63rd Palanca Awards now accepting entries

Now on its 63rd year, the country’s premier and longest-running literary contest, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature or Palanca Awards, has once more opened its doors to both amateur and seasoned writers who wish to showcase their talent in crafting beautiful literature.


Its organizer and sponsor, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., (Palanca Foundation), has announced that it is now accepting entries for the Awards’ regular categories, as follows:


§                English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry 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, and Dulang Pampelikula;

§                Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon and Short Story-Iluko.


The Foundation is now accepting entries in the Novel and Nobela categories as well. Starting this year, these Novel categories will be opened for entries every two years.


Furthermore, to encourage the youth to hone their creative gift early in life, the Palanca Awards welcomes essays under the Kabataan Division – its special division for young writers below 17 years old. This year’s Kabataan Essay theme for the English category is “What is the Role of Literature in the Development of a Nation?” and “Ano ang Papel na Ginagampanan ng Panitikan sa Pag-unlad ng Isang Bansa?” for the Filipino category.


Contestants are reminded to submit their entries ahead of the deadline for submission, which is midnight of April 30, 2013. Each contestant may submit only one entry per category.


The literary contest is open to all Filipino (or former Filipino) citizens, except current officers and employees of Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. Contest rules and official entry forms are available at Palanca Awards’ official website, www.palancaawards.com.ph.


Entries with complete requirements may be submitted to the Foundation’s office at the 6th Floor, Unit 603 Park Trade Center Bldg. 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or may also be entered online through the Palanca Awards website.

Summer Art’s Cool at Museo Pambata

Summer’s finally here! Spend your summer keeping cool by joining Museo Pambata’s Art’s Cool Summer Workshops! The museum is offering classes on Basic and Advanced Visual Arts, Creative Writing, and Creative Theater. Slots are limited, so be sure to register early.

Art’s Cool is Museo Pambata’s summer workshop program for kids and teens, where one can develop their potentials in different fields of art while having fun. Participants can hone their craft as they are guided by Museo Pambata’s team of expert facilitators.

In the Basic Visual Arts class, kids four to six years old can have fun while learning about drawing, crafts, painting, and sculpture. The workshop will be facilitated by children’s book illustrator Hubert Fucio. Fee is P4,500 for six sessions.

Kids can learn advanced painting, mixed media, as well as discover other forms of visual art through museum and gallery visits in the Advanced Visual Arts class for seven to 12 year olds. This workshop will be facilitated by Marc Vincent Cosico, a teacher at the Philippine High School for the Arts. Fee is P4,500 for six sessions.

Both Visual Arts teachers welcome former students. They will reassign different art activities for re-enrolled Art’s Cool students. Fees are inclusive of materials. Both Visual Arts classes will start on April 16.

Students can let their inner stage star shine in the Creative Theater workshops, giving them the opportunity to express themselves in singing and dancing while harnessing their potentials in the thespian arts. This workshop is offered to children who are between eight to 12 years. Stage actors from Sipat Lawin Ensemble will work as facilitators. Fee is P4,500 for 10 sessions. Classes will start on April 10.

Children 12 to 18 years old can also learn how to write and publish their stories in the Creative Writing workshop. Genaro Gojo Cruz, a children’s book author and a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature awardee, will be the facilitator. Fee is P3,500 for four sessions. Classes will start on April 12.


Visit the Museo Pambata homepage (www.museopambata.org) for registration details. Contact the museum through email (info@museopambata.org) or landline (523-1797/98, 536-0595) for further inquiries.