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The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, which staged its 70th edition after a two-year hiatus, recently held its annual ceremony to honor the winning writers, poets, and playwrights. The revelry happened at the Marquis Events Place in Bonifacio Global City, where a total of 59 writers, 28 of which are first-time awardees, were chosen as this year’s recipients.

The total number of writing categories awarded was 22, as the Novel and Nobela categories were open this year, with the surprise addition of a Special Prize for each. All winning entries were evaluated by an elite roster of literary luminaries handpicked for their respective expertise.

It was Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson who stood as the Guest of Honor and Speaker at this year’s awarding ceremony. A professor emeritus of the U.P. Film Institute and former Dean of the U.P. Diliman College of Mass Communication, he has shaped many young minds in the fields of film, media, literature, and theater. Dr. Tiongson is also a founding member and former chair of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, among other organizations he helped establish. He has published various studies on Philippine film and theater and harnessed the power of the written word to create the film books, articles, reviews, and interviews that earned him various accolades throughout his career.

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Named after businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards continuously seeks to cultivate Philippine Literature by providing incentives for writers and serving as a treasury of these literary gems. It is considered the gold standard in writing excellence, highly coveted by Filipino writers, young and old, here and abroad alike.

Following is the list of winners of the 70th Palanca Awards:

KABATAAN DIVISION

KABATAAN SANAYSAY

1st Prize

Glorious Zavannah Exylin C. Alesna

Pamimintana

2nd Prize

Hansly Kendrich C. Saw

Ang Larong Naipanalo Ko

3rd Prize

John Clarence D. Espedido

Mga Bantas ang Nagsilbi kong Guro

KABATAAN ESSAY

1st Prize

Glorious Zahara Exylin C. Alesna

Home is a Bowl of Warm Soup

2nd Prize

Jenine A. Santos

Covid-19 is My Alter Ego

3rd Prize

Gavin Micah T. Herrera

The Social Pandemic

FILIPINO DIVISION

MAIKLING KUWENTO

1st Prize

Charmaine M. Lasar

Ang Value ng X Kapag Choppy si Mam

2nd Prize

Abegail E. Pariente

Barangay Alitaptap

3rd Prize

Alec Joshua B. Paradeza

Kung sa Bawat Pagtawag ay Pagtawid sa Dagat

MAIKLING KUWENTONG PAMBATA

1st Prize

Mark Norman S. Boquiren

Si VeRaptor1 Laban kay Trolakuz

2nd Prize

Wilfredo Farrales Sarangaya

Balong Batsit, ang Bidang Bulilit at Bayaning Bulinggit

3rd Prize

Benedick N. Damaso

Mirasol para kay Lola Sol

SANAYSAY

1st Prize

Venice Kayla Dacanay Delica

Kung Magkapalad Ka't Mangmang

2nd Prize

Jhon Lester P. Sandigan

Tatlong Pancit Canton

3rd Prize

Nathaniel R. Alcantara

Isang Dekadang Kontrata sa Piling ng mga Mikrobyo

TULA

1st Prize

Ralph Lorenz G. Fonte, M.D.

Uyayi ng mga Patay na Buwan

2nd Prize

Enrique S. Villasis

Pintula

3rd Prize

Sonny C. Sendon

Mga Anino sa Guho at iba pang mga tula

TULA PARA SA MGA BATA

1st Prize

Christian R. Vallez

Tula, Tula, Paano ka Ginawa?

2nd Prize

Rebecca T. Anonuevo

Ale Bangbang

3rd Prize

Ninia H. dela Cruz

Mga Pahina sa Alaala ng Nanay

DULANG MAY ISANG YUGTO

1st Prize

Andrew Bonifacio L. Clete

Punks Not Dead

2nd Prize

Layeta P. Bucoy

Dance of the Foolies

3rd Prize

Ryan Machado

Huling Haraya nina Ischia at Emeteria

DULANG GANAP ANG HABA

1st Prize

Joshua Lim So

Mga Silid ng Unos:  Tomo Uno

2nd Prize

Rodolfo C. Vera

Anak Datu

3rd Prize

Steven Prince C. Fernandez

Badung

DULANG PAMPELIKULA

1st Prize

Avelino Mark C. Balmes, Jr.

Amoy Pulbos

2nd Prize

Noreen Besmar Capili

DOS

3rd Prize

Ehdison M. Dimen

Ang Pananalangin sa Getsemani

REGIONAL DIVISION

SHORT STORY-CEBUANO

1st Prize

Noel P. Tuazon

Barang

2nd Prize

Manu Avenido

Ikigai

3rd Prize

Januar E. Yap

John Wayne ug ang Goldfish kong Inahan

SHORT STORY-HILIGAYNON

1st Prize

Peter Solis Nery

Ang Macatol Kag Ang "Queen of Relief"

2nd Prize

Early Sol A. Gadong

Malipayon nga Katapusan

3rd Prize

Ritchie D. Pagunsan

Esperanza

SHORT STORY-ILOKANO

1st Prize

Oswald Ancheta Valente

Ti Kimat Ken Ti Silag

2nd Prize

Remedios S. Tabelisma-Aguillon

Ti Ubing

3rd Prize

Rodolfo D. Agatep Jr.

Karton

ENGLISH DIVISION

SHORT STORY

1st Prize

Ian Rosales Casocot

Ceferina in Apartment 2G

2nd Prize

Exie Abola

Ardor

3rd Prize

Hammed Bolotaolo

The Money Changer

SHORT STORY FOR CHILDREN

1st Prize

NO WINNER

 

2nd Prize

Elyrah L. Salanga-Torralba

Cloud Keeper

3rd Prize

Heather Ann Ferrer Pulido

My Grandma who lives in Half a House

ESSAY  

1st Prize

Alfonso Tomas P. Araullo

Letter from Tawi-Tawi

2nd Prize

Michaela Sarah De Leon

Filipino Millennial Monomyth

3rd Prize

Alexandra Francesca A. Bichara

The Helmsman's Daughter

POETRY

1st Prize

Ramil Digal Gulle

Bol-anon Prodigal

2nd Prize

Soleil David

A Few Dawns from now, A Sunfish

3rd Prize

Lawrence Anthony R. Bernabe

The Blueline

POETRY WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

1st Prize

Elyrah L. Salanga-Torralba

An Empty Chair in the Corner

2nd Prize

Peter Solis Nery

Picnic, Symphony and other concepts a 4th Grader needs to know

3rd Prize

NO WINNER

 

ONE-ACT PLAY

1st Prize

Ronald S. Covar

The Cave Dwellers

2nd Prize

Bonifacio P. Ilagan

Salvaged Eman

3rd Prize

Maria Kristine B. Roxas-Miller

Agencia Feliz

FULL-LENGTH PLAY

1st Prize

Layeta P. Bucoy

Orgullo Compound

2nd Prize

Jay Mariano Crisostomo IV

Black Bordello

3rd Prize

Dustin Edward D. Celestino

The Lost Filipino Patriots of America

NOVEL

Grand Prize

Raymundo T. Pandan, Jr.

Bittersweetland

Special Prize

Alvin Dela Serna Lopez

1762

NOBELA

Grand Prize (Pangunahing Gantimpala)

Khavn

ANTIMARCOS

Special Prize (Natatanging Gantimpala)

Edgar Calabia Samar

Teorya ng Unang Panahon


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