Jesuit Music Ministry’s (JMM) uplifting and soulful sound continues its success, garnering finalist selections for the 33rd Awit Awards.
Chamber instrumental ensemble, Musica Chiesa, was among those named under Best Instrumental Performance, for its rendition of the Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros SJ classic, “Paghahandog ng Sarili”. Meanwhile, the talented trio of Arman Ferrer, Joaquin Pedro Valdes, and Myke Salomon’s holiday hit, “My Favorite Time of the Year” made the shortlist for Best Christmas Recording.
For JMM Director Lester Mendiola, steadfast partnerships and the gift of communicating faith through songs are essential to their latest citations.
“Our collaborations with other musicians have been a key factor in our ministry. We’re able to send a message of hope through music, especially in these trying times.”
Standing out among the JMM talents up for prestigious recognition was none other than newcomer Arman Ferrer, best known for his debut album “Sometime, Somewhere”.
The rising theater actor and tenor bagged a staggering six total nominations at this year’s edition of the Awit Awards, including Best Inspirational Recording for “Tanging Yaman”, Best Performance By A Male Recording Artist for “Lipad ng Pangarap”, Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist for both “Giliw” and “Lipad Ng Pangarap” and Best Ballad Recording yet again for “Giliw”.
Completing JMM’s cast of Awit Awards nominees for Best Inspirational Recording were Bukas Palad Ministry for “Come and See”, and “Laging Nandiyan” by Toto Sorioso, featuring folk artist Noel Cabangon.
With the ministry’s series of impressive accolades and the overwhelming support from loyal fans and followers, Mr. Mendiola gladly expressed his humble appreciation.
“Thank you very much to PARI for the nominations for the 33rd Awit Awards. I also would like to congratulate our artists for the unwavering creativity and passion all these years. Good luck to all the nominees. To God be the glory!”
Vied by at least 655 artists and music groups, the 33rd Awit Awards seeks to give recognition to Filipino performing artists and creative talents in the local recording industry, among several categories such as Technical Achievement, Album Packaging Excellence, Creativity, Performance and Music Video.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the announcement of winners will be conducted virtually on August 29, Saturday at 6 p.m.