Literary giants gathered in one room as they celebrated the best of Philippine literature at Saturday’s (September 1) awarding night of Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature at the Rigodon Hall of the Peninsula Hotel in Makati.
Now on its 62nd year, the prestigious award-giving body received this year a total of 1,077 entries divided in 20 categories. Of all the submitted literary pieces, 59 were selected from 58 writers, with half of them joining for the first time.
Peter Solis Nery, who won first place in Poetry for Children category, joined other literary artists as the twenty-third member in the esteemed Palanca Hall of Fame awardees with his poem “Punctuation.” Nery won his first Palanca under the category and had won four other first-place awards in previous years. In 1988, he won his first Palanca under the Short Story in Hiligaynon category in 1998 with his piece titled “Lirio.” Nery joined the ranks of Cirilio F. Bautista, Rolando S. Tinio, Alfred A. Yuson, and other writers in the Palanca Hall of Fame.
The Palanca Hall of Fame Awards was established in 1995 to honor Palanca awardees who have already won five first places in the regular categories.
Meanwhile, guest speaker tourism secretary Ramon R. Jimenez cited the importance of the Palanca Awards in strengthening national identity through literature, citing that the said award-giving body is the “pinnacle of Filipino creativity.”
“What we celebrate here tonight is the richness of the Filipino soul. Every year, the [Don Carlos] Palanca Memorial Awards build a virtual monument to the contemporary Filipino literature,” he said.
Secretary Jimenez received the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi as the guest of honor in the gala ceremonies. Jimenez is also a writer, mentor, and one of the pillars of Philippine advertising.
Carlos Palanca Foundation’s Director-General Sylvia Palanca-Quirino mentioned that the participants sacrificed a lot for the country by crafting their literary works, following the footsteps of Jose Rizal, and expressing their love for the nation through literature.
“Those who are in this assembly may already be said to have deepened their love of country, already thought beyond themselves, already sacrificed and given of their time, their minds, their spirit, their patience and resolve, and their excellent memory—by writing about how it is to be Filipino, and by submitting their entries to our annual contest,” she said.
Furthermore, she said that joining the Palanca is a “win-win process” by devoting one’s thoughts and imagination on paper.
The Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature was established in 1950 to commemorate the memory of Don Carlos Palanca Sr. through the promotion of education and culture in the country by collecting literary works from gifted Filipino writers. It started by calling on Filipino writers to submit their short story entries in English and Filipino.
Here is the complete list of winners of the 62nd Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Congratulations!
1st—Rodolfo Vera (Death March)
2nd—Richard S. Legaspi (Primera Bella)
3rd—Mia A. Buenaventura (Ang Bulag na Musikero)
Dulang Ganap ang Haba
1st—Vincent M. Tañada (Ang Bangkay)
2nd—Luciano Sonny O. Valencia (Ang Penitensiya ni Tiyo Renato)
3rd—Allan B. Lopez (Melodrama Negra)
Dulang May Isang Yugto
1st—Joshua Lim So (Joe Cool: Aplikante)
2nd—Renerio R. Concepcion (Kumandong Nakaiswat)
3rd—Erick D. Aguilar (Terminal)
1st—Enrique S. Villasis (Crocopedia)
2nd—Kristian Sendon Cordero (Pagsalat sa Pilat)
3rd—Alvin C. Ursua (Kumpuni)
1st—John Enrico C. Torralba (Gusto Ko Nang Lumaki)
2nd—Peter Solis Nery (Sa Mundo ng mga Kulisap)
3rd—Nely T. Azada (Sampung Tula Para sa mga Bata)
1st—Mark Benedict F. Lim (Banaag)
2nd—Honorio Bartolome de Dios (Ang Tawo sa Puso ni Teresa)
3rd—Mar Anthony Simon dela Cruz (Darleng)
Maikling Kuwentong Pambata
1st—Will P. Ortiz (Ang Tatlong Bubwit at Bangkang Marikit)
2nd—Bernadette V. Neri (Atang sa Kaluluwa nina Apong Salawal at Apong Saya)
3rd—Luz B. Maranan (Ang Pangat, ang Lupang Ninuno, at ang Ilog)
1st—Niles Jordan Breis (Go-See, Kraw Gen, Intro: Sa Daigdig ng Promo)
2nd—Elyrah L. Salanga-Torralba (Utang Ina)
3rd—Jing Panganiban Mendoza (Redempsiyon)
1st—Jan Francis B. Asis (Sa Ingit ng Pinto)
2nd—Gerome E. De Villa (Sa Aking Pagbuklat sa mga Makabagong Pahina)
3rd—Jueliand Peter A. Perez (Madyik Bisikleta)
1st—Robert Arlo B. De Guzman (Practical Aim)
2nd—Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza (The Passion of Andres)
3rd—Jose Ma. D. Manalo (Manilatown)
2nd—Joachim Emilio B. Antonio (The Dust in Your Place)
3rd—Patrick John R. Valencia (In Bed with My Mother)
1st—Carlomar Arcangel Daoana (The Elegant Ghost)
2nd—Charmaine L. Carreon (The Yonic Lover)
3rd—Jason Leo G. Asistores (Waiting and Other Poems)
Poetry for Children
1st—Peter Solis Nery (Punctuation)
2nd—Anca Bautista (Magic Is and Nine Other Magical Poems)
3rd—Raymundo T.Pandan, Jr. (The Ocelot and Other Poems)
1st—Rebecca E. Khan (In Transit)
2nd—Ian Rosales Casocot (It Always Breaks My Heart a Little to See You Go)
3rd—Lystra Aranal (Bright Lights)
Short Story for Children
1st—Grace D. Chong (The White Shoes)
2nd—Raymund M. Garlitos (Lauan, The Seed that Wanted to Fly)
3rd—Aleli Dew B. Ayroso (Mister World and His Magical Box)
1st—Hammed Q. Bolotaolo (Of Legends)
2nd—Martin V. Villanueva (Dao)
3rd—Irwin Allen B. Rivera (Patterns)
1st—Katrina Bonillo (Chapter One: DOWNLOADING)
2nd—Sari Katharyn Molintas (Being Bookish)
3rd—Jhesset Thrina O. Enano (What We Are Losing)
1st—Noel P. Tuazon (Duhiraw)
2nd—Richel G. Dorotan (Ang Tulo Ka Mayor sa Hinablayan)
3rd—Rev. Fr. Rey B. Araneta, CM (Abog sa Flyover)
1st—Alice Tan Gonzales (Lanton)
2nd—Dr. Jesus C. Insilada (Panubok sa Pula Nga Pulos)
3rd—Alain Russ Dimzon (Binukot)
1st—Danilo B Antalan (Dagiti Sala Ti Panawen)
2nd—Fernando Sanchez (Babato)
3rd—Sherma E. Benosa (Dagiti “No La Koma “ ni Monika)
HALL OF FAME AWARDEE FOR 2012
Peter Solis Nery
First Prize Winning Works
1998—“Lirio,” Short Story – Hiligaynon
2007—“Candido,” – Short Story – Hiligaynon
2008— “The Passion of Jovita Fuentes,” Full-length Play
2011 – “Donato Bugtot,” Short Story – Hiligaynon
2012—“Punctuation,” Poetry for Children