Thursday, October 20, 2011

We Hear You!

Nominate your favourites for the first BroadwayWorld.com Philippines Awards
11 days till nomination deadline!


By Oliver Oliveros for BroadwayWorld.com

In the theater, the audience completes the performance equation: with the expert guidance of the stage director and the interplay of thematic lights and sets, the actors are expected to deliver no less than rock solid performances; on the other hand, you, the audience, are poised to reward everyone by acknowledging the theater practitioner with a warm applause, sometimes a long standing ovation, at curtain call.

Here on BroadwayWorld.com (BWW), you, our readers, also play an important role in the information food chain: we report about theater-related events and personalities and you consume our written words. Sometimes, you correct our errors in factual information. But, most of the time, you actually help us become better journalists by listening to you.

Needless to say, we value your opinion.

Thus, on our third year as a regional site of BWW, we’ve previously announced that we’re accepting nominations for the first BWW Philippines Awards, an award-giving program that allows you to nominate and vote for your favourite musicals, straight plays, and stage personalities that made the 13-month eligibility period from September 2010 to October 2011.

Check out the complete list of nomination categories here and the nomination form here.

Currently, the Philippines has two award-giving bodies that recognize excellence in theatrical production and performance: the pioneering Aliw Awards, a local entertainment industry awards established in 1976 by the Aliw Awards Foundation and Filipino journalist Alice H. Reyes, and the young Gawad Buhay! Philstage Awards, a peer-juried industry awards launched in 2009. The former has always been controversial while the latter has been more focused on the performing arts, but, sadly, nomination is limited only to members of Philstage, an organization of around nine professional performing arts companies.

In contrast to the previous award-giving bodies, the BWW Philippines Awards is an audience-driven effort.

Our theater scene in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila, has never been as vibrant as in recent months: The past year has brought well-produced shows to the center stage such as Little Women, Ang Post Office, The Wedding Singer, American Hwangap, Rent, The Joy Luck Club, Orosman at Zafira, Screen: Macbeth, The 39 Steps, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Care Divas, Sweet Charity, Next to Normal, Aida, In the Heights, Peter Pan, Seussical, Rizal X, William, Cory ng EDSA, Stomp, and The Sound of Music, among others.

We owe our hardworking, excellent theater practitioners the recognition and appreciation they deserve; the BWW Philippines Awards is one way to do it.

So, send in your nominations now.

We will only accept nominations until October 31.

Oliver Oliveros is regional site editor, author and photographer at BroadwayWorld.com — an online news portal covering theater, live entertainment, Broadway shows and Broadway tickets.