Tawid News editor wins Palanca prize

Palanca Awards

Photo: Thirteen-time Palanca winner and 2001 Hall of Famer, Alfred “Krip” Yuson was conferred the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi award at the 68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for his contributions to the advancement of Philippine literature. With him are (from left) Sylvia Palanca-Quirino, Carl Anthony Palanca and Criselda Cecilio-Palanca. Yuson was the speaker and guest of honor in the annual literary awards in a ceremony recently held at The Manila Peninsula.

VIGAN CITY – Mr. Jaime M. Agpalo, Jr., veteran ilokano writer and editor of Tawid News Magazine, bagged 3rd prize for his ilokano short story “Nakakidem-a-Simumulagat” in the 68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. It is Mr. Agapalo’s second Palanca award, after winning first prize in 2000 for his ilokano short story “Tupa: Ladawan ni Pangalatok Idi Daan a Milenio.” The other prize winners in this year’s ilokano short story category are Ariel Sotelo Tabag, first prize for his story “Gasanggasat,” and Paul Blanco Zafaralla, second prize for his story “Sarming.”

A total of 54 writers, 28 of which were first-time awardees, were chosen as this year’s batch of winners. The winning writers were honored at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City last October 5, 2018.

Multi-awarded writer Alfred “Krip” Yuson was the speaker and guest of honor in the awarding ceremony, where he was also conferred the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi for his contributions to the Philippine literary scene, including novels, poetry collections, short fiction, essays, and children’s stories. Yuson is a recipient of 13 Palanca Awards and was elevated to the Palanca Hall of Fame in 2001.

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 literary gems. It is considered the gold standard in writing excellence, and is highly-coveted by Filipino writers, young and old alike.

Following is the list of winners of the 68th Palanca Awards:


Kabataan Sanaysay: First prize: Jack Lorenz Acebedo Rivera, “Paglaya Mula sa Pagtakas.” Second prize: Jacob Renz R. Ambrocio, ”Sino ang Lumansag sa Lunday ni Lola Basyang?” Third prize: Maria Jamaica S. Columbres, “Gulugod sa Pagsibol ng Binhi.”

Kabataan Essay: First prize: Floriane T. Taruc, “Worlds Behind Words.” Second prize: Jaz Varon Villanueva, “Boundless.” Third prize: Jana Gillian Ang, “A Passage to Reading.”


Maikling Kuwento: First prize: Eugene C. Soyosa, “Gina.” Second prize: Andrew A. Estacio, “Ang Kanonisasyon ng mga Santa Santino.” Third prize: Luna Sicat Cleto, “Tatlong Proposisyon ng Puting Hangin.”

Maikling Kuwentong Pambata: First prize: Jerwin Eileen G.C. Tarnate, “Ang Higad at ang Paru-paro.” Second prize: Eugene Y. Evasco, “Siyap ng Isang Sisiw.” Third prize: Early Sol A. Gadong, “Maraming-Maraming-Marami.”

Sanaysay: First prize: Engr. Gil A. Dulon Jr., “Amoral Ang Siyensya Subalit May Boses Din Ang Mga Maso.” Second prize: Adelma L. Salvador, “Kambak-kambak.” Third prize: Iza Maria G. Reyes, “Hindi Ako Dalisay.”

Tula: First prize: Paul Alcoseba Castillo, “Luna’t Lunas.” Second prize: Mark Anthony S. Angeles, “Ang Babae sa Balangiga at iba pang Tula.” Third prize: Noel Galon, “Ang Bata sa Panahon ng Ligalig: Mga Tula sa loob at labas ng Bayan ng San Diego.”

Tula para sa mga Bata: First prize: Paterno B. Baloloy Jr., “Paumanhin ng Kuting.” Second prize: Will P. Ortiz, “Himbing na Kuting at iba pang Tula sa Ilalim ng Araw.” Third prize: Noel P. Tuazon, “Klik Madyik.”

Dulang May Isang Yugto: First prize: Michelle Josephine G. Rivera, “Kaharian ng Pinto.” Second prize: Maynard Gonzales Manansala, “Tao Po.” Third prize: Allan B. Lopez, “River Lethe.”

Dulang Ganap ang Haba: First and second prize: No winner. Third prize: Rolin Cadallo Obina, “San Nicolas (Ang Sarsuwela).”

Dulang Pampelikula: First prize: James Ladioray, “11 Septembers.” Second prize: Arden Rod B. Condez, “John Denver Trending.” Third prize: Andrian M. Legaspi, “Pandanggo sa Hukay.”


Short Story–Cebuano: First prize: Januar E. Yap, “Baradero.” Second prize: Dave T. Pregoner, “Sunog.” Third prize: Leoncio P. Deriada, “Dili Baya ko Bugoy.”

Short Story–Hiligaynon: First prize: Early Sol A. Gadong, “Sa Lum-ok Sang Imo Suso.” Second prize: Alice Tan Gonzales, “Haya.” Third prize: Dulce Maria V. Deriada, “Candelaria.”

Short Story–Ilokano: First prize: Ariel Sotelo Tabag, “Gasanggasat.” Second prize: Paul Blanco Zafaralla, “Sarming.” Third prize: Jaime M. Agpalo Jr., “Nakakidem-a-Simumulagat.”


Short Story: First prize: Joe Bert Lazarte, “Describe the Rapture.” Second prize: Francis Paolo M. Quina, “Pigs.” Third prize: Matthew Jacob F. Ramos, “The Final Bullet.”

Short Story for Children: First and second prize: No winner. Third prize: Maryrose Jairene Cruz-Eusebio, “I Have Two Mothers.”

Essay: First prize: Jefry Canoy, “Buhay Pa Kami: Dispatches from Marawi.” Second prize: Ronnie E. Baticulon, “Some Days You Can’t Save Them All.” Third prize: Chuck D. Smith, “Origin Story.”

Poetry: First prize: Rodrigo V. dela Peña Jr., “Self-portrait with Plastic Bag.” Second prize: Shane Carreon, “The Gods Who Dissolved Under Our Tongues and Other Poems.” Third prize: Jose Luis B. Pablo, “To Desire in Liturgy.”

Poetry Written for Children: First prize: Maria Amparo Nolasco Warren, “Lola Elina Maria’s Savory-Sweet Cookbook of Poetry.” Second prize: Sigrid Marianne P. Gayangos, “Of Monsters, Math and Magic.” Third prize: Roselle Eloise B. Bunayog, ”Brave, Undying Warriors.”

One-act Play: First prize: Katrina M. Bonillo, “Burying Mamang in Sugar.” Second prize: Joe Bert Lazarte, “Senator Pancho Aunor’s Blue Balls of Despair and Disillusionment.” Third prize: Luciano Sonny O. Valencia, “Leavings.”

Full-length Play: First prize: Beryl Andrea P. Delicana, “Mango Tree.” Second prize: Patrick James M. Valera, “Symphony.” Third prize: Dominique La Victoria, “Toward the Fires of Revolution.”

(TNM/CID Communication/CPMA PR Team)