And the winners are:
1st place (tied) – “The God Equation” by Michael Go and “A Strange Map of Time by” Ian Casocot
2nd – “The Great Philippine Space Mission” by Philbert Dy
3rd - “Atha” by Michaela Atienza
I'm happy Ian is up there in first place. Three reasons: (1) I liked his story; (2) promotion for Dumaguete; (3) I can bug him for pista sa Dumaguete. Yeah!
And the honorable mentions:
1st Honorable Mention – “The Omega Project” by Kim Marquez
3rd Honorable Mention – “Monstrous Cycle” by Cecilia Estrada
4th Honorable Mention – “Stella for Star” by Yvette Tan
I wonder what happened to "Song for Vargas." Was it the 2nd honorable mention, and the Fully Booked people forgot to add it in?
And for the comics:
1st – “The Sad Mad Incredible But True Adventures of Hika Girl” by Clara Lala Gallardo and Maria Gallardo
2nd – “Splat” by Manuel Abrera
3rd – “Dusk” by Rommel Joson and “Defiant: The Battle of Mactan” by Juan Paolo Ferrer and Chester Ocampo
I never got to write reviews for the comics, but I really liked "Hika Girl." I'm not saying that because it won. I'm saying it because it's so. The art may have looked childish, but that's part of the appeal. The story reminded me of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are." Loved it.