited by Caroline Hau
2001 Reflections on Philippine Culture and Society: Festschrift in Honor of William Henry Scott, edited by Jesus T. Peralta


1982 Kayamanan: 77 Paintings from the Central Bank Collection, by Emmanuel Torres
1983 Household Antiques and Heirlooms, by Felice Sta. Maria
1986 Kayamanan: Ma’i — Panoramas of Philippine Primeval, by Gabriel S. Casal, edited by Nick Joaquin
1988 People of the Philippine Cordillera: Photographs, 1934-1956, by E. Masferre
Zobel: Dancer, by Jaime Zobel
1989 Subli: Isang Sayaw sa Apat na Tinig / One Dance in Four Voices, by Elena Rivera Mirano
1990 Still Life, by Jaime Zobel de Ayala
The World of Damian Domingo: Nineteenth Century Manila, by Nick Joaquin and Luciano P.R. Santiago
1991 Simbahan: Church Art in Colonial Philippines, 1565-1898, by Regalado Trota
Piña, by Lourdes R. Montinola
1992 Tuklas Sining: Essays on Philippine Arts, edited by Nicanor G. Tiongson
1993 Art Philippines, edited by Juan T. Gatbonton, Jeannie Javelosa, and Lourdes Ruth R. Roa
1994 Homage, by Jaime Zobel
1995 Treasures of the Philippine National Museum, by Maria Elena Paterno
1996 The Island, by Jaime Zobel and Jose Dalisay, Jr.
1997 Beneath Philippine Seas, by Robert Yin
1998 Felix Resureccion Hidalgo and the Generation of 1872, by Alfredo Roces
Form and Splendor: Personal Adornment of the Northern Luzon Ethnic Groups, Philippines
1999 La Mesa: The Filipino Table, by Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro and Josephine Labrador Hermano
2000 Kiukok: Deconstructing Pain, by Alfred Roces
2001 Three Centuries of Binondo Architecture, 1594-1898: A Socio-Historical Perspective, by Lorelei D. C. De Viana
Worship and Weave: Towards Filipino Liturgical Vestments, by Dom Martin de Jesus H. Gomez OSB

Alfonso T. Ongpin Award for Best Book on Art

2001 Lugar: Essays on Philippine Heritage and Architecture, by Augusto F. Villalon


1993 A Calendar of Rizaliana in the Vault of the Philippine National Library, by Ambeth R. Ocampo

Biography/ Autobiography

1983 The Aquinos of Tarlac: An Essay on History as Three Generations, by Nick Joaquin
1984 The Making of a Subversive, by Hernando J. Abaya
1987 The World of Rafael Salas: Service and Management in the Global Village, by Nick Joaquin
1990 Jaime Ongpin the Enigma: A Profile of the Filipino as Manager, by Nick Joaquin
1993 Memory’s Fictions: A Personal History, by Bienvenido N. Santos
1994 La Orosa: the Dance Drama that is Leonor Goquinqco, by Nick Joaquin
1996 Breaking the Silence, by Lourdes Reyes Montinola
In Excelsis: The Mission of Jose P. Rizal, Humanist and Philippine National Hero, by Felice Prudente Sta. Maria
Tide of Time, by Marisse Reyes McMurray 
1999 Living with the Enemy: A Diary of the Japanese
2000 Lives at the Margin: Biography of Filipino Obscure, Ordinary and Heroic, edited by Alfred W. McCoy
Teacher to Tycoon: the Life & Times of Trinidad Diaz Enriquez, Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio
2001 A Life Shaped by Music: Andrea Ofilada Veneracion and the Philippine Madrigal Singers, by Marjorie Evasco

Business and Economics

1993 Tungo sa Patakarang Industriyal ng Pilipinas, by Tereso S. Tullao Jr.
1995 Investment Management & the Philippine Stock Market, edited by Alberto R. Ilano and Roberto S. Mariano


