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NCCA, NCLA award “Writer’s Prize” winners

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National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and National Committee in Literary Arts (NCLA) award “Writer’s Prize” winners on November 28, 2017 during the Taboan Festival, Governor’s Night, at Provincial Capitol, San Fernando City.

“Writer’s Prize “ is a writing contest in different languages. It helps in improving Philippine writers and in honing their craftsmanship and skills.
Adonis Durado with his “Tabyo Sabway Kinutoban” bagged best poem in Cebu language. Best novel in Hiligaynon went to Jesus Insilada’s “Tumandok”. Best sanaysay in Filipino was Randy Valiente’s “Pambalot ng Tinapa at iba pang maaring gawin sa Komiks ng Pilipino”. Best drama in Bicol was Bernando O. Aguay, Jr. in his “BALINHAYA sa baksteyds”.

Dr. Hope Yu, Head of NCLA with some NCCA artists awarded the Writer’s Prize to the winners.
Posthumous awards were given to Pangasinan writer Manuel Diaz whose great works were published at Philippine Graphics. He worked at Department of Public Information, Region I in the 1980s -1990s.

Reynaldo Duque of Gunglo ti Mannurat nga Ilocano (GUMIL), Filipinas was also a posthumous awardee. His wife received his award. Duque was instrumental in advancing Ilokano Literature. He was a Palanca Hall of Famer, a Bukanegan award recipient and was an editor-in-chief of Liwayway Magazine.

Another awardee was Dionisio S. Bulong. He is an outstanding GUMIL writer, the most celebrated Ilokano novelist with his “Fighting Pogi”, GUMIL president in 2003, Pedro Bucanegan awardee in 2000.

Dr. Lilia Rialubit is another posthumous awardee known for her contribution in advancing culture and arts in the Philippines especially of Bicol culture and for being a good researcher, writer and first representative of Southern Luzon at NCLA who paved the way for Bicol literature.

Francisco Macasantos (1949-2017) was given a tribute as the Poet of Light for his contribution in the advancement of culture and arts in the Philippines. He is multi-awarded, a writer and a teacher. He helped in advancing Chabacano and Southern Luzon Literature.

Carlos Arejola was known for his contribution in arts and culture in the Philippines and his expertise at NCCA council as a representative of Southern Luzon and a multi-awarded writer of Bikolano Literature, Children’s Literature and Nation’s Theatre. 

Vice Governor Q. Nisce welcomed the 2017 Taboan delegates by reading Govenor Pacoy Ortega’s message.

Governor Pacoy in his message said, “Everything that we do is for the love of La Union and I embrace you all with a warm welcome.”

He added, “Upon reading an excerpt of Manuel E. Arguilla’s short story “How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife” with a setting in Nagrebcan, Bauang, La Union where the local sceneries were clearly described by him, I envisioned what I wanted to make La Union to be, as the heart of Agri-Tourism in Northern Luzon by 2025.”

He said that he was additionally inspired to be with these talented writers of the Philippines. May the people of La Union be inspired by these writers’ works so that his big dream for La Union be realized.

Saint Louis College Chorale delivered two heartwarming songs about birds, “ Bannatiran”. It was warmly applauded by the Taboan participants and guests.
Meanwhile, the 3-day festival ended with a Pasagad Tour around Bauang on November 29. The tour included a visit at the blue waters in Marand Beach Resort, a stopover at Manuel E. Arguilla’s home at Nagrebcan. It culminated at Lomboy Farms for grape farming educational information and pick and pay activity at Cora Gapuz’ grape farm.

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