CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALISTS of the 2020 and 2021 Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Awards!

We’re back with celebrations of best debuts. Here are our finalists for Filipino:

  • Ilang Sandali … Makalipas ang Huling Araw ng Mundo
    Reagan Romero Maiquez
  • P’wera Bisita
    Emmanuel T. Barrameda
  • Ang Kapangyarihang Higit sa Ating Lahat
    Ronaldo Vivo Jr.
  • Ilang Bitbit sa Pagsagip sa Sarili
    Rommel Fabros Bonus
  • Ang Mga Prusisyong Dumaan sa Unang Bangungot
    Frank Cimatu

For English:

  • Some Days You Can’t Save Them All
    Ronnie E. Baticulon
  • A Natural History of Empire
    Dominic Sy
  • The Philippines is Not a Small Country
    Gideon Lasco
  • Wing of the Locust
    Joel Donato Ching Jacob

We will announce the winners on November 26, 9:00am via our Facebook live event for the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Awards. It is not just a double celebration for the authors—we are also celebrating the 20th year of the MGBFBA. We will be looking back at past best first successes, even as we look forward to the novel works of authors to come.

Stay tuned to our social media and website for updates on the MGBFBA.

Again, congratulations to our finalists and thank you for letting us read your masterpieces. Stay safe always!