“’DI NA MULI” by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolala won the PhilPop 2016 Grand Prize at the jam-packed finals night of Philpop 2016 on July 23.Interpreted by Nicolas’ popular band Itchyworms, the song and its composers were awarded a P1-million cash prize and a much-coveted Ramon Orlina trophy.
Winning second place was Soc Villanueva’s entry “Lahat,” interpreted by Jason Dy; while third place went to Paolo and Miguel Guico for the song “Tinatangi,”interpreted by Ba-yang Barrios and Cooky Chua featuring the Benjamins.Their prizes respectively comprised of P500,000 and P250,000, and an Orlina trophy each.
These composers now join what is now considered as “a legion of the most talented songwriters in the Philippines held in high esteem by their peers and respected by the industry as a whole.”
Soc Villanueva and Jayson Dy also won the Maynilad People’s Choice Award, garnering the most number of streams for the song, “Lahat;” while “Tinatangi” by the Guico brothers won the PLDT-Smart Best Music Video. These winners were each given P100,000 and a customized Castrillo trophy.
The PhilPop awards night was hosted by 89.9’s trio of Boys Night Out, namely Sam YG, DJ Slick Rick and Tony Toni, and Viva Films’ Bella Padilla. Throwing their full support behind this annual music competition, the likes of Ogie Alcasid, Aiza Seguerra, Donna Cruz, Andrew E., Chad Borja, Mark Bautista, Kim Molina, Jeric Medina and past PhilPop grand prize winners, Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana provided production numbers throughout the show, which had a delayed telecast on TV5 on Saturday.
Judges for PhilPop 2016 included singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon, hip-hop artist and rapper Gloc-9, world-class theatre actress Joanna Ampil, Maynilad COO Randolf Estrellado and Filscap President Rico Blanco.
Now on its fifth year, and as the grand kick-off to the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino, PhilPop continues to march on brimming with the same musical zeal with which it was founded in 2012. The competition’s vision remains the same as well, as delivered by PhilPop Chairman Manuel Pangilinan: “We want to encourage songwriters to churn out original Filipino sound — to remind the world that Filipinos are not just great singers and performers, but also great songwriters; that Pinoy Pop deserves a spot on the world stage.”