28 December 2012

S.E.A. Write Award

The S.E.A. Write Award, or Southeast Asian Writers Award, is a recognition given yearly to a poet or writer in Southeast Asia since 1979. It is given to an author from each of the ten nations comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It can be given to recognize a single work or an enitre oeuvre of the author. The winners in each country are chosen by their peers.

Here's the list of recipients of S.E.A. Write Award from the Philippines:

1979 Jolico Cuadra

1980 Nick Joaquín

1981 Gregorio C. Brillantes

1982 Adrian E. Cristobal

1983 Edilberto K. Tiempo

1984 Virginia R. Moreno

1985 Ricaredo Demetillo

1986 Jose Maria Sison

1987 Bienvenido N. Santos

1988 Rio Alma (Virgilio S. Almario)

1989 Lina Espina Moore

1990 Carmen Guerrero Nakpil

1991 Isagani R. Cruz

1992 Alfred A. Yuson

1993 Linda Ty-Casper

1994 Buenaventura S. Medina Jr.

1995 Teo T. Antonio

1996 Mike L. Bigornia

1997 Alejandro R. Roces

1998 Marne L. Kilates

1999 Ophelia A. Dimalanta

2000 Antonio Enriquez

2001 Felice Prudente Sta. Maria

2002 Roberto T. Añonuevo

2003 Domingo G. Landicho

2004 César Ruiz Aquino

2005 Malou Leviste Jacob

2006 Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera Jr.

2007 Michael M. Coroza

2008 Elmer A. Ordoñez

2009 Abdon Balde Jr.

2010 Marjorie M. Evasco

2011 Romulo P. Baquiran Jr.

2012 Charlson Ong

Official site: http://seawrite.com/
List of winners

27 December 2012

Philippine National Artists for Literature

The title Pambansang Alagad ng Sining (National Artist) is the highest distinction given to a Filipino who gave a singular contribution to the enrichment of national art. It is given in various fields of art (Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film, Broadcast Arts, at Architecture and Allied Arts).

The chosen National Artists are announced through a Presidential Proclamation. They will also be included in the Order of National Artists and will be honored with a collar and citation in a ceremony. There are many benefits that a National Artist will receive, such as a monthly pension, state funeral and burial, and acknowledgement in cultural events.

The Order of National Artists is administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and is awarded by the President of the Philippines after the recommendation of these two institutions following a set of criteria and guidelines.

In the category of Literature, the proclaimed National Artists since 1972 are the following. (Links go to Goodreads.)

Amado V. Hernandez

Jose Garcia Villa

Nick Joaquín

Carlos P. Romulo

Francisco Arcellana

Rolando S. Tinio*

Levi Celerio*

N. V. M. Gonzalez

Carlos Quirino*

Edith L. Tiempo

F. Sionil José

Virgilio S. Almario

Alejandro R. Roces

Bienvenido Lumbera

* Tinio is conferred the title for Theater and Literature; Celerio for Music and Literature; and Carlos Quirino for Historical Literature.


The award is not without controversy. In 2009, the awarding of National Artist to several individuals, including Lazaro Francisco for Literature (posthumous), was put on hold. The reason? Then President Gloria Arroyo included in the list four individuals (her political allies) who did not undergo deliberation by the final selection committee. It was greeted with protests by many, leading to the suspension of the awarding of National Artist.

26 December 2012

Winners of the Philippine National Book Awards

The National Book Awards is yearly awarded by the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics' Circle (MCC). The MCC is an organization of professional critics and newspaper columnists. Started by MCC in 1982, the administration of the award was transferred to NBDB in 2008.

The following lists the winners in the Fiction category, combining the winning titles for novels and short fiction in English and Filipino (Tagalog). The category is also awarded in other Philippines languages.

Utos ng Hari at Iba Pang Kuwento by Jun Cruz Reyes

Finalities: A Novelette and Five Short Stories by Edilberto K. Tiempo
The Praying Man by Bienvenido N. Santos

Oldtimer and Other Stories by Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.

