The Ignacio B. Gimenez Foundation, Inc. [IBGFI], a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Filipino community by creating employment and thus security for Filipino families, launched its first-ever English Musical Playwriting Competition on 08th August 2013.

The competition is open to all Filipinos who are eighteen [18] years old and over, amateurs and published writers alike.

Entrants should write a script [libretto] for a musical play of approximately ninety [90] minutes in length and is suitable for dramatization. This should include the CD recording of the songs incorporated in the story. The plays must have a maximum of twenty-five [25] characters including major and minor roles. It can be on any subject and must be written entirely in English.

The play entered in the competition must not – at the time of submission – have been offered for publication, performance or broadcast in any other form or media to any other person or company. All entrants must certify the originality of their submitted entries.

Three [3] winners will receive the following cash prizes: 
First Place – Php 1,000,000.00 
Second Place – Php 500,000.00 
Third Place – Php 300,000.00

One of the winning playwrights’ stories will be produced on stage. All winners will also receive certificates of recognition and attend a prize – giving event. The prizes are as stated and cannot be modified or transferred.

The winners shall grant and transfer to IBGFI all intellectual property, moral and publication rights to the story, including any translations, adaptations or modifications related thereto. IN CONNECTION WITH THIS, THE WINNING PLAYWRITES WILL BE REQUESTED TO EXECUTE A FORMAL DEED OF ASSIGNMENT IN FAVOR OF IBGFI.

“I’m sure that the chance to take part in this competition will be a huge incentive for talented Filipinos out there, guided by their principles and dreams, to explore the wonderful and rich repertoire of playwriting, hone their writing skills, imagination and have fun in the process. I look forward to reading their stories,” said Mr. Ignacio B. Gimenez, President and Founder of IBGFI. Mr. Gimenez is also part of the competition’s panel of judges.

Closing date for all entries (with completed entry form, synopsis, manuscript, CD recording of songs) is by 12 noon of March 31, 2014.

Application form, competition guidelines and awards information are available on the competition web sites: and


As a successful businessman, Mr. Ignacio B. Gimenez has long been passionate about supporting the Filipino community by creating employment and thus security for Filipino families. This lifelong undertaking has led him to create the Ignacio B. Gimenez Foundation, Inc. [IBGFI]

The IBGFI is a privately owned institution established to support the promotion of the arts, education, culture, skills, health and social growth within the Filipino society. The Foundation also provides a platform for the performance and exhibition of diverse artistic productions. Its creative programs include the sponsorship of the building of theatrical establishments and the production of performances, festivals, exhibitions, cultural research, outreach programs and the preservation and publication of materials about Philippine arts and culture.

The IBGFI designs, develops, organizes and finances projects in these areas to develop homegrown talent and display Filipino talent worldwide.