“Under My Skin” Leads Gawad Buhay 2020 Citations


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Under My Skin | Photo Credit: Erickson Dela Cruz

Gawad Buhay, the country’s premier recognition awards for the performing arts have released their citations for the first half of 2020. Only shows produced by members of Philstage–the country’s alliance for performing arts companies–are eligible for citation and eventual nomination for the Gawad Buhay Awards.

Due to unforeseen circumstances this year, Philstage has decided to combine this 2020 season with the upcoming 2021 season for the 2022 awards ceremony. The upcoming awards will now also include a new category for Outstanding Projection and Video Design.

For 2020, only five shows are eligible for competitive citations, namely: “Under My Skin” (PETA), “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets), “Stage Kiss” (REP), “Batang Mujahideen” (Tanghalang Pilipino), and “Dekada ’70” (Black Box Productions).

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Here’s the complete list of competitive citations for the first half of 2020: 

Outstanding Original Script

Rody Vera, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Malou Jacob, Guelan Luarca, & Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company, “Batang Mujahideen” (TP) 

Outstanding Book of a Musical

Pat Valera, “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)

Outstanding Original Score 

Teresa Barrozo & Migs Cortes, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Matthew Chang & Pat Valera, “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)

Outstanding Musical Direction 

Matthew Chang, “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)
Myke Salomon, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)

Outstanding Choreography

MJ Arda, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)
Jomelle Era, “Batang Mujahideen” (TP)
Jomelle Era, “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)
Nicole Primero & Bubbles Deriada, “Under My Skin” (PETA)

Outstanding Costume Design

Mio Infante, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)

Outstanding Lighting Design

Dong Calingacion, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)
D Cortezano, “Batang Mujahideen” (TP)
Meliton Roxas, Jr., “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)
Ian Torqueza, “Under My Skin” (PETA)

Outstanding Sound Design

Teresa Barrozo, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Myke Salomon, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)
Arvy Dimaculangan, “Batang Mujahideen” (TP)

Outstanding Set Design

Ohm David, “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)
Mio Infante, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)
Marco Viaña & Paw Castillo, “Batang Mujahideen” (TP)

Outstanding Projection and Video Design

Steven Tansiongco & Bene Manaois, “Under My Skin” (PETA)

Female Lead Performance in a Play

Missy Maramara, “Stage Kiss” (Rep)
Roselyn Perez, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Cherry Pie Picache, “Under My Skin” (PETA) 

Female Featured Performance in a Play

Lotlot Bustamante, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Manok Nellas, “Batang Mujahideen” (TP)
Lhorvie Nuevo, “Batang Mujahideen” (TP)
Kitsi Pagaspas, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Gold Villar-Lim, “Under My Skin” (PETA)

Male Featured Performance in a Play

Eko Baquial, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Anthony Falcon, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Gio Gahol, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Jonathan Tadioan, “Batang Mujahideen” (TP)
Dylan Talon, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Dudz Teraña, “Under My Skin” (PETA)

Female Lead Performance in a Musical

Stella Cañete-Mendoza, “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)

Male Lead Performance in a Musical

 Sam Concepcion, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)
Juliene Mendoza, “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)

Female Featured Performance in a Musical 

Bituin Escalante, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)
Alys Serdenia, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)

Male Featured Performance in a Musical

Jon Abella, “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)
Esteban Fulay, Jr., “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)
Audie Gemora, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)
Iggy Siasoco, “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play 

“Batang Mujahideen” (TP)
“Under My Skin” (PETA)

 Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical 

“Dekada ‘70” (BBP)
“Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play

Melvin Lee, “Under My Skin” (PETA)
Guelan Luarca, “Batang Mujahideen” (TP)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical

Paolo Valenciano, “Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)
Pat Valera, “Dekada ‘70” (BBP)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical

“Joseph the Dreamer” (Trumpets)

Outstanding Play – Original or Translation/Adaptation

“Batang Mujahideen” (TP)
“Under My Skin” (Peta)

Outstanding Musical – Original or Translation/Adaptation

“Dekada ‘70” (BBP)

The production of “Anna in the Tropics” by REP, which was set to open around the same time as general quarantines were taking effect early in 2020, will not be eligible for the combined 2020-2021 season awards that will possibly be held in 2022.

Instead, the Gawad Buhay jury awards them Special Citations: Production of Existing Material for a Play, Ensemble Performance in a Play, Joey Mendoza’s Stage Direction and Set Design, Becky Bodurtha’s Costume Design, Barbie Tan-Tiongco’s Lighting Design, Fabian Obispo’s Sound Design, Ricardo Magno’s Movement Design, and the Performances of Skyzx Labastilla, Gab Pangilinan, Paolo O’Hara, and Brian Sy.

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