LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, April 10 (PIA) –The provincial government feted local writers who helped promote the Pangasinan language through their literary works.
The awarding ceremony of the Pangasinan literary contest dubbed “Kurit Panlunggaring” was held in front of the Capitol building in this town during the commemoration of the 433rd founding anniversary of the province on April 5.
Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. said that “Kurit Panlunggaring” was established anew to inspire younger generation of literary writers to embrace fully the beauty of Pangasinan language through their artistic masterpieces.
“It was geared to awaken the senses of every Pangasinense so that they become more appreciative of their culture and history,” Espino said.
There were two categories in the contest under two divisions: essay and poetry writing for the youth and poetry and short story writing for adults.
Winners for the essay writing category in the youth division were Angela Kate Estrada (Calasiao), first place; Denson Padlan (Aguilar), 2nd place; and Jayson Bustamante (Binmaley), 3rd place.
The best poetry writers in the youth division included Kim John Santillan (Dagupan City); Kristine Dawn Dudang (Lingayen), 2nd place; and Ma. Angela Rosal (Dagupan City), 3rd place.
On the other hand, the winners for the poetry writing in the adult division were Jahwela Ocay (Mangaldan), 1st place; Alma Nepascua (Alaminos City), 2nd place; and Mark Anthony Austria (Alaminos City), 3rd place.
Best short story writers in the adult division were Harvie Aquino (Lingayen), 1st place; Lanie Tomas (Dagupan City), 2nd place; and Alex Romeo Fernandez (Dagupan City), 3rd place.
The awardees received cash prizes and trophies from the provincial government. Non-winning authors were given a certificate of participation. (MCA/AM, PIA1-Pangasinan)#