Math professor returns to Palanca stage, bags two more wins

It’s rare to find someone who excels in polar disciplines like Math and literature. But for Early Sol A. Gadong, the ability to do both requires the discipline to do what needs to be done at the right moment and the will to pursue one’s passion even when things get tough and complicated.

Gadong, a high school professor at the University of the Philippines Visayas, recently earned distinctions at the 68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Her work Sa Lum-ok Sang Imong Suso won first prize in the Hiligaynon Short Story category while Maraming-Maraming-Marami received the third prize in the Maikling Kuwentong Pambata category. She is one of only two writers who bagged prizes in two separate categories this year.

When asked how she’s able to write creative pieces despite her busy schedule, Gadong admitted, “You just have to take the little pockets of time to write.” True enough, she writes while having breakfast or waiting for her class to start.

Writing, for Gadong, is an enjoyable activity that allows her to relax, as well as pour out her thoughts and feelings. “It’s a cathartic process. Whether I’m extremely happy or sad, writing has been one of the best ways for me to cope with the surge of emotions,” she explained.

Sa Lum-ok Sang Imong Suso tells the story of two former girlfriends who struggle to get back together, juxtaposed with the changes happening in Iloilo brought about by a well of political actions. On the other hand, Maraming-Maraming-Marami narrates the tale of a child who tries to learn math concepts, motivated to do so by an older brother who works in the mines.

Gadong said that she found the inspiration to write the said children’s story through a seminar/workshop on child labor she attended. Being an educator who loves math and literature at the same time, she also shared that she can’t help but allude to math concepts when writing stories for kids. In the same way, she uses literature to teach math to her students. “These disciplines really influence each other in the way I teach,” Gadong remarked.

Her grades back in school may have showed her knack for numbers, but she knew that writing will always be part of her being. While pursuing a math course in college, Gadong would still seize opportunities to write for the school paper or join literary contests. Aside from fiction, she also writes non-fiction pieces in English, Filipino, and Hiligaynon.

Even as a professional, she would participate in writing workshops to hone her skills. She attended the San Agustin Writers Workshop in Iloilo City, the Iyas National Writers Workshop in Bacolod City, and the Ateneo National Writers Workshop in Quezon City.

A mother language writer

Gadong advocates writing in one’s mother tongue. It’s something that she was inspired to uphold after exposure with writing mentors such as Palanca Hall of Fame awardee Leoncio P. Deriada, who is a fictionist/playwright/poet, as well as other West Visayan writers whom she spends most of her time with.

One of her writing influences is John Iremil Teodoro, a published author in Kinaráy-a, which is an old Visayan language. “I learned the sensibilities of West Visayan setting, cultures, and traditions from him,” Gadong explained.

In 2015, Gadong and other West Visayan writers gathered to create Hubon Manunulat, an organization that provides an avenue for young Visayan writers to write in their mother tongue. The group regularly holds zine festivals, book summits, and writing conferences for aspiring writers and literary enthusiasts.

In 2016, she won her first Palanca award — second prize for her Hiligaynon short story Nagakaangay nga Panapton.

While her accomplishments both in math and literature seem astounding, Gadong asserted that solving equations and weaving stories are not just inherent skills. Rather, these are practices that keep the mind healthy and the psyche in check.

Named after businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards continuously seeks to cultivate Philippine Literature by providing incentives for writers and serving as a treasury of these literary gems. It is considered the gold standard in writing excellence, highly-coveted by Filipino writers, young and old alike. For complete list of winners, visit www.palancaawards.com.ph.

Polish your masterpiece now as 66th Palanca Awards issues last call for entries

​​​Aspiring Palanca awardees only have until the end of the month to polish their masterpieces as its organizer and sponsor, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., has announced its last call for entries. Contenders are urged to submit before the deadline at midnight of April 30, 2016. This year’s Palanca Awards is accepting entries for the following categories: Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play (English Division); Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula (Filipino Division); Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano (Regional Languages Division). For this year’s Kabataan Division exclusive to young writers under the age of 18, the theme is “How do social media affect the formation of self-identity in the youth?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaapekto ang ‘social media’ sa paghubog ng sariling pagkakakilanlan sa mga kabataan?” (Kabataan Sanaysay). The Novel and Nobela categories are not open this year. Contestants may submit only one entry per category. Entries may be submitted at any of the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, or through the CPMA website at www.palancaawards.com.ph. The announcement of winners will be on September 1, 2016. For more information, contact cpawards@palancaawards.com.ph or call (632) 511-0003 or +639253887103. Look for Leslie Layoso.

