Prof. Early Sol Gadong wins 4th Palanca for Hiligaynon short story

Ilongga writer and Math teacher, Professor Early Sol Gadong, received her 4th Palanca award in the 70th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. The event was held at the Marquis Events Place, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig last November 30, 2022. 

Prof. Gadong is a Math teacher in the UP High School in Iloilo, Division of Professional Education.

Gadong won 2nd prize in the Short Story-Hiligaynon category for her work titled “Malipayon nga Katapusan.” The 1st prize was awarded to UPV alumnus Peter Solis Nery for his work titled “Ang Macatol Kag ang ‘Queen of Relief.’” Ritchie Pagunsan bagged the 3rd prize for “Esperanza.”

“Malipayon nga Katapusan” is Gadong’s fourth Palanca award. She won her first Palanca in 2016 for her Hiligaynon short story “Nagakaangay nga Panapton,” which won 2nd prize. 

In 2018, she won two awards in the Hiligayonon short story category: “Sa Lum-ok Sang Imu Suso” (1st prize) and “Maraming-Maraming-Marami” (3rd prize). 

The 70th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is the longest-running and most prestigious literary contest in the Philippines. It paused for two years from 2020-2021 due to the pandemic.

This year’s comeback recognized the exceptional literary works of 59 writers, with 28 as first-time awardees. (Source: UPV IPO)

Note: I know Prof. Gadong personally, from local events for writers. Congratulations!

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