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!
Fiction in English
Winner: Gitarista by Reev Robledo (self-published)
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)
Romance in English
Winner: All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria (Self-Published)
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)
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.