NOMINATE FOR THE 2016 FILIPINO READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS!

November is just around the corner and you know what that means? It’s FRCA time!!!

2016 marks the fifth year of the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards! Today we are glad to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards!

Note: There is no need to send in a nomination for a book that is already in the nominations list.

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CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE FOR THE 2016 FILIPINO READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS!

As with the format change last year, we have  accepted publisher nominations for this year as well, which you can view below. Take a look at the list and if you don’t see your favorites, then it’s time for you to nominate your favorite books and author!

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Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards 2015: Winners

In case you weren’t able to attend the announcement of winners during the Filipino ReaderCon this weekend,  here is a list of winners per category. Congratulations to all the winners for this year’s Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards and thank you to the judges and everyone who voted!

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2015 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards Winners

Fiction in English

Winner: Rising by Alen Rio (Flipside Publishing)

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It captures the Filipino reader’s interest best, young and old readers alike, because of its dystopian setting, fast-paced and cohesive plot, flawed heroes, and gripping ending. The boldness in the twists and turns of events and the rawness of the characters will surely keep one riveted until the last page.

Fiction in Filipino / Taglish

Winner: Huwag Mong Sakyan ang Buhawi by Efren R. Abueg (Ateneo University Press)

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A product of its time, and that time is the last years of the Martial Law era. While its themes and writing style might be different from what younger readers are probably accustomed to, it is nonetheless a story we should all read – especially with the 2016 elections around the corner.

Romance in English

Winner: The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria (self-published)

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The story was well written, had good pacing, and lovable characters that were believable and relatable. Food is clearly the way to anyone’s heart, as the inclusion of it in the story had the judges agreeing that it was a big plus, making it more fun, interesting and delicious.

Romance in Filipino / Taglish

Winner: Heartless by jonaxx (Jonah Mae Pacala) (Summit/Sizzle)

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A well-crafted, kilig-inducing love story of Coreen and Rozen that kept us glued to our seats madly turning the pages from start to finish.

Fiction Anthology

Winner: Gotita de Dragon by Nick Joaquin (Anvil Publishing)

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A delicious mix of tradition and modernity, sci-fi and mythology, added with a dash of horror, mystery and fantasy. This amalgam of genres will effortlessly tickle the reader’s imagination.

Young Adult Fiction

Winner: I Remember The Boy 1 : Bonifacio by Sofia (LIB)

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It was really a rollercoaster of a book that will most likely leave you hanging ’til the end.

Children’s Picture Book

Winner: Isang Harding Papel by Augie Rivera / Rommel Joson (Adarna House)

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Its moral is persistency. Life at the time was difficult, even after our hardest times under the rule of foreign nations for 388 years. With this experience, Filipinos knew when to be strong. Like in the setting of the story, The Edsa Revolution, and the term of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos.

Comics & Graphic novels

Winner: Zombinoy ~ Issue No. 6 by Geonard Yleana, Carlo Cruz, Sid Santos, Dennies Layante (Pelikomiks Studios)

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It kept us reading to the end, employing familiar tropes in a local setting to put together an entertaining zombie comic.

Poetry

Winner: Kundiman sa Gitna ng Karimlan by E. San Juan (UP Press)

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Captured Filipino values, including a sense of community and spirit of involvement, in lyrical language. It also embodies, for us, what the Filipino reader is or what we hope him to be: imaginative, intelligent, and engaged with the world.

Inspirational / Religious

Winner: Boring Ba ang Bible Mo: How your Story Fits in the Big Story by Rei Lemuel Crizaldo (OMF Literature)

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This entertaining book creates a light, humorous way of giving the readers the values necessary for withstanding the challenges of life. It only goes to show that a self-help book doesn’t have to be dragging in order to send an important message across.

Humor

Winner: Stupid is Forever by Miriam Defensor Santiago (ABS-CBN Publishing)

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The book itself speaks of HUMOR – no green and harsh jokes, just pure fun and entertainment. Senator Santiago’s sense of humor is undeniable and effortless. Perhaps,stupid really is forever, but being funny is smart.

Food and Cookbook

Winner: My Angkong’s Noodles by Clinton Huang Palanca (Summit)

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It is a visually stunning, comprehensive and educational guide that fulfills the promise of Filipino-Chinese cooking.

