Vitae

    Awards for Literary Works

    2006

    Tanging Parangal (Special Award) for Achievements in Literature and Teaching, 434th Anniversary of the Founding of Manila, Manila City Government, June 22.
    2003
    National Book Award for Poetry, for poetry collection Mesa Para sa Isa (A Table for One) published by the University of Santo Tomas Press, Manila: 2002, Manila Critics Circle.
    2000
    Gawad Balagtas sa Tula (Balagtas Award for Poetry), Award of Recognition for Literary Achievements, Writers Union of the Philippines (Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas), Goethe Cultural Center Auditorium, August 26.
    Award of Recognition for Literary Achievements, Writers Union of the Philippines (Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas), August 26.
    1998
    Third Prize, Epic Category, for "Kundiman ng Katipunan: Awit nina Andres at Oryang" (The Lovesong of Katipunan: Song of Andres and Oryang), Republic of the Philippines Centennial Literary Contest, August 19.
    1st Prize, One-Act Play, "Ang Pilipinisasyon ni Suan", (The Filipinization of Suan), CCP, August 20.
    Third Prize, Epic Category for, "Isang Kasal: Isang Kakintalan" (Wedding Night, An Awakening), Talaang Ginto sa Tula, INL, April 2.
    Honorable Mention, Poetry, "Anibersaryo: Tagpo at Alaala" (Anniversary: Scene and Memory), Talaang Ginto sa Tula, INL, April 2.
    1996
    Second Prize, Poetry. "Awit kay Jose Rizal" (Song for Jose Rizal), Talaang Ginto sa Tula (Golden List of Poems), Commission on Filipino, Republic of the Philippines, April 2.
    1995
    Hall of Fame, Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, for the distinction of wining five first prizes in the annual award of the Literary Contest, September 1.
    1st prize, Poetry (Filipino Division), "Bayan ng Lunggati, Bayan ng Pighati" (Land of Aspiration, Land of Lamentation), Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (CPMAL), September 1.
    1992
    "Makata ng Taon" (Poet of the Year) for the poem "Gahasa" (Rape), Commission on Filipino, April 2.
    1991
    National Book Award for Poetry for the poem collection Mga Liham ni Pinay (The Letters of Pinay), Manila Critics Circle, August 25.
    1990
    1st Prize, Poetry (Filipino Division), "Anyaya ng Imperyalista" (Invitation of the Imperialist), CPMAL, September 1.
    1987
    1st Prize, Poetry (Filipino Division), "Mga Liham ni Pinay at Iba Pang Tula" (The Letters of Pinay), CPMAL, September 1.
    1984
    3rd Prize, Three-Act Play (Filipino Division), "Mga Puntod" (The Graves), CPMAL, September 1.
    1983
    1st Prize, Three-Act Play (Filipino Division), "Mga Abong Pangarap" (Aborted Dreams), CPMAL, September 1.
    1980
    3rd Prize, One-Act Play (Filipino Division), "Awiyao", CPMAL, September 1.
    1979
    3rd Prize, Poetry (Filipino Division), "21: Mga Tula" (21 Poems), CPMAL, September 1.
    1978
    2nd Prize, Poetry, "Ang Pag-ibig ay Di Kasal" (Love is not the Wedding), Talaang Ginto sa Tula (Golden List of Poems), Institute of National Language (INL), April 2.
    1977
    Honorable Mention, Poetry, "Regla at Iba Pang Tula" (Menstruation and Other Poems), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), December 5.
    1st Honorable Mention, Poetry, "Abenida: Sanghapo't Sanggabi" (Avenue: One Night and One Afternoon), Talang Ginto sa Tula, INL, April 2.1975 Special Award, Poetry, SUPLING: Mga Tula (Child: Poems), CCP, July 20.
    2nd Prize, Poetry, "Makiling at Iba Pang Tula" (Makiling and Other Poems), Samahang Balagtas (Balagtas Association and INL, April 2.
    3rd Prize, One-Act Play, "Daigdig sa Pagitan" (World Between), Samahang Balagtas and INL, April 2.
    1973
    1st Prize, One-Act Play (Filipino Division), "Si Jesus at si Magdalena" (Jesus and Magdalene), CPMAL, September 1.
    3rd Prize, Poetry (Filipino Division), "Dalitpuri at Iba Pang Tula" (Song Offering and Other Poems), CPMAL, September 1.
    1972
    Honorable Mention, Poetry, "Kalookan: Balada ng Duguang Tinig" (Kalookan: Ballad of the Bloody Voice), Talang Ginto sa Tula, INL, April 2.
    Honorable Mention, Poetry (Filipino Division), "Kalookan: Balada ng Duguang Tinig" (Kalookan: Ballad of Bloody Voice), CPMAL, April 2.
    1967
    1st Prize, Short Story, "Mga Tuyong Dahon" (Dry Leaves), Liwayway, Liwayway Publishing Co., Inc., December 5.


