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Casocot Wins Palanca

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Sillimanian writer Ian Rosales Casocot won 1st prize in the 2022 Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature under the Short Story in English category, his sixth Palanca award to date.

He received the award for his short story titled Ceferina in Apartment 2G.

Casocot first won a Palanca award in 2002, earning the 2nd prize for his short story, Old Movies. He won another 2nd prize in the Palanca Award in 2003 for his short story, The Hero of the Snore Tango; the 3rd prize in 2007 for his children’s short story, The Last Days of Magic; the 1st prize in 2008 for his short story, Things You Don’t Know; and the 2nd prize in 2012 for his short story, “It Always Breaks my Heart a little to See You Go.”

Casocot taught literature, creative writing, and film at Silliman. He served as coordinator of the Edilberto & Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center, festival director of the Silliman Film Open, and resident panelist of the SU National Writers Workshop.

He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Silliman.

He has won other awards such as the NVM Gonzalez Prize, an Honorable Mention from the 2006 PBBY-Salanga Writer’s Prize, and the Fully-Booked/Neil Gaiman Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards. He was longlisted in the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel Sugar Land. In 2017, he was selected as member of the National Committee on Cinema of the National Commission for Culture & the Arts.

The awarding ceremony of the 70th Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature will be on Nov. 30. (Jameela Antoniette Mendoza)

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