Nonfiction

Winner: Philippine Heritage Homes by Jaime Laya, et al. (Anvil Publishing)

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It is the inherent beauty and power of literature to move us in subtle ways and this panel believes that the book serves this purpose.

Feedback Form for the 5th Filipino ReaderCon

Thank you so much for attending this year’s Filipino Reader Conference! We are grateful to everyone who had enthusiastically participated and continuously supported this conference. We are also indebted to the volunteers who devoted their time in making sure that the activities went smoothly, as well as our sponsors who provided support in different ways. The success of this event would not have been possible without you!

We now invite everyone to share your comments concerning this year’s conference. Through your feedback and suggestions, we’ll be able to identify where we can improve to have better Filipino Reader Conferences in the succeeding years.

Please fill out the Feedback Form below:

Thank you for your support, and see you in the next Filipino Reader Con! =D

Filipino Friday 4: 5 Revolutions that Changed the Way I Read

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When we talk about revolution, change comes to mind. Our country’s history has one major revolution that changed the course of how things are.

We can relate this to reading, as so many things have changed in the past few years that affected how we read, how we get what we read, where we read it, among other things. How writers write even changed, but that probably is another story.

Merriam-Webster defines ‘revolution’ as ‘a sudden, radical, or complete change’. It is also ‘a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something’ and ‘a changeover in use or preference especially in technology’.

This week’s Filipino Friday (which is our fourth and final one before ReaderCon) asks:

What are the five (5) Revolutions that Changed the Way You Read?

This can be any sort of revolution, any change in any way that you read your books. Did you switch from print to digital? Do you buy your books in a physical store or order it from an online one? Do you pre-order or wait for release day? There are so many ways your reading habit has changed, even if you don’t feel like it did. We want to hear them.

As always, don’t forget to share your answers! You can answer the question directly on the comments section below, or paste the link to your post. If you’re sharing it on social media, you can tag us on Twitter (@FilReaderCon) or on Facebook. Don’t forget the hashtag #FilipinoFriday on either one!

See you tomorrow! Check out the reminders for ReaderCon as well as directions on how to get to the venue.

Reminders for the ReaderCon

It’s really happening!

The 5th Filipino Reader Conference is happening this Saturday, November 28, 2015! Yay! Here are some friendly reminders about the event:

  1. We encourage everyone attending to pre-register through our EventBrite page, which is open until tomorrow (November 27, 2015) at 10:00 a.m. Although walk-ins are allowed, we strongly encourage the public to pre-register to make the registration process more convenient for everyone. It also involves signing-up for the panels, which also have limited seats. Other details concerning registration can be found at this page.
  2. This year’s Filipino Reader Conference will be held at the De La Salle University, Manila. Directions to the campus, as well as the university map, can be found on this page.
  3. Gates open at 8:00am, at DLSU’s North Gate. This is the one nearest to the Henry Sy Sr. Building. There’s a Fully Booked branch across that gate, so you definitely won’t miss it. Gates are open until 2:00pm, so be there on time so you won’t miss anything! :)
  4. Present your printed tickets at the registration booth so our team can check you in, and then pay the registration fee. No ticket? Just state your name if you’re pre-registered. The registration fee is PhP 150.00, which can be paid at the registration booth on the day itself. Cash payments only, and prepare exact change for your convenience. :)
  5. As regards parking spaces, while there may be available parking areas, we encourage everyone to take public transportation, since these spaces for parking tend to be limited.
  6. For those bringing gadgets such as laptops, DSLRs, and other large equipment: The university requires that entry permit forms be filled-out before entry. Please take note of the model and the serial number of the equipment when you fill out the forms. :)
  7. We have prepared lots of interesting informative topics for everyone, so feel free to take notes and pictures!
  8. Let’s interact and let our friends know the new things we’re learning from the event! Feel free to tweet anything about the event using #FilReaderCon. Live tweets are also available, so please follow @FilReaderCon for updates! We’re also on Facebook and Instagram, so tag us when you take photos! :D
  9. The highlight of the Filipino Reader Conference is, as always, the reader (That’s you!). Take this conference as your opportunity to meet new writers, book clubs, publishers, and other readers. You can also business cards to give to others, so that you can keep in touch with them even after the conference! :D

With that, we hope to see everyone on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the 5th Filipino Reader Conference: Toward a Reading Revolution the Henry Sy Hall, De La Salle University! Let’s make this year a revolution for reading in the Philippines!