The Ateneo de Manila University Press was named Publisher of the Year at the 37th National book Awards last Nov. 24 at the National Museum. Ateneo received six awards, the most of any publisher. This was the second straight year it was named Publisher of the Year.
Handed out yearly by the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) and the National Book Development Board, the National Book Awards recognized the best of the previous year’s locally published books.
List of winners
Literary Division: Best Novel in English: “The Quiet Ones” by Glenn Diaz (Ateneo);
Novel in Filipino: “Ang Ikatlong Anti-Kristo” by Eros Atalia (Visprint Inc.);
Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for Best Book of Short Fiction in English: “Coral Cove and Other Stories” by Angelo R. Lacuesta (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House);
Gerardo P. Cabochan Prize for Best Book of Short Fiction in Filipino: “Ang Nawawala” by Chuckberry Pascual (Visprint);
Pablo A. Tan Prize for Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in English: “Of Tyrants and Martyrs: A Political Memoir” by Manuel C. Lahoz (University of the Philippines Press);
Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in Filipino: “Pag-Ahon: Mga Kuwentong Buhay ng mga Nanay” edited by Luna Sicat Cleto (8Letters Bookstore and Publishing);
Philippine Literary Arts Council Prize for Best Book of Poetry in English: “Running with Ghosts and other Poems” by Merlie M. Alunan (Ateneo de Naga University Press);
Victor C. Valledor Best Book of Poetry in Filipino: “Mga Sugat ng Naligaw sa Gubat” by Emmanuel Quintos Velasco (Ateneo);
Best Anthology in English: “Tinalunay: Hinugpong Nga Panurat Nga Winaray” edited by Merlie M. Alunan (UP Press);
Best Anthology in Filipino: “May Tiktik sa Bubong, May Sigbin sa Silong” edited by Allan N. Derain (Ateneo);
Best Book of Graphic Literature: “Dead Balagtas, Tomo 1: Mga Sayaw ng Dagat at Lupa” by Emiliana Kampilan (Adarna House);
Best Book of Literary Criticism/Literary History: “Elites and Ilustrados in Philippine Culture” by Caroline Hau (Ateneo);
Best Book of Essays in English: “The Thing with Feathers: My Book of Memories” by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo (UST Publishing House);
Best Translated Book: “Bamboo Whispers: Poetry of the Mangyan” by Hanunuo Mangyan, translated by Antoon Postma, Sylvia Mayuga, Marne Kilates, Quintin Pastrana, Resti Reyes Pitogo and Soledad Laviña (Bookmark);
Non-Literary Division: Best Book on Food: “Feast with Me” by Stephanie Zubiri Crespi (Anvil Publishing);
John C. Kaw Prize for Best Book on History: “Cyclones & Earthquakes: The Jesuits, Prediction, Trade & Spanish Domination in Cuba & The Philippines, 1850-1898” by Aitor Anduaga (Ateneo);
Best Book in Science: “Traditional Medicine in the Colonial Philippines” by Ma. Mercedes G. Planta (UP Press);
Elfren S. Cruz Prize for Best Book in the Social Sciences: “Philippine Modernities: Music, Performing Arts, and Language, 1880-1941” edited by José S. Buenconsejo (UP Press);
Best Book in Journalism: “Magandang Gabi Bayan: Nation, Journalism Discourse, and Television News in the Philippines” by Estelle Marie M. Ladrido (Ateneo);
Best Book on Humor, Sports, and Lifestyle: “Playing with the Big Boys: Basketball, American Imperialism, and Subaltern Discourse in the Philippine” by Lou Antolihao (Ateneo);
Best Book on Professions: “The Philippines Towards Resilient Cities and Communities” by Felino Palafox Jr. (Anvil);
Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize for Best Book on Art: “The Life and Times of Purita Kalaw-Ledesma” by Purissima Benitez-Johannot (Vibal Foundation);
Best Book Design: “Dead Balagtas: Tomo 1: Mga Sayaw ng Dagat at Lupa” designed by Emiliana Kampilan (Adarna).
MCC members are National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, Dean Francis Alfar, Alma Anonas-Carpio, Isagani R. Cruz, Ruel S. De Vera, Shirley O. Lua and Danton Remoto.