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MSDC student wins 1st Prize at the 2017 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards

19 September 2017 by CBucu

Christian Ray Buendia, a current MS Development Communication student at UP Los Baņos, won 1st prize for fiction at the 2017 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards. This year's ceremony entitled "The Nick Joaquin Centennial of the Philippines Graphic" was held at the BHotel in Quezon City last September 13.

Buendia received PhP 50,000 for gaining the 2017 NJLA top prize for his short story "Mathilde's Absence." The award is given by the Philippines Graphic, a national weekly news magazine which also publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The annual winners are selected by the editor-in-chief and the literary editor of the magazine along with notable Philippine literary figures. 

Apart from his recent literary achievement, Buendia was also a fellow for fiction in the 2016 Silliman University National Writers' Workshop, 2015 Pambansang Palihang Rogelio Sicat, and 2015 University of Santo Tomas National Writers' Workshop. His short stories were also published in the Philippines Graphic and the Sunday Times Magazine.

Buendia currently works as a writer and researcher for the Integrated Development Program for Indigenous Peoples in Southern Tagalog. He is also a documenter/ report writer for the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture. Before taking up MS DevCom, he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering at UPLB in 2015. He also served as president of the UPLB Writers' Club (AY 2012-2013) and was a two-time editor-in-chief of the UPLB Perspective (AY 2007-2008 and AY 2008-2009).