‘A Song of Praise’ caps off 7th season of original Filipino praise music with 12 masterpieces

admin   •   November 12, 2018   •   4774

 

A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 grand winner John Paul Salazar and BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon

Enrich the spirit… inspired by music!

The first and only worship songwriting tilt on Philippine television, A Song of Praise Music Festival (ASOP), capped off its seventh Grand Finals Night at the country’s premier performing arts venue, New Frontier Theater, Araneta Center, Cubao Quezon City on November 11.

Twelve masterpieces written by aspiring songwriters took center stage echoing uplifting heavenly music right into the hearts of the crowd.

Upcoming OPM trio Bradz as they perform live John Paul Salazar’s “Tugtog” at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

The gospel fest named visually-impaired songwriter John Paul Salazar’s original composition entitled “Tugtog” as the song of the year with P500,000 cash prize tax-free. Upcoming OPM trio Bradz made the audience sway and dance to the upbeat melody of the song.

Salazar penned his original composition despite suffering from blurry vision due to stage 3 glaucoma, he turned to music as it helps him heal in a passionately life-changing way.

Songwriting has become his hobby since his condition compels him to stay at home for most of the time. Though troubled at times by his condition as he has difficulty seeing what he writes down, he still spends time composing songs, memorizing them word for word.

 

“Tugtog” songwriter John Paul Salazar together with his interpreters, pop trio Bradz

 

“The song ‘Tugtog’ for me denotes a human heartbeat. One artist I heard said, ‘Music is a part of our lives, and our hearts always plays music.’ I made the song out of that idea and turned it into a song of praise to the Lord. Every time I sing for the Lord, my heart is in sync with the music!” said Salazar.

Twenty-four-year-old songwriter Edward Salde’s “Isang Milyong Pasasalamat” secured the first place.

ASOP Year 4 Best Interpreter awardee Leah Patricio returned to ASOP stage to render a powerful performance of Salde’s composition. Salde received Php 300,000 for his winning  entry.

Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Emmanuel Lipio’s hope-filled, soul-soothing gospel hymn “God Is With Us” took home Php 150,000 for the 2nd runner-up award.

With his 90s-sounding worship hymn “Di Na ‘Ko Aawit, Rommel Gojo bagged the Php 100,000 for winning third runner-up. Non-winning entries each received Php 20,000.

“God Is With Us” interpreter Cello Nuñez has been named as this year’s Best Interpreter. Nuñez was awarded with Php 50,000 cash prize.

“I feel that singing a praise song is more profound because you can relate to it in everyday life. Also, the lyrics are more meaningful. “God is with us” is my favorite line because it is true,” said Nuñez.

People’s Choice Award was given to LJ Manzano’s original, “Banal Mong Salita”, which was interpreted by R&B Charmer Mark Michael Garcia. Manzano received Php 50,000 prize.

Apart from the major awards, the gospel fest launched a new special award with a P200,000 cash, “Bro. Eli Soriano’s Choice” which was given to “Hiling”, a self-penned gospel track by visually-impaired composer Jeffrey Lim. The song was interpreted by OPM rock outfit Plethora.

The celebration’s official hashtag #ASOP7Finals also made noise online making it to the local Twitter trends list, peaking at the 6th spot.

Wish 1075’s Wishfuls performs ASOP medley at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

Wish 1075’s Wishfuls also graced the gospel fest and took the audience down memory lane as they performed a medley of ASOP originals.

The jury panel for A Song of Praise Music Festival Grand Finals Night Year 7

This year’s roster of judges includes Doktor Musico Mon Del Rosario, record producer Pat Castillo, OPM hitmaker Rannie Raymundo, ASOP Year 2 grand winner songwriter Boy Christopher Ramos, award-winning director Jose Javier Reyes and Philippine opera diva Fides Cayugan-Asensio.

BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon delivered his inspirational remarks for the celebration, thanking the songwriters and interpreters for sharing their talent to glorify the Almighty.

Members Church of God International (MCGI) Overall Servant Bro. Eliseo Soriano as he delivers his inspiring message at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

ASOP TV originator and primary supporter Members Church of God International (MCGI) Bro. Eliseo Soriano read verses from the Scriptures, citing that singing praises to God is a commandment in the New Testament as it is written in James 5:13. He also expressed thanks to the program hosts Mr. Richard Reynoso and Ms. Toni Rose Gayda for the seven years of taking part in the pursuit of inspiring people back to God through gospel music.

Yet again, ASOP expressed gratitude to God for another amazing year and also thanked supporters for the overwhelming support. ASOP vows to continues to inspire talents and celebrate original Filipino praise music to glorify the Maestro of music. — Yssa Jalmasco

 

6th Wish Music Awards pioneers a groundbreaking new normal for PH music industry

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s top FM station Wish 107.5 staged another milestone in the Philippine music industry with a concert inside not just any venue but at the Big Dome on Sunday (January 17).

The radio station of the famed Wish Bus, once again proved that it is truly “breaking boundaries”, that despite the pandemic it was able to pull off a grand concert for a cause and gathered some of the top Filipino artists at the 6th Wish Music Awards hosted by celebrity-athlete Gretchen Ho and “Asia’s Romantic Balladeer,” Christian Bautista. 

“It’s so nice to see people get a chance again to perform for their fans live, to just have a feel of the stage again,” said Ho.

Attendees underwent swab testing, while health protocols and proper sanitation procedures were strictly observed.

Each of the hosts and performing artists was given a microphone for their exclusive use throughout the event.

For the RT-PCR and antigen tests, Wish 107.5 partnered with Maxicare Health Corporation.

Only attendees with negative results were allowed to enter the venue.

