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National Book Awards



1996 Unconstitutional Essays, by Pacifico A. Agabin

2001 The Law on Annulment of Marriage: Rules of Disengagement / How to Regain Your Freedom to Remarry in the Philippines, by Jim V. Lopez (Anvil Publishing)

2002 Legal Write: Supreme Court Decisions as Literature; Supreme Court Decisions as Philosophy, edited by Justice Abraham F. Sarmiento; Supreme Court Decisions as History, edited by Justice Camilo D. Quiason (Philippine Judiciary Foundation)

2003 Judgment Proof: How to Protect Your Property and Business from Lawsuits, Philippine Asset Protection Law, by Jim V. Lopez (Anvil Publishing)

2004 The Law on Alternative Dispute Resolution: Private Justice in the Philippines, How to Resolve Legal Disputes Without a Courtroom Trial, by Jim V. Lopez (Rex Book Store)


1991 Wika sa Lipunang Pilipino, by Ligaya Tiamson Rubin

1992 Kilusang Pambansa-Demokratiko sa Wika, by Monico M. Atienza

1996 A Maranao Dictionary, edited by Howard P. McKaughan and Batua Al-Macaraya

1997 Diksiyonaryong Hiligaynon-Filipino, by Ruby Gamboa Alcantara

1998 Ivatan-Filipino-English Dictionary, by Cesar A. Hidalgo

2000 Defining Standard Philippine English: Its Status and Grammatical Features, by Ma. Lourdes S. Bautista (De La Salle University Press)

2004 English Plain and Simple: No-Nonsense Ways To Learn Today’s Global Language, by Jose A. Carillo [Carlos O. Llorin Jr.] (Manila Times Publishing)

2005 Sawikaan 2004: Mga Salita ng Taon, edited by Galileo S. Zafra and Romulo P. Baquiran Jr., University of the Philippines Press


1982 Kasaysayan ng Komedya sa Pilipinas, 1766-1982, by Nicanor G. Tiongson
Nobelang Tagalog, 1905-1975: Tradisyon at Modernismo, by Soledad S. Reyes

1983 Origins and Rise of the Filipino Novel: A Generic Study of the Novel until 1940, by Resil B. Mojares

1984 Toward a People's Literature, by Epifanio San Juan Jr.

1985 Revaluation, by Bienvenido Lumbera

1986 Tagalog Poetry, 1570-1898: Tradition and Influences in its Development, by Bienvenido L. Lumbera

1987 Abot-Tanaw: Sulyap at Suri sa Nagbabagong Kultura at Lipunan, by Bienvenido L. Lumbera

1991 The Romance Mode in Philippine Popular Literature and Other Essays, by Soledad S. Reyes

1992 Kritisismo: Mga Teorya at Antolohiya para sa Epektibong Pagtuturo ng Panitikan, by Soledad S. Reyes

1996 Philippine Gay Culture, the Last Thirty Years: Binabae to Bakla, Silahis to MSM, by J. Neil C. Garcia

1997 Rizal in Our Time: Essays in Interpretation, by E. San Juan Jr.

2000 Necessary Fictions: Philippine Literature and the Nation, 1946-1980, by Caroline S. Hau (Ateneo de Manila University Press)
Writing the Nation / Pag-akda ng Bansa, by Bienvenido Lumbera (University of the Philippines Press)

2003 Talinghaga ng Gana: Ang Banal sa mga Piling Tulang Tagalog ng Ika-20 Siglo, by Rebecca T. Añonuevo (UST Publishing House)
Theater for the Nation: A Prospectus for the National Theater of the Philippines, by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez (De La Salle University Press)

2004 Cultural Fictions: Narratives on Philippine Popular Culture, Politics, and Literature, by Isidoro M. Cruz (University of San Agustin)
On the Subject of the Nation: Filipino Writings from the Margins, 1981 to 2004, by Caroline S. Hau (Ateneo de Manila University Press)


