It’s common in most fields of entertainment to have, on the one hand, critics awards – think the Oscars – where winners are decided by a panel of judges or committee of experts, and on the other hand, popular awards – think the MTV Movie Awards (once nominees are decided) – where the winners are determined by fan vote. In the Philippines, published literature has always been the province of the National Book Awards, but there has never really been an equivalent popular awards for literature.
The Filipino Readers Choice Awards seeks to engage the Filipino reading public in honoring their favorite Philippine-published titles. An initiative of the Filipino Book Bloggers Group, the Filipino RCA was established to develop awareness and appreciation of Philippine literature; recognize the reader’s role in creating the meaning and experience of a literary work; and give the readers a voice in the Philippine book industry.
Nominations are open from July 9 to 22. To nominate a book, just fill out the online nomination form. The nomination form gets sent to the Filipino RCA committee.
Nominations will be posted on the Filipino ReaderCon website on a weekly basis. Links to reviews of nominated titles will also be posted on the site.
The awards are open to titles published in the Philippines from January 2010 to December 2011, in the following categories:
- Children’s picture book
- Chick lit
- Novel in English
- Novel in Filipino
- Comics / Graphic novels
- Short story anthology
- Essay anthology
*ahem* May I point out that both Alternative Alamat (short story anthology) and High Society (comic) were published last year, and are thus eligible for nomination? Self-promotion aside, however, this is an important event and can help give readers more of a voice in what becomes “acclaimed” – and what kind of stories thus become published – in the Philippines, and the more people participate, the more of a statement we can make. So go nominate your favorites!