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HAU wins National Book Award for ninth time

The Holy Angel University has won this year’s National Book Award (Food Category) for “Milk Pigs and Violet Gold: Philippine Cookery,” authored by Singaporean food writer Bryan Koh.

Koh received the award last Saturday night at the awards ceremonies held at the National Museum.

In his acceptance speech, Koh thanked the University’s Center for Kapampangan Studies (CKS) for helping him in his research on Kapampangan dishes and for publishing the Philippine edition of his book.

The Manila Critics Circle (MCC) and the National Book Development Board (NBDB) cited the book’s “handsome three-volume edition” which they described as a “high-definition publishing project.”

“The book’s title immediately presents an unusual take on our country’s cooking, and that is the unique perspective of the entire book,” the MCC and NBDB said in their citation, which was read by literary critic Ruel De Vera. “Singaporean visitor ate our food and saw the extraordinary in our everyday cuisine.”

CKS Director Robby Tantingco and HAU corporate communications consultant Alex Castro accompanied Koh at the ceremonies where they also received a certificate on behalf of the University as publisher of the winning book.

This year’s National Book Award on food writing is the ninth for the University. Previously, it won for the categories of history, translation, biography, professions, science, poetry and non-fiction. The University started publishing books only in 2002 when the Center for Kapampangan Studies was inaugurated.

Date Posted: 11-23-2014