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Winners in the 34th NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) are pleased to announce the winners of the 34th National Book Awards (NBA). Below is the list of NBA winners for books published in 2014: 





(English Language)


Dwellers, by Eliza Victoria, Visprint, Inc.




(Filipino Language)


Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon, by Edgar Calabia Samar, Adarna House, Inc.




(English Language)


Wonderlust, by Nikki Alfar, Anvil Publishing Inc.




(English Language)


Ramon Obusan, Philippine Folkdance and Me, by Kanami Namiki, Anvil Publishing, Inc.




(English Language)


Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunami, by Rey Ventura, Ateneo de Manila University Press




(Filipino Language)


iStatus Nation, by Joselito Delos Reyes, Visprint, Inc.




Laláng (likhâ): 6th Philippine International Literary Festival


The Philippine International Literary Festival (PILF), a landmark project of the National Book Development Board, has become a highlight of Philippine Book Development Month observed annually in November. The festival is NBDB’s way of celebrating literature and promoting best publishing practices through discourse on the issues of authorship and readership shaping the local book industry.


Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has been a major gathering for authors, illustrators, publishers, and literature lovers around the Philippines and beyond.  In the past years, the Festival has featured such literary luminaries and publishing experts as Chris Abani, FH Batacan, Robin Hemley, Christopher Cheng, Juliet Grames, Noelle de Jesus, David Parker, Vikas Swarup, Tim Tomlinson, National Artists for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and Virgilio S. Almario, and Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Diaz and Edward P. Jones.


This year’s Philippine International Literary Festival is titled LALÁNG (likhâ): Writing in Place. Creating Your Place. How relevant is place in the creation and appreciation of literature?  Does literature have to be reflective of geography? If a place can shape text/literature, can text/literature shape a place? This year the NBDB will bring the festival to Davao City, one of the country’s top historic, artistic, cultural destinations in order to engage lovers of literature from all parts of the archipelago in a series of discussions on Philippine literature and interactions with literary greats.

Approved Guidelines on the Ranking of Individuals for the Grant of PBB for 2015


Consistent with the provisions of the Inter-agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting Systems Memo Circular No. 2015-1 dated August 12, 2015, the following guidelines on the ranking of individuals for the grant of the Performance-Based Bonus for Fiscal Year 2015 under Executive Order No. 80 are hereby being proposed:


1.     Officials and employees in regular plantilla positions rendering a minimum of 9 months of service and with performance rating of at least “Satisfactory” during the Fiscal Year shall be entitled to the full grant of Performance-Based Bonus for 2015.


2.     Personnel who transferred from one government agency to NBDB shall be rated and ranked by the agency where he/she served the longest.  If equal months were served for each agency, he/she will be included in NBDB.


3.     An employee who rendered a minimum of 3 months but less than 9 months of service with the required performance rating shall be eligible for the grant of PBB on a pro-rata basis.  The PBB of employees shall be pro-rated corresponding to the actual length of service rendered, as follows:

Length of Service

% of PBB

8 months but less than 9 months


7 months but less than 8 months


6 months but less than 7 months


5 months but less than 6 months


4 months but less than 5 months


3 months but less than 4 months










The National Book Development Board is looking for an ARTISTIC DIRECTOR for its' 2015 NBDB WRITING JOURNAL (Approved Budget is P20,000.00)

Theme: Pedestrian Poetry
Visual Imagery: Incorporating poetry into everyday experiences

• Cover
• Copyright page
• Message from the Chair
• 2016 and 2017 Calendar with Holidays including book-related holidays
• Blank pages with quotes at the bottom of the page
• The Governing Board
• The Secretariat
• Works Cited
• NBDB Mandate

Scope of Work:
• Create visual imagery on the theme.
• Conceptualize the cover design and inside pages of the 2015 Annual Report and the 2016 Writing Journal;
• Create illustrations as necessary to enhance the design and layout of the publications;
• Execute layout of the publications;
• Provide the NBDB with accurate print specifications; and
• Provide NBDB digital and/or printer ready versions of the publications.

Those interested may submit their letter of intent to apply for this position, their portfolio of work (print/digital copy), and curriculum vitae to Camille Martinez with office address at Unit 2401 Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas Jr., Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City or thru email, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
The 2016 Samsung KidsTime Authors' Award


Singapore, 21 October 2015 – In partnership with Samsung Electronics (Samsung), the National Book Development Council of Singapore (The Book Council) is excited to announce the second iteration of the Samsung KidsTimeTM Authors’ Award (SKTAA)! Supported by Samsung and organised by the Book Council, this award will seek to give both published and unpublished authors the chance to see their works turned into mobile apps. The SKTAA is open to all authors of ASEAN nationality, and every nation could have up two Grand Prize winners and eight Second Prize winners!


2               The Grand Prize winners will receive an SGD $2,000 cash prize, and their winning


work will be turned into a mobile app that will be exclusively available on the Samsung KidsTimeTM mobile platform for a period of 12 months. Second Prize winners will also see their work exclusively featured on the Samsung KidsTimeTM mobile platform for 12 months.


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


Ramachandran says, “After last year’s impressive slate of submissions and winners, we are very excited to see what amazing work we’ll receive in this second edition. Samsung has been busy creating the apps for the 2015 winners in their native languages, and the Book Council is very happy to be part of this effort to promote and provide more literary works from Asian writers to a wider regional and international audience.”


4               Nicholas Wodtke, Vice President, Media Solution Center, Southeast Asia & Oceania, Samsung Electronics said, “We are proud and honoured to be able to help support reading


by transforming these physical book submissions into digital titles that will come alive on our Samsung Tablets. Our mission with Samsung KidsTimeTM is to be ‘more than play’.


Promoting literacy and learning is key to supporting this goal.”


5               The SKTAA 2015 is now open for submissions until 1 February 2016. The award is open to authors and publishers of picture books for 3-10-year-olds and in all native languages, and requires an English translation only for the purposes of assessment. The winners will be officially announced in May 2016 during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, which they will be invited to.

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