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José Mari L. Chan (born March 11, 1945 in Iloilo City), commonly known as Jose Mari Chan, is a Chinese Filipino singer, songwriter and businessman in the sugar industry. He is currently chairman and CEO of Binalbagan Isabela Sugar Company, Inc. (BISCOM) and A. Chan Sugar Corporation. He is also the chairman and president of Signature Music, Inc.

Jose Mari Chan
Birth nameJosé Mari Lim Chan
Born (1945-03-11) March 11, 1945 (age 74)
Iloilo City, Philippine Commonwealth
GenresAdult contemporary, easy listening, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, composer, businessman
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active1966–present
LabelsUniversal Records (Philippines), Signature Music Inc.
Associated actsGary Valenciano, Martin Nivera, Christian Bautista, Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Janet Basco, Ramon Jacinto, Parokya Ni Edgar, Ben&Ben, Ian Veneracion, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Cherie Gil


Musical careerEdit

Chan 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.[1]

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 Awhile" went into the final entries.[2]

In 1975, he moved to the United States to run a branch office of their family's sugar business and remained there for 11 years. In 1986, he returned to the Philippines and went back to the music industry with the release of his album A Golden Collection.

In 1989, he released his album Constant Change.[1] 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.[1] It reached triple platinum status that same year, eventually earning the Double Diamond Record Award in 1995. The significant popularity of his iconic Christmas songs and the album during the holiday season annually earned him the title of "Father of Philippine Christmas Music".

In 1994 he released his eighth album, Thank You Love, where he has another song "Is She Thinking About Me" with Christine Bersola-Babao and another christmas song, "Christmas Past". 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). In 2007, he released his 12th album Love Letters and Other Souvenirs.

In 2009, Joe Mari was inducted to the Philippines Eastwood City Walk Of Fame.[citation needed]

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.[3]

In 2012, he released his 14th over-all album Going Home to Christmas. It was his second Christmas album after 22 years since Christmas In Our Hearts was released in 1990. In 2013, he guested in The Ryzza Mae Show. Christmas in Our Hearts was re-issued in 2015 to mark its 25th anniversary.

Personal lifeEdit

Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Ateneo de Manila University in 1967.[4] He is married to Mary Ann Ansaldo and has five children, who have inherited their musical talent from him. His daughter, Liza, has been featured in several duets with him. His son, Michael is also a singer and guitarist.


Award Award Giving Body Date
Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines for the Arts[5] Ten Outstanding Young Men Awards 1974
Lifetime Achievement Award[6] Philippine Association of the Recording Industry --
Dangal ng Musikang Pilipino Award[7] Philippine Association of the Recording Industry --
Antonio C. Barreiro Lifetime Achievement Award[7] Metro Pop Foundation --
Elite Platinum Award[8] ABS-CBN 2005
Inducted to the Philippines Eastwood City Walk of Fame 2009 Philippines Eastwood City Walk of Fame 2009
Myx Magna Award[9] Myx Music Awards 2010
Dangal ng OPM[10] Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit 2011

In December 2017 Jose Mari Chan was awarded the Ateneo Alumni Association Grand Alumni Homecoming Award for Ateneo College Class 1967 on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee.



  • Deep in My Heart (1969)
  • Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile (1973) - Tokyo World Popular Song Festival
  • Afterthoughts (1974)
  • Here and Now (1975)
  • A Golden Collection (1985)
  • Constant Change (1989) - 2× Diamond
  • Christmas in Our Hearts (1990) - 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)
  • Christmas In Our Hearts: 25th Anniversary Edition (2015)



  • Gold Ito! (Dyna Music, 1988)
  • Ginintuang Diwa ng Pasko (Universal Records, 1989)
  • Maayong Pasko (Universal Records, 1989)
  • Presence (Universal Records 2002)
  • Only Selfless Love 2 (Universal Records, 2003)
  • Something More (JesCom Music, 2004)
  • Best of OPM Love Songs (Universal Records, 2005)
  • Best of OPM Acoustic Hits (Universal Records, 2005)
  • OPM Gold Christmas (Universal Records, 2006)
  • OPM Superstars Christmas (Universal Records, 2006)
  • Sail On...His Most Holy Face (Universal Records, 2006)
  • OPM Platinum Christmas (Universal Records, 2007)
  • Isang Kinabukasan: A GMA Kapuso Foundation Benefit Album (GMA Records, 2007)
  • HOPE... Healing of Pain and Enlightenment (Star Music, 2007)
  • No. 1 Signature Hits OPM's Best (Vicor Music Corp., 2008)
  • Senti 18 Pinoy Love Hits (Vicor Music Corp., 2008)
  • Bongga! (The Biggest Retro OPM Hits) (Universal Records, 2008)
  • Bongga! 2 (The Biggest Retro OPM Hits) (Universal Records, 2009)
  • Paalam, Maraming Salamat Pres. Aquino (A Memorial Tribute Soundtrack) (Star Music, 2009)
  • RJ Duets (MCA Music, 2012)
  • A Love to Last (The Official Soundtrack) (Star Music, 2017)

Commercial EndorsementsEdit

  • Company B Clothing
  • McJim Wallets & Belts
  • Nescafe Coffee
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Shakeys Pizza
  • Shoppee Online
  • Smart Communications


  1. ^ a b c Valisno, Jeffrey O (21 July 2011). "Local Support". Business World Online. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015.
  2. ^ Billboard Vol. 85, No. 44. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1973.
  3. ^ Smith, Chuck (19 April 2011). "Jose Mari Chan reimagined on 'The Manhattan Connection'". Yahoo! OMG! Philippines. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  4. ^ Godinez, Bong (7 April 2008). "Filipino song composers of all time (Part 2)". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.
  5. ^ "1971 – 1980 | TOYM Awardees". Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Diether Ocampo's the salt in Margarita!". Manila Bulletin. 2 August 2007. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  7. ^ a b Lo, Ricardo F. (14 December 2002). "JOSE MARI CHAN IN OUR HEARTS". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Jose Mari Chan: Returns to Cebu for Holiday Medley". PhilSTAR. 8 November 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  9. ^ "The MYX Music Awards 2010 Winners". MYX Philippines. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Dangal ng OPM Awardees bared". Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit. Retrieved 29 November 2011.

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