Philippine Association of the Record Industry
|Formation||February 10, 1972|
|Legal status||Non-profit organization|
|Purpose||Trade organization protecting music production companies' interests|
|Headquarters||Suite 207 Greenhills Mansion
37 Annapolis St., Greenhills,
San Juan City, Metro Manila
|Chairman||Marivic Benedicto (Star)|
The Philippine Association of the Record Industry (Filipino: Kapisanan ng Industriya ng Plaka ng Pilipinas, abbreviated as PARI) is a non-profit and private trade organization, that represents the recording industry distributors in the Philippines.
The PARI was formed in February 10, 1972 and today composed of 14 corporate members and 13 associate members. Since then, the association had worked with the Congress on drafting music copyright laws and had helped conduct raids on music pirates with the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Optical Media Board.
In early 1950s, music piracy started to grow in the Philippines. So, in 1952, major recording companies organized the first recording industry association in the country called the Record Industry Association of the Philippines (RIAP). The association was mostly composed of foreign licensees. The first president of RIAP was Manuel P. Villar of Mareco. In 1971, independent record companies decided to bond together and formed the Philippine Recording Industry Association (PRIA). Its primary goal was to promote local records. PRIA elected their first president which was Jose Mari Gonzales of Cinema-Audio. In their years of existence, the two organizations had cooperated with each other in fighting piracy.
In February 10, 1972, another organization in the record industry was created called the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI). Antonio Lustre of the Home Industries Development Corporation (HIDCOR) was elected as its first president. After the first two organizations were disbanded, PARI became the only and legitimate association of the record companies in the Philippines, combining both major and independent record companies.
In 1990, the association began certifying recorded music in the Philippines. Constant Change by Jose Mari Chan was the first ever album to be certified. It was certified diamond in November 10, 1990. Since the awards program was launched, only six albums were certified diamond by PARI. Aside from Constant Change, the other five are:
- Christmas in Our Hearts by Jose Mari Chan
- Nina Live! by Nina
- A Wonderful Christmas by Christian Bautista
- Araw Oras Tagpuan by Sponge Cola
- Doo-Wops & Hooligans by Bruno Mars
Other than certifying albums, the organization also certifies singles and music videos. In January 16, 2013, the first ever single was certified. It was "I'll Be There" by Julie Anne San Jose and it was certified platinum during that time.  On the other hand, no music videos are certified yet.
The Philippine Association of the Record Industry filed a complaint against the popular torrent website KickassTorrents, resulting in its seizure by Philippine authorities on June 13, 2013.
Before 1990, music certifications were only awarded by record labels in their artists through their own guidelines until PARI took the work.
Album certifications include both physical and digital sales. Beginning in March 2012, PARI began to certify singles (both digital and physical) and music videos. Before 2012, the thresholds for albums were distinguished between the domestic and international repertoire. Currently, domestic repertoire shares the same thresholds along with the international repertoire. For the full list of music certifications, please go to their database.
|Certification||1990 - 2006||2006 - Oct. 2007||Oct. 2007 - Oct. 2008||Oct. 2008 - Apr. 2009||Apr. 2009 - Mar. 2012||Since Mar. 2012|
|"(number)" or italicized numbers in parentheses represents international repertoire, if different.|
|Certification||Since Mar. 2012|
|Certification||Since Mar. 2012|
The present officers of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry are:
- Chairman: Marivic Benedicto - Star Records
- President: Ricky Ilacad - MCA Music
- 1st Vice President: Alvin de Vera - Alpha Music
- 2nd Vice President: Rene Salta - GMA Records
- Treasurer: Johnny Sy - Praise
- Secretary: Jesmon Chua - PolyEast Records
- Auditor: William Lim - Galaxy Records
The board of directors, which includes the officers, consists of:
- Marivic Benedicto - Star Records
- Jesmon Chua - PolyEast Records
- Ramon Chuaying - Universal Records
- Flerry de Leon - Warner Music Philippines
- Alvin de Vera - Alpha Music
- Howard Dy - Dyna Music
- Ricky Ilacad - MCA Music
- William Lim - Galaxy Records
- Antonio Ocampo - Vicor Music & VIVA Records
- Bernie Refuerzo - Able Music International
- Rene Salta - GMA Records
- Johnny Sy - Praise
- Steven Tan - Ivory Music and Video
- Edwin Yee - Sony Music Philippines
The members of Philippine Association of the Record Industry are divided into two: corporate and associate. The corporate members are the major record companies while the associate members are the small, independent record companies.
- Able Music International
- Alpha Music
- Dyna Music
- Galaxy Records
- GMA Records
- Ivory Music and Video¹ (Sony Music Philippines)
- MCA Music
- PolyEast Records ( EMI Music International)
- Praise Music
- Star Records
- Universal Records
- Vicor Music¹
- VIVA Records
- Warner Music Philippines
- Aika Records
- AROA Records
- Amtrust Leisure Corporation
- Bellhaus Entertainment
- Business and Arts
- BWB Records and Music Productions
- Jesuit Communications Foundation
- Mayumi Records
- MediaNation Music
- Musikatha Ministries Foundation
- Pineapple Riddims Recording Company
- Shepherd's Voice Publications
- Signature Music
- Veetugee Music Entertainment
- Vertical Brew Music
- Viejo Marketing
- Trinidad, Luis Ma. (5 January 1963). End of the Pirate Decade. Billboard. p. 39. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- Salazar, Oskar (12 May 1973). Filipino Decree Hits Foreigners. Billboard. pp. 1 & 44. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- A New Manila Record Association Is Formed. Billboard. 2 October 1971. p. 44. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- Yson, Danny. "The Recording Industry at a Glance". Philippine Association of the Record Industry. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- "List of PARI Gold, Platinum & Diamond Awardees". Philippine Association of the Record Industry. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
- "Julie Anne's self-titled album reached 5x Platinum". LionhearTV. August 15, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- "KickassTorrents Domain Seized After Music Industry Complaint". TorrentFreak. June 14, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
- "Current International Certification Award levels". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
- "2006 - Oct. 2007 International Certification Award levels". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on January 9, 2007.
- "Oct. 2007 - Oct. 2008 International Certification Award levels". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on February 27, 2008.
- "Oct. 2008 - Apr. 2009 International Certification Award levels". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on June 25, 2008.
- "Clearing Nina’s ‘Diamond’ of impurities". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on May 25, 2012.
- "Dec. 2009 - Mar. 2012 International Certification Award levels". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on February 15, 2010.
- "International Certification Award levels as of March 2013". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
- "About PARI". Philippine Association of the Record Industry. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- "PARI: Members". Philippine Association of the Record Industry. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- "IFPI Member Record Companies". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- PARI official website
- A 45 rpm, 7 inch phonograph record label showing the phonograph record approval logo of PARI. In the phonograph record approval logo of PARI, the phrase below the logo of PARI and above the word "MEMBER" is "PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION OF THE RECORD INDUSTRY". This is being used in most 45 rpm, 7 inch phonograph record labels and 33 1/3 rpm, 12 inch long playing (LP) record labels published by the phonograph recording companies originally established in the Philippines (Under license from their respective original phonograph recording companies outside the Philippines) since 1978 and most audio CDs originally published in the Philippines.