NAGA CITY, August 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Bicol Standard writer Estelito “Esting” Jacob was awarded the 2015 National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Writer's Prize for novel at Barbara's Heritage Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.
|Bicol Standard writer Estelito “Esting” Jacob|
The NCCA Writers’ Prize is a biennial award given to five writers. This year's categories were: Poetry (Kankana-ey language), Novel (Rinconada language), Essay (Meranao language), Short Story (Kapampangan language) and Drama (Kinaray-a language).
Jacob's entry, titled "Kamrang," included the first 50 pages of the novel as initial output, along with a concept paper discussing the rationale and significance of the project.
The novel revolves around the character named Gin whose mystical illness of acquiring bruises, abrasions, and scratches on his body which leads him to discover more mysteries about the places and people around him.
For his winning entry, Jacob will receive the gross amount of Php250,000.00 in four tranches, which will assist him during the writing stage of the project.
The award is good for one year, after which a manuscript of the writing project will be submitted to the NCCA for possible publication.
The NCCA, in line with its mission to “encourage the continuing development of a pluralistic culture by the people themselves,” creates the opportunity to have a direct hand in the development of Filipino literature.
With the cash award, the NCCA Writers Prize winners will be freed from the demands of their work and shall be able to focus on the writing of the complete manuscript for one year.