Los Angeles, California. Wilfredo O. Pascual, Jr., twice-recipient of the well-known Palanca Awards, will lead the highly-anticipated Workshop Seminar under the sponsorship of the Filipino American Press Club
(established in 1978) on April 27 from 9:00-5:00, 153 Glendale Boulevard, this city.
The internationally-known writer will conduct a writing workshop on “Personal Essay,” from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pre-registration requests and reservations are urged by calling: (818) 203-3137 or by
e-mailing [email protected]
Pascual, Jr., is returning from a series of lectures on Personal Essay Writing held at the University of the Philippines’ Los Banos campus; Polytechnic University, Nueva Ecija, among other schools of
note. While in his homeland, the lecturer was described as having underscored his energy and dedication in sharing his creative writing prowess with students, professionals and workers in all walks of life eager
to learn the craft of personal essay writing. The globally-recognized Palanca Awards for literature, now on its 69th year is named after businessman and philanthropist Carlos Palanca, Sr. The award seeks to
cultivate Philippine Literature by providing incentives for writers and serving as a treasury of literary gems. Often known as the gold standard in writing excellence, it is coveted by Filipino writers, young and old
alike. FAPCLA, the four-decade press club organized in 1978 by Filipino journalists who migrated to these shores. The same organization has pioneered in continuing education seminars, scholarships for
college-bound writers under the banner of “writing excellence,” while in pursuit of their fundraising among the Fil Am community who recognize what members of the younger generation are capable of handling
through their talents.
Among those who continue to promote the cause of FAPCLA are Filipino American journalists: Dr. Lourdes A. Ongkeko; Cecile C. Ochoa; Muni Zano; Dante Ochoa and Carol O. Kimbrough.
Since its inception, the same writing group has motivated the youth to zero in on their talents as aspirations for college scholarships mount in their midst. Participants include Fil Am 12th graders recommended by their respective schools who have demonstrated their writing skills. An on-the-spot essay writing process has served as FAPCLA’s sole yardstick for student competition over time.