Two literary artists from Abra showed their prowess in writing as they emerged as winners in the world-famous De Francia Awards for Literature (DEAL).
DEAL is known for Filipino-based short stories that are written in the English language.
Maria Teresa Benas, a professor, translator, columnist, civic volunteer, and provincial manager of Philippine Information Agency-Abra, bagged the third prize with her story “The Chase.”
Benas’ winning story was about a young couple who, against all odds, ran after time to work together to disprove to the world that they can make their married life a success. The wife lost the love of her life, but worked hard to continue giving her children a good future.
Meanwhile, Hermilinda L. Bulong, an Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas and Gunglo dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano iti Filipinas awardee, translator, editor, trilingual, writer and novelist, won the fifth prize with her masterpiece “The Cycle.”
This was about the story of a married woman who dreamt and persisted of going to America just like her grandmother and aunt despite the objection of her husband.
The DEAL winners were recognized during the awarding ceremonies at the Philippine Ports Authority in Poro Point, San Fernando City, La Union coinciding with the 9th Timpuyog Dagiti Mannurat iti Iluko iti Filipinas and TMI Global event.
DEAL 2017 winners received a certificate of recognition and P4,000 for third place, P3,000 for fourth, and P2,000 for fifth place. Their winning works including that of the other finalists will be anthologized in the book “Mirrors and Reflections.”