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Calling all Bikol literati: Hope many more will join this time. The winners of
the Premio in 2004 were Kristian Cordero (rawitdawit) and Rizaldy Manrique
(osipon). In 2005, there were three winners for children's fiction: Jose Jason
Chancoco, Frank Penones, and Sonny Sendon. By the way, all these guys are from
the Rinconada, and some of them submitted entries written in Rinconada Bikol.
No woman has won the major award yet.
Third Annual Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon
2nd Flr. Dabu Bldg. Elias Angeles St., Naga City, Philippines
Theme: "Manlaen-laen na Tingog, Sarong Kabikolan"
Rules of the Content
1. Open to all Bicolano writers writing in any of the Bikol languages. There
shall be no discrimination on the basis of age, gender or religion. Contestants
under 18 years of age are, however, required to submit a certificate of parental
2. The 2006 Premio is open in the poetry, fiction, essay, drama and the novel
3. Entries in poetry must consist of at least 10 poems but not more than 15
poems. Entries in fiction should be at least 7 pages in length but should not
exceed 9 pages.
Entries in the one-act play must be of sufficient length to approximate a
performing time of at least thirty minutes. Full-length plays should have a
performing time of at least an hour and a half. Entries in the play categories
may be intended for children and/or adults.
Plays for children, however, should be directed principally to promote Bicolano
values and traditions in the grade school level, ages 7 to 12.
Entries in children's fiction should be at least 5 pages in length but should
not exceed 8 pagers. Entries with a plot and narrative suitable for an
illustrate storybook of at least 30 pages are preferred.
In the essay category, entries should be at least 5 pages in length but should
not exceed 8 pages.
Entries in the novel may deal with any subject, provided it is tackling issues
relevant to Bikol realities.
4. Only new and unpublished works are acceptable. A work that has been awarded
a prize in another contest is not qualified for the awards.
5. Entries should be written originally in Bikol and not a translation of a
work written in another language. The works must show literary merit and social
6. Contestants may join in all categories but can submit only one entry per
7. All entries must be submitted in four copies, double spaced on 8 1/2 x 11
inches bond paper with one inch margin on all sides and the page number typed
consecutively, e.g., 1 of 8, 2 of 8 and so on. Font must be Arial and font size
must be 12. Entry must be submitted with pseudonym only and not the author's
real name. Author's name and pseudonym must be submitted in a separate sealed
envelope together with bio-data containing the author's literary background, an
ID picture, and contact information. A notarized declaration of originality and
authenticity of authorship must accompany the entry.
8. Entries must be addressed to the Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang
Bikolnon 2006 at the above address not later than June 30, 2006. Entries sent
by mail or courier must be postmarked/invoiced not later than June 16, 2006.
9. Entries submitted via email must be a Word Document file and sent as an
attachment together with the contestant's bio-data containing his/her literary
background and a notarized certification or authenticity of authorship of the
entry. The original copy of notarized certification and ID picture must then be
sent to Premio 2006 thru mail. Entries submitted via email must be submitted
not later than June 25, 2006.
10. Failure to comply with any of the requirements shall result in
disqualification from the awards.
111. Copies of winning entries shall remain with and become property of the
Premio. Copyright of the works remain with the author but the latter grants,
assigns and transfers into PTALB the right without necessity of any payment
other than the prize which may have been awarded to publish the winning entry or
portion thereof as it may at its discretion.
12. The Premio has the right of action against the author if it may later on
discover that the contestant is not the creator or owner of the copyright to the
winning work. The Premio shall not be liable to any court action if a third
party files a case against the winner and/or contestant who plagiarized the work
o the said third party.
13. Finalists from each category shall each receive the Premio Tomas rejola
Diploma of Merit. A top winner will be chosen from among the finalists who
shall then receive the Premio Tomas Arejola medallion and P2, 500 cash prize.
All of the said category winners are eligible for the Grand Prize, the winner of
which shall receive the cash prize of P10,000 and the Premio Tomas Arejola para
sa Literaturang Bikolnon statuette. The winners shall be repsonsible for the
payment of government taxes.
13. names of the finalists will be announced in local weeklies around mid-July.
Their cited entries will appear in the said weeklies and in the Foundation's
official website thereon till mid-September, in a move to make literature more
accessible to the public and thereby widening the audience or literature written
in the Bikol langauge.
15. The Board of Judges shall have the discretion not to award any prize, if in
its judgment, no meritorious entry had been submitted.
16. The Premio has the sole right to designate the persons who shall constitute
the Board of Judges. The decision of the majority of the Board shall be final.
17. The names of the winners and members of the Board of Judges shall be
announced on or before Sept. 18, 2006, Tomas Arejola's 141st birth anniversary,
in a gala awarding ceremonies in Naga City.
"You are worth not for what you have, not even for who you are but for what others have become because of you."