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– I’m just jotting notes here because I’m too sleepy to write an entire blog entry.
– Bien Lumbera as guest speaker, Carlo J Caparas as judge for Dulang Pampelikula; I waited for the cat fight that didn’t come.
– But Mr Lumbera had some choice words. Maswerte kayong mga nagsipagwagi ngayong gabi; walang bahid-pulitika ang inyong pagkapanalo. (Rim shot.)
– Buffet! That was too far from where we were sitting!
– My father lined up for the buffet three times. I am so proud.
– Unfortunately now I feel like I wasn’t able to get enough dessert.
– During the presentation of the one-act play (which was a riot, I’m telling you) there were two guys in front of my seat. I almost tapped them on the shoulder and said, Excuse me you’re in the way.
– It turned out to that they were part of the one-act play.
– Imagine if I actually turned the bitch on and told them to scoot to the side. Ulk.
– Favorite moment: My father rushing to our table before dinner was served, and telling my mother, Nakita ko si Ricky Davao.
– Favorite moment: Finding out that Anne Lagamayo (PSF contributor,author of “Hopscotch”) also won a Palanca. It took me three hours to finally figure out who she was, haha. (She and her mom were at our table.)
– Favorite moment: FINDING OUT THAT MOOKIE KATIGBAK, KAEL CO, AND CONCHITINA CRUZ WERE THE BOARD OF JUDGES THIS YEAR FOR POETRY HOLY MOTHER—
– So that’s why Mookie and Kael congratulated me at the Free Press shindig. Hee. I get it now.
– But really, MOOKIE KATIGBAK, KAEL CO, AND CONCHITINA CRUZ WERE THE BOARD OF JUDGES THIS YEAR FOR POETRY HOLY MOTHER—
– Fuck me, man.
– Favorite moment: A judge onstage shaking my hand and saying, I heard you were very good.
– Favorite moment: Kael Co shaking my mother’s hand and saying, Napakahusay pong tumula ng anak niyo.
– Favorite moment: Conchitina Cruz (Conchitina Cruz!) saying, We love your work.
– Conchitina Cruz!
– Conchitina Cr – okay, enough.
– *Bleep* to me: Writers are HOT.
– Me: YES.
– The catch: They’re either taken, or they don’t like you.
– Dean Alfar: Look at [Eliza’s] fuck-me shoes!
– There! Quoted! Ha!
– I wanted to approach Luis Katigbak, but the fuck-me shoes wouldn’t let me, ow.
Bien Lumbera said that we Palanca winners must continue to write.
And done. :)