ABS-CBN scriptwriters win Palanca literature awards

Vincent Garcia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 09 2019 05:25 AM | Updated as of Nov 09 2019 05:32 PM

Bridgette Ann Rebuca and Jaymar Santos Castro, who both write for ABS-CBN primetime shows, received their award at the 69th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature at a ceremony this Friday held at The Peninsula Manila, Makati. Vincent Garcia, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Two different stories --one about dating, another centering on a road trip-- both winners at this year's prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. The authors? Both scriptwriters for primetime ABS-CBN shows.

"Transient Lovers," about the complexities of dating and how a stranger can suddenly change one's life, set in Baguio, won third prize in the Dulang May Isang Yugto category, and was written by Bridgette Ann Rebuca, best known for her work in the popular teleserye "Wildflower."

The story mainly centers on two people on the cusp of love, one of them older than the other. "It's like a love letter to my millennial self," explained Rebuca in an interview with ABS-CBN News, describing it as if the characters were two sides of hers -- twinkly-eyed, impressionable; mature, restrained.

The message of "she would not have been who she is right now if not for the pain, the hurt, and the frustrations her younger self felt and grappled with about love and life" is not lost.

Bridgette Ann Rebuca is one of two ABS-CBN writers for a primetime show who took home a prestigious Palanca award Friday night, in a ceremony held at The Peninsula Manila. Bridgette Ann Rebuca's Facebook page

This is not the first time Rebuca submitted to the Palanca Awards, but this is her first win. She revealed that she hopes to turn the one-act play into a full-length script for a movie, with a goal of trying to make a big screen version of it a reality.

Rebuca has been with ABS-CBN for more than a decade, and she said that she considers writing and telling stories, having been raised in the company of books, are the things she is passionate about.

The other Kapamilya winner is Jaymar Santos Castro who wrote the second prize winning piece in the Dulang Pampelikula category, "Angkas," about a habal-habal driver.

Set in Compostela Valley, the habal-habal driver in Castro's story is the only one in his town willing to transfer dead bodies. When he and an estranged friend of his are asked to pick up a cadaver together, their trip takes a considerably more meaningful turn.

According to Castro, he first wrote "Angkas" as a script for a film he plans to do with director Rain Yamson II. The movie is in its infancy, but the target is to release it in next year's Cinemalaya.

Castro has written episodes for "Maalaala Mo Kaya," and is part of the team working on the ongoing afternoon drama "Pamilya Ko."

He said that writing for TV dramas --a childhood dream of his-- has equipped him with the basics of storytelling. He vouches for it as a great starting point for beginner writers as it allows them to master a formula that works before experimenting.

"Kapag na-perfect mo na iyong formula, saka na ka na puwede umalis doon," Castro said.

Like Rebuca, Castro has been with ABS-CBN for more than 10 years.

Kapamilya writers Jaymar Santos Castro and Bridgette Ann Rebuca take a picture after celebrating their respective wins at the prestigious Palanca awards Friday night, in a ceremony held at The Peninsula Manila. Bridgette Ann Rebuca's Facebook page

A total of 56 writers, 32 of which are first-time awardees, were chosen as the winners of the 69th Palanca awards --from the more than 1,000 written works received across 22 categories. 

Named after businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards continuously seeks to cultivate local literature by providing incentives for writers, serving as a treasury of literary gems at the same time. 

The complete winners for this year's awards can be read below: 

KABATAAN DIVISION

KABATAAN SANAYSAY

  • 1st Prize
    Marielle M. Calicdan
    "Echo Mula Sa Gatilyo"
  • 2nd Prize
    Mark Andy Pedere
    "Sa Pilang Salungat sa Manghuhula at Bolang Kristal"
  • 3rd Prize
    Adrian Pete Medina Pregonir
    "Noon Akto-o He'n Fa Gali Em (May Katotohanan pa pala)"

KABATAAN ESSAY

  • 1st Prize
    Enrico Miguel Pe Aguirre Perez
    "Thoughts on Eden"
  • 2nd Prize
    Criscela Ysabelle A. Racelis
    "Before You Click"
  • 3rd Prize
    Ann Jeline R. Pablo
    "The Naught of What-is, What-ifs, and Whats-not"

FILIPINO DIVISION

MAIKLING KUWENTO

  • 1st Prize
    Eros S. Atalia
    "Si Etot"
  • 2nd Prize
    Benjamin Joshua L. Gutierrez
    "Dahil Wala Kaming Tubig"
  • 3rd Prize
    Allan Alberto N. Derain
    "Hilaw at Luto sa Bangkete ni Kapitan Gimo"

MAIKLING KUWENTONG PAMBATA

  • 1st Prize
    Luis P. Gatmaitan, M.D.
    "Maselan ang Tanong ng Batang si Usman"
  • 2nd Prize
    Victoria Estrella C. Bravo
    "Ako ang Kuya"
  • 3rd Prize
    Jacqueline V. Franquelli
    "Anak ng Tinapay"

