In 2012, I was lucky to be included in the team that organized the first Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards that was a part of the 2nd Filipino ReaderCon that happened last August. It was fun because I saw so many Filipino books that I can add to my TBR. This year we’re sort of launching the awards a little bit earlier, so we readers can start recalling our favorite Philippine published books in 2012. :)
The Filipino Readersâ€™ Choice Awards returns for its second straight year, engaging the Filipino reading public in honoring their favorite Philippine-published titles.
An initiative of the Filipino Book Bloggers Group, the Filipino Readersâ€™ Choice Awards debuted at the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference in 2012, and was established to develop awareness and appreciation of Philippine literature, recognize the readerâ€™s role in creating the meaning and experience of a literary work, and give the readers a voice in the Philippine book industry.
For 2013, the Filipino Readersâ€™ choice awards will be open to books published from January to December 2012. Nomination period is set for May 2013, in preparation for the awards ceremony at 3rd Filipino ReaderCon in August.
2012 winners of the Filipino Readersâ€™ Choice Awards (books published 2010-2011) were: â€œBut That Wonâ€™t Wake Me Up!â€ by Annie and Anelka Lumbao and Liza Flores, Adarna House (Childrenâ€™s Picture Book); â€œFairy Tale Failâ€ by Mina V. Esguerra, Summit Books (Chick Lit); â€œIlustradoâ€ by Miguel Syjuco, Anvil Publishing (Novel in English), â€œAng Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Authobiography na Mali” by Jun Cruz-Reyes, Anvil Publishing (Novel in Filipino); â€œKikoMachine Komiks Blg 6â€ by Manix Abrera, Visprint (Comics/ graphic novel); â€œAlternative Alamatâ€ edited by Paolo Chikiamco, Rocket Kapre and Flipside (Short Story Anthology); â€œItâ€™s A Mens Worldâ€ by Bebang Siy, Anvil Publishing (Essay Anthology); and â€œOff the Beaten Track: Tulaan sa Tren 2â€ NBDB and Vibal Foundation (Poetry Anthology).
Preliminary survey for the Filipino Readersâ€™ Choice Awards is now ongoing at http://