Noel Cabangon and Gloc 9 emerge triumphant in 23rd Awit Awards


Folk singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon took home the Album of the Year trophy for his record, Byahe, in the 23rd Awit Awards staged last September 30. He expressed surprise that a folk artist like him would win the award.


The Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) honored OPM (Original Pilipino Music) standouts for year 2009 with the staging of the 23rd Awit Awards, held last September 30 at Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

This year’s installment of the annual prestigious local music event carried the theme of a live concert—significantly reducing the time allotted on nominee presentations and sidelights commonly seen on awards night.

Hosting the pre-awarding event were radio disc jockeys turned celebrities Nicole Hyala and Chris Tsuper who, incidentally, were nominated in the Best Novelty Recording category for their single "Mahal Kita Kasi."

Singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino and 6cyclemind drummer Tutti Caringal of ABS-CBN’s late-night show Music Uplate Live served as lead hosts for the second part of the program together with singer-actress Karylle.

Folk singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon emerged as one of the big winners, taking home the Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist trophy for his rendition of "Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko," Best Song Written for Movie / TV/ Stage Play award for "Ang Buhay Nga Naman" and Best World Recording for "Binibini."

Cabangon’s most notable award for the night, however, was the Album of the Year for his 15-track album aptly titled Byahe. While the album’s cover and inlay photos were taken during the singer-songwriter’s visit to Denmark, the songs are certified local gems, like "Ipagpatawad Mo," Tuloy Pa Rin," and "Di Na Natuto," among others.

Rapper Gloc 9’s socio-political song "Upuan" bagged Song of the Year honors, aside from bringing home the trophy for Best Collaboration, Best Rap Recording, and Best Engineered Recording.

Controversial host Willie Revillame pulled off a surprise after his Ikaw Na Nga album was chosen as the Best Selling Album of the Year.

Star Records managing director and Awit Awards chairperson Annabelle Regalado-Borja received the trophy in behalf of Willie, saying, "Mapa-Kapamilya ka man ngayon o mapa-Kapatid, mananatili kang Kapamilya ng Star Records."

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YouTube sensations Moymoy Palaboy cornered the Best Novelty Recording for "Lumayo Ka Man Sa Laklak"—a hybrid of Rodel Naval’s classic ballad "Lumayo Ka Man" and ’90s rock band Teeth’s signature anthemic hit, "Laklak."

Fast-rising band Franco’s single "Castaway" was named Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist, while the soulful Kat Agarrado and the rest of Sinosikat? clinched the Best Jazz Recording trophy for their funky remake of "Mr. Musikero."

The Dangal ng Musikang Pilipino honors were bestowed on pioneering female rocker Sampaguita, the influential folk rock group Asin, and Filipino jazz icon Boy Katindig.

Performers that evening were Ogie Alcasid, Letter Day Story, Skabeche, Kyle Balili, Aria Clemente, Hannah Flores, Sam Concepcion, Sinosikat? Protein Shake and 6Cyclemind’s Tutti Caringal, Callalily’s Kean Cipriano, Ney Dimaculangan of 6cyclemind, Jay R, Kyla, Young JV, Six Part Invention, Bugoy Drilon, Lito Camo, Carol Banawa, Jay Durias, and Yeng Constantino.

The most impressive performance of the evening was delivered by a collection of artists: Yael Yuzon, Sabrina, Top Suzara, Aiza Seguerra, Noelle Cassandra, Princess, and Toto Sorioso.

All singers and performers took turns in performing past Song of the Year winners like "Yugto," "Rainbow," "Forever," "Kailan," "Narda," "Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw," and "Hallelujah."

Gloc 9—who dedicated his Song of the Year trophy to the late Francis Magalona—ended the program with the now award-winning single, "Upuan."

This year’s event carried the theme "Music is Life," and organizers held two separate events leading to the actual awards night, like seminars touching on the subjects of history of Philippine music, intellectual property rights, music licensing, social media networking, fundamentals of songwriting, music production, and singing techniques workshop.

PARI officials mentioned that they want the Awit Awards to be seen as a big musical annual event that aims to help promote local music further, especially now that veteran and young artists are uniting for the good of OPM. The international success of Filipino artists is also a positive sign for better days ahead, regardless of the continuing problems imposed by piracy and rampant illegal Internet downloading.

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Here is the list of all the winners under the different categories:

Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist

Song Title: "Hiding Inside Myself"

Artist: Jaya

Record Label: GMA Records

Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist

Song Title: "Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok"

Artist: Noel Cabangon

Record Label: Universal Records, Inc.

Best Collaboration

Song Title: "Upuan"

Artists: Gloc 9 with Jeazell Grutas of Zelle

Record Label: Sony Music Entertainment Philippines

Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist

Song Title: "Castaway"

Artist: Franco

Record Label: MCA Music, Inc.

Best Performance by a New Female Recording

Song Title: "Kasalanan Nga Ba?"

