Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Winners of the 2013 Filipino Readers' Choice Awards

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 Filipino Readers' Choice Awards!

Children’s Picture Book Category

Mga Saranggola sa Tag-Ulan (Kites in the Rain) by Eugene Evasco and Bernadette Solina-Wolf (LG&M Corporation)

Chick Lit Category

That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra (Summit Books)

Novel in English Category 

Woman in a Frame by Raissa Rivera Falgui (Flipside Publishing)

Novel in Filipino Category

Territorio de los Hombres Batch 6: Marcial Ortega by Vanessa (Precious Pages Corporation)


Comics/Graphic Novels Category

Trese 5: Midnight Tribunal by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo (Visprint)

Short Story Anthology Category

Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (Volume 2) by Severino O. Reyes, Christine S. Bellen, Rebecca T. AƱonuevo, and Felix Mago Miguel (Tahanan Books)

Essay Anthology 

Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years by Susan F. Quimpo and Nathan Gilbert Quimpo (Anvil)

Poetry Category

Lita: Poems on Women by the Cavite Young Writers Association (Balangay Books)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bulilit Lit for YolandaPH Relief

To my dear friends in the Philippine children's literature industry, let us gather this Saturday and raise money for the children affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Bulilit Lit for YolandaPH Relief
Saturday, November 30
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Raya School Gym
109 Scout Fernandez corner Scout Torillo, Quezon City

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The 3rd Filipino Readers' Conference!!!

The 3rd Filipino Readers' Conference!!!
Saturday, 2013 Nov. 9
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University
Registration fee: PhP 150
For more information, click on the images above to enlarge them.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Thank you, Studio Dialogo.

THANK YOU to Studio Dialogo for designing the new logo of the Filipino Readers' Choice Awards. Studio Dialogo is the design company of Filipino children's book illustrators Abi Goy, Fran Alvarez, Liza Flores, and Rommel Joson. The entire Filipino Readers' Choice Awards committee thanks and applauds you!!!!

Friday, October 04, 2013

2014 PBBY-Salanga Prize: Call for Entries

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is now accepting entries for the 2014 PBBY-Salanga Prize. The contest is co-sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the National Library of the Philippines (NLP). The winner shall receive twenty-five thousand pesos (Php 25,000) and a medal. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day 2014.


The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.

Stories should be intended for children ages 6 to 12 years old. The plot and the sequence must be capable of sustaining an illustrated book of 28 to 32 pages.

Entries may be in Filipino or English.

Entries must be in hard copy, double-spaced, on short bond paper. Maximum length is five (5) pages.

A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.

Each entry must be signed by a pen name only. Five (5) copies of each entry should be placed in an envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant should appear.

Together with each entry, contestants must submit a second envelope, on the face of which the pen name shall appear. This must contain the contestant’s full name, address, contact numbers, a short literary background, and a notarized certification from the author, vouching for the originality of the entry and for the freedom of the organizers from any liability arising from the infringement of copyright in case of publication, and affirming that the entry or any variant thereof has (a) never been published nor (b) won any other contest i.e. that it has never won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or honorable mention in any other contest or otherwise been awarded a medal, citation, or included in a publicized list of meritorious entries to a literary contest.

All entries must be sent through snail mail to the PBBY Secretariat, c/o Adarna House, Inc., Scout Torillo cor. Scout Fernandez Sts., Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City.

All entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat no later than 5:00 p.m., November 8, 2013.

Winners will be announced no later than December 13, 2013. Non-winning entries will be disposed of by the PBBY Secretariat.

The winning story will be the basis for the 2014 PBBY-Alcala Prize. For more details, interested parties may contact the Philippine Board on Books for Young People at 3526765 local 203 or email pbby@adarna.com.ph.

Friday, September 06, 2013

If you're in Metro Manila this Saturday . . .

Aklatan: The First All-Filipino Book Festival
September 7, 2013
The Tents, Alphaland Southgate Tower
EDSA corner Pasong Tamo Extension, Magallanes
Makati City, Philippines

Doors open at 8 a.m.!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Nominations Open for the 2013 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards

The Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards develop awareness and appreciation of Philippine literature, recognize the reader’s role in creating the meaning and experience of a literary work, and give readers a voice in the Philippine book industry.

