The 14 Finalists of the 1st Philippine Popular Music Festival

Indeed, OPM (Original Pilipino Music) is alive and kicking! And with local and foreign-based Pinoys join the 1st Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPOP) to become the next big Filipino songwriter, OPM just keeps getting healthier and exciting!

Held at Genting Club, Resorts World Manila, PhilPOP executive director and music maestro Ryan Cayabyab announced the record-breaking 3,000 song entries they received, not just from the Philippines but also from Filipinos based in other parts of the world including the United Kingdom, France, Canada and neighboring Asian countries such as  Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Ryan Cayabyab
PhilPOP executive director and music maestro

Philippine Popular Music Festival is a songwriting competition that aims to highlight the contributions of songwriters and composers to the Filipino music Industry. Composed of respected local artists and prominent personalities from various industries, PhiliPOP brought together by a shared vision - to spark renewed pride and enthusiasm in OPM and bring about another golden age in Philippine music.

The overwhelming local and global response to send entries for the competition is a clear indication that Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is indeed still very much alive – all that is really needed is the right vehicle to showcase their talents. And from that 3,000 entries, 14 emerged as the finalists to this grand music festival of songwriters.

The 14 Finalists of 1st PhilPOP Music Festival

They are Timothy Anjello Alfaro for "Himig Ng Panahon", Trina Belamide for "Bigtime", Noah Zuniga Cabalquinto for "Dulo ng Dila", John Kennard Eleazar Faraon for "Slowdancing", Gary Granada for "Minsa'y Isang Bansa", James B. Leyte and Jezreel S. De Oca for "Brown", Edwin B. Marollano for "Kesa", Kristofferson B. Melecio for "Piso", Keiko Necesario for "3:00am", Byron Ricamara for "Takusa", Ronaldo M. Sorioso for "Tayo Tayo Lang", Soc Villanueva for "Kontrabida", Michael Angelo Santos Villegas for "Negastar" and Karl Vincent H. Villuga for "Bawat Hakbang."

These top 14 will showcase their compositions through the final performance and competition to be held at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on July 14, 2012.

During the presscon, one of the questions that was asked to the top 14 was who will be singing their songs on the finale, and one of them answered Joey Ayala. So for those who miss Joey, well, you can catch him here again! As for the rest, they are still undecided about that, but if it will be okay, as most of them said, they wanna sing their songs.

Music maestro and PhilPOP executive director Ryan Cayabyab  thanked our kababayans who shared their compositions with them. The mere fact that they received this overwhelming response for the very first Philippine Popular Music Festival is a victory not only for OPM but more so, for the Filipino people.

Cayabyab, whose music career, starting out as an amateur songwriter, was propelled by a song writing competition shared that this event is very close to his heart because they made it to uplift the image of the music industry and to add more color to our rich culture and heritage.

The top winning entry will receive Php1 Million in cash and two runners-up will each receive P500,000 and P250,000 respectively. A People’s Choice award will also be given to the most popular entry as decided by text votes. 

This Philippine Popular Music Festival is jointly presented by Maynilad, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), and Smart.  Major sponsors are Meralco, Resorts World Manila and TV5.  Other sponsors are Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Sun Cellular, First Pacific Leadership Academy (FPLA), Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), and Philex Mining Corporation.  Media partners are KBP, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star and Radio High.  

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Congratulations to the top 14! May the best songwriter win!
Mabuhay ang Musikang Pilipino! Keep rocking, OPM! :-)

1 comment

Elmer Domingo said...

Goodluck sa mga finalist! :)