The Winners and Finalists of the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards:
FICTION: (Judges are Charlson Ong, Celeste Flores-Coscolluela, Exie Abola)
1. Erscheinung – Michelangelo Samson (3rd Place)
2. Panopticon of El Hogar – Russel Stanley Geronimo
3. After The Body Displaces Water – Daryll Jane Delgado
4. When You See A Dog – Jenette Vizcocho (2nd Place)
5. Recuerdos de Patay – Caroline Hau (1st Place)
6. Sweet – Marguerite de Leon
7. Spawn – Popi Laudico
8. Desert Winds – Jean Gerald Anuddin
9. Numb – Jenette Vizcocho
10. A Study of Insects – Irene Carolina Sarmiento
11. Works Cited – U. Eliserio
12. Fade to Red – Twink Macaraig
POETRY: (Judges are Noelle Leslie de la Cruz, Marne Kilates, Gemino Abad)
1. Variations on the Expulsion from Eden – Eliza Victoria
2. The Painted Prince – Frank Penones Jr.
3. Duwende – Myrna Peña-Reyes
4. Love is How We Come Undone -Amado Bajarias
5. How to Kill a Whale Shark – Timi Siytangco (2nd Place)
6. Warrior’s Wife (After Li Po) – Ino Habana
7. Weight Without Gravity – Andrea Teran (3rd Place)
8. The Widow, Upon Learning That Her Old Lover Had Returned to the Island of San Antonio – Merlie Alunan
9. Zeno’s Paradox – Luisa A. Igloria (1st Place)
10. Weight of the World – Michellan Sarile-Alagao
Congrats to the winners!
This year’s event was held at the Club Cafe of the Makati Sports Club.
On that table (partly seen in the picture) sits National Artist F. Sionil Jose. I was too shy to take a picture of him.
While drinking wine and having a dinner of meat-and-asparagus rolls, lumpia, kani sandwich, penne pasta, and sweet fruit tarts (my approximation of the dishes served that night), I was able to talk to Noelle, Joel, Khavn (so sorry I didn’t recognize you at once eek I’m still embarrassed), Michelangelo Samson (congrats on the win!), Andrea Teran (congrats!) and Jenette Vizcocho. (She asked me what my category was before the announcement, and when I said Poetry, she said, “Ayos, friends tayo.” HAHA!) Tin’s cousin, Gian Lao, approached me and said lovely things about my poetry. “This is about meeting THE Eliza Victoria.” That’s too much! But thank you!
We were also able to share a table with Twink Macaraig and her husband.
And now for the nominated poem: