2012 Judges

Filipino Readers' Choice Awards

Children’s Picture Book:

Pheonna Heart N. Ragasa is nine years old and a homeschooled fourth grader.

Darla Karylle S. Pariño is eight years old and a third grader at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School.

Beyonce Alicia Acidera is eight years old and a second grader at Jubilee Christian Academy.

Chick Lit:

Katrina Santiago
Katrina Stuart Santiago has been a freelance arts and culture critic since 2009, blogging since 2008, writing since her college years. Trained in the discipline of literary and cultural studies, her interests have always been in Philippine cultural productions, with the goal of articulating the silences that fall between the cracks of the processes of creation. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature major in Third World and Asian Literature, placed her squarely within discourses about the third world as a distinct identity, even as these are not separate from the rest of the global landscape of arts and culture.

Celina Bacani

Celina Bacani is a full-time mom and an online bookseller. She loves to read Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy and Chick Lit, though she reads other genres when the mood strikes. Some of her favorite authors include Diana Wynne Jones, Shel Silverstein and Melina Marchetta. You can catch some of her random bookish thoughts at http://celinabac.tumblr.com.

Lourdes Elizabeth “Louize” D. Gonzales
Louize Gonzales is a business owner, lecturer on social and church advocacy, Sunday school teacher, and editor-in-chief of a local church paper. She is married to a mechanical engineer, and mother to a 16-year-old book lover. She loves to cook, travel, teach, and of course, read books. Visit her at: http://athoughtoneachpage.tumblr.com.

Novel in English:

Aimee Lorraine Keh-Lee
Aimee Lorraine Keh-Lee works as a copywriter and social media marketer for Forthmedia Interactive. She is the founder and administrator of the Pinoy book club and forum ReadPhilippines.com and maintains a book blog The YellowLibrary.com. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UP Diliman and enjoyed a career in marketing and brand management for 10 years, including working as Category Marketing Manager for Nestle Philippines, before deciding to work from home to start a family.

Aldrin Calimlim
Aldrin Calimlim is a certified electronics engineer and, more important, a “certified” book lover. He likes to read all sorts of books, although he admits to being partial to postmodern literature — whatever that means. He’s also partial to sushi, a bit of sauce for which was spilled on his pants minutes before he was set to speak as a book blogging panelist at the first ever Filipino Readercon last year.

Cristina Espina

Novel in Filipino:

Mang Nanie

Kwesi Ian Jay Junsan
Kwesi Ian Jay M. Junsan is a college student at De La Salle Araneta University and an active member of an online community of book lovers. He started reading books in high school, influenced by the thirteen miseries of the three young famous Baudelaires of Lemony Snicket, and Sidney Sheldon’s mysterious characters driven by dark pasts, unachievable goals, and significant failures. Kwesi is an enthusiastic blogger, a sun hater, an amateur tarot card fortune teller, a water bearer, a dark prince, and at night, he is the ultimate butt kicker.

Ryan “Rise” Fuentes
Rise Fuentes was born in Quezon City in 1979. He works in the environment sector in Palawan. He blogs at www.booktrek.blogspot.com.

Comics/Graphic Novel:

Guia Baylon

Tricia Gervacio
Tricia Gervacio is 22-year old awkward girl working as a licensed nurse in an HMO company. She loves books, reading books, and the idea of reading books. She blogs her life (mostly about books) at In Lesbians With Books. (No, she’s not a lesbian.)

Jason Lim
Jason Lim graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, major in Drama. He is currently part of the creative pool of GMA-7’s Entertainment Television (ETV) group as a junior writer. In his free time, he likes to read all sorts of books, watch tv, movies, and musicals–which he writes about in his blog, Taking a Break.

Short story anthology:

Aaron Delos Santos
Aaron Vincent Delos Santos is a Web-based System Developer and an active member of The Filipino Goodreads Group. He reads Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy novels.

Natasha “Tata” Francisco
Tata Francisco graduated from the UP College of Arts and Letters with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing, magna cum laude, in 2007. She taught English at the Ateneo High School until 2009, and is currently Assistant to the Principal at Regina Maria Montessori, where she continues to teach English as well as coach taekwondo. In 2007, she co-founded an NGO for bibliophiles, EX LIBRIS PHILIPPINES, of which she remains Founding President.

Kai Agito
Kai Agito works as a QA specialist for IBM, and when she’s not obsessing about the latest Asian pop tunes and catching up with her manga, Kai dedicates some of her time book blogging on Amaterasu Reads, where she shares her thoughts about the latest Young Adult books worth discussing, buying and reading.

Essay anthology:

Gilbert Tan
Gilbert Tan is a college professor of Mindanao State University in General Santos City. He is a blogger (knowread-knowrite.blogspot.com and bookwormofgensan.com), writer-journalist, and a resource person for campus journalism with DepEd. He was a fellow for fiction in the Silliman University National Writers Workshop.

Peter Sandico
Peter has been in the publishing industry for more than 10 years. He blogs about books and reading at http://kyusireader.blogspot.com. A lover of all things paper, he has yet to read an ebook and is determined to be the last person in the book club (Flips Flipping Pages) to still hold a printed book during its discussions. In his late 30s, he still lives in QC with his parents, two turtles, two dachshunds, and a mini pinscher.

Joel “JL” Torres
JL Torres is a Software Engineer by profession, but he is a book hoarder by calling. He buys more books than he can read. As a result, his TBR pile is already a mile long. He has been an active member of the Goodreads – The Filipino Group book club since last year, and there he not only discovered wonderful new books and great friendships, he also confirmed his sanity, since he saw crazier people who hoard more books than he does. He dabbles in many genres and relishes the challenge of appreciating the immense diversity of written works: from Philosophy to Poetry to Young Adult to Fantasy. He prefers reading the old-fashioned way: through the messiness of books instead of the sterile screen, be it a computer or a Kindle (though he owns one).


Mika Palileo
Mika Palileo wrote her first poems at age 8, about mundane things matched with rhyme and meter. It has since sparked a life-long love affair with both the written and spoken word. She thinks that when Emily Dickinson wrote about “wild nights,” she actually meant being lost in a good book by the bedside—and this is pretty much how she defines her nighttime routine. Mika is also a corporate public relations shark in heels, an advocate for sustainable futures (renewable energy and education), and a lover of another kind of poetry—football—being a devout Liverpool and Real Madrid supporter.

Ronald Lim
Ronald Lim has more books than he has clothes. When he isn’t reading books ranging from YA to turn of the century French writers, he’s interviewing authors and writing about books for a national daily.

Ajie Alvarez-Taduran
Ajie Alvarez-Taduran is a voracious reader, freelance artist, writer, and mother of three. She is currently working on an ebook which she is both writing and illustrating. Her ongoing and most challenging endeavor to date is keeping her children safe from her teetering TBR pile.

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