The 5th Edition of the Philippine Insurance Code Annotated by underwriting consultant Lohel A. Martirez is now available!

The work is based on the Philippine Insurance Code (Presidential Decree No. 612) which was extensively amended by Republic Act no. 10607— and includes universally accepted insurance principlesin Life & Non-Life, leading decided cases, and good customs of the industry.

Carefully selected reference materials from various sources both here and abroad were studied and explained, in a manner and style understood on first reading.

Martirez has served the insurance industry for more than five decades in various capacities both in the home offices and the field, as Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer and other previous managerial positions. He was also Annotator of the Supreme Court Reports Annotated (SCRA); Court of Appeals Reports Annotated (CARA); Philippine Reports Annotated (PRA); and as Editorial Staff Member of the Supreme Court Decided Cases Quick Index Digest. All his works are published and distributed by Central Book Supply, Inc. nationwide.

To order a copy, you may contact Central Books at tel. no. (02) 372-3550 loc. 31 or email

Help Build Libraries! Join National Bookstore Read Out Loud Challenge

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I remember the first time I ever held my first non-picture book. It was a Nancy Drew hard bound book, the title escapes me but I was very excited to hold it in my hands. Mind you have been reading books on my own since I was 3 years old and most of them were long thin books with large colorful photos, but now at 7 years old am finally ready to go a step further.

My feelings about books and reading runs very deep. As a child I was always left alone on my own devices during the summer. My parents were not believers of  Summer Programs or Summer Activities since they were both so busy about making ends meet. So I am left in the company of my siblings who prefer television and rowdy play. So I go travel in the pages of my favorite books and I will spend my summer days content. Now a days though, children are not given the same opportunity to develop a love for reading.  Some are not even lucky enough to own a book or have a place to borrow them.

My daughter, Raffy’s book shelf, well part of her book self

I don’t know about you but there is a certain satisfaction and a bit of sadness as we finish a book and finally put it up a shelf.  No matter what book you finish you are forever changed, you become richer in terms of knowledge and your views widen. Out of all the books you have read, I am sure like me you have favorites you come back to and possibly share with friends and family

Spreading the love for reading among Filipinos is at the core of National Book Store (NBS).

This year, the country’s favorite book store is celebrating 75 years of creating a growing nation of readers and being a strong advocate for education.

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