Fifteen fellows were chosen from 128 applicants who hail from all over the country to the 12th Palihang Rogelio Sicat (Rogelio Sicat Writers Workshop).
They are Ryan Cezar Alcarde (Agusan del Sur), Evan John Daynos (Manila), Rochelle Ann Molina (Catanduanes), Eddie Ramos (Tarlac), and Rod Anthony Robles (Quezon City) for poetry; Napoleon Arcilla III (Catanduanes), Joycel Vincent Dabalos (Quezon City), and Elizabeth Joy Serrano-Quijano (Davao del Sur) for the short story; Jan Henry Choa Jr. (Makati), Myla Ogaya (Masbate) for story for children; Gabriela Baron (Manila) for flash fiction; Ferdinand Eusebio (Laguna), and Geraldine Gentozala-Juachon (Quezon City) for the play; and Angela Mae Pamaos (Las Piňas), and Jazon Federigan Pozon (Laguna) for the essay.
PRS 12 will be held at the University of the Philippines, Los Baňos (Obdulia F. Sison Hall, Continuing Education Center) from May 29 to June 2, 2019. PRS lectures and sessions are open to the public.
Playwright Bonifacio Ilagan of Los Baňos is the guest of honor of PRS 12.
The UP Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature (DFPP) leads the PRS in cooperation with Office of the President, University of the Philippines, UP Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, and the Office of the Chancellor, UP Los Baňos which is headed by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr.
This year’s panelists include Edward Perez, Layeta Pinzon Bucoy, Rica Saturay Palis, Laurence Marvin Castillo, Christian Tablazon, Perry Mangilaya (Liwayway magazine editor), Choi Pangilinan, and DFPP faculty members Vladimeir Gonzales (chairman), Luna Sicat Cleto, Joey Baquiran, Will Ortiz, Vim Nadera, Rommel Rodriguez, and the PRS co-founders Jimmuel Naval and Reuel Molina Aguila.