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DLSU-Manila publications honored in National Book Awards

The 19th National Book Awards bestowed honors to distinguished writers of the University during the opening of the Philippine Bookfair at SM Megamall’s Megatrade Hall last September 9.

Two members of the DLSU-Manila faculty both received the award for poetry--Marjorie Evasco for her Ochre Tones: Poems in English and Cebuano and Cirilio Bautista for his Sunlight on Broken Stones: The Last in the Triology of Saint Lazarus.

TOP ACADEMIC PARTNER. Samuel Mallare, director of Information Technology Center, receives the Microsoft Excellence Award for DLSU’s pioneering efforts in the development of IT in Philippine education. Microsoft held the awarding ceremony during its fifth anniversary celebration on August 31.

Evasco’s collection creates a seamless blend of the two languages. Bautista’s masterpiece, a poetic version of Philippine history, had won the Centennial Literary Contest for Epic Poetry in English. 

For her unique tales abundant in humor and insight, Merlinda Bobis, former College of Liberal Arts faculty, was one of the choice picks in fiction for her White Turtle: A Collection of Short Stories.

The DLSU Press published the works of Bautista and Bobis.

Other finalists for the best book awards were: in the essay category, Mga Taon ng Himagsikan: Mga Impresyon, Perspektibo at Tungkulin (DLSU Press) by Maria Stella Valdez of the DLWF; in the linguistics category, The Intellectualization of Filipino and Other Essays on Education and Sociolinguistics by Bonifacio Sibayan, retired DLSU faculty; in the media category, Advocacy Advertising (DLSU Press) by Leonardo Garcia Jr. of the Marketing Management Department; and in poetry, Pananahan: Mga Tula by Rebecca Ańonuevo, CLA graduate student.

The National Book Awards is given annually by the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) since 1982. The event is held in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the National Book Development Board (NBDB). Aside from various corporations, educational institutions such as DLSU-Manila also sponsor the awards. 

Inside NEWS

The MCC is composed of literary critics and newspaper columnists, of whom DLSU-Manila’s Alfredo E. Litiatco Professor of Literature and DLSU Press publisher Dr. Isagani Cruz is a member.




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