The books of UST Publishing House Authors Asst. Prof. Joselito D. Delos Reyes, PhD, Mr. Paul A. Castillo, Mr. Joel H. Vega, and Assoc. Prof. Jovito V. Cariño, PhD, received recognitions in the 38th National Book Awards, announced on November 4, 2019 on the National Book Development Board – Philippines’s Facebook page.
Delos Reyes’ “Finding Teo: Tula/Talambuhay” was adjudged the Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in Filipino. Finding Teo was a portrait of the Filipino Poet Teo Antonio, as told by Delos Reyes. Meanwhile, Castillo’s “Walang Iisang Salita” was named the Best Book of Poetry in Filipino. Walang Iisang Salita is Castillo’s debut book that explored the interstices of language with each poem, crafted with precision of words, inviting the reader to sit on and reflect.
Vega’s “Drift” was named the Best Book of Poetry in English. Drift is Vega’s first book of poems that lyrically brought to light the everyday things demanding to be viewed from different perspectives. Cariño’s “Muni: Paglalayag sa Pamimilosopiyang Filipino” bagged the Best Book in Social Sciences. Muni is Cariño’s examination of Filipino culture through different lenses such as Thomism, Metaphysics, Marxism, and etc.
Delos Reyes, the Coordinator of the B.A. in Creative Writing program, and Castillo are resident fellows of the Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. Meanwhile, Cariño is the incumbent Chair of the Department of Philosophy.