Billboard Philippines Women in Music Awards: Photos – Billboard

5 minutes, 56 seconds Read

Sarah Geronimo, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Moira and more Filipina music icons were given the spotlight at Billboard Philippines’ first-ever Women In Music event, held on Friday (March 22) at Samsung Hall in SM Aura, Taguig City.

The evening marked the first-ever Women In Music event held in the Philippines, after Billboard Philippines officially launched in the country in October 2023. Following in the tradition of the Billboard Women In Music event held annually since 2007, Billboard Philippines will recognize and honor notable women in the Philippine music industry every year as well.

The event was hosted by actress, singer and entertainer Jolina Magdangal, who commenced the festivities shortly after welcoming remarks by Billboard Philippines Publisher Anne Bernisca and a three-song set by acclaimed pop-rock artist Barbie Almalbis.

The first two awards to be given out that evening were both fan-voted, with Belle Mariano winning the Listeners’ Choice award for her song “Bugambilya,” and Morissette bringing home the People’s Choice award. All the awards given out that evening were presented by men in the music industry, to highlight the mutual respect, support and admiration among genders in the Philippine music scene.

Find & reserve investment properties in
Turkey or Dubai from the comfort of 
your home. 

Young indie artist Zild went onstage to introduce his friend and peer Ena Mori, whose boundary-pushing pop earned her this year’s Rule Breaker award. The 2023 SXSW Festival performer then gave a compelling rendition of her new single “Heartache Generation,” giving the audience a taste of her offbeat-yet-catchy sound.

Afterward, the P-pop fans in the audience were thrilled by the presence of SB19’s Stell, who then introduced the recipients of the Rising Star award: fellow P-pop trailblazers BINI. The eight-piece girl group then launched into the debut performance of “Salamin Salamin” (Mirror Mirror) from their newly released EP Talaarawan (Diary), showcasing their precise choreography and infectious melodies.

Influencer and online sensation Mimiyuuuh then introduced Hitmaker awardee: singer-songwriter and best friend Moira. The most-streamed Filipina solo artist for seven consecutive years also performed “Before It Sinks In” from her multiplatinum 2018 debut album Malaya (Free).

Next, singer and actress Jackie Lou Blanco accepted the Icon award on behalf of her mother, Filipina music legend Pilita Corrales. The Icon award was presented by Billboard Philippines Editor-In-Chief Bret Jackson.

The Powerhouse award was given to the bestselling Filipino music artist of all time, “Asia’s Songbird” Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, for her enduring presence and influence on succeeding generations of artists and in the music industry as a whole. The award was presented by her husband and Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit (OPM) president Ogie Alcasid, an accomplished singer-songwriter himself. She then serenaded the audience with a heartfelt cover of Paramore’s “The Only Exception,” a staple of her ongoing Regine Rocks concert series.

Finally, the first Billboard Philippines Woman of the Year award went to Sarah Geronimo, fresh from her appearance at the Billboard Women In Music event in Los Angeles last March 7 as the first Filipina Global Force awardee. Husband, producer and actor Matteo Guidicelli presented the award to an elated Geronimo, who then brought the house down with a performance of two of her most memorable songs, “Dati-Dati” (Before) and “Ikot-Ikot” (In Circles), before host Magdangal closed the celebration with a toast to all women in the music industry who inspire and empower their fellow Filipinas to pursue their dreams as artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and other key roles in music.

All in all, the very first Billboard Philippines Women In Music event was a rousing success. Not only was it the pioneer Billboard Women In Music event to be held in the country, but it also marked the first time in which women were exclusively and properly recognized for their achievements and impact in the Philippine music industry. There are many more who deserve to be honored, and Billboard Philippines shall ensure that they are represented, celebrated, and remembered in the years to come.

See photos from the inaugural event below.

–This article was written by Jason Caballa for Billboard Philippines

This post was originally published on this site



Rumi Awards is an AI enabled media & awards platform launched in April 2013

Similar Posts