Here’s the trailer of the upcoming 2012 horror novel by Filipino exorcist Demogargon Saatbarmald (pronounced as: de-moh-gar-dzhon sa-bohr-moh) to be released in the first month of 2012. The novel is dubbed as “The scariest novel since Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, although it is not a vampire novel, according to the source of Pinoy Panitikan. It is written in Esperanto and translated to Filipino by ghost writer Harry S. Parker.

It will be a self-published novel.

Some scoop from reliable sources: The novel will be controversial as it tackles about demonology and pornography.



This list was based on the popularity and number of bestselling works and whose works became influential to the lives of the Filipinos.


Carlo J. Caparas is a comic strip creator, writer, director and producer who became sensational known for his created local superheroes and comic book characters that are still popular to Filipinos until now. Some of his creations turned Filipino icons such as “Panday” (a Blacksmith hero) and many others. As a producer and director, Carlo J. Caparas produced box-office movies based on comics and true-to-life stories and crimes. In 2009 he received National Artist Award granted by the President of the Philippines.


Mars Ravelo is also a comic strip creator and writer who became phenomenal in the Philippines for his created superheroes such as “Darna” (a Filipino version of Wonder Woman), Dyesabel (name of the Filipino mermaid/heroine), and many others. During his time, the “Golden Age of Comics” flourished. Like Carlo J. Caparas, Mars Ravelo’s creations and writings were turned into films and became box-office hit during 1960’s to 1980’s. Ravelo was also the highest paid comic writer during his time. Until now, his creations is still influential to Philippine contemporary literature.


The youngest among the list, Louie Mar Gangcuanco published his debut novel entitled “Orosa-Nakpil, Malate” at the age of 18. The novel illustrates the pink culture in the streets of Orosa and Nakpil, which is known as the haven of gay Filipino culture. The novel became an instant hit, becoming a bestseller months after it was released. His work was featured in the top-rating TV show, Sharon, in June of the same year. In August 2006, Louie Mar was awarded the Y Idol Award (Youth Idol Award) by Studio 23’s Y Speak. Later that month, the Sentro ng Wikang Filipino conferred a Sertipiko ng Pagpapahalaga for Orosa-Nakpil, Malate. His phenomenal novel is endorsed by prominent people and institutions including the multi-awarded director, Jose Javier “Joey” Reyes, Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan (former DOH secretary) and Dr. Raul Destura of the National Institutes of Health Philippines.

After one year of circulation, Orosa-Nakpil, Malate made it to the Best Sellers List released by National Book Store in April 2007. With him in the list are authors Mitch Albom of One More Day, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro of The Fifth Horseman, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez of Memories of My Melancholy Whores. The book landed on the Top 8 spot, overtaking international authors Steve Berry and Kiran Desai.


Gilda Olvidado is a popular Filipino novelist and writer, known for her extraordinary love stories. She became famous during the 1970’s with her remarkable novels “Sinasamba Kita (I Worship You)”, “Babangon ako’t Dudurugin Kita (Sweet Revenge)”. She also wrote screenplays that later turned into blockbuster such as “Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig? (Where is Love Hiding?)” who made her rise into popularity after the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences recognized it as the best story. Today, Gilda Olvidado’s fans are still counting, waiting the release for her next novel.


Nick Joaquín was born in Paco, Manila, one of the ten children of Leocadio, a colonel under General Emilio Aguinaldo in the 1896 Revolution, and Salome Marquez, a teacher of English and Spanish. Being read poems and stories by his mother, Joaquin taught himself by reading widely at the National Library of the Philippines and the library of his father, who by that time was a successful lawyer after the revolution. This developed further his interest in writing.

At age 17, Joaquín was first published in the literary section of the Pre-World War II Tribune under writer and editor Serafín Lanot. Before publishing in the Tribune, Joaquin worked as a proofreader of the paper.

After winning a Dominican Order-sponsored nationwide essay competition for La Naval de Manila, the University of Santo Tomas awarded Joaquín an honorary Associate in Arts (A.A.) and a scholarship to St. Albert’s Convent, the Dominican monastery in Hong Kong. Upon his return to the Philippines, he joined the Philippines Free Press, starting as a proofreader. Soon, he was noticed for his poems, stories and plays, as well as his journalism under the pen name Quijano de Manila. His journalism was markedly both intellectual and provocative, an unknown genre in the Philippines at that time, raising the level of reportage in the country.

