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Call for Applications: The 2015 National Book Development Trust Fund Grant (P200,000 each)

As part of its celebration of Philippine Book Development Month, the National Book Development Board (NBDB), the government agency mandated to develop and support the Philippine book publishing industry, has launched a call for applications for the National Book Development Trust Fund (NBDTF) Grant for 2015. Authors and organizations are invited to submit at least 25% of their manuscripts or research works for books. The chosen works will receive a grant of P200,000.00 each.

Manuscripts/research works for books should be on any of the following:

1. Local History and Culture (written in Filipino, English, or any Philippine language) 

 

Local history includes the history of places, people, and events defined by a geographical area in the Philippines (cities, towns, barangays, local government, and regional areas). It also includes the culture and characteristics of the people represented in the local community.

 

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NBDB launches book month

 
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The National Book Development Board held a press conference to launch Philippine Book Development Month (PBDM) on November 4, 10 AM at Uno Morato Bookstore. The PBDM is a month long celebration, a high point being the 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit (PILF-BIS) which will be held on November 12, 13 and 14 at the Bayanihan Center, Pasig City.

Graciela M. Cayton, NBDB Executive Director, talked about the history of the Philippine International Literary Festival and the yearlong efforts of the NBDB to address the issues of book publishing.

Flor Marie Sta. Romana Cruz, NBDB Chair, presented the theme of the PILFBIS which is "The Pressing Issue: Sustainable Publishing Amidst ASEAN Integration." Some pressing issues that will be addressed during the PILF-BIS are sustainable business practices, book distribution models, title acquisition, and reading programs.

Patrick Jocson, Yabang Pinoy Advocate, discussed promoting Filipino talent in the book industry and in other related industries like craft and food.

Nida Ramirez, Organizer of Aklatan: All-Filipino Book Fair said that Aklatan is committed to highlighting local books that might otherwise be overlooked in most bookstores where local books are not prominently displayed. 

Paolo Chikiamco, Organizer of ReaderCon, gave his views on the role of readers in celebrating books and literature.

Alvin Bonn Buenaventura, FILCOLS Executive Director, emphasized the importance of promoting creators' rights.

Camille V. Dela Rosa, NBDB Deputy Executive Director, moderated the open forum that followed the presentations.

The PILFBIS is structured to address industry players on the first day, writers and creators on the second day, and readers on the third day. All sessions on the third day are co-presented by ReaderCon. 

The Aklatan: All Filipino Book Fair will be held on all the three days. All books will be discounted.

The NBDB recognizes that there is a need to conduct an annual celebration to focus national attention on the important contribution of books. For more information on the PILF-BIS, contact Camille Martinez through email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our blog pilfbis2014.wordpress.com

 
5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit

 

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The NBDB presents The Pressing Issue: The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit (PILF-BIS) on November 12 to 14, 2014 at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer Street, Pasig City. Topics on the sustainability of the book industry amidst ASEAN integration and globalization, plus other pressing issues will be the focus of the discussions.
 
On November 12, publishing and business experts will talk about issues on sustainability, publishing and distribution models, and the state of the book publishing industry. On November 13, writers and creators will examine issues on copyright, creative content, and the artistic and financial gains of creative work. The sessions on November 14 are in partnership with Filipino Readercon so participants may expect sessions on the interconnectedness of reading, writing, and publishing.
 
The PILFBIS will also host Aklatan: The All-Filipino Book Fair where participants may purchase the latest titles from their favorite Filipino writers.
 
 REGISTRATION MECHANICS AND FEES

You may register through NBDB at 929-3887 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

Fees: 150/day or 400 for 3 days

Discount: 20% for group registration of more than 10; senior citizens

Free admission: students and teachers, upon presentation of ID 

 

To view or download the program, click the link below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9EcUJCPidIhU2lBOEtuUXd3RGs/view?usp=sharing

 

 
NBDB Holds Presscon to Launch Philippine Book Development Month

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) will host a press conference to launch Philippine Book Development Month on November 4, 10 AM at Uno Morato, Tomas Morato corner E.Rodiguez, Quezon City.

The PBDM launch is a prelude to book-related activities in November, particularly The Pressing Issue: The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit (PILF-BIS) on November 12 to 14, 2014 at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer Street, Pasig City. Topics on the sustainability of the book industry amidst ASEAN integration and globalization, plus other pressing issues will be the focus of the discussions.

All NBDB stakeholders, particularly our friends in media, are invited to attend the press conference. To confirm your attendance, contact Marife Castro at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

We look forward to your continued support of the book publishing industry.
 
NBDB Announces 33rd National Book Awards Winners

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 The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) are pleased to announce the winners of the 33rd National Book Awards (NBA). Below is the list of NBA winners for books published in 2013: 

33rd NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS WINNERS
(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.

Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language
     Fish-Hair Woman, by Merlinda Bobis, Anvil Publishing, Inc.
 
Best Book of Short Fiction in Filipino 
     Sa Himaymay ng Puso at iba pang Kuwento, by Macario Pineda, 
     Ateneo de Manila University Press
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