The Manila Critics Circle announced the winners of the National Book Awards for books published in 2005 in appropriate ceremonies at the Manila International Book Fair in the World Trade Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on August 31, 2006. The awards were sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the National Book Development Board, and Primetrade Asia.
Named Publisher of the Year was Anvil Publishing. Esther Pacheco was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The other winners:
Juan C. Laya Award for Best Book of Fiction in a Philippine Language: Calvary Road: Mga Kuwento sa Balighong Panahon, by Abdon M. Balde Jr., University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.
Juan C. Laya Award for Best Book of Fiction in a Foreign Language: White Elephants, by Angelo Lacuesta, Anvil Publishing.
Alfonso T. Ongpin Award for Best Book on Art: Tanaw: Perspectives on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Painting Collection, edited by Ramon E. S. Lerma, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Biography / Autobiography: The Last Full Moon: Lessons on My Life, by Gilda Cordero Fernando, GCF Books.
Business and Economics: The Bangko Sentral & the Philippine Economy, edited by Vicente B. Valdepeñas Jr., Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; and Setting Frameworks: Family Business and Strategic Management, by Elfren Cruz, Anvil Publishing.
Children’s Literature: The Yellow Paper Clip with Bright Purple Spots, by Nikki Dy-Liacco, Adarna House.
Comic Books: Siglo: Passion, edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Vincent Simbulan, Kestrel IMC, Mango Books, and Quest Ventures.
Cookbooks and Food: Gabay sa Pagkain ng Gulay-Dagat, by Paciente A. Cordero Jr., Far Eastern University Publications; and Slow Food: Philippine Culinary Traditions, edited by Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio and Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, Anvil Publishing.
Education: Edukasyong Pampubliko: Ang Karanasan ng Kabite, 1898-1913, by Emmanuel Franco Calairo, Cavite Historical Society; and University Traditions: The Humanities Interviews, edited by Ramon C. Sunico, Ateneo de Manila University.
Essay: The Cardinal’s Sins, The General’s Cross, The Martyr’s Testimony and Other Affirmations, by Gregorio C. Brillantes, Ateneo de Manila University Press.
Film: Making Documentaries in the Philippines, by Isabel Enriquez Kenny, Anvil Publishing.
Folklore: Myth, Mimesis and Magic in the Music of the T’boli, Philippines, by Manolete Mora, Ateneo de Manila University Press.
History: Davao: Reconstructing History from Text and Memory, by Macario D. Tiu, Ateneo de Davao University; and To Love and to Suffer: The Development of the Religious Congregations for Women in the Spanish Philippines, 1565-1898, by Luciano Santiago, Ateneo de Manila University Press.
Linguistics: Sawikaan 2004: Mga Salita ng Taon, edited by Galileo S. Zafra and Romulo P. Baquiran Jr., University of the Philippines Press.
Medicine and Health: The Truth about Coconut Oil: The Drugstore in a Bottle, by Conrado S. Dayrit, Anvil Publishing.
Music: Tunugan: Four Essays on Filipino Music, by Ramon Pagayon Santos, University of the Philippines Press.
Personal Anthology: Sakit ng Kalingkingan: 100 Dagli sa Edad ng Krisis, by Rolando B. Tolentino, University of the Philippines Press.
Poetry: Dark Hours, by Conchitina Cruz, University of the Philippines Press; Misterios and Other Poems, by J. Neil C. Garcia, University of the Philippines Press; and Saulado: Mga Tula, by Rebecca T. Añonuevo, University of the Philippines Press.
Reference: 100 Questions Filipino Kids Ask, by Liwliwa Malabed and Emylou Infante, Adarna House and Liwayway Marketing.
Social Sciences: Authentic Though Not Exotic: Essays on Filipino Identity, by Fernando Nakpil Zialcita, Ateneo de Manila University Press.
Special Interest: Huling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo, by Pandy Aviado, Sylvia Mayuga, and Dario Marcelo, Anvil Publishing.
Theology and Religion: Pagsubok sa Ilang: Ikaapat na Mukha ni Satanas, by Tony Perez, Anvil Publishing; and A Pilgrim’s Notes: Ethics, Social Ethics, Bioethics, by Fausto B. Gomez, O.P., University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.
Translation: Fr. Francisco Coronel’s Arte y Reglas, Kapampangan Grammar and Rules, circa 1621, translated by Edilberto V. Santos, Holy Angel University Press.
Travel: Ciudad Murada: A Walk Through Historic Intramuros, by Jose Victor Z. Torres, Intramuros Administration & Vibal Publishing House.
Best Design: A Pilgrim’s Diary: Passages and Inner Landscapes, by Angela Blardony Ureta, designed by Ige Ramos, Treehouse Creative Village.
Citations: Angono, Rizal series, by Ligaya G. Tiamson-Rubin, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House; Kultura Mangyan series, edited by Antoon Postma, Mangyan Heritage Center; Makata sa Cellphone series, by Frank G. Rivera, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House; and Ubod New Authors Series, National Commission for Culture and the Arts.