Joaquín deeply admired José Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. Joaquín paid tribute to Rizal by way of books such as The Storyteller’s New Medium – Rizal in Saga, The Complete Poems and Plays of Jose Rizal, and A Question of Heroes: Essays in Criticism on Ten Key Figures of Philippine History. He also translated the hero’s valedictory poem, in the original Spanish “Mi Ultimo Adios,” as “Land That I Love, Farewell!”

Joaquín served as a member of Motion Pictures under President Diosdado Macapagal and President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Joaquin’s first move as National Artist was to secure the release of imprisoned writer José F. Lacaba. Later, at a ceremony on Mount Makiling attended by First Lady Imelda Marcos, Joaquín delivered an invocation to Mariang Makiling, the mountain’s mythical maiden. Joaquín touched on the importance of freedom and the artist. As a result, for the remainder of the Marcos regime, Joaquín no longer received invitations to address important cultural events.


Lualhati Bautista  is one of the foremost Filipino  female novelists  in the history of contemporary Philippine Literature. Her novels include, “Dekada ’70 (Decade ’70)”, “Bata, Bata, Pa’no Ka Ginawa? (Child, Child… How were you made?”, and “‘GAPÔ (short name for Olongapo, Philippines)”.

In addition to being a novelist, Lualhati Bautista is also a movie and television screenwriter and a short story writer. Her first screenplay was Sakada (Seasonal Sugarcane Workers), a story written in 1975 that exposed the plight of Filipino peasants. Bautista has received recognition from the Philippines’ Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa in 1987. Her award-winning screenplays include Bulaklak sa City Jail (A Flower in City Jail) (1984), Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap (If The Clouds are Parted) (1984), Sex Object  (1985). For screenplay writing, she has received recognition from the Metro Manila Film Festival (best story-best screenplay), Film Academy Awards (best story-best screenplay), Star Awards (best screenplay), FAMAS (finalist for best screenplay), and URIAN awards. Two of her short stories have also won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Tatlong Kuwento ng Buhay ni Julian Candelabra (Three Stories in the Life of Julian Candelabra), first prize, 1982; and Buwan, Buwan, Hulugan mo Ako ng Sundang (Moon, Moon, Drop Me a Sword), third prize, 1983. Bautista also authored the television dramas Daga sa Timba ng Tubig (The Mouse in the Bucket of Water) (1975) and Isang Kabanata sa Libro ng Buhay ni Leilani Cruzaldo (A Chapter in the Book of Life of Leilani Cruzaldo) (1987). The latter won best drama story for television from the Catholic Mass Media Awards.

Bautista was honored by the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings on March 10, 2004 during the 8th Annual Lecture on Vernacular Literature by Women. In 2005, the Feminist Centennial Film Festival presented her with a recognition award for her outstanding achievement in screenplay writing. In 2006, she was recipient of the Diwata Award for best writer by the 16th International Women’s Film Festival of the UP Film Center.

She is also the only Filipino included in a book on foremost International Women Writers published in Japan, 1991.


F. Sionil Jose is one of the most widely-read Filipino  writers in the English language. His novels and short stories depict the social underpinnings of class struggles and colonialism  in Filipino society. José’s works – written in English – have been translated  into 22 languages, including Korean, Indonesian, Russian, Latvian, Ukrainian and Dutch.

Jose Rizal’s life and writings profoundly influenced José’s work. The five volume Rosales Saga, in particular, employs and interrogates themes and characters from Rizal’s work.

Throughout his career, Sionil José’s writings espouse social justice and change to better the lives of average Filipino families. He is one of the most critically acclaimed Filipino authors internationally, although much underrated in his own country because of his authentic Filipino English and his anti-elite views.

In 1980, Sionil Jose received Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asia’s Nobel Prize) for Literature.


Francisco Baltazar, known much more widely through his nom-de-plume Francisco Balagtas, was a prominent Filipino poet, and is widely considered as the Tagalog equivalent of William Shakespeare for his impact on Filipino literature. The famous epic, Florante at Laura, is regarded as his defining work.

Balagtas learned to write poetry from José de la Cruz (Huseng Sisiw), one of the most famous poets of Tondo. It was de la Cruz himself who personally challenged Balagtas to improve his writing. (source: Talambuhay ng mga Bayani, for Grade 5 textbook)

In 1835, Balagtas moved to Pandacan, where he met María Asunción Rivera, who would effectively serve as the muse for his future works. She is referenced in Florante at Laura as ‘Celia’ and ‘MAR’.

