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NBDB announces 41st National Book Awards winners

/ 08:14 PM December 09, 2023

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MANILA, Philippines — The National Book Development Board (NBDB) has released the list of winners for the 41st National Book Awards on Saturday. 

35 titles won across 34 categories, out of 235 nominations, in seven languages: Filipino, English, Bikol, Binisaya, Hiligaynon, Tausug, and Waray.


The awarding of the winners will be in February 2024.


Below is the list of winners:

Literary Division

Best Novel in English

  • Yñiga: A Novel – Glenn Diaz

Best Novel in Filipino

  • El Arbol de Alegria: Southern Quartet I – RM Topacio-Aplaon

National Artist Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for Best Book of Short Fiction in English

  • Song of the Mango and Other New Myths – Vida Cruz-Borja

Gerardo C. Cabochan Prize for Best Book of Short Fiction in Filipino

  • Ang Buang ng Bayan: Mga Maikling Kuwento – Rowena P. Festin

Pablo A. Tan Prize for Best Book of Nonfiction in English

  • Even Ducks Get Liver Cancer and other medical misadventures – Wilfredo Liangco
  • Rodolfo Biazon: Soldier, Solon, Statesman – Eric Ramos

Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in Filipino

  • Pasasaan – Jesus Aman Calvario

Best Anthology in English

  • Kalandrakas Part 1, 1890-1945: Stories and Storytellers of/on Regions in Mindanao, 1890-1990 and Kalandrakas Part 2, 1946-1990: Stories and Storytellers of/on Regions in Mindanao, 1890-1990 – Ricardo M. De Ungria (Ed.)

Best Anthology in Filipino

  • Plus/+ at Iba Plus Maramihan: New Philippine Nonfiction on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities – Rolando B. Tolentino and Chuckberry J. Pascual 

Best Book of Literary Criticism/Cultural Studies

  • Isang Dalumat ng Panahon –  Christian Jil R. Benitez

Best Book on Media Studies

  • Alternative Cinema: The Unchronicled History of Alternative Cinema in the Philippines – Nick Deocampo

Philippine Literary Arts Council Prize for Best Book of Poetry in English

  • Coming home to the Island: Poems – Arlene J. Yandug

Victor C. Valledor Prize for Best Book of Poetry in Filipino

  • Sa Ika-ilang Sirkulo ng Impiyerno- Miguel Paolo Celestial

Best Book of Graphic Novel and Comics in English

  • Death Be Damned – Written by Mike Alcazaren, Noel Pascual, and AJ Bernardo; Illustrated by AJ Bernardo and Josel Nicolas

Best Book of Graphic Novel and Comics in Filipino

  • Josefina – Written and illustrated by Ace C. Enriquez

Best Translated Book in English

  • It’s a Men’s World – Written by Bebang Siy, translated by Ken Ishikawa

Best Translated Book in Filipino

  • Ilustrado – Written by Miguel Syjuco, translated by Chuckberry J. Pascual

Best Translated Book in Hiligaynon

  • Nada – Written by Carmen Laforet, translated by Alice M. Sun-Cua

Best Translated Book in Tausug

  • Sarena’s Story (Suy-Suy ni Sarena): The Loss of a Kingdom (In Panglawa’ sin Hambuuk Sultaniyya) – Written by Criselda Yabes, translated by Doc Benj Bangahan

Best Book on Drama and Film

  • Huni at Pakpak: Mga Dula, mga Sanaysay – Luna Sicat-Cleto

Best Novel in Binisaya

  • Arkipelago: Nobela – Januar Yap

Best Book of Short Fiction in Binisaya

  • Dili Pwede Mogawas ug Ubang Mga Sugilanon (Can’t Go Out and Other Stories)  – Elizabeth Joy Serrano-Quijano

Best Anthology in Binisaya

  • Sinug-Ang: A Cebuano Trio – Erlinda Alburo, Ester Tapia, and Corazon Almerino

Best Book of Poetry in Binisaya

  • Ang Nakayatak kay Nayatakan (Who Steps Upon is Stepped Upon) – Adonis Durado

Non-Literary Division 

Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize for Best Book on Art

  • Julio Nakpil (1867-1960) Collected Works Volume 1: Piano, Vocal, and Chamber Music – Maria Alexandro Iñigo Chua (Ed.)

Elfren S. Cruz Prize for Best Book in the Social Sciences

  • Transfiguring Mindanao: A Mindanao Reader – Jose Jowel Canuday and Joselito Sescon (Eds.)

Best Book in Philosophy

  • Life-times of Becoming Human – Neferti X. M. Tadiar

John C. Kaw for Best Book on History

  • The Chinese Mestizos of Cebu City 1750-1900 – Michael Cullinane

Best Book on Humor, Sports, Lifestyle, and Business

  • The You-have-to-go-through-a-lot-of crap to-get-to-good-ideas book – David Guerrero

Best Book on Food

  • Flavors of Iloilo – Rafael J. Jardeleza Jr. 

Best Book on Science

  • The Role of Reforestation in Forest Landscape Restoration and Conservation in the Island Municipality of Pilar, Camotes, Cebu – Gurialdo C. Fernandez Jr. and Marlito M. Bande

Best Book on Spirituality and Theology

  • The Islands of Faith: Crossroads of Mission – Andrew Gimenez-Recepcion

Best Book in Professions

  • Raising Quality Education in the Philippines: Selected Speeches and Writings – Fr. Joel S. Tabora, SJ

Best Book in Journalism

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Best Book Design

  • Transfiguring Mindanao: A Mindanao Reader – Jose Jowel Canuday and Joselito Sescon (Eds.), designed by Karl Castro



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