Four Anvil titles win 36th National Book Awards

It takes a village to create a book—especially a winning one.

Hence, Anvil Publishing, Inc. is proud to present four of its titles that are among the winners of this year’s National Book Awards, under the helm of the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC).




Best Novel in English

The Music Child and the Mahjong Queen

Alfred A. Yuson

American journalist Lance Blume is never the same again when, in his documentary coverage stints in the Philippines, he encounters a boy with an uncanny musical talent from Cebu and a girl with special gifts at mahjong from Pangasinan. This swift, dazzling, melodic postmodern novella by multi-awarded author Alfred A. Yuson blurs, if not obliterate, boundaries between nations and languages, and between reality and fiction.

Best Anthology (Bilingual)

Remembering/Rethinking EDSA

JPaul S. Manzanilla, Caroline S. Hau

Thirty years have passed since the first EDSA People Power Revolution, but there is still no consensus on what it was and what it means. The short stories, essays, poems, comics, and even memes in this anthology retell EDSA from Uno to Tres in various perspectives, all while rethinking the revolutions’ contested legacy and their continuing implications for the present and future generations of Filipinos.



Best Book on Food

Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary

Edgie Polistico

This compilation of more than 8,000 Filipino food, culinary, and dining terms will take you all the way from Batanes to Jolo. After placing third in the Lifestyle, Body and Soul – Food Writing Category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and then bagging a National Book Award for Best Book in Food—both within this year, PFCDD has gone a long way from its humble origins as the blog Edgie Polistico’s Encyclopedic Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary (

Best Book on Art

Eiga: Cinema in the Philippines During World War II

Nick Deocampo

A passionate advocate of Filipino cinema, Nick Deocampo leads us in revisiting the Philippine film industry during the Japanese Occupation. Eiga exhaustively chronicles how World War II and the invasion of the Japanese has shaped Philippine cinema, and how the latter has grown and thrived despite, and in the aftermath of, the atrocities of war.


Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!