Jose Mari Chan

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Jose Mari Chan
Born (1945-03-11) March 11, 1945 (age 69)
Origin Iloilo, Philippines
Genres Easy listening
Occupations Singer, composer
Years active 1967–present
Labels Universal Records (Philippines), Signature Music Inc.
Associated acts Christian Bautista, Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Janet Basco
Website Official website
Notable instruments

Jose Mari Chan (born March 11, 1945) is a Chinese Filipino singer, songwriter and businessman in the sugar industry. He was born in Iloilo City on March 11, 1945. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1967.[1] He is married to Mary Ann Ansaldo[2] and has five children. He is currently the chairman and CEO of BISCOM, Inc. and A. Chan Sugar Corporation. He is also the chairman and president of Signature Music Inc.

Musical career[edit]

He first appeared on the local scene as the host and singer of a television show called "9 Teeners" of ABS-CBN in 1966. His first single Afterglow was released in 1967.[3] His first long playing album Deep in My Heart was issued in 1969. In 1973, he represented the Philippines in the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo where his song Can We Just Stop and Talk A While went into the final entries.[4]

In 1975, he moved to the United States for his sugar business and remained there for 11 years. In 1986, he went back to the music industry with the release of his album A Golden Change.[3]

In 1989, he released his album Constant Change.[3] It was named Album of the Year by the Awit Awards, the local equivalent of the American Grammy Awards and reached the Diamond Record in terms of sales. It also sold in other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

In 1990 his Christmas album, Christmas in Our Hearts was released.[3] It reached triple platinum status that same year, eventually earning the Double Diamond Record Award. His 2001 album A Heart's Journey won Album of the year in the Awit Awards.

In 2005, he composed We're All Just One as the theme song of the 2005 Southeast Asian Games.[5]

In 2011, he released his 13th full length album, The Manhattan Connection: The Songs of Jose Mari Chan. The album, which was produced by Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer. The songs were reimagined by music producer Yaron Gershovsky.[6]

In 2012, he released his 2nd Christmas album and his 14th over-all album Going Home To Christmas, his 2nd Christmas album after 22 years since Christmas In Our Hearts was released in 1990, his 1st Christmas album became one of the best selling albums in the Philippines until today.


Award Award Giving Body Date
Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines for the Arts[7] Ten Outstanding Young Men Awards 1974
Lifetime Achievement Award[8] Philippine Association of the Recording Industry --
Dangal ng Musikang Pilipino Award[9] Philippine Association of the Recording Industry --
Antonio C. Barreiro Lifetime Achievement Award[9] Metro Pop Foundation --
Elite Platinum Award[10] ABS-CBN 2005
Myx Magna Award[11] Myx Music Awards 2010
Dangal ng OPM[12] Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit 2011



  • Deep in My Heart (1969)
  • Can We Just Stop and Talk a While (1973)
  • Afterthoughts (1974)
  • Here and Now (1975)
  • A Golden Collection (1985)
  • Constant Change (1989) - 2× Diamond
  • Christmas in Our Hearts (1990, 1st Christmas Album) - 2× Diamond
  • Thank You Love (1994)
  • Strictly Commercial: The Jingles Collection (1997)
  • Souvenirs (1998)
  • A Heart's Journey (2001) - Awit Awards, Album of the Year
  • Love Letters and Other Souvenirs (2007)
  • The Manhattan Connection (2011)
  • Going Home To Christmas (2012, 2nd Christmas Album after 22 years)




  1. ^ Godinez, Bong (7 April 2008). "Filipino song composers of all time (Part 2)". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Lo, Ricardo F. (20 October 2010). "'Seniors prom' at the Big Dome". PhilSTAR. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Valisno, Jeffrey O (21 July 2011). "Local Support". Business World Online. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Billboard Vol. 85, No. 44. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1973. 
  5. ^ "23rd SEA Games opens, highlighting similarities among diversity". People's Daily Online. 28 November 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Smith, Chuck (19 April 2011). "Jose Mari Chan reimagined on ‘The Manhattan Connection’". Yahoo! OMG! Philippines. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "1971 – 1980 | TOYM Awardees". Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Diether Ocampo’s the salt in Margarita!". Manila Bulletin. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Lo, Ricardo F. (14 December 2002). "JOSE MARI CHAN IN OUR HEARTS". The Philippine STAR. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Jose Mari Chan: Returns to Cebu for Holiday Medley". PhilSTAR. 8 November 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "The MYX Music Awards 2010 Winners". MYX Philippines. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Dangal ng OPM Awardees bared". Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 

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