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Call for Nominations: The 35th National Book Awards

Now on its 35th year, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) will mount the National Book Awards 2016.
The NBDB is calling upon all NBDB-registered publishers to submit their nominations. Deadline for submission is May 6, 2016, Friday, 5:00 pm. Nominations mailed from outside Metro Manila will be accepted if post marked May 6, 2016.
A book is eligible if it complies with all of the following:
     i.   has an ISBN;
     ii.  published by an NBDB-registered publisher (valid until April 30, 2017); and
     iii. published in 2015 (if in English or Filipino) or from 2013 to 2015 (if in Bisaya/Binisaya/Cebuano).
For complete information, the 2016 National Book Awards Nomination/Selection Criteria can be downloaded.
Steps in nomination:
1.    Accomplish a letter of nomination (see template here ).
2.    For publishers who are nominating more than three books, please accomplish Nomination Form B (download here ) and e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (Subject Line: National Book Awards 2016- Nomination Form B)
3.    As supporting document, attach evidence of agreement by the author to the nomination. This can be a conforme signed by the author* (see conforme template here ) or a notarized warranty/affidavit by a responsible officer of the publishing house stating that permission from the author* whose work is nominated has been obtained (and affidavit here ).
*For titles nominated for Anthology, replace “author” with “editor.”
*For titles nominated for Translation, replace “author” with “translator.”
4.    Attach a copy of NBDB Certificate of Registration;
5.    Provide eight (8) copies of each book;
6.    Submit all requirements to:
       The Executive Director
       National Book Development Board
       Unit 2401 Prestige Tower, F. J. Ortigas Avenue,
       Ortigas Center, 1605 Pasig City
       Subject: The National Book Awards 2016
For the succeeding years of NBA, the following are the regional languages to be featured:
       2017 – Waray;
       2018 – Maranao; and
       2019 – Maguindanaon.
For further inquiries, please contact the NBDB Secretariat through Debbie or Ihna at telephone number (02) 929-3887 local 804 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Call for Curator

The NBDB is looking for a curator for an visual arts/poetry exhibition to be launched on World Book Day (April 23, 2016).


Scope of work:

Overall design of the exhibit aligned to World Book Day

Coordination with the suppliers for the exhibit

Supervision during the setup

Floor plan/layout of the exhibit


Please submit the following requirements to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on or before March 29, 2016, Tuesday:

Curriculum Vitae


List of clients


Call for Workshop Facilitator

In celebration of National Women’s Month, the NBDB is actively looking for a workshop facilitator to conduct a poetry-writing workshop for women titled, Finding Herstory, on March 31, 2016.


The writing workshop will focus on migrant women who have survived conflicts and are now fully recovered from the distress they suffered.



1.    Prior experience in conducting a writing workshop for women

2.    Highly developed communication skills especially in written and oral

3.    Must be an expert in writing poetry

4.    Particularly sensitive to women’s issues


For interested individuals, please submit the following, via e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , no later than March 28, 2016 (Monday), 5:00 pm, bearing the subject line “Poetry-Writing Workshop for Women: Finding Herstory”:

(1)  Letter of intent

(2)  Brief of the presentation

(3)  Background of the presenter

1st Kapihan for 2016 "Charting the Future of Books in the Philippines

We cordially invite you to attend the first of the series of three (3) Kapihan sessions slated for 2016, on March 31, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at the NBDB Secretariat Office (Unit 2401, Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas, Jr. Road, Pasig City).

This Kapihan Session is dedicated to sharing the pivotal publication and study spearheaded by the Book Development Association of the Philippines, entitled “Charting the Future of Books in the Philippines.”

Due to the limited space, registration is on a first come, first served basis. RSVP via e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 929-3887 local 814.

We are hoping for your positive response to this worthy endeavor.

Thank you very much.




Ang Abril ay Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas ayon sa Proklamasyon Bilang 968. Nilagdaan noong 10 Pebrero 2015, nilalayon nitong lalong pag-alabin ang panitikan ng bansa at ipagdiwang ang kagalingan ng mga likha ng mga manunulat na Filipino noon at ngayon. 


Sa pangunguna ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining (NCCA), at National Book Development Board (NBDB), inilatag ang ikalawang taon ng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas. Halina't maki-isa sa pagpapa-alab ng panitikan at pagpapasiklab sa imahinasyoong Filipino sa temang "ALAB Panitikan." 

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