Book on climate change wins 2 Golden Book awards

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 14 2016 10:19 PM

MANILA - Climate policy group Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) on Wednesday received two awards for its narrative on climate change.

The book, "Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change," received the Gintong Aklat (Golden Book) award for English Literature and Design.

"Agam is a brilliantly produced book that is extremely relevant for our times," declared Teresa Maria Custodio, chair of the board of judges for 2016 Gintong Aklat Awards.

"Agam" is also internationally acclaimed for its original narratives on climate impacts in the Philippines.

"This recognition from the literary world has strengthened the voice of Filipino climate survivors at the time when people around the world are demanding for aggressive climate action," said Red Constantino, executive director of ICSC.

"Agam," which in Filipino means "foreboding" and "memory," broke new ground with its collection of 24 narratives in different languages, including Tagalog, Waray, Maguindanao, Bikol, Ilocano, Cebuano, Sinama and English.

The book also features 26 portraits taken by photographer Jose Enrique Soriano.

Organized by the Book Development Association of the Philippines, Gintong Aklat Awards is held every two years. "Agam" is among the 390 nominees this year.

Aside from the two Gintong Aklat awards, "Agam" was also named 2015 National Book Award for Anthology in English by the National Book Development Board.