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La Orosa: The Dance-Drama that Is Leonor Goquingco

Nick Joaquin

Winner, National Book Award, Biography, 1994

“In this authoritative, intimate and suspensefully absorbing biography of National Artist for Dance Leonor Orosa Goquingco, Nick Joaquin, National Artist for Literature, presents a courageous woman blessed with many gifts: the founder of the internationally acclaimed Filipinescas Dance Company; the pioneer Filipino choreographer in balletic, interpretive, native, and Oriental dance styles, melding the discipline of Western art dance with the now-festive, now-solemn Filipino ethnic dance.”—Andres Cristobal Cruz

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1994

ISBN: 971-270-358-4
226 pages

La Solidaridad

Guadalupe Fores Ganzon, Luis Antonio Mañeru

Winner, National Book Award, Translation, 1997

The seven-volume collection is a comprehensive bilingual edition that pays tribute to Marcelo H. del Pilar’s key role in creating the Filipino newspaper La Solidaridad, a fortnightly publication of the Propaganda Movement spearheaded by del Pilar, Lopez-Jaena, Rizal, Luna, Ponce, and Panganiban. The only complete facsimile edition of the Spanish original text, covering the period February 15, 1889 to November, 1896.

Makati City: Bookmark, 1997

ISBN: 971-91655-6-1

Lagalag sa Nanyang

Joaquin Sy

Winner, National Book Award, Translation, 2008


Quezon City: University of the Phillipines Press, 2007

385 pages

Lamesa: The Philippine Table

Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro, Josephine Labrador Hermano

Winner, National Book Award, Art, 1999

This book serves as more than just a lavishly illustrated paean to the essential piece of furniture, which is often glorified in Filipino homes as the center of social activity. The book celebrates this collective place of honor and worship, while also tracing its evolution from the literally lowly dulang, now exalted in trendy rooms, to the chic masterpiece of design bedecked with the ultimate in cosmopolitan arrangement. A collection of Filipino tables and tablescapes featuring accouterments dating back to Filipino ancestral traditions rethought and redone in contemporary and cosmopolitan lifestyles.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1999

ISBN: 971-270-876-4
280 pages

Landlords and Capitalists: Class, Family, and State in

Temario Rivera

Winner, National Book Award, Social Science, 1996

“With its interesting empirical material, this book advances a systematic interpretation of the social and political basis for the failure of Philippine industrialization. Written in a scholarly style, the book, nonetheless, is easily accessible to the intelligent lay reader.”—Prof. Emmanuel de Dios, University of the Philippines–School of Economics

Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press and the U. P. Creative Writing Center, 1994

ISBN: 971-879-754-8,
168 pages

Laro sa Baga

Edgardo Reyes

Winner, National Book Award, Fiction, 1991

The book’s first sentence is a question: Why is one’s sweetest memory also one’s most painful experience in love? Ding (the narrator) states that naming the woman he loved the most would be based not on who gave him the most joy, but on who gave him “the deepest wound.”

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1991

ISBN: 971-270-110-7
533 pages

Lassitude and Other Stories

Carlos Cortes

Winner, National Book Award, Fiction, 1998

The stories in Lassitude range from very short (fewer than 400 words) to very long (21,000 words). The prose goes from elegiac to ironic to grunge. The settings include southern Cebu, Cebu City, Mandaue, Mactan, outer space, Paris, the ruins of Stonehenge. These are 1990s stories, written on the run. Carlos Cortes has come down from the ivory tower in which he used to write, and reinvented himself, for better or for worse. These stories, dashed off whenever he could give himself up to lassitude, are the offerings of a writer who has kept the faith.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1998

ISBN: 971-270-691-5
234 pages

Leaving the Priesthood: A Close Reading of Priestly Departures

Fr. Emmanuel Fernandez

Winner, National Book Award, Theology and Religion, 2001

Demystifying the phenomenon of priestly departures, this book “goes beyond stereotypes and clichés to reveal the complex forces that bear upon the priest as he struggles to serve fully and remain faithful to God.” An example of “passionate sociology” at work.

Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2001

ISBN: 971-550-364-0
279 pages

Legal Write: Supreme Court Decisions as Literature

Justice Abraham Sarmiento

Winner, National Book Award, Law, 2002

First volume of the Philippine Supreme Court Centenary Reader, 1901–2001, composed of three award-winning books on Supreme Court decisions.

Manila: Philippine Judiciary Foundation, 2002

ISBN: 971-930-541-X
388 pages

Legaspi: The Making of a National Artist

Alfredo Roces

Winner, National Book Award, Art, 1993

This reconstruction of the life and times of Cesar Legaspi, painter, required the support of many individuals, most of all, the subject himself, as well as his family members, who gave numerous interviews and vetted the manuscript. Legaspi’s paintings were photographed by Dick Baldovino.

