19-year old composer wins ‘Song of the Year’ at ASOP Year 5 Grand Finals

admin   •   November 9, 2016   •   15314

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Smart Araneta Coliseum was jam packed with spectators on Monday night for the grand finals of A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival Year 5.

The event opened with two production numbers that featured a powerhouse cast.

The world-famous Filipino girl band, 4th Impact performed winning songs from past ASOP seasons.

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The audience was amazed by the medley of ASOP Year 4 finals interpreted by Jayson Dy, Liezel Garcia, Michael Pangilinan and Lea Patricio.

Excitement rose as the 12 finalists were called one-by-one.

What makes ASOP standout from other songwriting competitions is the rare opportunity to watch top-notch OPM artists sing songs of worship.

This year, Sitti, Bugoy Drilon, Kris Lawrence, Jovit Baldivino and Jason Fernandez were among the interpreters who graced the event and admit that ASOP truly touched their hearts.

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Bugoy Drilon was a force to be reckoned with in his  interpretation of the first reggae song on ASOP entitled, ‘God Will Make a Way’.

Millenials loved the pop rock genre of, ‘You Stood by Me’, interpreted by Jason Fernandez.

It was really no surprise when these two performers ended up winning Best Interpreters of the night.

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The song, ‘Ikaw Lamang’ won as the People’s Choice Award.

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The songs,  ‘Mula sa Aking Puso’, interpreted by Carlo David and  ‘You Stood by Me’,  tied as 3rd runner ups.

‘Araw at Ulan’ interpreted by bossa nova queen Sitti was 2nd runner up.

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And the song ‘God Will Always Make a Way’ was 1st runner up.

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Finally, the song ‘Kumapit Ka Lang’ by 19-year old Noemi Ocio won first place and was awarded the ‘Song of the Year’ title.

Interpreted by OPM artist Mela, the song gives hope to people experiencing troubles in life.

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The grand champion received 500,000 pesos, 250,000 pesos for the 1st runner up, 150,000 pesos for the 2nd and 100,000 for the 3rd runner up.

The best interpreter and the People’s Choice Award received 50,000 pesos each.

Meanwhile, non-winners received 20,000 pesos each. — UNTV News & Rescue

ASOP songwriting festival goes international

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Singers, songwriters from across the globe now has a stage to showcase their masterpiece as A Song of Praise (ASOP) goes international.

The new season of ASOP welcomes amateur or professional songwriters from around the world to write songs of praises for God.

Interested contestants may submit their songs in any language, provided there will be an English translation. The written songs should be unpublished or have not yet been performed or distributed in any platform. Contestants should also submit an MP4 format of their song.

Opening ASOP Music Festival to the international scene was a long-time vision of Bro. Eli Soriano, the man behind the songwriting competition.

During the opening of ASOP International on Sunday (June 6), Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon said that the launch of the new season is very timely in the face of a pandemic.

“Sa paraan na ito, I guess ay maipararating natin ngayon sa ating mga kapwa tao na dumaranas—hindi lamang sa Pilipinas kundi maging sa buong mundo—ng ating kasalukuyang panahon ng pandemya, na sa pamamagitan ng ASOP International maibsan ang mga depression, anxiety maipakilala ang pagtitiwala sa Panginoon. Maiparating na mayroong Dios at sa bawat awit nakakakita tayo ng nagre-recognize ng kabutihan ng Dios,” he said.

(Through this, I guess we can bring [the songs] to those experiencing—not just in the Philippines, but to the rest of the world—challenges in this pandemic. That through ASOP International it would alleviate their depression, anxiety and teach them to trust in the Lord. Let them know there is a God and that His goodness will be recognized through the songs.) AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

‘Behind the Wishper’ virtual concert pays tribute to Wish 107.5 innovator, donates gadgets to deserving students

Marje Pelayo   •   December 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — All-hits FM radio station, Wish 107.5 on Sunday (December 20) took “wishers’” and fans all over the world to a journey into its inception and success while being serenaded by some of the top Filipino artists in a virtual concert entitled “Behind the Wishper.”

OPM A-listers such as KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, Morisette Amon, Bugoy Drilon, balladeer Marco Sison, the Wishfuls , The Juans among other special guests performed during the special digital concert streamed live on Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel.

The artists paid homage to Kuya Daniel Razon, the station’s innovator — and the voice behind the station’s “voiceprint”— for conceptualizing a unique platform for singers and composers of Original Pilipino Music (OPM), to showcase their talent not only in the Philippines but in the international music scene.

“It feels good na mayroong [Wish 107.5] na sobra ang support sa OPM. Hindi lang sa malalaking singers. Talagang open ang pinto ninyo for the new breeds to show their music,” said snger-composer Yeng Constantino.

