Monday, October 3, 2011

FILCOLS Member Enrique Villasis won P28,000 for His Poetry

Winner of the 2011 Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards in Filipino received his award in a highly-acclaimed cultural event. The award went to FILCOLS member Enrique Villasis, M.A. Filipino from the University of the Philippines and contributing writer to ABS-CBN.

His fellow winners are Mikael de Lara Co for English Category and Pan Weili for Chinese Category. The winners are all below 28 years of age, the cut-off to qualify to the competition that honors the trilingual poet and artist, Maningning Miclat, who passed on at that age. FILCOLS Board of Trustees Members Gemino H. Abad and Marne Kilates, and FILCOLS Member Marjorie Evasco are the judges for the English category; Rogelio Mangahas, FILCOLS Members Benilda Santos and Michael Coroza for Filipino; and Shirley Lua, Lyonel Ty and Alice Changchi for Chinese.

Roeder Camañag, actor, singer and dancer, read “Warship” from Villasis' collection titled Agua. Tanghalang Ateneo's Diana Laserna read “What Passes for Answers,” a poem from the winning English collection of the same title. Shirley Lua, professor of De La Salle University read the original Chinese poem and its translation into English, “The Poet's Tears” from the suite of poems, From Night to Dawn. Chinese entries came all the way from China, the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Runners-up for English, Benedict Parfan and Marie La Viña represented by her parents, and Ramon Enrico Damasing for Filipino joined the winners in a glittering ceremony celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation. It was held last September 29, 2011 at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Diliman. The event was graced by three National Artists – F. Sionil Jose, Bienvenido Lumbera and Napoleon Abueva. Joining them to present the awards were the members of the board of judges and MMAFI trustees Herman T. Gamboa, Edna Zapanta Manlapaz, Mario I. Miclat, Leonardo M. Ramos, Fe Mangahas, Julie Lluch and Alma Cruz Miclat. Each of the winners received an exquisite Julie Lluch sculpture trophy, prize-winning books by the Miclats, and PhP28,000.00 cash.

The awarding ceremony served as a feature to the concert by soprano Banaue Miclat-Janssen, tenor Lemuel dela Cruz and pianist Mary Anne Espina. The performers were most enthusiastically received by the audience. The repertoire included Chinese songs “The Moon Symbolizes my Heart” and “ The Moment,” “Someone to Watch Over Me”by Gershwin, “As If We Never Said Goodbye from the musical Sunset Boulevard, Mutya ng Pasig, Kundiman ng Luha, and duet performances of “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot, “Stranger in Paradise” and “Katakataka.”

The next Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards will be held in 2013. Alternating annually with painting, the Award aims to encourage creativity and give recognition to outstanding and talented young poets and artists.

Revised version of the article from the Reposted here with permission.

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