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Thursday, August 07, 2008

entry arrow1:10 PM | Palanca Awards 2008

It's mid-August and the grapevine is buzzing...

... and the list will grow.

(Update: I think the blocks of pictures above make more sense arranged this way...)

And oh, yeah. I got the letter from the Palanca Foundation a few hours ago. My story "Things You Don't Know" won First Prize for the Short Story in English (yipee!) -- and I was quite ecstatic, even if I was (still am) very sick from the relentless August heat. That story was an experiment in minimalism and tone. Tone, especially. One of the judges, upon learning the identity of all the winners, texted me a few minutes ago: "We thought a woman wrote it!" Hehehe, well I kinda channeled Migs Villanueva when I was writing it. So, thank you, Migs!

[And who are those happy people above? By rows, from the top, left to right: Miguel Syjuco, Norman Wilwayco, yours truly, fellow Baguio kumag Tara FT Sering, Nadine Sarreal, Rommel Rodriguez, fellow Sillimanian Francis Macansantos, fellow Baguio kumag Ana Maria Katigbak, fellow Purple Patcher Marie La ViƱa, Mikael Co, adopted Baguio kumag Jose Claudio Guerrero (what a butch name!), Ina Stuart Santiago, Jhoanna Lyn Cruz, Jing Panganiban-Mendoza, Michael Coroza, Eugene Evasco, Celestine Trinidad, fellow LitCritter Kate Aton-Osias, fellow Baguio kumag Allan Derain, Maria Clarissa Estuar, Percival Intalan, Floy Quintos, Debbie Ann Tan, Allan Lopez, Peter Solis Nery, Michiko Yamamoto, Emman de la Cruz, Dennis Marasigan, Macariu Tiu, Edgar Godin, Lilia Tio, fellow Sillimanian Leoncio Derriada, Danilo Antalan, Ariel Tabag, Aurelio Agcaoili. Winners we all know so far, anyway. They're mostly great friends, so it will be grand company come September 1 in the Manila Pen. Dean -- who does this every year -- has the unofficial list... and disclaimer.]

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