Balagtas’ affections for Celia were challenged by the influential Mariano Capule. Capule won the battle for Celia when he used his wealth to get Balagtas imprisoned under the accusation that he ordered a servant girl’s head be shaved. It was here that he wrote Florante at Laura—In fact, the events of this poem were meant to parallel his own situation.

He wrote his poems in Tagalog, during an age when Filipino writing was predominantly written in Spanish.

Balagtas published Florante at Laura upon his release in 1838. He moved to Balanga, Bataan in 1840 where he served as the assistant to the Justice of peace and later, in 1856, as the Major Lieutenant. He was also appointed as the translator of the court.

Balagtas is so greatly revered in the Philippines that the term for Filipino debate in extemporaneous verse is named for him: balagtasan.


Bob Ong, is the pseudonym of an anonymous Filipino contemporary author known for using conversational Filipino to create humorous and reflective depictions of life as a Filipino.

A Filipino Literary critic once commented:

” Filipinos really patronize Bob Ong’s works because, while most of his books may have an element of comedy in them, this is presented in a manner that replicates Filipino culture and traditions. This is likely the reason why his first book – and those that followed it, can be considered true Pinoy classics.”

The six books he has published thus far have surpassed a quarter of a million copies. His words of wisdom were applied by some of the Filipinos to their daily lives.


For obvious reasons, he is the most influential and the most bestselling author/writer until now.

Jose Rizal was a prolific poet, essayist, diarist, correspondent, and novelist whose most famous works were his two novels, “Noli me Tangere (Touch Me Not)” and El filibusterismo “The Filibuster”).  These are social commentaries on the Philippines  that formed the nucleus of literature that inspired dissent among peaceful reformists and spurred the militancy of armed revolutionaries against the Spanish colonial authorities.

His books are still cracking the bestselling list.


by Mei Velas-Suarin

Our voting history somehow does not give much hope. We say, “We need change.” Unfortunately, it seems that such a statement for hunger for change is just a lip-service. We are not serious about wanting change. We just like how the words sound. As if by saying those words, we are truly becoming nationalists. Are we, really? I don’t think so.

Because come May 10, 2010, we are still voting for the old politics. The old bananas. Noynoy Aquino. Manny Villar. Gibo Teodoro. Dick Gordon. Loren Legarda. Mar Roxas. Bong Revilla. Lito Lapid. Juan Ponce Enrile. Ralph Recto. And the list is endless. I give my thanks and respects to the old guards like Sen. Enrile but…

What is the most tragic part here? We are voting for a president based on popularity and emotions. Not by platform or a genuine promise for a new day. (I certainly do not favor a Villar presidency. Let me reiterate my stand once again: I am voting for Nicanor Perlas.)

And so today, I woke up with sadness. Because I realized that Noynoy Aquino may just win the presidential race. The latest INC endorsement for the presidential bid of Noynoy Aquino may have just clinched the tide in his favor.

I fear another Aquino presidency.

Why do I fear his brand of politics?

I fear his brand of politics because it looks like it is based on opportunism. With all due respect to him and his Mother (I am still a Cory fan), I really think that deep in our hearts, we know that Noynoy will not even consider running for President if his Mother were alive. And that if Tita Cory is still alive now, and her son still decided to run, I am fairly sure that she will not give his blessings to him. Why do I believe so? Because Tita Cory is a woman of intelligence and discernment. She knows the capacity of her son and being a president is certainly not one of his strong competencies.

Sadly, however we look at it, the death of Tita Cory gave him the idea and motivation to run. Not even the dreams of Mar Roxas stopped him from wanting the top post. Never mind the ultimate dreams of Mar. The swelling of yellow colors right during Tita Cory’s funeral march told him, “run, run, run!” These yellow-bearing people need another hero and you are the hero, Noy! Are you, really?

In the deepest of your heart, do you really think you are the hero that we are hungry for? In the deepest of your heart, do you honestly believe your Mom wants you to run? Mga kababayan ko, is he really “the One”? Why are you voting for him?

Popularity? The emotional pull of Tita Cory’s death? His ‘clean’ image? Are these reasons enough? Aren’t we looking at the wrong reasons? We certainly need honesty and integrity. Oh, we are all crying for that! Making it No. 1 criteria for choosing the next president. But is Noynoy the only one who has that? Look at the other candidates: Nicanor Perlas, Eddie Villanueva, and JC de los Reyes; they seem to me people of integrity and better yet, had not been tainted with the colors of old politics. They are new and fresh faces. Why couldn’t we try them?

