“Kundat sa Unang Gugma” (Flirtations of a First Love), his first Palanca Award in Cebuano short story category was in 2007. This creative output was published in Kinaadman and corresponding feature on it which this writer was priveleged to write for Holynamian since this writer attended its awarding at the Manila Peninsula on the 1st of September 2006.
“Tanang Namilit sa Hangin,” launched him as a book author to a national stature, this 2010.
“Patas,” amother short story in Cebuano, his second Palanca is yet to be awarded to him on September 1, 2010, at the Rigodon Ball of Manila Peninsula Hotel, in Makati.
Yes, Mr. Noel Tuazon, a colleague in the Languages Department of the College of Arts and Sciences in Holy Name University, is truly reaping accolades in his craft. No less than the prestigious Carlos Palance Award in Literature has recognized his creative writing skills. And lately, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Ateneo Institute for Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) reckoned him as one of the successful 14 authors from the different regions in the Philippines whose literary products are worthy to be published under the UBOD: The New Authors Series I, recognized no less than 40 authors whose chapbooks of literary works were likewise published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, just like Tuazon's “Tanang Namilit sa Langit” (All that is carried by the Wind).
Writing primarily in his native/first tongue, Roy to most of us his buddies in KAKA (“Kaliwat ni Karyapa,” an association of budding as well as established artists in Bohol, since 1997), is most of the time, taciturn. But that moment he starts to talk about his works, and more so about his young son, he cannot stop talking. Roy also writes poem in both English and Cebuano-Binisaya, which have been published in the Philippine Free Press, a laudable magazine of national circulation and Homelife Magazine, edited by Prof. Leoncio Deriada of UP-Visayas.
Holy Name University, through Fr. Francisco Estepa, SVD – University President, personally congratulates our new author and approved the financial support for the trip of Mr. Tuazon to Manila last August 12, 2010. This was for the launching of his “Tanang Namilit sa Hangit” and those of the 13 other authors recognized by NCCA and AILAP.
And now tha Mr. Tuazon is recently notified by Palanca Foundation regarding his new feat for “Patas,” winning another Palanca Award for Cebuano short story category should be graciously expected.
Congratulations Mr. Tuazon.