11 Things You Need To Know About The ‘32nd Golden Disc Awards’ In Manila

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Let’s get it!

It’s official! The 32nd Golden Disc Awards is happening at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on January 10 and 11, 2018.

Event organizers All Access Production and HM Entertainment formally announced the holding of the awards show in the Philippines at the media launch held at the New World Hotel Manila Bay on November 18.

The 32nd Golden Disc Awards in Manila will mark the first ever Korean awards show to take place in the archipelago, and the fourth time that the ‘Korea’s Grammy Awards’ goes overseas since its establishment in 1986.

Mr. Alfredo Delos Santos and Ms. Nina Tay of All Access Production and Mr. Steven Ko of HM Entertainment also answered questions regarding the awards show. And Hellokpop is going to break down 11 things you need to know about #GDA18MNL in this article.

Question #1: What is Golden Disc Awards?

The Golden Disc Awards is an awards show presented annually by the Music Industry Association of Korea. It was established in 1986 to give recognition to the achievements of Korean music artists in various genres and categories. It is also the longest-running awards show in South Korea.

Last year, the award-giving body acknowledged the achievements of K-pop groups like EXO, BTS, TWICE, SEVENTEEN, INFINITE, MONSTA X, GFRIEND, among others.

Question #2: Who are the organizers of #GDA18MNL?

The 32nd Golden Disc Awards in Manila is organized by All Access Production and HM Entertainment, in partnership with LUMOS E&M and JTBC.

All Access Production and HM Entertainment have previously teamed up for the K-pop Republic 2 last October 28 at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds in Makati.

All Access Production has also brought big K-pop music festivals to fans, including the 200th episode of MBC Music’s Show Champion, One K Global Peace Concert, Super Pop Concert, Dream K-pop Fantasy Concert 2, K-pop Republic 1 and 2, among others. Aside from music festivals, All Access Production has organized fan meetings and solo concerts of K-pop artists such as GOT7, BEAST, B1A4, and CNBLUE.

Meanwhile, HM Entertainment is a relatively new company that began in 2017. For its first year, it has already granted fans’ wish of seeing NCT 127, GFRIEND, Cosmic Girls, and N.Flying via the K-pop Republic 2.

Question #3: Where and when will the awards show take place?

The awards show is slated to make history at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on January 10 and 11, 2018. As of press time, no specific time has been set for the two-day event.

Question #4: Why is the awards show a two-day event?

Similar to the previous Golden Disc Awards, the 32nd Golden Disc Awards will be held for two days. This is because the awards show will recognize the outstanding feats of Korean music artists both physically and digitally.

Question #5: How much are the tickets and what are the ticket categories?

Ticket prices for #GDA18MNL range from as low as Php 2,500 to Php 25,000. Interested buyers can get tickets in the following categories: General Admission (Php 2,500), Upper Box (Php 5,000), Lower Box (Php 8,000), VIP (Php 10,000), and SVIP (Php 12,000). Ticket prices are exclusive of ticketing charges.

You can also avail the ‘Golden Ticket’ at Php 25,000, which will give you entry to the event for two days. The Gold Tickets are limited, said the event organizers.

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Question #6: Are there any perks for ticket holders?

According to Nina Tay, All Access Production has always been generous in giving fans perks or freebies to express its gratitude to fans for patronizing its events.

And the 32nd Golden Disc Awards is no exception as All Access Production and HM Entertainment announced during the media launch that they are brewing surprises for ticket holders as perks.

What is confirmed as of press time is that Golden Ticket holders will be entitled to witness the red carpet of the awards show.

Question #7: When will tickets be up for sale?

A ticket pre-selling event will be held on November 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eastwood City Mall.

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Question #8: Which artists will grace the 32nd Golden Disc Awards?

No line-up has been officially announced as of press time. However, about 24 to 28 artists are expected to fly in Manila for the awards show.

Question #9: Why is the line-up not announced immediately?

According to the organizers, since #GDA18MNL is not like other shows that were previously organized in the Philippines, certain adjustments to the usual announcements will have to be made.

One consideration is that the Golden Disc Awards as an awards show has its own process to determine the nominees and awardees.

Because of this, the line-up of the event will be determined after the announcement of nominees by the official committee of the Golden Disc Awards.


The attending artists will most probably be those who were active and released content this 2017. And, HM Entertainment’s Steven Ko has an advice: Ask a K-pop fan.

Question #10: When will the line-up be announced?

No definite date has been given by the organizers as to when the line-up will be announced. Stay glued to the official pages of All Access Production and HM Entertainment.

Question #11: What can we expect at the awards show?

Expect the biggest, grandest, and most prestigious show ever in the Philippine soil. The 32nd Golden Disc Awards will also host special events for lucky fans and event goers to enjoy and participate in, such as fan activities, sponsor booths, and the anticipated red carpet segment before the main event.

The 32nd Golden Disc Awards in Manila is brought to fans by All Access Production and HM Entertainment, in partnership with LUMOS E&M and JTBC. Follow the official Facebook pages of All Access Production and HM Entertainment for updates and more information.

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