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54 writers win at the 71st Palanca Awards

/ 03:45 PM November 28, 2023

MANILA, Philippines — The awarding ceremony for the 71st Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature was held on Monday at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Fifty-four winners across 20 categories in English, Filipino, and other Philippine regional languages were lauded. All in all, there are fifty-six winning works this year.

Below are the winners of the ceremony:


English Division

Short Story 

  • First Prize – Exie Abola – ‘Vile Creatures’
  • Second Prize – Ian Rosales Casocot – ‘Don’t Follow Me, I Don’t Even Know Where I’m Going’
  • Third Prize – Katrina D. Torralba – ‘Amadito and Amanda’

Short Story for Children

  • First Prize – No winner
  • Second Prize – Jonny Bernas Pornel – ‘The Legend of Ipot-ipot’
  • Third Prize – Elvie Victonette B. Razon-Gonzalez – ‘The Race to Uswag’


  • First Prize – Rio Renato Pulido Constantino – ‘The Year of the Periwinkle’
  • Second Prize – Russell Stanley Geronimo- ‘Profile of a Stateless Person: Notes on a Deportation Proceeding’
  • Third Prize – Francine M. Marquez – ‘Normalizing Survival’


  • First Prize – Patricia Mariya Shishikura – ‘Translating Wildfires’
  • Second Prize – Vince Raphael V. Agcaoili – ‘Carrying’
  • Third Prize – Michael Maniquiz – ‘Lou Reed Meets Delmore Schwartz at a Bar’

Poetry Written for Children

  • First Prize – John Patrick F. Solano – ‘Odd Numbers’
  • Second Prize – Ian Rosales Casocot – ‘Bisaya for all that we gugma’
  • Third Prize – Simone Marie Sales – ‘Paper Planes’

One-Act Play

  • First Prize – Randy Q. Villanueva – ‘Neneng’
  • Second Prize – Ian Rosales Casocot – ‘The Midsummer of Manuel Arguilla’
  • Third Prize – Rossielle Sarabia Manicad – ‘My Lover’s Presscon’

Full-Length Play

  • First Prize – Miguel Antonio Alfredo V. Luarca – ‘Dogsblood’
  • Second Prize – No winner
  • Third Prize – No winner

Filipino Division

Maikling Kuwento (Short Story in Filipino) 

  • First Prize – Peter Solis Nery – ‘Ang Tariktik’
  • Second Prize – Jay Jomar F. Quintos – ‘Buwaya’
  • Third Prize – Ella Jane G. Hermonio – ‘Boses Pusa’

Maikling Kuwentong Pambata (Short Story for Children in Filipino)

  • First Prize – Jaylord S. Losabia – ‘Si Toyo at si Suka’
  • Second Prize – Mikka Ann V. Cabangon – “Si Liya at ang Dapithapon sa Ilaya”
  • Third Prize – Iza Maria G. Reyes -‘Babasagin, babasagin!’

Sanaysay (Essay in Filipino) 

  • First Prize – Kimberly Rose L. Pillo – ‘Kung Paanong Nagmukha akong Sponge sa harap ng mga Pinggan’
  • Second Prize – Al Joseph A. Lumen – ‘Auslander: Mga Danas sa Alemanya’
  • Third Prize – Edward Joseph Fernandez – ‘Ako ay si Ako nga’

Tula (Poetry in Filipino)

  • First Prize – Mikael de Lara Co – ‘Epistolaryo ng Bagamundo at ang tugon ng Multo’
  • Second Prize – Rogelio dela Rosa Jr. – ‘Ang Hindi Maiwasang Patlang’
  • Third Prize – Ralph Lorenz G. Fonte, M.D. – ‘Ex Novo Mvndo’

Tulang Isinulat Para sa mga Bata (Poetry for Children in Filipino)

  • First Prize – Dexter B. Gragasin – ‘Tutula, Tutuli, Tutulo’
  • Second Prize – Genaro R. Gojo Cruz – ‘Ako, mga tulang pambata’
  • Third Prize – Keisiah Dawn T. Tiaoson – ‘Tugma ng Buhay kong Payak’

Dulang May Isang Yugto (One-Act Play in Filipino) 

  • First Prize – Eljay Castro Deldoc – ‘Ang Lipnayan ng ating mga Katawan’
  • Second Prize – Dan Ian Paulo B. Mariposque – ‘The Divine Family’
  • Third Prize – Dustin Edward D. Celestino – ‘Fermata’

Dulang Ganap ang Haba (Full-Length Play in Filipino)

  • First Prize – Miguel Antonio Alfredo V. Luarca – ‘Nekropolis’
  • Second Prize – Christian R. Vallez – ‘Pingkian’
  • Third Prize – Joshua Lim So – ‘Atin ang Panahon’

Dulang Pampelikula (Screenplay in Filipino)

  • First Prize – Jonathan P. Jurilla – Love Child
  • Second Prize – Jimmy F. Flores and Emmanuel Q. Palo  – ‘Elehiya’
  • Third Prize – Raymund T. Barcelon – ‘Beki Naman’

Regional Languages Division

Short Story in Cebuano

  • First Prize – Neile Genica M. Sy – ‘Lenteng Pilokilay’
  • Second Prize – John Dante – ‘Ang Magsusulat Nga Haduol na sa Kamatayon’
  • Third Prize – CD Borden – ‘Alindasay’

Short Story in Hiligaynon 

  • First Prize – Ritchie D. Pagunsan – ‘Kauhaw sa Tingadlaw’
  • Second Prize – Alvin Q. Larida – ‘Lola Violeta’
  • Third Prize – Serafin I. Plotria, Jr. – ‘Puno sang Aligotgot’

Short Story in Ilokano

  • First Prize – Rodolfo D. Agatep Jr. – ‘Diro Ti Disierto’
  • Second Prize – Jorge Richard P. Guerrero – ‘Idiay Langit, Awan Lanit’
  • Third Prize – Clarito De Francia – ‘Piglatan’

Kabataan Division (Below 18 years old)

Kabataan Essay – The theme for the essay is ”Emerging out of the Pandemic, what are the most pressing issues surrounding mental health among youth and how can Society and Government help in addressing these concerns for the growth and well-being of our younger generations?”

  • First Prize – Francis Roberto San Antonio Sevillena – ‘Living on play in a world on pause’
  • Second Prize – Glorious Zahara Exylin C. Alesna – ‘The Bully is you’
  • Third Prize – Rheyn Khrieztine S. Dela Pena – ‘Five More Minutes, Please!’

Kabataan Sanaysay – The theme for the essay is “Sa pagsulong mula sa Pandemya, ano ang mga pinakamabibigat na isyung pumapalibot sa kalusugan ng isip ng mga kabataan, at paano makatutulong ang Lipunan at Pamahalaan na tugunan ang mga ito para sa ikauunlad at ikabubuti ng ating mga nakababatang henerasyon?””

  • First Prize –  No winner
  • Second Prize – Amancio A. Caponpon V – ‘Aranya sa Kisame’
  • Third Prize – Glorious Zavannah Exylin C. Alesna – ‘Sa Panahon ng Bagabag at Balisa: Paghagilap sa Pira-pirasong Retaso ng Hinahon at Pa(g)hinga’


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