The Japan Foundation, Manila and Goethe-Institut Philippinen in partnership with the Literature Department and the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University will host “Writing in Two Worlds: An Afternoon with Yoko Tawada” on July 9, 2018, 2:30 to 4:30pm, at the 20th Floor Multipurpose Room, Andrew Gonzalez Hall, De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila.
The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the longest-running and most prestigious literary contest in the country now on its 68th year, is now accepting entries to its regular categories as follows:
SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 ─ It was a celebration of excellence and tradition as the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) honored the winners at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City.
Fifty-one names, 23 of which were first-time awardees, emerged as this year’s batch of winners. There were also four contenders who each took home prizes in two separate categories. The bi-annual Novel and Nobela were open this year, bringing the total number of categories to 22.
The Awards’ organizer and sponsor, Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., handpicked an elite roster of literary personalities to evaluate the submissions.
This year’s awarding ceremony had as speaker and guest of honor decorated writer and
professor Dr. Jose “Butch” Y. Dalisay, Jr. It was a homecoming of sorts for Dalisay, himself a
16-time Palanca awardee and a Hall of Famer at that. Dalisay was conferred the Gawad
Dangal ng Lahi for his contributions to the literary scene, including books of his stories, plays,
and essays, screenplays, and biographies.
Named after businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca, Sr., the Palanca Awards
continuously seeks to cultivate Philippine Literature by rewarding writers. It also serves as a
treasury of these Philippine literary gems. It is considered the gold standard in writing
excellence, coveted by Filipino writers, young and old alike.
Distinguished judges handpicked from their respective areas of expertise evaluated the submissions.
The awarding ceremony had multi-awarded actor, director, and theater artist Antonio “Tony” Mabesa as speaker and guest of honor. Mabesa is a professor emeritus at the University of the Philippines, for which he founded Dulaang UP. Mabesa was conferred the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi for a stellar career spanning six decades, during which he was involved in countless productions and has mentored students who eventually carved their own names in the industry.