1998 Palanca Awards

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The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature winners in the year 1998 (rank, title of winning entry, name of author):

English division[edit]

Short Story

  • First Prize: "Touch" by Lakambini Sitoy
  • Second Prize: "What I Love Or Will Remember Most About High School" by Vicente G. Groyon III
  • Third Prize: "Door 59" by Felisa Batacan


  • First Prize: "White Sill" by John Labella
  • Second Prize: "Shiva in Profile" by Marc Escalona Gaba
  • Third Prize: "15 Rhapsodies" by Aida Santos

Short Story for Children

  • First Prize: "The Brothers Wu and The Good Luck Eel" by Fran Ng
  • Second Prize: "Nico's Flight" by Luis Joaquin Katigbak
  • Third Prize: "Masks" by Honoel Ibardolaza


  • First Prize: "A Dogged Defense Against Dogmatism of Doggone Dogooders" by Rolando Loredo
  • Second Prize: "Departures" by Priscilla Macansantos
  • Third Prize: "Queen of The Orient: Vignettes About Mama" by Ronald Baytan

Full Length Play

  • First Prize: No winner
  • Second Prize: No winner
  • Third Prize: "The Day Philippine Military Honor was Savaged" by Felix Clemente

One-Act Play

  • First Prize: No winner
  • Second Prize: "My Mommie Dearest" by Jeanne Lim
  • Third Prize: "The Sun Shines In The Dark" by Elmo Famador

Filipino division[edit]

Short Story in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Ipanalangin Mo Siya, Ipanalangin Mo Kami" by Evelyn Sebastian
  • Second Prize: "Anino Sa Buhangin" by Edgar Maranan
  • Third Prize: "Aripuen" by Reynaldo A. Duque

Poetry in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Pagtingala: Pananahan At Paglalayag Sa Mga Tula ng Lagalag" by Rebecca Añonuevo
  • Second Prize: "Ako, Bana, Ama" by Michael Coroza
  • Third Prize: "Kuwadernong Rosas ng Pagdating at Paglisan" by Raymund Magno-Garlitos

Short Story for Children in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Si Tanya, Ang Uwak Na Gustong Pumuti" by German Gervacio
  • Second Prize: "Sa Ilalim ng Dagat" by Augie Rivera Jr.
  • Third Prize: "Dalawang Lumang Saklay" by Remigio Alvarez Alva

Essay in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Sa Pagdapo ng Paroparo" by Luna Sicat
  • Second Prize: "Ang Birhen ng Peñafrancia at South Border: Isang Personal Na Repleksiyon sa Pagtatanghal ng Spectacle ng Pagsalat" by Roland Tolentino
  • Third Prize: "Dyipni" by Domingo Landicho

Full-Length Play in Filipino

  • First Prize: No winner
  • Second Prize: No winner
  • Third Prize: "Padre de Familia" by Lito Casaje

One-act Play in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Ma-Te!" by Abel Molina
  • Second Prize: "Digma" by Roel S. Ang
  • Third Prize: No winner


  • First Prize: "Salubong" ni Rene O. Villanueva
  • Second Prize: "Ang Repleksyon ni Miss Trajano" ni Layeta P. Bucoy
  • Third Prize: "Makina" ni Mes de Guzman


  • First Prize: "Azucena" by Enrique Ramos
  • Second Prize: "KBL (Kasal, Binyag, Libing)" by Oskar Monje
  • Third Prize: "Nokturnal" by Lito Casaje

Iloko short story[edit]

  • First Prize: "Dagiti Ulep Iti Arinunos Ti Abril" by Ricarte Agnes
  • Second Prize: "Wayawaya" by Aurelio Agcaoili
  • Third Prize: "Dagiti Banias Iti Alintatao ni Pasintawi Gagan-ayan, Gagangay Nga Umili" by Reynaldo Duque

Cebuano short story[edit]

  • First Prize: "Aron Usbon ang Kalibotan" by Ricardo Patalinhug
  • Second Prize: "Ang Nagharag Nga Balite" by Mario Batausa
  • Third Prize: "Ang Baybayon Ni Simon" by Ernesto Lariosa

Hiligaynon short story[edit]

  • First Prize: "Lirio" by Peter Solis Nery
  • Second Prize: "Tugalbong" by Leoncio Deriada
  • Third Prize: "May Lago, Manong Eddie" by Alfonso Hiponia

Kabataan essay[edit]


  • First Prize: "Onward to the Millennium" by Catherine Candano
  • Second Prize: "Odd Man In" by Juan Ruffo Chong
  • Third Prize: "This Seventeen Year Old and The Country's Progress" by Mary Grace Concepcion


  • First Prize: "Diwang Adhika" by Christopher Bernardo
  • Second Prize: "Kabataan, Kaming Nakapupuwing" by Olivia Wenceslao Valleramos
  • Third Prize: "Ang Pag-unlad ng Bayan At Ako" by Ma. Jocelyn Cortez-Bordador

More winners by year[edit]