OPM is alive again with the next big Filipino songwriter at PhilPopMusic Festival. Top 14 was shown to the media at Genting Club, Resorts World Manila last Monday from among the record-breaking 3,000 song entries by Filipinos not just from the Philippines but based in other parts of the world including United Kingdom, France, Canada and neighboring Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Hongkong. All 14 will vie to get the one million peso grand prize on July 14, 2012 at the PICC Plenary Hall.
With Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab who shared his gratitude for all the support, the Top 14 revealed were "Himig ng Panahon" by Timothy Anjello Alfaro (music and lyrics), "Bigtime" by Trina Belamide (music and lyrics), "Dulo ng Dila" by Noah Zuniga Cabalquinto (music and lyrics), "Slowdancing" by John Kennard Eleazar Faraon (music and lyrics), "Minsa'y Isang Bansa" by Gary Granada (music and lyrics), "Brown" by James B. Leyte and Jezreel S. De Oca (James writing the lyrics), "Kesa" by Edwin B. Marollano (music and lyrics), "Piso" by Kristofferson B. Melecio (music and lyrics), "3:00am" by Keiko Necessario (music and lyrics) "Takusa" by Byron Ricamara (music and lyrics), "Tayo Tayo Lang" by Ronaldo Sorioso (music and lyrics), "Kontrabida" by Soc Villanueva (music and lyrics), "Negastar" by Michael Angelo Santos Villegas (music and lyrics) and "Bawat Hakbang" by Karl Vincent H. Villuga (music and lyrics).
Hosted by Ms. Patricia Bermudez Hizon, the event also featured Newport Performance Theater's "The King and I" duet rendition of a popular OPM "Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang", When Maestro Ryan Cayabyab asked the attendees to sing along popular hits from his collection, I did not hesitate to join in and won a 2K GC from the Resort World Manila's popular restos Ginzadon, The Terrace and Passion. Smart Telecom showed support by empowering the Smart subscribers to vote for the People's Choice Award with Php200,000 cash prize. Each of the Top 14 will receive Php50,000, the second runner up will get Php 250,000, first runner-up with P500,000 and the grand prize for ONE MILLION PESOS. Maestro played with his piano his popular compositions, Jose Mari Chan's "Can't We Just Stop and Talk Awhile", World Popular Music Festival's entry "Hahanapin Ko", "Minsan Pa", Nonong Pedro's "Narito Ako", "Isang Mundo, Isang Awit", George Canseco's "Ako ang Nasawi, Ako ang Nagwagi", Louie Ocampo's "Ewan", Snaffu Rigor's "Bulag, Pipi at Bingi" and Freddie Aguilar's seminal hit "Anak" translated in more than a hundred languages.
I had fun singing along with Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab not knowing I'd win a dinner feast and reflected how songwriting played a role in my life. Aside from the fact that I used to date a songwriter and have constantly promoted my own students' original song compositions in my YouTube account, I've felt how significant PhilPopMusic Fest play an important role in enriching our culture in music and entertainment. The songs of the Top 14 reflect today's society in general, fast, vivid, humorous, chaotic and more importantly satiric. I can't wait to hear the Top 14 songs rendered by our famous local artists on July 14. The Philippine Popular Music Festival is jointly presented by Maynilad, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Smart with major sponsors Meralco, Resorts World Manila and TV5. Other sponsors are Metro Pacific Corporation, Sun Cellular, First Pacific Leadership Academy, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Philex Mining Corporation with media partners, KBP. Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star and Radio High.
Music moves the soul and let the nation be inspired once again. Don't miss the Philippine Pop Music Festival on July 14, 2012 at the PICC Plenary Hall.For updates on the results, visit www.philPOP.com.ph