1997 Pinoy Nga!, by Jess Abrera
2000 The Best of A. Lipin: Cartoon Strips, 1985-2000, by Jess Abrera

Children’s Literature

1990 Cordillera Tales, by Maria Luisa B. Aguilar-Igloria 
1991 Ang Unang Baboy sa Langit, by Rene O. Villanueva, translated by Ramon C. Sunico
1993 Why the Piña Has a Hundred Eyes and Other Classic Philippine Folk Tales about Fruits by Neni Sta. Romana Cruz 
1994 Earthquake! by Maria Elena Paterno
1995 The Mats, by Francisco Arcellana
Treasury of Stories, by E. Arsenio Manuel and Gilda Cordero-Fernando
1996 Incredible Mysteries: Natural Wonders of the Philippines, by Maria Elena Paterno, Roberto S.P. de Ocampo, and Francisca Flores-Caberoy
Papel de Liha / Sandpaper, by Ompong Remigio
1997 Ang Pamana ni Andres Bonifacio, by Emmanuel Encarnacion
1998 Mayroon Akong Alagang Puno, by Carla M. Pacis, translated by Danilo M. Reyes
2000 The Brothers Wu and the Goodluck Eel: A Tale from the Philippine Islands, by Fran Ng
Cinco de Noviembre, by Rene B. Javellana, S.J.
2001 Once Upon a Time, by Fran Ng, adapted from the works of Hans Christian Andersen
Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola, o Kung Bakit Matatag ang mga Pinay/ Lola’s Extraordinary Hair, or Why Pinays are Strong Women, by Rene Villanueva


1999 The Mythology Class, by Arnold Arre
2000 Trip to Tagaytay, by Arnold Arre
2001 Isaw, Atbp, by Vincent Michael Simbulan, Arnold Arre, Marco Dimaano, and Carl Vergara


1994 The Coconut Cookery of Bicol, by Honesto C. General
1995 Kasaysayan ng Kaluto ng Bayan, by Milagros Santiago Enriquez
1996 The Secret is in the Sauce: Cookbook for Noncooks, by Marianne Gonzales de Leon
1998 Filipino Cuisine: Centro Escolar University Centennial Collection
2000 In My Basket: the Cookbook, by Lydia D. Castillo
2001 The Best of Food Magazine, edited by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco


2001 A Dictionary of Philippine Plant Names, by Domingo A. Madulid


1985 The Politics of Culture, edited by Nicanor G. Tiongson
1996 Duet for EDSA: Chronology of a Revolution, by Angela Stuart Santiago
Duet for EDSA: Looking Back, Looking Forward, edited by Lorna Kalaw Tirol


1982 Bayan-Bayanan at Iba Pang Dula, by Bienvenido M. Oriega Jr.
1983 Pares-Pares, by Bienvenido M. Oriega Jr.
1984 Juan Tamban, by Malou Leviste Jacob
1985 Pilipinas Circa 1907, by Nicanor G. Tiongson
1987 Philippine Drama: Twelve Plays in Six Philippine Languages
1988 May Isang Sundalo, by Rene O.Villanueva
1993 Madilim ang Gabi sa Laot at Iba Pang mga Dula ng Ligaw na Pag-ibig, by Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr.
1994 Teatro Pulitikal, by Malou Jacob
1995 Deuterium / Mga Idolong Romantikong, by Bienvenido M. Noriega Jr.
1996 Kuwentong Kutsero, by Epifanio G. Matute
1998 Apat na Dula, by Rene O. Villanueva
2000 Almanac for a Revolution, by Nicholas Pichay
2001 May Katwiran ang Katwiran at Iba Pang Dula, by Rolando S. Tinio


1992 Salvaged Prose, by Emmanuel Lacaba, edited by Jose F. Lacaba
1995 Declaracion de la Doctrina Christiana en Idioma Tagalog, by Juan de Oliver OFM, edited by Jose M. Cruz SJ
Sermones, by Francisco Blancas de San Jose OP, edited by Jose Mario D. Francisco SJ
1999 The Dominicans and the Philippine Revolution, 1896-1903, edited by Fidel Villaroel, O.P., texts translated by Luis Antonio Mañeru and Fidel Villaroel, O.P.
2000 Lina Flor: Collected Works, edited by Soledad S. Reyes


1995 A Field Guide to the Whales and Dolphins in the Philippines, Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan
1998 Environment and Natural Resources Atlas of the Philippines
2000 The Last Great Forest, by Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan
2001 Key Conservation Sites in the Philippines: A Haribon Foundation and BirdLife International Directory of Important Bird Areas, by NeilaAldrin D. Mallari, Blas R. Tabaranza Jr., and Michael J. Crosby


