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Cabinet of Wonders and Other Laguna Stories

Anita Feleo, David Sheniak

Illustrated by Edgar Santiago

Winner, National Book Award, Travel, 2001

This book takes us on a tour of the diverse, but equally interesting towns in the province of Laguna. From San Pedro to Santa Maria, this collection of vivid travel essays provides eager travelers with excellent tips, describes the natural and man-made marvels of the places visited in detail, and touches on folk festivals and local traditions.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2001

ISBN: 971-271-048-3
205 pages

Cadena de Amor and Other Short Stories

Wilfrido Nolledo

Co-Winner, National Book Award, Short Fiction, 2004

“Young authors in the new millenium, whether they write in English or Filipino, whether they write fiction, poetry, or drama, will be suffering a great loss if they fail to be introduced to an ‘old’ writer who resisted the mellowing aging was supposed to induce and continued to be ahead of our times. Meet Wilfrido D. Nolledo, writer of the 1950s, still quite young when he departed in the 21st century.” —Bienvenido Lumbera, introducing W. D. Nolledo

Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2004

ISBN: 971-506-285-7
250 pages

Cafe by the Ruines: Memories and Recipes

Lilliana Llamado, Adelaida Lim, Feliz Perez

Winner, National Book Award, Leisure Category, 2009


Pasig City: Anvil Publishing Inc., 2008


Calvary Road: Mga Kuwento sa Balighong Panahon

Abdon Balde Jr

Winner, National Book Award, Fiction in a Philippine Language, 2006

Thirty-two stories by the author of Hunyango sa Bato and Mayong, National Book Award winners for Best Novel in 2004 and Best Book of Fiction in 2003, respectively.

Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2005

ISBN: 971-506-354-3
244 pages

Can We Live On Mars

Gidget Roceles Jimenez

Winner, National Children's Book Award, Children’s and Young Reader’s Literature, 2010


Quezon City: Adarna House, 2009

ISBN: 978-971-508-337-9

40 pages

Caraga Antigua

Peter Schreurs

Winner, National Book Award, History, 1990

This book is about the Hispanization and Christianization of Agusan, Surigao, and East Davao.

Manila: National Historical Institute, 1990

ISBN: No Record
575 pages

Cartography: A Collection of Poetry on Baguio

Ma. Luisa Aguilar-Cariño

Winner, National Book Award, Poetry, 1992

“The poems in the collection Cartography explore themes and subjects connected to or occasioned by living in the City of Baguio in the Philippines. While the poems in the collection do not seek to explain history or to duplicate its aims (nor to do sociological analysis of changes that have taken place within the fabric of cultural and social life in Baguio), they can be said to represent imaginative journeys into the past, present, and future of Baguio.”—Ma. Luisa Aguilar-Cariño, in the preface

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1992

ISBN: 971-270-211-1
99 pages

Casa Gorordo in Cebu: Urban Residence in a Philippine Province, 1860–1920

Resil Mojares

Winner, National Book Award, Social Science, 1983

This is a work that combines historical description of Philippine domestic architecture, urban history, and portraiture of the turn-of-the-century urban Filipino family. The focus of the study is trained on a house and a district: Casa Gorordo, the 19th-century residence associated with the family of the late Cebuano Bishop Juan Gorordo (1862–1934), and the district in which it is found, the parian of Cebu.

Cebu: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, 1983

ISBN: No Record
148 pages

Casaysayan nang Pasiong Mahal ni Jesucristong Panginoon Natin na Sucat Ipag-Alab nang Puso nang Sinomang Babasa

Winner, National Book Award, Literary History, 1988

Introducted, annotated, and translated from the 1882 edition by Rene B. Javellana, SJ

The book reproduces the 1882 verse narrative written by unknown Tagalog poets about the life of Jesus Christ—perhaps the most significant Tagalog religious text of the 19th century. It also provides a critical introduction to the text, as well as extensive, textual, literary, biblical, and theological notes.

Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1988

ISBN: 971-1130076
248 pages

Cat Painter

Becky Bravo

Illustrated by Mark Salvatus III

Co-Winner, National Book Award, Children’s Literature, 2004

Cats come in three colors: black, white, and yellow—this is what Miral, chief cat painter, teaches all his students. All is well until Rahal, a playful painter, comes along. From then on, cats have never been the same. The volume also contains “Ang Pintor ng Pusa,” a translation into Filipino by Aneka Rodriguez and Dencel Aquino.

Quezon City: Adarna House, 2006

ISBN: 971-508-284-X

Catch a Falling Star

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo

Winner, National Book Award, Fiction, 1999

With this collection of stories, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo departs from the “tale” mode of her previous books Tales for a Rainy Night (1993) and Where Only the Moon Rages (1994), and returns to the realistic short story, the mode of her earlier collection Ballad of a Lost Season (1987). But the simple narrative style and the nostalgic tone of these new stories about the young girl, Patriciang Payatot, are reminiscent of the tales, as well as of her travel essays—a genre in which she pioneered, and which some critics regards as her best work.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1999

ISBN: 971-270-877-2
148 pages

Cavite before the Revolution, 1571–1896

Isagani Medina

Winner, National Book Award, History, 1994

“I find it to be fascinating and an admirable piece of scholarly work. It is thorough and well researched. His emphasis on toponyms and things indigenous to the province is indeed a new approach to the study of local history. I consider this work an invaluable contribution to Philippine historical literature, especially to local history.” —Dr. Napoleon J. Casambre, former chair, U.P. Department of History

Quezon City: U.P. COllege of Social Science and Philosophy, 1994

ISBN: 971-889-306-7
280 pages

Celebrations: A Culinary Feast from the Roces-Reyes Table

Karla Prieto Delgado, Gianna Reyes Montinola, Cristina Roces-Garcia, Ginny Roces-De Guzman, Sylvia Roces-Montilla, Vicky Veloso-Barrera

Winner, National Book Award, Leisure Category, 2011


Pasig City: Anvil Publishing Inc., 2011

239 pages

Checkmeta: The Cesar Ruiz Aquino Reader

Cesar Ruiz Aquino

Winner, National Book Award, Personal Anthology, 2003

The narratives and poems in this book previously appeared in the author’s two earlier books, Chronicles of Suspicion (Kalikasan Press, 1990) and Word Without End (Anvil Publishing, 1993).

Davao City: Midtown Printing, Book Development and Publishing Division, 2003

ISBN: 971-858-742-X

Chenelyn! Chenelyn!

Rhandee Garlitos

Illustrated by Liza Flores

Winner, Gintong Aklat Award, Children’s and Young Reader’s Literature, 2000

Honorable Mention, PBBY Salanga Writers’ Prize, 1998

Children think that Chenelyn is a magician—she makes things happen around the household! Floors are cleaner, meals are cooked. It seems that without her, everything will stop running smoothly. Until one day, everything stops running smoothly, and everybody at home becomes worried.

Quezon City: Adarna House, 2000

ISBN: 971-508-098-7

Children of the Snarl and Other Poems

Marne Kilates

Winner, National Book Award, Poetry, 1988

“Children of the Snarl and Other Poems stir up what is latent in us—the dark, primeval, sensual pre-colonial beings that lurk behind our westernized colonial façades. These poems disturb us because they open us up to ourselves, make us see what we are deep down inside, the core that we suppress in the name of borrowed good and borrowed honor. These poems subvert our ordered view of life, our mannered visions of ourselves.”—Alfrredo Navarro Salanga, in the introduction

Quezon City: Aklat Peskador, 1988

ISBN: 971-101-501-3

Chinese and Vietnamese Blue and White Wares Found

Larry Gotauco, Rita Tan, Allison Diem

Winner, Gintong Aklat Award, Art and Architecture, 1998

This book is an attempt to present a more complete picture of the variety and quality of Chinese and Vietnamese blue and white wares traded in the Philippines. The Chinese ceramics featured here were made in the last 40 years of the Yuan Dynasty, and in the succeeding 275 years of the Ming Dynasty. The Vietnamese wares were contemporaneous, from the late 14th–16th centuries.

