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Waiting for Mariang Makiling: Essays in Philippine Cultural History

Resil B. Mojares

Winner, Manila Critics Circle Members’ Award, Essay, 2003
Winner, Gintong Aklat Award, Social Science, 2004

The book is an engaging exploration of Philippine cultural history. The collection of essays rewards the reader with the richness and originality of its insights.

Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2002

ISBN: 971-550-422-1
324 pages

Waiting for the Exterminator

Fiedelito Cortes

Winner, National Book Award, Poetry, 1989

Ah the uneasy peripatetic life of the poet! Strolling through the city or the country, past the exotic fauna of one and the exotic flora of the other, he is in love only with absent people. Walking in museums he wonders if he is transparent to others. He worries, promenading, about being politically correct, socially decorous and ecologically sound, and if such cargo of decency would sink him. In ballparks, making his way to the bleachers, he reacts to the weather and attests to the cathartic value of spectator sports.

Manila: Kalikasan Press, 1989

ISBN: 971-857-721-1
116 pages

Waking Ice: Poems

Ricardo M. De Ungria

Winner, National Book Award, Poetry, 2000

The book records a father’s spirals of emotions as he tries to understand and weather his son’s addiction, attempts at recovery, and later self-destruction. In a sequence of chiseled poems addressed mostly to his son, the poet memorializes a wide range of complex emotions dealing with fatherhood, sonship, and loss, and uses a variety of poetic styles to chart the gamut of his experience. Here is language brought as woundingly close to real life and silence.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2000

ISBN: 99 pages

Walong Dekada ng Makabagong Tulang Filipino

Virgilio S. Almario

Winner, National Book Award, Anthology, 1981

This book is an anthology of poems in Filipino written in the period 1900–1981. It divides those 80 years into three distinct periods— 1900–1932; 1932–1961; and 1961–1981. 1932 was chosen to highlight the importance of Jose Corazon de Jesus and his primacy during the period up to his death. 1961 was chosen to emphasize the significance of the publication of “Isang Dipang Langit” as the foundation of this middle period in the 20th century. For the third period, a new edition is needed to include the coming changes

: Philippine Education, 1981

380 pages

Wandering Roots, 1978-1988 From the Hothouse, 1989-1990

Ma. Fatima Lim

Winner, National Book Award, Poetry, 1991

The book includes the essay, “How to Read Ma. Fatima V. Lim,” by Isagani R. Cruz. In it he says: “To read Lim, you must clear a space in your consciousness for her. Leave your prosaic world for a moment, enter a world without fathers, fears, or boundaries, and spend Eternity in a Blakesia hour, reading, savoring, living each of her poems. You will, I guarantee, never come home to the unpoetic world again.”

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 1991

ISBN: 971-270-107-7

Wash: Only A Bookkeeper, A Biography of Washington Z. SyCip.

Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr

Winner, National Book Award, Nonfictio Prose Category, 2010


Quezon City: The SGV foundation, Inc. and AIM Scientific Rechearch Foundation, 2009

304 pages

Water in the Ring of Fire: Folktales from the Asia-Pacific

Edited by Carla M. Pacis

Winner, National Book Award, Best Design, 1996

Designed by Felix Mago Miguel.

“All 18 member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Council (APEC) are linked by geography, each economy situated in the Ring of Fire. Each of these economies has a rich tradition of myths and folktales relating the different creation tales that define their cultural beliefs and traditions. Eighteen creation myths from APEC members are presented in a unique sequence retelling a unified tale of Creation—that of the Ring of Fire. Each folktale is retold in English by a Filipino writer and illustrated by a Filipino illustrator.”—Alfonso Corpus Bolipata, in the foreword

San Antonio, Zambales: Osnofla Books-CASA San Miguel, 1996

ISBN: 971-916-881-1
124 pages

Watersheds Sheltering life.

Grace Roxas

Edited by Ces Rodriguez

Winner, National Book Award, Citation, 2011


Quezon City: Wide Angle Media Inc., 2010

ISBN: 978-971-94805-0-1
156 pages

Wealth within Your Reach

Francisco J. Colayco

Co-Winner, National Book Award, Business and Economics, 2004

“This book is the first in a series that will explain the fundamental rules of wealth generation, as well as income and debt management. People need to be aware that they have to prepare for their personal and their family’s financial future. Achieving financial well-being is not an option. It is an obligation. I hope that in some way, this book will help to fulfill that obligation.”—Francisco Colayco, in the foreword

Metro Manila: Colayco Foundation for Education, 2004

ISBN: 971-929-950-9
232 pages

What the Hell for You Left Your Heart in San Francisco: A Novel

Bienvenido N. Santos

Winner, National Book Award, Fiction, 1987

This is a novel about a Filipino writer who tries to work in the United States and to find his father who had left them when he was very young. He writes about significant events in his life in the city of San Francisco as he struggles to teach a course on the Philippines and to start a magazine for Filipinos in the United States.

Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 1987

ISBN: 971-100-319-8 (bp)
971-100-677-4 (np)
200 pages

What the Water Said: Alon Poems

Ronald Baytan, Ernesto V. Carandang, Isidro M. Cruz, Alice M. San-Cua, Vicente Garcia Groyon, Sid Gomez Hildawa, Shirley O. Lua, John Iremil E. Teodoro

Winner, National Book Award, Anthology, 2004

“What the Water Said is a first collection of poetry by an inspired and inspiring community of writers who call themselves the Alon Collective. In many ways, the book is a testament of how a writing community is created and how each member brings a shared vision to fruition.”—Marjorie Evasco, in the introduction

Iloilo CIty: University of San Agustin, 2004

ISBN: 971-928-145-6
127 pages

Whatever: A New Collection of Later Essays, 1987-2001

Carmen Guerrero Nakpil

Winner, National Book Award, Essay, 2002

“The essays in this book were chosen at random from a pile of more than 2,000 short pieces written over a period of 14 years, between 1987 and 2001. They first appeared in several Metro Manila dailies as editorial-page columns. The title, Whatever, is a reference to the millenial way of ending an argument. It is now the trendy equivalent of saying, all right, have it your way, but this is my take on the subject. The essays in the book are offered in that spirit.”—Carmen Guerrero Nakpil

Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2002

ISBN: 971-550-417-5
212 pages

White Elephants: Stories

Angelo R. Lacuesta

Winner, National Book Award, Short Fiction, 2006

“Once again, in this new collection, Angelo Lacuesta shows his mastery not only of language but also of the life it examines and conveys. As one writer to another, I appreciate how he takes his time to shape a story, and the varied cadences of his prose are a pleasure to follow. But best of all he writes with a maturity of feeling, a sureness of sensibility that eschews the easy sentiment and disembodied lyricism of those less committed to art and country.”—Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2005

ISBN: 971-271-588-4 (bp)
129 pages

White Love and Other Events in Filipino History

Vicente L. Rafael

Winner, National Book Award, History, 2000

The book examines the period from the onset of U. S. colonialism in 1898 to the emergence of a Filipino diaspora in the 1990s. It treats, in a condensed and concise manner, clusters of historical detail and reflections that do not easily fit into a larger whole. The book also offers a view of nationalism as an unstable production, revealing how, under what circumstance, and with what effects the concept of the nation has been produced and deployed in the Philippines.

Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2000

ISBN: 971-550-356-X
286 pages

White Turtle

Merlinda Bobis

Winner, National Book Award, Fiction, 1999

An anomalous kiss. A white turtle ferrying the dreams of the dead. A working siesta in a five-star hotel. A woman’s 12-meter hair trawling corpses from a river. Or a queue of longings in Darlinghurst. These enigmatic tales of chance and hope are among 23 stories set in the Philippines and Australia. Alternately mythic, wistful or quirky, Merlinda Bobis’s tales resonate with an original and confident storytelling voice.

Manila: De La Salle University Press, 1999

ISBN: 971-555-311-7
189 pages

Why I Travel and Other Essays by Fourteen Women

Edited by Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, Erlinda Enriquez-Panlilio

Winner, National Book Award, Travel, 2000

The book features the accounts of highly accomplished and prominent women from diverse backgrounds. “This is why I travel, to find what I do not know, to feel the sheer joy of coming face to face with something I could not possibly have conceived,” says Gizela Gonzalez in the introduction.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2000

ISBN: 971-271-016-5 (hp)
971-271-034-3 (sb)
274 pages

Why the Piña Has a Hundred Eyes and Other Classic Philippine Folk Tales about Fruits

Neni Sta. Romana Cruz

Illustrated by Felix Mago Miguel

Winner, National Book Award, Children’s Literature, 1993

The book contains classic folk tales about the origins of native fruits such as the durian, banana, macopa, and coconut, among others.

