USLS Law professor and former College of Law Dean, Atty. Raymundo T. Pandan Jr., was chosen as this year’s grand prize winner in the novel category of the prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for his novel, Bittersweetland.
The Palanca Award, known as the Philippines’ Pulitzer Prize, is the country’s highest literary honor for Philippine writers.
“Bittersweetland was a novel for Negros, for its people, for the crop which sustain us, and which we must sustain to endure, but also to endure our bittersweet life,” Atty. Pandan said.
In an online post, Atty. Pandan revealed that Bittersweetland was written in a span of one month.
Prior to his win this year in the novel category, Atty. Pandan already has two Palanca Awards under his belt including an award for poetry in 2006 and for children’s poetry in 2012.
Atty. Pandan will be receiving the award in a ceremony to be held on November 30 at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.