66th Palanca Awards now accepting entries

The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards), the country’s longest-running literary contest, is reaching out anew to all writers looking to showcase their literary genius.

Now on its 66th year, its organizer and sponsor, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. (Palanca Foundation), announced that it is now accepting entries for the Awards’ categories, which are as follows:

  • English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play;
  • Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula;
  • Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.

Likewise, the Kabataan Division, a special division dedicated solely for young writers 17 years old and below is also now open for entries with the following theme:

  • Kabataan Essay – How do social media affect the formation of self-identity in the youth?
  • Kabataan Sanaysay – Paano makaaapekto ang “social media” sa paghubog ng sariling pagkakakilanlan sa mga kabataan?

The Novel and Nobela categories will not be opened this year since these are only open every two years.

Contestants may submit only one entry per category. Published/produced works which were first published or first produced between 01 May 2015 and 30 April 2016 and/or unpublished or unproduced works may be entered in the contest. Participants are encouraged to submit their entries ahead of the deadline, which is on April 30, 2016.

The Palanca Awards is open to all Filipino citizens, or former Filipino citizens, of all ages except current officers and employees of Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc.. Official contest rules and forms are available at the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, or may be downloaded from the CPMA website at www.palancaawards.com.ph.

For inquiries and other concerns, participants may contact the CPMA Administrator Ms. Leslie Layoso through email at cpawards@palancaawards.com.ph or at (632) 511-0003; +639253887103.

Final call for entries to 65th Palanca Awards

​With the April 30 deadline fast approaching, the ​​Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature issues its final call for entries to the 65th Palanca Awards. Interested participants have until the end of the month to turn in their literary submissions to the country’s most prestigious and longest running literary competition.
 
The 65th Palanca Awards is accepting entries in the following categories: Novel and Nobela; Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play under the English Division; Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tula para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, at Dulang Pampelikula under the Filipino Division; Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano under the Regional Languages Division. The Kabataan Essay Division accepts entries from writers below 18 years of age as of April 30, 2015.  This year’s Kabataan Division theme is, “How Can Philippine Literature Cultivate National Unity?” for the English category and “Paano Mapag-iisa ng Ating Literatura ang Ating Bansa?” for the Filipino category.
 
Contestants may only submit one entry per category.
 
Aspiring and seasoned writers participating in this year’s Palanca Awards are advised to read the official revised 2015 rules and forms which may be downloaded through www.palancaawards.com.ph. Entries, along with accomplished contest forms, must  be submitted on or before the following deadlines: 1) through direct submission to any of the Palanca Foundation offices by 12 midnight of April 30, 2015; 2) by mail or courier, postmarked no later than April 30, 2015; and 3) through the Palanca Awards website, with time of transmission no later than April 30, 2015, and the envelope with the original signed requirements must be sent by mail or courier postmarked no later than April 30, 2015.
 
Submission process must be completed by sending the notarized contest documents to: 1) Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City; or 2) Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.
 
Confirmation that a literary work qualifies as an entry to the 65th Palanca Awards shall be sent by email. Winning entries will be announced on September 1, 2015.
 
For more information about the 65th Palanca Awards, email cpawards@palancaawards.com.ph ​or call (632) 511-0003, +639108878552 or +639255560457.

Palanca Awards 2015 rules revised

The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (CPMA) announces that it has revised the rules governing the 65th year contest.

In a message about the revised 2015 rules, CPMA Director General Sylvia Palanca-Quirino said, “The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature attaches hereto, the revised rules for the 2015 contest, superseding the rules earlier published for this year’s contest.

“The revisions address the concerns raised by members of the literary community, whose opinions CPMA highly values, on the rules regarding the assignment of “moral rights” and the retroactivity to past award-winning works which had been provided in the superseded rules. These two (2) matters have accordingly been deleted.

“CPMA reiterates its primary objective to promote the growth of Philippine literature, through a platform that will encourage our writers to write, and their deserving works given due recognition by their peers and made available to the public through its library of the award-winning works.”

