DUMAGUETE CITY, Sept.11 (PIA)–The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) has honored the authors of winning entries in this year’s competition in its annual ceremony held recently in Makati City.
According to media relations officer Marist Nagera of CID, Inc the event is a continuing tradition of promoting the Filipino cultural heritage through literary excellence.
Celebrating its 63rd year, the most prestigious and longest-running literary competition in the country received for its various categories over 1,100 literary entries that were evaluated by their respective board of judges, said Nagera.
Of the total number of entries received this year, the judges selected 58 winning entries.
The Palanca Awards is yearly organized and hosted by the Carlos Palanca Foundation (Palanca Foundation) as part of its commitment to develop Philippine literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary works as well as being a treasury of Philippine literary gems from our gifted writers.
Nagera said the Palanca Foundation also conferred to Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista, this year’s guest of honor, the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi award.
Dr. Bautista, a versatile writer whose literary works have been published locally and internationally, earning him a multitude of awards.
Dr. Bautista is also a Palanca Awards Hall of Famer and this year’s recipient of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Gawad CCP Para sa Sining and an Achievement Award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
The winning works will be accessible to other writers, students, and fellow literature enthusiasts through the Palanca Awards official website, www.palancaawards.com.ph and the Palanca Awards Research Facility. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)