Yesterday at the Filipino Readercon, we unveiled the winners for the 2013 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards, honoring 2012 titles that engaged the Filipino reading public.
It’s the second year that we’ve executed the awards, and as chair of the organizing committee, I can say that it’s been a constant learning experience. Even as we worked double time to address the setbacks we encountered the first year, new challenges were constantly presented to us, and it’s no small feat, but ultimately, it has been so rewarding.
Not only have we seen the FRCA seal on the covers of last year’s winning titles; we’ve also received over 8,000 responses during our public voting phase, signifying the growing support of both the book industry and the reading public. The FRCA (and of course, the Filipino ReaderCon) was created precisely for that purpose. It is an exercise in discovering who the Filipino reader is, to establish that yes, there is a Filipino reader, that Filipinos do read, and that we Filipino readers would like to make our voice heard in the Philippine book industry — to complete the cycle, so to speak.
Again, a big thank you to all those who made another year of the FRCA possible: our judges, who took time to read the finalist works and deliberate the results of each category; the publishers, who provided generously provided review copies of their books for our judges; and of course, all the Filipino readers who actively participated in the process.
It is with pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2013 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards (covering Philippine titles published from January to December 2012):
Children’s Picture Book
Mga Saranggola sa Tag-Ulan (Kites in the Rain)
by Eugene Evasco and Bernadette Solina-Wolf
That Kind of Guy
by Mina V. Esguerra
Novel in English
Woman in a Frame
by Raissa Rivera Falgui
Novel in Filipino
Territorio delos Hombres Batch 6: Marcial Ortega
(Precious Pages Corporation)
Comics/ Graphic Novels
Trese 5: Midnight Tribunal
by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo
Short Story Anthology
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (Volume 2)
by Severino O. Reyes, Christine S. Bellen, Rebecca T. Anonuevo and Felix Mago Miguel
Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years
by Susan F. Quimpo & Nathan Gilbert Quimpo
Lita: Poems on Women
by the Cavite Young Writers Association
Congratulations to all the winners!
As early as now we’re looking at big changes for next year’s FRCA, and as we renew our commitment to make the FRCA bigger and better to represent the Filipino reader as we best possibly can, we hope for your continued support for the awards.
See you again at next year’s Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards!