THE BESTSELLING FILIPINO BOOKS OF 2016 FROM ABS-CBN PUBLISHING

Another year done and more great books were added to our personal libraries.

Forget about Netflix and chillin’, 2016 was another amazing year for Philippine publishing. While the rest of the world was binge-watching various TV series on their devices, Filipinos were clutching, honest-to-goodness printed books. Already coming from a banner year in 2015, Filipino readers were even more spoiled this year with an even more diverse lineup of local books from mostly new and unexpected authors.

In today’s ever changing world dominated by social networking sites, Wi-Fi, and hashtags, more and more Filipinos are now engaged in a new reading habit.

ABS-CBN Publishing’s top five bestsellers for 2016 is led by President Vice: Ang Panggulo ng Pilipinas. In his book debut, the self-appointed Panggulo ng Pilipinas Vice Ganda gives a voice to the voiceless as he proclaims new rules and decrees that will have no effect whatsoever on our lives. “No to PDA!,” “No to #NoFilter!,” and “No to paasa!” are just some of his unorthodox and new rules. Make no mistake though, this is the gay president who values our right to love, life, and “churva,” whatever that means for you. Selling 95,000 copies, “President Vice” is guaranteed to be funny.

“Stupid is Forever” and “Stupid is Forevermore” topped the bestselling charts in 2014 and 2015. And yet, the late great Miriam Defensor Santiago’s book series still continue to sell like hotcakes in 2016 after selling 80,000. She may have passed away early this year, but the beloved senator’s influence is, was, and forever will be boundless. Her collection of quotes, jokes, and speeches will ensure that #MiriamIsForever.

Simply put, “Vince and Kath” is a love story told through text messages. After gaining prominence online as one of the pioneers of the “socialserye” genre, Queen Elly (Jenny Almocera in real life) saw her books come to life in printed format in March. Flash forward to December, the beloved and bestselling 7-book love story, which sold 75,000 copies, is now a major motion picture and part of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Last May, after the smoke cleared from one of the most intense elections ever, one man stood tall and victorious. His name is Duterte. Compiling President Rodrigo Duterte’s various quotes, statements, jokes, and promises, “The Duterte Manifesto,” which sold 70,000 copies, is an unofficial guide to understanding how the Philippine’s most powerful mind works. And if that’s not enough of an incentive, a portion of the book’s proceeds go directly to Davao Children’s Cancer Fund Inc. – House of Hope.

After helping women cope with the struggles that come with breakups, bestselling author Alex Gonzaga is back with a book that deals with a subject matter that’s both foreign and familiar for a good majority of Pinays – dating. Selling 35,000 copies, Gonzaga’s “We’re Dating. Tama, Mali?!,” discusses the trials and tribulations all females must go through as they traverse the world of modern dating. And as she says inside the book, “Love is a risk, and dating is the test that will help you decide if you want to take that risk.”

The honorable mention, which have been in the bestsellers list of bookstores multiple times throughout the year by selling a minimum of 10,000 copies, include LAKOMPAKE by Senyora, #GOALS by Andrea Brillantes, HABANG WALA PA SILA by Juan Miguel Severo and THE WRONG MESSAGE by Queen Elly.

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ANG BEST-SELLING PINOY BOOKS SA 2016 MULA SA ABS-CBN PUBLISHING

Isang taon na naman ang lumipas at marami na namang nadagdag na libro sa ating koleksyon galing sa ABS-CBN Publishing.

Naging matagumpay ang 2016 para sa Philippine publishing. Habang patuloy ang panonood ng mga tao ng telebisyon at sine sa buong taon sa sinehan o kanilang gadgets, maraming Pilipino pa rin ang bumili at nagbasa ng mga aklat. Sa katunayan, mas higit pa ang bilang ng aklat na binili at binasa ng Pilipino nitong 2016 kaysa sa nakaraang taon. Ito ay dahil na rin sa dami ng bagong titulong isinulat ng mga baguhan at kasorpre-sorpresang manunulat.

Mula sa ABS-CBN Publishing, ang Top Five Bestsellers sa 2016 ay pinangungunahan ng “PRESIDENT VICE: Ang Bagong Panggulo ng Pilipinas” na humataw at bumenta na ng 95,000 kopya sa buong Pilipinas.

Sa kanyang kauna-unahang aklat, ang naturingang Panggulo ng Pilipinas na si Vice Ganda ay nagbigay boses sa maraming Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng mga bagong “batas” tulad ng “No to PDA!,” “No to #NoFilter!,” at “No to paasa!” Ito ang kauna-unahang pangulong nagbigay halaga sa ating karapatang umibig, mabuhay, at “chumorva.” Ano pa man ang inyong makuha sa kanyang mga pahayag, sigurado naman kayong tatawa.

Ang “Stupid is Forever” at “Stupid is Forevermore” ang nangunang mga aklat sa 2014 at 2015. Namayapa man ang ating minahal na senadora na si Miriam Defensor Santiago, ang kanyang mga libro ay nabili pa rin nang 80,000 beses nitong 2016, patunay na malakas pa rin ang impluwensya at may kahulugang napupulot na aral ang mambabasa sa kapitapitagang senadora. Ang kanyang koleksyon ng quotes, jokes, at speeches ay nagpapatunay na #MiriamIsForever.

Kasalukuyang tumatabo sa takilya sa nagaganap na Metro Manila Film Festival ang “Vince and Kath and James,” pero alam nyo ba na ang nagsimula bilang 7-aklat serye ay unang bumenta nang 75,000 copies matapos ilabas ng ABS-CBN Publishing?

Ang love story na inilahad sa pamamagitan ng text messages ay sinubaybayan ng hindi mabilang na Pilipino kaya naman minabuti ng ABS-CBN Publishing na isalin sa aklat ang tinatawag na “socialserye” mula kay Queen Elly (Jenny Almocera sa totoong buhay) noong Marso.

Matapos magwagi sa eleksyon nitong Mayo, nagkaroon ng “unofficial guide to understanding how the Philippine’s most powerful mind works” sa pamamagitan ng aklat na “The Duterte Manifesto.” Dito mababasa ang  sumikat nang “quotable quotes,” pahayag, jokes, at pati na rin ang mga pangako ng bagong pangulo ng bansa.

Maliban sa nakakaaliw ng mababasa, ang ilan sa kinita ng aklat ay ibinigay para sa Davao Children’s Cancer Fund Inc. – House of Hope.

Matapos naman tulungan ang mga kababaihan lampasan ang mga hamon na dala ng pakikipaghiwalay sa karelasyon, ang bestselling author na si Alex Gonzaga ay nagbalik sa pamamagitan ng isang aklat na tumatalakay sa isang bagay na parehong malinaw at malabo pa rin sa karamihan ng mga Pinay, ang pakikipag-date. Sa librong We’re Dating. Tama, Mali?!, na bumenta ng 35,000 copies, tinalakay ni Gonzaga ang ilan na namang mga hamon sa kababaihan sa pakikipag-date sa makabagong panahon. Isa sa mga tumatak na nasabi ng bagong manunulat ay ang. “Love is a risk, and dating is the test that will help you decide if you want to take that risk.”

Maliban sa mga humataw na aklat, mayroon ring honorable mentions ang ABS-CBN Publishing. Ang mga ito ay nagtagal sa bestsellers list ng ilang bookstores nang ilang beses nitong taong nakaraan sa pagbenta ng at least 10,000 copies: LAKOMPAKE ni Senyora, #GOALS ni Andrea Brillantes, HABANG WALA PA SILA ni Juan Miguel Severo, at THE WRONG MESSAGE by Queen Elly.

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