For the revised rules, Rule #16 shall read: “Published/produced works which were first published or first produced between 01 May 2014 to 30 April 2015 and/or unpublished/unproduced works, may be entered in the contest. For contest years in which the NOVEL/NOBELA categories are open, published works which were first published within a period of two (2) years prior to 30 April of such contest year, and unpublished works may be entered in the contest. Only unproduced works may be entered in the DULANG PAMPELIKULA category.”

The complete list of categories for the 65th Palanca Awards is as follows:

•    Novel and Nobela categories
•    English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play;
•    Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Pambata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, at Dulang Pampelikula;
•    Regional Lanaguages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.

Students less than 18 years of age are also encouraged to participate in the Kabataan Essay and Kabataan Sanaysay categories. This year’s Kabataan Division theme is, “How Can Philippine Literature Cultivate National Unity?” for the English category and “Paano Mapag-iisa ng Ating Literatura Ang Bansa?” for the Filipino category.

Interested participants may submit only one entry per category. The revised 2015 contest rules and forms are available at any of the Palanca Foundation offices listed below, or may be downloaded from the official CPMA website at www.palancaawards.com.ph.

Entries may be submitted through any of the following means: (1) through the official CPMA website; (2) by mail; or (3) directly to the Palanca Foundation offices, either at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Winners will be announced on September 1, 2015. Participants may contact the CPMA Administrator Mrs. Leslie Layoso through the website or at (632) 511-0003, +639108878552 or +639255560457 for assistance.

Award-winning play, Tungkol kay Angela, opens on February 2015

Winner of the Palanca Award and shortlisted for the BBC International Playwriting Competition, “Tungkol kay Angela”, by Joshua Lim So, tells the story of three individuals and how they, during the course of one night, form an altogether unreal reality.

Presented by Destiyero Theater Commune, the play is set in the near future, when the country is once again under the control of a totalitarian regime. Pa and Ma, both belonging to the generation born after the People Power Revolution of 1986, harbor a young man who had just escaped police brutality. They will talk about “Angela”, something they call the woman Fred was about to meet but refuses to name. But what seemed like mundane talk will eventually lead to the destruction and transformation of their aspirations and memories. Using “Angela” to weave together their stories and pasts in order to exhume the truth and protect themselves, a powerful struggle between the three will arise—a struggle that may destroy them.

Hailed by the BBC Panel of Judges as “an extraordinary piece of writing… taut and filled with suspense… an original idea in which thought and consideration had been given in creating [the play]… an emotional rollercoaster of intrigue… the characters were compelling…”, this is the first time “Tungkol kay Angela” will see performance. Directed by Banaue Miclat. Featuring Roeder Camañag, Angelina Kanapi and Vincent Kevin Pajara.

Tungkol kay Angela is set to premiere at the FRINGE Manila on February 12, 2015 (Thursday) 1:00pm & 8:00pm, and on February 13, 2015 (Friday) 4:30pm at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Cultural Center of the Philippines. The team also includes Alexaneal Dy (production manager), Kate Butch Weaver (stage manager), Io Balanon (production designer), Ricardo del Casal Lorenzo (sound designer), D Cortezano (technical director & lights designer), Alison Segarra (marketing & publicity), and Kim Quilicot (souvenir program)

For ticket reservation and other inquiries about the show contact +63917.506.4517 (Alison) or email destiyero@gmail.com. Ticket is at Php450 (regular), Php350 (student and EARLY BIRD Rate). You may also check out Destiyero Theater Commune’s facebook http://facebook.com/destiyerotheater for updates and other information.

Destiyero Theater Commune is a gathering place where theater and performances are prompted by healthy exchanges among collaborators from several fields of practice and thought, with the aim of creating performances geared toward investigation, and as a result providing new affects that lead to a reevaluation of held belief systems, perspectives, ideas and practice. Destiyero aims to incite creative and critical inquiry to all participants, thus aiming to propagate an active audience: an audience that is given as much license to resist and disagree just as they are also given the freedom to be engaged and/or enamored by a performance.

