FILIPINO-AMERICAN freelance editor Reine Arcache Melvin flew in from Paris for just two days to receive one of two grand prizes at the 69th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature at the Rigodon Ballroom of Peninsula Manila on Friday night.
THIS YEAR’S Palanca Awards — given out on Nov. 8 at the Rigodon Ballroom of The Peninsula Manila hotel in Makati — accepted 1,167 entries which were then evaluated by 63 authors, poets, and academics who determined which literary compositions deserved to be conferred the prestigious award. There were 22 categories with 56 winning writers — 32 of whom are first-time awardees.
A TELEVISION reporter, a father and daughter, and a former entertainment reporter were among the winners in this year’s Palanca Awards, the annual award that recognizes outstanding Filipino literary writers.
• 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”