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ASOP 2012 commemorative album, tinanghal na “Inspirational Album of the Year” sa 5th PMPC Star Awards for Music

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 01:06 PM

Ang A Song of Praise Music Festival 2012 commemorative album na itinanghal ng Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Music bilang Inspirational Album of the Year. (RAYMOND BALA LACSA / Photoville International)

Ang A Song of Praise Music Festival 2012 commemorative album na itinanghal ng Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Music bilang Inspirational Album of the Year. (RAYMOND BALA LACSA / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Ginawaran bilang “Inspirational Album of the Year” ng Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Music ang ASOP 2012 commemorative album.

Ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na naglagay ang naturang award giving body ng ganitong kategorya.

Tinanggap naman ang naturang parangal ng host ng ASOP na si Richard Reynoso.

“This would serve as an inspiration para dun sa ating mga adhikain na pagpapalaganap ng Original Pilipino Praise Music o OPPM ‘ika nga.  Dahil si Kuya Daniel ang nakapag-isip at nakapag conceptualized ng A Song of Praise Music Festival, thus nagkaroon tayo ng CD at yan naman ay itinulak o ipinush ni Brother Eli Soriano, maraming maraming salamat po,” masayang pahayag ni Richard. (Adjes Carreon / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 12 November 2018 03:57 PM

 

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

 

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Visually impaired composer bags finals spot at ASOP songwriting contest

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 1 October 2018 06:44 PM

Aspiring songwriter John Paul Salazar speaks at the September second weekly elimination in A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 | PVI/Jayjay Galamay

A Song of Praise Music Festival on Sunday (September 30) named John Paul Salazar as the 11th grand finalist for this year’s grand finale.

His victory proves that passion knows no bounds as the 24-year old musician from Valenzuela suffers from blurry vision due to stage 3 glaucoma.

Salazar’s original worship hymn entitled “Tugtog”, bested Lucky Sorreda’s “Sa ‘Yo Ako’y Panatag” and Arthur John Estrada’s “Sa’Yo Lamang Panginoon”.

 

OPM trio Bradz as they interpret John Paul Salazar’s originally-penned gospel track “Tugtog” in A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7| PVI/Jayjay Galamay

The smooth vocal harmonies of  OPM trio Bradz, complemented out “Tugtog’s” contemporary sound and rich imagery that won the hearts of judges.

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

“Nai-in love ako sa mga nangyayari lalo na habang tinutugtog yung gawa kong kanta; natutuwa ako. Napakalaking bagay para sakin ito kasi maitatago ko ito habang buhay at puwede ko ‘tong balikan kung sakaling lumuluma na siya,” said Salazar. — Yssa Jalmasco

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“Dahil Sa Iyo” hailed as ASOP Year 6’s “Song of the Year”

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:10 AM

“Dahil Sa Iyo” composer Carlo David savoring the moment after the Song of the Year or Grand Champion title was awarded to him by ASOP co-founder Kuya Daniel Razon and Atty. Marivic Benedicto, president of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry Incorporated (PARI). Celebrating with him is Jay R, the interpreter of his composition. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — “Dahil Sa Iyo” composed by ASOP Year 5 interpreter Carlo David was hailed the “Song of the Year” at ASOP grand finals night held at the Araneta Coliseum.

 “I wasn’t expecting it. I really wasn’t expecting it. I was okay with just being on the album and being in the top 12. But this is really, really a blessing to me, to my life, by the Lord and I will forever treasure this. Thank you, Lord,” said the grand champion.

“This is a song with a purpose. I hope it reaches the youth that at an early age, accept the Lord in your hearts. He is all you need,” said Carlo.

The grand champion took home half a million pesos. The song interpreter, Philippines’ King of R&B Jay R, also got the best interpreter award.

My faith in the Lord is much stronger now especially because this is my first recorded praise song,” said Jay R.

“My relationship is strong with the Lord but today it just made it even stronger. It solidifies it even more because this is all for the Lord,” said the ASOP Year 6 best interpreter.

WATCH: First time ASOP judges express amazement 

Other entries who also won was the song “Carry On” composed by OFWs from America Nonie Ramos, PA Atienza, and Nino Cristobal and interpreted by Sam Mangubat was this year’s people’s choice.

Zion Aquino’s composition “Hallelujah To The One” sung by Gail Blanco was hailed third runner-up with a cash prize of P100,000.

Displaying bright smiles are ASOP Year 6 3rd Runner Up, “Hallelujah To The One” composer-and-interpreter tandem Mr. Zion Aquino and Ms. Gail Blanco. Beaming alongside them are Mr. Reynoso and Ms. Gayda, The Company’s Mr. Moy Ortiz, and the very supportive Dr. Daniel Razon. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

Second runner-up is the song “Ikaw Ang Aking Dios” by Lorna Petrasanta interpreted by Liezel Garcia who received P150,000.

Jessan May mirador’s “You’re All I Need” interpreted by Kris Angelica is this year’s first runner-up with a cash prize of P250,000.

WATCH: Thousands of ASOP fans attend the grand finals night 

Meanwhile, the men who conceptualized ASOP, BMPI-UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon and Brother Eli Soriano of Members Church of God International (MCGI) said that ASOP has become an instrument to strengthen the faith of those who join the competition.

Those who join ASOP have been mouthing ‘Thank You, Lord, Thank God’. That’s why I believe that through God’s help, ASOP has achieved its goal,” said Kuya Daniel Razon.

“I believe that ASOP can contribute to open the hearts and the minds of people that there really exists a Creator. There is someone who made everything who deserves all our praises, and who deserves all glory and honor,” said Bro. Eli Soriano, MCGI Overall Servant.

 The A Song of Praise Music Festival is the only praise songwriting competition in the country.

 Since 2011, hundreds of songs of praises in different genres have been produced. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

 

 

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