Tuesday, July 18, 2006

And the winners are...

It took forever for me to find out who the winners of the Fully Booked contest were. It took a while for them to announce their list of winners (that, or I just couldn't find the links). Thankfully, the Literature Philippines blog had pointers.

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.


  1. Here's to seeing more of the winners' works in other publications. It seems that a number of them were unpublished authors, and that fact alone makes me smile. :)

  2. Yes, and this is also the first time Waya and Lala Gallardo have done comics, so it's quite a feat.

  3. Doesn't Lala Gallardo also do "Atomo and Weboy" over at Inquirer?

  4. "atomo and weboy" is created by conceptual artist LYRA ABUEG GARCELLANO.

  5. yes, it's one of Mme. Lyra Garcellano's work of art.

  6. Thanks for the correction. I always meant to check, but never got around to it.


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