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ATENEO PROFESSOR BAGS TWO NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS Dr. Edgar Samar, assistant professor at the Department of Filipino of the Ateneo de Manila University, won the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Philippine Language and the Isagani R. Cruz Prize for Best Book of Literary Criticism or Literary History in a Philippine Language in the recent 32nd National Book Awards. Samar won the two awards respectively for his works Sa Kasunod ng 909 and Halos Isang Buhay: Ang Manananggal sa Pagsusulat ng Nobela both published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. He is one of the two faculty members who have received the School of Humanities Research and Creative Work Faculty grant for SY 2013-2014 until SY 2014-2015. Meanwhile, the book Margosatubig: The Story of Salagunting, by Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava, translated from Margosatubig (1946) by Ramon L. Muzones published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press also won the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language. LITFEST TURNS FOLK, POP Filipino writers will discuss folk and popular literature as shown in komiks, TV, and film as the National Book Development Board (NBDB), Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), and Ayala Museum hold POPtastik Pinoy! this November. The event is part of the 4th Philippine International Literary Festival. Titled Text and the City, the LitFest will take place in the major universities in Metro Manila from Nov. 11-14. and culminate at the Ayala Museum on Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Promotional activities will also be held at the Makati Ayala Malls from Nov. 17 to 24. The Nov. 15 event is a whole-day series of talks which will cover the following topics: Folklore in Pop Literature (komiks, graphic novels, novels, short stories, and TV); Kuwentuhan on Komiks; and Writing in Different Genres. …

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