Panay News (news story)
Chosen for the award by the UPFA Production team for its “nearly flawless and perfect material in terms of grammar, language development, and paragraph transition and organization,” Nery’s work, which received perfect points from its copy editor according to UPFA Senior Managing Editor Maria Theresa Fernandez, is a literary writing module described as “hip, fun, and distinctly original in its tone, wisdom, and street-smart practicality.”
It is Nery’s first textbook project after a publishing career that started in 1993. In addition to his English-language column at Panay News on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Nery also maintains a Hiligaynon column for Panay Balita on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays-Sundays.
Intended for general use this incoming school year 2017-2018, the Creative Writing module for Diwa Senior High School Series also served as Nery’s qualifying work to be inducted into the Authors Guild at UPFA, the first and only guild for academic writers, authors, consultants, and reviewers in the Philippines.
The US-based Ilonggo writer, who was also honored as the first Filipino author invited to the Sharjah International Book Fair in the UAE in 2015, and recipient of the Palanca Hall of Fame award in 2012, was unable to come home and personally collect his award. Instead, he sent a videotaped acceptance speech which was played during the awards ceremony held at the Old Swiss Inn in Makati./PN
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