1981 Spy in My Own Country, by Sylvia L. Mayuga
1982 Days of Disquiet, Nights of Rage: The First Quarter Stone and Related Events, by Jose F. Lacaba 
1984 Occasional Prose, by Adrian Cristobal
1986 The February Revolution and Other Reflections, by Miguel A. Bernard SJ
Little Reports, by Juan T. Gatbonton
1987 A Nation for Our Children: Human Rights, Nationalism, Sovereignty: Selected Writings by Jose W. Diokno
1988 Culture and History: Occasional Notes on the Process of Philippine Becoming, by Nick Joaquin
1989 A Voice from the Hills: Essays on the Culture and World View of the Western Bukidnon Manobo People, by Francisco Col-om Polenda, translated and edited by Richard E. Elkins
1990 Flowers from the Rubble: Essays on Life, Death and Remembering, by Conrado de Quiros
The Philippines, by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil and Manuel D. Baldemor
Rizal Without the Overcoat, by the Ambeth R. Ocampo
1991 Mean Streets: Essays on the Knife Edge, by Rosario A. Garcellano
How Do You Know Your Pearls are Real? On Single Parenthood & Other Ms. Adventures, by Barbara C. Gonzales
1992 Earth, Fire & Air: Essays of a Decade, by Sylvia L. Mayuga
Inumang Pinoy, by Edilberto N. Alegre
1993 Pasquinades, by Adrian Cristobal
Pinoy Forever: Essays on Culture and Language, by Edilberto N. Alegre 
1994 Points of Departure: Essays on Culture and Social Change, by Mario V. Bolasco, edited by Edicio de la Torre
1995 Twisted, by Jessica Zafra
1996 The Novel of Justice: Selected Essays, 1968-1994, by N.V.M. Gonzales
1997 Coming Home, by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo
1998 Flying Over Kansas, by Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas
Love in the Time of Camera, by Simeon Dumdum
1999 Personal: Mga Sanaysay sa Lupalop ng Gunita
2000 Mysteries & Memories, by Doris Trinidad
UP into the 21st Centuries and Other Essays, by Francisco Nemenzo
2001 Letras y Figuras: Business in Culture, Culture in Business, by Jaime C. Laya


1981 Utos ng Hari at Iba Pang Kuwento, by Jun Cruz Reyes
1982 Finalities, by Edilberto K. Tiempo
The Praying Man, by Bienvenido N. Santos
1984 Oldtimer and Other Stories, by Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.
1987 Southern Harvest: A Collection of Stories, by Renato E. Madrid
Tutubi, Tutubi, ‘Wag Kang Pahuhuli sa Mamang Salbahe, by Jun Cruz Reyes
What the Hell For You Left Your Heart in San Francisco: A Novel, by Bienvenido N. Santos  
1988 State of War, by Ninotchka Rosca
1989 Planet Waves, by Eric Gamalinda
1990 Herstory, by Rosario Cruz Lucero
Men of the East and Other Stories, by Charlson L. Ong
1991 Laro sa Baga, by Edgar Reyes
1992 Killing Time in a Warm Place, by Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.
1993 Tales for a Rainy Night, by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo
1994 Eros, Thanatos, Cubao: Mga Piling Katha, by Tony Perez
1995 Penmanship, by Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.
1996 Kung Wala na ang Tag-araw / Ano Ngayon, Ricky?, by Rosario de Guzman Lingat
1997 Bibliolepsy, by Gina Apostol
Letting Go and Other Stories, by Susan S. Lara
1998 Lassitude and Other Stories, by Carlos Cortes
Mens Rea and Other Stories, by Lakambini Sitoy
1999 Catch a Falling Star, by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo
A Normal Life and Other Stories, by Reiche Arcache Melvin
White Turtle: A Collection of Short Stories, by Merlinda Bobis
2000 Etsa-Puwera, by Jun Cruz Reyes
Life Before X and Other Stories, by Angela Rodriguez Lacuesta
My Sad Republic, by Eric Gamalinda
2001 Suite Bergamasque: The Boulevard Stories, by Bobby Flores-Villasis

Film Criticism

1995 Fields of Vision, by Joel David
1998 Native Resistance: Philippine Cinema and Colonialism, 1898-1941, by Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.
2000 Richard Gomez at ang Mito ng Pagkalalake, Sharon Cuneta at ang Perpetwal na Birhen at Iba Pang Sanaysay ukol sa Bida sa Pelikula bilang Kultural na Texto, by Roland B. Tolentino


