Back then, we all knew that Reuel will play a significant role in this contemporary times. Not only because he is intelligent and articulate but a friend to the masses as well. Mulat ika nga.
It is not surprising therefore to find out that he not only has one Palanca Award but has been a consistent winner. In fact, Reuel is a Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards Hall of Famer. Sobrang husay!
Ipinagmamalaki kong sabihin na classmate ko sya. Magaling sumulat kahit noon pa, at mahusay sa lahat yata ng subjects all through out our high school years. Dati pa namin sya IDOL at di na marahil mababago ang paghanga namin sa kanya. Ang galing-galing mo, kamag-aral :-)
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"Reuel Molina Aguila is the complete writer who has gone the rounds of all literary genres including poems, song lyrics, essays, and screenplays. He also writes scripts for film, television, radio, documentaries and concerts.
Some of his published works include “Ligalig at Iba Pang Dula,” “Ampalaya, Bonsai, Atbp;” “Magdaragat ng Pag-ibig” and “Iba Pang Tula ng Pagnanasa.” His screenplays, “Sakada,” “Bawal na Pag-ibig,” and “In This Corner” have been made into full-length films by premier directors, including Lino Brocka and Behn Cervantes.
For all his contributions to the literary world, Aguila garnered such distinguished awards as “Dangal ng Wikang Filipino” and “Makata ng Taon” for the year 2008, and “Mananalaysay ng Taon” for the year 2007 from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. He was also awarded a “Life-time Achievement-Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas” in 2004 by the Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas.
Over the years, Aguila has also bagged 10 Palancas in Dula, Maikling Kuwento, and Sanaysay, among many other recognitions. Since the 1980s, Aguila has been mentoring young writers as professor at the University of the Philippines where he finished Undergraduate and Masteral degrees in Filipino, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in the same field."
His First Prize winning awards:
1992 - “How I Spent My Summer Vacation o Kung Papaano Ko Ipinaliwanag Sa Aking Mga Anak Ang Pagkatalo Ng Aking Kandidato Sa Nakaraang Eleksyon,” Sanaysay
1993 - “May Katulong Sa Aking Sopas,” Sanaysay
2001 - “Ampalaya,” Futuristic Fiction-Filipino
2005 - “Baligho,” Dulang Ganap Ang Haba
2009 - “Ngunit Wala Akong Litrato Noong Nasa Kolehiyo Ako,” Sanaysay