The Manila Critics Circle was founded in
The Manila Critics Circle, Inc., is a
non-profit, non-stock organization of professional literary critics
and newspaper columnists who believe that Philippine books deserve
much more attention than they usually get from business, media, and
the general public.
Aside from giving the annual National Book
Awards, the Circle has held an ASEAN-wide literary contest (in
cooperation with Filipinas Foundation), participated in the nomination
process for National Artist awards, joined National Book Week
exhibits, prepared various position papers on literary publishing, and
sat in the National Book Development Board.
Members have done reviews for national and
international periodicals, such as ASEAN Theater Journal,
Asiaweek, BizNews Asia, Diyaryo Filipino,
Filipinas, Filipino Magazin (Filmag), Independent,
Journal of Asian Studies, Kinaadman, Manila Chronicle,
Manila Times, Metro Magazine, National Book Review,
Philippine Daily Globe, Philippine Daily Inquirer,
Philippine Graphic, Philippine Journal of Education,
Philippine Panorama, Philippine Star, Philippine Studies,
Sun.Star Weekend, Unitas, and World Literature Today,
and for television shows such as Mabuhay: This is Your Wake-Up Call.
The Circle is a recipient of the 2004 Award
of Recognition from the National Book Development Board.