February 26, 2009

Alive and well

February 18, 2009 marks a very important event in the history of Philippine performing arts. On that day, the winners of the first Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts were announced. Named Gawad Buhay! (awkward, literal translation: Alive! Award), it is the first award which is strictly for the ephemeral performing arts. For now, only theater—plays and musicals—and ballet are included, and Philstage itself has less than a dozen member companies. But hopefully, more groups will join and experts in the other performing arts can be found willing to serve as jurors so that Philstage's Gawad Buhay! can truly fulfill its objective: "to further professionalize the performing arts industry in the Philippines by engaging our audiences—critics, artists and the viewing public—in a creative dialogue." I am honored to have been there that night, and happier still that I was able to take a photo of the winners (even though they were posing for the official photographer and not me).

2008 Gawad Buhay! awardees
For those who want to know who the awardees are, read my husband Exie's article,"The start of something big." He writes an occasional column for The Philippine Star, one of the top three national newspapers in the Philippines, and that article appeared in its February 23 edition. And so did my photos. Ain't it cool? :)

Dogberry: Exie Abola's column in the February 23, 2009 issue of The Philippine Star

15 comments:

Martin in Bulgaria said...

A lovely little momento of the occasion.

Olivier said...

c'est ton mari qui a écrit l'article ? sympathique.
Tu pourrais être sa photographe. belle photo du groupe des gagnants
it is your husband who wrote the article? nice. You could be her photographer. nice photograph of the group of the winning

Marc said...

Wow, that's great having your pictures published in a major newspaper. Well done Hilda!

BLOGitse said...

Good that culture gets attention...not only sports! :)

Greetings from windy Cairo, Egypt!

nobu said...

They looks happy, nice photo!!

Halcyon said...

Congratulations on being a published photographer!

The awards sound neat. I'm all for anything that fosters growth and creativity in the arts.

JM said...

Congratulations on the published photos! Really cool! :-)

Jarart said...

That is really awesome, Congratulations to you both!

Barbara Rahal said...

hey , great for you!!! keep on rocking Hilda!!

Thanks for the tip on my link today I think I fix it!:O)
stayy tuned smiles Barb

Lois said...

Congratulations to you and your husband Hilda!

Jacob said...

Congratulations! You should be proud!

Pam said...

Bravo and well deserved to you and your husband, Hilda

Lilli & Nevada said...

Congratulations.

Boise Diva said...

Amazing you are, Hilda.

George said...

Congratulations to both you and your husband for the article and picture in the paper. I think both are great.