BDAP president Ani Rosa Almario said despite the threat of taxing books, the evening was an opportunity to celebrate publishing in the Philippines.
First established in 1981, the Gintong Aklat Awards are managed by the BDAP and reward 'all-around excellence,' and 'book quality, design and content.' Only 'bona fide publishers engaged in publishing as their main line of business' qualify for the Gintong Aklat Awards.
Lirio left an indelible imprint on the industry, and not only because he was president of the BDAP for 17 years.
Karina Bolasco of Anvil, an officer of BDAP, worked with Lirio for 17 years and admires him as a visionary.
The Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP
) headed by Lirio Sandoval which spearheaded this ambitious initiative along with NBDB's Cayton gathered this delegation of representative publishers.
Sandoval, the longtime president of the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP
) and gratefully acknowledged as having institutionalized the annual and much-anticipated September Book Fair.