JC Santos bags 'Outstanding Male Performance' award at Gawad Buhay

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Posted at May 11 2017 01:34 AM | Updated as of May 11 2017 10:43 AM

JC Santos and Cris Villongco star in "Constellations." Photo from the Facebook page of Red Turnip Theater

MANILA — “Till I Met You” star and Dulaang UP-trained theater actor JC Santos won for Outstanding Male Lead Performance for his role on Red Turnip’s “Constellations” at the Gawad Buhay Awards held on Wednesday night. 

Cris Villonco, also from “Constellations,” received the Outstanding Female Lead Performance award. 

Meanwhile, Ballet Philippines' “Firebird and Other Ballets” was the most awarded production with seven citations, including Outstanding Classical Dance Production. 

PETA's “3 Stars and a Sun,” which features the music of Francis Magalona, received four awards including Outstanding Musical. 

Veteran theater actors-directors Joy Virata and Soxy Topacio received the Natatanging Gawad Buhay Award. 

Now on its 9th year, the Gawad Buhay Awards celebrates the 50th anniversary of both PETA and Repertory Philippines. Here's the complete list of awardees: 

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

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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)

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 Awardees: Joy Virata and Soxy Topacio — Report from Vladimir Bunoan, ABS-CBN News