Anvil Books Win Gintong Aklat Awards

THREE BOOKS from Anvil Publishing, Inc. received 2018 Gintong Aklat Awards from the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) during a ceremony at the recently concluded 39th Manila International Book Fair.

VJ Campilan’s debut novel All My Lonely Islands won in the category of Literature in English. Campilan’s work previously won the grand prize for the Novel in the 2015 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the 2017 Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award.

Lifeline: A Layperson’s Guide to Helping People in Crisis by Queena Lee-Chua, Lourdes Joy Galvez-Tan, Melissa Garabiles, Ma. Tonirose de Guzman-Mactal, and Mary Jane Bergado-Flores, was named winner in the Inspiration and Self-Help category.

Edgie Polistico’s Philippine Food, Cooking and Dining Dictionary bagged the award in the Food category. This follows other awards Polistico received for his work, including the 2017 National Book Award for Food.

Anvil books which were chosen as Gintong Aklat finalists include Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson, Uberman by Zero Antonio Denolo, and The Mystery on 17th Street by Annie Gorra.

The Gintong Aklat Awards, established in 1981 by the BDAP, are given every two years to outstanding publishers who produce publications that excel in content, editing, design, production, and all other aspects in bookmaking.

These award-winning Anvil books are available at all National Bookstores nationwide. They can also be ordered online through or