Monday, February 15, 2010

Philstage bares 2009 Gawad Buhay! nominees

[Complete list of nominees below]

PRODUCTIONS AND artists of Ballet Philippines (BP), the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), and Repertory Philippines (REP) topped the nominations for 30 categories up for grabs in the 2009 Gawad Buhay!: The Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts.

Now on its second year, Gawad Buhay! is the first-ever industry awards conferred upon outstanding individual and group achievements in the performing arts by PHILSTAGE member-companies. It is judged by an independent jury composed of critics, reviewers, educators, artists and aficionados.

With 13 nominations, BP’s Neo-Filipino leads the race, followed closely by PETA’s Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre? and Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at ang Limang Milyong Boto, with 12 and 11 nominations, respectively.

REP’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino weighed in with eight nominations to claim the fourth berth. Other major contenders include Ballet Manila’s Alamat: Gunaw at Sibol, PETA’s Ismail at Isabel, REP’s Sweeney Todd and Tanghalang Pilipino’s ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal, with seven nominations each.

A dance trilogy that pays homage to the Filipino cultural heritage, BP’s Neo Filipino won citations for outstanding dance production; ensemble performance in a dance production; female lead performance in dance (Candice Adea for Amada); male lead performance in dance (Biag Gaongen for Amada and Ronelson Yadao for Ulaging); female featured performance in dance (Marian Faustino for Amada); male featured performance in dance (Lucky Vicentino for Ulaging); adaptation or translation (Alice Reyes for Amada); choreography for dance production (Alice Reyes for Amada); musical composition (Kalayo for Kati-Taog); costume design (Gino Gonzales for Ulaging); lighting design (Katsch Catoy); and set design (Gino Gonzales for Ulaging).

PETA’s Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?, a psycho-emotional journey into the lives and loves of three people, earned the jurors’ nods for outstanding play production, stage direction (Nonon Padilla), ensemble performance in a play, male lead performance in a play (Lex Marcos, Juliene Mendoza and Jack Yabut), original script (Tony Perez), musical direction (Jed Balsamo), musical composition (Jed Balsamo), lighting design (Ian Torqueza), sound design (Aries Alcayaga) and set design (Salvador Bernal).

The individual categories yielded an exciting mix of nominations. pitting veterans versus relatively young bloods. In yet another surprising development, the jury elected to honor lone nominees in outstanding libretto (Vincent De Jesus for PETA’s Juan Tamad), and featured performances in dance (Marian Faustino and Lucky Vicentino for BP’s Neo-Filipino).

Fernando Josef, president of PHILSTAGE and artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino, expressed satisfaction at the high level of artistry and steady patronage that performing arts productions achieved in 2009.

“Despite the economic and political crises, Filipino audiences have found the time to support Filipino artistic productions, particularly those that mirror present-day realities,” said Josef.

PHILSTAGE is the country’s only organization of professional performing arts companies with a regular season programming of repertory development and performance pedagogy training. Its Board of Directors include 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 members.

This year’s Gawad Buhay! jury is composed of Exie Abola, Walter Ang, Gibbs Cadiz, Ronald Elepaño III, Arvin Ello, Ralph Semino Galan. Rolando Inocencio, Glenn Sevilla Mas, Joy Parohinog, Joey Ting and Basilio Esteban Villaruz. As jury members, they were deputized to watch all productions of PHILSTAGE member-companies throughout 2009 and hold deliberations to come up with quarterly citations.

The date and venue of the awards ceremonies will be announced as soon as finalized.

THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, Repertory Philippines
Madonna Brava ng Mindanao, Tanghalang Pilipino
Mga Mansanas sa Disyerto/Apples From the Desert, Tanghalang Pilipino
Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?, PETA


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Ismail at Isabel, PETA
Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at ang Limang Milyong Boto, PETA
ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal, Tanghalang Pilipino


OUTSTANDING DANCE PRODUCTION
Alamat: Si Sibol at Si Gunaw, Ballet Manila
Masterworks, Ballet Philippines
Neo-Filipino, Ballet Philippines


OUTSTANDING STAGE DIRECTION
Jose Mari Avellana, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
Teresa Jamias, Mga Mansanas sa Disyerto/Apples From the Desert
Maribel Legarda, Ismail at Isabel
Phil Noble, Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at Ang Limang Milyong Boto
Nonon Padilla, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?


OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCRIPT
Vincent De Jesus, Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at ang Limang Milyong Boto
Tony Perez, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Rody Vera, Ismail at Isabel


OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Madonna Brava ng Mindanao, Tanghalang Pilipino
Mga Mansanas sa Disyerto, Tanghalang Pilipino
Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?, PETA


OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Liesl Batucan, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
Ana Abad Santos, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
Ana Abad Santos, A Streetcar Named Desire
Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, Madonna Brava ng Mindanao
Sherry Lara, Mga Mansanas sa Disyerto/Apples From the Desert


OUTSTANDING MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Lex Marcos, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Juliene Mendoza,
Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Jack Yabut, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?

