After its successful debut last year, the illustrious Philippine Popular Music Festival by Executive Director Maestro Ryan Cayabyab opens the songwriting competition this year at www.philpop.com.ph. Open to amateurs and professionals, Filipino descent (even those residing abroad can join), song entries will be accepted as early as January 1 until February 28!. Philpop MusicFest Foundation Inc., continues to involve itself in nation building through music, seeking to identify deserving songwriters who can inspire and spark positive change through their songs. Maestro Ryan Cayabyab hopes to break the record of 3,000 participants in the initial run laying out a more comprehensive and arduous screening process to find the top 14 finalists. This is your time to shine and get that talent to the world. Here's how: Submit a song entry written in a popular or new song genre, or a fusion thereof in any form or structure, as lyrics may be in Filipino, a Philippine regional language, a Philippine dialect, English or any combination thereof. The song entry must be entirely ORIGINAL. It must not be licensed to any publisher; has not been printed and distributed as hard copy; or through the internet; has never been previously recorded and must not infringe on any existing copyright or any other rights. It must not have been performed live in any venue, on traditional radio and television, or internet, or pre-recorded and uploaded on the internet, or recorded on video or other format for future broadcast. Put simply, fresh and raw. The million-peso champion of the first ever Philippine Popular Music Festival was former Akafellas member Karl Villuga with "Bawat Hakbang". The composition on overcoming a personal crisis was interpreted by Villuga along with his former groupmates and crooner Mark Bautista. First Runner-Up was Australia-based Soc Villanueva with his R&B song "Kontrabida" sung by Sam Concepcion. Young composer Toto Sorioso also won as the second runner-up with is "Tayo Tayo Lang" performed by Sugarfree frontman Ebe Dancel while first timer James Leyte, who works in an IT department won the Smart People's Choice Award for his reggae-influenced song "Brown" interpreted by Brownman Revival. Maestro Ryan Cayabyab clarified that even the past winners can still join this year's competition. "We are continuing to promote the songs from the Philpop and the album while drawing up strategies to further thrust these songwriters and songs into the spotlight' says Maestro Cayabyab. "We are looking forward to again stage the biggest and most illustrious songwriting competition in Philippine history with more songwriters vying the 1M pesos grand prize this 2013!". Philpop is supported by Maynilad, Smart, Meralco, PLDT, Resorts World Manila, TV5, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, NLEX, Sun Cellular, First Pacific Leadership Academy, KBP and Philex. Get your song to win 1M. Submit them at www.philpop.com.ph now!