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17 SEPT 2001. VOLUME 33. NUMBER 16. 4 PAGES_ 

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La Salle faculty win 20th National
Book Awards

De La Salle University Fellows Dr. Ma. Lourdes Bautista and Dr. Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. won in the 2000 National Book Awards given by the prestigious Manila Critics Circle last September 8 at the SM Megamall during the 12th Philippine Book Fair.

Bautista’s Defining Standard Philippine English: Its Status and Grammatical Features, a scholarly study on the Philippine variety of English, was adjudged best book in linguistics while Del Mundo’s Bayaning 3rd World/Jose Rizal, co-authored with Mike de Leon, bagged the best book award for the screenplay category.

Del Mundo is professor at the Department of Communication and Bautista is graduate studies director of the College of Education.

Both books were published by De La Salle University Press, Inc.

Meantime, a number of Lasallians were also included as finalists in the Book Awards. Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera, a faculty member of the Departmento ng Literatura at Wikang Filipino, was nominated in the Literary Criticism category for his book, Writing the Nation/Pag-akda ng Bansa (UP Press). Intended for a broad audience of teachers, students, and assorted cultural workers, his essays whether in English or Filipino, address the audience in a language fairly accessible to many.

Another finalist was alumnus Jason Co (BS-ECE ‘93), who was nominated for his essay book, The Spirit of 1896: A Mirror of the Philippine Past, A Window on the Nation’s Future (Philippine Centennial Commission and UP Press). The work, which won the grand prize in the essay category in the Philippine Centennial Literary Contest, is a reflection and a rediscovery of the things, the events, and the people that have made the Filipino nation unique.

Literature graduate student Rebecca Añonuevo also made it as a finalist for her children’s book, Ang Mahiyaing Manok (Adarna House). The book contains the illustrations of Ruben de Jesus.

Nominated for editing was the book The Estrella D. Alfon Anthology Volume 1: Short Stories published by the DLSU Press and edited by Herminia Santos-Bas. The collection was done by a textual writer to put into proper perspective the author’s efforts in the light of textual studies needed to be done on Philippine literature because of the growing interest in the field vis-à-vis literary criticism and literary history.

The Manila Critics Circle gives the National Book Awards to the best books written, designed, and published in the Philippines. The Circle is an organization of professional literary critics and newspaper columnists who believe that Philippine books deserve much more attention than what usually get from business, media, and the general public.

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