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As the government agency mandated to protect and enhance the growth of the local book industry, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) provides services, programs, and projects that cater to authors, illustrators, readers, publishers, book importers, and book distributors. These programs include Kapihan Sessions, consultative meetings for various stakeholders; Booklatan sa Bayan, a nationwide seminar-workshop series; the NBDTF, a writing grant; publishing fora, literary festivals, and book summits.
One of our major programs is the 6th PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL (PILF), an event spearheaded by the NBDB since 2010. This November, the PILF will be held in Davao City in order to accommodate a more diverse crop of authors and readers. Themed Laláng (likha), the NBDB’s PILF will highlight the relevance of “place” as inspiration, subject, or context of a writer and his/her literary piece. The panel discussions will range from concerns in literary discourse to lectures on publishing for aspiring writers. Stand by for more updates on our Facebook page and website ( in the coming weeks!
The NBDB also supports initiatives by both government and private organizations, no matter how small or big, which promote readership and authorship. Among these is the festival dedicated to promoting Filipino writers and books organized by RAFFLES MAKATI and NATIONAL BOOK STORE from August 28 and 30. The conference situates young and seasoned Filipino authors alongside literary celebrities Matthew Quick (The Silver Linings Paybook) and Meg Wolitzer (The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap). This event provides a venue for authors to come together and engage with readers. For more information, please see the details in the poster below.
NBDB and MCC Announce 34th National Book Awards Finalists


The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) are pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards.  



for Books Published in 2014






(English Language)


  1. Dwellers, by Eliza Victoria, Visprint, Inc.  
  2. Snows of Yesteryear, by Elmer Ordoñez, The University of the Philippines Press
  3. Woman in a Frame, by Raissa Rivera Falgui, Adarna House, Inc.




(Filipino Language)


  1. Huwag Mong Sakyan ang Buhawi, by Efren R. Abueg, Ateneo de Manila University Press
  2. Si, by Bob Ong, Visprint, Inc.
  3. Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon, by Edgar Calabia Samar, Adarna House, Inc.




(English Language)


  1. Boy in the Platinum Palace, by Maria Fres-Felix, The University of the Philippines Press 
  2. For Love and Kisses, by Andrea Pasion-Flores, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
  3. Wonderlust, by Nikki Alfar, Anvil Publishing Inc.
Kapihan Session on the Revised Guidelines and Procedures



The Kapihan Session aims to reorient NBDB registrants (new and renewal) about the agency's mission and vision, services and incentives, and policies and infrastructure. One of the agenda is to announce the new revisions on the NBDB guidelines and procedures.


It will be at the NBDB Conference Rm., Unit 2401, Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


Come join us and learn more about the book publishing industry. 

Meeting on the Development and Submission of Manuscripts for Grades 5 and 6

As part of its mandate to ensure quality instructional materials for students in public elementary and secondary schools, the Department of Education - Instructional Materials Council Secretariat (IMCS) will be holding a meeting on the development and submission of manuscripts for grades 5 and 6 on August 10, 2015 at DepEd Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City. The meeting is open to all publishers, authors, and editors.





Philippine Children's Literature Comes of Age

As the rainy season continued, book lovers were lured in to soak in a literary kind of rain on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Elements at Centris, Quezon City.


Local and international authors who are committed in the development and promotion of children’s literature were present to share their knowledge and expertise at the recently held Philippine Children’s Book Summit with the theme “Umuulan ng Libro.”


In celebration of the National Children’s Book Day, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) together with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), mounted the summit to create a venue where children’s book authors, illustrators, librarians, teachers, and students can discuss and weigh in on different issues concerning children’s content.


“The story of children’s book publishing in the Philippines begins much later than the introduction of the stories that inspired them,” said Graciela Mendoza-Cayton, NBDB Executive Director.


She emphasized the significance of the oral tradition in our country. Through this strong tradition, thoughts and ideas have long been passed on, especially in a number of rural communities not easily accessed.


“The purpose for our stories and their telling seemed to have more to do with teaching us how to be. A quick glance at early children’s books published in the Philippines reveals as much, for most of them read like guidebooks for living,” said Mendoza-Cayton



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