Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards

2013-0829_FRCA-logo_for-webAbout the Awards

The Filipino Readers’ 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 Readers’ Choice Awards debuted at the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference in 2012, and was established to develop awareness and appreciation of Philippine literature, recognize the reader’s role in creating the meaning and experience of a literary work, and give the readers a voice in the Philippine book industry.

2012 winners of the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards (books published 2010-2011) were: “But That Won’t Wake Me Up!” by Annie and Anelka Lumbao and Liza Flores, Adarna House (Children’s Picture Book); “Fairy Tale Fail” by Mina V. Esguerra, Summit Books (Chick Lit); “Ilustrado” by Miguel Syjuco, Anvil Publishing (Novel in English), “Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Authobiography na Mali” by Jun Cruz-Reyes, Anvil Publishing (Novel in Filipino); “KikoMachine Komiks Blg 6” by Manix Abrera, Visprint (Comics/ graphic novel); “Alternative Alamat” edited by Paolo Chikiamco, Rocket Kapre and Flipside (Short Story Anthology); “It’s A Mens World” by Bebang Siy, Anvil Publishing (Essay Anthology); and “Off the Beaten Track: Tulaan sa Tren 2” NBDB and Vibal Foundation (Poetry Anthology).


For 2013, the Filipino Readers’ choice awards will be open to books published from January to December 2012, in the following categories:

  • Children’s picture book
  • Chick lit
  • Novel in English
  • Novel in Filipino
  • Comics / Graphic novels
  • Short story anthology
  • Essay anthology
  • Poetry

Phase 1: Nominations (August 9 – 23)

Nominations are open from Auguts 9 to 23, 2013. To nominate a book, just fill out the online nomination form on the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards website. The nomination form gets sent to the Filipino RCA committee.

Phase 2: Public Voting (August 24 – September 6)

At the end of the nomination period, an online ballot will be posted on the site. The public can vote one title per category.

After the voting period, the Filipino Readers Choice Awards committee will then come up with a shortlist of finalists for the awards, based on the tally of votes sent in by readers. Top nominations per category will be included in the shortlist.

Shortlisted entries will be announced on the Filipino ReaderCon Kick-Off Event on September 14, 2013 at the Manila International Book Fair. Short list will also be posted in the website after the kick-off.

Phase 4: Panel Judging (September 7 to October 18)

The shortlisted entries will be deliberated upon by a panel composed of select Filipino book bloggers and readers.

Awarding (November 9, 2013)

The winners of the 2nd Filipino Readers Choice Awards will be announced at the 3rd Filipino ReaderCon on November 9, 2013.

Winning authors and publishers will receive an award, and the right to use the Filipino Readers Choice Awards seal on their books.

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