Oh yes, we go back to popularity. See now? We always end up to voting for those who are popular. And then later we blame the government for the poverty around us. Haven’t we learned enough? We certainly deserve the government we voted for. We voted for popular names and so we live with it. This is not even about Noynoy per se. It is about us, Filipinos. The way we squander our voting power.

Under a Noynoy presidency, you give up the right to complain if you voted for him. If our poverty level remains the same during a Noynoy presidency, I will blame you for it. Because you, the majority, those who belong in the yellow army, took away my voice.

Noynoy reminds me of an old salesman who never really sold anything in his long career as a salesman but will suddenly earn the CEO post in his company because the owner (who is loved by millions) suddenly died.

So the millions who are enamored with the dead owner cannot let go of his memories and suddenly, just like magic, turn their hearts and souls to the son whom they think will save the company from downfall. Because he is the son of the old hero.

Sadly, the voice of the minority who knows a much better and competent manager (but who is not a relative of the dead owner) will just slowly fade away in the deafening and almost-hypnotic screams of the millions who believe that the son is indeed the savior.

Is Noynoy really clean? No one can judge. But what is ‘cleanliness’ really? Is it enough that he did not steal? That he was never associated with any scandalous transactions in government? I don’t think so. Cleanliness and integrity, when it comes to the top post in the political ladder, should always be associated with making one’s powerful position very useful. I said it once before: positions of power are privileges. You are not voted into power and then just sit there, listen, vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ or ‘abstain’, go home, and sleep contentedly at night. The votes were given to you because you are entrusted with the task of making a BIG difference. Voting for laws is NOT making a difference. Not stealing from the public coffers is certainly NOT making a big difference. Being honest is certainly not something that should earn our politicos the accolades. We thank Noynoy and vote for him because he is clean and honest? Napaka-baba naman yata ng standards natin for a President!

Let us not forget that Noynoy had three terms in Congress and one in Senate and yet we all know he did not really deliver exemplary performance. He is talking so much about corruption in his TV ads but what did he really do while he was within the system? Suddenly, now, he is talking about corruption? Naman…

Please think about your vote for another Aquino. Noynoy is of the same mold as old politics. He is not the ‘newness’ that we say (?) we need now, more than ever. He comes from an old lineage of politicos who own vast tracts of land and who up to now, refuse to relinquish ownership that would have otherwise improved the lives of thousands of farmers and workers. This is not even about the rich and the poor. I also believe that all classes should have equal rights. I never liked the campaign lines that say, “Para sa Mahirap” because it is already divisive. It is like saying one’s poverty already earns him certain privileges. I do try to avoid that kind of thinking. But yes, it is important for a presidentiable to know what to do when he is in the seat of power. Noynoy had the chance to work for meaningful changes while in Congress and Senate. At least he could have tried to do something for the farmers of Hacienda Luisita.

You may say, “But he has promised to distribute the Hacienda Luisita to the farmers in five years!” Really? But why is he saying that only now?

Because he needs your votes and sadly, you will give it to him. *

This essay is not a work of Pinoy Panitikan contributors.


After Kapitan Sino became a bestselling book last year, Bob Ong released another bestseller! The book is entitled “Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan”.


"Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan" cover

Review from BebePhase (Click here to visit the blog)

It’s kind of hard to talk about this book without comparing it to the previous books of Bob Ong, but let me try to focus on this particular one only. Bob Ong wrote ABNKKBSNPLAKO, Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ang Mga Pilipino, Alamat ng Gubat, Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas, Stainless Longganisa, MacArthur, at Kapitan Sino. I do salute Bob Ong’s ability to engage the young ones in reading. I believed he touched a certain niche of readers, and those readers kept on following his every book release, even hound the publisher for his next book – yes, that includes me.

After reading his 8th book, I have this feeling that this book was “pre-overrated.” There were too much hype that readers tend to have their opinions influenced, when in fact the book wasn’t that wonderful. I am a Bob Ong fan, don’t get me wrong. I believe in his school of thought when it comes to writing stories, and he’s such a quotable writer – but let me clarify that all those quotes flying around Facebook pages are not all his.

