Winning writers celebrated at 68th Palanca Awards ceremony | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

OCTOBER 5, 2018 ─ It was a night of celebrating literary excellence as the 68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature honored the authors of the competition’s winning entries earlier this evening at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City.

A total of 54 writers, 28 of which were first-time awardees, were chosen as this year’s batch of winners. Two authors each bagged prizes in two separate categories. A total of 20 regular categories were opened this year. The winning entries were evaluated and chosen by an elite roster of literary personalities from various fields.

This year’s awarding ceremony had as Speaker and Guest of honor multi-awarded writer Alfred “Krip” Yuson. He was 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 across various categories 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 these literary gems. It is considered the gold standard in writing excellence, highly-coveted by Filipino writers, young and old alike.

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

Kabataan Division

Kabataan Sanaysay

1st Prize     Jack Lorenz Acebedo Rivera     Paglaya Mula sa Pagtakas

2nd Prize     Jacob Renz R. Ambrocio     Sino ang Lumansag sa Lunday ni Lola Basyang?

3rd Prize     Maria Jamaica S. Columbres     Gulugod sa Pagsibol ng Binhi

Kabataan Essay

1st Prize     Floriane T. Taruc     Worlds Behind Words

2nd Prize     Jaz Varon Villanueva     Boundless

3rd Prize     Jana Gillian Ang     A Passage to Reading


Filipino Division

Maikling Kuwento

1st Prize     Eugene C. Soyosa     Gina

2nd Prize     Andrew A. Estacio     Ang Kanonisasyon ng mga Santa Santino

3rd Prize     Luna Sicat Cleto     Tatlong Proposisyon ng Puting Hangin


Maikling Kuwentong Pambata

1st Prize     Jerwin Eileen G.C. Tarnate     Ang Higad at ang Paru-paro

2nd Prize     Eugene Y. Evasco     Siyap ng Isang Sisiw

3rd Prize     Early Sol A. Gadong     Maraming-Maraming-Marami


1st Prize     Engr. Gil A. Dulon Jr.     Amoral Ang Siyensya Subalit May Boses Din Ang Mga Maso

2nd Prize    Adelma L. Salvador     Kambak-kambak

3rd Prize     Iza Maria G. Reyes     Hindi Ako Dalisay


1st Prize     Paul Alcoseba Castillo     Luna’t Lunas

2nd Prize     Mark Anthony S. Angeles     Ang Babae sa Balangiga at iba pang Tula

3rd 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

1st Prize     Paterno B. Baloloy Jr.    Paumanhin ng Kuting

2nd Prize    Will P. Ortiz     Himbing na Kuting at iba pang Tula sa Ilalim ng Araw

3rd Prize     Noel P. Tuazon     Klik Madyik


Dulang May Isang Yugto

1st Prize     Michelle Josephine G. Rivera     Kaharian ng Pinto

2nd Prize     Maynard Gonzales Manansala     Tao Po

3rd Prize     Allan B. Lopez     River Lethe


Dulang Ganap Ang Haba

1st Prize     WALANG NAGWAGI

2nd Prize     WALANG NAGWAGI

3rd Prize     Rolin Cadallo Obina     San Nicolas (Ang Sarsuwela)


Dulang Pampelikula

1st Prize     James Ladioray     11 Septembers

2nd Prize     Arden Rod B. Condez     John Denver Trending

3rd Prize     Andrian M. Legaspi     Pandanggo sa Hukay


Regional Division

Short Story – Cebuano

1st Prize     Januar E. Yap     Baradero

2nd Prize     Dave T. Pregoner     Sunog

3rd Prize     Leoncio P. Deriada     Dili Baya ko Bugoy

Short Story – Hiligaynon

1st Prize     Early Sol A. Gadong     Sa Lum-ok Sang Imo Suso

2nd Prize     Alice Tan Gonzales     Haya

3rd Prize     Dulce Maria V. Deriada     Candelaria

Short Story – Ilokano

1st Prize      Ariel Sotelo Tabag      Gasanggasat

2nd Prize     Paul Blanco Zafaralla     Sarming

3rd Prize     Jaime M. Agpalo Jr.     Nakakidem-a-Simumulagat


English Division 

Short Story

1st Prize     Joe Bert Lazarte     Describe the Rapture

2nd Prize     Francis Paolo M. Quina     Pigs

3rd Prize     Matthew Jacob F. Ramos      The Final Bullet


Short Story For Children

1st Prize     NO WINNER

2nd Prize      NO WINNER

3rd Prize      Maryrose Jairene Cruz-Eusebio     I have Two Mothers



1st Prize     Jefry Canoy      Buhay Pa Kami: Dispatches from Marawi

2nd Prize      Ronnie E. Baticulon      Some Days You Can’t Save Them All

3rd Prize      Chuck D. Smith      Origin Story



1st Prize      Rodrigo V. Dela Peña Jr.     Self-portrait with Plastic Bag

2nd Prize      Shane Carreon     The Gods who Dissolved under our                                                                     Tongues and other Poems

3rd Prize     Jose Luis B. Pablo      To Desire in Liturgy


Poetry Written For Children

1st Prize     Maria Amparo Nolasco Warren      Lola Elina Maria’s Savory-Sweet Cookbook of Poetry

2nd Prize     Sigrid Marianne P. Gayangos     Of Monsters, Math and Magic

3rd Prize     Roselle Eloise B. Bunayog     Brave, Undying Warriors


One-Act Play

1st Prize     Katrina M. Bonillo     Burying Mamang in Sugar

2nd Prize     Joe Bert Lazarte     Senator Pancho Aunor’s Blue Balls of Despair and Disillusionment

3rd Prize     Luciano Sonny O. Valencia     Leavings


Full-Length Play

1st Prize     Beryl Andrea P. Delicana     Mango Tree

2nd Prize     Patrick James M. Valera     Symphony

3rd Prize    Dominique La Victoria     Toward the Fires of Revolution

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