SANAYSAY

  • 1st Prize
    Marianne Mixkaela Z. Villalon
    "Form & Content: Sandata sa Panahon ng Disimpormasyon at War on Drugs"
  • 2nd Prize
    Wilfredo O. Pascual Jr.
    "Sumasaiyo"
  • 3rd Prize
    Reson A. Gregorio
    "Wala sa Langit si Hesus"

TULA

  • 1st Prize
    Lamberto E. Antonio
    "Turno Kung Nokturno at iba pang Tiyempo ng Rilyebo sa Pagberso"
  • 2nd Prize
    Ralph Lorenz G. Fonte, M.D.
    "Ang Wika ng Dagat ay Layo"
  • 3rd Prize
    Allan John Andres
    "Yaong Hindi Maaaring Hawakan nang Buo"

TULA PARA SA MGA BATA

  • 1st Prize
    (no winner)
  • 2nd Prize
    John Romeo L. Venturero
    "Ganito sa Pabrika"
  • 3rd Prize
    German Villanueva Gervacio
    "Ang Totoo Raya, ang Ulan ay Luha ng Bituin"

DULANG MAY ISANG YUGTO

  • 1st Prize
    (no winner) 
  • 2nd Prize
    Chona M. Fernando
    "Beach House"
  • 3rd Prize
    Bridgette Ann M. Rebuca
    "Transient Lovers"

DULANG GANAP ANG HABA

  • 1st Prize
    Dustin Edward D. Celestino
    "Ang Duyan ng Magiting"
  • 2nd Prize
    Mario L. Mendez, Jr.
    "Ang Huling Mambabatok"
  • 3rd Prize
    Bonifacio P. Ilagan
    "Junix at Maricel"

DULANG PAMPELIKULA

  • 1st Prize
    Mary Honeylyn Joy E. Alipio
    "Teatro Pacifico"
  • 2nd Prize
    Jaymar Santos Castro
    "Angkas"
  • 3rd Prize
    Rodolfo C. Vera
    "Nana Rosa"

REGIONAL DIVISION

SHORT STORY-CEBUANO

  • 1st Prize
    Roehl Joseph A. Dazo
    "Binignit"
  • 2nd Prize
    Januar E. Yap
    "Ang Haya ni Tasyo"
  • 3rd Prize
    Jondy M. Arpilleda
    "Armas"

SHORT STORY-HILIGAYNON

  • 1st Prize
    Alice Tan Gonzales
    "Si Ena sa Kasisidmon"
  • 2nd Prize
    Ritchie D. Pagunsan
    "Pakutkot"
  • 3rd Prize
    Anthony B. Capirayan
    "Ang mga Retrato sang Dalaga"

SHORT STORY-ILOKANO

  • 1st Prize
    Edison B. Tobias
    "El Quinto"
  • 2nd Prize
    Daniel L. Nesperos
    "Ti Kayo"
  • 3rd Prize
    Remedios S. Tabelisma-Aguillon
    "Naisangsangayan a Sangaili"

ENGLISH DIVISION

SHORT STORY

  • 1st Prize
    Kathleen Osias
    "James Machine"
  • 2nd Prize
    Rayjinar Anne Marie de Guia Salcedo
    "Death for Serafina"
  • 3rd Prize
    Adrian Carl M. Pescador
    "Neon Blindness"

SHORT STORY FOR CHILDREN

  • 1st Prize
    Juanita Roxas Singer
    "Pretty Peach and The Color-Matching Kaleidoscope"
  • 2nd Prize
    Victoria Estrella C. Bravo
    "Hair"
  • 3rd Prize
    Daisy Ruth Oñate Sohne
    "The Accidental Adventure of Bubalus Bubalis"

ESSAY 

  • 1st Prize
    Jocelyn G. Nicolas
    "The Age of the Missing"
  • 2nd Prize
    Josephine V. Roque
    "Ashfall"
  • 3rd Prize
    Michaela Sarah De Leon
    "Call Me A Book "Editor," I Dare You"

POETRY

  • 1st Prize
    Regine Miren D. Cabato
    "Notes from the Field"
  • 2nd Prize
    Rodrigo V. Dela Peña Jr.
    "Pentimento"
  • 3rd Prize
    Alvin Dela Serna Lopez
    "Departures"

POETRY WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

  • 1st Prize
    (no winner)
  • 2nd Prize
    (no winner)
  • 3rd Prize
    Mia A. Buenaventura
    "What Magical Fur is This? And Other Poems"

ONE-ACT PLAY

  • 1st Prize
    Peter Zaragoza Mayshle
    "Dolorosa"
  • 2nd Prize
    Adrian Carl M. Pescador
    "Daddy Complex"
  • 3rd Prize
    Maria Amparo Nolasco Warren
    "The Root of all Magic"

FULL-LENGTH PLAY

  • 1st Prize
    Justin Michael A. Naniong
    "Changelings"
  • 2nd Prize
    Rolando S. Salvaña
    "Mercy Country"
  • 3rd Prize
    Lito Casaje
    "Theoria Republica"

NOVEL

  • Grand Prize
    Reine Arcache Melvin
    "The Betrayed"

NOBELA

  • Grand Prize
    Jerking Guzman Pingol
    "Agaw-anino"