Camarines Sur-based Teatro Ragayano was recently named finalist for the Best Cultural Group Category of the 29th Aliw Awards.
The community theater company mounted two productions this year, namely, Hawla, Carlos A. Arejola’s Bikol adapation of Susan Glasspell’s 1919 classic, Trifles, and Gamgam, three monologues by Eilyn Nidea based on an experimental work by Arejola.
The plays, directed by Arejola and Nidea respectively, were staged in Pili, Naga and Ragay in February and March.
The other nominees for the Best Cultural Group Category include the LNU Sirang Theater Ensemble of Tacloban City, Leyte; Singhay Dapitan of Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte; Teatro Kalinangan ng Aurora of Baler, Aurora; and Kagay-an Performing Arts of Cagayan de Oro City.
The awards ceremony is set on November 30 at the Hotel Dusit in Makati.
The Aliw Awards is widely regarded as the premiere recognition for live performance in the Philippines today.