Bigger and better Philpop 2014

PhilPop songwriting music festival founder Ryan Cayabyab

PhilPop songwriting music festival founder Ryan Cayabyab

Philpop 2014, the annual songwriting music festival that focuses on writing original Filipino music, will finally take center stage tonight at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City.

The event will be hosted by Christian Bautista and Iya Villania with some of the country’s best performers Gary Valenciano, Kuh Ledesma, Julie Anne San Jose, Gloc 9, Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos, Abra and Raimund Marasigan, and the all-girl singing group composed of the sisters of Bruno Mars, the Lylas.

The songs of the 12 finalists, chosen from thousands of entries from across the country and the globe, will be interpreted by the best singers in the music industry.

Knowa Lazarus and Flava Matikz of Q-York wrote “Qrush On You”, and will be sung by Philippines King of R&B, Jay-R and the Heir of Rap, Elmo Magalona.

“Hangout Lang” by Allan Feliciano and Isaac Garcia will be perfromed by R&B singer Duncan Ramos and rapper Young JV.

Chi Bocobo and Isaac Garcia collaborated to compose the song “Kung Akin Lang Ang Langit,” to be interpreted by Mcoy Fundales and indie artist Clara Benin.

“Torpe” written by Philpop first timer Daryl Ong will be performed by the Prince of R&B Kris Lawrence.

The Voice finalist Thor Dulay will sing “The Only One” composed by another Philpop first-timer, Popsie San Pedro.

Toto Sorioso created two entries. First, is the inspirational “Awit Mo’y Nandito Pa” to be interpreted by Internet sensations Aldrich Talonding and James Bucong. His second entry, “Langit Umaawit,” will be performed by actor Tom Rodriguez.

“NGSB (No Girlfriend Since Break)” written by Davey Langit will be interpreted by VJ and upcoming recording Luigi D’ Avola.

Jude Gitamondoc and Therese Villarante from Cebu wrote “Song On A Broken String.” Nicole Asensio of General Luna will sing the composition. Veteran composer Mike Villegas wrote the song “Dear Heart,” to be sung by Mr. Pure Energy Gary V’s daughter, Kianna Valenciano.

Another music veteran, Soc Villanueva, wrote “Babalikan Mo Rin Ako” to be performed by VJ-singer-actress Nikki Gil.

Finally, “Salbabida” written by Jungee Marcelo will be interpreted by R&B Princess, Kyla.

The 12 songwriters will be pitted against each other in a bid to win the grand prize of P1 million. A beautifully crafted trophy by celebrated glass sculptor Ramon Orlina will also be awarded to the winning songwriter.

The second runner-up will receive P250,000, while first runner-up will get P500,000. The Spnnr People’s Choice, on the other hand will be given P100,000.

The Philpop 2014 finals will be telecast at 10 p.m. on TV 5.


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