Makati City: Bookmark, 1993

ISBN: 971-630-023-9
55 pages

Wika sa Lipunang Pilipino

Ligaya Tiamson-Rubin

Winner, National Book Award, Linguistics, 1991

“Ang librong ito ay kalipunan ng mga pag-aaral ni Ligaya Tiamson-Rubin sa larangan ng wika sa pangkalahatan at sa disiplinang Filipino sa partikular. Ang mga nilalaman ng antolohiyang ito ay mapapangkat sa mga sumusunod: wika, lipunan, at nasyonalismo; sitwasyong pangwika sa Angono at ang barayti ng Filipinong sinasalita rito; (gabay at prinsipyo sa) pagsasaling eklesiastik at pampanitikan; at pagtuturo ng wikang Filipino at ng Ibong Adarna. Mahalaga lamang na magkaroon ng sipi nito ang bawat Pilipinong nagmamahal sa Wikang Pambansa.”—Prof. Jesus Fer Ramos, U. P. College of Arts and Letters, Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas

Quezon City: Rex Book Store, 1991

ISBN: 971-230-985-1
183 pages

Women of Tammuz

Azucena Grajo-Uranza

Co-Winner, National Book Award/Juan C. Laya Award, Best Novel in a Philippine Language, 2004

“In the grand tradition of Rizal and Nick Joaquin, Azucena Grajo Uranza uses our troubled history as the matrix of her fiction. Women of Tammuz traces the convoluted lives of several Filipinos—mostly women—through the last halcyon days preceding World War II, on to the grim years of the Japanese Occupation. The story ends with the liberation of Manila. More than a novel on the war, this novel portrays evocatively the courage of ordinary Filipinos as they persevere through tragedy. A must read for those who despair, and those who don’t.”—F. Sionil Jose, National Artist

Makati City: Bookmark, 2004

ISBN: 971-569-494-2
482 pages

Wordsmith with a Slingshot: The Gerry Gil Book

Generoso Gil Jr.

Winner, National Book Award, Journalism, 1997

“The bulk of the selections in this book are Manila Standard editorials, written while Generoso Gil Jr. was associate editor, from late 1989 to mid-1995. This period was the longest that Gerry stayed with a newspaper, and since he wrote the editorials virtually every day, it coincided with his largest body of work.”—Jaime S. Ong

Quezon City: Phoenix Publishing House, 1997

ISBN: 971-062-041-X
362 pages

Working Women of Manila in the 19th Century

Maria Luisa Camagay

Winner, National Book Award, History, 1995

The work documents the life of gainfully employed women in the 19th century. Seven occupations of women were studied, namely, the cigarreras (tobacco-factory workers), the matronas titulares (licensed midwives), the maestras (teachers), the criadas (female domestic workers), the tenderas and vendadoras (store owners and vendors), the costureras and bordadoras (seamstresses and embroiderers), and the mujeres publicas (prostitutes). With women often absent or marginalized in the pages of history, the study attempts to unravel through archival sources and other non-documentary sources like literature and iconography the life of these working women.

Quezon City: University of the Phillipines Press, 1995

ISBN: 971-542-059-1
197 pages

Worship and Weave: Towards Filipino Liturgical Vestments

Dom Martin de Jesus H. Gomez, OSB

Winner, National Book Award, Art, 2001

Photography by George Tapan

In 1998, on the occasion of the centennial of Philippine Independence, the Ayala Museum and the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Bukidnon put up the Filipino Liturgical Vestments exhibition. It was a visual feast worth memorializing in another form that is no less inspiring, and Worship and Weave seeks to be that unique form. It is a work of careful liturgical devotion and caring cultural scholarship that shows us how our communal life of worship is intimately intertwined with indigenous elements that make our prayer truly ours, that make our praying truly us

Makati City: Ayala Foundation and Monastery of the Transfiguration, 2001

ISBN: 971-855-121-1
332 pages


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Winner, Gintong Aklat Award, Education, 2009


Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2009

ISBN: 09653423334
23 pages

Writing Home: 19 Writers Remember Their Hometowns

Edited by Ruel De Vera

Winner, Manila Critics Circle Members’ Award, Anthology, 2002

This is an anthology of poems, essays, and stories of some of the best contemporary Filipino writers about their hometowns. It includes the works of Cesar Ruiz Aquino, Joey Ayala, Karina Bolasco, Carlos Cortes, Jose Dalisay Jr., Alex de los Santos, Doreen Fernandez, Luisa Igloria, Marne Kilates, Jose Lacaba, Jaime An Lim, Alfonso Mendoza, Clovis Nazareno, Bino Realuyo, John Silva, Auraeus Solito, Eileen Tabios, Anthony Tan, and Alfred Yuson.

Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2002

ISBN: 971-271-245-1
191 pages

Writing the Nation

Bienvenido Lumbera

Winner, National Book Award, Literary Criticism, 2000

The book gathers into a single volume scattered writings on Philippine art and culture by Bienvenido Lumbera. The cultural phenomena that generated comment and discussion—literary works, theatrical performances, films, conferences, book launches, etc.—have been viewed within a framework spelled out by the first two sections of the book: “Culture and Politics” and “Language and Culture.” Lumbera has always made culture and nationalism the advocacy of his teaching and writing, and in this book he elaborates on these intertwining themes.

Quezon City: University of the Phillipines Press, 2000

ISBN: 971-542-244-6
417 pages