July 6, 2007

The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino announced today, June 12, the holding of GAWAD KOMISYON 2007, a nationwide yearly literary contest in celebration of National Language Month in August. This year’s theme is: “Maraming wika, Matatag na bansa” (Free translation: A gift of tongues for a strong nation).

Aside from the traditional Gawad Collantes for Tagalog essay, this year’s categories include essay, poetry and short story in ten other major languages of the Philippines. These languages are Tagalog-Filipino (children’s short story), Cebuano (poetry and short story), Iloko (poetry and short story), Hiligaynon (poetry and short story), Bikol (short story and essay), Kapampangan (poetry), Pangasinan (poetry and short-story), Samar-Leyte (poetry and short story), Meranao (essay), Maguindanao (essay) and Tausug (essay).

The cash prizes for each category are: 1st – Php 15,000.00, 2nd – P10,000.00, 3rd – 8,000.00, and three consolation prizes of P 2,000.00 each. Interested parties may download the contest forms and rules from the KWF website at or contact the KWF Secretariat at 736-38-32.

Entries may be submitted to the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, G/F Watson Bldg., 1610 J.P. Laurel St., Malacañang Palace Complex, San Miguel, Manila or through the e-mail address


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