Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sungduan: De Francia Awards lyric poetry contest

Stand Up for Life

PINOY poets around the globe are enjoined to share their talent by joining the De Francia Awards Lyric Poetry writing contest in English.

This is open to students, amateur and professional Filipino poets, composers, writers in the Philippines or based in other countries who love writing composition containing romantic feelings, perceptions or other strong emotions that expresses a musical rhythm, with songlike quality, using metaphors, colorful images, and literary devices.

Launched by the team headed by two time Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards awardee in literary now based in Santa Maria, California, USA, Dr. Clarito Garcia De Francia, the contest hopes to produce Filipino writers in English and discover talents who may be known as well in literature and music.

“The objectives of the contest are to mold young and promising poets, composers, writers from high school, college, out-of-school persons, amateur writers and to challenge professional writers to dream and write more; and, to create masterpieces that may become songs for mankind and the world,” De Francia said.

He added that converting the winning pieces into songs is another goal of the contest. With a lyric poem at hand, it only needs a melody to become one.

“Eventually, this will open opportunities for talented musicians, singers, composers to transform it to music. And with this possibilities, the Filipino could be known, heard, watched and appreciated in various media all over the world,” he also said.

Formerly known as DEAL Awards (De Francia Awards for Literature), this undertaking focuses this time in lyric poetry instead of short story contest done for the last two years.

Increasing the participants is one reason of changing the contest genre. He said usually, a story requires 10 pages while a poem needs one only. Which means that the creative process this time is shorter, hence, easier to finish a masterpiece.

De Francia started writing first in Ilocano language. At first, he just wanted to publish in Bannawag. But, as years went on, he participated in Ilocano writing contests which brought him 26 awards in various contest.

Later, while teaching and studying at the University of the Cordilleras, he tried in Filipino language in the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards and won.

He was also awarded as Outstanding Citizen of Baguio in 2005.

The Contest period started on January 1, 2019 and will end on March 18, 2019, 12 midnight, Philippine time.

This contest is sponsored by the De Francia Realty Group of Santa Maria, California which is owned and managed by Dr. De Francia and Family, with co-sponsors Mt. Carmel Day Care Center owned and managed by Rocky and Jesusa Ocab, and NP Elvira Dela Pena and Family in cooperation with the Timpuyog Dagiti Mannurat iti Iluko iti Filipinas with Franklin P. Macugay as Awards Committee Chairperson.

For details and poem entry email and

May there be more talented Pinoys who wil be discovered through this endeavor and organize all Pinoy poets worldwide.

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