It’s that time of the year again: Carlos Palanca Awards now accepting entries

CARLOS PALANCA FOUNDATION, INC.
CPMA RESEARCH FACILITY
6F Unit 603 Park Trade Center, 1716 Investment Drive
Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1770
E-mail: cpawards@palancaawards.com.ph 

CARLOS PALANCA MEMORIAL AWARDS FOR LITERATURE

RULES OF THE CONTEST – 2013

1. The contest is open from 1 March 2013 until 30 April 2013 to all Filipino citizens, or former Filipino citizens, of all ages except current officers and employees of the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. (the Sponsor).

2. The contest has the following divisions and categories:

English Division Filipino Division Regional Languages Division Kabataan Division
Short Story Maikling Kuwento Short Story-Cebuano Kabataan Essay
Short Story for Children Maikling Kuwentong Pambata Short Story-Hiligaynon Kabataan Sanaysay
Essay Sanaysay Short Story-Iluko 
Poetry Tula 
Poetry for Children Tulang Pambata 
One-act Play Dulang May Isang Yugto 
Full-length Play Dulang Ganap ang Haba 
Novel Dulang Pampelikula 
Nobela 

3. In the SHORT STORY / SHORT STORY (CEBUANO, HILIGAYNON, ILUKO) / MAIKLING KUWENTO / categories, an entry must be at least ten (10) but not more than twenty-five (25) typewritten pages. The theme is open and free and the entry must include a one-page synopsis.

4. In the SHORT STORY FOR CHILDREN / MAIKLING KUWENTONG PAMBATA categories, an entry must be not more than ten (10) typewritten pages. It may deal with any subject, must be within the grade-school reading level of children ages 7-12, and the entry must include a one-page synopsis.

5. In the ESSAY / SANAYSAY categories, an entry should be at least ten (10) but not more than twenty-five (25) typewritten pages. The category is open only to informal (personal) essays.

6. In the POETRY / TULA categories, an entry must consist of a collection of at least ten (10) but not more than fifteen (15) poems.

7. In the POETRY FOR CHILDREN / TULANG PAMBATA categories, an entry must consist of a collection of at least ten (10) but not more than fifteen (15) poems. It may deal with any subject and must be comprehensible within the grade-school reading level of children ages 7-12, and can be appreciated in its oral form by younger children.

8. In the ONE-ACT PLAY / DULANG MAY ISANG YUGTO categories, an entry must be of sufficient length to approximate a performance time of forty-five (45) minutes. The theme is open and free and the entry must include a one-page synopsis.

9. In the FULL-LENGTH PLAY / DULANG GANAP ANG HABA categories, an entry must consist of two (2) or more acts and the entry must include a one-page synopsis.

10. In the DULANG PAMPELIKULA category, the entry must be a script for a full-length film with a running time of approximately two (2) hours. The theme is open and free and the entry must include a one-page synopsis.

11. In the NOVEL / NOBELA categories, the theme is open and free. There is no limit as to the number of pages of the entry but the entry must include a one-page synopsis. Starting in the year 2013, these categories will be opened for entries every two (2) years.

12. The KABATAAN ESSAY / KABATAAN SANAYSAY are special categories open to persons 17 years of age and below. It is open only to informal (personal) essays. The theme for this year is: for the KABATAAN ESSAY “WHAT IS THE ROLE OF LITERATURE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NATION?” for the KABATAAN SANAYSAY “ANO ANG PAPEL NA GINAGAMPANAN NG PANITIKAN SA PAG-UNLAD NG ISANG BANSA?”. An entry must be at least four (4) but not more than five (5) typewritten pages, and must carry an original title.

13. The KABATAAN AWARD OF DISTINCTION is awarded to Palanca awardees who have won four (4) first prizes in the KABATAAN ESSAY. First prize awards in the special youth category shall not be counted for purposes of the Hall of Fame Award.

14. a. Authors may submit only one (1) entry per category. 
b. An entry or excerpt thereof, may only be submitted in one (1) category and may not be entered in any other category.
c. A translation of an entry submitted in one (1) division shall not be eligible in any other division.

15. A work which has been awarded a prize in another contest before 12:00 m.n. of 30 April 2013 is not qualified for the awards.

