• FULL LIST: Winners of Palanca Awards 2016


    Fifty-one writers have been honored in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) held at The Peninsula Manila Rigodon Ballroom on Friday.

    Keeping its passion to give recognition to Filipino writers, as well as to nurture the country’s literature, this is the 66th year of the awards. The organizers received entries in 20 categories (minus the Novel and Nobela categories), which were judged by 57 respected writers, practitioners, and academics.

    Antonio “Tony” Mabesa, professor emeritus at the University of the Philippines, was honored with the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi for his contribution in the field. Mabesa’s six-decade career as a multi-awarded actor, director, theater artist, and teacher, is what made him worthy of this recognition.

    Named after the businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards remains as the largest literary award-giving body in the country, which many young writers aspire for.

    Winners of the 66th Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature
    Kabataan Division: Kabataan Sanaysay
    1st prize: Mikaela Lu Apollo
    2nd prize: Harvey D. Lor
    3rd prize: Jason Renz D. Barrios

    Kabataan Essay
    1st prize: Jill Esther V. Parreno
    2nd prize: Dawn Gabriela Emmanuele G. Dela Rosa
    3rd prize: Alpheus Matthew D. Llantero

    Filipino Division: Maikling Kwento
    1st Prize: Orlando A. Oliveros
    2nd Prize: Emmanuel T. Barrameda
    3rd Prize: Paolo Miguel G. Tiausas

    Maikling Kuwentong Pambata
    1st Prize: Annalyn Leyesa-Go
    2nd Prize: Manuelita Contreras-Cabrera
    3rd Prize: Eugene Y. Evasco

    1st Prize: Christopher S. Rosales
    2nd Prize: Eugene Y.  Evasco
    3rd Prize: Segundo Matias

    1st Prize: Mark Anthony S. Angeles
    2nd Prize: Louie Jon Agustin Sanchez
    3rd Prize: Allan John Andres

    Tula Para Sa Mga Bata
    1st Prize: German Villanueva Gervacio
    2nd Prize: John Patrick F. Solano
    3rd Prize: Vijae Orquia Alquisola

    Dulang May Isang Yugto
    1st Prize: Real Name: Miguel Antonio Alfredo V. Luarca Literary Name: Guelan Varela-Luarca
    2nd Prize: Mark Adrian Crisostomo Ho
    3rd Prize: Ma. Cecilia C. De La Rosa

    Dulang Ganap Ang Haba
    1st Prize: None
    2nd Prize: None
    3rd Prize: Full name: Carlito P. Casaje Literary Name: Lito Casaje

    Dulang Pampelikula
    1st Prize Jimmy F. Flores
    2nd Prize Ericdante Cabahug
    3rd Prize Ymmanwel Rico Provinio

    Regional Division
    Short Story – Cebuano
    1st Prize CD Borden
    2nd Prize Gumer M. Rafanan
    3rd Prize Manuel M. Avenido, Jr.

    Short Story – Hiligaynon
    1st Prize Ritchie D. Pagunsan
    2nd Prize Early Sol A. Gadong
    3rd Prize Alain Russ G. Dimzon

    Short Story – Ilokano
    1st Prize NO WINNER
    2nd Prize NO WINNER
    3rd Prize Roy V. Aragon


    Short Story
    1st Prize Richard C. Cornelio
    2nd Prize Larissa Mae R. Suarez
    3rd Prize Michael Abigail Tiu Tan

    Short Story for Children
    1st Prize NO WINNER
    2nd Prize NO WINNER
    3rd Prize Joemar L. Furigay

    1st Prize Joel Vega
    2nd Prize Hammed Q. Bolotaolo
    3rd Prize Maria Roselle G. Umlas

    1st Prize Ana Marie K. Lacuesta
    2nd Prize Dr. Merlinda Bobis
    3rd Prize Angela Gabrielle Fabunan

    Poetry Written for Children
    1st Prize NO WINNER
    2nd Prize Jaime An Lim
    3rd Prize Patricia Celina A. Ngo

    One-act Play
    1st Prize Peter Solis Nery
    2nd Prize Robert Arlo De Guzman
    3rd Prize Patrick James Manongdo Valera

    Full-length PLAY
    1st Prize Joachim Emilio B. Antonio
    2nd Prize NO WINNER
    3rd Prize Michael Aaron C. Gomez


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    1. Congratulations to this year’s awardees! A reminiscent of my former Sillimanian professors way back in college who’ve made an indelible contributions in Philippine Literature the likes of Dr. Leoncio P. Deriada, a Palanca Hall of Fame awardee, the late Dr. Edith L. Tiempo, National Artist for Literature…to name but a few. I think some of the winners of the Palanca Awards attended the Silliman National Writers Workshop, the longest-running creative writing workshop in Asia. It is commonly regarded as the most prestigious one in the entire region, having been able to produce many of the most influential and renowned names in Philippine literature.

      Practically, all Filipino writers of any importance have joined the Silliman Writers Workshop at one time or another, either as fellows, lecturers, or panelists. Being a pioneer, the Silliman Writers Workshop occupies a premier position in the history of creative writing in the Philippines.

      With the workshop’s integrity and tradition over the years, it has become a rite of passage for the country’s finest writers.