Nearly 500 J-pop and anime fans were treated to an afternoon filled with good music and friendship, as the top 15 contenders in the 2016 J-pop Anime Singing Contest battled it out at the SM Cinema Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia on July 23.
The 2016 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest, which is one of the highlights of the celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month this July and 60 Years of Philippines-Japan Friendship featured performances of J-pop and anime theme songs from finalists: Acel, Akano, Ana Enriquez, CMKC, Elle Genovata, Eugene Pachejo, Happy Kevin, Jena-Chan, Jhona Sacramento, Johannie Velasco, Nessie Bonite, Shielah Faye Labadan, Victoria Albo, Vinar Takumi, and Yna Sebastian.
The Embassy of Japan’s No Plan Band, Kawaii 5, Doraemon and Friends, and 2015 J-pop Anime Singing Contest Grand prize winner, Maychell Hernandez also entertained the fans with their performances.
Of the 15 finalists who displayed exceptional talent in singing, the golden voice of CMKC emerged as the grand prize winner of this year’s contest. Happy Kevin came in second place while Jhona Sacramento placed third. All three received gadgets and goodies from the event’s sponsors. On top of those, both first and second prize winners won an all-expense paid trip to Japan.
Japanese Pop Music, Anime, and Manga have always enjoyed a huge following among Filipinos, serving as a gateway for many to learn Japanese culture and language. Aside from music, Japanese entertainment, fashion, and technology have also built dedicated fan bases in the country. More Filipinos are now pursuing opportunities to visit, study, and work in Japan, bringing Philippines-Japan relations even closer.
The J-pop Anime Singing Contest aims to promote J-pop, anime, Japanese language and culture appreciation among Filipinos and to contribute to further strengthening the longstanding friendship between Japan and the Philippines.