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

admin   •   November 9, 2016   •   12123

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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

UNTV Cup: PNP faces Malacañang in must- win game on Sunday

UNTV News   •   October 19, 2019

Facing elimination in the League of Public Servants, PO3 Anton Tolentino must-take charge to win the remaining 3 games of PNP Responders. 

Former UNTV Cup Season 5 champion PNP Responders must win against the multi-season finalist Malacañang-PSC Kamao on Sunday (October 20) at Pasig City Sports Center to keep their bid for the next round in the league of public servants.

As a winless team in Group B, the Responders share the bottom two spot with the GSIS Furies.

After the first-round elimination, only the top four from each group will advance to the next round. The lowest two teams in each bracket will go on vacation early.

Tough as it may seem, they cannot afford to lose their three remaining games. But what they will be facing are the unbeaten Malacañang-PSC which flashes solid offense and defense prowess in all of its 3 games, the GSIS Furies and the reinforced two-time champion Judiciary Magis.

The Responders will basically still rely on Ollan Omiping, Anton Tolentino with the support from Richard Villanueva and rookie Mariano Flormata Jr.

While the Raffy Gonzales-coached Malacañang-PSC Kamao will be led by Eric dela Cuesta, the Javier brothers, Visnu and Narayan, Myk Jimenez, Ian Garrido with solid supporting cast: Joseph Besa, Michael Ignario and rookies Joseph Roque, Jeff Punzalan.

The PNP- Malacañang-PSC bout will take place at 5:00 pm, Sunday.

An explosive 2nd game is also expected as the multi-season champion AFP Cavaliers will take on the revitalized Department of Agriculture Food Masters.

At the helm of the Food Masters team is PBA Legend Rodney Santos who takes pride of hard-fought victories in their first two encounters against PITC Global Traders and Ombudsman Graft Busters.

In the other games, rookie team SSS Kabalikat will take on sophomore UNTV Cup team PITC Global Traders at 2pm.

SSS Kabalikat, being win-less also, need to win all their remaining games to prevent early eviction.

UNTV Cup can be seen live at Pasig City Sports Center for free or via Facebook and YouTube accounts and of course via UNTV channel and UNTV website.

Team Standings

GROUP A
AFP Cavaliers 3-0
Agriculture Food Masters 2-0
Ombudsman Graftbusters 1-2
PITC Global Traders 1-2
PhilHealth Plus 1-2
SSS Kabalikat 0-2

GROUP B
Malacañan PSC Kamao 3-0
DENR Warriors 2-0
NHA Builders 2-1
Judiciary Magis 1-2
GSIS Furies 0-3
PNP Responders 0-2  

Reminisce over ASOP’s Best Songs of Praise

UNTV News   •   October 16, 2019

Over the years, A Song of Praise Music Festival —the country’s first and only praise songwriting tilt on Philippine television — has stirred us back to the heart of worship and closer to God with uplifting music.

Let’s take a look back at the best songs of praise from ASOP.

ASOP Year 1: PURIHIN MO ANG DIOS, O PILIPINAS

Purihin mo ang Dios, O Pilipinas
Isigaw Mo ang kadakilaan ng pangalan Niya
Bawat Pilipino’y magsama-sama
Anomang wika o kulay…”

Sung by power ballad diva, Gail Blanco, “Purihin Mo Ang Dios, O Pilipinas” (Praise God, Oh Philippines), by Anton Estrella Jr., is a stirring gospel track giving the Almighty all the praise, honor, and glory.

The song talks about the Philippines as the pearl of the Orient Seas and a blessed nation with its diverse language landscape and colorful mix of cultures.

ASOP Year 2: IKAW

Ang alay Mo’y patawad
‘Di man ako karapat-dapat
Ikaw ang Kaibigan kong tapat

Power belter Jona belts our her heartfelt praises in “Ikaw” (You). Penned by professional songwriter Boy Christopher Ramos, the song is another powerful worship anthem that delves deeper into God’s faithfulness and everlasting love as our true and eternal friend.

ASOP Year 3: MAY AWA ANG DIOS

Sa t’wing tila ‘di na makakayanan
Pagsubok na aking pinagdadaanan
Ang tanging pag-asang pinanghahawakan
May awa ang Dios
.”

“May Awa ang Dios” (God Has Mercy), a worship anthem written by Louise Lyle Robles, is an exceptionally dramatic song that uplifts a heavy heart from pain and suffering.

