Deadline for voting in Philippines' BWW Philippines Awards is Dec. 31, 2011

[Facebook "Share," Twitter "Tweet this," and Google+ "+1" buttons are found at the bottom of this post.] Philippines celebrates its third anniversary by launching the first-ever BWW Philippines Awards in 2011.

Voting will be done online until Dec. 31, 2011 at this URL:

It announced the nominees (listed below), shortlisted from around 500 nomination entries submitted online during an open nomination period from Oct. 6 to 31, 2011.

The website features "live" and "un-audited" voting statistics.  "All voting results will be tabulated and will be audited at the conclusion of the voting process to remove fake, duplicate, and other invalid votes."

"Our theater scene in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila, has never been as vibrant as in recent months, and we owe our hardworking, excellent theater practitioners the recognition and appreciation they deserve," says BWW Philippines executive editor, author and photographer Oliver Oliveros.

"Ever felt that major award-giving bodies didn't give enough appreciation for your favorite musicals, plays and actors? Now, here's your chance to make that decision."

Winners will be announced and awarding will be held in January 2012. For details, email

2011 BWW Philippines Awards Nominees:

Best Musical
In the Heights (Atlantis Productions Inc.)
Sweet Charity (9 Works Theatrical)
Sound of Music (Resorts World Manila)
Peter Pan (Repertory Philippines/Stages Production Specialists Inc.)
Noli Me Tangere (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Care Divas (Philippine Educational Theater Association)
Cory ng Edsa (Philippine Stagers Foundation)

Best Play
American Hwangap (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Ang Post Office (Philippine Educational Theater Association)

Best Direction of a Musical
Bobby Garcia (Next to Normal)
Jaime del Mundo and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Peter Pan)
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Little Women)
Robbie Guevara (Sweet Charity)
Chari Arespacochaga (Aida)
Christopher De Venecia (Little Shop of Horrors)
Dexter Santos (Orosman at Zafira)
Vince Tanada (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Direction of a Play
Gary Labad (Ang Post Office)

Best Leading Actor (Musical)
Jett Pangan (Next to Normal)
Felix Rivera (Next to Normal)
Sam Concepcion (Peter Pan)
Gian Magdangal (The Wedding Singer)
Kris Lawrence (Sweet Charity)
Mark Bautista (Noli Me Tangere)
Melvin Lee (Care Divas)
Ricci Chan (Care Divas)
Jerald Napoles (Care Divas)
Vince Tanada (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Leading Actor (Play)
Martin delos Santos (Ang Post Office)

Best Leading Actress (Musical)
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Next to Normal)
Ciara Sotto (Rent)
Mian Dimacali (Rent)
Caisa Borromeo (Little Women)
Nikki Gil (Sweet Charity)
Tippy dos Santos (Peter Pan)
Cris Villonco (Noli Me Tangere)

Best Leading Actress (Play)
Jay Glorioso (Love, Loss, and What I Wore)
Liza Infante (The 39 Steps)
Shamaine Centenera Buencamino (Fake)

Best Musical Direction
Gerard Salonga (Little Women)
Joseph Tolentino (Sweet Charity)
Pipo Cifra (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Choreography
Cecille Martinez (In the Heights)
Deana Aquino (Sweet Charity)
Dexter Santos (Orosman at Zafira)
John San Antonio (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Costume Design
Raven Ong (Peter Pan)
Mio Infante (Rent)
Emy Tanada (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Lighting Design
Shoko Matsumoto (Next to Normal)

Best Set Design
Joey Mendoza (Little Women)
Gino Gonzales (Peter Pan)
Jeffrey Ambrosio (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Sound Design
Chuck Ledesma (Rent)
Bobbit Jacinto (In the Heights)
Rards Corpus (Sound of Music)
Art Grabentina (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role/Ensemble Role (Musical)
Markki Stroem (Next to Normal)
OJ Mariano (Rent)
Michael Williams (Peter Pan)
Jeff Arcilla (Little Women)
Johann dela Fuente (The Wedding Singer)
Jon Jon Martin (The Wedding Singer)
Miguel Faustmann (Sweet Charity)
Myke Salomon (Care Divas)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role/Ensemble Role (Play)
Jeremy Domingo (American Hwangap)
Nicco Manalo (American Hwangap)
Jonathan Tadioan (Bombita)
George de Jesus (Amphitryon)
Joshua Deocareza (Titus Andronicus)
Nic Campos (Shakespeare in Hollywood)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role/Ensemble Role (Musical)
Bea Garcia (Next to Normal)
Tex Ordonez (In the Heights)
Ciara Sotto (Sweet Charity)
Sheila Valderrama (Sweet Charity)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role/Ensemble Role (Play)
Cris Villonco (The Joy Luck Club)
Frances Makil Ignacio (The Joy Luck Club)
Liesl Batucan (American Hwangap)
Skyzx Labastilla (Titus Andronicus)

Best Theater Company
Atlantis Productions Inc.
9 Works Theatrical

Best Theatrical Venue
Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium
CCP Little Theater
PETA Center Theater
Newport Performing Arts Theater (Resorts World Manila)

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