OUTSTANDING FEMALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Mailes Kanapi, A Streetcar Named Desire
Peewee O’Hara, Mga Mansanas sa Disyerto/Apples from the Desert


OUTSTANDING MALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Chrome Cosio, Madonna Brava ng Mindanao
Dido Dela Paz, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
Jonathan Tadioan, Flores Para Los Muertos


OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Ismail at Isabel, PETA
Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at Ang Limang Milyong Boto, PETA
ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal, Tanghalang Pilipino


OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Caissa Borromeo, I Love You Because
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Sweeney Todd
Eula Valdes, Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal


OUTSTANDING MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Nar Cabico,
ZsaZsa Zaturnah Ze Muzikal
Joey Paras, ZsaZsa Zaturnah Ze Muzikal
Audie Gemora, Sweeney Todd


OUTSTANDING FEMALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Liesl Batucan, Sweeney Todd
Kyla Rivera, I Love You Because


OUTSTANDING MALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Miguel Faustman, The Fantasticks
Franco Laurel, Sweeney Todd
Marvin Ong, Sweeney Todd


OUTSTANDING LIBRETTO
Vincent De Jesus, Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at ang Limang Milyong Boto


OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY FOR PLAY OR MUSICAL
Carlon Matobato, Ismail at Isabel
Dudz Terana, Phil Noble and Carlon Matobato,
Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at ang Limang Milyong Boto

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY FOR DANCE PRODUCTION
Augustus Damian III’s Evacuation (in Ballet Philippines' Masterworks)
Alice Reyes’ Amada (in Ballet Philippines' Neo-Filipino)
Edna Vida’s Ensalada (in Ballet Philippines' Masterworks)


OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE IN A DANCE PRODUCTION
Alamat: Si Sibol at Si Gunaw, Ballet Manila
Masterworks, Ballet Philippines
Neo-Filipino, Ballet Philippines


OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN DANCE
Candice Adea, Neo-Filipino
Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Don Quixote
Yanti Marduli, Alamat: Si Sibol at Si Gunaw


OUTSTANDING MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN DANCE
Francis Cascano, Alamat: Si Sibol at Si Gunaw
Biag Gaongen, Neo-Filipino
Ronelson Yadao, Neo-Filipino


OUTSTANDING FEMALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN DANCE
Marian Faustino, Neo-Filipino


OUTSTANDING MALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN DANCE
Lucky Vicentino, Neo-Filipino


OUTSTANDING ADAPTATION OR TRANSLATION
Alice Reyes, Amada (in Neo-Filipino)
Daisy Avellana, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
Liza Magtoto, Mga Mansanas sa Disyerto
Don Pagusara, Madonna Brava ng Mindanao


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION
Jed Balsamo, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Vincent De Jesus, Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at Ang Limang Milyong Boto
Vincent De Jesus, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal
Gerard Salonga, Sweeney Todd


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL COMPOSITION
Vincent De Jesus, Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at Ang Limang Milyong Boto
Vincent De Jesus, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal
Kalayo, Neo-Filipino
Mebuyan, Madonna Brava ng Mindanao


OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Salvador Bernal, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Gino Gonzales, Neo-Filipino
Jonathan Janolo, Alamat: Si Sibol at Si Gunaw
Boni Juan, Ismail at Isabel
Boni Juan, Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at Ang Limang Milyong Boto
Tuxqs Rutaquio, A Streetcar Named Desire/Flores Para Los Muertos


OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Michael Angelo Albay, Alamat: Si Sibol at Si Gunaw
Gino Gonzales, Neo-Filipino
Gino Gonzales, Sweeney Todd
Boni Juan, Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at Ang Limang Milyong Boto


OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Katsch Catoy, Neo-Filipino
Martin Esteva, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
Ian Torqueza, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Jimmy Villanueva, Alamat: Si Sibol at Si Gunaw
Jonjon Villareal, Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo at Ang Limang Milyong Boto


OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
Lamberto Avellana Jr., A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
Aries Alcayaga, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Gie Bernardo, Ismail at Isabel


[This announcement also appears in today's issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.]

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Parang zsazsa zaturnah has been there forever. Eh iyong ginagawa naman nila is re-staging na lang. Just wondering why it is included in the 2009 nominations. just asking

gibbs cadiz said...

technically there is no 'restaging' yet for philstage because this is only its 2nd year as a body, and last year was only the first time the constituted jury as a whole saw ZZZ. that's why it's there. the last time (before 2009) that ZZZ was staged, wala pang philstage. :)

The English Ocean said...

Ahmm, may PHilstage na po since 1995. Wala pa lang Gawad Buhay awards which was first given out last uear for the 2008 productions. :-)

gibbs cadiz said...

yes, that's what i meant, sorry--the philstage awards. :)

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