Singer Bugoy Drilon echoed the same sentiment: “Sobrang malaki ang naitulong ng (Wish 107.5) kasi nagbigay sila ng avenue sa Filipino talents around the world.”

“Not only mainstream but even underground, they all deserve na marinig ang talent nila at music nila and (Wish 107.5) gave it to them, to us,” he added. Bugoy celebrated his 10th year anniversary in the industry with a first solo concert organized by Wish 107.5 in 2018.

Part of last night’s concert was a look back at the station’s charitable endeavors among which is the Wish Music Awards where winning artists are given the chance to help their chosen charities.

“The reason why Wish 107.5 is getting bigger and bigger kumbaga mas marami pang blessings na natatanggap ang Wish 107.5 is because they never forget to give back and to pay it forward,” noted Asia’s soul supreme, KZ Tandingan.

KZ was the first Filipino artist to perform at the Dubai World Trade Center which was made possible through Wish 107.5. She was proud to note how her Wishclusive videos helped her land a spot in a singing competition in China. The experience was an important milestone in the artist’s career.

During the concert, the station distributed 107 tablets to student beneficiaries for their online classes.

“Sabi ko nga mas blessed iyong feeling na nakaka-bless din tayo ng ibang tao kasi the fact na mayroon tayong abilidad at may pagkakataon tayong makatulong. Sobrang thankful ako na ginagawa ng Wish iyon kasi nagkakaroon kami ng venue para makatulong din sa iba,” said singer Daryl Ong who was hailed Wish Male Artist of the Year in 2016.

Like most wishers, the artists expressed their gratitude to Kuya Daniel for breathing new life into Filipino music through digital media and paving the way for OPM into the global airwaves.

“I think that’s the reason why a lot of artists love to always come back to Wish 107.5 kasi kay Kuya Daniel pa lang ang sarap na palagi ng trato. He respects you as an artist and as an individual,” noted KZ

“Thank you again for all your efforts, for your vision of Filipino music, for putting Filipino musicians and artists sa harapan ng publiko para makita nila kung gaano kaganda ang ating sariling musika,” said national artist for music, Ryan Cayabyab who wished Kuya Daniel more wisdom and more innovations ahead for OPM.

After the special concert, Wish 107.5 announced the next big project happening on January 15, 2021 — the 6th Wish Music Awards. Nominations for favorite artists officially opened on November 9, 2020.

As an added milestone, “Behind the Wishper” concert trended at number one spot with the hashtag #BehindTheWISHper on Philippine trends logging 14,400 tweets on Twitter.

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AFP and DENR remain unbeaten at UNTV Cup

UNTV News   •   November 25, 2019

One of DENR’s key factors to victory was their tough defense, challenging the shots of Agriculture Food Masters, forcing them to commit more turnovers.

Season 7 third placer NHA Builders failed to defeat the defending champion AFP Cavaliers during their face off last Thursday with final score 86-84.

It will be recalled that the Cavaliers have beaten the Builders in the best of three semifinals series last season.

Former Letran Knights standouts Boyet Bautista and Air Man Jerry Lumongsod were hailed as Best Players of the Game with 17 points and 19 points a piece including a crucial 3-point shot from Lumongsod in the final one minute and 38 seconds for the AFP to get the lead, 83-80.

In the first quarter, the NHA Builders were ahead by 7 points against AFP, 19-12, led by Alvin Vitug who contributed 11 points that early.

But the AFP Cavaliers quickly recovered in the 2nd quarter and tied the game at 37 points.

And in the 3rd quarter, the AFP Cavaliers took the lead, 64-61.

The last period was a neck-to-neck bout as the games have tied many times.

NHA dominated the boards by 51 compared to 20 of AFP while the men in uniform assisted more, 14-9.

“It’s a hard-fought game, alam namin talaga na yung NHA malakas talaga yan since before dahil kumpleto rin sila. Siguro breaks of the game, sinuwerte lang kami noong huli,” AFP Cavaliers Corporal Sonny Manucat said.

NHA Builders Head Coach Benete Palad revealed, “Breaks din eh, hindi nagpapasok ang tira mga namin medyo napapabayan yung mga fastbreak nila, yung opensa nila pumasok yung mga three points. Medyo sinuwerte sila, overall maganda naman nilalaro ng players ko.”

In the other game, the rookie team DENR Warriors stayed undefeated after a triumphant bout over the Agriculture Food Masters, 94-85.

The Food Masters were leading over the DENR Warriors, in the first quarter and in 2nd quarter.

But in the 2nd half the DENR Warriors started to turn the game to their side as they took the lead at the end of the third period.

Aside from the tight defense of DENR, the bench players have stepped up too showing the depth of Warriors line up against the Food Masters.

“Sinabihan ko lang mga players ko na we have to remenber na we are playing as a team, if we continue individually tatambakan talaga tayo. Good thing, the team responded,” DENR Warriors Head Coach Dir. Norlito Eneran expressed.

