Cayabyab launches PhilPop 2015

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The Maestro with Patricia Hizon, Philpop’s managing director

The Maestro with Patricia Hizon, Philpop’s managing director

Both seasoned and aspiring Filipino songwriters once again have the opportunity to let their music be heard. The Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPop), the country’s premiere songwriting competition officially kicked off its 2015 campaign and is now accepting new song entries.

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An initiative of the Manny Pangilinan group of companies, the PhilPop MusicFest Foundation was established in 2012 to catalyze the revival of OPM, in recognition of the key role music plays in our culture and national identity.

The competition is open to songwriters of any age, holding Filipino citizenship or of Filipino parentage.

Now on its fourth year, PhilPop continues to draw out the best of Filipino creative talent in songwriting since its launch in 2012.

“The songs can come from any genre, we encourage experimentation here in PhilPop,” shares executive director Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.

“The goal of PhilPop is to open the door for refreshing, meaningful new music to find a larger audience.”

Patricia Hizon, Philpop’s managing director, says, PhilPop will select 12 finalists from all the entries, and will choose interpreters for each song.

Each songwriter can send up to two original compositions. Each song entry must not have been previously submitted to any other songwriting competition or made available to the public in any form.

The deadline of submissions is February 28, 2015.

Log on to www.philpop.com.ph for the full mechanics, and follow @philpopmusic on Twitter, or like the Philippine Popular Music Festival page on Facebook for more updates.

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