Southern Harvest: A Collection of Stories by Renato E. Madrid
Tutubi, Tutubi, 'Wag Kang Magpahuli sa Mamang Salbahe by Jun Cruz Reyes
What the Hell For You Left Your Heart in San Francisco by Bienvenido N. Santos

State of War by Ninotchka Rosca

Planet Waves by Eric Gamalinda

Herstory by Rosario Cruz Lucero
Men of the East and Other Stories by Charlson L. Ong

Laro sa Baga by Edgardo M. Reyes

Killing Time in a Warm Place by Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.
Pagsalunga: Piniling Kuwento at Sanaysay by Rogelio R. Sicat

Tales for a Rainy Night by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo

Eros, Thanatos, Cubao: Mga Piling Katha by Tony Perez

Penmanship and Other Stories by Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.

Kung Wala na ang Tag-araw / Ano Ngayon, Ricky? by Rosario de Guzman-Lingat

Bibliolepsy by Gina Apostol
Letting Go and Other Stories by Susan S. Lara

Lassitude and Other Stories by Carlos Cortes
Mens Rea and Other Stories by Lakambini Sitoy

Catch a Falling Star by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo
A Normal Life and Other Stories by Reine Arcache Melvin
White Turtle by Merlinda Bobis

Etsa-Puwera by Jun Cruz Reyes
Life Before X and Other Stories by Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta
My Sad Republic by Eric Gamalinda

Suite Bergamasque: The Boulevard Stories by Bobby Flores-Villasis

Smaller and Smaller Circles by F. H. Batacan
Testament and Other Stories by Katrina Tuvera

Daisy Nueve: Stories Weird, Wonderful, Whatever by Menchu Aquino Sarmiento
Feast and Famine: Stories of Negros by Rosario Cruz Lucero
Mayong ni Abdon M. Balde Jr.
The Sky Over Dimas by Vicente Garcia Groyon

Hunyango sa Bato by Abdon M. Balde Jr.
People on Guerrero Street by Leoncio P. Deriada
Women of Tammuz by Azucena Grajo Uranza
Cadena de Amor and Other Short Stories by Wilfrido D. Nolledo
On Cursed Ground and Other Stories by Vicente Garcia Groyon

Calvary Road: Mga Kuwento sa Balighong Panahon by Abdon M. Balde Jr.
White Elephants: Stories by Angelo Lacuesta
Ang Sandali ng mga Mata by Alvin B. Yapan
Maligayang Pagdating sa Sitio Catacutan: Mga Kuwentong Kasisindakan, Aklat 1 by Tony Perez
Malagim ang Gabi sa Sitio Catacutan: Mga Kuwentong Kasisindakan, Aklat 2 by Tony Perez
Pagluwas by Zosimo Quibilan Jr.

(H)istoryador(a) by Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera Jr.
Banyaga: A Song of War by Charlson Ong
The Jupiter Effect by Katrina Tuvera

Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street by Benjamin Pimentel

The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata by Gina Apostol

Blue Angel, White Shadow by Charlson Ong
Lumbay ng Dila by Genevieve L. Asenjo (Citation)

Better Homes and Other Fictions: Collected Prose by Connie J. Maraan
100 Kislap by Abdon M. Balde Jr.

(List Of Winners)

22 December 2012

Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 (+ novels from the Philippines)

The 15-book longlist for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize longlist is announced. Nine Asian countries are represented, headed by India (3 novels) and Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and China (2 novels each). Unless there's a new sponsor for the prize, however, it may well be the final batch of longlists as Man Group backed out of sponsoring the next year's edition of the prize.

I note that no novels from the Philippines made it to the list this year and even last year. Novels by Filipinos that had been previously considered for the prize are the following (links go to Goodreads pages):

Soledad's Sister by Jose Dalisay - shortlisted, 2007

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco - winner, 2008

The Music Child by Alfred A. Yuson - shortlisted, 2008

Sugar Land by Ian Casocot - longlisted, 2008

Sweet Haven by Lakambini Sitoy - longlisted, 2008

The Descartes Highlands by Eric Gamalinda - shortlisted, 2009

Leche by R. Zamora Linmark - longlisted, 2009

Secrets of the Eighteen Mansions by Mario I. Miclat - longlisted, 2009

Different Countries by Clarissa V. Militante - longlisted, 2009

Eight Muses of the Fall by Edgar Calabia Samar - longlisted, 2009

Below the Crying Mountain by Criselda Yabes - longlisted, 2010

I've read the first two, am currently reading Samar's novel in original Tagalog (Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog), and am interested in several of the titles.