1991 Encyclopedia of Philippine Folk Beliefs and Customs, edited by Francisco R. Demetrio SJ, 2 vols.
1993 Maguindanaon Folktales, edited by Marne L. Kilates


1982 Cracks in the Parchment Curtain and Other Essays in Philippine History, by William Henry Scott 
1985 Philippine Cartoons: Political Caricature of the American Era, 1900-1941, by Alfred McCoy and Alfredo Roces
1986 Rizal and Spain: An Essay in Biographical Context, by Miguel A. Bernard SJ
1987 The History of the Burgis, by Fe Maria C. Arriola, and Mariel N. Francisco
1988 Contracting Colonialism: Translation and Christian Conversion in Tagalog Society Under Early Spanish Rule, by Vicente L. Rafael
1990 Caragua Antigua: The Hispanization and Christianization of Agusan, Surigao, and East Davao, by Peter  Schreurs MCS
The Roots of the Filipino Nation, by Onofre D. Corpuz
1991 Beginnings of the Filipino Dominicans: A Critical Inquiry into the Late Emergence of Native Dominicans in the Philippines and  Their Attempt at Self-Goverment, by Rolando V. de la Rosa OP
1992 Looking for the Prehistoric Filipino and Other Essays in Philippine History, by William Henry Scott
1993 Kasaysayang Panlipunan ng Maynila, 1765-1898, by Maria Luisa T. Camagay
1996 An Economic History of the Philippines, by Onofre D. Corpuz
Light Cavalry, by Horacio de la Costa, SJ
The Tragedy of the Revolution, by Adrian E. Cristobal
1998 Filipinos and the Revolution: Event, Discourse, and Historiography, by Reynaldo C. Ileto
The World of 1896, edited by Lorna Kalaw Tirol
1999 100 Events that Shaped the Philippines, edited by Virgilio S. Almario
Mindanao: A Portrait, edited by Rene B. Javellana, S.J.
2000 Presidential Plunder: The Quest for the Marcos III-Gotten Wealth, by Jovito R. Salonga
White Love and Other Events in Filipino History, by Vicente L. Rafael
2001 Bearers of Benevolence: The Thomasites and Public Education in the Philippine, edited by Mary Racelis and Judy Celine Ick


1993 The Politics of Logging: Power from the Forest, by Maritess Danguilan Vitug
1995 Boss, edited by Jose F. Lacaba
1996 Patrimony: 6 Case Studies on Local Politics and the Environment in the Philippines, edited by Sheila S. Coronel
1997 Wordsmith with a Slingshot: The Gerry Gil Book, by Generoso Gil Jr., edited by Jaime S. Ong
1998 Pork and Other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines, edited by Sheila S. Coronel
1999 Robbed: An Investigation of Corruption in the Philippine Education, by Yvonne T. Chua
2000 Betrayals of the Public Trust: Investigative Reports on Corruption, edited by Sheila S. Coronel
Public Faces, Private Lives, by Lorna Kalaw-Tirol
Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao, by Marites Vitug and Glenda Gloria
2001 The Fall of Joseph Estrada: The Inside Story, by Amando Doronilla
Into the Mountain: Hostaged by the Abu Sayyaf, by Jose Torres Jr.


1996 Unconstitutional Essays, by Pacifico A. Agabin
2001 The Law on Annulment of Marriage: Rules of Disengagement/How to Regain Your Freedom to Remarry in the Philippine, by Jim V. Lopez


1991 Wika sa Lipunang Pilipino, by Ligaya Tiamson Rubin
1992 Kilusang Pambansa-Demokratiko sa Wika, by Monico M. Atienza
1996 A Maranao Dictionary, edited by Howard P. McKaughan and Batua Al-Macaraya
1997 Diksiyonaryong Hiligaynon-Filipino, by Ruby Gamboa Alcantara
1998 Ivatan-Filipino-English Dictionary, by Cesar A. Hidalgo
2000 Defining Standard Philippine English: Its Status and Grammatical Features, by Ma.Lourdes S. Bautista

