Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 Finalists

So that was an exciting voting period, don’t you think? A record-breaking one, too, because we hit 30,000+ responses which is more than 3x last year. (This means we’ll be aiming for 3x of that next year — can we hit 100,000 votes for FRCA 2015? Why not? :D)

Thank you to all who nominated, voted, and told their friends (and random strangers!) to vote. The FRCA committee really got overwhelmed with all your support! Thank you for your patience, too, as you waited for us to post, and to update and to answer your inquiries.

Yes, this is me stalling a little bit. But if you were in the ReaderCon kick-off event at the Manila International Book Fair, then this shouldn’t be really new to you, right? =)

On to the finalists for this year’s Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards!


Fiction in English

  • Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW): This is My Life and Story by Fernando Lachica (Createspace) – 1,230
  • The Filipino Werewolf by Fernando Lachica (Createspace) – 1,054
  • Gitarista by Reev Robledo (Self-published) – 927

Fiction in Filipino/Taglish:

  • Para sa Hopeless Romantic by Marcelo Santos III (PSICOM) – 3,445
  • In Sisterhood – Lea at Lualhati by Lualhati Bautista (Self-published) – 1,523
  • Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag by Allan Derain (Cacho Pub) – 1,448

Romance in English:

  • When Fangirls Cry by Marian Tee (Independent Publishing) – 1,325
  • A Royal Heartbreak by Marian Tee (Independent Publishing) – 1,053
  • All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria (Self-Published) – 800

Romance in Filipino:

  • Awit ng Veakaria (Book 2): Isadora, Ang Huling Tunay na Birhen ng Lamia by Vanessa (Precious Pages Corporation) – 2,871
  • Baby, Be Mine by Sofia (Precious Pages Corporation) – 2,467
  • A Home In His Arms by Aya Myers (Precious Pages Corporation) – 2,425

Fiction Anthology:

  • Trese: Stories from the Diabolical by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo (Visprint) – 824
  • BAKA NG INA MO: O bakit hindi palaging mother knows best by Ronaldo S. Vivo Jr., Erwin C. Dayrit, Danell Arquero, Ronnel S. Vivo, Earl Kristian Palma, Christian De Jesus (UngazPress) – 805
  • Manila Noir edited by Jessica Hagedorn (Anvil) – 725

Young Adult Fiction:

  • Secretly Married by forgottenglimmer (Summit/Pop Fiction) – 1,651
  • She’s Dating the Gangster by SGWannaBe (Summit/Pop Fiction) – 1,526
  • The Despicable Guy by Leng De Chavez (Summit/Pop Fiction) – 1,201

Children’s Picture Book:

  • Kayumanggi by Christine Marie Lim Magpile, Illustrated by Jonathan Ranola (Lampara) – 1,414
  • Si Berting, ang Batang Uling by Christopher S. Rosales, illustrated by Aldy Aguirre (Lampara) – 1,300
  • Princess Lea: The Life and Story of Lea Salonga by Yvette Fernandez, illustrated by Nicole Lim (Dream Big Books) – 1,136

Comics and Graphic Novels:

  • Wandering Heart by Nald Tabuzo (Black Ink Comics) – 1,654
  • Kikomachine Komix Blg. 9 by Manix Abrera (Visprint) – 968
  • BLACKink SHORTCUTS: BIC 0026 by Herbs Navasca, Jonathan Ipan, Gypsy Guevarra, Jeff Nice, Arman Francisco, Jayron Zapant (Black Ink Comics) – 926


  • Musings of a Filipino Fighter by Malyari Lucban (Dagitab Publishing) – 665
  • Ulikba at iba pang bangong tula by Epifanio San Juan, Jr. (UST Publishing House) – 580
  • Ang Romansa ng Pagsagip ng Osong Marso by Virgilio Almario (Rio Alma) (UST Publishing House) – 544


  • Lovestruck: Sexy Edition by Ronald Molmisa (OMF) – 2,960
  • Mama Mary and Her Children Book 4 by Fr. James Reuter, SJ (Anvil) – 1,710
  • Quick Questions, Uneasy Answers by Fr. Johnny S. Go, SJ (Christian Life Community of the Philippines) – 1,364


  • Tambalan by Nicole Hyala and Chris Tsuper (Anvil) – 6,176
  • Parang Kayo Pero Hindi by Noreen Capili (Anvil) – 2,710
  • I Saw Da Sign by Various Authors (Summit) – 1,198

Food & Cookbook:

  • Dessert Comes First by Lori Baltazar (Sketchbooks) – 1,699
  • The Sexy Chef Cookbook by Rachel Alejandro and Chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck (National Bookstore) – 1,498
  • The Malunggay Book by Theodore Salonga and Mon Urbano (Anvil) – 840


  • 60 Minutes: Interviews with People Who Inspire by Ivy Mendoza / Manila Bulletin (Anvil) – 1,706
  • Human Face: a Journalist’s Encounters and Awakenings by Ceres P. Doyo (Anvil) – 1,140
  • The Naga We Know by Paz Verdados Santos and Kristian Sendon Cordero (Anvil) – 1,090

Congratulations to all finalists! The ball is on our judges’ courts as these books go through panel judging. These judges are Filipino book bloggers and readers who loves books as much as we all do. They will deliberate which book is most deserving of the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards title for 2014. The winners will be announced at the 4th Filipino ReaderCon this November. Stay tuned for more announcements about that event! See you at the awarding ceremony!

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