This is his first horror-suspense book, and I know he intend not to confine himself on the same genre of stories, but not leaving his usual conversational style of narration. His 7 other books have different story formats, and topics, which I really enjoyed.

Anyway, let’s go back the book. The book is about Galo, his journal, and of course Mama Susan. A first-person narrative, or should I say a narrative based on Galo’s journal – which he writes due to his class requirement. Based on his journal, Galo is a college student, with a dysfunctional family, and lives with his adoptive Aunt, and was eventually sent to province. He stayed with his grandmother, and met various people with characters that played an important role in his journey in meeting Mama Susan.

The book has the same appeal as his other books – witty, funny, realistic and very Filipino.  His book is engaging in terms of his writing style, and it’s never hard to comprehend since he did converse in colloquial tagalog, not to mention the book wasn’t that thick in pages. Students who had experiences in writing journal just because their teachers required them so can really relate on Galo’s frustrations, while some who has a dysfunctional relationship with their relatives can understand what he is going through.

As I read the book, I find it “nakakainip” in terms of its horror aspect, especially when I was halfway to the back cover and I haven’t found the climax of the story, which I believe is with Mama Susan’s “appearance”. I was waiting for “Mama Susan” to be introduced, so I can start scaring myself, but it took a while for her to come out.

I think the book wasn’t really a horror-suspense story. There may be some aspects of “suspense” but not how I think it should be. I was expecting a book being told in a horror-suspense style from cover to cover.  The description wasn’t that really scary, or maybe because I got carried away with Galo’s ”cool” character. The book is good, but not how I want a horror-suspense should be. But of course, I know I am not the only reader to be considered. :)

Just like any Bob Ong book’s it has a message that wasn’t specifically written within the pages. I could tell that some political and religious aspect was discussed as Mama Susan cursed Galo on his wrong doings. There are religious issues being opened, and for sure readers started to look within themselves for some reflection.

Anyhow, no matter what my review about this book, I will still be buying Ong’s next book. I’m still a fan, after all.



by Philstar

The Carlos Palanca Foundation announced yesterday 55 winners in this year’s Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature as well as the newest members of the Hall of Fame of the prestigious prize.

The 2009 Palanca Hall of Fame awardees are essayist Reuel Molina Aguila and poet Eugene Evasco, both professors at the University of the Philippines.

Aguila won his fifth first prize for his piece “Ngunit Wala Akong Litrato Noong Nasa Kolehiyo Ako” under the Sanaysay (essay in Filipino) category.

Evasco also received his fifth first prize for “May Tiyanak Sa Loob Ng Aking Bag” under the newly introduced category, Tulang Isinulat Para Sa Mga Bata (poetry for children).

The Palanca Hall of Fame is the distinction given to winners in the literary competition who have won five first prizes in the annual awards, and who, at the same time, have consistently met the critical standards of the various boards of judges, and have maintained a reputation in literary circles worthy of peer recognition.

The foundation said 62 percent of this year’s awardees are first time winners.

National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera was also conferred the Palanca Awards Gawad Dangal ng Lahi during the gala ceremonies held at The Peninsula Hotel Manila in Makati City.

Established in 1950 to honor Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the country’s most prestigious and longest-running literary contest “aims to help develop Philippine literature for writers to craft their most outstanding literary work; to be a treasury of the Philippines’ literary gems from our gifted writers; and to assist in its dissemination to the public, especially the students.”

The complete list of winners in the 59th Palanca awards:

Filipino Division

Dulang May Isang Yugto

1st – Layeta P. Bucoy (Doc Resurreccion: Gagamutin ang Bayan)

2nd – Liza C. Magtoto (Paigan)

3rd – Jose Dennis C. Teodosio (Asunto)


1st – Reuel Molina Aguila (Ngunit Wala Akong Litrato Noong Nasa Kolehiyo Ako)

2nd – Jing Panganiban-Mendoza (Kumander)

3rd – Domingo G. Landicho, PhD (Kamay)

Tulang Isinulat para sa mga Bata

1st – Eugene Y. Evasco (May Tiyanak sa Loob ng Aking Bag)

2nd – Jesus M. Santiago (Kuwentong Matanda, Bersong Bata)

3rd – Michael M. Coroza (Munting Daigdig ng Dalit at Awit)

Kabataan Essay

1st – Axcel L. Trinidad (Si Ate Elsa, Si Aling Carmen, at Ako Laban sa mga Nangungunang Bansa sa Mundo)

2nd – Johanna Rose E. Calisin (Nagkakaisang Isip, Damdamin at Lakas)

3rd – Maya Victoria S. Rojas (Humabol Ka, Pilipino!)

