February 1, 2013, Filed under Press Release

LINGAYEN—The Kurit Panlunggaring , 2nd Literary Awards in Pangasinan Language is now open to all writers in the Province of Pangasinan.

Maria Luisa Amor Elduayan, Chief Tourism Operations Officer, said the Kurit Panlunggaring is a poem, essay and short story writing contest launched by the province last year as one of the highlights of the Agew na Pangasinan foundation anniversary celebration which is held every April 5 of each year.

Elduayan said the undertaking aims to develop Pangasinan literature by offering incentives to encourage professional and aspiring local writers here.

This is also in line with the province’s I Love Pangasinan Movement as it seeks to help preserve the Pangasinan language as well as the Pangasinenses’ appreciation of their mother tongue in the written form in consonance with Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr.’s advocacy to teach every Pangasinense the Pangasinan language and learn to speak the language especially those in the Ilocano speaking areas.

It will be recalled that Gov. Espino has strongly pushed for the development of the Pangasinan language which has paved way for the creation of programs and projects designed to develop and promote the basic love for our province and the revival and preservation of our language.

This included the creation of the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission to write a more accurate record of Pangasinan’s history, culture and arts, the launching last year of the Pangasinan Hymn to instill in the people especially the young the love for their province, and the Annual Pangasinan Culture and Arts Festival through the Balitok a Tawir featuring Pangasinan folk songs and dances and the I Love Pangasinan Movement.

As this developed, Elduayan disclosed that the contest has two categories under two divisions: Poetry and Short Story Writing (Adult Division) and Poetry and Essay Writing (Youth Division – 18 years and below.)

Authors can submit two separate entries where each can win a prize and all entries must be written in the Pangasinan language.

The theme is open and free, except for the Essay writing under the youth division which shall have as a theme,  “Ikinon Ko’y Baley a Sinulmingan.”

Entries must be original (not translated from other languages); have not won a prize in other contests and published and produced works can be entered n the contest.

For Poetry category, the entry must be a collection of 8 to 10 poems which must not be less than 10 lines but not more than 25 lines. It must be typewritten clearly, single spaced or computerized in size 12, font Times New Roman Medium on an 8 ½ x 11 bond paper.

For the short story category, an entry must be at least 10 but not more than 28 written pages. It must be typewritten clearly, double spaced or computerized in size 12 font Times New Medium on an 8 ½ x 11 bond paper with approximately one inch on all sides and the page number typed consecutively e.g. 1 of 28, 2 0f 28 and so on and the entry must include a one-page synopsis.

For the essay category, an entry must be at least four but not more than five copies typewritten carrying an original title.

All entries should be submitted in five copies and one copy of CD and all sets of entry shall bear only the pen name of the contestant and not his or her real name.

Each entry  must be accompanied with a sealed envelope containing a short biography of the author bearing his or her name and address, title of entry and a 2×2 picture and cellphone or telephone number.

All entries should be accompanied by the official entry form and notarized authorized form, parental consent, if applicable.

The decision of the Board of Judges shall be final. In cases when it is discovered that the author is not the real creator of the winning entry or he or she has violated Rule No. 2 of the contest, the BOJ and the organizers have the right to retrieve the awarded prize and be banned in the contest again in any future literary contest in the provincial government.

Cash prizes for the Poetry Division (adult division) will be given to the 1st to 3rd prizes respectively ranging from P10, 000- 1st prize; P8, 000- 2nd prize and P5, 000-3rd prize.

For the youth division (poetry), 1st prize receives P5, 000; 2nd prize-P3, 000; and P2, 000 for the 3rd prize.

The short story category will be giving out P15, 000 for the 1st prize and P10, 000 and P8, 000 respectively for the 2nd and 3rd prize.

For the essay writing contest, the top winner will receive P8, 000 while the 2nd and 3rd prize will be given P5, 000 and P3, 000.

Winners shall be announced on March 25 and awarding of prizes will be held during the Commemorative Program of Agew na Pangasinan on April 5, 2013.

For information and submission of entries, see the Secretariat, Pangasinan Tourism Office, 1st Floor Malong Building, Capitol Complex, Lingayen, Pangasinan with contact numbers at (075) 542-8007 or 542-6853.

Deadline for submission of entries will be on March 14. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)



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