PhilPop announces top 15 finalists for its annual songwriting competition

Touted as the premier songwriting competition in the country, PhilPop remains consistent in its advocacy to nurture future global hitmakers through its sustainable platform and world-class mentorship program. 

Despite the challenges of the new normal songwriting institution continues to develop its pool of game-changing songwriters and composers from across the regions and cities within the Philippines. Showcasing a various selection of music that elicits cultural conversations and reflects contemporary narratives with substance.  PhilPop has finally completed its roster of Top 15 finalists from thousands of submitted entries. 

The last batch of finalists from North Luzon, South Luzon, and Metro Manila clusters were announced during the livestream of PhilPop Q&A and Kuwentuhan Sessions last September 23, 2020 (Wednesday). 

Here are the final batch of finalist  to the PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 in no particular order.

North Luzon:
  1. Abegail Esteban and TJ Paeldon – “Agsardeng”
  2. Lolito Go – “Balikan”
  3. Angelic Mateo – “Paos” 
South Luzon:
  1. Kulas Basilonia – “Para Kay Catriona”
  2. Chochay Magno – “Lunod”
  3. Princess Roselle C. Germina – “Bitaw”
Metro Manila:
  1. Kian Dionisio – “Huling Sayaw”
  2. Aikee – “Bestiny”
  3. Aikee – “Mapa”

The nine finalists are going to be joining other contenders from the Visayas and Mindanao clusters, which include amateur and professional composers and songwriters like Jerika Teodorico, Noah Alejandre and Reanne Borela, Michael Catarina, John Cadeliña  Christian Chiu, and Sherwin Fugoso.

Selection Process

The entries went through multiple rounds of adjudication process headed by Festival Chair and PhilPop Musicfest National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, together with Foundation Board Members, adjudicators, partners, and Warner Music Philippines Executives such as PhilPop Musicfest Foundation President Victorico P. Vargas, Festival Co-Chair and PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Board Member Noel Cabangon, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Executive Director Dinah A. Remolacio, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Lead Adjudicators Jungee Marcelo and Trina Belamide, Warner Music Philippines Managing Director Ian Monsod, MinPop Musicfest Director and Mindanao Cluster Partner Jeremy Sarmiento, Kadasig Founder and Visayas Cluster Partner Jude Gitamondoc, UP Jammers Club Alumnus’ Resident Producer and South Luzon Cluster Partner Caio Cadiz, and A.M. Studios’ Resident Producer and North Luzon Cluster Partner Melvin Moralles. 

In terms of picking the finalists for the South Luzon cluster, Caio Cadiz specifically handpicked songs that not only stand out in terms of melodic elements, but entries that deliver quality and envelope-pushing lyrics. He adds, “songs with a unique way of presenting their topics and themes are highly preferred. Likewise,  how they use their words to create an image of what they want to communicate. Also, the  theme of their demo could be a factor for me as a producer, but the team also recognize that it’s but merely a glimpse of what the songwriter was going for, so that the quality of the demo’s production is negligible. It’s really more of the quality and dynamics of the melody, and most importantly the lyrics.” 

Melvin Moralles shares the same sentiment, but points out the importance of selecting the simplest song that may represent his cluster. “Personally, it’s all about the totality of the package, and the way it would best resonate to a various but broader listening public: from students to adults, regional folks to international music fans.”

PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. This year’s PhilPop is co-presented by SMART, MERALCO, and MAYNILAD, with official partners, Warner Music Philippines, Kadasig, and MinPop.

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