Dulang Ganap ang Haba

1st – Rodolfo C. Vera (Ismail at Isabel)

2nd – Reuel Molina Aguila (Sa Kanto ng Wakas at Katotohanan Ext.)

3rd – Sir Anril P. Tiatco (Miss Dulce Extranjera)

Maikling Kuwento (Short Story)

1st – No Winner

2nd – Rogelio Braga (“MGA”)

3rd – Jimmuel C. Naval (Ang Kamatayan ng Isang Linggo)


1st – Reagan R. Maiquez (Ilang Sandali Makalipas ang Huling Araw ng Mundo)

2nd – Alwynn C. Javier (Yaong Pakpak na Binunot sa Akin)

3rd – Charles B. Tuvilla (Sambutil na Daigdig sa Ilalim ng Pilik)

Maikling Kuwentong Pambata

1st – Genaro R. Gojo Cruz (Mahabang-mahabang-mahaba)

2nd – Michael M. Coroza (Ang mga Kahon ni Kalon)

3rd – Milagros B. Gonzales (Ang Nanay Kong Lola)

Dulang Pampelikula

1st – Seymour Barros Sanchez & Christian M. Lacuesta (Hiwaga)

2nd – Jerry B. Gracio (Muli)

3rd – Enrique Ramos (Moonlight Over Baler)

Regional Division

Short Story – Cebuano

1st – Corazon M. Almerino (Sugmat)

2nd – Richel G. Dorotan (Biyahe)

3rd – Ferdinand L. Balino (Mga Mananap sa Kagabhion)

Short Story – Hiligaynon

1st – Ferdinand L. Balino (Kanamit Gid Sang Arroz Valenciana)

2nd – Alice Tan Gonzales (Baha)

3rd – Joselito Vladimir D. Perez (Ang Santo Intiero)

Short Story – Iluko

1st – Danilo B. Antalan (Vigan)

2nd – Ariel S. Tabag (Dagiti Ayup Iti Bantay Quimmallugong)

3rd – Reynaldo A. Duque (Ti Kararua Ni Roman Catolico, Mannaniw, Nga Immulog Iti Impierno)

English Division

Full-length Play

1st – No Winner

2nd – No Winner

3rd – Floy C. Quintos (Fake)

One–act Play

1st – No Winner

2nd – No Winner

3rd – Violet B. Lucasi (Balangao)

Kabataan Essay

1st – Cristina Gratia T. Tantengco (The Benefits of Selflessness)

2nd – Vincen Gregory Y. Yu (Dreams and Pastures)

3rd – Angelita A. Bombarda (On Being Filipino: A Citizen to the World)


1st – Vincenz Serrano (The Collapse of What Separates Us)

2nd – Eliza A. Victoria (Reportage)

3rd – Mark Anthony R. Cayanan (Placelessness: Poems from a Series)

Poetry Written for Children

1st – Edgardo B. Maranan (The Google Song & Other Rhymes for Children)

2nd – Heidi Emily Eusebio Abad (Child of Earth Poems)

3rd – H. Francisco V. Penones Jr. (Turtle and Other Poems for Children)

Short Story

1st – Sigfredo R. Iñigo (Home of the Sierra Madre)

2nd – Anne Lagamayo (Mr. & Mrs. Reyes and the Polka-dotted Sofa)

3rd – Luis Katigbak (Dear Distance)

Short Story for Children

1st – Kathleen Aton-Osias (Apolinario and the Name Trader)

2nd – Edgardo B. Maranan (The Artist of the Cave)

3rd – Paolo Gabriel V. Chikiamco (Dear Mr. Supremo)


1st – Edgardo B. Maranan (A Passage Through the Storm)

2nd – Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio (Saying Goodbye to the House)

3rd – Maria Teresa P. Garcia (Sweet of the Earth)

Hall of Fame Awards for 2009

Reuel Molina Aguila

1992- “How I Spent My Summer Vacation o Kung Papaano Ko Ipinaliwanag Sa Aking Mga Anak Ang Pagkatalo Ng Aking Kandidato Sa Nakaraang Eleksyon,” Sanaysay

