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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

entry arrow10:40 AM | Salanga Writers Prize 2006

Oh. My. God. What great news to wake up to! From The Coffee Goddess's blog: "For the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Prize, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People awards honorable mention to three authors: Ian Rosales Casocot ("Rosario and Her Stories"), J. Dennis Teodosio ("Tonyong Turo"), and Marielle Nadal ("Can You See?"). No grand prize was awarded this year. The three winners shall be awarded cash and certificates from the National Library and the Cultural Center of the Philippines at the National Children's Book Day (NCBD) celebration in July 2006 to be held at the CCP. Aside from being multi-awarded and well-published, Casocot maintains a website on Filipino writings and literary criticism. Like Casocot, Teodosio has also bagged many awards for his writing, including those for Best Screenplay at the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Marielle Nadal, on the other hand, is a graphic artist by profession and works full-time at a foundation."

Wow. Congratulations to Marielle! And to dear Dennis who was my chikamate and roommate in the Iligan National Writers Workshop in 2001. Truth to tell, I don't think I can ever call myself a true-blue children's story writer -- not in the same rank as Augie Rivera or Rene Villanueva or Carla Pacis or Nikki Alfar or the wonderful members of KUTING -- because the genre is sooooooo hard to write despite common conceptions, and gives me the greatest sense of apprehension. It is the one type of fiction I sweat blood over. And yet, the attractions are endless (because of the challenge, I guess). And now this. Wow.

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