USTPH titles lauded at 41st National Book Awards 

Three titles from the UST Publishing House were formally given recognition in the 41st National Book Awards organized by the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) and the National Book Development Board (NBDB)–Philippines, held on February 24, 2024, at the Hyundai Hall, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University.

Duterte Watch: Descent into Authoritarianism (Collected Commentaries) by veteran journalist Vergel O. Santos won the Best Book in Journalism, Julio Nakpil Collected Works Volume One: Piano, Vocal, and Chamber Music by UST RCCAH Director Ma. Alexandria I. Chua also received recognition for Best Book on Art, and Ilustrado, UST CCWLS Resident Fellow Chuckberry J. Pascual’s translation into Filipino of Miguel Syjuco’s internationally acclaimed novel, won the Best Translated Book in Filipino.

Six titles were also recognized as finalists: The Lives of a Filipino/a High School Student edited by Rolando B. Tolentino, Joselito D. Delos Reyes, and Ferdinand P. Jarin; Growing Up Filipino 3: New Stories for Young Adults edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard; All My Distances Point to Home by King Llanza; The Holy Wife: Stories of Extraordinary Love by Ting Pantoja Mañalac; Abangán: Mga Pambungad na Resepsiyon sa Kultura ng Teleserye by Louie Jon A. Sánchez; and Doing Philosophy in the Philippines: The Thomasian Collection (1951-1959) Volume II edited by Alfredo P. Co. Ilustrado, designed by Sam Macaisa and Jhozelle Crooc, was also recognized as a finalist for Best Book Design.

The event was also graced by some of the most prominent writers, literary figures, and scholars in the country including National Artist for Literature, Gemino Abad, National Artist for Film and Broadcast, Ricky Lee, and Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Isagani Cruz. 

Celebrating books published in 2022, a total of 35 titles were named winners out of 235 nominations across 34 categories consisting of seven languages: Filipino, English, Bikol, Binisaya, Hiligaynon, Tausug, and Waray. Granted by the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) and the National Book Development Board (NBDB)–Philippines, the annual prize honors the most outstanding books written, designed, and published in the Philippines.

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