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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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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Visually impaired composer bags finals spot at ASOP songwriting contest

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2018

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 UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

“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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ASOP celebrates 6th milestone with a successful finale

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017


ASOP Year 6 Grand Finals interpreters with hosts Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda after the performance of the traditional opening song “Enrich The Spirit”. (Aaron Ricafrente / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — This year, Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Inc.’s  songwriting competition,  A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival finals ended on a grand note after a new set of worship anthems filled the hearts of the crowd with uplifting heavenly music Monday night at the Big Dome. The grand finale drew thousands of ASOP fans of all ages.

It started out with this year’s interpreters’ adrenaline-pumping musical number of “Enrich The Spirit” accompanied by the tight harmony of ASOP chorale. The spirit of praise and worship was felt in the power production number.

The gospel fest named ASOP interpreter-turned-composer, Carlo David’s original praise song entitled “Dahil Sa Iyo” as the “Song of the Year”.

RnB King, Jay-R effortlessly delivered a smooth rendition of “Dahil Sa Iyo,” earning himself the Best Interpreter Award for his performance.

While many of the songs in this year’s line-up are emotional ballads, “Dahil Sa Iyo” is on the upbeat side.

The meaningful and inspiring worship anthem’s most memorable lyrics include: “Dahil Sa Iyo/ Ama, natuto akong mabuhay ng may pagmamahal/ At ang pagsunod sa Iyong salita ang siyang gabay/ Dahil sa Iyo namulat ako/ Sang-ayon sa ‘Yong paghahangad/ Ngayo’y buo, ako ay buo/ Dahil sa Iyo.”

Based on his real life story of finding completion and meaning in life after discovering God, the song inspires gratitude and sets out to send happy vibes through praise and worship.

A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 6 Grand Champion “Dahil Sa Iyo” composer Carlo David and interpreter Jay-R perform the Song of the Year after recieving the award.(Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

Grateful and overwhelmed, Carlo thanked ASOP for the opportunity to showcase his songwriting skills.

“I’ve already joined a lot of big competitions but ASOP is totally different because there is a purpose. I believe that through God’s grace, I was able to write ‘Dahil Sa Iyo’. The last line gives a gist of the song: I’m complete because of You’ and only Him, not because of my beautiful wife and family. Thank you ASOP for the opportunity,” said Carlo in an interview.

“It’s not the money. I have been playing music. I will continue,” he said.

WATCH: “Dahil Sa’Yo” hailed as ASOP’s Song of the Year

Here is the full list of winners:

Song of the Year: “Dahil Sa Iyo”
Composer: Carlo David
Interpreter: Jay R
Cash Prize: Php 500,000

1st Runner-up: “You’re All I Need”
Composers: Jessan May Mirador
Interpreter: Kris Angelica
Cash Prize: Php 250,000

2nd Runner-up: “Ikaw Ang Aking Dios”
Composer: Lorna Petrasanta
Interpreter: Liezel Garcia
Cash Prize: Php 150,000

3rd Runner-up: “Hallelujah To The One”
Composer: Zion Aquino
Interpreter: Gail Blanco
Cash prize: Php 100,000

Best Interpreter: Jay R
Cash prize: Php 50,000

People’s Choice: Carry On
Composers: Nonie Ramos, PA Atienza and Nino Cristobal
Interpreter: Sam Mangubat
Cash prize: Php 50,000

Non-winning entries each received Php 20,000.

Apart from setting the stage for the 12 powerhouse songs of praise, the gospel fest also led the audience down memory lane revisiting the best praise songs for the past years, bringing back the familiar gospel feels in a medley performed by today’s talented performers: Bugoy Drilon, Mela, Gidget Dela Llana, Leah Patricio, Tim Pavino, Jason Dy, Marielle Montellano, Jex De Castro with Carlo David.

(L-R) The intense production number of last year’s ASOP People Choice entries stirred everyone at the Big Dome as Marielle Montellano, Jex de Castro, Tim Pavino, Leah Patricio, and Jason Dy lend their beautiful voices to make the delightful event more memorable. (Charlie Minon / Photoville International)

The event also paid tribute to the late singer-actress Isabel Granada, who had been a guest judge at the songwriting tilt.

Renowned hitmaker and resident judge Mon Del Rosario said that ASOP is evolving out of the traditional gospel music. According the highly regarded physician-composer and music producer, the sixth edition of ASOP is a drama-inducing album that features genres of RNB, jazz, pop rock, power ballad and EDM.

Moreover, he said that ASOP always gives him hope over all the problems of the music industry.

“I think that more than any other project in the praise music genre, ASOP stands out. If you think of praise music in the Philippines, it’s impossible not to think of ASOP,” Del Rosario said.

WATCH: First time ASOP judges express amazement 

In his speech, BMPI Inc. CEO and President, Kuya Daniel Razon took the opportunity to thank all those who have been a part of the program: The songwriters who took part in the year-round competition for sharing their passion and music, the judges who critiqued song entries and advised composers and the audience who participated and applauded, the production for their hard work and most of all to the Almighty, the one who deserves all of our praises.

With regard to ASOP winning at the 31st PMPC Star Awards for TV as the Best Talent Search Program, the chairman said that all glory belongs to God.

Part of Bro. Eli Soriano’s inspiring message for the night echoed the show’s aspiration to awaken the minds and hearts of the people through gospel music.

“My dream for ASOP is to be an international competition,” he said as he encourages everyone to compose songs with themes of unexplored angles about praise and worship, including thanking the Almighty for having parents who are of God.

In the culminating event, Bro. Eli also thanked Members of Church of God International (MCGI) for overwhelming support to the program.

As the year closes, ASOP continues its search for the best worship songs dedicated all for the glory of God. — Yssa Jalmasco | UNTV New Media

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