Padya Dungug Kinaray-a 13 announces call for entries

DUNGUG KINARAY-A Inc. ─ the largest organization of Kinaray-a writers, scholars, and advocates ─ has announced its call for entries for this year’s Padya Dungug Kinaray-a. Now on its 13th year, Padya Dungug Kinaray-a is considered the longest-running awards program for the Kinaray-a language. It has championed the promotion of Kinaray-a and contributed to the publication of numerous anthologies and books in the mother tongue.

The following contest categories are open this year: Essay for Youth, Poetry, Story for Children, Short Story, One-Act Play, and Novel.

Click the link for official contest rules and form ( Entries should be emailed to

The deadline for submission of entries is on September 30, 2019.

The contest is open to all (Filipinos and non-Filipinos) of all ages, except current trustees, officers, and members of Dungug Kinaray-a Inc. Those who want to participate may join in multiple categories, but can submit only one entry per category.

This year’s sponsors include Kagawaran ng Edukasyon, University of the Philippines in the Visayas – Humanities Division, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Department of Education – Division of Antique, West Visayas State University, Provincial Tourism of Antique, UPV Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, Antique Diocesan Catholic Schools, University of Antique, Daily Guardian, and Umaverde Corporation.

Dungug Kinaray-a Inc. is a not-for-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission that celebrates the Kinaray-a language and seeks to promote, gather, and preserve the Kinaray-a literature, culture, and arts. It aims to recognize the Kinaray-a writers and artists, and inspire them to honor their cultural identity and appreciate their unique heritage.