2016 NCBA Call for Nominations

The National Book Development Board is now accepting nominations for the National Children’s Book Awards (NCBA).

Now on its 4th year, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) will present the National Children’s Book Awards on July 2016. The NCBA will give honor to the best books for children and young adults (0-19 years) published during the years 2014 and 2015.

All publishers, authors, and illustrators are encouraged to submit their nominations. Deadline for submission is 12 February 2016, Friday, 5:00 pm. Nominations mailed from outside Metro Manila will be accepted if post marked February 12, 2016. For further inquiries, please contact the NBDB Secretariat through Mr. Ryan Esteban at telephone number (02) 929-3887 local 804 or email ryan.esteban@nbdb.gov.ph. [Download the NCBA 2016 Guidelines.]


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4th Philippine International LitFest

This year’s Philippine International Literary Festival features POPtastik Pinoy!, a discussion on folk and popular literature as shown in comics, television and film, and City Fiction 100, a fiction writing masterclass.

POPtastik Pinoy!

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Celebrated writers Tony Perez and Rolando Tolentino will open the POPtastik Pinoy! program of activities with talks of writing and the city. Korean-American writer Krys Lee will then discuss her short story compilation Drifting House. Lee will be joined by Sarge Lacuesta, Andrea Pasion-Flores, and Kristine Fonacier for a flash fiction writing masterclass, “City Fiction 100,” while other pocket lectures are being held in the Ayala Museum function rooms.

From 5:00 pm, writer and educator Isagani R. Cruz will hold another seminar on “How to write a book” for professional and amateur writers. Garitony Nicolas will also share his experience of publishing his own books with the help of Central Books, the first publisher-on-demand in the Philippines.

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of Text in the City: The 4th Philippine International Literary Festival, Ayala Museum will hold City Fiction 100, a flash fiction masterclass, on November 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m. This workshop is open to professional and budding writers of all ages. Participants will get feedback from acclaimed writers Sarge Lacuesta, Andrea Pasion-Flores, and Krys Lee, with Kristine Fonacier as Moderator.

Open to professional and budding writers of all ages. Get feedback from writers Krys Lee and Sarge Lacuesta, and literary agent Andrea Pasion-Flores, with travel writer Kristine Fonacier as moderator.

Presented by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with Filipinas Heritage Library and Ayala Museum


  1. Submit your works of flash fiction saved in .doc format to Camille Dela Rosa (cvdelarosa@nbdb.gov.ph) and Verne Ahyong (litfest@filipinaslibrary.org.ph).
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  3. E-mail must have the subject heading “City Fiction 100 Entry,” and include the writer’s full name, cellular phone number, and short bio (3-4 sentences only).
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  6. A Php 1,000 workshop fee will be collected from the 25 chosen participants. Fee includes a copy of Krys Lee’s short story collection Drifting House. Fee also includes access to all panels for the rest of the day.
  7. Only one story per participant will be discussed during the masterclass. The decision of the NBDB screening team is final.
  8. For inquiries, e-mail Camille Dela Rosa (cvdelarosa@nbdb.gov.ph) or Verne Ahyong (litfest@filipinaslibrary.org.ph). You can also call Verne at 759-8288 loc. 46.

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Krys LeeKrys Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in California and Washington, and studied in the United States and England. Her debut book Drifting

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Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Narrative magazine, Granta (New Voices), The Guardian, Financial Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Conde Nast Traveller, UK, and other publications. She is a professor of creative writing at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College.

Andrea Pasion-FloresAndrea Pasion-Flores is the former Executive Director of the NBDB where she was known for her pioneering work introducing high-impact literary events to the country. Starting with Lit Out Loud (2010), followed by The Great Philippine Book Café (2011), and Read Lit District (2012), the Philippine International Literary Festival has made the country a permanent fixture on the literary calendar.

Andrea is also a copyright lawyer. She teaches English at the University of the Philippines, as a member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She is now the Manila-based agent of Jacaranda, a full-service literary agency catering to both first-time and established writers. She may very well be the country’s first literary agent.

Amado Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta (a.k.a. Sarge Lacuesta) is writer who has won the Philippine Graphic Awards for Fiction, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, and NVM Gonzalez Award, among other accolades. Life Before X and Other Stories (2000), his first short story collection, won the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award and the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, while his second collection White Elephants: Stories (2005) also won the

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Sarge edited the books Latitute: Writing from the Philippines and Scotland (2005) and Fourteen Love Stories (2006). He is now the Literary Editor of the Philippines Free Press and Editor-at-Large of Esquire. He has received several local and international grants and writing fellowships including The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2007.

Kristine Fonacier is a food writer, travel writer and magazine editor whose works have been published in Lonely Planet, Smile, Mabuhay, Esquire, Rogue, Pulp, and MTV Ink, among other publications. She is now associate editor at Women’s Health, while working on a book of travel stories.


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