Resorts World Manila’s ‘Annie,’ Red Turnip’s ‘Tribes’ Win Big in 9th Gawad Buhay


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the winners of the 9th Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards

JC Santos, the young Dulaang UP-trained theater actor who became a TV sensation last year when he was cast as the third wheel to the James Reid-Nadine Lustre tandem in the ABS-CBN teleserye “Till I Met You,” won the Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Play for Red Turnip’s “Constellations” at the 9th Gawad Buhay, held at the CCP Little Theater this evening.

*All photos are c/o Jaypee Maristaza.

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the winners of the 9th Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards

His co-star in “Constellations,” Cris Villonco, won the Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play honors, while the play itself, directed by Rem Zamora, was adjudged Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play.

The Gawad Buhay, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, on its ninth year celebrated not only the best performance and technical achievements of its member-companies’ productions in 2016; it also conferred the Natatanging Gawad Buhay for Lifetime Achievement to stalwart actor-directors Soxie Topacio and Joy Virata.

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performance tribute to Joy Virata
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performance tribute to Joy Virata
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Joy Virata receives the Natatanging Gawad Buhay Award
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performance tribute for Soxie Topacio
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performance tribute for Soxie Topacio
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Soxie Topacio receives his Natatanging Gawad Buhay Award

Topacio and Virata are pioneering members and pillars of their respective theater companies, the Philippine Educational Theater Association and Repertory Philippines, both of which are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The twin milestone achievement for Philippine theater was a focal point of celebration at the evening’s ceremonies, which also featured a segment jointly honoring Peta founder Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and Rep co-founder Baby Barredo.

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L-R: REP co-founder Baby Barredo and PETA founder Cecile Guidote-Alvarez in a rare moment on stage together
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Barredo and Guidote-Alvarez talk about being best friends in college

The ceremonies were hosted by Jon Santos.

Krystal Brimner, the child actress who appeared as John Lloyd Cruz’ daughter in the Erik Matti thriller “Honor Thy Father,” was adjudged Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Musical for her turn in “Annie.” The classic Broadway musical, mounted by the Full House Theater Company of Resorts World Manila, won four other awards: Outstanding Female Featured Performance for Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical for director Michael Williams, and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical and Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical.

Jef Flores scored an unprecedented back-to-back Gawad Buhay win by copping the Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical for his turn as the young pre-“Rent” Jonathan Larson in 9 Works Theatrical’s “Tick, Tick… Boom!” Only last year, he was the Outstanding Male Lead recipient in the play counterpart for Red Turnip’s “This Is Our Youth.”

In dance, Rita Winder of Ballet Philippines also notched a rare double nomination—Outstanding Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance for “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko,” a dance-musical that featured the music of the 70’s band VST & Co; and Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance, for “Firebird and Other Ballets.”

The trophy for Outstanding Female Featured Performance for Modern Dance went to dance legend Edna Vida, for “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko.”

The most honored production of the night was also in dance—Ballet Philippines’ “Firebird and Other Ballets,” which went home with seven trophies.

Tying with “Annie’s” five wins was Red Turnip’s “Tribes,” which garnered nods for, among others, Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play for Topper Fabregas, and for the featured performances of Angela Padilla and Teroy Guzman. Peta’s “3 Stars and a Sun,” meanwhile, a musical that employed the music of the late rap artist Francis Magalona, earned four wins, including Outstanding Original Musical and for its libretto by Mixkaela Villalon and Rody Vera.

You can find our Facebook Livestream of the entire award show below.

COMPLETE LIST OF 2016 PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY! WINNERS IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES:

Outstanding Original Libretto
Mixkaela Villalon and Rody Vera, “3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

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Mixkaela Villalon and Rody Vera

Outstanding Translation or Adaptation
Rolando Tinio, “Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw” (Tanghalang Pilipino)

Outstanding Musical Direction
Myke Salomon, “3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

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Myke Salomon

Outstanding Original Musical Composition
Malek Lopez, “Opera” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production
Carlo Pacis, “Weighted Whispers”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical
PJ Rebullida, “American Idiot” (9 Works Theatrical)

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PJ Rebullida

Outstanding Costume Design
Gino Gonzales, “3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

Outstanding Lighting Design
John Batalla, “Almost, Maine” (Repertory Philippines)

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John Batalla

Outstanding Sound Design
Teresa Barrozo, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Outstanding Set Design
Mio Infante, “American Idiot” (9 Works Theatrical)

Female Lead Performance in a Play
Cris Villonco, “Constellations” (Red Turnip Theater)

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Cris Villonco

Male Lead Performance in a Play
JC Santos, “Constellations” (Red Turnip Theater)

Female Featured Performance in a Play
Angela Padilla, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

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Angela Padilla

Male Featured Performance in a Play
Teroy Guzman, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Female Lead Performance in a Musical
Krystal Brimner, “Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

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Krystal Brimner

Male Lead Performance in a Musical
Jef Flores, “Tick, Tick… Boom” (9 Works Theatrical)

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Jef Flores

Female Featured Performance in a Musical
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, “Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

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Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo

Male Featured Performance in a Musical
Ariel Reonal, “Tick, Tick…Boom” (9 Works Theatrical)

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Ariel Reonal

Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance
Rita Winder, “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance
JM Cordero, “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko” (Ballet Philippines)

Female Featured Performance in Modern Dance
Edna Vida, “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Featured Performance in Modern Dance
Erl Sorilla, “Simoun” (Ballet Philippines)

Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance
Rita Winder, “Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance
Rudy de Dios, “Cinderella” (Ballet Manila)

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance
Denise Parungao, “Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

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Denise Parungao

Male Featured Performance in Classical Dance
Cyril Fallar, “Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Modern Dance Production
“Weighted Whispers”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Classical Dance Production
“Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play
Topper Fabregas, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

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Topper Fabregas

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical
Michael Williams, “Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

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Michael Williams

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play
“Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical
“Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

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cast and creative team of Annie

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance
“Weighted Whispers”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play
“Constellations” (Red Turnip Theater)

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Director of Constellations Rem Zamora

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical
“Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Outstanding Musical—Original or Translation/Adaptation
“3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

Natatanging Gawad Buhay
Joy Virata (Repertory Philippines)
Soxie Topacio (Peta)

Here is the livestream of the entire award show:

ABOUT GAWAD BUHAY

Now on its ninth year, Gawad Buhay is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts.

It is juried by an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the members of the jury, who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year.

From the four quarterly citations (the first and second quarters are merged into the midyear citations), the jury selects the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season.

Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include 9 Works Theatrical, Actor’s Actors Inc., Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Full House Theater Company (Resorts World Manila), Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Peta, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Philippine Opera Company, Repertory Philippines, Red Turnip Theater, Stages, Tanghalang Pilipino and Trumpets.

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