Bikol writer in honor roll of poets anew

April 4, 2012

Bicol-based writer Jose Jason L. Chancoco is once again in the Talaang Ginto: Gawad KWF sa Tula. Now in its 5th decade, the annual contest seeks to have a “Golden List” for the year’s top poets writing in Filipino. Six poets are usually chosen and the first in rank is dubbed as ‘Makata ng Taon” (Poet of the Year). It is awarded during the Araw ni Balagtas on April 2, celebrated by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 964 Series of 1997. Lucena-based poet Alvin Capili Ursua is the Makata ng Taon for 2012. Along with the Talaang Ginto, the KWF also conferred the Gawad Francisco Balagtas to poet, journalist, screenwriter and translator Jose Maria F. Lacaba or Pete Lacaba. Chancoco’s entry for this year, “Sa Naninibago” won Karangalang-Banggit (Honorable Mention). In 2004, his entry, “Uniberso” won Pangalawang Gantimpala (Second Prize). In 2007 his entry “Hagbayon” also won Karangalang-Banggit, and his poem, “Supermaids” won the Gawad Soc Rodrigo, a special award for poets who write in the fashion of the late Senator-Poet Francisco “Soc” Rodrigo. Writing in English, Tagalog/Filipino, Bikol-Naga and Iriganon, Chancoco is also the author of “Pagsasatubuanan: Poetikang Bikolnon,” a prize-winning book on Bikol poetics published by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). He is also the lead organizer of VerSosimo: Writers’ Gig at Sosimo Bar, a monthly poetry show at Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City. Led by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Punong Komisyoner (Chief Commissioner) Jose Laderas Santos, this year’s awarding was held 8:30AM at the Cherry Blossoms Hotel in Ermita Manila.

(Fourth from left: poet Jose Jason Chancoco recieving his prize, Extreme right: KWF Punong Komisyoner Jose Laderas Santos)

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