Pedro S. Dandan

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Pedro S. Dandan was a Palanca Award-winning Filipino fictionist, playwright and poet. Writing since the 1940s, he had published more than 300 literary works, including numerous Filipino short stories that have become cornerstones of contemporary Filipino fiction.


Early career

Dandan was born on 30 June 1916 in Baliwag, Bulacan. He first worked as a billing clerk with the Philippine National Railways in 1940. He devoted himself to writing during off-days. Since the 1940s, he had published hundreds of literary pieces which composed of fictions, essays, poems and novels. He first won a Best Short Story award from the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa, where the former First Lady Doña Aurora Quezon presented to him the P200 cash prize. His second award was conferred by the most prestigious literary competition in the country, the Palanca Awards, through his story Mabangis na Kamay, Maamong Kamay in 1951. This was followed by Sugat ng Digma (short story, 1st prize 1957); Lakas (short story, 3rd prize 1958); Anino ng Kanyang Ama (short story, 2nd prize 1966); Ang Daong ni Noe (short story, 1st prize 1973); and Tinig: Sa Bagong Panahon (poetry, honorable mention 1974).

Anthology and Novel

Many of his works found its way into numerous textbooks and writing instructional materials. Most popular of which was his Inahing Aso at Limang Tuta which was translated into English by Buenaventura S. Medina, Jr. and was included in The Philippine Literature, a college textbook. He also wrote a novel, "Si Ringo Ata ng Bulag na Anghel," which earned for him the first prize in the Malacañang Balagtas Memorial Award in 1969. Some of his fictions were also included in many fiction anthologies, such as May Buhay sa Looban and Ang Daong ni Noe.




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