Pasig: Crucible Workshop, 1993

ISBN: 971-912-881-X
224 pages

Legends & Adventures

Carmen G. Nakpil

Winner, National Book Award, Biography / Autobiography, 2008


San Juan City: Circe Communications., 2007

217 pages

Letras y Figuras: Business in Culture, Culture in Business

Jaime Laya

Illustrated by Elmer Borlongan

Winner, National Book Award, Essay, 2001

A compilation of articles and papers on culture and arts written by former National Commission for Culture and the Arts chairperson Jaime Laya.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2001

ISBN: 971-271-1420
254 pages

Letting Go and Other Stories

Susan Lara

Winner, National Book Award, Fiction, 1997

“One rarely sees in fiction such a felicitous rendering of absence-as-presence, where the ‘absence’ is total, and ‘presence’ so pervasive … ultimately, it is the triumph of this writer’s ‘articulate inarticulate’ device that proclaims these stories as neither cathartic nor homeopathic (in the Greek tragic sense), but as an achievement substantially and intrinsically artistic.”—Edith L. Tiempo, in the introduction

Quezon City: University of the Phillipines Press, 1997

ISBN: 971-542-152-0
132 pages

Life before X and Other Stories

Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta

Winner, National Book Award, Fiction, 2000

“What these stories have in common is the questions which they raise and do not answer, and the aloneness of their protagonists. Loneliness, lovelessness, impermanence, death, lie in their heart…. Life Before X is an exceptional first book, one which raises expectations for the next one, and the next.”—Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, in the introduction

Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press and the U. P. Creative Writing Center, 2000

ISBN: 971-542-279-9
152 pages

Light Cavalry

Horacio De la Costa, SJ

Winner, National Book Award, History, 1996

“For one brief shining moment, / To one brilliant young Filipino boy, / On his way to the priesthood, / The world looked like this! / The priest was a laughing warrior, / Riding into battle. / And the Company of Jesus / Was...LIGHT CAVALRY!” —From the back cover

Manila: Catholic Bishops Conferences of the Philippines through the National Office of Mass Media, 1996

ISBN: 971-891-505-2
626 pages

Likhang Dila, Likhang Diwa

Bienvenido Lumbera

Winner, National Book Award, Poetry, 1993

The author is a highly respected and award-winning literary critic. He also writes poetry and Likhang Dila, Likhang Diwa is a collection of Lumbera’s poetry in Filipino.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1993

ISBN: 971-270-299-5
156 pages

Lina Flor: Collected Works by Carolina Flores Trinidad

Edited by Soledad Reyes

Winner, National Book Award, Editing, 2000

This book gathers together representative works of Lina Flor, one of the most prolific writers of the prewar and postwar years. Included in the anthology are her stories in English and Tagalog, sample of her weekly columns, her profiles on famous personalities such as Luz Banzon Magsaysay, the Carnival Queens, various film luminaries of the 1950s and 1960s, her comedy songs, and the highly acclaimed series, Gulong ng Palad, the longest-running Filipino soap opera ever.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2000

ISBN: 971-270-923-X
364 pages

Little Reports

Juan Gatbonton

Winner, National Book Award, Essay, 1986

Little Reports consists of short essays celebrating city life, progress, characters, alarms, and portents in the sky. These were collected from editorials of This Week magazine of the Manila Chronicle from 1954–1958. Five essays are from the Observer of the Times Journal. The author has added two other essays written more recently for the student edition.

Hong Kong: Raya Books, 1986

ISBN: 971-542-395-7
97 pages

Lives at the Margin: Biography of Filipinos Obscure, Ordinary,

Edited by Alfred McCoy

Winner, National Book Award, Biography / Autobiography, 2000

The book presents biographies of men and women who have emerged from the social and geographical margins of Philippine society to mobilize, through their individual talents, a mass following. It offers a view of the worlds now obscured at the margins of Philippine state and its history—Iloilo’s waterfront, Muslim Mindanao, Cebu City’s underworld, the plantations of Negros, and the villages of Central Luzon.

Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2009

ISBN: 971-550-355-1
481 pages

Living with Nature in Our Times

Abercio V. Rotor

Winner, National Book Award, Science, 2008


Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2007

311 pages

Living with the Enemy: A Diary of the Japanese Occupation

Pacita Pestaño-Jacinto

Winner, National Book Award, Biography / Autobiography, 1999

From December 9, 1941 to February 24, 1945, Pacita Pestaño-Jacinto chronicled the tense times that came with the Japanese invasion of Manila. In her detailed war diary, she paints a portrait of a time when the city—and the lives of many Filipinos—was occupied, and under the threat of death. There is an engrossing honesty and simplicity to this well-told tale of survival and, ultimately, liberation. It tells of a young woman’s experiences, thoughts, and reflections about what it means to be young during World War II in the Philippines. With an abridged version (2002).

