Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You're all invited

The Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group Inc. (Philstage), in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, invites everyone to the presentation of the 2008 Gawad Buhay! The Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts tonight, 7:30 p.m., at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

Gawad Buhay! is the first ever industry awards conferred upon outstanding achievements in the performing arts by Philstage member-companies. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances will be honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by an independent jury panel composed of critics, performing artists, cultural researchers and scholars, and theater enthusiasts.

Fernando Josef, president of Philstage and artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino, said the awards program is part of Philstage’s efforts to enhance awareness and appreciation of the performing arts. “It seeks to further professionalize the performing-arts industry in the Philippines by engaging our audiences—critics, artists and the viewing public—in a creative dialogue.”

The other members of the Philstage board of directors are Peta’s Melvin Lee, vice president; Ballet Philippines’ Sandy Hontiveros, secretary; Repertory Philippines Gidget Tolentino, treasurer; Actors Actors’ Leonardo Lim, Ballet Manila’s Susan Macuja, Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s Tony Espejo, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit’s Mitch Valdes, Trumpet’s Joel Reyes, and Philstage executive director Elmar Beltran Ingles as board members.

Directed by Dennis Marasigan, the awards ceremonies will have the country’s foremost theater personalities as awards presenters. The cast of Peta’s “Batang Rizal” and Ballet Philippines’ Biag Gaongen will render special production numbers from their nominated performances.

Complimentary tickets may be claimed from the reception desk starting 6:45 p.m.

Full list of nominees here.

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