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Deriada is Palanca Hall of Fame Awardee

MANILA - Dr. Leoncio P. Deriada, one of the UP Creative Writing Center Associates, was bestowed the Hall of Fame Award at the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature last September 1, 2001.
   The Hall of Fame Award was established in 1995 and is given to Palanca awardees who have achieved the distinction of winning five first prizes. Dr. Deriada's first prize-winning works are: "The Day of the Locusts" (Short Story, (1975); "Mutya ng Saging" (Dulaang May Isang Yugto, 1987); "The Man Who Hated Birds" (Shirt Story for Children, 1993); "Medea of Siquijor" (One-Act Play, 1999); and "Maragtas: How Kapinangan Tricked Sumakwel Twice" (Full-Length Play, 2001).
   Dr. Deriada has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Silliman University, and is a full-time professor of Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, Miag-ao, Iloilo. He is the third recipient of the Hall of Fame Award among Likhaan Associates and Fellows. Rene Villanueva was among the first recipients of the award in 1995, and Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr. was bestowed the honor last year.

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