Literary Fellowships and Grants
    1990
    Invited to participate, 1990 Adelaide Festival of the Arts Writers' Week, Adelaide, Australia; invited by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to read poetry in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.
    1989
    National Fellow for Poetry, UP Creative Writing Center, University of the Philippines.
    1988
    Participant and Philippine Delegate, 2nd Kuala Lumpur Poetry Reading Festival, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Malaysia.
    1987
    Fellow, Iowa International Writing Program, Iowa University, sponsored by the International Visitors Program and USIA.


Academic/Community Awards
    2003
    Ten Outstanding Hawaii Filipino Women (for the field of Tagalog Literature) for 2003, Filipino Women Civic Club (FWCC) of Hawaii, Ilikai Hotel Ballroom, October 18.
    2002
    United Filipino Council (UFCH) Progress Award in Education, Pacific Beach Hotel Grand Ballroom, January 25.
    2001
    Excellence in Teaching Award, HALT (Hawaii Association of Language Teachers), March 17.
    1997
    National Award of Recognition, for the promotion of Filipino (language and literature) through the innovative teaching of Filipino and the continuous writing/publishing of quality literary works in the language outside of the Philippines. Commission on Filipino, Republic of the Philippines, August 19.
    1996
    Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching, University of Hawaii at Manoa, April 26.
    1992
    Selected "Most Outstanding Alumna" of Manuel L. Quezon University School of Graduate Studies on the occasion of its 45th Foundation Loyalty Day, December 10.


Academic Grants
    2000
    Travel grant from UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies to attend the 2000 Association of Asian Studies Conference, in San Diego, California, March 6-11, to read a paper and to preside the annual meeting of the Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages.
    1999
    US Federal Department of Education Special Projects Grant to develop and interactive listening and reading Filipino lessons in CD-ROM, an ongoing project. (This project got a grant of $185,000.00 total for equipment, travel and personnel. The grant covers a work of two years in which I am Project Director).
    Travel grant from the UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies to attend the 1999 Association of Asian Studies Conference, to attend the SEASSI (Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute) Language Board Meeting and COTSEAL Annual Meeting in Boston, May 11-15.
    1998
    Travel grant from the UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies to attend the 1998 Association of Asian Studies Conference, to attend the SEASSI (Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute) Language Board Meeting and COTSEAL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., March 6-10.
    1997
    Travel grant from the UH Office of Research Council, to attend and present a paper at the Third International Congress of SANGFIL (Council of Universities and Colleges on Filipino), University of the Philippines, August 8-11.
    Project Director and Executive Producer, Katipunan: the Cry for Freedom, a full-length play production on the Philippine revolt against Spanish colonialism for the centennial of Philippine Independence (1898-1998). Funded by the UH Diversity Fund ($5,600) and UH Campus Fee Board ($2,600), May-August.
    Partial grant from the UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies to attend and present a paper at the Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages' (COTSEAL) Annual Meeting at the Association of Asian Studies Conference, Chicago. March 11-16.
    1996
    Travel grant from the UH Office of Research Council to attend and present a paper at the De La Salle University Conference on "Current Trends in Teaching Filipino", May 15-18.
    1995
    Travel grant from the UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies and University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, to participate, present a paper and be a discussant at a seminar-workshop on the Canon of South East Asian Literature, London, April 5-7.
    Travel grant from the UH Office of Office of Research Council to attend, read a paper and be a discussant at the 2nd WIKKA (Women Involved in Creating Cultural Alternatives) Feminist Writers Workshop, University of the Philippines, February 17-20.
    1994
    Travel grant from the UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies to attend and present a paper at the SEALS IV Conference, Thailand, May 24-29; and at Los Banos, Philippines to co-direct the Advanced Filipino Abroad Program, June 5-July 16.
    Partial travel grant from the UH Faculty Travel and Development Fund, to participate in a conference-workshop on teaching methodologies and performance of Southeast Asian languages. Arizona State University, February 21-23.
    Materials Development Grant (release time) from the National Security Agency, to develop 21 Listening Lessons in Tagalog using authentic video materials (with Dr. David Hiple as project director), Spring 1994 to Fall-1995.
    1992
    Travel grant from the College of LLL (UH at Manoa) Dean's Research Support Fund to gather authentic audio-visual materials for Tagalog classes in the Philippines. (May 5 - June 12).
    Research grant from the Center for Multicultural Higher Education's EIF Fund to do research on "The Academic Persistence of Female Filipino Students at UH" (February - July).
    Study grant from the UH Center for Philippine Studies, to undergo OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) Tester Training by ACTFL American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages at UH Manoa.
    1986
    Travel grant from the Toyota Foundation of Japan and Foundation for Social Sciences and Textbook Project of Thailand, to attend and read a paper on an International Workshop on Translation, at Kanchanaburi, Thailand, May 11-15.
    Travel grant from the Asia Foundation to visit the Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka in Malaysia and the Regional Language Center in Singapore, May 16-21.