UA&P professor, alumnus wins 6th Palanca Award

By UA&P Alumni

College of Arts and Sciences faculty member Dr. Joachim Emilio Antonio bags another Carlos Palanca Memorial Award, this time for his full-length play “The Last Filipino.”

“The Last Filipino” is a telling of the interior and exterior revolution of Apolinario Mabini at the twilight of the Philippine-American War. It won second place at the 64th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, held last September 1 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati. There was no third place or first place winner.

Considered the most prestigious and longest-running literary contest in the Philippines, the Palanca Awards’ 64th year honored 47 literary artists in 20 categories. Today, it continues to inspire writers both young and old to improve their literary works.

Garnering Palancas since 2006, Dr. Antonio now counts six Palanca wins.

The other categories where he has won are one-act play in English and short story in Filipino. Two of his winning one-act plays are part of “L.O.V.E. Café”, which is currently being staged in Fully Booked – Bonifacio High Street by a small theater group composed of UA&P alumni and students. Also doing the international rounds is his ten-minute play named “Death in Ten Minutes,” at present being staged in Australia.

After finishing his MA in Humanities with specialization in History in UA&P, Dr. Antonio went on to finish his Doctorate in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Dr. Antonio currently teaches Theater Arts. Visit his website to get to know the writer behind the name.

On behalf of the University of Asia and the Pacific, congratulations on your sixth Palanca win Dr. Antonio!