Silliman University English faculty member Asst. Prof. Ian Fermin Casocot won 2nd place in three literary genres of the 2023 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature contest.
His entry, Don’t Follow Me, I Don’t Even Know Where I’m Going was adjudged 2nd place in the short story category.
The Midsummer of Manuel Arguilla, his entry for the one-act play category, also won 2nd place.
A third win is for his poem, Bisaya for All that We Gugma, for the poetry for children category.
Casocot will receive his awards in a ceremony on Nov. 27 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.
Casocot, who writes a regular column in the MetroPost called Tempest in a Coffeemug, has won many writing awards, including several Palanca Awards.
He teaches Literature and Creative Writing courses, and is also a resident writer of the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center whose flagship program is the SU National Writers Workshop, considered to be the longest running writers workshop in Asia.
Established in 1950, the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is named after Don Carlos Palanca Sr. which aims to develop Philippine literature by “providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary works, by being a treasury of the Philippines’ literary gems from our gifted writers, and [by assisting] in their eventual dissemination to our people, particularly students.” (SU OIP)