Makati City: Bookmark, 1997

ISBN: 971-569-245-1
259 pages

Christmas Fireflies

Gil Valencia

Illustrated by Beulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo

Winner, National Book Award, Children’s Literature, 2004

Gillian often looks up at the stars, wishing she could see her mother again. Then one night, everything started to come together: pine trees, pine cones, stars, fireflies, glass lamps, perpetual light. Gillian was given a special gift, something that will always be there for her. And Christmas acquired a special meaning, something that everyone can share.

Quezon City: Papertree Publishing, 2004

ISBN: 971-931-840-6
23 pages

Christology of the Inarticulate: An Inquiry into the Filipino Understanding of Jesus the Christ

Benigno Beltran, SVD

Winner, National Book Award, Theology, 1988

“What does it mean to believe that Jesus is the Christ when one is a scavenger in a garbage dump? I have been working with the scavengers for many years. With them I have often stumbled upon insights into a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and what He did for us. Faith in the power of Jesus and the experience of his consoling presence kindle their courage and endurance as they go through the terrible agony of living and scavenging in the garbage dump in order to survive.”—Benigno Beltran, SVD

Manila: Divine Word Publications, 1987

ISBN: 971-510-019-8
306 pages

Cinco de Noviembre

Rene Javellana, SJ

Winner, National Book Award, Children’s Book, 2000

This historical fiction paints the Filipinos’ first bloodless revolution as a play—seen through the eyes of a young boy who unknowingly takes part in one of the military victories of Philippine history. Though the boy Toto is fictional, the events that took place within the towns of Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, and Bago actually transpired as a glorious example of the Filipino revolutionary spirit of unity and creativity.

Makati CIty: Negros Museum and Bookmark, 2000

ISBN: 971-569-365-2
30 pages

Cine: Spanish Influences on Early Cinema in the Philippines

Nick Deocampo

Winner, National Book Award, Film Criticism, 2003

With meticulous scholarship and engaging insights, prizewinning filmmaker and author Nick Deocampo investigates the origin and formation of cinema as it became the Filipinos’ preeminent entertainment and cultural form. Cinema’s arrival and its difficulties in asserting itself in Hispanic, then Americanized, Manila until the outbreak of World War II are detailed in this book—the first in five volumes to discuss the development of Philippine cinema in its journey from colonization to nationalism through the process of indigenization.

Manila: National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2003

ISBN: 971-814-023-9
450 pages

Ciudad Murada: A Walk through Historic Intramuros

Jose Victor Torres

Winner, National Book Award, Travel, 2006

“This book is a highly interesting and entertaining guide to landmarks—both extant and vanished—and to the history of Manila’s Intramuros. It also serves as a possible inspiration and guide to policy makers and planners and to private-sector developers, as an object lesson on what can be done to recover some of the old glory of Manila the Beautiful.” —Jaime C. Laya

Manila: Intramuros Administration and VIbal Publishing House, 2005

ISBN: 971-072-276-X
87 pages

Coconut Cookery of Bicol

Honesto General

Winner, National Book Award, Cookbooks and Food, 1994

This fun book, disguised as a cookbook, is a brief autobiography with a rather extended digression on food. Incidentally, the recipes in these pages are authentic and truly edible and—in fact—epicurean.

Makati City: Bookmark, 1994

ISBN: 971-569-150-1
124 pages

Coconut: The Philippines’ Money Tree

Renato Labadan, Ph.D.

Winner, National Book Award, Business, Economics and Finance, 2006

This book focuses on the coconut, its many uses, and its economic promise. It takes readers into a rich panorama of the amazing world of coconut. And while taking readers to a virtual coco-filled adventure, it begs them to think of the realities and challenges, as well as the future, of the coconut industry.

Quezon City: R.M. Labadan and Associates, 2006

ISBN: 978-971-936-440-5

Cogito Ergo Sum and Other Musings on Science

Edited by Queena Lee-Chua

Winner, National Book Award, Anthology, 2002

In this groundbreaking collection, science is viewed from diverse perspectives and disciplines. Through essay, poetry, journalism, and fiction, well-known writers reflect on and investigate the vagaries of physics, zoology, mathematics, as well as computer science, environmental science, and agriculture, among others. The first of its kind in the country, this anthology of science writing is recommended for students, parents, teachers, and everyone interested in the workings of our universe, our world, and ourselves.

Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2002

ISBN: 971-550-434-5
203 pages

Colonial Odyssey of Leyte (1521–1914): Reseña de la

Manuel Artigas y Cuerva

Edited by Rolando Borrinaga, Cantius Kobak

Winner, National Book Award, Translation, 2007

This book provides the English translation of Reseña de la Provincia de Leyte by Manuel Artigas y Cuerva. The original in Spanish was a trailblazing work and appears to be the earliest known documented regional or local history ever written and published in the Philippines.

Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 2006

ISBN: 971-101-160-4
300 pages

Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines

Warwick Anderson

Winner, National Book Award, Social Science, 2008


Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2007

355 pages

Comfort Food

Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio

Winner, National Book Award, Cookbooks and Food, 2003

Pospas, corned beef, siopao? In this book, eating with a dash of nostalgia makes them rather rare and special.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2003

ISBN: 971-271-407-1
234 pages

Coming Home

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo

Winner, National Book Award, Essay, 1997

“It must be a kind of vanity to assume that in the future, there will be those who will be curious about what it was like for me and my contemporaries. But why not? And if these musings should serve to satisfy a hunger like mine in some woman like myself, when I am gone, I shall be content.”—Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1997

ISBN: 971-270-667-2
162 pages

Coming to Terms: Writings on Midlife by 15 Women

Edited by Lorna Kalaw Tirol

Winner, National Book Award, Anthology, 1994

Fifteen intensely personal accounts by women who fearlessly debunked the myth of midlife crisis to emerge complete, satisfied, and confident of their potentials as women and as persons. The book looks closely at the different perspectives of the anxiety-filled phase and provides insights that will empower all women to face the inevitable.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1994

ISBN: 971-270-331-2
240 pages

Compendium of the Economically Important Seashells in Panay, Philippines

Liberto Laureta

Winner, Gintong Aklat Award, Natural Science, 2010


Quezon City: University of the Phillipines Press, 2010

ISBN: none

Competing Views and Strategies on Agrarian Reform, Volume 1: International Perspective and Volume II: Philippine Perspective

Saturnino M. Borras

Winner, National Book Award, Social Science, 2009


Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2007

250 pages

Conquistas de las Islas Filipinas [Conquest of the Philippine Islands]

Gaspar De San Agustin

Winner, National Book Award/Juan C. Laya Award, Translation, 1998

Tanslated by Luis Antonio Mañeru

In 1565, together with Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s expedition to the Philippine islands came five Augustinian missionary friars, who were to record their perceptions of the earliest contact between Spanish and Filipinos. Conquistas de las Islas Filipinas (1565–1615) is a chronicle of Philippine history as gleaned from the records of these pioneering priests and those who followed in their mission, as told by the 17th-century friar, Gaspar de San Agustin.

Manila: San Agustin Museum, 1998

ISBN: 971-915-714-3
1176 pages

Consuming Passions: Philippine Collectibles

Edited by Jaime Laya

Winner, National Book Award, Anthology, 2003

Book design by M.G. Chavez Photography by Dick Baldovino and Ivan Acuña

“Jaime C. Laya has edited a new book that is a must for all long-time collectors to have, and even more so for aspiring collectors. Laya has assembled a stellar cast of knowledgeable, not to say expert, collectors, most of whom have published books to their credit and all of whom are known for their writing skills, not least himself.”—Benito J. Legarda Jr.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2003

ISBN: 971-271-400-4
392 pages

Contracting Colonialism: Translation and Christian Conversion in Tagalog Society under Early Spanish Rule

Vicente Rafael

Winner, National Book Award, History, 1988

This book studies the role of language in religious conversion of the Tagalogs to Catholicism and their subsequent colonization in the early period of Spanish rule (1580–1705).

Quezon CIty: Ateneo De Manila University Press and Cornell University Press, 1988

ISBN: 971-113-069-6
248 pages

Cordillera in June: Essays Celebrating June Prill-Brett, Anthropologist

Edited by B.P. Tapang

Winner, National Book Award, Anthology, 2008


Quezon City: University of the Phillipines Press, 2007

260 pages

Cordillera Tales

Illustrated by Maria Luisa Aguilar Cariño

Winner, National Book Award, Children’s Book, 1990

“The stories gathered here come from various sources from among the tribes in the Cordillera; many of these have been collected by others like Fr. Morice Vanoverbergh and Claude R. Moss, whose interest was chiefly folkloric or anthropological. In retelling the stories here I have tried to use a clear and contemporary idiom while trying to hew as close as possible to the ‘spirit’ of the original story to communicate a sense of the life and tribal culture of the people of the Mountain Provinces.“—Ma. Luisa A. Cariño, in the preface

Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 1990

ISBN: 971-100-379-1
132 pages

Cracks in the Parchment Curtain and Other Essays in

William Henry Scott

Winner, National Book Award, History, 1982

This book provides valuable insights and material for a deeper understanding of various periods of Philippine history.

Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 1982

ISBN: 971-100-000-8
324 pages


Edited by Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Fernando Zialcita

Winner, National Book Award, Social Science, 2002

The book documents the variety of beliefs and practices of Lent, the most varied, vibrant, and visible liturgical season in the Philippines. It explains the customary features of Philippine Lent, by showing how the Filipino has shaped Christianity, how the average Filipino has reinterpreted Christian belief within the context of Philippine social, political, and economic structures, as well as the physical environment. This book provides an excellent opportunity to study the Filipino’s interpretation of Christianity.

Makati City: Bookmark and Bungang Araw, 2000

ISBN: 971-569-385-7
250 pages

Cuentos Filipinos

Edited by Renan Prado, Lourdes Brillantes

Winner, National Book Award, Translation, 2004

Translated by Renan S. Prado, Evelyn C. Soriano, Heide V. Aquino, and Shirley R. Torres

“Cuentos Filipinos is a collection of nine short stories, originally written in Spanish, portraying the life and times in 19th-century Philippines. The colorful and graphic vignettes describing the customs and traditions of our people come alive, as characters weave in and out of a historically and culturally documented milieu. The religious, political, and economic aspects of our society are objectively depicted, empirical data narrated, statistical figures enumerated, and places of interest unveiled in detail.”—Renan Prado

Quezon City: Ateneo De Manila University Department of Modern Language, School of Humanities, 2004

ISBN: 971-922-965-9
277 pages

Cultural Fictions: Narratives on Philippine Popular Culture,

Isidoro Cruz

Winner, National Book Award, Literary Criticism, 2004

“This is a collection of fictions on popular culture, politics, and literature—in that all attempts at making sense of what are known, observed, or reported constitute fiction. The events, names, dates, and texts mentioned are factual, but the accounts that locate them in particular contexts to signify meanings border on some kind of storytelling.”—I. M. Cruz, in the preface

Iloilo CIty: University of San Agustin, 2004

ISBN: 971-928-143-X
192 pages

Cultural Worker’s First Manual: Essays in Appreciating the Everyday

Felice Prudente Sta. Maria

Winner, National Book Award, Reference, 2001

The first-ever manual written for cultural workers, this book is a visionary attempt at addressing cultural workers’ concerns vis-a-vis promoting heritage conservation. The book also aims to professionalize cultural workers, i.e., educators, artists, writers, journalists, and librarians, as well as members of religious organizations, by strengthening and deepening their appreciation and by providing strategies for cultural education and advocacy.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2001

ISBN: 971-271-105-6
311 pages

Culture and History: Occasional Notes on the Process of

Nick Joaquin

Winner, National Book Award, Essay, 1988

Nick Joaquin, said Jose Garcia Villa, is “the only Filipino writer with a real imagination—the imagination of power and depth and great metaphysical seeing—and which knows how to express itself in great language, who writes poetry, and who reveals behind his writings a genuine first rate mind.” Reprinted in 2004 by Anvil, with illustrations by Beaulah P. Taguiwalo.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2004

ISBN: 971-130-633-4
253 pages