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National Book Awards



1997 Pinoy Nga!, by Jess Abrera

2000 The Best of A. Lipin: Cartoon Strips, 1985-2000, by Jess Abrera (Inquirer Books and Anvil)


1990 Cordillera Tales, by Maria Luisa B. Aguilar Cariño

1991 Ang Unang Baboy sa Langit, by Rene O. Villanueva, translated by Ramon C. Sunico

1993 Why the Piña Has a Hundred Eyes and Other Classic Philippine Folk Tales about Fruits, by Neni Sta. Romana Cruz

1994 Earthquake!, by Maria Elena Paterno

1995 The Mats, by Francisco Arcellana
Treasury of Stories, by E. Arsenio Manuel and Gilda Cordero-Fernando

1996 Incredible Mysteries: Natural Wonders of the Philippines, by Maria Elena Paterno, Roberto S. P. de Ocampo, and Francisca Flores-Caberoy
Papel de Liha / Sandpaper, by Ompong Remigio

1997 Ang Pamana ni Andres Bonifacio, by Emmanuel Encarnacion

1998 Mayroon Akong Alagang Puno, by Carla M. Pacis, translated by Danilo M. Reyes

2000 The Brothers Wu and the Goodluck Eel: A Tale from the Philippine Islands, by Fran Ng (Tahanan Books for Young Readers)
Cinco de Noviembre, by Rene B. Javellana, S.J. (Negros Musem and Bookmark)
A Sea of Stories: Tales from Sulu, by Carla M. Pacis (Bookmark)

2001 Once Upon a Time, by Fran Ng, adapted from the works of Hans Christian Andersen (Tahanan Books for Young Readers)
Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola, o Kung Bakit Matatag ang mga Pinay / Lola’s Extraordinary Hair, or Why Pinays are Strong Women, by Rene Villanueva (Adarna House)

2004 The Christmas Fireflies, by Girl Valencia (Papertree Publishing)
The Greediest Rajahs and the Whitest Of Clouds, by Honoel Ibardolaza (Adarna Books)

2005  The Yellow Paper Clip with Bright Purple Spots, by Nikki Dy-Liacco, Adarna House


1999 The Mythology Class, by Arnold Arre (Alamat Group of Comics)

2000 Trip to Tagaytay, by Arnold Arre (Tala Studios & Quest Ventures)

2001 Isaw, Atbp., by Vincent Michael Simbulan, Arnold Arre, Marco Dimaano, and Carl Vergara (Quest Ventures)

2002 Ang Kagila-Gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, by Carlo Vergara (Alamat Comics, Carverhouse Creations, and Quest Ventures)

2003 Mars Ravelo’s Darna, edited by Zach Yonzon (Mango Comics)
Siglo: Freedom, edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Vincent Simbulan (Mango Books, Quest Ventures, and Kestrel IMC)

2005  Siglo: Passion, edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Vincent Simbulan, Kestrel IMC, Mango Books, and Quest Ventures


1994 The Coconut Cookery of Bicol, by Honesto C. General

1995 Kasaysayan ng Kaluto ng Bayan, by Milagros Santiago Enriquez

1996 The Secret Is in the Sauce: Cookbook for Noncooks, by Marianne Gonzalez de Leon

1998 Filipino Cuisine: A Centro Escolar University Centennial Collection

2000 In My Basket: The Cookbook, by Lydia D. Castillo (Bookmark)

2001 The Best of Food Magazine, edited by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco (ABS-CBN Publishing)

2002 Kape: A Philippine Coffee Cookbook, by Vicky Veloso Barrera and Chit U. Juan (Anvil Publishing)

2003 Comfort Food, edited by Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio (Anvil Publishing)

2004 The Adobo Book: Traditional and Jazzed-Up Recipes, by Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro and Nancy Reyes-Lumen (Anvil Publishing)
Philippine Markets: Homage to the Hardworking Men and Women of the Market, by Karla P. Delgado (Centro Escolar University)

2005 Gabay sa Pagkain ng Gulay-Dagat, by Paciente A. Cordero Jr., Far Eastern University Publications; and Slow Food: Philippine Culinary Traditions, edited by Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio and Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, Anvil Publishing


2004 Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order, by Neferti Xina M. Tadiar (Ateneo de Manila University Press)



2001 A Dictionary of Philippine Plant Names, by Domingo A. Madulid (Bookmark)


1985 The Politics of Culture, edited by Nicanor G. Tiongson

1996 Duet for EDSA: Chronology of a Revolution, by Angela Stuart Santiago
Duet for EDSA: Looking Back, Looking Forward, edited by Lorna Kalaw Tirol


1982 Bayan-Bayanan at Iba Pang Dula, by Bienvenido M. Noriega Jr.

1983 Pares-Pares, by Bienvenido M. Noriega Jr.

1984 Juan Tamban, by Malou Leviste Jacob

1985 Pilipinas Circa 1907, by Nicanor G. Tiongson

1987 Philippine Drama: Twelve Plays in Six Philippine Languages

1988 May Isang Sundalo, by Rene O. Villanueva

1993 Madilim ang Gabi sa Laot at iba pang mga Dula ng Ligaw na Pag-ibig, by Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.