16. Published/produced works which were first published or first produced between 1 May 2012 to 30 April 2013 and/or unpublished/unproduced works, may be entered in the contest. For contest years in which the NOVEL/NOBELA categories are open, published works which were first published within a period of two (2) years prior to 30 April of such contest year, and unpublished works may be entered in the contest. Only unproduced works may be entered in the DULANG PAMPELIKULA category.

17. Each entry must be typewritten or computerized, double – spaced (not applicable on poetry/tula category) on 8 ½ X 11 inches bond paper, with approximately one-inch margin on all sides. The page number must be typed consecutively e.g. 1 of 30, 2 of 30 and so on at the center of the bottom margin of each page. If computerized, the font should be Arial, Times New Roman or Book Antiqua and the font size should be 12. The following documents must be sealed inside a long brown envelope for entries not submitted through the website: (a) the duly accomplished Official Entry Form, (b) Authorization Form [The Authorization Form must be notarized for local entries], (c) Consent (adapted work/s), if applicable, (d) one (1) original and three (3) extra copies of the entry, (e) a digital copy of the entry, (f) the author’s full résumé with photo and (g) synopsis (attached to each copy of the entry). The title of the entry, category, and division should be written or typed on the envelope. Entries from abroad need not be notarized but if an entry from abroad wins, then the Authorization Form must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate and submitted to the CPMA Office on or before 31 August of the contest year in order to qualify. 

18. All entries (except Novel/Nobela and Dulang Pampelikula) submitted through the website should be in a Word Document File and should be sent as an attachment together with scanned copies of the following: (a) duly accomplished Official Entry Form, (b) notarized Authorization Form, (c) Consent, if applicable, and (d) the author’s full résumé with photo (e) synopsis, if applicable. The time of transmission should be NOT LATER THAN 12:00 m.n. of 30 APRIL 2013. An entry will only be considered submitted if official confirmation is received through the website or by the CPMA administration. An envelope containing the original signed requirements listed in Rule 17(a) (b) and (c) above should then be sent to the CARLOS PALANCA FOUNDATION, INC. by mail or courier and postmarked not later than 30 April 2013. Online submission is not available for Novel/Nobela and Dulang Pampelikula categories.

19. In submitting an entry, a contestant represents and warrants that the work is his own and that he has absolute ownership of all intellectual property rights thereto. If the entry is an adaptation of another author’s existing work, the contestant shall submit to the Foundation the written consent of the author of the existing work, allowing the contestant to adapt the work, and to enter the adaptation in the contest [Consent (adapted work/s)]. The Consent shall include a clear and categorical statement that the Foundation shall be exempt from any and all liability in the event that the adaptation is said to infringe the intellectual property rights of the author of the existing work. The Consent must be notarized and, if executed outside the Philippines, should be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or consulate. The contestant shall also sign the Consent and attach the same to the Official Entry Form/Authorization Form.

20. Entries submitted must comply with government policies on printed matters. Submitted copies of winning entries shall remain with, and become the property of, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. Submitted copies of non-winning entries may be claimed by the authors not later than six (6) months from the date of announcement of winners.

21. In submitting an entry, the author and parent/guardian (if applicable) (the “Contestant”) accepts the rules of the contest (the Rules) and the right of the Carlos Palanca Foundation (the Sponsor) to the first and all subsequent publications, presentations, video and/or live streaming, and/or dissemination, of all winning entries as provided therein, in print, electronic, and/or any other manner or form, including through the Internet. Pursuant to R.A. No. 8293, and in order to give public access to the winning works, the Contestant also grants, assigns, and transfers unto the Sponsor or its assignees, the right, without necessity of any payment other than the prize which may have been awarded: to publish from time to time any winning entry or selection or portion thereof as it may at its discretion determine; to designate or appoint editors to edit the work or any portion thereof to suit the demands of publication; to furnish a reasonable number of copies of all winning works to the National Library or other libraries; to make the works available for downloading on the Internet or other electronic media; and to allow students to make copies for research or in connection with their school requirements. In the One-act Play, Full-length Play, and Dulang Pampelikula categories, the Contestant also grants, assigns, and transfers to the Sponsor the right to produce, or authorize the production of, and/or carry out the staging, telecasting, broadcasting, cinema, or other forms of exhibition whether over the Internet, through other electronic media, or on location, from time to time, any winning entry or selection or portion thereof as it may in its discretion determine. The Sponsor shall also have the right to appoint or designate editors or directors who may edit the work or any portion thereof to suit the demands of production or exhibition. The prize money which may be awarded to the Contestant for any of the enclosed work/s shall constitute full payment of the foregoing rights assigned to the Sponsor, and shall be in lieu of any royalties or other compensation to the Contestant. 

