Know Your Nominees: Novel in Filipino

Not sure who to vote for in the Novel in Filipino category of the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards? Or you’re simply curious about the nominated books? Here’s some information and reviews about the books. We hope this helps you vote, and pick up some of the nominees to read for yourself. :)

Don’t forget: you can show your support for your favorite books among the nominees of the first Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards  — just drop by this ballot and submit! The top 3 books per category will proceed to the next round. Voting period is until July 31.

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Lumbay ng Dila by Genevieve L. Asenjo Lumbay ng Dila by Genevieve L. Asenjo
(2010, C&E Publishing)

Siya si Sadyah Zapanta Lopez.
Apo ng dating assemblyman ng Antique na inakusahang mastermind ng Guinsang-an Bridge Massacre, anak nina Kumander Pusa at Kumander Rafflesia ng Coronacion “Kumander Waling-Waling” Chiva Command ng Central Panay. Sundan ang paghahanap niya ng katotohanan at love story kina Stephen Chua, Ishmael Onos at Priya Iyer.

Reviews:

  • “Very fresh approach in storytelling. Asenjo is said to be one of the new voices in Philippine literature.” – KD (Goodreads)
  • “Perhaps to call a “Filipino feminist novel” brave and beautiful is redundant, for it is imperative for a Filipino feminist novel to be brave and beautiful….But I think being redundant in this aspect is forgivable.” – GMA News Online

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Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan by Bob OngAng Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan by Bob Ong
(2010, Visprint)

Isang mag-aaral, isang talaarawan.
Isang matanda, maraming kaibigan.

Ikaw ay pinili.

Reviews:

  • Readers were left to speculate and it was a powerful way to categorize the book as “memorable.” There are books remembered for being “good” or “bad.” Nevertheless, they are remembered. That is how it is with this book…and I think it is better than having to be read at all, and then unconsciously buried and forgotten.” – Memoirs of a Sassy Girl
  • “…alam ni Bob Ong kung paano niya gagamitin, lalaruin ang kanyang materyal. Sa mga sandaling ito tantiya ko marami nang nakabasa nito at sa tingin ko nakatatak na sa utak ng marami ang nakakagulat na katupusan nito.” – Dark Chest of Wonders

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Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin by Bob ONgLumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin by Bob Ong
(2011, Visprint)

Mula sa kasumpa-sumpang kahirapan at kalunos-lunos na kaignorantehan sa mundong kanyang kinagisnan, namulat si Marie sa tunay na mukha ng matamis at mapapakasakit na pag-ibig.

Ngunit makakayanan niya ba ang mga hamon ng bukas?

Ano ang kanyang magiging kapalaran?

Huwag na huwag palalampasin ang mga tagpo ngayong gabi sa telesineryenobela na kumpleto sa mga pang-aapi, paghihiganti, impostor, amnesia, kasal at diary!

Reviews:

  • “Basahin ninyo ito! Tatawa kayo!” – KD (Goodreads)
  • “You’ll never stop reading the book once you get hold of it. I read the book in just a day. It’s a fun, and very entertaining book.” – Aenna (Goodreads)

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On Sa Templo ni Tamilah (2011) by Mayette M. BayugaSa Templo ni Tamilah by Mayette Mayuga
(2011, Tapat Journal)

Reviews:

  • “Here no apologies were necessary for the deployment of romance & melodramatic strategies–a prince charming for the lover, a virgin heroine, an inevitable happy ending.” – Filipino Novels in 99 Words

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Always Have, Always Will by Belle FelizAlways Have, Always Will by Belle Feliz
(2011, Precious Hearts)

“I’m having you no matter what. Ngayon pang alam ko nang mahal mo ako?”

James and Katherine had a long history together. They had been friends since high school and they had always been secretly in love with each other.
Napakaraming pagkakataon na ninais nilang magtapat sa isa’t isa pero laging may nangyayaring aberya. She had a boyfriend. James had a girlfriend. Distance tested their love and friendship. Dapat na ba silang sumuko at mahalin na lamang ang mga taong nagmamahal sa kanila? O manatiling nagmamahal sa isa’t isa kahit patuloy ang pagdating ng iba’t ibang hadlang?

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Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at Ang Authobiography na Mali: Isang Imbestigasyon by Jun Cruz ReyesAng Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Authobiography na Mali by Jun Cruz-Reyes
(2011, Anvil)

Ano na ang lenggwahe ng unconscious mind at sindak?
Ano ang nasa pagitan ng totoo at ng fiction?
Paano paghahaluin ang personal at ang lipunan?
Paano isusulat ang ngayon sa nobelang nasa isip?
Hinahagilap ng akdang ito ang sagot.
May kabuluhan pa ba ang mga kategorya?
Para kanino?

… hindi mapapatawad na anomalya itong pinakabagong akda ni Jun Cruz Reyes. Kung wika ang batayang materyal sa paglikha ng akdang pampanitikan, paano maituturing na “pampanitikan” ang akda na ang wikang ginamit ay angkop lamang sa “borador” or “rough draft”? … Sa madaling sabi, burara.

Reviews:

  • “Obra na itong maituturing na parang ibinuhos na ni Reyes ang kanyang kakayahan sa maaaring swan song niya bilang manunulat.” – KD (Goodreads)
  • “Kapag sinabi kasing nobela, ang alam lang ng marami ay isa itong buong kuwento na nakasentro lamang sa isang paksa. May malinaw na simula at wakas. At hindi puwedeng magsanib ang kuwento at sanaysay. Ngunit sa ginawa niya, pinapatunayan niya lang na puwede ang hindi puwede!” – Sanib-Isip
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