Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards 2014: Winners

Our congratulations to this year’s winners of the Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards! Many thanks as well to the judges, nominees, finalists, and those who took time to vote!

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Fiction in English
Winner: Gitarista by Reev Robledo (self-published)

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True to its purpose, a book should reflect the world we live in. With its lyrical narrative, this book engages its reader by reflecting on the people, their culture, and principles. It effortlessly weaved both love and agony. A story in tune with the Filipino heart and spirit.

Fiction in Filipino
Winner: Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag by Allan Derain (Cacho Pub)

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This book’s marvelous use of the Filipino language, its grasp for combining different stories and spinning it as the author’s own makes it stand out. A classic.

Romance in English
Winner: All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria
(Self-Published)

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This book has good chemistry between its characters and a nice dramatic build-up that ultimately makes for an adorable, kilig-inducing romance. Told in a simple manner, the love story could charm a Filipino reader through its sweet little moments. The ingenious idea of incorporating blogging goes to show how powerful social media is in sending a message of love, and the essence of travel makes the reading experience all the more enjoyable.

Romance in Filipino
Winner: Awit ng Veakaria (Book 2): Isadora, Ang Huling Tunay na Birhen ng Lamia by Vanessa (Precious Pages Corporation)

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Mas masaya at masarap basahin ang kwento ng isang female lead character ng isang romance novel kung siya ay nagiisip at may sariling paninindigan. Hindi kinakailangang damsel in distress ang drama palagi ng isang female lead character sa romance novels. Dapat pang patatagin ang imahe ng kababaihan sa Pinoy Romance Novels at sinumulan ito ng manunulat sa kanyang character na marami pang pwedeng gawin at makamit bilang hero or lead character ng serye. Naghihintay ang mga mambabasa ng Veakaria sa muling pagsibol ni Isadora.

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Filipino Friday 2014 #4 Round-up: Diverse Books

Hey everyone! Today is the day! It’s Filipino Reader Con! We’re so happy to be part of the 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit. Today we round up the responses to last week’s Filipino Friday, where we asked you about diverse books. We had a lot of really interesting responses, but we won’t spoil it for you. Click on the links below to read everyone’s responses.

It’s not too late to jump into the discussion. You can still post your answer to any of the questions, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or any of our social media.

Hope to see you guys today at the Filipino ReaderCon! Don’t forget to tag your posts with #filreadercon #FRC14 and #PILFBIS2014 so we can see them!

Filipino Friday 2014 #4: Let’s talk about Diverse Books

It’s our fourth Filipino Friday, and frankly, it’s gone by pretty fast. Can’t believe that next Friday is the ReaderCon! Are you excited?

Diversity makes for an interesting life. Same with the books that we read. The more different kinds of books that we have, the more interesting topics we come across. Today’s Filipino Friday talks about the diversity of books that we have.

Do you think we have enough diversity in the books that we read? Are our choices enough to satisfy our different tastes? Are our writers able to present the variety of people, culture, lifestyle, interests and so on? How diverse are your reading interests, and are you able to find enough books to satisfy your reading needs? Do you think we need more diverse books?

Let us know your thoughts on book diversity.

Post your answers on Tumblr, Blogspot, WordPress, or any social networking site, and make sure that it’s set to public. Leave a comment here with a link to your post, and don’t forget to check out everyone else’s answers. If you don’t have a blog but still want to join in the fun, you can also answer through Twitter, Facebook, or a simple comment here.

We’d like to encourage more people to join in, so go ahead and tag a few friends when you post your answers. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #filreadercon, too.

Hope to see you all next Friday!

Filipino Friday Roundup #3: Fanfiction

Last week we asked you what are your thoughts on fanfiction, and we got a lot of really interesting answers. Check them all out!

Pinoy Book Drop 2014

Hello guys! The Filipino ReaderCon is just around the corner and as we countdown to that one big day, we are bringing back Pinoy Book Drop and it will not just be a Filipino Friday feature but something you can do until the Filipino ReaderCon on November 14, itself!

The concept is simple: Everyone is encouraged to drop a book in a public place for someone else to find, read and keep.

How can you get involved? Here are the instructions:

1. Pick a book (or two, or three, or yes, four!) that you wish to give away, or that’s okay for you to part with, for one reason or another. Make sure to check the pages for important stuff – anything you may have inserted there and forgotten but you may want to hold on to.

2. Download and print the customized bookplate that you’ll find below these instructions. It doesn’t have to be in color – black and white will work just as fine! Paste or stick one bookplate on a clear page or area of the book/s that you wish to give away. Yes, you can sign your name there, too, if you want.

3. Leave or “drop” the book/s in a public place, or basically any place where people are sure to see them: in a café, in the office, at a restaurant, the gym, it’s up to you. (Well, maybe not inside a bookstore, yeah.) You know where someone is likely to see the book/s and pick it up, yes?

4. Before leaving the book/s where you “dropped” them, take a photo. If you’re leaving two or more books, be sure to take note of the date, time, and place where you left each one.

So how is everyone going to know that you have dropped a book somewhere? You can do any of the following:

(a) If you have a Twitter account, just tweet the title of the book, where and when you dropped it, and attach the appropriate photo. If you dropped two or more books, tweet about each title separately.

(b) You can also post about it on Facebook – on your own profile/timeline, if it’s set to public, OR on the Filipino ReaderCon page itself. Same details apply: title of the book, place and date of the drop, and photo. If you’re dropping two or more books, you have the option to include all the books in one go or post about the books individually. It’s up to you.

IMPORTANT: Please use the hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and don’t forget to tag us at @PinoyReaderCon for every tweet!

5. The actual dropping of books will take place until the Filipino ReaderCon on November 14, 2014.

6. On the other hand, if you’re one of those who are lucky enough to find a dropped book, we encourage you to tell us all about it, as well! Tweet and Facebook any dropped book that you find – same instructions on using the hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and tagging us at @PinoyReaderCon apply. ;)

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Additional Instructions: Interested to know who found your book? Just stick or attach a note addressed to your book’s new owner to Tweet or post on Facebook about his/her newest find. As usual, hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and tagging @PinoyReaderCon are encouraged. :)