The entire Big Dome also underwent massive disinfection for the safety of the attendees.

All productions and technical crew were required to use face masks and face shield throughout the event and floor markings were placed to guide them of the proper social distance.

The event at the Big Dome was not opened to the public, but fans and supporters were still able to enjoy the show as it was streamed live through Wish 107.5’s official YouTube channel.

Viewers on Sunday night reached to over 40,000 and the event hashtag #WishMusicAwards trended on Twitter with almost 200,000 tweets.

This year, the station gave two prestigious awards to individuals who made major contributions to the Philippine music industry, starting off with OPM legend and renowned lyricist, Rey Valera and Journey frontman and singer-philanthropist, Arnel Pineda.

“It is an honor to be bestowed this prestigious award; the prize money you’re going to give to us will definitely make a difference to the lives of our beneficiaries,” Pineda said, receiving the KDR Icon of Music and Philanthropy award.

“Salamat sa Kuya Daniel. Natutuwa ako puro kabataan ang nakikita ko. Nakikita ko ang kinabukasan ng OPM. Napakinggan ko ang mga lyrics nila. Importante sa akin iyon. Gusto kong mangyari kung ano ang mangyayari bukas,” Valera said receiving the KDR Icon of Musical Excellence award.

Winners in this year’s Wish Music Awards received P25,000 each while their chosen charities received P100, 000 each.

Among the highlights at Sunday’s event was the debut performance at the Wish Awards of OPM royalty, ‘Parokya ni Edgar’ and the award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian.

Wish 107.5’s creator and innovator Kuya Daniel Razon, who on Sunday graced the event inside the Wish Bus, expressed his gratitude to all OPM artists for keeping their music alive to heal, to inspire and to give hope in the face of a pandemic. 

“I wish to tell all of you, that your endeavors are very much appreciated,” noted Kuya Daniel, President and CEO of BMPI-UNTV which manages Wish 107.5.

“Ang inyong mga awitin at musika ay nanatili para patuloy na umaliw, patuloy na dumamay, sa bawat lumbay, sa bawat pangamba at sa bawat takot. Mayroon pong mga titik, mayroong tinig at tunog na palaging nagbibigay buhay at kahulugan sa mga damdaming ito. I would like to thank you all for being our hidden heroes during this difficult time,” he added.

Kuya Daniel vows to continue helping more Filipino artists by providing an avenue for the promotion of their music and an opportunity to spread goodwill through Wish 107.5. MNP (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

READ: 6th Wish 107.5 Music Awards: Complete List of Winners

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.

ASOP Year 8 Grand Finale nears

UNTV News   •   September 21, 2019

The finale is coming!

Last August 25 (Sunday), A Song of Praise Music Festival named its newest grand finalist for Year 8.

With her worship anthem titled “Sagwan” (Paddle), 31-year old school registrar Aiza Narag secured a spot at the eighth edition of one-of-a-kind music revelry celebrating praise music.

Sung by rising belter Louie Anne Culala of The Wishfuls, the praise song paints a picture of a long journey at the heart of the sea while huge waves and fierce winds roar, encouraging us to trust God to be able to make it to the shores of hope.

This year’s grand finals’ entries comprise of the following:

  • NOVEMBER: “O Ama” by Jhoter Jone Villan 
  • DECEMBER: “Alay Ko” by Maddonna Rosas and Pau Ortiz 
  • JANUARY: “Ikaw ay Ikaw” by Vanduane Badua
  • FEBRUARY: “Don’t Give Up” by Cherry Labating 
  • MARCH: “Dios ng Katotohanan” by Darrel Joseph Villanueva 
  • APRIL: “Pupurihin Kita” by Chris Givenchi Edejer 
  • MAY: “Libo-libong Tala” by Carlo David 
  • JUNE: “You are Wonderful” by Franz Loren Bigcas 
  • JULY: “God Has His Purpose” by Lambert Reyes Jr. and Roman Cundangan 
  • AUGUST: “Sagwan: by Aiza Narag 

Two more tracks are set to complete the list of this year’s best praise songs.

Last year, visually-impaired songwriter John Paul Salazar bagged the Song of the Year title with P500,000 cash prize tax-free. 

Performed by OPM trio Bradz, his masterpiece titled “Tugtog”, is an upbeat gospel track about music as the sound of a praiseful heart for God. 

“‘Tugtog’ for me denotes a human heartbeat. One artist I heard said, ‘Music is a part of our lives, and our hearts always plays music.’ I made the song out of that idea and turned it into a song of praise to the Lord. Every time I sing for the Lord, my heart is in sync with the music!” said Salazar.

A first from last year, ASOP launched its Bro. Eli Soriano’s Choice with “Hiling” as the winning song written by Jeffrey Lim, also by a visually-impaired aspiring songwriter.

Conceptualized by Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon and Filipino televangelist Bro. Eli Soriano, ASOP is set to upgrade its prizes for each year.

As another year-long singing of praises to the Almighty comes to a close, the grand winner will take home P800,000 while the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, will get P500,000, P200,000, and P100,000 cash prizes, respectively. 

Over the years, amateur and professional songwriters have ventured into the heart of crafting songs for the Almighty.

True to its advocacy of bringing back praise music in people’s lives, the first and only praise songwriting tilt on Philippine television continues to inspire talents and celebrate gospel music dedicated all for the glory of God.

Apart from celebrating inspiring talents, ASOP is also set to stage top-notch OPM acts.

Watch out for the grand finals of ASOP Year 8 in November.

For more information about ASOP Music Festival, visit its official website at https://www.asoptv.com. You can follow ASOP on Facebook via facebook.com/asoptv, Twitter at twitter.com/asoptv and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/asoptv/.

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