Monday, November 17, 2008

Philstage Gawad Buhay! Awards third-quarter citations, 2008

Following is the complete list of Gawad Buhay! citations for the third quarter of 2008:

OUTSTANDING PLAYS
Ang Bayot, ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte, Tanghalang Pilipino/Virgin Labfest 4 (written by Rogelio Braga, directed by Nick Olanka)
Ang Kalungkutan ng Mga Reyna, TP/VL4 (written and directed by Floy Quintos)
Ellas Inocentes, TP/VLF4 (Layeta Bucoy, directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio)
Three Sisters, TP/VLF4 (Yoji Sakate, directed by Jose Estrella)
The Golden Child, TP (David Henry Hwang, directed by Loy Arcenas)
Batang Rizal, PETA (Christine Bellen, directed by Dudz Terana)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PLAY
No citation

OUTSTANDING DANCE PRODUCTION
La Revolucion Filipina, Ballet Philippines (choreography by Agnes Locsin, music by Ryan Cayabyab, libretto by Dennis Marasigan)

OUTSTANDING STAGE DIRECTION
Loy Arcenas, The Golden Child
Jose Estrella, Three Sisters
Floy Quintos, Ang Kalungkutan ng Mga Reyna
Tuqxs Rutaquio, Ellas Inocentes
Dudz Terana, Batang Rizal

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Ang Bayot, ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte
Batang Rizal
Ellas Inocentes
The Golden Child
La Revolucion Filipina
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
(PETA)

OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE (PLAY)
Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, Ang Kalungkutan ng Mga Reyna
Lovely Balili, Ellas Inocentes
Jenessa Roque, Ellas Inocentes
Liesl Batucan, The Golden Child
Tina Chilip, The Golden Child
Irma Adlawan Marasigan, The Golden Child

OUTSTANDING MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE (PLAY)
Arthur Acuna, The Golden Child
Joey Paras, Ang Bayot, ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte
Arnold Reyes, Ang Bayot, ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte
Jonathan Tadioan, Pamantasang Hirang (TP/VLF4)

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE (PLAY)
Willy Casero, Batang Rizal
Nor Domingo, Tosca (PETA)
Raffy Tejada, Tosca (PETA)

OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE (MUSICAL)
No citation

OUTSTANDING MALKE LEAD PERFORMANCE (MUSICAL)
No citation

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE (MUSICAL)
No citation

OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEAD (DANCE)
No citation

OUTSTANDING MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE (DANCE)
Biag Gaongen, La Revolucion Filipina

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE (DANCE)
No citation

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCRIPT
Christine Bellen, Batang Rizal
Rogelio Braga, Ang Bayot, ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte
Layeta Bucoy, Ellas Inocentes
Floy Quintos, Ang Kalungkutan ng Mga Reyna

OUTSTANDING LIBRETTO
Vincent de Jesus, Batang Rizal

OUTSTANDING ADAPTATION OR TRANSLATION
Dennis Marasigan, The Golden Child

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION
Vincent De Jesus, Batang Rizal

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Agnes Locsin, La Revolucion Filipina

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Katsch SJ Catoy, La Revolucion Filipina
Barbara Tan-Tiongco, The Golden Child

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
J. Victor Villareal, The Golden Child
Shima Takeshi, Tosca

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Loy Arcenas, The Golden Child
Mel Bernardo, Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
Mio Infante, La Revolucion Filipina

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Ron Alfonso, Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
Gino Gonzales, The Golden Child
Victor Ursabia, La Revolucion Filipina

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PHILSTAGE Jury Announces Third-Quarter GAWAD BUHAY! Citations

Productions by Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), Ballet Philippines and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) dominated the third quarterly citations of Gawad BUHAY!, the performing arts awards program organized by the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group (PHILSTAGE).

Tanghalang Pilipino's The Golden Child romped off with a total of twelve citations while Ballet Philippines' La Revolucion Filipina and PETA's Batang Rizal tied with seven citations each.

An Obie Award-winner in the United States, The Golden Child tells the story of a traditional Chinese family on the cusp of jarring change. It merited jury citations for outstanding play, stage direction (Loy Arcenas), ensemble performance for its cast, female lead performance in a play (Liesl Batucan, Tina Chilip, Irma Adlawan Maasigan), male lead performance (Arthur Acuna), translation (Dennis Marasigan), lighting design (Barbara Tan-Tiongco), sound design (J. Victor Villareal), set design (Loy Arcenas) and costume design (Gino Gonzales).

Ballet Philippines' La Revolucion Filipina earned seven citations for outstanding dance production, choreography (Agnes Locsin), ensemble performance, male lead performance (Biag Gaongen), lighting design (Katsch SJ Catoy), set design (Mio Infante) and costume design (Victor Ursabia). It tied with PETA's Batang Rizal, which received citations for outstanding play, stage direction (Dudz Terana), ensemble performance, featured performance (Willy Casero), original script (Christine Bellen), libretto and musical direction (Vince De Jesus).

Major citations were garnered by Tanghalang Pilipino's Virgin Labfest entries Ellas Inocentes, Ang Bayot, ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte, Ang Kalungkutan ng Reyna, Three Sisters and Pamantasang Hirang. PETA's Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang and Tosca also figured prominently in the citations list.

Gawad BUHAY!, otherwise known as the PHILSTAGE Awards for the Performing Arts, honors outstanding accomplishments in theater, dance and music among PHILSTAGE member-companies. Quarterly citations, nominations, and winners are juried by an independent panel of performing arts practitioners, critics, academicians and enthusiasts invited or selected by the PHILSTAGE Board of Directors.

The jury members are required to watch all productions of Philstage members to ensure a fair selection process, stressed PHILSTAGE President Fernando Josef. The jury meets quarterly for the citations from which will be culled the nominees qualified to vie for the annual award to be announced and honored in fitting ceremonies during the National Arts Month in February 2009.

PHILSTAGE groups together the country's leading and established performing arts companies which include Actors Actors, Inc. (AAI), Ballet Manila (BM), Ballet Philippines (BP), Gantimpala Theater Foundation (GTF), Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), Repertory Philippines (REP), Tanghalang Pilipino and the Triumphant Peoples' Evangelical Theater Society (TRUMPETS). It can be reached via email philstage@tri-isys.com.


PLUS: The first- and second-quarter citations here.

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