“Noong nag-run na yung DENR ay nataranta na yung mga bata. Nawala na yung composure. Pero we lost to a better team,”Agriculture Food Masters Head Coach Rodney Santos said.

Ryan Abanes and Desiderio Ayson shined as the Best Players of the Game with 23 points and 18 points respectively.

Meanwhile, Malacañang-PSC Kamao toppled the PhilHealth Plus with a 98-91 victory.

With this win, the Kamao now holds a 5-1-win loss record.

“Noong first half, wala kami depensa, binigay naming laro kaya ang tapos ng score ng first half 47-all. Sinabi ko lang sa dug out, Guys hindi yan laro natin. Kailangan nating dumipensa ng maayos, kailangan nating magsakrapisyo kung gusto nating manalo,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzalez revealed.

Next Sunday, December 01, the Malacañang-PSC Kamao will face PITC Global Traders in the main game of the triple header while the AFP Cavaliers will face former 2-time champion Judiciary Magis in the first game and the Agriculture Food Masters will take on the NHA Builders after.

Games will still be played at San Juan Knights Gym live starting at 2PM with telecast, webcast and live streaming at UNTV Cup’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. — Bernard Dadis

THE SCORES

GAME 1: Malacañang-PSC Kamao def. PhilHealth Plus, 98-91

Malacañang-PSC  98 – Dela Cuesta 20, Antonio 16, Javier 15, Besa 11, Jimenez 11, Roque 8, Javier 6, Punzalan 4, Gadong 3, Garrido 2, Ignario 2

PhilHealth 91 – Aldave 34, Mazo 20, Emata 17, Hernandez 13,  Armojallas 6, Pacheco 1

Quarter Scores: 24-26, 47-47, 75-68, 98-91

TEAM STATS

Malacañang-PSC : 41/86 FGm/a, 0.477% FG%,  9/27 3FGm/a,  0.333% 3FG%, 7/13 FTm/a, 0.538% FT%,  34 Rebs., 21 Asts., 5 Stls.,  4 Blks., 11 TOs

PhilHealth :  34/53 FGm/a, 0.642% % FG%,   7/19 3FGm/a,   0.368% 3FG%, 16/25 FTm/a,  0.640% FT%,  24 Rebs.,  6  Asts., 1 Stls., 1 Blks., 3 TOs

PLAYER OF GAME:

Visnu Das Javier – 15 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL

GAME 2: DENR def. Agriculture, 94-85

DENR  94 – Abanes 23, Ayson 18, Rivera 16, Bangal 13, Parreño 11, Mamac 8, Atablanco 2, Calungcagin 2, Baluyot 1

Agriculture 85 – Manigo 23, Fernandez 15, Mastelero 11, Casaysayan 11, Oreta 7, Silva 6, Dematera 6, Mayran 3, Hassan 1, Comerciase 1

Quarter Scores: 14-27, 39-41, 65-58, 94-85

TEAM STATS

DENR :  36/60 FGm/a,  0.600% FG%, 10/20  3FGm/a, 0.500% 3FG%,  12/21 FTm/a,  0.571% FT%,  23 Rebs., 10 Asts., 5 Stls.,  1 Blks.,  6 TOs

Agriculture : 30/71 FGm/a, 0.423% % FG%, 11/31 3FGm/a, 0.355% 3FG%, 14/23 FTm/a,  0.609% FT%,  30 Rebs.,  6  Asts., 7 Stls., 4 Blks.,  14 TOs

PLAYERS OF GAME:

Ryan Abanes – 23 PTS,  5 REB
Desiderio Ayson – 18 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST,  2 STL

GAME 3: AFP def. NHA, 86-84

AFP 86 – Lumongsod 19, Baustista 17, Pascual 15, Almerol 11, Cordero 7, Rosopa 6, Casulla 6, Tan 3, Fernandez 2

NHA 84 – Vitug 33, Dizon 14, Mercado 10, Lustestica 6, Alastoy 6, Dizon 6, W. Tibay 3, Prado 3, Sumayang 3

Quarter Scores: 12-19, 37- 37, 64-58, 86-84

Statistics

AFP :  34/59 FGm/a,  0.576% FG%, 11/18 3FGm/a, 0.611% 3FG%, 7/14 FTm/a,  0.500% FT%, 20 Rebs., 14 Asts.,  6 Stls.,  2 Blks., 6 TOs

NHA : 30/70 FGm/a, 0.429% % FG%, 5/20 3FGm/a,  0.250% 3FG%, 19/32 FTm/a, 0.594% FT%,  51 Rebs.,  9 Asts., 9 Stls., 6 Blks., 21 TOs

PLAYERS OF GAME:

Jerry Lumongsod –  19 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL

Boyet Bautista –  17 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST,  1 STL

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