Literary Criticism

1982 Kasaysayan ng Komedya sa Pilipinas, 1766-1982, by Nicanor G. Tiongson
Nobelang Tagalog, 1905-1975: Tradisyon at Modernismo, by Soledad S. Reyes
1983 Origins and Rise of the Filipino Novel: A Generic Study of the Novel Until 1940, by Resil B. Mojares
1984 Towards a People’s Literature, by Epifanio San Juan Jr.
1985 Revaluation, by Bienvenido L. Lumbera
1986 Tagalog Poetry, 1570-1898: Tradition and Influences in its Development, by Bienvenido L. Lumbera
1987 Abot-Tanaw: Sulyap at Suri sa Nagbabagong Kultura at Lipunan, by Bienvenido L. Lumbera
1991 The Romance Mode in Philippine Popular Literature and Other Essays, by Soledad S. Reyes
1992 Kritisismo: Mga Teorya at Antolohiya Para sa Epektibong Pagtuturo ng Panitikan, by Soledad S. Reyes
1996 Philippine Gay Culture, the Last Thirty Years: Binabae to Bakla, Silahis to MSM, by J.Neil C. Garcia
1997 Rizal in Our Time: Essays in Interpretation, by Epifanio San Juan Jr.
2000 Necessary Fictions: Philippine Literature and the Nation, 1946-1980, by Caroline S. Hau
Writing the Nation/Pag-akda ng Bansa, by Bienvenido Lumbera

Literary History

1984 The Writer and His Milieu, by Edilberto N. Alegre and Doreen G. Fernandez
1987 Awit and Corrido: Philippine Metrical Romances, by Damiana L. Eugenio
1988 Casaysayan nang Pasiong Mahal ni Jesucristong Panginoon Natin na Sucat Ipag-alab nang Sinomang Babasa, by Rene B. Javellana SJ
1992 Makamisa: The Search for Rizal’s Third Novel, by Ambeth R. Ocampo
1996 Six Women Poets: Inter/Views, by Marjorie Evasco and Edna Z. Manlapaz

Literary Studies

2001 History and Society in the Novels of Ramon Muzones, by Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava


1999 From Loren to Marimar: The Philippine Media in the 1990s, edited by Sheila S. Coronel
Pinoy Television, the Medium of Our Lives: The Story of ABS-CBN, edited by Thelma Sioson-San Juan


2000 The Healing Cut: Filipino Surgeons Write About the Human Drama, Humor and Controversy Surrounding Actual Cases, edited by Maria Socorro G. Naguit


1998 Gongs and Bamboo: A Panorama of Philippine Musical Instruments, by Jose Maceda

Personal Anthology

2000 The Sea-Gypsies Stay: New and Selected Works – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, by Rowena T. Torrevillas
2001 Mga Kislap ng Panulat, by Epifanio G. Matute
A Makeshift Sun: Stories and Poems, by Geronimo H. Abad


1991 Pambungad sa Metapisika, by Roque J. Ferriols SJ
1992 Mga Sinaunang Griyego, by Roque J. Ferriols SJ
1993 Ensayklopidya ng Pilosopiya, by Emerita S. Quito, Romualdo E. Abulad, Florentino T. Timbreza, and Herminia V. Reyes
1995 Pilosopiya ng Relihiyon, by Roque J. Ferriols SJ
1998 Pagkatao at Teknolohiya: Mga Isyu ng Etika sa Makabagong Medisina, by Leonardo D. de Castro
1999 Magpakatao: Ilang Babasahing Pilosopiko, edited by by Roque J. Ferriols SJ
2001 Phenomenology: Edmund Husserl and Edith Stein, by Emerita S. Quito


1999 Anilao, by Eduardo Cu Unjieng and Scott Tuason


1987 Kasama: A Collection of Photographs of the New People’s Army of the Philippines
1995 Brother Hood, by Alex Baluyut and Gemma Luz Corotan
1999 Scenes of Sin: A Photographic Chronicle of Jaime Cardinal Sin, by Noli I. Yamsuan, Jr.
2001 EDSA 2: A Nation in Revolt: A Photographic Journal, by Sheila S. Coronel


