The Philippine Board on Books for Young People awards the 2011 PBBY-Salanga Prize to Eugene Evasco, a professor of creative writing and children’s literature of the College of Arts and Letters in the University of the Philippines Diliman.
This year’s PBBY-Salanga Prize called for Rizal-inspired stories, in preparation for the national hero’s 150th birth anniversary. Evasco’s entry entitled “Rizaldy” is about a boy who was named after the holiday on which he was born: Rizal Day. Honorable mention goes to a story about Rizal’s childhood, “Pepe’s Gift” by Patricia Marie Grace Gomez of Bacolod City.
Evasco shall receive PhP 20,000.00, a gold medal, as well as the opportunity to be published. This is his second PBBY-Salanga Grand Prize, having won the award in 1997 for the story “Federico.”
For inquiries about the contest, contact the PBBY Secretariat at telephone number 352-6765 loc. 203 or e-mail pbby(at)adarna.com.ph.
More details to be posted soon at our institutional website.