Philippine Popular Music Festival reveals the Top 14 Finalists!


After a record-breaking song entries of 3,000 here in the Philippines and abroad, the Philippine Popular Music Festival revealed the Top 14 finalists who can be the next Filipino songwriter. The PhilPOP is headed by the music maestro Ryan Cayabyab who is grateful to the wonderful and overwhelming turnout. He is happy and excited because with this turnout, it only shows that OPM is alive and kicking. 

Our country have had great music and songwriters out of song writing competitions, like Jose Marie Chan (Can we just stop and Talk Awhile), Nonong Pedero (Narito Ako, Isng Mundo, Isang Awit), George Canseco (Ako and Nasawi, Ako and Nagwagi), Louie Ocampo (Ewan), Snaffu Rigor (Bulag, Pipi at Bingi) and Freddie Aguilar with the Anak. Mr. Cayabyab was once an amateur songwriter and was propelled by a song writing competition.

P1 million in cash is up for grabs for the top winning entry and the two runners-up will each receive P 500,000 and P 250,000. On July 15, 2012, the top 14 finalist will showcase their compositions through a final performance and competition at the PICC Plenary Hall.

Here are the top14 Finalists
"Himig Ng Panahon" - Music & Lyrics by Timothy Anhello Alfaro
"Bigtime" - Music & Lyrics by Trina Belamide
"Dulo ng Dila" - Music & Lyrics by Noah Zuniga Cabalquinto
"Slowdancing" - Music & Lyrics by  John Kennard Eleaxar Faraon
Minsa'y Isang Bansa" - Music & Lyrics by Gary Granada
"Brown" - Music by James B. Leyte & Jezreel S. De Oca, Lyrics by James B. Leyte
"Kesa" - Music & Lyrics by Edwin B. Marollano
"Piso" - Music & Lyrics by Kristofferson B. Melecio
"3:00am" - Music & Lyrics by Keiko Necesario
"Takusa" - Music & Lyrics by Byron Ricamara
"Tayo Tayo Lang" - Music & Lyrics by Ronaldo M. Sorioso
"Kontrabida" - Music & Lyrics by Soc Villanueva
"Negastar" - Music & Lyrics by Michael Angelo Santos Villegas
"Bawat Hakbang" - Music & Lyrics by Karl Vincent H. Villuga

You may also check out the list on this video and a sample of the song. 

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