1981 Telex Moon, by Cirilo F. Bautista
1982 Biro-biro Kung Sanlan, by Teo Antonio
1984 Prison and Beyond, by Jose Ma. Sison
1985 Punta Blangko, by Mike Bigornia
1986 Pagsalubong sa Habagat, by Lamberto E. Antonio
Salvaged Poems, by Emmanuel Lacaba, edited by Jose F. Lacaba
Sugat ng Salita, by Cirilo F. Bautista
1987 Dreamweavers: Selected Poems, 1976-1986, Marjorie Evasco Pernia
1988 Children of the Snarl & Other Poems, by Marne Kilates
Poems and Parables, by Gemino H. Abad
1989 Baka Sakali, by Rofel G. Brion
Waiting for the Exterminator, by Fidelito C. Cortes
1990 Kristal na Uniberso, by Rolando S. Tinio
Mga Liham ni Pinay, by Elynia S. Mabanglo
1991 Taga sa Bato: Mga Piling Tula, 1973-1988, by Teo T. Antonio
Decimal Places: Poems, by Ricardo M. de Ungria
Wandering Roots, 1978-1988 / From the Hothouse, 1989-1990, by Ma. Fatima Lim
The Smile on Smokey Mountain & Other Poems, by Emmanuel Torres 
1992 Bagay Bagay, by Teo T. Antonio
Cartography: A Collection of Poetry on Baguio, by Ma. Luisa B. Aguilar Cariño
1993 The Charmer’s Box: Poetry, by Edith L. Tiempo
Likhang Dila, Likhang Diwa, by Bienvenido Lumbera
A Trick of Mirrors: Selected Poems in English and Tagalog, by Rolando S. Tinio
1994 15 Lamang, by V.E. Carmelo Nadera Jr.
Nudes, by Ricardo de Ungria
1995 Bruise, by Ramon C. Sunico
Voyage in Dry Season, by Victor Peñafranda
1996 Body English, by Ricardo de Ungria
Kuwadro Numero Uno: Mga Tula, by Benilda S. Santos
Prosang Itim, by Mike L. Bigornia
1997 Pingkian at Apat Pang Aklat ng Tunggalian, by Lamberto E. Antonio
Blood Sacrifice, by Ma. Luisa A. Cariño
1998 Beyond Life Sentences, by Eileen Tabios
Poems en Route, by Marnes Kilates
1999 Ochre Tones: Poems in English & Cebuano, by Marjorie M. Evasco
Poems: Selected and New, 1982-1997, by Simeon Dumdum Jr.
Sunlight on Broken Stones: The Last in the Trilogy of Saint Lazarus, by Cirilo F. Bautista
2000 Edad Medya: Mga Tula sa Katanghaliang Gulang, by Jose F. Lacaba
Waking Ice: Poems by Ricardo de Ungria
2001 Marginal Annotations and Other Poems, by Edith L. Tiempo
Morpo: Mga Pagsasanaysay sa Tula, by Allan Popa


2001 A Cultural Worker’s First Manual, by Felice Prudente Sta. Maria


1995 A Pictorial Encyclopedia of Philippine Ornamental Plants, by Domingo Madulid
Pinatubo and the Politics of Lahar, by Kelvin Rodolfo
1997 Field Guide to the Common Mangroves, Seagrasses and Alga e of the Philippines, by Hilconida P. Calumpong and Ernani G. Meñez
1998 Straight Talk on Everyday Mysteries, by Queena N. Lee
2001 Disturbing Climate, edited by Jose T. Villarin, SJ


1981 Salome / Brutal, by Ricardo Lee
1985 Soltero, by Bienvenido Noriega Jr.
1997 Beyond the Mainstream: The Films of Nick de Ocampo, edited by Lolita
1999 Ang Screenplay ng Jose Rizal, by Ricardo Lee, Jun Lana, and Peter Ong Lim, edited by Ricardo Lee
2000 Rizal, Bayaning 3rd World: 2 Dulang Pampelikula, by Mike de Leon and Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.

Social Sciences

1983 Casa Gorordo in Cebu: Urban Residence in a Philippine Province, by Resil B. Mojares
1990 Tao Po! Tuloy: Isang Landas ng Pag-unawa sa Loob ng Tao, by Albert E. Alejo SJ 
1992 Phenomena and Their Interpretation: Landmark Essays, 1957-1989, by Jaime Bulatao SJ
1994 The Songs of Salanda and Other Stories of Sulu, by H. Arlo Nimmo  
1996 Landlords and Capitalists: Class, Family, and State in the Philippine Manufacturing, by Temario Rivera
1998 America’s Boy: The Marcoses and the Philippines, by James Hamilton Paterson
Population and History: The Demographic Origins of the Modern Philippines, edited by Daniel F. Doeppers and Peters Xenos
1999 The Bikol Blend: Bikolanos and Their History, by Norman G. Owen
2000 Cuaresma, edited by Gilda Cordero Fernando and Fernando N. Zialcita 
2001 Fellow Traveler: Essays on Filipino Communism, by Patricio N. Abinales
Reflections on Sociology and Philippine Society, by Randolf S. David
To Suffer Thy Comrades: How the Revolution Decimated Its Own, by Robert Francis B. Garcia

