So the voting period for the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards is open till today. I don’t have a book nominated, but After the Storm (Edited by Elbert Or) is up for Best Essay Anthology, and I have an essay in it. I didn’t have the harrowing experience during typhoon Ondoy that a lot of other people had, but I during typhoon Ruping in the 90s, we did experience having the roof blown off our apartment and we had to live in a pension house for a week. I could’ve written something about that in my perspective on the Ondoy tragedy, but I didn’t actually know about the anthology, and so I just posted something not-so-serious on this blog. Elbert contacted me and asked me if I wanted to include it in the anthology he was editing, and I said yes, of course — the proceeds were going to go to victims of Ondoy, after all. Two years later, I find out it’s up for a Readers’ Choice Award, and so I’ve been asking everyone to please vote for it. Again, voting period ends today, so please head on over to the voting page now and give After the Storm some love.
Sadly, there are some categories with nominated books I’ve never read yet, so I had nothing to vote for in, say, the Novel in Filipino category. I did vote for my friend Mina‘s lovely and funny Fairy Tale Fail, and one of my absolute favorites, the fantasy-horror graphic novel Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. I’m not saying you should vote for them too, but it would be nice.
The winners of the 1st Filipino Readers Choice Awards will be announced at the Filipino ReaderCon 2012 on August 18, 2012 at Filipinas Heritage Library.
Winning authors and publishers will receive awards (to be announced), and the right to use the Filipino Readers Choice Awards seal on their books.