Celebrating his birthday today, Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, the executive director of the first Philippine Pop Music Festival is optimistic of the trend in Filipino music. I've learned more about music appreciation and the culture of Filipinos in music attending the bloggers launch of Philippine Pop Music Festival at the Taste of Napa - Italian Restaurant in Quezon City last Wednesday. Thank you Jeman (www.orangemagazinetv.com) for the opportunity to be with my favorite composer Maestro Ryan Cayabyab!
Who would've thought that our very distinguished legendary composer/musician was too friendly and enthusiastic about the bloggers? I walked into a room just a minute after 7pm with some bloggers and he greeted me with a smile and a welcome. Maestro Ryan Cayabyab whose career flourished after winning Metro Manila Pop Music Festival in the 70s gained international recognition and awards wants to enliven the Filipino songwriting to create original Pinoy sound. He shared to us all how important it is to join the Phil Pop Music Fest since his first time winning in songwriting gave him only Php30,000. "P1M is too big and I'd be happy to join if I were you guys", he added.
Open to any age, amateur or professionals, Phil Pop Music Festival is a songwriting competition to scour the nation on celebrating the artistry of the Filipino musician. The composer of the top winning entry will receive P1M in cash and two runners-up will each receive Php500,000 and Php250,000. They will also be doing online competition and text voting to choose the People's Choice Award. Fourteen (14) finalists will be chosen for the awards night where one will emerge as the grand champion of the P1M to be held on July 14 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
The legendary composer of Freddie Aguilar's "Anak", Gary Granada's "Salamat, Salamat Musika", Nonong Pedro's "Narito Ako", Jose Mari Chan's "Hahanapin Ko", "Minsan Pa, George Canseco's "Ako ang Nasawi Ako ang Nagwagi", Louie Ocampo's "Ewan", Snaffu Rigor's "Bulag Pipi at Bingi" and his very own "Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika" was entertaining us all with his stories about songwriting. While he was inviting us all to try the delicious pizza at the Taste of Napa and lined up first at the buffet table to encourage the rest to sample the delicious dinner, he managed to answer all the questions about the Phil Pop Music Fest and the bloggers curiosity about the elements of music.
Hearing him explain how Filipinos are only conscious of pitch and melody ignoring the other elements of music was like having an expensive music class. We were all at awe at his lecture on the elements of music and how important it is to encourage all Filipinos to learn songwriting.
After dinner, Ryan Cayabyab singers who have performed in the different parts of the world gave us a sample of his repertoire. The medley brought me back the memories of the past when I wanted to sing and back when I loved Leah Navarro and the singers of the 80s. It was spell-binding and really unforgettable to have an inspiring moment with a music legend.
His call to uplift the Filipino music industry with Phil Pop Music Festival still accepts online entries at until the midnight of May 10, 2012. Entries must be in MP3 format and can be in any popular music genre or a fusion of known genres, in any form or structure. Each composition must not exceed four minutes. Entries must not be more than two songs for each contestant, either a sole composer or as a collaborator. Song lyrics may be in Filipino, English, any Filipino dialect or a combination thereof. Entries will be judged based on the artistry and creativity in music (50%) and lyrics (50%).
Maestro Ryan Cayabyab created timeless songs that's not offending moralities or degrading the Filipino culture and he wants to share to us all how we can enliven the Filipino music industry with Phil Pop Music Fest. Philpop is jointly presented by Maynilad, Meralco, PLDT, Smart Communications, Sun Cellular, North Luzon Expressway, Metro Pacific Investments, PICC, Philex Mining Corporation and TV5.