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HAU student wins Palanca Award

A college student from Holy Angel University (HAU) was declared First Prize winner of the Kabataan Essay category of this year’s Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

Rowin C. de Leon, a third-year Education student majoring in Social Studies and associate editor of Nexus, the student publication of the University’s College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASEd), became the first Angelite to win the country’s most prestigious literary competition.

De Leon, who graduated high school from the Angeles City National High School (ACNHS), lives in Hensonville, Angeles City with parents Mauro de Leon and the former LermaCerca, a native of Rizal, Nueva Ecija.

His winning piece, an essay entitled “Ang Alamat ng Batang Manunulat,” won in the competition’s Kabataan Sanaysay (Essay) category, for writers 17 years old and below. This year’s theme was “Ano ang Papel na Ginagampanan ng Panitikan sa Pag-unlad ng Isang Bansa?”

According to De Leon, his essay is a personal account of how a small book he discovered as a child has inspired him to write. He considers the experience a metaphor for the role of literature in nation-building.

The Palanca Awards, considered the country’s Pulitzer Prize, are the most prestigious and longest-running literary contest in the Philippines. Established in 1950 to memorialize the legacy of philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Awards have served as incentive for writers to craft their outstanding works and as repository of some of the country’s literary treasures.

De Leon will receive his award on September 1 at The Peninsula Manila.

Date Posted: 08-27-2013