A dozen literary titles, including three award-winning novels, are among the 23 books shortlisted in this year’s Gintong Aklat (Golden Book) Awards, to be held as part of the 39th Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Thursday.
In a Facebook post last Wednesday, award organizer Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) said the finalists in the Literature in English category were VJ Campilan’s All My Lonely Islands and Glenn Diaz’s The Quiet Ones, which won the Palanca Grand Prize for the Novel in 2015 and 2017, respectively; poetry collections Aimless Walk, Faithful River/The Poet Learns to Dance, the Dancer Learns to Write a Poem by Simeon Dumdum Jr., Hush Harbor: Poems by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and Black Arcadia: Poems by Kristine Ong Muslim; and Annie Gorra’s teen novel The Mystery on 17th Street.
Zero Antonio Denolo’s Überman, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for the Novel and the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Prize in 2016; Rody Vera’s play collection Tatlong Dula: Adaptasyon; Eli Rueda Guieb 3rd’s teleplay collection Pilat ng Digma: Mga Teleplay; Vijae Orquia Alquisola’s Sa Mga Pansamantala; anthology May Tiktik sa Bubong, May Sigbin sa Silong, edited by Allan Derain; and Alan Navarra’s Sacada: A Catalog of Commodities from a Period of Glorious Tumult are the nominees in the Literature in Filipino category.
Sacada is also the lone finalist in the Book Design category.
Shortlisted in the Arts and Humanities category are Bamboo Whispers, Poetry of the Mangyan by Lolita Fansler, Quintin Pastrana, Raena Abella, and Emily Catapang; Panagkutay: Anthropology & Theology Interfacing in Mindanao Uplands (The Lumad Homeland) by Bro. Karl M. Gaspar, C.Ss.R.; Sibod: Ideology and Expressivity in Binanog Dance, Music and Folkways of the Panay Bukidnon by Maria Christine Muyco; and The End of National Cinema: Filipino Film at the Turn of the Century by Patrick F. Campos.
Two categories, Natural and Applied Science and Social Science, have two nominees each: Fr. Manuel Blanco’s Flora de Filipinas, edited by Dr. Domingo Madulid, and The Philippines: A Natural History by Colin Rees for the former; The World of the Manila-Acapulco Galleons: The Global and Human Context by the late Sen. Edgardo J. Angara and Dr. Carlos Madrid and Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson, the latter.
Food book Philippine Food, Cooking and Dining Dictionary by Edgie Polistico; inspiration and self-help publication Lifeline: A Layperson’s Guide to Helping People in Crisis by Queena Lee-Chua, Lourdes Joy Galvez Tan, Melissa Garabiles, Maria Tonirose de Guzman-Mactal, and Mary Jane Bergado-Flores; and science and technology title Science Philippines: Essays on Science by Filipinos (Volume 4), edited by Dr. Gisela P. Padilla-Concepcion, complete the list of finalists.
Held biannually, the Gintong Aklat recognizes overall excellence in publishing. Previous awardees include Isabela Banzon’s Maybe Something, Exie Abola’s Trafficking in Nostalgia: Essays from Memory, Kristian Sendon Cordero’s Canticos: Apat na Boses, and Dean Francis Alfar’s Salamanca.
Established in 1979, the BDAP is the Philippines’ largest book industry association. According to its website, it has 101 members, including Anvil Publishing, University of the Philippines Press, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, Ateneo de Manila University Press, Ateneo de Naga University Press, and Visprint.