Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Writing Contest 2012

Back when I was a college freshman, it had become a habit of mine to peruse books from my aunt’s kitchen shelves on weekends. After being fed delicious dishes whipped up by Ate Uma and Ate Daisy, my aunt’s housekeepers, I would sit in the dining room scanning various cookbooks and food books. I’d take out a book or two to browse leisurely as I nibbled whatever was left on the dining table after a meal. It was one of those lazy weekends when I discovered Doreen Fernandez‘s essays on Philippine Food.

Unfortunately, this amazing woman is no longer with us having died of pneumonia in 2002. It was a great loss not only for Philippine’s culinary world but the literary world as well. However, her legacy lives on. Which is why I want to share this with you. I hadn’t known that there was a Food Writing Award organized in her honor until I decided to read about her again just yesterday.

For the foodies and writers out there, how about joining the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Writing Contest 2012? More than winning prizes, it’s a great opportunity to contribute to the growing literature on Philippine culinaria and to refresh your cultural, gastronomic and personal memories. Below are the details about the contest which I reposted from DGF Awards Facebook Account (see link):

 In her essay “Inside Information: A Tribute to Mothers” (Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture, Anvil Publishing, 1994), Doreen G. Fernandez detailed a recipe each from four cookbooks she considered “delicious records of our familial culture, and documents of mother-love and woman-power”—all of them sweet: Enriqueta David Perez’s Pinipig Ice Cream, Sofia R. de Veyra and Maria Paz Z. de Mascunana’s Honey Mousse, Pura Villanueva Kalaw’s Jalea de Calabaza and Purita Kalaw Ledesma’s Corn Alupi (native corn pudding).

For this year’s Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Writing Award, sweets, himagas orminatamis is the subject matter. From this will come the concluding chapter for the book that will gather the winning DGF Food Writing Award essays (including honorable mentions) through ten years of the award. And because this year’s winning entries are to be included in the publication slated for release later this year, the deadline has been moved up to April 10, 2012.
The rules are the same as in years past: entries must be in English, in essay form, 800 words or 5,000 characters. Up to two essays may be submitted by each entrant, but each submission must have a different pen name. A separate file should contain the author’s information: pen name, real name, address, contact numbers (home/work/mobile). Indicate if you are a student (although this has no bearing on the judging). Submit by email to Remember the deadline—April 10, 2012.
For inquiries, write to the same email address or call Girlie Canlas at 632-895-2021.
Prizes include cash, books and magazines, and inclusion in the DGF Food Writing Award book to be launched later in the year.

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