Wesleyan Alumnus receives Carlos Palanca Award for Literature

November 18, 2019

Alvin dela Cerna Lopez (3rd from Left) poses with the judges of the 69th Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

Wesleyan alumnus, Alvin dela Serna Lopez, won third prize in poetry (English), for his “Departures” in the 69th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature held at The Peninsula Manila, Makati on November 8, 2019.

Alvin Lopez’ entry, “Departures”, is a collection of 11 poems with themes including physical, spiritual and historical exodus, displacement, solitude and isolation.

Alvin dela Cerna Lopez, who graduated with bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wesleyan University-Philippines, works at a petrochemical joint venture between ARAMCO and Sumitomo in Saudi Arabia. Alvin served as editor-in-chief of Genre, WU-P’s central student publication, in 2009. He is currently writing his first novel, a historical fiction set in Intramuros.

Judges for this year’s poetry were Juaniyo Arcellana, author, professor and journalist, and son of National Artist for Literature, Francisco Arcellana, Dinah T. Roma, poet and professor of literature and creative writing of De La Salle University, and Marjorie Evasco, feminist poet, and International Writing Program fellow.

This year’s Palanca Awards received 1,167 entries across 22 categories. Works of 56 selected writers in English, Filipino and regional languages were honored in the awards night.