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2001 A Cultural Worker’s First Manual, by Felice Prudente Sta. Maria (Anvil Publishing)

2005 100 Questions Filipino Kids Ask, by Liwliwa Malabed and Emylou Infante, Adarna House and Liwayway Marketing



1995 A Pictorial Cyclopedia of Philippine Ornamental Plants, by Domingo Madulid
Pinatubo and the Politics of Lahar, by Kelvin Rodolfo

1997 Field Guide to the Common Mangroves, Seagrasses and Algae of the Philippines, by Hilconida P. Calumpong and Ernani G. Meñez

1998 Straight Talk on Everyday Mysteries, by Queena N. Lee

2001 Disturbing Climate, edited by Jose T. Villarin, SJ (Manila Observatory)

2003 Fishes of the Philippines: A Guide to Identification of Families, by Genevieve Broad (Anvil Publishing)


1981 Salome / Brutal, by Ricardo Lee

1985 Soltero, by Bienvenido Noriega Jr.

1997 Beyond the Mainstream: The Films of Nick Deocampo, edited by Lolita R. Lacuesta

1999 Ang Screenplay ng Jose Rizal, by Ricardo Lee, Jun Lana, and Peter Ong Lim, edited by Ricardo Lee (GMA Network Films)

2000 Rizal, Bayaning 3rd World: 2 Dulang Pampelikula, by Mike de Leon and Clodualdo del Mundo Jr. (De La Salle University Press)

2003 Tatlong Dulang Pampelikula, by Pedro C. Laurel Jr., Ramonfelipe A. Sarmiento, and Rodolfo C. Vera (University of the Philippines Press)


1983 Casa Gorordo in Cebu: Urban Residence in a Philippine Province, by Resil B. Mojares

1990 Tao Po! Tuloy!: Isang Landas ng Pag-unawa sa Loob ng Tao, by Albert E. Alejo SJ

1992 Phenomena and Their Interpretation: Landmark Essays, 1957-1989, by Jaime Bulatao SJ

1994 The Songs of Salanda and Other Stories of Sulu, by H. Arlo Nimmo

1996 Landlords and Capitalists: Class, Family, and State in Philippine Manufacturing, by Temario Rivera

1998 America’s Boy: The Marcoses and the Philippines, by James Hamilton Paterson
Population and History: The Demographic Origins of the Modern Philippines, edited by Daniel F. Doeppers and Peter Xenos

1999 The Bikol Blend: Bikolanos and Their History, by Norman G. Owen (New Day Publishers)

2000 Cuaresma, edited by Gilda Cordero Fernando and Fernando N. Zialcita (Bookmark)

2001 Fellow Traveler: Essays on Filipino Communism, by Patricio N. Abinales (University of the Philippines Press)
Reflections on Sociology and Philippine Society, by Randolf S. David (University of the Philippines Press)
To Suffer Thy Comrades: How the Revolution Decimated Its Own, by Robert Francis B. Garcia (Anvil Publishing)

2002 Nation, Self and Citizenship: An Invitation to Philippine Sociology, by Randolf S. David (University of the Philippines)
Texting Selves: Cellphones and Philippine Modernity, by Raul Pertierra, Eduardo R. Ugarte, and others (De La Salle University Press)

2004 Ginto: History Wrought in Gold, by Ramon N. Villegas (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas)

2005 Authentic Though Not Exotic: Essays on Filipino Identity, by Fernando Nakpil Zialcita, Ateneo de Manila University Press


1997 Entertaining with Ease: Etiquette and Protocol for the Modern Filipino, by Ada Ledesma Mabilangan

2005 Huling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo, by Pandy Aviado, Sylvia Mayuga, and Dario Marcelo, Anvil Publishing



1988 The Christology of the Inarticulate: An Inquiry into the Filipino Understanding of Jesus the Christ, by Benigno P. Beltran SVD

1993 Making Choices in Good Faith: A Challenge to the Catholic Church's Teachings on Sexuality and Contraception, by Marilen J. Danguilan

1998 The Beast, the Harlot and the Lamb: Faith Confronts Systemic Evil, by Ma. Christina A. Astorga

2000 The Shepherd’s Voice: Gospel Reflections for All Seasons, by Joseph V. Landy SJ (Tahanan Books for Young Readers)

2001 Leaving the Priesthood: A Close Reading of Priestly Departures, by Emmanuel R. Fernandez (Ateneo de Manila University Press)

