A Harvest of Palanca Prizes
Reaping honors in the country’s most prestigious literary awards was Ramonfelipe A. Sarmiento, Chair for Liberal Arts, who got third prize for screenplay in 1994. In 1999, he was first prize winner for the same category.
In 2000, Roy Iglesias of the “Mano Po” series of prize-winning films and a faculty member for more than two decades won first prize also for screenplay.
Aside from their Palanca badges, the prize winners from St. Joseph ’s College are active in other fields allied to the arts. Dacanay is a free-lance film reviewer who occasionally publishes his stories in reputable national magazines. His play “Eyeball” is the current favorite in college productions in Manila and his Palanca winning play will have a run in Dubai . De Dios works in an NGO and publishes his works as well. Sugatan is an independent filmmaker. Sarmiento has been recipient of other literary awards including the Centennial Literary Prize (second place, screenplay). The piece was published in a book that won the National Book Award in 2003. Roy Iglesias is one of the most well-known and multi-awarded scriptwriters in film and television.