Friday, March 19, 2010

Zeneida Amador, Celeste Legaspi to be honored at 2nd Philstage Gawad Buhay! rites March 26

For their lifetime achievements and contributions to the professionalization of the Philippine performing arts, theater icons Zeneida Amador and Celeste Legaspi will be given fitting honors as the first recipients of the Natatanging Gawad Buhay!, the lifetime achievement awards conferred by the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group, Inc. (Philstage).

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.


Anonymous said...

While there is no denying Ms. Amador's achievements in the Philippine theater scene, let it not be forgotten that this complex person also has been known to mentally, verbally and physically abuse her actors, including minors. (In the 80s, a stagehand actually sued her for allegedly being stuck by her). There is no question she has contributed much, but many too would be uncomfortable for honoring this kind of "professionalism."

gibbs cadiz said...

without going into the point of your comment, ANONYMOUS (as usual)--others would be able to reply to it more capably and knowledgeably--let me just point out that you misread a crucial word: it's PROFESSIONALIZATION, not PROFESSIONALISM. you may want to look up the difference in meaning.

Anonymous said...

All the same, Mr. Cadiz. I can't imagine "professionalization" excuses any kind of abuse.

Anonymous said...

naku, hindi lang si bibot, mas madami pang malala sa theater. iyung iba nga nasa university pa. nagaabuse ng mga actors (male actors)! iyung isa nga minor pa iyong boyfriend niya, pinalalabas na research assistant lang daw

Anonymous said...

How can the Gawad Buhay be trusted kung hindi naman trustworthy ang board, and also some members of the jury? Hindi ba iyong iba sa mga members ng jury naquestion ang skills nila on theater analysis? Naquestion pa nga dati ni bart ito. And worse, hindi din naman nasagot properly ng board. Just asking.

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