With her clear and delicate vocals, belter Beverly Caimen sings about trusting God’s mercy amid storms in our lives.

ASOP Year 4: KUNG PAG-IBIG MO’Y ULAN

“Ibinuhos Mo ang pag-ibig Mo
At nilunod Mo’ng bawat kirot sa aking puso
Ang pag-ibig Mo’y parang ulan

A poetic gospel track, “Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan” (If Your Love were Rain) by Christian Malinias, emotionally portrays God’s great love as a pouring rain.

As power belter Leah Patricio sings, “Ibinuhos Mo ang pag-ibig Mo at nilunod Mo’ng bawat kirot sa aking puso,” words of peace and comfort rest gently upon our troubled hearts.

ASOP Year 5: KUMAPIT KA LANG

Huwag kang hihinto, ituloy ang takbo
Huwag kang mapagod
Tayo ay maglalakbay sa daan ng buhay
Kasama ang Dios na lumalang
.”

An upbeat slice from this list, “Kumapit Ka Lang” (Just Hold On), by Noemi Ocio, is a gospel pop track about keeping our faith in God during hard times.

Lady belter Mela in this motivational piece inspires every person to keep going when they’re on the brink giving up.

ASOP Year 6: DAHIL SA IYO

Sa mga oras na sarili ang kalaban
Pag-ibig Mo O Dios ang tangi kong sandalan
Handa akong ipagsigawan ang ‘Yong Ngalan
.”

Performed by RnB royalty, Jay-R, “Dahil Sa Iyo” (Because of You), sets out to send happy vibes with its meaningful lyrics of becoming complete in God.

More than just being an ASOP interpreter, OPM artist Carlo David showcased his songwriting skills with the EDM-laced RnB gospel track.

ASOP Year 7: TUGTOG

Sa araw-araw ko Ikaw ang musika
Na nagpapaindak sa aking puso at
Nagbibigay sa akin ng sigla
O Panginoon ko, Ikaw ang akin ligaya
.”

A song that stirred the music in our hearts, Tugtog (Music) was written by visually-impaired songwriter John Paul Salazar.

Performed by OPM trio Bradz, the worship hymn uses contemporary sound and rich imagery to describe God as the metaphorical music that stirs our heart and enliven our soul.

PhilHealth, GSIS in ‘must-win’ situation at UNTV Cup

UNTV News   •   October 12, 2019

The injury-stricken PhilHealth Plus is expected to lean on to Jonathan Aldave and Kenneth Emata against the Ombudsman Graft Busters

The winless teams, PhilHealth Plus and GSIS Furies must defeat their opponents this coming Sunday as they are on the verge of early elimination being on the bottom two in their respective groups.

In the first game of the triple-header, GSIS Furies would have to breach the tough defense of Malacanang-PSC Kamao head-on.

It’s going to be a big task for the Rene Banzali and Roger Yap-led team to even demoralize their opponent because Coach Raffy Gonzales’ Kamao team has the perfect winning momentum; on the other hand they will come from two-straight sorry loses.

The battle between the President’s men and the government-worker insurers is slated at 2 pm at Pasig City Sports Center.

In the other game, PhilHealth Plus must triumph against the Ombudsman Graft Busters led by its big man tandem of Bernzon Franco and Samuel Ignacio and the reinforcement playing coach of Edsel del Rosario.

The Health Insurers and “Tanod Bayan” face off is scheduled at 3:30 in the afternoon.

And in the main card of UNTV Cup Sunday games, Judiciary Magis and NHA Builders are eager to get the win that will decide their ranking in Group B with both having a 1-1 record.

Judiciary comes from a victorious game against GSIS last September 29.

Coach Joey Yabut said, “Sabi ko sa mga players, kailangan nating manalo kasi kapag nadalawang sunod tayo, mahirap na tayo bumawi kasi tatlong malalakas pa yung kalaban natin.”

NHA Builders Coach Benett Palad says, “Kailangan naming manalo doon para pumasok kami sa taas … yung team ko kasi ngayon nagkakaroon na ng camaraderie at teamwork so mas gumaganda yung takbuhan. Konting konti na lang ang i-aadjust ko na mali nila.” — Bernard Dadis

Aside from NHA, the Magis is slated to face DENR and PNP.

While the NHA Builders are determined to bounce back from a disheartening loss from Malacanang-PSC Kamao two-weeks ago.

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