Filipino writers feted at 61st Palanca Awards

"In a country where writers seldom achieve the same recognition as TV personalities and athletes, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is one of the rare venues where Filipino literary talent is allowed to shine," writes Bea Cupin in her GMA News Online article.

"In a country where writers seldom achieve the same recognition as TV personalities and athletes, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is one of the rare venues where Filipino literary talent is allowed to shine," writes Bea Cupin in her GMA News Online article.

 

The winners of the 61st Palanca Awards, along with luminaries of Philippine literature, gathered at the Manila Peninsula Hotel on the evening of September 1 for the awarding ceremony. Cupin wrote, "A total of 58 works were honored from different categories in both English and Filipino, from a pool of 1,160 entries."

 

According to Cupin’s article, National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil Jose, who was given the Dangal ng Lahi citation, asked the audience, "Why do they look down on Filipino writers when there are so many of us who can write so well?"

 

This year, the Palanca Awards received a record number of entries for the Novel. There were 57 manuscripts submitted for consideration. That, pointed out Cupin in another GMA News Online article, was 84 percent more than the submissions in 2008. The Palanca’s Novel categor is only open every three years. This year, Allan Alberto N. Derain’s Ang Banal na Aklat ng Kumag took the Filipino division’s grand prize for the novel, while Maria Victoria "Marivi" Soliven Blanco’s In the Service of Secrets bagged the grand prize for the English division.

 

You may access the complete list of winners via the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature website’s community board.

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online.

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