Last Tuesday I missed the awarding ceremony of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) because of a nasty migraine episode. I’m one of three who received an Honorable Mention award for my story “Reyna Elena”. The ceremony was originally set for July 15 but was postponed due to typhoon Glenda.
I was resigned to having a bad day but the arrival of a parcel gave me an unexpected pleasure. My copy of “Verses Typhoon Yolanda” finally arrived!
I immediately opened it to see my poem. I couldn’t believe how excited I felt. It almost felt like the first time I saw my name on a printed page. That would be in the Philippines Free Press Magazine, back in 1995.
Verses Typhoon Yolanda is still available at Lulu.com. Proceeds will go to post-Haiyan/ Yolanda relief and rehabilitation in the Philippines. If you’re a lover of poetry and charity, get your copy now.
Posted on July 24, 2014, in events, journal and tagged anthology, award, book, children's fiction, PBBY, PBBY-Salanga Prize, Philippines Free Press, poetry, publication, Reyna Elena, Verses Typhoon Yolanda. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.