Literary excellence took the spotlight once again as winning authors of the 69 th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature were honored recently at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City.

A total of 56 writers, 32 of which are first-time awardees, were chosen as this year’s recipients. Two of the authors each bagged prizes in two separate categories, with one being a first-time winner. Additionally, decorated writer Lamberto E. Antonio was inducted into the prestigious Palanca Hall of Fame for winning his fifth First Prize Award this year.

The foundation also presented a posthumous award to Mrs. Milagros Palanca-Furer, who is the proponent of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. She was instrumental in helping spur creative writing in the country and is being rightfully recognized for her unwavering dedication to the interest of the Filipino writer.

With the bi-annual Novel and Nobela categories open this year, the total number of writing categories awarded was 22. All winning entries were evaluated and chosen by an elite roster of literary personalities from various fields.

Dr. Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo was the Guest of Honor and Speaker at this year's awarding ceremony. A multi-awarded writer and recipient of three Palanca Awards, including the Grand Prize for Novel, Dr. Hidalgo is one of the nation’s most respected literary figures and a mentor and inspiration to some of the most prolific young writers today.

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 69th Palanca Awards:

KABATAAN DIVISION

KABATAAN SANAYSAY
1st Prize Marielle M. Calicdan Echo Mula Sa Gatilyo
2nd Prize Mark Andy Pedere Sa Pilang Salungat sa Manghuhula at Bolang Kristal
3rd Prize Adrian Pete Medina Pregonir Noon Akto-o He’n Fa Gali Em (May Katotohanan pa pala)

KABATAAN ESSAY
1st Prize Enrico Miguel Pe Aguirre Perez Thoughts on Eden
2nd Prize Criscela Ysabelle A. Racelis Before You Click
3rd Prize Ann Jeline R. Pablo The Naught of What-is, What-ifs, and Whats-not

REGIONAL DIVISION

SHORT STORY-CEBUANO
1st Prize Roehl Joseph A. Dazo Binignit
2nd Prize Januar E. Yap Ang Haya ni Tasyo
3rd Prize Jondy M. Arpilleda Armas

SHORT STORY-HILIGAYNON
1st Prize Alice Tan Gonzales Si Ena sa Kasisidmon
2nd Prize Ritchie D. Pagunsan Pakutkot
3rd Prize Anthony B. Capirayan Ang mga Retrato sang Dalaga

SHORT STORY-ILOKANO
1st Prize Edison B. Tobias El Quinto
2nd Prize Daniel L. Nesperos Ti Kayo
3rd Prize Remedios S. Tabelisma-Aguillon Naisangsangayan a Sangaili

FILIPINO DIVISION

MAIKLING KUWENTO
1st Prize Eros S. Atalia Si Etot
2nd Prize Benjamin Joshua L. Gutierrez Dahil Wala Kaming Tubig
3rd Prize Allan Alberto N. Derain Hilaw at Luto sa Bangkete ni Kapitan Gimo

MAIKLING KUWENTONG PAMBATA
1st Prize Luis P. Gatmaitan, M.D. Maselan ang Tanong ng Batang si Usman
2nd Prize Victoria Estrella C. Bravo Ako ang Kuya
3rd Prize Jacqueline V. Franquelli Anak ng Tinapay

SANAYSAY
1st Prize Marianne Mixkaela Z. Villalon Form & Content: Sandata sa Panahon ng Disimpormasyon at War on Drugs
2nd Prize Wilfredo O. Pascual Jr. Sumasaiyo
3rd Prize Reson A. Gregorio Wala sa Langit si Hesus

TULA
1st Prize Lamberto E. Antonio Turno Kung Nokturno at iba pang Tiyempo ng Rilyebo sa Pagberso
2nd Prize Ralph Lorenz G. Fonte, M.D. Ang Wika ng Dagat ay Layo
3rd Prize Allan John Andres Yaong Hindi Maaaring Hawakan nang Buo

TULA PARA SA MGA BATA
1st Prize WALANG NAGWAGI
2nd Prize John Romeo L. Venturero Ganito sa Pabrika
3rd Prize German Villanueva Gervacio Ang Totoo Raya, ang Ulan ay Luha ng Bituin

DULANG MAY ISANG YUGTO
1st Prize WALANG NAGWAGI
2nd Prize Chona M. Fernando Beach House
3rd Prize Bridgette Ann M. Rebuca Transient Lovers

DULANG GANAP ANG HABA
1st Prize Dustin Edward D. Celestino Ang Duyan ng Magiting
2nd Prize Mario L. Mendez, Jr. Ang Huling Mambabatok
3rd Prize Bonifacio P. Ilagan Junix at Maricel

DULANG PAMPELIKULA
1st Prize Mary Honeylyn Joy E. Alipio Teatro Pacifico
2nd Prize Jaymar Santos Castro Angkas
3rd Prize Rodolfo C. Vera Nana Rosa

ENGLISH DIVISION

SHORT STORY
1st Prize Kathleen Osias James Machine
2nd Prize Rayjinar Anne Marie de Guia Salcedo Death for Serafina
3rd Prize Adrian Carl M. Pescador Neon Blindness

SHORT STORY FOR CHILDREN
1st Prize Juanita Roxas Singer Pretty Peach and The Color-Matching Kaleidoscope
2nd Prize Victoria Estrella C. Bravo Hair
3rd Prize Daisy Ruth Oñate Sohne The Accidental Adventure of Bubalus Bubalis

ESSAY
1st Prize Jocelyn G. Nicolas The Age of the Missing
2nd Prize Josephine V. Roque Ashfall
3rd Prize Michaela Sarah De Leon Call Me A Book “Editor,” I Dare You

POETRY
1st Prize Regine Miren D. Cabato Notes from the Field
2nd Prize Rodrigo V. Dela Peña Jr. Pentimento
3rd Prize Alvin Dela Serna Lopez Departures

POETRY WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN
1st Prize NO WINNER
2nd Prize NO WINNER
3rd Prize Mia A. Buenaventura What Magical Fur is This? And Other Poems

ONE-ACT PLAY
1st Prize Peter Zaragoza Mayshle Dolorosa
2nd Prize Adrian Carl M. Pescador Daddy Complex
3rd Prize Maria Amparo Nolasco Warren The Root of all Magic

FULL-LENGTH PLAY
1st Prize Justin Michael A. Naniong Changelings
2nd Prize Rolando S. Salvaña Mercy Country
3rd Prize Lito Casaje Theoria Republica

NOVEL
Grand Prize Reine Arcache Melvin The Betrayed

NOBELA
Grand Prize Jerking Guzman Pingol Agaw-anino

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