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Philippines Graphic

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Started in 1927, the Philippines Graphic continues to highlight the best in the Filipino at every difficult juncture of our nation’s history. It is in stories of the human condition that we strive to speak the truth.

Now a monthly, the Graphic has adjusted to the new normal in Philippine publications, expanding its reach by holding incisive webinars and coming out with Regular Monthly Issues punctuated by periodic Special Editions on select topics and issues. With an established online presence through its Graphic website and Facebook page, the Graphic is also now available at Lazada.


A prime exponent of Philippine literature, the Philippines Graphic has held the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards (NJLA) for more than two decades. The NJLA annually awards the best short fiction and poetry published in its literary section. It is a testament to the enduring partnership between the Graphic owner, the late Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua and the late National Artist and former Graphic editor-in-chief Nick Joaquin.

Two years ago, the NJLA expanded its reach and started the NJLA Asia-Pacific, a joint endeavor of the Philippines Graphic and its sister-publication, the BusinessMirror. The NJLA Asia-Pacific awards the best short stories and poetry written in English by writers from the Asia-Pacific region— Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam,

Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand—whose works have been published in Tony & Nick, the monthly arts and culture section of the BusinessMirror.

The year 2020 would have been the 30th iteration of the NJLA and the 2nd year of the NJLA Asia-Pacific. But, following the fate of other literary events and contests that have postponed or canceled their awarding ceremonies in 2020, both the NJLA and the NJLA Asia-Pacific have been deferred because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expect the NJLA and the NJLA Asia-Pacific to be back soon.


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