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Monday, November 15, 2010

Trese wins National Book Awards


The Official Citation from the 2009 National Book Awards : Powerful, iconic characters comic book characters Darna , Zuma and Captain Barbell, among others, emerged fully-formed from the mind of Filipino comic creators. That creativity continues to this day, in all directions, in different ways. But in Trese, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo have a stunningly original idea, swathed in the irresistible spookiness of our folklore and the edged mythology of our urban legends. Alexandra Trese, the enigmatic paranormal investigator and her lethal bodyguards the Kambal helps the police when encountering cases that just don’t make any sense of the normal kind. In the process, Tan and Baldisimo offers us a peek into the supernatural embedded into Metro Manila’s badly lit corners.

In the first volume, Trese: Murder on Balete Drive, we are introduced to Alexandra and her team, and the second volume, Trese: Unreported Murders, showed us one peculiar procedural after another. But it is in this third volume, Trese: Mass Murders, where we find out where and how Alexandra Trese came to be who and where she is. Instead of hemming us in, Trese: Mass Murders actually opens up another world of narrative possibilities.

The rabid fan following Trese has earned is impressive, and that only adds to the fact that in Trese, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo has crafted a testament to the limitless capacity of the Filipino imagination, as well as one of the best Filipino comic books of all time.

It is for those reasons that Trese: Mass Murders is given the National Book Award for Graphic Literature.

the 2009 National Book Awards Trophy

Nida tries to lift the award as Ruey de Vera reads the citation

Nida, reading our acceptance speech / challenge to the publishers to make more comics

thanks to Ruey de Vera for sending us a copy of this citation
thanks to Nida for the pictures


Kit said...

a well deserved commendation. can't wait for Trese 4, guys. dying to learn more about trese's family. :)

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Unknown said...

congratulations po! You really deserved the award. Hope to see the 4th installment of TRESE.

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batangbatugan said...

The trophy looks like a Nuno sa Manhole XD

Reno said...

Congrats! Now you need to win another one next year so you'll have matching bookends. :)

Unknown said...