One thing great about my job is the diversity that comes with it. This time the tabulation shifts to a different level as me and my STI mates this time tabulated votes for the Philippines Association of the Record Industry. (PARI) PARI was incorporated in 1972 but the AWIT Awards was instituted in 1987 and is a prestigious award giving body that gives recognition to Filipino performing artists and the people behind the making of recorded Filipino music. As sponsors we provided the computers and tabulation systems.
Various judges appointed by PARI arrived at the Club Filipino in Greenhills to listen to different categories and vote on who will be given awards like Album of the Year, Song of the Year and other categories. Seen here with me is multi-titled veteran songwriter Vehnee Saturno who was one of the judges. He must've listened to more than 50 songs at least.
I myself tested the tabulation proceedings and listened to a lot of songs also. While browsing through the songs nominated, my only disappointment was that a lot of them are revivals. Its a pity that there are just only a few acts that are original lately and the revivals out number newly composed songs. Next stop, the final voting by July, till then congrats to those who will qualify.