1984 The Writer and His Milieu, by Edilberto N. Alegre and Doreen G. Fernandez

1987 Awit and Corrido: Philippine Metrical Romances, by Damiana L. Eugenio

1988 Casaysayan nang Pasiong Mahal ni Jesucristong Panginoon natin na Sucat Ipag-alab nang Puso nang Sinomang Babasa, by Rene B. Javellana SJ

1992 Makamisa: The Search for Rizal's Third Novel, by Ambeth R. Ocampo

1996 Six Women Poets: Inter/Views, by Marjorie Evasco and Edna Z. Manlapaz

2003 Filipino Women Writers in English: Their Story, 1905-2002, by Edna Zapanta-Manlapaz (Ateneo de Manila University Press)


2001 History and Society in the Novels of Ramon Muzones, by Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava (Ateneo de Manila University Press)



1999 From Loren to Marimar: The Philippine Media in the 1990s, edited by Sheila S. Coronel (Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism)
Pinoy Television, The Medium of Our Lives: The Story of ABS-CBN, edited by Thelma Sioson-San Juan (Benpres Publishing)


2000 The Healing Cut: Filipino Surgeons Write about the Human Drama, Humor and Controversy Surrounding Actual Cases, edited by Maria Socorro G. Naguit (Anvil Publishing)

2005 The Truth about Coconut Oil: The Drugstore in a Bottle, by Conrado S. Dayrit, Anvil Publishing


1998 Gongs & Bamboo: A Panorama of Philippine Musical Instruments, by Jose Maceda

2004 Pinoy Jazz Traditions, by Richie C. Quirino (Anvil Publishing)

2005 Tunugan: Four Essays on Filipino Music, by Ramon Pagayon Santos, University of the Philippines Press



2000 The Sea-Gypsies Stay: New and Selected Works – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, by Rowena T. Torrevillas (University of the Philippines Press)

2001 Mga Kislap ng Panulat, by Epifanio G. Matute (University of the Philippines Press)
A Makeshift Sun: Stories and Poems, by Gemino H. Abad (University of the Philippines Press)

2003 Checkmeta: The Cesar Ruiz Aquino Reader, by Cesar Aquino (Midtown Printing)

2004 In Ordinary Time: Poems, Parables, Poetics, 1973-2003, by Gemino H. Abad (University of the Philippines Press)

2005 Sakit ng Kalingkingan: 100 Dagli sa Edad ng Krisis, by Rolando B. Tolentino, University of the Philippines Press


1991 Pambungad sa Metapisika, by Roque J. Ferriols SJ

1992 Mga Sinaunang Griyego, by Roque J. Ferriols SJ

1993 Ensayklopidya ng Pilosopiya, by Emerita S. Quito, Romualdo E. Abulad, Florentino T. Timbreza, and Herminia V. Reyes

1995 Pilosopiya ng Relihiyon, by Roque J. Ferriols SJ

1998 Pagkatao at Teknolohiya: Mga Isyu ng Etika sa Makabagong Medisina, by Leonardo D. de Castro

1999 Magpakatao: Ilang Babasahing Pilosopiko, edited by Roque J. Ferriols, S.J. (Ateneo de Manila University Office of Research and Publications)

2001 Phenomenology: Edmund Husserl and Edith Stein, by Emerita S. Quito (De La Salle University Press)


1999 Anilao, by Eduardo Cu Unjieng and Scott Tuason (Bookmark)

2004 Filipina: A Tribute to the Filipino Woman (Supply Oilfield Services)


1987 Kasama: A Collection of Photographs of the New People's Army of the Philippines

1995 Brother Hood, by Alex Baluyut and Gemma Luz Corotan

1998 Scenes of Sin: A Photographic Chronicle of Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, by Noli I. Yamsuan Jr. (Goodwill Bookstore)

