2001 Palanca Awards

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The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature winners in the year 2001 (rank, title of winning entry, name of author):

English Division[edit]

Short Story

  • First Prize: "The Death of Fray Salvador Montano, Conquistador of Negros" by Rosario Lucero
  • Second Prize: "White Elephants" by Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta
  • Third Prize: "Lyra" by Lakambini Sitoy


  • First Prize: "Pillage and Other Poems" by Alfred Yuson
  • Second Prize: "The Shortest Distance" by Conchitina Cruz
  • Third Prize: "To The Dreamer of Last Things" by John Labella

Short Story for Children

  • First Prize: "Apo Mayor" by Grace Chong
  • Second Prize: "The Ghost of Maria Matalas" by Irene Limpe
  • Third Prize: "Nor Has Ear Heard" by Marie Louise Kalaw Santos


  • First Prize: "Cogito Ergo Sum, or What I Know for Sure I Learned from Science" by Queena Lee-Chua
  • Second Prize: "Lengua Estopado Does Not Mean Stupid Language" by Ernie Zarate
  • Third Prize: "Satellite of Hate" by Tad Ermitano

Full Length Play

  • First Prize: "Maragtas: How Kapinangan Tricked Sumakwel Thrice" by Leoncio Deriada
  • Second Prize: "The Dreamweavers" by Rodolfo Vera
  • Third Prize: "War Booty" by Christopher Gozum ??

One-Act Play

  • First Prize: No winner
  • Second Prize: "In The Gray" by Glenn Sevilla Mas
  • Third Prize: No winner

Future Fiction

  • First Prize: "Turtle Season" by Timothy Montes
  • Second Prize: "Past Forward" by Maria Fres-Felix
  • Third Prize: "The Third Placed Coming" by Antonio Hidalgo

Filipino Division[edit]

Short Story in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Ang Apo ni Lola Soledad" by Edgardo Maranan
  • Second Prize: "Ang Baliw ng Bayan ng Sili" ni Roy V. Aragon
  • Third Prize: "Kalayo" by Gil Olea Mendoza

Poetry in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Mga Lagot na Liwanag" Michael Coroza
  • Second Prize: "Nakatanim ng Granada Ang Diyos" by Rebecca Anonuevo
  • Third Prize: "Ang Paghagilap sa Karaniwan" by Eugene Evasco

Short Story for Children in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Sandosenang Sapatos" by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan
  • Second Prize: "Ang Madyik ni Paolo" by Glenda Oris
  • Third Prize: "Ang Mahiwagang Kahon" by Dencel Limbo-Aquino

Essay in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Mga Pilat Sa Pilak" by Eugene Evasco
  • Second Prize: "Ang Kumbento, Ang Aklatan at Ang Casa Tribunal ng Candon" by Reynaldo Duque
  • Third Prize: "Sari-Saring Paninda" by Jing Castro Panganiban

Future Fiction in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Ampalaya" by Reuel Molina Aguila
  • Second Prize: "Ima" by Jimmuel Naval
  • Third Prize: "Ang Pamilyang Kumakain ng Lupa" by Khavn De La Cruz

Full-Length Play in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Last Order sa Penguin" by Chris Martinez
  • Second Prize: "Iraya" by Edward Perez
  • Third Prize: "Indio Anakbanua" by Allan Librada Panlileo

One-act Play in Filipino

  • First Prize: "Resureksiyon" by Jose Victor Z. Torres
  • Second Prize: "Sardinas" by Ferdinand Jarin
  • Third Prize: "Kumpit: Sa Ngalan ng Krus at ng Kris" by Aurora Yumul


  • First Prize: "A Date With Jao Mapa" by Enrique Belo Henares
  • Second Prize: "Pick Up" by Althea Lauren Ricardo
  • Third Prize: "San Nicolas" by Tomas Agulto


  • First Prize: "Ligalig" by Roy Iglesias
  • Second Prize: "Pagkatapos ng Paalam" by Ma. Rebecca Arcega
  • Third Prize: "Bayad Luha" by Edward Mark Meily

Ilokano Short Story[edit]

  • First Prize: "Ysabelo" by Reynaldo Duque
  • Second Prize: "Dagiti Maris Ti Bannagaw" by William Alvarado
  • Third Prize: "Ti Wagayway, Ni Lakay Pedro Salacnib Ken Maysa A Bigat" by Arnold Pascual Jose

Cebuano Short Story[edit]

  • First Prize: "Ang Bata Nga Dili Matulog" by Macario Tiu
  • Second Prize: "Tuli" by Arturo Penaserada
  • Third Prize: "Takna sa Kagabhion" by Ricardo Patalinjug

Hiligaynon Short Story[edit]

  • First Prize: "Ang Mga Birhen sa Masulog" by Isabel Sebullen
  • Second Prize: "Lubid" by Leoncio Deriada

Kabataan Essay[edit]


  • First Prize: "Of Enormous Turnips, Little Books and Life’s Big Lessons" by Enrico Miguel Subido
  • Second Prize: "The Greatest ‘Trash’ I’ve Read" by Patricia Nicole Golez
  • Third Prize: "A Glimpse of Dawn" by Frances Majella Tan Cabahug


  • First Prize: "Bagani Ubbog: Paghahanap sa Tatak ng Angkan" by Reynaldo Bienvenido Duque II
  • Second Prize: "Ang Libro, Ang Mambabasa, Ang Pagbabago" by Karen Jamora
  • Third Prize: "Huwag Mo Akong Salingin, Indiong Gusgusin" by Jefferson Capati

More winners by year[edit]