1993- “May Katulong Sa Aking Sopas,” Sanaysay

2001- “Ampalaya,” Futuristic Fiction-Filipino

2005- “Baligho (Ikatlo sa Trilohiya),” Dulang Ganap Ang Haba

2009- “Ngunit Wala Akong Litrato Noong Nasa Kolehiyo Ako,” Sanaysay

Eugene Y. Evasco

2000- “Ang Maisisilid Sa Pandama,” Tula

2000- “Hilong Talilong,” Maikling Kuwentong Pambata

2001- “Mga Pilat Sa Pilak,” Sanaysay

2005- “Tag-Araw Ng Mga Ibong Hilaga,” Maikling Kuwentong  Pambata

2009- “May Tiyanak Sa Loob Ng Aking Bag,” Tulang Isinulat Para Sa Mga Bata



Naunahan na naman ang mga pulis sa pagtugis sa mga holdaper ng isang jewelry shop. Bago noon, may iba na ring nakahuli sa isang carnaper; sumaklolo sa mga taong nasa itaas ng nasusunog na building; nagligtas sa sanggol na hinostage ng ama; tumulong para makatawid sa kalsada ang isang matanda; tumiklo sa mga miyembro ng Akyat-Bahay; sumagip sa mag-anak na tinangay ng tubig-baha; nag-landing nang maayos sa isang Boeing 747 na nasiraan ng engine; at nagpasabog sa isang higanteng robot. Pero sino ang taong ‘yon? Maililigtas nya ba sila Aling Baby? At ano nga ba talaga ang sabon ng mga artista?


Ang pinakabagong superhero noon.
Mas matibay pa sa orig.
Sa mas mahabang panahon.

ni Bob Ong
ISBN: 978-9710-54501-8
168 pages, paperback
Filipiniana, FICTION
Suggested Retail Price: P175.00

*NOW available in Pandayan Bookshop branches 05.13.09
Powerbooks: Trinoma, SM Megamall, Shangri-la, Glorietta & Greenbelt 05.15.09

**UPDATE as of 05.19.09
Now in selected National Bookstore branches
Best to call your branches to inquire of the book’s availability.
Konting pasensiya lang po at mahina ang kalaban.
We’re hoping to reach all branches nationwide before the month ends.

**Now available in: (as of 05.25.09)
Fully Booked branches
Merriam&Webster Kalookan branch
101 Boutique (UPLB)
Newsies Books & Magazines (Gaisano Mall, Butuan City)
Divisoria.com (for international orders)

Next week in:
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Call For Submissions – Philippine Speculative Fiction V


Editors Nikki Alfar and Vin Simbulan are now accepting submissions of short fiction pieces for consideration for the anthology “PHILIPPINE SPECULATIVE FICTION V“.

Speculative fiction is the literature of wonder that spans the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror and magic realism or falls into the cracks in-between.

1. Only works of speculative fiction will be considered for publication. As works of the imagination, the theme is open and free.

2. Stories must cater to an adult sensibility. However, if you have a Young Adult story that is particularly well-written, send it in.

3. Stories must be written in English.

4. Stories must be authored by Filipinos or those of Philippine ancestry.

5. Preference will be given to original unpublished stories, but previously published stories will also be considered. In the case of previously published material, kindly include the title of the publishing entity and the publication date. Kindly state also in your cover letter that you have the permission, if necessary, from the original publishing entity to republish your work.

6. First time authors are welcome to submit. In the first four volumes, we had a  good mix of established and new authors. Good stories trump literary credentials anytime.

7. No multiple submissions. Each author may submit only one story for consideration.

8. Each story’s word count must be no fewer than 1,500 words and no more than 7,500 words.

9. All submissions must be in Rich Text Format (.rtf – save the document as .rft on your word processor) and attached to an email to this address: nikkialfar@gmail.com. Submissions received in any other format will be deleted, unread.

10. The subject of your email must read: PSF5 Submission: (title) (word count); where (title) is replaced by the title of your short story, without the parentheses, and (word count) is the word count of your story, without the parentheses. For example – PSF5 Submission: Meeting Makiling 4500.

11. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes your name, brief bio, contact information, previous publications (if any). Introduce yourself.

12. Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2009. After that date, final choices will be made and letters of acceptance or regret sent out via email. Target publishing date is February 2010.

14. Compensation for selected stories will be 2 contributor’s copies of the published anthology as well as a share in aggregrate royalties.

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Nikki Alfar

Vin Simbulan

Dean Francis Alfar