It is difficult to pick favorites amongst the wonderfully crafted songs interpreted by some of the biggest names in the music industry in this year’s Philpop songwriting competition finals.
But after emerging from 3,383 song submissions from around the country and numerous parts of the world, meticulously screened by top caliber adjudicators from the industry, the Top 12 entries of this batch are already winners. This is what the very satisfied and jubilant PhilPop Music Foundation’s executive director said at the final gathering of finalists and interpreters of the contest on Thursday at Wil’s Events Place in Quezon City. The next time the press and the public will see them together for that matter is on D-Day, grand finals night on July 20 at the Meralco Theater.
Top rank personalities from the industry, whose identities are kept a secret, will have the task of selecting the winner for this year’s competition. The top 12 songs and the songwriters and interpreters behind them are: “Araw, Ulap, Langit” by Marlon Barnuevo, performed by Christian Bautista; “Askal” by Ganny Brown, performed by Jose and Wally; “Dati” by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana, performed by Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos featuring Quest; “Kung ‘Di Man” by Johnoy Danao, performed by Ney Dimaculangan; “Pansamantagal” by Jungee Marcelo, performed by Sitti Navarro and Julianne Tarroja; “Papel” by Joey Ayala, which he performs himself together with Gloc-9 and featuring Denise Barbacena; “Sana Pinatay Mo Na Lang Ko” by Myrus Apacible, performed by Kimpoy Feliciano; “Sa ‘Yo Na Lang Ako” by Lara Maigue, performed by Karylle; “Segundo” by Paul Armesin, performed by Yael Yuzon of SpongeCola; “Sometimes That Happens” by Adrienne Sarmiento-Buenaventura (lyrics) and Nino Regalado (music), performed by Ace Libre of Never the Strangers; “Space” by Raffy Calicdan, performed by Banda ni Kleggy and Kean Cipriano of Callalily; and “Time Machine” by Kennard Faraon, performed by Six Part Invention.
There’s a one in 12 chance for a finalist vying for the title this year to take home P1 million and a limited edition, commissioned Ramon Orlina glass trophy, which is a grand prize in itself. The first and second runners up, will also receive a Ramon Orlina trophy plus P500,000 and P250,000 respectively.