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Winning authors, illustrators honored at 36th National Book Awards

Works of Filipino authors, illustrators, and translators were recognized as some of the Philippines’ best literature during the 36th National Book Awards on Saturday.

The National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle paid tribute to the best books published last year and awarded certificates, trophies and cash prizes to the winners.

The following books were hailed as the best among a selection of quality works in 2016:

Best Anthology in Waray
Old Narratives of Leyte - Merlie M. Alunan

Best Anthology in Filipino
Rizal at iba pang Dula - Christine Bellen

Best Anthology (Bilingual)
Remembering/Rethinking EDSA - JPaul Manzanilla and Caroline Hau

Best Book of Short Fiction in Filipino (Gerardo Cabochan Prize)
Sangkatauhan, Sangkahayupan: Mga Kuwento - Alvin Yapan

Best Book of Short Fiction in English (Cirilo F. Bautista Prize)
Mariposa Gang and Other Stories - Catherine Torres

Best Novel in Filipino
Toto O. - Charmaine Lasar

Best Novel in English
The Music Child and the Mahjong Queen - Alfred Yusan

Best Book of Non-Fiction Prose in Filipino
Suluap sa Aking Pinaggalingan Fr. Roque J. Ferriols, JS

Best Book of Non-Fiction Prose in English (Pablo A. Tan Prize)
Marcos Martial Law Never Again - Raissa Robles

Best Book of Poetry in Waray
Taburos Han Dagat - Victor Sugbo

Best Book of Poetry in Filipino
Banayad: Mga Tula - Rowena Festin

Best Book of Poetry in English (Philippine Literary Arts Council Prize)
Snail Fever: Poems of Two Decades - Francis Macasantos

Best Graphic Literature
Meläg - Bong Redila

Best Book of Literary Criticism Literary History in English
Migrations and Mediations: The Emergence of Southeast Asian Diaspora Writers in Australia, 1972-2007 - Jose Wendel Capili

Best Book of Essays in English
To the People Sitting in Darkness...and other Footnotes of our Pasts - Jose Victor Torres

Best Translated Book
Shri-Bishaya by Ramon Muzones translated by Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava

Best Book on Food
Philippine Food, Cooking & Dining Dictionsry
Edgie Polistico

Best Book on History (John C. Kaw Prize)
Feeding Manila in Peace and War, 1850-1965 - Daniel Doeppers

Best Book on Science
A Field Guide To Flight: Identifying Birds on Three School Grounds - Amado Bajarias, Jr.

Best Book on the Social Sciences (Efren S. Cruz Prize)
Out of the Shadows: Violent Conflict and the Real Economy of Mindanao - Francisco Lara, Jr. and Steven Schools

Best Book on Journalism
Periodismo sa Bingit: Mga Naratibong Ulat sa Panahon ng Digmaan at Krisis - Kenneth Roland Guda

Best Book on Leisure
Pinoy Manners: A Modern Guide to Delicadeza for All Generations - Christine Joycelyn Buensalido

Best Book on Professions (Victorio C. Valiedor Prize)
Gusto Kong Maging Voice Talent - Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales

Best Book on Art (Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize)
EIGA: Cinema in the Philippines During World War II - Nick Deocampo

Best Book on Language Studies (Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Prize)
Capampangan Roots - Papa Osmubal

Best Book Design
Colonial Manila 1909-1912: Three Dutch Travel Accounts - design by Karl Fredrick Castro

Publisher of the Year
Ateneo de Manila University Press

—ALG, GMA News