OPM veterans and newbies grace PhilPop 2015 album

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Professor Ryan Cayabyab (front row, second from right) presents the composers and interpreters of this year’s PhilPop song search

Professor Ryan Cayabyab (front row, second from right) presents the composers and interpreters of this year’s PhilPop song search

When the PhilPop Foundation announced the 12 finalists of the 2015 Philippine Popular Music Festival in May, one thing that easily stood out was the diversity of entries from the seasoned and up-and-coming songwriters who made the cut to Professor Ryan Cayabyab’s annual search.

What makes the roster of songs more interesting in this final stretch to the grand performance and competition night in July is that an equally diverse set of interpreters has been chosen to bring the composers music to life.

On Tuesday, the official album compilation for PhilPop 2015 was launched at the Hive Hotel in Quezon City, revealing a mix of OPM veterans and newbies to suit the different genres featured in the 12 tracks.

Easily, the most familiar acts to music fans from the album are the groups Side A and The Company. As one of the country’s top pop bands, Side A has been making beautiful music for the last three decades and have interpreted the entry “For the Rest of My Life,” which also happens to be written by their bass player Ned Esguerra.


Like Side A, The Company is also celebrating their 30th year in the industry. Dubbed as “The Philippines’ Premiere Vocal Ensemble,” the group has been selected to interpret Paul Armesin’s soaring inspirational entry, “Tanging Pag-Asa Ko.”

Another sought after performer making her PhilPop debut as interpreter is former Freestyle vocalist Jinkee Vidal, who lends her voice to Soc Villanueva’s fun composition, “Kilig.”

Theater, television and movie actor Jon Santos, meanwhile, belongs to a category all on his own as he sings the humor-filled “Apat Na Buwang Pasko” by Gino Cruz and Jeff Arcilla. This is of course, the stand up comedian’s first foray into recording, and he admitted he was initially hesitant, but over all, had a blast.

Former “Little Big Star champion and ASAP mainstay Anja Aguilar may also be familiar to music fans, and for PhilPop 2015, she takes on Melvin Morallos’ “I Owe You My Heart.”

Young singer and heartthrob James Reid meanwhile teams up with rapper Pio who will interpret Melchor Magno Jr.’s “Musikaw.” Kean Cipriano and Nadine Lustre is another young tandem for Mark Villar’s “Sa Ibang Mundo.”

More fresh singing talent comes from the duet of MTV Pinoy VJs Josh Padilla and Yassi Pressman who bring fun to Johannes Garcia’s “Edge of the World.”

Meanwhile, besides Esguerra, five other songwriters are either interpreting their own entries or in collaboration with a chosen artist. These are former finalists Lara Maigue and Davey Langit for “Nasaan” and “Paratingin Mo Na Siya,” respectively; Ramiru Mataro with social media sensation Donnalyn Bartolome for his dance-inspired entry “Walang Hanggan;” and the formidable tandem of 2013 PhilPop grand winners Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana with X Factor Philippines finalist Jeric Medina for “Triangulo.”

Produced and distributed by PhilPop’s newest partner Viva Records, the compilation album is now out in record stores and expects the tracks to be on heavy rotation on radio stations nationwide leading up to the grand finals night in July.

Moreover, the songs and music videos from the album are also available for free to subscribers of PLDT Home Telpad, the offical content platform for PhilPop 2015.

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