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Pasasalamat sa participants ng Philippine Children's Book Summit
Umuulan ng Libro: Philippine Children's Book Summit


In celebration of the 32nd National Children's Book Day, the National Book Development Board (NBDB), in partnership with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), will be holding a summit, entitled “Umuulan ng Libro: Philippine Children's Book Summit,” on July 21, 2015, at the Elements at Centris in Quezon City.


The Philippine Children’s Book Summit will feature international and local speakers who will tackle different vital topics concerning children’s literature in the country. The summit will also feature different local children's book publishers.


Discussions on the Asian children’s book industry, best practices in copyright, and Filipino comics, among others, will also take place. In addition, the summit will feature a performance by a children’s choir, a book fair, and the awarding of the 2015 PBBY Salanga Writer’s Prize and the 2015 PBBY Alcala Illustrator’s Prize.


The summit is open to teachers, students, educators, librarians, publishers, authors, and illustrators. The registration fee is Php600 and students will be given 50% discount. See program below.

For more information about the summit, you may contact the PBBY at 352-6765 loc. 204 or via This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Understanding the Book Publishing Industry


For the first time in several years, the NBDB was invited to visit one of the most advanced printing

companies in the country. Print Town Group of Companies is the largest privately owned newspaper

and commercial printer in the Philippines today. The NBDB staff was able to witness the entire printing

process of books, newspapers, and magazines. 


Print Town executives were kind enough to facilitate the tour and explain to the staff the meticulous

and varied processes of printing different kinds of reading materials. The trip not only exposed the

staff to printing but also to the process of making soy-based ink, which was found to be a more

sustainable and environment-friendly alternative to the typical block-based ink.


This exposure trip was an opportunity for the NBDB employees to be constantly updated on the

developments in printing technology as well as to understand how the agency’s policies and programs

aid in developing the book industry at the grassroots level.


Scholastic Asia And NBDCS Continue to Look for the Best Unpublished Asian Children's Manuscripts in 2016

The next Scholastic Asian Book Award is now open.


Singapore, 25 June 2015 - The National Book Development Council of Singapore (The Book Council),

in partnership with Scholastic Asia, continues to administer the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA).

The prize carries a grand prize of publication through Scholastic Asia, as well as a cash prize of $10,000.


2       The award is open to all creators aged 18 and above living in Asia and of Asian

descent. The award is looking for chapter book, novel, or short story collection manuscripts of at

least 6,000 words targeted at children 7-17 years of age.


3       Executive Director of the National Book Development Council of Singapore Mr R Ramachandran

says, “After three very successful award periods that saw six books published by Scholastic Asia, and

three more on the way, we are very excited for what entrants to this fourth iteration of the Scholastic

Asian Book Award might produce. Asia has many diverse voices, and we want to hear as many of them

as possible.”


4       Director of Scholastic Asia Selina Lee says, “There is an increasing demand for Asian content

and we have seen incredible work coming in through the Scholastic Asian Book Award. We’ve published

six of the winning manuscripts and are looking forward to bring more inspiring stories to the world of

children’s literature.”


5       SABA 2016 is open for submissions, and will close on 1 September 2015, with shortlisted authors

announced in April 2016. Published and unpublished authors may enter, but all entries must be original,

unpublished manuscripts.


(For more details on the competition and prize categories, please refer to the included documents.)


Please contact Adan Jimenez for further enquiries and interview requests:


Adan Jimenez

Assistant Director

National Book Development Council of Singapore

DID: 6848 8294

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NBDB Staff Shines at this Year’s Team Building

Once in a while a team needs to reaffirm its values and rediscover the pieces that make it stand strong.

This is what happens in a team building, coworkers get to learn more about each other and be reminded of

the organization’s vision and goals.


To further strengthen the core of the organization, NBDB held its mid-year planning and team building last

June 10 and 11 at Estrellas de Mendoza, San Juan, Batangas. The two-day event is aimed at improving

communication between employees, developing an excellent mindset as an individual, and fostering a

healthy competitive workplace.


Ms. Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides, a broadcaster, motivational speaker, and author, facilitated the one-day

workshop. Topics that she discussed during the workshop were striving for excellence, building good

relationships, and communicating effectively.  The NBDB staff enjoyed fun and meaningful activities that

shines light on camaraderie and cooperation. They were able to test their trust in each other and try their

hand at creating strategic techniques through the games facilitated for them.


NBDB Chair Ms. Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz wishes the NBDB team to be energized enough to survive the

busy months ahead after the show of force and talent at the team building.  She hopes that the staff

will continue to work in close collaboration with each other.


Team building is a great way to explore new frontiers, practice camaraderie, and identify oneself with

the team. It binds together a group of diverse and unique individuals into an effective organization. 

Letting a person shine in order to remain thrilled at work, develop a sensational attitude, deliver

terrific performance, and inspire teamwork.

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