2001 EDSA 2: A Nation in Revolt: A Photographic Journal, by Sheila S. Coronel (AsiaPix and Anvil Publishing)


1981 Telex Moon, by Cirilo F. Bautista

1982 Biro-Biro Kung Sanlan, by Teo Antonio

1984 Prison and Beyond, by Jose Ma. Sison

1985 Punta Blangko, by Mike Bigornia

1986 Pagsalubong sa Habagat, by Lamberto E. Antonio
Salvaged Poems, by Emmanuel Lacaba, edited by Jose F. Lacaba
Sugat ng Salita, by Cirilo F. Bautista

1987 Dreamweavers: Selected Poems, 1976-1986, by Marjorie Evasco Pernia

1988 Children of the Snarl & Other Poems, by Marne Kilates
Poems and Parables, by Gemino H. Abad

1989 Baka Sakali, by Rofel G. Brion
Waiting for the Exterminator, by Fidelito C. Cortes

1990 Kristal na Uniberso, by Rolando S. Tinio
Mga Liham ni Pinay, by Elynia S. Mabanglo

1991 Taga sa Bato: Mga Piling Tula, 1973-1988, by Teo T. Antonio
Decimal Places: Poems, by Ricardo M. de Ungria
Wandering Roots, 1978-1988 / From the Hothouse, 1989-1990, by Ma. Fatima Lim
The Smile on Smokey Mountain & Other Poems, by Emmanuel Torres

1992 Bagay Bagay, by Teo T. Antonio
Cartography: A Collection of Poetry on Baguio, by Ma. Luisa B. Aguilar Cariño

1993 The Charmer's Box: Poetry, by Edith L. Tiempo
Likhang Dila, Likhang Diwa, by Bienvenido Lumbera
A Trick of Mirrors: Selected Poems in English and Tagalog, by Rolando S. Tinio

1994 15 Lamang, by V. E. Carmelo Nadera Jr.
Nudes, by Ricardo de Ungria

1995 Bruise, by Ramon C. Sunico
Voyage in Dry Season, by Victor Peñaranda

1996 Body English, by Ricardo de Ungria
Kuwadro Numero Uno: Mga Tula, by Benilda S. Santos
Prosang Itim, by Mike L. Bigornia

1997 Pingkian at Apat pang Aklat ng Tunggalian, by Lamberto E. Antonio
Blood Sacrifice, by Ma. Luisa A. Cariño

1998 Beyond Life Sentences, by Eileen Tabios
Poems en Route, by Marne Kilates

1999 Ochre Tones: Poems in English & Cebuano, by Marjorie M. Evasco (Salimbayan Books)
Poems: Selected and New, 1982-1997, by Simeon Dumdum Jr. (Ateneo de Manila University Office of Research and Publications)
Sunlight on Broken Stones: The Last in The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus, by Cirilo F. Bautista (De La Salle University Press)

2000 Edad Medya: Mga Tula sa Katanghaliang Gulang, by Jose F. Lacaba (Anvil)
Waking Ice: Poems, by Ricardo M. De Ungria (Anvil)

2001 Marginal Annotations and Other Poems, by Edith L. Tiempo (Giraffe Books)
Morpo: Mga Pagsasanaysay sa Tula, by Allan Popa (Collective Axis)

2002 Mesa Para sa Isa: Iba’t Ibang Tula, 1991-2001, by Elynia S. Mabanglo (UST Publishing House)
Samsara, by Allan Popa (Amado V. Hernandez Resource Center)

2003 The Nymph of MTV, by Angelo V. Suarez (UST Publishing House)
Onyx, by Romulo P. Baquiran Jr. (University of the Philippines Press)

2004 A Feast of Origins, by Dinah Roma (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House)
Liyab sa Alaala, by Roberto T. Añonuevo (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House)

2005 Dark Hours, by Conchitina Cruz, University of the Philippines Press; Misterios and Other Poems, by J. Neil C. Garcia, University of the Philippines Press; and Saulado: Mga Tula, by Rebecca T. Añonuevo, University of the Philippines Press





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