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64th Palanca Literary Awards set at Manila Pen on Sept. 1

By Lily O. Ramos

MANILA, Aug. 19 (PNA) — The prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature will hold its 64th version at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

Publicist Daisy Sabangan said the yearly literary Palanca Awards gathers Filipinos to celebrate the written word competition and its various authors who compete in the country’s longest-running contest of words, style, substance and flair.

Sabangan refused to reveal the names of this year’s awardees, prizes, and the surprise guest of honor to add surprise and thrill in the evening for the writers, invited personages, their families and colleagues.

”I can only say that there will be three Cebuano winners for the short story in Cebuano; two winners for short story in Hiligaynon (Ilonggo); and two winners for short Iluko story where there has been no winner for the first prize,” said Sabangan.

Most of those involved in showbiz, social media, non-governmental leaders, films, radio, television and indie or digifilms have evolved from the Palanca world of literature to technical and creative media.

Some of the better-known previous winners include Jose Y. Dalisay, Rene Villanueva and Jose Arcellana, whose son Juaniyo is into newspaper editing.

On the other hand, the Yuchengco Museum at Ayala Avenue, Makati City is inviting the public to see its Relative Realities — a digital art exhibit and experience featuring the works of printmaker Ambie Abaño, painter Ernest Concepcion, painter Jason Montinola, visual artist and designer Leeroy New, visual artist Arturo Sanchez Jr., and multimedia and performance artist Josephine Turalba.

Presented by Samsung Electronics Philippines and Yuchengco Museum, Relative Realities goes beyond the traditional museum experiences, where art is placed on a wall or pedestal and the curator dictates how the art is to be appreciated.

The exhibit allows the viewer to also interact and immerse with the artworks in front of him or her. (PNA)


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