Awit Award

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Awit Awards
Gnome globe current event.svg 27th Awit Awards
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in the music industry
Country Philippines
Presented by Philippine Association of the Record Industry
First awarded 1969

The Awit Awards are music awards in the Philippines given annually by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) to recognize the outstanding achievements in the music industry. The word "Awit" means "song" literally in Tagalog.

Philippines Republic in Southeast Asia

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east, and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.

Philippine Association of the Record Industry organization

The Philippine Association of the Record Industry is a non-profit and private trade organization, that represents the recording industry distributors in the Philippines.

Music industry companies and individuals that create and sell music

The music industry consists of the companies and individuals that earn money by creating new songs and pieces and selling live concerts and shows, audio and video recordings, compositions and sheet music, and the organizations and associations that aid and represent music creators. Among the many individuals and organizations that operate in the industry are: the songwriters and composers who create new songs and musical pieces; the singers, musicians, conductors and bandleaders who perform the music; the companies and professionals who create and sell recorded music and/or sheet music ; and those that help organize and present live music performances.


The first awards were given in 1969 at a ceremony in Makati. After three awards ceremonies were held, the Awit Awards were discontinued in 1972. In 1988, PARI brought back the awards and today, the organization still handles these awards.

The 1st Awit Awards were held in March 23, 1969, in Makati. These awards recognized musical achievements for the year 1968. This was the only award ceremony organized by the Awit Awards Executive Committee after the Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (PARAS) took charge the next year.

Makati Highly Urbanized City in National Capital Region, Philippines

Makati,, officially the City of Makati,, or simply known as Makati City, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in Metro Manila, Philippines.


The idea for Awit Awards was conceived by Oskar "Oskee" Salazar, the Billboard correspondent for the Philippines at that time, in late 1968. [1] The first awards ceremony was held in March 23, 1969 that took place in Makati. It was organized by the Awit Awards Executive Committee, which composed of representatives from different record companies, with Salazar as their chairman. Winners were voted by a jury composed of 15 people which were selected by the Awit Awards Executive Committee. The jurors were chosen by their jobs in the music industry such as a record retailer, jukebox operator, entertainment/music writer or a radio station program director. [2]

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

Jukebox device to play music singles with

A jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that will play a patron's selection from self-contained media. The classic jukebox has buttons with letters and numbers on them that, when entered in combination, are used to play a specific selection.

Days before the second awards, they decided to create a formal academy called the Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (PARAS), replacing the Awit Awards Executive Committee. The academy was headed by Danny Villanueva, the outgoing president of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), as the chairman alongside Salazar as the co-chairman. It was composed of 75 members. [3] The second awards was held in July 1970 while the third happened in June 1971. [4] These two ceremonies were administered by the academy. From 1972 until 1987, no Awit Awards ceremonies were held.

In 1988, the Philippine Association of the Record Industry resurrected the Awit Awards. Instead of following the previous numbering pattern, they decided to call the 1988 awards as the 1st Awit Awards. This pattern continued until now.

Nomination process

Any recording company which is a member of the PARI can submit entries for Awit Awards. A non-member recording company can qualify if it has a business arrangement with a PARI member such as licensing, distributing and marketing. The entries that could be submitted are based on the eligibility period when the music was released. The eligibility period is always from January 1 to December 31 of the previous year. Nominations may only be awarded to any person with Filipino heritage, resident or non-resident of the Philippines. Foreigners must show documents certifying their Filipino heritage. [5]

All entries would be then screened by judges. The jury comprises radio personnel, entertainment journalists, television personalities, composers, brand/marketing professionals and musicians. For the technical achievement categories, judges could either be a sound/vocal/musical engineer, television commercial producer, film director or someone from the media. The judges would vote on all entries and the five highest scoring entries would become the nominees for each category. [6] A category could have more than 5 nominees if there's a tie. [5]

Nominees in each category would go through another voting round with the highest scoring finalists would be then declare as the winners in the awards night. [6]

Currently, the ballots are audited by the Isla Lipana & Co., a Philippine member firm of the PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Position Date Venue Town/City Host(s)
Presented by: the Awit Awards Executive Committee and the Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
1st March 23, 1969 Makati
2nd July 16, 1970
3rd June 1971 Manila Hotel Manila
Presented by: the Philippine Association of the Record Industry
1st December 5, 1988
3rd June 29, 1991 Metropolitan Theater Manila Jose Mari Chan & Sharon Cuneta
6th June 26, 1993 Philippine International Convention Center Pasay
7th June 25, 1994
8th June 17, 1995 University of the Philippines Theater Quezon City
9th June 14, 1996 Meralco Theater Pasig
10th September 19, 1997 AFP Theater Quezon City Francis Magalona
11th June 26, 1998 University of the Philippines Theater Dingdong Avanzado & Geneva Cruz
12th November 23, 1999 AFP Theater
13th November 8, 2000 Ryan Cayabyab, Kuh Ledesma & Martin Nievera
14th October 11, 2001
15th September 19, 2002 Rachel Alejandro, Franco Laurel, Roselle Nava & Randy Santiago
16th October 16, 2003
17th September 9, 2004 NBC Tent Taguig Karel Marquez, Sarah Meier, KC Montero & Iya Villania
18th May 26, 2005 AFP Theater Quezon City KC Montero
19th June 15, 2006 PAGCOR Grand Theater Parañaque
20th August 8, 2007 NBC Tent Taguig Christian Bautista, Toni Gonzaga & Mo Twister
21st November 26, 2008 Eastwood Central Plaza Quezon City Christian Bautista & Nikki Gil
22nd December 7, 2009 Filoil Flying V Arena San Juan Eugene Domingo & Piolo Pascual
23rd September 30, 2010 SM Mall of Asia Pasay Tutti Caringal, Yeng Constantino & Karylle
24th December 12, 2011 Music Museum San Juan Billy Crawford & Nikki Gil
25th November 27, 2012 Glorietta Makati Denise Laurel, Krista Kleiner, Anthony Semerad & David Semerad
26th December 11, 2013 Sequoia Hotel Quezon City
27th December 12, 2014 Newport Performing Arts Theater Pasay Marion Aunor & Josh Padilla
28th December 9, 2015 Music Museum San Juan Christian Bautista, Yeng Constantino & Karylle
29th December 7, 2016 Tippy Dos Santos & Matteo Guidicelli
30th November 26, 2017 Kia Theatre Quezon City Tippy Dos Santos & Donny Pangilinan


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  2. Awit Adds to Award List to Push Music. Billboard. March 15, 1969. p. 63. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  3. PARAS Acad. Is Founded. Billboard. July 11, 1970. p. 71. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  4. Academy Revamp Delays Philippine AWIT Awards. Billboard. June 5, 1971. p. 48. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  5. 1 2 "General Rules and Regulations for the Awit Awards". Philippine Association of the Record Industry . Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  6. 1 2 "Frequently Asked Questions". Philippine Association of the Record Industry . Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  7. "Awit Awards List of Winners".