1994 Teatro Pulitikal, by Malou Jacob

1995 Deuterium / Mga Idolong Romantiko, by Bienvenido M. Noriega Jr.

1996 Kuwentong Kutsero, by Epifanio G. Matute

1998 Apat na Dula, by Rene O. Villanueva

2000 Almanac for a Revolution, by Nicholas Pichay (Philippine Centennial Commission and University of the Philippines Press)

2001 May Katwiran ang Katwiran at iba pang Dula, by Rolando S. Tinio (University of the Philippines Press)

2002 Mga Dula sa Magkakaibang Midyum, by Frank G. Rivera (UST Publishing House)

2003 Sa Sariling Bayan: Apat na Dulang May Musika, by Bienvenido Lumbera (De La Salle University Press)

2004 Oyayi: Sarswela ng Pamilyang Pinoy, by Frank G. Rivera (UST Publishing House)



1992 Salvaged Prose, by Emmanuel Lacaba, edited by Jose F. Lacaba

1995 Declaracion de la Doctrina Christiana en Idioma Tagalog, by Juan de Oliver OFM, edited by Jose M. Cruz SJ
Sermones, by Francisco Blancas de San Jose OP, edited by Jose Mario D. Francisco SJ

1999 The Dominicans and the Philippine Revolution, 1896-1903, edited by Fidel Villaroel, O.P., texts translated by Luis Antonio Mañeru and Fidel Villaroel, O.P. (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House)

2000 Lina Flor: Collected Works, edited by Soledad S. Reyes (Anvil)

2002 The Critical Villa: Essays in Literary Criticism by Jose Garcia Villa, edited by Jonathan Chua (Ateneo de Manila University Press)


2004 Helping Our Children Do Well in School: 10 Successful Strategies from the Parents’ Best Practices Study of the Ateneo de Manila High School, by Queena N. Lee-Chua and Ma. Isabel Sison-Dionisio (Anvil Publishing)
A Companion Manual to Helping Our Children Do Well in School: 10 Successful Strategies from the Parents’ Best Practices Study of the Ateneo de Manila High School, by Queena N. Lee-Chua and Ma. Isabel Sison-Dionisio (Anvil Publishing)

2005 Edukasyong Pampubliko: Ang Karanasan ng Kabite, 1898-1913, by Emmanuel Franco Calairo, Cavite Historical Society; and University Traditions: The Humanities Interviews, edited by Ramon C. Sunico, Ateneo de Manila University


1995 A Field Guide to the Whales and Dolphins in the Philippines, by Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan

1998 Environment and Natural Resources Atlas of the Philippines

2000 The Last Great Forest, by Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan (Bookmark)

2001 Key Conservation Sites in the Philippines: A Haribon Foundation and BirdLife International Directory of Important Bird Areas, by Neilaldrin D. Mallari, Blas R. Tabaranza Jr., and Michael J. Crosby (Bookmark)
The Philippine Forest: Our Living Heritage, by Karla P. Delgado (Centro Escolar University)


1981 Spy in My Own Country, by Sylvia L. Mayuga

1982 Days of Disquiet, Nights of Rage: The First Quarter Storm and Related Events, by Jose F. Lacaba

1984 Occasional Prose, by Adrian Cristobal
1986 The February Revolution and Other Reflections, by Miguel A. Bernad SJ  Little Reports, by Juan T. Gatbonton

1987 A Nation for Our Children: Human Rights, Nationalism, Sovereignty: Selected Writings, by Jose W. Diokno

1988 Culture and History: Occasional Notes on the Process of Philippine Becoming, by Nick Joaquin

1989 A Voice from the Hills: Essays on the Culture and World View of the Western Bukidnon Manobo People, by Francisco Col-om Polenda, translated and edited by Richard E. Elkins

1990 Flowers from the Rubble: Essays on Life, Death and Remembering, by Conrado de Quiros
The Philippines, by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil and Manuel D. Baldemor
Rizal Without the Overcoat
, by Ambeth R. Ocampo

1991 Mean Streets: Essays on the Knife Edge, by Rosario A. Garcellano
How Do You Know Your Pearls are Real?: On Single Parenthood & Other Ms. Adventures, by Barbara C. Gonzalez

1992 Earth, Fire & Air: Essays of a Decade, by Sylvia L. Mayuga
Inumang Pinoy, by Edilberto N. Alegre

1993 Pasquinades, by Adrian Cristobal
Pinoy Forever: Essays on Culture and Language, by Edilberto N. Alegre

1994 Points of Departure: Essays on Christianity, Power, and Social Change, by Mario V. Bolasco, edited by Edicio de la Torre

1995 Twisted, by Jessica Zafra

1996 The Novel of Justice: Selected Essays, 1968-1994, by N.V.M. Gonzalez

1997 Coming Home, by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo

1998 Flying over Kansas, by Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas
Love in the Time of Camera, by Simeon Dumdum Jr.

1999 Personal: Mga Sanaysay sa Lupalop ng Gunita, by Rene O. Villanueva (Anvil Publishing)

2000 Mysteries & Memories, by Doris Trinidad (Giraffe Books)
UP into the 21st Century and Other Essays, by Francisco Nemenzo (University of the Philippines Press)

2001 Letras y Figuras: Business in Culture, Culture in Business, by Jaime C. Laya (Anvil Publishing)

2002 My Pledge of Love Cannot be Broken and Other Essays on, Alas, More Fragile and Edible Things, by Simeon Dumdum Jr. (UST Publishing House)
Whatever: A New Collection of Later Essays, 1987-2001, by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil (Ateneo de Manila University Press)

2003 Porn Again: Midlife Outtakes and Mistakes, by Jose Javier Reyes (Anvil Publishing)

2004 Between the Centuries, by Sylvia L. Mayuga (University of the Philippines Press)
Looking for Jose Rizal in Madrid: Journeys, Latitudes, Perspectives, Destinations, by Gregorio C. Brillantes (University of the Philippines Press

2005 The Cardinal’s Sins, The General’s Cross, The Martyr’s Testimony and Other Affirmations, by Gregorio C. Brillantes, Ateneo de Manila University Press





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