What this prize [the Palanca] should mean to you (part 1) ...

JOSE "BUTCH" DALISAY, JR., PINOY PENMAN 3.0:

You will be walking on air for a couple of weeks, until the novelty wears off, the money is spent, and you return to the humdrum of teaching, call-centering, Uber-driving, or whatever it is keeps you and your family alive. You will discover that, to most people, your literary genius makes no difference and no sense. You will begin to wonder, as I did, if it was all a fleeting illusion.

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