Erik Santos

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Erik Santos
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Erik Santos during a Chicago concert in 2008.
Background information
Birth nameRhoderick Ramos Santos
Born (1982-10-10) October 10, 1982 (age 38)
Origin Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active2004–present
Labels Star Music (2004—present)
Backroom Inc. (2003–2011)
Star Magic (2011–present)
Cornerstone Talent Management Center (present)

Rhoderick Ramos Santos (born October 10, 1982), more commonly known as simply Erik Santos, is a Filipino singer, occasional actor, TV host, commercial model, and the first Grand Champion of the ABS-CBN singing competition Star in a Million Season 1 in 2003. [1]


Erik Santos was ABS-CBN's Star in a Million Grand Champion last January 2004. A young balladeer known for his soulful voice, Erik made his way to stardom through the music scene owing the title Prince of Pop. [2] His much-awaited debut album aptly titled "This Is The Moment" shows that Erik's moment has indeed come. [3] His passion for music started during his childhood years. He participated in various singing competitions. [4] His Platinum debut album and succeeding albums, sold-out concerts and a demand for corporate shows, accolades from Awit Awards, Star Awards and Aliw Awards, endorsements for a bank (Bank of the Philippine Island's Express Remit), theme songs for radio stations, and even movies earned him an unusual popularity. [5] [6] His first single, Pagbigyang Muli, remained number one of WRR's hit chart for more than 20 weeks together with his other songs filling up the chart simultaneously. [7] Amidst all these, Erik still remains charming and this "realness" becomes one of the biggest factors why Erik has won audiences nationwide.

Early life

Santos was born on October 10, 1982 in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines. When he was four, his passion for singing started. He participated in numerous small-town singing competitions. [4] He graduated in high school at Immaculate Conception Parochial School – Malabon He studied at the Centro Escolar University and took up dentistry, but later shifted to Psychology. As soon as he won the singing competition Star in a Million in 2003, he temporarily stopped studying, because of his busy schedule. Eventually, he came back to school and finished college. He graduated in March 2010. [8]

Star in a Million

In 2003, Santos joined Star in a Million singing contest, and became part of the wildcard entry to the Final 10 of the show. [9] He had a good start in the competition, but got eliminated during the third week of the show, when it was still a part of the Sunday noontime variety show ASAP. Nevertheless, his second chance came, and his rendition of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly", [9] won him the tenth and final slot for the semi-finals round. Eventually he became one of the three grand finalists along with Sheryn Regis (first runner up) and Marinel Santos (2nd runner up) in the showdown for the title of Star in a Million. "This is the Moment", a song from the musical Jekyll and Hyde , popularized by Martin Nievera, won him the title. [10]


In 2004, Santos released his debut album This is the Moment, and it went platinum after three months of its release. [3] After his debut, he released an extended play, quickly followed by his second album, Loving You Now. [11] The album was released with the hit single "Bakit Ba Iniibig Ka", composed by Ogie Alcasid, and sung as a duet with Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez. [12] In December 2005, he held his first major solo concert at the Marikina Riverbanks. On October 19, 2007, he staged another major concert at the Araneta Coliseum, entitled Erik Santos ... Solo at the Coliseum, with Sam Milby, The Company, Nyoy Volante, Danita Paner, and Ai-Ai de las Alas as guests. [13] On September 22, 2018, he held his 15th anniversary concert titled Er1k 5antos: My Greatest Moments at the Mall of Asia Arena. [14]


2x Platinum



2004–present ASAP Host/Performer
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya CliffordEpisode "Bus"
Star Power Host
2011Star Power: Search for the Next Male Singing HeartthrobHost
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Young RoqueEpisode "Puntod"
2016–present It's Showtime Judge in Tawag ng Tanghalan
Maalaala Mo Kaya RJEpisode "May Forever"


2009 Kimmy Dora Waiter Spring Films and MJM ProductionsFeature film, cameo
2011 Catch Me, I'm in Love Himself Star Cinema and Viva Films Feature film, cameo (in final sequence)
2012 Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme Cameo Spring Films and Star Cinema
2014S6parados1st indie movie




with Sarah Geronimo, Rachelle Ann Go, Mark Bautista and Christian Bautista

Concert Queen Two Solos, 1 concert

with Sarah Geronimo, Christian Bautista, Rachelle Ann Go

2009, Pop Icons Araneta Coliseum with Christian Bautista, Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby and Mark Bautista

