F. H. Batacan
F. H. Batacan or Maria Felisa H. Batacan is a writer and journalist who has won various literary awards for her first novel "Smaller and Smaller Circles." She is currently based in Singapore.
F. H. Batacan worked for the academe before moving to journalistic work. Since that turning-point, she has proceeded to a career in mass media, serving as producer and writer for current affairs shows in television networks.
In 1996, she was chosen as a fellow to the Dumaguete National Writers Workshop.
She won her first Palanca Award in 1998, a Third Prize for Short Story for "Door 59." In 1999, her novel "Smaller and Smaller Circles" won the Palanca Awards Grand Prize for a Novel. The novel was published by UP Press in 2002.
After winning a Palanca Award for her novel, she moved to Singapore and has been working there ever since; first, as a business journalist for a major daily, and currently, as the news editor of a radio station. She joined the Singapore Writers' Festival in 2005 as Philippine representative.
- Palanca Award Third Prize for Short Story, 1998- "Door 59"
- Palanca Awards Grand Prize for Novel in English, 1999 - "Smaller and Smaller Circles"
- Manila Critics Circle National Book Award, 2002 - "Smaller and Smaller Circles"
- Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award, 2003 - "Smaller and Smaller Circles"
- Palanca Awards Archive (Accessed May 15, 2008)
- Palanca Awards Archive 1999 (Accessed May 15, 2008)