In May last year I wrote about the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group, or Philstage, and its effort to become the first awards-giving body focused solely on the performing arts. Well, these efforts have borne fruit. This past Wednesday, the 18th of February, Philstage held its 2008 Gawad Buhay! Awards for the Performing Arts at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The austere but elegant program was well-attended, and judging by the excitement it generated among the member companies, I expect an even more enthusiastic response in the years ahead.