2 Manila Bulletin Writers Win Palanca Awards

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2 Manila Bulletin Writers Win Palanca Awards


MANILA, Philippines - A light-hearted children's fable and a serious parody on Philippine politics by two writers from the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation were among the 59 winning entries honored at this year's Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards).

Raymund M. Garlitos, a writer of the Manila Bulletin's Cruising Magazine, won second prize under the Short Story for Children category for "Lauan, the Seed that Wanted to Fly." Garlitos said his winning entry tells the story of a young lauan seedling on its way to becoming a tree.

"It is an inspiring fable that shows the path that starts from ambition to realization. Through the lauan seed, I want to show the different stages of human experiences that include failures and successes in life. In order to achieve full growth, the lauan seeds have to be given the proper support and care to grow. Similarly, in our lives, we need the support and guidance of our family and friends in order to surpass challenges," explained Garlitos, a computer science graduate of the De La Salle University.

A former Palanca winner, Garlitos won his first award in 1998, third prize in the Tula category for "Kwadernong Rosas." In 2000, he won third prize in Poetry for "The Memory of Skin," and in 2003, he won second prize in Poetry for "Nostos at Iba Pang Awit ng Pagtubos."

Richel S. Dorotan, the literary editor of Manila Bulletin's Bisaya Magazine, won second prize in the Short Story-Cebuano category for "Ang Tulo Ka Mayor sa Hinablayan (The Three Mayors of Hinablayan)." The short story is a parody of the political system in the Philippines where candidates find it difficult to accept defeat during elections.

The story revolves around the political ambitions of three politicians (the vice mayor, the incumbent mayor and the mayor's rival) who all vied for the mayoralty post at Hinablayan, a town in Cebu.

"I am very grateful that the Palanca Awards has continued to recognize my literary works. After receiving two first places for two consecutive years, I am happy to win again this year," Dorotan said.

Dorotan, who has previously won four times in the Short Story-Cebuano category, also pointed out that he writes in his native language because "the Cebuano experience can only be written in Cebuano and cannot quite be translated in another language." With this year's win, Dorotan now has a total of five Palanca awards. …

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