Yu wins the NCCA Writers’ Prize 2014 for Essay in Cebuano Language

| February 4, 2014

Hope Sabanpan-Yu, Ph.D.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) awarded the NCCA Writers’ Prize 2014 for Essay in Cebuano Language to Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu, USC Director of the Cebuano Studies Center and professor of the Department of Languages and Literature, for her entry Naglangoy sa Langit.

The NCCA Writers’ Prize is a biennial award given to five writers for different categories. This year’s categories include Poetry in Bikolano language, Novel in Ilokano language, Essay in Cebuano language, Short Story in Filipino language and Drama in Waray language.

The award, in the amount of two hundred fifty thousand pesos gross, will assist the winner 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 publication or staging.

The NCCA, in line with its mission to “encourage the continuing development of a pluralistic culture by the people themselves,” created 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.

Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu was also recently given the Tatak UP Award 2014 for conscientious research in Cebuano language and literature. Dr. Yu has promoted studies and publications of Cebuano writers and organized the Carcar Lecture Series, which showcased the literary heritage of Carcar. She also actively organized writing workshops to nurture aspiring writers and she writes poetry and fiction dwelling on women’s issues.

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