1997 Palanca Awards

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The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature winners in the year 1997 (rank, title of winning entry, name of author):

English Division[edit]

Short Story

  • First Prize: "The Amulet" by David C. Martinez
  • Second Prize: "The Window" by Clinton Palanca
  • Third Prize: "Welostit" by Ma. Romina M. Gonzales


  • First Prize: "Presence" by Ma. Luisa A. Cariño
  • Second Prize: "Shadow in the Sun" by David C. Martinez
  • Third Prize: "The Assassin and Other Poems" by Francis C. Macasantos

Short Story for Children

  • First Prize: "How My Sister Turned Me Into a Worm" by Natasha Vizcarra
  • Second Prize: "Fetch" by Victoria Estrella C. Bravo
  • Third Prize: "Speedy and Jet" by Jeanne Lim


Full Length Play

  • First Prize: "Return to Santander" by Crispin Ramos
  • Second Prize: "Dog Days in America" by Jorshinelle T. Sonza
  • Third Prize: "Istorya ni Bonipasyo: Kasla Gloria Ti Hawaii" by Behn Cervantes

One-Act Play

  • First Prize: No winner
  • Second Prize: "A Daughter's Seed" by Jose Victor Z. Torres
  • Third Prize: "The Guest is Reluctant But..." by Felix A. Clemente

Filipino Division[edit]

Short Story in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Nang Gabing Mamatay ang Nana Soling" by Alvin B. Yapan
  • Second Prize: "Ang Baliw" by Mayette Bayuga
  • Third Prize: "Si Joe Cool Kasi" by Olivia L. Cantor

Poetry in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Pink Guba at Iba Pang Alinignig" by Roberto T. Añonuevo
  • Second Prize: "Larombata" by Khavn De La Cruz
  • Third Prize: "Pagkapaso ng Puso, Mga Tula ng Pagsuyo" by Roberto Ofanda Umil

Short Story for Children in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Salu-salo" by Susie R. Baclagon-Borrero
  • Second Prize: "May Lugar Kaya sa Langit Para sa Asong Batik-batik?" by Teresita G. Hizon
  • Third Prize: "Si Totoy sa Gubat ng Diwata" by Olivia L. Cantor

Essay in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Reseta at Letra: sa Daigdig ng Isang Doktor-Manunulat" by Luis P. Gatmaitan, MD
  • Second Prize: "Sa Aking Pinipintuho, Isang Sayaw ng Paghuhubad" by Glecy C. Atienza
  • Third Prize: "Chapter Eight" by Ma. Josephine Barrios

Full-Length Play in Filipino

  • First Prize: "In Karakter" by Aurora D. Yumul
  • Second Prize: "Unang Ulan ng Mayo" by John Iremil Teodoro
  • Third Prize: "Macho Motel" by Sid Gomez Hildawa

One-act Play in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Lakhan Bini" by Allan L.Palileo
  • Second Prize: "Despidida" by Ma. Josephine Barrios
  • Third Prize: "Rogad por Nosotros" by Jun F. Flavier Pablo


  • First Prize: "Pula" by Jun Lana and Peter Ong Lim
  • Second Prize: "23rd Floor" by Jun Lana
  • Third Prize: "Par" by Edzel Cardil


  • First Prize: "Daluyong sa Dibdib" by Al A. Puedan
  • Second Prize: "Barber's Cut" by Jun Lana and Peter Ong Lim
  • Third Prize: "West Side Avenue, JC" by Lav Indico Diaz

Iloko Short Story[edit]

  • First Prize: "Colorum" by Reynaldo A. Duque
  • Second Prize: "Ti Ligsay, Ti Anniniwan, Ken Ti Daton" by Aurelio S. Agcaoili
  • Third Prize: "Gita Dagiti Ledda" by Reynaldo A. Duque

Cebuano Short Story[edit]

  • First Prize: "Bugti" by Ernesto D. Lariosa
  • Second Prize: "Hangtod Matapos Ang Gabi" by Ricardo I. Patalinjug
  • Third Prize: "Sa Sabakan Sa Bukid" by Genaro Enad Tanudtanud

Hiligaynon Short Story[edit]

  • First Prize: "Kami nga Waay Diri, Waay Didto" by Alfredo R. Siva
  • Second Prize: "Mga Luha Para Kay Tatay Jose" by Alice Tan Gonzales
  • Third Prize: "Isa Ka Pompong Nga Rosas" by Alice Tan Gonzales

More winners by year[edit]