National Book Development Board Looks Beyond Covid Blockages For Filipino Creatives, Editors And Readers

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IN its 26th year, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) is going full steam ahead with its projects, focusing on Filipino creations and serving as a hub for local publishers.

“The capacity of Filipino creators is a top priority for us,” said NDDB CEO Charisse Aquino-Tugade. “We have an incredible pool of creative talent and great writers in the Philippines. Often times they are not sure how they would navigate the publishing world, and even what goes beyond it. We can certainly help them to. this subject .”

While community quarantines have restricted movement in most parts of the country, especially in urban centers, the agency has found creative ways to carry out its mandate using modern technology. Creators and writers participated in virtual workshops, where they had the chance to hone their skills and learn from award-winning authors and artists. Book publishers and distributors, on the other hand, are linked to readers through partnerships concluded by BNDB with online sales platforms. This would allow the Filipino public to purchase various Filipino securities from the comfort and security of their own homes.

What the CEO of BNCD has expressed the most enthusiasm for, however, is their Book Nook project. Currently made up of a network of 52 sites across the country, to be supplied with books written by Filipino writers. The Book Nook sites will provide a new platform for titles published in the Philippines and, just as important, allow communities to discover literature from other regions and, together, find a safe space to share their own stories with each other. others.

“We understand that with community quarantines, we cannot yet have locals flocking to the Book Nooks, for their own safety,” Aquino-Tugade said. “But we would like these sites to be ready for our local communities when the borders open again. The pandemic and quarantines will one day end, but children (and even adults) will still need to share and experience the stories. each other. We imagine Book Nook would be the place where everyone would go to experience these stories, from the pages of books written and published in Filipino. “

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) was established on June 7, 1995 when the Book Publishing Industry Development Act was enacted by then President Fidel V. Ramos. Current NBDB projects can be found at https://booksphilippines.gov.ph or on the National Book Development Board’s Facebook page.


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