They are joined by Avon Philippines, a long-time corporate supporter of performing arts companies.
The awards will be conferred during the 2009 Gawad Buhay!: The PHILSTAGE Awards for the Performing Arts ceremonies, to be held on Friday, March 26, 2010, 7:30 p.m., at the Tanghalang Aurelio Toletino (CCP Little Theater). The awards show is free admission and open to the public.
The late Bibot, as Amador was fondly called by colleagues and wards in the theater, film and television circles, was the founding artistic director and guiding spirit of Repertory Philippines. She pioneered English theater in the country and was responsible for the professional training of hundreds of theater practitioners. An excellent actor, director and teacher, she was a formidable presence in Philippine theater and was founding chairman of Philstage until her death in 2004.
Legaspi is a multi-awarded singer, actress and theater and music producer who co-founded the pioneering Musical Theater Philippines as its artistic director. Through her efforts, the production of original Filipino musicals flourished for over two decades starting in the 1980s. As founding president of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit and Philstage, she was also instrumental in steering the country's only alliance of professional performing arts companies.
Avon Philippines, meanwhile, is being honored as a valued corporate supporter for its sustained provision of free make-up to hundreds of productions of professional and community-based performing arts companies since the early 1970s.
Now on its second year, the Gawad Buhay! is an independently juried peer award and the first-ever industry recognition exclusively for the performing arts. For 2009, ninety-five artists and productions vie for 30 individual and group award categories honoring outstanding achievements in play, musical and dance productions of Philstage member-companies.