Two-Nights; Valentine Concert

Two-Nights;Solo Concert

with Sitti

Two Nights; Solo Concert

Two Nights; Solo Concert

Two Nights; International

Awards and Nominations

YearAward Giving BodyCategoryNominated WorkResults
2004 18th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best New Male TV Personality ASAP Won
17th Aliw Awards Best New Male ArtistThis Is The MomentWon
Best Performance by a New Male Recording ArtistThis Is The MomentWon
24th People's Choice AwardMost Promising BalladeerThis Is The MomentWon
Outlook MagazineTop 10 Most Influential YouthN/AIncluded
Dangal Ng MalabonGintong Parangal for the Performing ArtsN/AWon
Chalk MagazineTop 50 Philippine HeartthrobsN/AIncluded
2005 18th Aliw Awards Best Major Concert(shared with Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista, Rachelle Ann Go and Sarah Geronimo)Night of the ChampionsWon
2nd ASAP Platinum Circle AwardsPlatinum Male ArtistThis is the Moment (Double Platinum)Included
2006IFM Pinoy Music AwardsBest Performance by a Male Recording ArtistLoving You NowWon
ASAP AwardsTop 10 OPM BalladI'll Never GoIncluded
Homeboy No. 1 AwardsFavorite SingerN/AWon
MYX Music Awards Favorite Male ArtistI'll Never GoWon
Favorite Mellow VideoI Will Never Leave YouNominated
3rd ASAP Platinum Circle AwardsPlatinum Male ArtistLoving You NowIncluded
1st ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Male ArtistYour LoveWon
Pop Male PerformanceBakit ba Iniibig Ka?Won
Yes! Magazine Readers' Choice AwardsCelebrity Home of the YearN/AWon
2007Pinoy Music Chart AwardsArtist of the YearN/AWon
MYX Music Awards Favorite Male ArtistN/AWon [15]
Favorite Collaboration(shared with Regine Velasquez)Bakit Ba Iniibig Ka?Won [15]
Favorite RemakeYour LoveWon [15]
20th Aliw Awards Best Male Performance in a ConcertN/AWon
iFM Pinoy Music AwardsMost Popular Song by a Male PerformerYour LoveWon
2008 3rd Myx Music Awards Favorite Male ArtistN/AWon [16]
Catholic Mass Media AwardsBest Music Video"Balik Sa Bayan"Won
21st Awit Awards Best Christmas Song"Ngayong Pasko"Nominated
3rd ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Male PerformanceHere I AmWon
Pop Male ArtistFace Off (Compilations hits with Christian Bautista)Won
2009 4th Myx Music Awards Favorite Male ArtistWon
WAKI OPM Music AwardsListener's Choice (Male)N/AWon
1st Malabon Music FestivalMalabon Musicians Alliance AwardeeN/AWon
22nd Awit Awards Best Inspirational/Religious Recording(shared with Christian Bautista)Never Give UpWon
3rd ASAP 24K Gold AwardsGolden Voice Awardee(Male)Erik Santos: The Jim Brickman SongbookIncluded
20102nd PMPC Star Awards for MusicMale Pop Artist of the YearWon
Pop Male Recording Artist of the YearWon
Pop Album of the YearWon
5th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop SongMy Love Is HereWon
Pop Movie Theme SongMiss You Like Crazy (from the movie Miss You like Crazy)Won
2011 59th FAMAS Awards Best Theme SongWon
6th Myx Music Awards Favorite Media SoundtrackNominated
6th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Music Video"Bakit Mahal Pa Rin Kita"Won
24th Awit Awards Best Christmas Song"Christmas (A Time to Love)"Nominated
20124th PMPC Star Awards for MusicSong of the Year"Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka"Won
25th Awit Awards Best Male Recording Artist"Sapagkat ang Diyos ay Pag-ibig"Nominated
Best Inspirational/Religious RecordingNominated
2013 8th Myx Music Awards Favorite Mellow Video"Bakit Mahal Pa Rin Kita"Nominated

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