Special Interest

1997 Entertaining with Ease: Etiquette and Protocol for the Modern Filipino, by Ada Ledesma Mabilangan

Theology and Religion

1988 The Christology of the Inarticulate: An Inquiry into the Filipino Understanding of Jesus the Christ, by Benigno P. Beltran SVD
1993 Making Choices in Good Faith: A Challenge to the Catholic Church’s Teaching on Sexuality and Contraception, by Marilen J. Danguilan
1998 The Beast, the Harlot and the Lamb: Faith Confronts Systemic Evil, by Ma. Christina A. Astorga
2000 The Shepherd’s Voice: Gospel Reflections for All Seasons, by Joseph V. Landy SJ
2001 Leaving the Priesthood: A Close Reading of Priestly Departures, by Emmanuel R. Fernandez


1983 Journey to Majayjay, by Paul P. de la Gironiere, translated by E. Aguilar Cruz
1985 The Recto Valedictory, by Claro M. Recto, translated by Nick Joaquin
1988 55 Poems, by Jose Garcia Villa, translated by Hilario S. Francia
1991 Sa Daigdig ng Kontradiksyon: Mga Saling-Wika, by Jose F. Lacaba
1992 The Katipunan and the Revolution: Memoirs of a General, with the Original Tagalog Text, by Santiago V. Alvarez, translated by Paula Carolina S. Malay
1993 Nasa Puso ang Amerika: Kasaysayang Buhay ni Carlos Bulosan translated by Carolina S. Malay and Paula Carolina S. Malay
1994 The Rizal-Pastells Correspondence: The Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Jose Rizal and Portions of Fr. Pablo Pastells’ Fourth Letter and Translation of the Correspondence Together with a Historical Background and Theological Critique, edited by Raul J. Bonoan SJ
1996 El Filibusterismo: Subversion, by Jose Rizal, translated by Ma. Soledad Lacson Locsin
Noli Me Tangere, by Jose Rizal, translated by Ma. Soledad Lacson Locsin
1997 La Solidaridad, translated by Guadalupe Fores Ganzon and Luis Antonio Mañeru
1998 Conquistas de las Islas Filipinas / Conquest of the Philippine Islands, by Gaspar de San Agustin, OSA translated by Luis Antonio Mañeru
1999 Noli Me Tangere at El Filibusterismo, by Jose Rizal, translated by Virgilio Almario
2000 Spiritual Register: The News Columns of Teodoro M. Kalaw in La Vanguardia, 1926-1927, translated by Nick Joaquin


1998 Two for the Road, by Anita Feleo and David Sheniak
1999 Islander: Travel Tales, by Elizabeth V. Reyes
2000 Philippine Ecodestinations, by Amadis Ma. Guerrero
Why I Travel and Other Essays by Fourteen Women, edited by Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo and Erlinda Panlilio
2001 Cabinet of Wonders and Other Laguna Stories, by Anita Feleo and David Sheniak
Riding Towards the Sunrise and Other Travel Tales, by Alice Sun-Cua


1994 Philippine Picture Post Cards, 1900-1920, by Jonathan Best. designed by Beth Parrocha
1995 A Field Guide to the Whales and Dolphins in the Philippines, by Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan, designed by Robert A. Alejandro
1996 In Excelsis: The Mission of Jose P. Rizal, Humanist and Philippine National Hero by Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, designed by BG Y. Hernandez and Dante A. Divina
The Island, by Jaime Zobel and Jose Dalisay Jr., designed by Francisco Doplon
Water in the Ring of Fire: Folktales from the Asia-Pacific, edited by Carla M. Pacis, designed by Felix Mago Miguel
1997 The Tragedy of the Revolution, by Adrian E. Cristobal, designed by BG Y. Hernandez
The Secret is in the Sauce: Cookbook for Noncooks, by Marianne Gonzales de Leon, designed by Dindo Llana
Fortress of Empire: Spanish Colonial Fortifications of the Philippines, 1565-1898, by Rene B. Javellana, designed by Felix Mago Miguel
1998 Visions of the Possible: Legacies of Philippine Freedom, by Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, designed by BG Y. Hernandez
1999 100 Events that Shaped the Philippines, edited by Virgilio S. Almario, designed by Felix Mago Miguel
2000 Xilef, by Augie Rivera, designed by Beth Parrocha-Doctolero 
2001 People Power 2: Lessons and Hopes, edited by Thelma Sioson San Juan, designed by Oñate & Perez
Street-Bound: Manila on Foot, by Josefina P. Manahan, designed by Joanne de Leon 