For the 2013 Filipino Readers' Choice Awards, you may now nominate your favorite Philippine-published books from 2012, in the following categories:

* children’s picture book
* chick lit
* novel in English
* novel in Filipino
* comic/graphic novel
* short story anthology
* essay anthology
* poetry

Nominations are open until August 23. To nominate a book, just fill out the online nomination form on the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards website.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Birthday Party Pledge

I promise to give multicultural books as gifts to the children in my life for ONE year.
I promise to encourage them to read about and appreciate diversity in all its forms.
I commit myself to building a new generation of readers!

Monday, July 08, 2013

Why I Won't Stop Blogging Anytime Soon

Click on the picture above to understand why I won't stop blogging anytime soon. There's still A LOT of work to be done.

Illustration by Tina Kugler.

Why I Still Cry Angry Tears


Friday, March 15, 2013

My plans for the weekend!

Will I see you there?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Happy World Book Day!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Hello, readers of the Sunday Inquirer Magazine!

Hello! :o) You may be visiting Into the Wardrobe for the first time because you read about it in the Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Welcome! I've put together this post to introduce you to Into the Wardrobe and the rest of the kidlitosphere.

Here are some of my favorite Into the Wardrobe posts:

Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour: Interview with Illustrator Shahar Kober

Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Author/Illustrator Interview: Peter Brown

The winner of the Cybils middle grade science fiction and fantasy category is...

Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Another Interview with Author Sue Fliess!

I highly, highly recommend these other kidlit and YA lit blogs. They are the reason I started blogging more seriously!

A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

A Fuse #8 Production

Chasing Ray

Chicken Spaghetti

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

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And please don't forget to visit my other blog Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind - which I have actually been focusing more on lately. :o)

My email address: peteredmundlucy7@yahoo.com

Thank you so, so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fully Booked (Philippines) hosts Ransom Riggs, author of the New York Times-bestselling young adult book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The Q&A and book signing will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, in Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street (Taguig).

Click here for more information.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy International Book Giving Day!

Happy International Book Giving Day!

We hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy giving a book to a kid! Please share a photo of you celebrating via Instagram or Twitter (hashtag #giveabook).

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Help turn Ratha's Creature into a graphic novel!

Do you remember Ratha's Creature by Clare Bell (first published in 1983)? I reviewed it here several years ago! There is a Kickstarter project underway to help fund a graphic novel version and I encourage all of you to check it out and contribute to the cause. Ratha's Creature is an excellent and truly unique young adult novel that should be introduced to a new generation of readers (especially those who love cats)! 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards set for 2013

The Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards returns for its second straight year, engaging the Filipino reading public in honoring their favorite Philippine-published titles.

An initiative of the Filipino Book Bloggers Group and Filipino book clubs, the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards debuted at the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference in 2012, and 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.

For 2013, the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards will be open to books published from January to December 2012. The nomination period is set for May 2013, in preparation for the awards ceremony at the 3rd Filipino Reader Conference in August.

The 2012 winners of the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards (books published 2010-2011) were: “But That Won’t Wake Me Up!” by Annie and Anelka Lumbao and Liza Flores, Adarna House (Children’s Picture Book); “Fairy Tale Fail” by Mina V. Esguerra, Summit Books (Chick Lit); “Ilustrado” by Miguel Syjuco, Anvil Publishing (Novel in English), “Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Authobiography na Mali by Jun Cruz-Reyes, Anvil Publishing (Novel in Filipino); “KikoMachine Komiks Blg 6” by Manix Abrera, Visprint (Comics/Graphic Novel); “Alternative Alamat” edited by Paolo Chikiamco, Rocket Kapre and Flipside (Short Story Anthology); “It’s A Mens World” by Bebang Siy, Anvil Publishing (Essay Anthology); and “Off the Beaten Track: Tulaan sa Tren 2,” NBDB and Vibal Foundation (Poetry Anthology).

A preliminary survey for the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards is now ongoing at http://filipinoreadercon.wordpress.com/readers-choice-awards/frca-2013-survey/.