(PR) Tacloban City- The National Commission for Culture and the Arts in cooperation with the Leyte Normal University announced this year’s winners of Pasidungog Eduardo Makabenta Sr. Para Han Siday (Eduardo Makabenta Sr. Literary Award for Poetry) yesterday.
The winners are Leonilo D. Lopido from Dolores, E. Samar (first prize), Ma. Evangelina Lumen-Pundavela from La Paz, Leyte (second prize), and Jhonil C. Bajado from Maydolong, Eastern Samar (third prize).
Winners will receive a plaque of recognition and cash prizes of P15,000, P10,000 and P5,000 for the first, second and third prize respectively. This year’s judges were Prof. Merlie Alunan, Dr. David Genotiva and Mr. Dante Rosales.
Now on its third year, the “Pasidungog” honors the memory of the late Eduardo Makabenta Sr., a Waray poet who also translated Rizal’s two novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, into Waray. Makabenta also published the first Waray-English Dictionary.
In line with the 127th anniversary of Eduardo Makabenta Sr., the awarding ceremony will be on the 13th of October, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at HRDC, Alba Hall, Leyte Normal University, Tacloban City, Leyte. For more information, contact Mr. Voltaire Oyzon, Pasidungog Eduardo Makabenta Sr. Para Han Siday Coordinator, at 0906-395-3763 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. (With reports from V. Oyzon)