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1999

ISBN: 971-271-231
246 pages

Liyab sa Alaala

Roberto Añonuevo

Winner, National Book Award, Poetry, 2004

Hinihigit ng aklat na Liyab sa Alaala ang mga posibilidad ng bait, dunong, at katwiran, samantalang itinatampok sa naiibang hagod ang mga talinhaga, dalumat, at hulagway na pawang Filipino at Asyano ang sensibilidad. Inilalantad din nito ang kahanga-hangang birtud at talisik ni Roberto T. Añonuevo bilang primera-klaseng makata ng kanyang panahon, at siyang maipagmamalaki hindi lamang sa buong Pilipinas kundi sa antas at larangan ng panulaang internasyonal.

Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2004

ISBN: 971-506-304-7
164 pages

Looking for Jose Rizal in Madrid: Journeys, Latitudes, Perspectives, Destinations

Gregorio Brillantes

Winner, National Book Award, Essay, 2004

This long-overdue collection, which gathers twenty-seven essays and articles written over three decades, is travel literature in the best sense of the term. According to Carmen Guerrero-Nakpil, “More than geography or natural history, it is the study of man and society, of the human condition and the fiction of social change that gives texture and depth to foreign travel.”

Quezon City: University of the Phillipines Press, 2004

ISBN: 971-542-407-4
285 pages

Looking for the Prehispanic Filipino and Other Essays in Philippine History

William Henry Scott

Winner, National Book Award, History, 1992

The book presents “new insights into the life of the Filipino people at the time of Spanish advent.”

Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 1992

ISBN: 971-100-740-1
182 pages

Lorenzo Ruiz, Escribano: A Play in Two Acts

Ophelia Dimalanta

Winner, Manila Critics Circle Members’ Award, 2003

Translated by Florentino H. Hornedo and Michael M. Coroza

“Theological jargon often gets in the way of the proper understanding of martyrdom. Instinctively, Dimalanta veers away from the arguments, the debates, and the controversies attendant to a martyr’s death. Her thesis is simple: ‘martyrdom is the closest thing to being God.’ ” —Rolando de la Rosa, OP, in the foreword

Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2002

ISBN: 971-506-178-8
123 pages

Love Gathers All: The Philippines–Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry

Ramon Sunico, Alfred Yuson

Winner, Manila Critics Circle Members’ Award, 2003

As a first-ever joint literary venture between the Philippines and Singapore, Love Gathers All breaks new ground. In this cross-cultural project, 127 love poems by 93 poets in both countries are published in one volume, together with a selection of beautiful illustrations that invoke and celebrate the tribulations and ecstasies of love.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2002

ISBN: 971-271-161-7
208 pages

Love in the Time of the Camera: Essays on Various Aspects of a Sad, Funny, Exasperating but Altogether Lovable and Photogenic World

Simeon Dumdum Jr.

Winner, National Book Award, Essay, 1998

Translated by Florentino H. Hornedo and Michael M. Coroza

In this collection of essays, the poet-essayist Dumdum looks mostly at life, particularly in Cebu, dissects it, and leaves the reader with very precise but haunting insights.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1998

ISBN: 971-270-741-5
122 pages

Love, Desire, Children, Etc.: Reflections of a Young Wife

Rica Bolipata-Santos

Winner, Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award, Literature, 2007

The short essays in this book are about a young wife’s coming to terms with love, marriage, sexual desire, childbirth, her relationships with her three children, her husband, and her own parents and siblings. The author is most touching when she writes on the trials and fulfillments of bringing up her special child, a firstborn with an undefined disability. She is funny when she recounts the unrequited love of her student days and her juggling of roles as mother, wife, teacher, and graduate student.

Quezon City: Milflores Publishing, 2007

ISBN: 971-828-047-2
158 pages

Lub-Dub, Lub-Dub

Jomike Tejido

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


Makati City: Bookmark, 2009

ISBN: 978-971-569-658-6

16 pages

Lugar: Essays on Philippine Heritage and Architecture

Augusto Villalon

Edited by Jonathan Best
Illustrated by Ferdinand Doctolero

Winner, National Book Award, Art, 2001

This book of essays celebrates the uniqueness of Filipino culture as expressed through its built environment, the vanishing record of the country\'s priceless cultural and natural heritage.

Makati City: Bookmark, 2001

ISBN: 971-569-422
474 pages

Lumbay ng Dila

Genevieve L. Asenjo

Winner, National Book Award, Citation, 2011


Quezon City: C&E Publishing, 2010

ISBN: 978-971-584-936-4

486 pages