UST literature professor reaps two plums in 41st National Book Awards

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A UST literature professor bagged two prizes in the 41st National Book Awards, an annual event that recognizes the most outstanding books in the Philippines.

Assoc. Prof. Chuckberry Pascual won the best-translated book and best anthology awards in the Filipino category for his translation of Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado and his editing of Plus/+ at Iba Plus, Maramihan: New Philippine Nonfiction on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities, respectively.

The winning titles were released by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House and the Ateneo de Manila University Press.

Another Thomasian professor, Maria Alexandria Chua of the UST Conservatory of Music, won the Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize for Best Book on Art for her editing of Julio Nakpil (1867-1960) Collected Works Volume 1: Piano, Vocal, and Chamber Music.

Meanwhile, creative writing coordinator Assoc. Prof. Joselito Delos Reyes was one of the finalists for best anthology in the English category for The Lives of a Filipino/A High School Student: Anthology of Personal Essays on High School, which he co-edited.

Of the 235 nominations across 34 categories, a total of 35 titles emerged as winners in seven languages, namely, Filipino, English, Bikol, Binisaya, Hiligaynon, Tausug and Waray.

The awarding of the winners will take place in February 2024. F

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