Special Award

1990 Darangen, edited by Ma. Delia Coronel ICM
1994 CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, edited by Nicanor G. Tiongson
1996 Letters, by Bienvenido N. Santos
1999 Kasaysayan: The Story of the Filipino People

Lifetime Achievement Award

1992   Gloria Rodriguez

Publisher of the Year

1981 New Day Publishers
1985 Cacho Hermanos / Solar Publishing
1986 Panitikan Series (Ateneo de Manila University Press, De La Salle University Press, and University of the Philippine Press)
Solidarity Foundation
1990 Anvil Publishing Kalikasan Press
1991 Anvil Publishing
1992 Bookmark
1992 Bookmark
1995 Anvil Publishing
1996 University of the Philippines Press
1997 University of the Philippines Sentro ng Wikang Filipino
1998 Anvil Publishing
1999 Anvil Publishing
2000 Anvil Publishing
2001 Bookmark


1985 A Banahaw Guru, by Vicente Marasigan
Ikabod: Sooo…Pinoy! by Nonoy Marcelo
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods, by Ma. Lourdes S. Bautista and Stella Go
Gemini Pocketbooks
Sweet Dreams Pocketbooks
Twin Heart Pocketbooks
Valentine Romances
1986 Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Four-Day Revolution in the Philippines, February 22-25, 1986, Cecilio T. Arillo
People Power, An Eyewitness History: The Philippine Revolution of 1986, edited by Monina Allarey Mercado
The Quartet of the Tiger Moon: Scenes from the People-Power Apocalypse, by Nick Joaquin (Quijano de Manila)
1987 Linangan ng Kamalayang Makabansa
1988 A Line to the Times: 28/88
Unang Bagting: Mga Bagong Tinig sa Tula, edited by Romulo P. Baquiran Jr., Ariel Dim Borlongan, and V.E. Carmelo D. Nadera Jr.
R.B. Filbooks
Road Map Series
1989 Diksyunaryo ng Wikang Filipino
1990 A Composite Dictionary of Philippine Creole Spanish, by Isabelita Riego de Dios RVM
Diksyunaryo sa Ekonomiks, by Tereso S. Tullao Jr.
Documentary Sources of Philippine History, edited by Gregorio F. Zaide and Sonia M. Zaide
Formal-Functional Cebuano-English Dictionary with an English-Cebuano Lexicon, by Mimi B. Trosdal
Orosman at Zafira, by Balagtas, edited by B.S. Medina Jr.
Realms of Myths and Reality, by Maximo D. Ramos
1991 Toyota Foundation
Cultural Center of the Philippines
Linguistic Society of the Philippines
Summer Institute of Linguistics
The Philippines Under Spain:  A Compilation and Translation of Original Documents, edited by Virginia Benitez Licuanan and Jose Llavador Mira
1992 Tahanan Books for Young Readers
1993 Cesar C. Peralejo (translation)
Diksyunaryong Filipino-English, by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
Historical Conservation Society
Ulahingan Conservation Project, Silliman University
1994 Damiana L. Eugenio (folklore)
1995 Nick Joaquin (biography)
Tahanan Books for Young Readers (biography)
Vito C. Santos (lexicography)
1996 De La Salle University Press Society of Fellow Readers
1997 Arsenio E. Manuel (anthropology)
Museo Pambata Foundation Paglaki Ko series
U.P. Sentro ng Wikang Filipino Aklat Paraluman series
1999 F. Landa Jocano (anthropology)
U.P. Center for Integrative and Development Studies
2000 Carlos Palanca Foundation
2001 Pinoy Classic Cuisine series, by Gene Gonzales
Batang Historyador series, by Augie Rivera
Mga Kuwento ni Tito Dok series, by Luis P. Gatmaitan