2004 Mga Aral sa Daan: Dulog at Paraang Kultural sa Kristolohiya, by Jose M. de Mesa (De La Salle University Press)

2005 Pagsubok sa Ilang: Ikaapat na Mukha ni Satanas, by Tony Perez, Anvil Publishing; and A Pilgrim’s Notes: Ethics, Social Ethics, Bioethics, by Fausto B. Gomez, O.P., University of Santo Tomas Publishing House


1983 Journey to Majayjay, by Paul P. de la Gironiere, translated by E. Aguilar Cruz

1985 The Recto Valedictory, by Claro M. Recto, translated by Nick Joaquin

1988 55 Poems, by Jose Garcia Villa, translated by Hilario S. Francia

1991 Sa Daigdig ng Kontradiksiyon: Mga Saling-Wika, by Jose F. Lacaba

1992 The Katipunan and the Revolution: Memoirs of a General, with the Original Tagalog Text, by Santiago V. Alvarez, translated by Paula Carolina S. Malay

1993 Nasa Puso ang Amerika: Kasaysayang Buhay ni Carlos Bulosan, translated by Carolina S. Malay and Paula Carolina S. Malay

1994 The Rizal-Pastells Correspondence: The Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Jose Rizal and Portions of Fr. Pablo Pastells's Fourth Letter and Translation of the Correspondence Together with a Historical Background and Theological Critique, edited by Raul J. Bonoan SJ

1996 El Filibusterismo: Subversion, by Jose Rizal, translated by Ma. Soledad Lacson Locsin
Noli Me Tangere, by Jose Rizal, translated by Ma. Soledad Lacson Locsin

1997 La Solidaridad, translated by Guadalupe Fores Ganzon and Luis Antonio Mañeru

1998 Conquistas de las Islas Filipinas / Conquest of the Philippine Islands, by Gaspar de San Agustin, OSA, translated by Luis Antonio Mañeru

1999 Noli Me Tangere at El Filibusterismo, by Jose Rizal, translated by Virgilio S. Almario (National Centennial Commission)

2001 Spiritual Register: The News Columns of Teodoro M. Kalaw in La Vanguardia, 1926-1927, translated by Nick Joaquin (Anvil Publishing)

2002 The Tayabas Chronicles: The Early Years (1886-1907), by Ma. Concepcion Herrera Vda. de Umali, translated by Nita Umali Berthelsen (Anvil Publishing)
History of the Bisayan People in the Philippine Islands: Evangelization and Culture at the Contact Period, by Ignacio Francisco Alcina, S.J., Part One, Book 1, Volume 1, translated by Cantius J. Kobak, O.F.M., and Lucio Gutierrez, O.P. (UST Publishing House)

2003 Ang Etika ni Santo Tomas de Aquino, translated by Tomas G. Rosario Jr. (UST Publishing House)
Gloria: Roman Leoncio’s Kapampangan Translation of Huseng Batute’s Verse Novel Lost and Found, edited by Virgilio A. Reyes Jr. (Holy Angel University Press)

2004 Cuentos Filipinos, by Jose Montero y Vidal, translated by Renan S. Prado, Evelyn C. Soriano, Heide V. Aquino, and Shirley R. Torres (Ateneo de Manila University Press)

2005 Fr. Francisco Coronel’s Arte y Reglas, Kapampangan Grammar and Rules, circa 1621, translated by Edilberto V. Santos, Holy Angel University Press


1998 Two for the Road, by Anita Feleo and David Sheniak

1999 Islander: Travel Tales, by Elizabeth V. Reyes (Anvil Publishing)

2000 Philippine Ecodestinations, by Amadis Ma. Guerrero (Anvil)
Why I Travel & Other Essays by Fourteen Women, edited by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo and Erlinda Panlilio (Anvil)

2001 Cabinet of Wonders and Other Laguna Stories, by Anita Feleo and David Sheniak (Anvil Publishing)
Riding Towards the Sunrise and other Travel Tales, by Alice Sun-Cua (Anvil Publishing)

2004 Ilocos Norte: A Travel Guidebook (Gameng Foundation)

2005 Ciudad Murada: A Walk Through Historic Intramuros, by Jose Victor Z. Torres, Intramuros Administration & Vibal Publishing House



2002 Anina ng mga Alon, by Eugene Evasco (Adarna Publishing House)

2003 Almost Married: A Novel about Love, Longing, and Last Hurrahs, by Tara FT Sering (Summit Books)





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