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The National Book Development Board (NBDB) encourages all its registered stakeholders to participate in the Philippine Cultural Statistics Workshop on Survey Data Collection Methods organized by the National Commission for Cultural and Arts (NCCA). The workshop intends to present the Philippine Cultural Statistics Framework and survey instruments and discuss feedback on the readily available cultural data from the participants representing different cultural and historical agencies, institutions, organizations and associations. This will be held on December 18, 2014 (Thursday) at 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., at the Century Park Hotel, 599 P. Ocampo Street,Malate, Manila. For those who are interested to join, you may contact Ms. Sheryl Ann Usares or Mr. Jayson Conti of the NCCA Planning and Policy Office at the numbers (02) 527-2212/527-2192 local 505/506/512 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

NBDB to hold the Women Writing Women (WWW) writing workshop




On December 11, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in cooperation with the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care Inc., (PFBCI) will conduct a writing workshop for women entitled Women Writing Women (WWW) at the Breast Care Center OPD East Avenue Medical Center, Quezon City.


This campaign is pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 10398 dated March 19, 2013, entitled Declaring November 25 of Every Year as National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC). With the theme: “End VAW Now! It’s Our Duty!” the 2014 Annual 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) seeks to increase awareness of right-bearers on violence against women and children and to augment the efforts of the duty-bearers in eliminating violence.


In line with this advocacy, the NBDB will hold a writing workshop that will focus on the woman’s body and give her a voice to define and assert her perspective on health, social, and political issues.


Participants of this activity are breast cancer patients of the PFBCI.


Chingbee Cruz, poet and professor, will facilitate the writing workshop.


NBDB with its effort to help eliminate violence against women and children encourages more Filipino women to voice their perspectives through writing. 

Orientation Seminar on the Development of the K to 12 Grades 5 and 6 Learning Resources

As part of its advocacy to improve the quality of learning resources development, the DepEd-Instructional Material Council Secretariat (IMCS) will conduct an orientation seminar for authors, editors, book designers, illustrators, and other stakeholders in the book publishing industry and interested individuals. The seminar aims to provide information on DepEd standards in developing quality learning resources for the K to 12 Grade 5 and6 to be used in public schools which the Department intends to procure starting CY 2016. This activity will be held on *December 17 to 19, 2014at a venue in Metro Manila which will be announced later.




For inquiries, please contact Ms. Nonie Barraquias or Ms. Monette Dumandan of DepEd-IMCS at

telephone nos. 631-9294/634-1054 or email them at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . 


To download the Seminar Program and Registration Form, click the link below:


NBDB and MCC awards best books published in 2013
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: 

(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.
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.

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