Sometime in 1979, particularly in October 24, 1979, a group of industry stakeholders decided to form the Book Development Association of the Philippines to address the many problems confronting the Philippine Book Industry. The group was spearheaded by Manuel Valdehuesa, together with the other incorporators Louie Reyes, who was eventually elected as president, Jesus Ernesto Sibal, Romeo Virtusio, Frances Viana, Florendo Garcia, Franco Patriarca, Herbert Veloso, Jose Benedicto, Francisco Arcellana and Socorro Ramos. Among the other pioneering members are Esther Pacheco, Felicito Abiva, Eduardo Makabenta, Benjie Ocampo, Manuel Cancio, Pacifico Prieto and its current president, Lirio Sandoval.


BDAP Milestones

Published the Book Industry Roadmap in 2015

Organized the First Philippine Collective Stand/ Philippine Booth at the Frankfurt Bookfair in 2015

Organized the First Philippine Book Fair (Manila International Book Fair) in 1980. Now called the Manila International Book Fair, it is the longest-running and largest bookselling event in the country.

Spearheaded the formation of the Association of Southeast Asian Publishers

  • In 1981, during the Manila International Book Fair, the ASEAP was formally organized with the presence of Presidents of Publishing Industry Groups of ASEAN Countries- Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Philippine Book Fairs Abroad

  • BDAP organized Philippine Book Fairs in Association with the Philippine Embassies and Consulates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, China (5 cities), Frankfurt, Singapore, Bangkok and Malaysia. It has also spearheaded book donation projects for Philippine embassies and consulates.


  • BDAP & UNESCO initiated the adoption of ISBN/ISSN for all Philippine publications.

International Efforts

  • BDAP has invited different publishing groups from the U.S., U.K., China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand for dialogues with Filipino publishers.

In 1982, BDAP organized a tour to China upon the invitation of the China Publishers Association. A total of 64 publishers/booksellers joined the trip. Likewise BDAP attended the ASEF Forum on Copyright Trading in Beijing, China.

BDAP also sends delegates to regional fora on publishing.

Gintong Aklat Awards

  • Bi-annually, BDAP gives out the Gintong Aklat Awards, the only award that recognizes the overall excellence in publishing.

Book Publishing Industry Development Act (RA 8047)

  • BDAP together with APB, PROP, PEPA, and ACPI formulated and lobbied for the passage of RA 8047.

Establishment of Libraries in congressional / municipal / barangay (RA 7743)

  • BDAP, together with the National Library, supported the passage of RA 7743.

Provincial Book Fairs

  • BDAP has organized provincial book fairs in Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, Albay and Capiz.

Establishment of FILCOLS

  • In 2007, BDAP organized the Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc. (FILCOLS) with the help of the National Book Development Board (NBDB), the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), and the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL or Writers’ Union). BDAP provided a soft loan to help FILCOLS start its operations.

Supported the passage of RA 10372

  • BDAP and FILCOLS supported the NBDB and IPOPHL by petitioning legislators to amend the Intellectual Property Code (IP Code). By 2013, RA 10372 which amended the IP Code was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III.