Sunday, February 27, 2005

The Maningning Miclat Art Foundation announces the launching of the Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards competition for 2005. The competition is open to young poets age 28 and below. Contestants may join any or all of the three language divisions - Filipino, English and Chinese - but can submit only one (1) entry in every division. An entry must consist of at least eight (8) but not more than fifteen (15) poems. Each piece in an entry should be originally written in the language division it belongs and not a translation of a poem in another division.

The Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards is named after the late multiawarded artist, trilingual poet and writer, translator and teacher. Maningning Miclat left behind a book of poetry written in English, Chinese and Filipino, "Voice from the Underworld" (Anvil, 2000), a National Book Award finalist. Miclat was recognized during the International Women's Year held in Beijing as one of the World's top-rated 39 women poets writing in Chinese, having been included in an anthology published in China in 1995.

Equally recognized as an artist, Maningning won the 1992 Art Association of the Philippines grand prize for her abstract painting, "Trouble in Paradise." Last year, some 60 students from 17 universities, colleges, and high schools participated in the 1st Maningning Miclat Painting Competition. Dexter M. Sy of the Far Eastern University took the top prize which included a P28,000.00 check and a glass trophy by sculptor Ramon Orlina. Receiving honorable mention were three other young painters: Vicente H. Estandarte and Lady Diana Mendoza of the University of the Philippines Diliman and Fitzsimon Herrera of the University of the East. The next Maningning Miclat Painting Competition will be held in 2006.

The 1st Maningning Miclat Poetry Award in 3 languages was held in 2003. The grand prize winner in English, Naya S. Valdellon, went on to win the Palanca Awards' top prize the following year. Meanwhile, honorable mention awardee, Angelo Suarez, Jr., won the Struga Bridges Poetry Prize in 2004. The Filipino division's grand prize winner, Joselito delos Reyes and honorable mentions Mayo Uno Martin and Mesandel Arguelles all published their books of poetry last year.

The Maningning Miclat Poetry Award for 2005 will accept entries until April 15, 2005. Contest rules can be secured from MMAFI, c/o DCDC, 2/fl, Mile Long Bldg., Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City or through the following email addresses: ; ; and Please watch out for announcements at the foundation's website : . The grand prize winners will receive cash awards amounting to P28,000.00 each, and a trophy by sculptor Julie Lluch.

2nd Floor Mile Long Building
Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village Makati City
Tel. No. 816-7490(1); Fax No. 817-1458


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