Artist: Gretchen Espina

Record Label: Sony Music Entertainment Philippines

Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist (tie)

Song Title: "Never Can Say Goodbye"

Artist: Rhap Salazar

Record Label: Star Recording Inc.

Song Title: "That Girl"

Artist: Young JV

Record Label: Piper Paper / PolyEast Records / Doin It Big Productions

Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist

Song Title: ’Surfs Up"

Artist: Krissy & Ericka

Record Label: MCA Music Inc.

Best Performance by a Child / Children

Song Title: "Never Can Say Goodbye"

Artist: Rhap Salazar

Record Label: Star Recording Inc.

Album of the Year

Album Title: Byahe

Executive Producer: Kathleen Dy Go

Producers: Ito Rapadas and Noel Cabangon

Artist: Noel Cabangon
Record Label: Universal Records Inc.

Best Selling Album of the Year

Album Title: Willie Revillame - Ikaw Na Nga

Producers: Willie Revillame and Vehnee Saturno

Composer / Lyricist: Vehnee Saturno

Artist: Willie Revillame

Record Label: Star Recording Inc. / Saturno Music Production

Song of the Year

Song Title: "Upuan"

Composer / Lyricist: Aristotle Pollisco

Record Label: Song Music Entertainment Phiippines

Best Ballad Recording

Song Title: "Tayong Dalawa"

Producer: Marvin Querido

Composer / Lyricist: Rey Valera

Artist: Gary Valenciano

Record Label: Star Recording Inc.

Best Rock / Alternative Recording

Song Title: "Martilyo"

Producer: Rudy Tee

Composer / Lyricist: Aristotle Pollisco

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Artists: Gloc 9 featuring Dey Yu of Letter Day Story

Record Label: Sony Music Entertainment Philippines

Best World Recording

Song Title: "Binibini"

Producers: Ito Rapadas and Noel Cabangon

Composer / Lyricist: Jose Lansang and Luke Paredes Gaston

Artist: Noel Cabangon

Record Label: Universal Records

Best Novelty Recording

Song Title: "Lumayo Ka Man Sa Laklak"

Producers: Jonathan Ong and Robert Javier

Composer / Lyricist: Rodel Naval and Mike Dizon

Artist: Moymoy Palaboy

Record Label: Song Music Entertainment Philippines


Best Inspirational / Religious Recording

Song Title: "Always You"

Producers: Jonathan Manalo and Rox Santos

Composer / Lyricist: Jonathan Manalo

Artist: Charice Pempengco

Record Label: Star Recording Inc.

Best Christmas Recording

Song Title: "Ganyan Ang Pasko"

Producer: Jimmy Antiporda

Composer / Lyricist: Jimmy Antiporda and Moby Aragones

Artist: Toni Gonzaga

Record Label: Star Recording Inc.

Song Title: "You Know It’s Christmas"

Producer: Homer Flores

Composer / Lyricist: Homer Flores / Hocky and Hanna Flores

Artist: Hanna Flores

Record Label: Star Recordings Inc.

Best Rap Recording

Song Title: "Upuan"

Producer: Rudy Tee

Composer / Lyricist: Aristotle Pollisco

Artists: Gloc 9 featuring Jeazel Grutas

Record Label: Song Music Entertainment Philippines

Best Jazz Recording

Song Title: "Mr. Musikero"

Producers: Sinosikat? and Neil Gregorio

Composer / Lyricist: Sonny Nicolas

Artist: Sinosikat?

Record Label: Warner Music Philippines

Best R&B Recording

Song Title: "Moments of Love"

Producer: Kris Lawrence

Composer / Lyricist: Kris Lawrence

Artist: Kris Lawrence

Record Label: MCA Music Inc.

Best Song Written for Movie / TV / Stage Play

Song Title: "Ang Buhay Nga Naman" from the movie Ded Na Si Lolo

Producers: Ito Rapadas and Noel Cabangon

Composer / Lyricist: Noel Cabangon

Artist: Noel Cabangon

Record Label: Universal Records Inc.

Best Musical Arrangement

Song Title: "Mr. Musikero"

Musical Arranger: Philippe Arriola

Record Label: Warner Music Philippines

Best Vocal Arrangement

Song Title: "Apologize"

Vocal Arranger: Danny Tan

Record Label: Sony Music Entertainment Philippines / GMA Records

Best Engineered Recording

Song Title: "Upuan"

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Sound Engineers: Jonathan Ong / Robert Javier

Recording Studio: Sonic State

Record Label: Sony Music Entertainment

Best Album Package

Album Title: Piolo Pascual Decades

Graphic Designer: Patrick Kevin Cabrera IV

Album Concept: Malou Santos

Photography: Raymond Isaac

Record Label: Star Recording

Music Video of the Year

Song Title: "Diamond Shotgun"

Producer: MCA Music Inc., Chicosci and Eric Perlas

Director: Pancho Esguera

Artist: Chicosci

Record Label: MCA Music Inc.


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