The Manila Critics Circle announced the winners of the 2004 National Book Awards at the Manila International Book Fair on Sept. 4, 2005.
Album: Islas Filipinas, 1663-1888, by Jose Maria A. Cariño and Sonia Pinto Ner, Ars Mundi, won the Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize for Best Book on Art or Architecture, with a cash prize of P10,000.
Hunyango sa Bato, by Abdon M. Balde Jr., UST Publishing House, won the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Vernacular Language, with a cash prize of P20,000.
People on Guerrero Street, by Leoncio P. Deriada, Seguiban Printers, and Women of Tammuz, by Azucena Grajo Uranza, Bookmark, shared the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language, with a cash prize of P10,000 each.
Ginto: History Wrought in Gold, by Ramon N. Villegas, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, won in two categories: Best Book in Social Sciences and Best Book Design.
Citations for special achievement were given to
The rest of the winners: What the Water Said: Alon Poems, University of San Agustin (Anthology); Rice in the Seven Arts, edited by Paul Blanco Zafaralla, Asia Rice Foundation and Metrobank Foundation (Art Studies); A Cofradia of Two: Oral History on the Family Life and Lay Religiosity of Juan D. Nepomuceno and Teresa G. Nepomuceno of Angeles, Pampanga, by Erlita P. Mendoza, Holy Angel University (Biography & Autobiography); Erick Slumbook: Paglalakbay Kasama Ang Anak Kong Autistic, by Fanny A. Garcia, Anvil (Biography & Autobiography); Driven: How to Make it in Philippine Business, by Class 1971, Asian Institute of Management (Business & Economics); Wealth Within Your Reach: Pera Mo, Palaguin Mo!, by Francisco J. Colayco, Colayco Foundation for Education (Business & Economics);
The Christmas Fireflies, by Girl Valencia, Papertree Publishing (Children’s Literature); The Greediest Rajahs and the Whitest Of Clouds, by Honoel Ibardolaza, Adarna Books (Children’s Literature); The Adobo Book: Traditional and Jazzed-Up Recipes, by Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro and Nancy Reyes-Lumen, Anvil (Cookbooks & Food); Philippine Markets: Homage to the Hardworking Men and Women of the Market, by Karla P. Delgado, Centro Escolar University (Cookbooks & Food); Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order, by Neferti Xina M. Tadiar, Ateneo de Manila University Press (Cultural Criticism);
Pidgin Levitations, by Ricardo M. De Ungria, designed by Veni L. Ilowa and Ricardo M. de Ungria, UP Press (Design); Oyayi: Sarswela ng Pamilyang Pinoy, by Frank G. Rivera, UST Publishing House (Drama); Helping Our Children Do Well in School: 10 Successful Strategies from the Parents’ Best Practices Study of the Ateneo de Manila High School and A Companion Manual to Helping Our Children Do Well in School: 10 Successful Strategies from the Parents’ Best Practices Study of the Ateneo de Manila High School, by Queena N. Lee-Chua and Ma. Isabel Sison-Dionisio, Anvil (Education); Between the Centuries, by Sylvia L. Mayuga, UP Press (Essay); Looking for Jose Rizal in Madrid: Journeys, Latitudes, Perspectives, Destinations, by Gregorio C. Brillantes, UP Press (Essay); Japanese Pioneers in the Northern Philippine Highlands: A Centennial Tribute, 1903-2003, edited by Patricia Okuba Afable, Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon (History); The Law on Alternative Dispute Resolution: Private Justice in the Philippines, How to Resolve Legal Disputes Without a Courtroom Trial, by Jim V. Lopez, Rex Book Store (Law);
English Plain and Simple: No-Nonsense Ways To Learn Today’s Global Language, by Jose A. Carillo (Carlos O. Llorin Jr.), Manila Times Publishing (Linguistics); On the Subject of the Nation: Filipino Writings from the Margins, 1981 to 2004, by Caroline S. Hau, ADMU Press (Literary Criticism); Pinoy Jazz Traditions, by Richie C. Quirino, Anvil (Music); In Ordinary Time: Poems, Parables, Poetics, 1973-2003, by Gemino H. Abad, UP Press (Personal Anthology); Filipina: A Tribute to the Filipino Woman, Supply Oilfield Services (Photography); A Feast of Origins, by Dinah Roma, UST Publishing House (Poetry); Liyab sa Alaala, by Roberto T. Añonuevo, UST Publishing House (Poetry); Cultural Fictions: Narratives on Philippine Popular Culture, Politics, and Literature, by Isidoro M. Cruz, University of San Agustin (Literary Criticism);
Cadena de Amor and Other Short Stories, by Wilfrido D. Nolledo, UST Publishing House (Short Fiction); On Cursed Ground and Other Stories, by Vicente Garcia Groyon, UP Press (Short Fiction); Mga Aral sa Daan: Dulog at Paraang Kultural sa Kristolohiya, by Jose M. de Mesa, DLSU Press (Theology & Religion); Cuentos Filipinos, by Jose Montero y Vidal, translated by Renan S. Prado, Evelyn C. Soriano, Heide V. Aquino, and Shirley R. Torres, Ateneo de Manila University Press (Translation); Ilocos Norte: A Travel Guidebook, Gameng Foundation (Travel).
It was also announced that critic Soledad S. Reyes of Ateneo de Manila University will join the Manila Critics Circle next year.
The members of the Manila Critics Circle are National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, Juaniyo Arcellana, Cirilo F. Bautista, Miguel A. Bernad SJ, Isagani R. Cruz, Ruel de Vera, Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta, Resil B. Mojares, Danton Remoto, and Alfred A. Yuson.
The awards were sponsored by the National Book Development Board, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and Primetrade Asia.