31st National Book Award Winners

The UP Press took home three awards during the 31st National Book Awards held last November 17, 2012 at the Old Senate Session Hall  of the National Museum.

The prestigious National Book Awards recognizes the best of Philippine books and publishers and is given annually by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle.

Winning titles from the UP Press are:

Almanak ng Isang Aktibista by Rolando B. Tolentino for Nonfiction Prose Filipino

Dead Stars: American and Philippine Literary Perspectives on the American Colonization of the Philippines by Jennifer McMahon for Isagani R. Cruz Prize for Literary Criticism in a Foreign Language

Sawikaan 2010: Mga Salita ng Taon edited by Roberto T. Añonuevo and Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr. for Isagani R. Cruz Prize for Literary Criticism in a Philippine Language

NBDB Winners


Click here to see full list of winners.


Extended book sale!

The annual December sale is when you snag that {new/old/besteller/bit pricey} UP Press title at 20% off. This year, you can start buying early. We’re on sale starting November 05 until December 14, 2012.

There’s still the usual sale rack with books as low as Php 50.00 and all non-UP Press titles are still at 5% off. Mark your calendars and see you at the bookstore!


Defiant Daughters Dancing – a reading by Rina Angela Corpus

Defiant Daughters Dancing – a reading by Rina Angela Corpus
Sat, Sept. 29, 2012, 4-6pm: Admission is free.
Reservations recommended on facebook or at rsvp@topazarts.org

TOPAZ ARTS welcomes guest artist Rina Angela Corpus who will talk about her book, “Defiant Daughters Dancing: Three Independent Women Dance, which won her the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies Award for Outstanding Thesis in 2006.

Corpus’ book navigates the histories of three contemporary Filipina choreographers – Myra Beltran, Kristin Jackson, Agnes Locsin – who have bravely produced themselves as independent dance-makers. Using feminist prisms in looking at women’s history in the dance world, the book lays down concrete questions and practical methodologies for mapping out a dance historiography that is informed by self-reflexivity and feminist consciousness. Straddling the discourses of art & dance history, feminist criticism, theory & aesthetics, this book is a first of its kind in Philippine dance scholarship that contemplates the depth and breadth of feminist thought within the study of Philippine contemporary dance.

The author will be joined by NYC choreographer Kristin Jackson and Marie Alonzo-Snyder, PhD, Filipina-American dancer and dance educator, to offer her commentary after the talk. The book will be available at the reading.

About the Author:
Rina Angela Corpus is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Art Studies of the University of the Philippines where she finished her BA in Art Studies (minor in Comparative Literature, cum laude) and MA in Art History. Her research interests include feminist aesthetics, dance history and alternative spiritualities. She trained and danced with the Quezon City Ballet and served as cultural editor of the Philippine Collegian. Her works have appeared in Bulawan: Journal for Philippine Culture and Art, Transit, Humanities Diliman, Diliman Review, Philippine Humanities Review, Review of Women’s Studies, Research in Dance Education, Peace Review: Journal of Social Justice, Philippines Free Press, Manila Bulletin and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

About the book:
“Corpus challenges the manner in which histories of dance are crafted from a perspective that precludes the personage of woman as a productive agent in the invention of the art. She takes exception to this historiography by exercising her own form of inclusion and enlistment, foregrounding the practice of three women dance makers who have striven to remake the institution of dance itself and the subjectivities of its faithful. In enacting this complicated turn of the body against the gravity of its tradition, Corpus contrives the argument of independence and its logic of defiance. As she undertakes this task, she makes sense of dance not through technicist of purely hermeneutic means, she attempts to flesh out the gesture of the body through the trope of independence.”     – excerpt from the foreword by Patrick D. Flores

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Planning a visit to the bookstore? Bring your own recyclable bags!

QC Regulates Plastic Bag Use

The Quezon City goverment passed two environment protection ordinances, the SP-2140 and SP-2103, which aims to effectively regulate the use of plastic bags in the city last April 2012. SP-2140 or the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance regulates the use of plastic bags and establishing an environment fee for its use. While SP-2103 mandates all business establishments that uses plastic bags to display conspicuously in their stores a notice that encourages their customers to protect the environment by bringing their own recyclable/reusable bags. [Read more]

33rd Manila International Book Fair

The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), the biggest and longest-running book fair in the Philippines, returns to the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City from Sept. 12 to 16 for its 33nd year of contributing to the reading awareness of the Filipino public.

Three equally important things to remember when coming to the MIBF:

—> STACK UP on your FILIPINIANA reads

—> DROP BY the UP PRESS store at booths 195-197

—> ENJOY the book shopping =)

See you there!

Schedule of Events

booths 195-197 is where we will be at 🙂

Want to know more about the MIBF? Click the links below!