If I had a story worth the Palancas (and, sadly, I don't), this is the conversation I imagine I'd have with the other hopefuls once I get to its Makati office, right before midnight of April 30, of course--procrastinators rock!!
ME: Who else do you think is joining the Palancas?
KIBITZER: I hear Chari Lucero submitted an entry.
ME: Ooookaaay. That means the most I can hope for is second place.
KIBITZER: Migs Villanueva also joined, they say.
ME: [sighs] Third place, then.
KIBITZER: Ian Casocot, too...
ME: [gets desperate] Maybe tie for third place?
KIBITZER: ...as well as Luis Katigbak, Faye Ilogon and Yvette Tan.
ME: [stuffs entry into bag] Next year na lang.