To promote Philippine Literature in the modern world of information technology, the Sponsor intends to make the winning entries accessible through the internet or other electronic media, to serve as a literary archive of the contest. The website or other media to be established for this purpose shall be a repository of the award-winning works, recording the history of the development of Philippine literature over the years through the Palanca Awards. In making the works thus available to interested researchers and students of Philippine literature, the Sponsor intends purely to promote literary appreciation for and public awareness of such works, and not to commercially exploit the same. Authors must indicate on the Official Entry Form whether they want their works included on the CPMA website and made available for downloading by the public for free in the event that a prize is awarded for the entry. To encourage use for educational purposes, winning works shall be posted on the website in their entirety. Should any winning author subsequently instruct the Sponsor in writing to include or remove the work from the Internet archive, such instruction will be honored and the work shall be included or removed from the Internet archive within a reasonable time from Sponsor’s receipt of the author’s written instructions.

22. In connection with the grant, assignment, or transfer to the Sponsor of the rights stated in paragraph 21 of these Rules, and pursuant to the requirements of R.A. No. 8293, entries must be accompanied by the author’s written consent to abide by the rules of the contest acknowledged before a Notary Public. In case of minors, particularly with respect to the Kabataan Essay category, the written consent of the parents or legal guardians shall also be required. The Authorization Form and Official Entry Form are available at the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. office or through the CPMA website.

The exercise of the above rights by the Sponsor shall not be deemed a waiver of any right of action which the Sponsor of this contest may have against the contestant, if it may be discovered later on that said person is not the creator or owner of the copyright to the award-winning work. Moreover, the contestant likewise undertakes to indemnify the Sponsor for any and all damages, fees, costs and expenses that the Sponsor may incur by reason of the infringement by the contestant of the intellectual property rights of another.

23. The prizes, in Philippine Pesos (Php), for each contest category are the following:

Filipino English Hiligaynon Iluko Cebuano
a. Short Story / Maikling Kuwento / Regional Languages (Hiligaynon, Iluko, Cebuano)

First prize 15,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00
Second prize 10,000.00 10,000.00 10,000.00 10,000.00 10,000.00
Third prize 8,000.00 8,000.00 8,000.00 8,000.00 8,000.00

b. Poetry, Essay, One–act Play, Short Story for Children, Poetry for Children / 
Tula, Sanaysay, Dulang may Isang Yugto, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Tulang Pambata

First prize 15,000.00 15,000.00 
Second prize 10,000.00 10,000.00 
Third prize 8,000.00 8,000.00 

c. Full-length Play / Dulang Ganap ang Haba

First prize 20,000.00 20,000.00 
Second prize 12,000.00 12,000.00 
Third prize 8,000.00 8,000.00 

d. Dulang Pampelikula

First prize 30,000.00 
Second prize 15,000.00 
Third prize 12,000.00 

e. Kabataan Essay / Kabataan Sanaysay

First prize 8,000.00 8,000.00 
Second prize 5,000.00 5,000.00 
Third prize 3,000.00 3,000.00 

f. Novel / Nobela 

Grand prize 
40,000.00

40,000.00 

(The school/s of the student/s winning the first prize in the Kabataan Essay will receive a cash prize of Php 5,000.00)

24. The Sponsor has the sole right to designate the persons who shall constitute the Board of Judges in each of the contest categories. The decision of the majority of the Board of Judges in all categories shall be final.

25. The Board of Judges shall declare only one winner for each prize listed in Rule 24. There shall be no co-winners and/or splitting of the prize money. The Board of Judges shall have the discretion not to award any prize if, in its judgment, no meritorious entry has been submitted.

26. The names of the winners and the members of the Board of Judges shall be announced on 1 September 2013.

27. All parties submitting entries are deemed to have accepted the rules of the contest, and agree to abide thereby.

ALL ENTRIES MUST STRICTLY COMPLY WITH THESE RULES.
ALL DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETE AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION.