Palanca Awards

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The Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, popularly known as the Palanca Awards, are a set of literary awards for Philippine writers. Usually referred to as the "Pulitzer Prize of the Philippines", it is the country's highest literary honor in terms of prestige. Winning works are entered in the competition either as previously published pieces or in manuscript form.[1] The Palanca Awards, organized by the Carlos Palanca Foundation, is one of the Philippines' longest-running awards programs.[2]


The Palanca Awards was established in 1950 to inspire and recognize Philippine writers, including poets, playwrights and screenwriters, and writers for children.[3] In the 1960s, the Palanca Awards Committee started to fund the publication of Palanca Award-winning plays, and production funds were committed in 1975.[4] In 2009, it added a category for poetry for children, in both Tagalog and English.[2]


Starting on the 60th awards year, for which the call for submissions opened on March 1, 2010 (ended April 30, 2010), contestants could submit one entry each in the following categories:

English Division

  • Short Story
  • Short Story for Children
  • Essay
  • Poetry
  • Poetry Written for Children
  • One-act Play
  • Full-length Play

Filipino Division

  • Maikling Kuwento (Short Story in Filipino)
  • Maikling Kuwentong Pambata (Short Story for Children in Filipino)
  • Sanaysay (Essay in Filipino)
  • Tula (Poetry in Filipino)
  • Tulang Isinulat Para sa mga Bata (Poetry for Children in Filipino)
  • Dulang May Isang Yugto (One-act Play in Filipino)
  • Dulang Ganap ang Haba (Full-length Play in Filipino)
  • Dulang Pampelikula (Screenplay in Filipino)

Regional Languages Division

  • Short Story in Cebuano
  • Short Story in Hiligaynon
  • Short Story in Iluko

Kabataan Division (Open only to those below 18 years of age)

  • Kabataan Essay
  • Kabataan Sanaysay

Palanca Hall of Fame

The Palanca Hall of Fame honors was established in 1995 and is presented to a Palanca awardee who already won five first prizes in the regular categories.

  • 2012
Peter Solis Nery
  • 2008
Reuel Molina Aguila
Eugene Y. Evasco
  • 2007
Nicolas B. Pichay
  • 2006
Rodolfo Lana Jr.
  • 2005
Luis P. Gatmaitan, M.D.
Manuel Buising
  • 2004
Isagani R. Cruz
  • 2003
Reynaldo A. Duque
  • 2001
Leoncio P. Deriada
Alfred A. Yuson
  • 2000
Roberto T. Añonuevo
Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.
Edgardo B. Maranan
  • 1999
Elsa Martinez Coscolluela
  • 1996
Ma. Luisa Aguilar Igloria
  • 1995
Cirilo Bautista
Gregorio C. Brillantes
Ruth Elynia S. Mabanglo
Buenaventura S. Medina Jr.
Jesus T. Peralta
Rolando Tinio
Rene Villanueva

External links


  1. Aguilar, Dheza Marie. "Ang Ika-57 Gawad Carlos Palanca", Manila Standard, 2007-09-15. , from Internet Archives
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Palanca Awards announces deadline for submission of entries P",, 2009-04-27. 
  3. "Deadline for Palanca awards entries set April 30", Sun.Star Manila, 2007-04-27. 
  4. Fernandez, Doreen (1996). Palabas: essays on Philippine theater history. Ateneo de Manila Publishing, 22. ISBN 971-550-188-5.