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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

 

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 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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Bugoy to Wish FM’s Kuya Daniel: ‘Thank you for granting my greatest wish’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Bugoy Drilon in his sold-out first major solo concert, “Bugoy: One Day, One Decade” at the KIA Theater, September 25, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines OPM act Bugoy Drilon marked a decade of musical journey with his sold-out first major solo concert, “Bugoy: One Day, One Decade” at the KIA Theater last Tuesday, September 25.

Performing before a jam-packed house, the 28-year old recording artist showcased his versatility by rendering hits from various music genres — reggae, retro, ballad and pop.

 

Produced by Wish 107.5, with the support of its partners UNTV, Radyo La Verdad, Star Music, and Star Events, Drilon’s anniversary show impressed with a star-studded line-up of guest performers, including his music buddies, R&B crooners Daryl Ong and Michael Pangilinan, pop-rock superstar Yeng Constantino, soul supreme KZ Tandingan, The Voice runner-up and pop belter Klarisse De Guzman, Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 scholars Liezel Garcia, Cris Pastor, Hansen Nichols and Miguel Mendoza, Wishcovery’s grand champion Princess Sevillena and runners-up Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala, Carmela Ariola, and Ace Bartolome.

 

Bugoy Drilon performing with Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan

 

From his humble beginnings as a farmer and a maintenance worker to recording artist, Bugoy has come a long way with his passion for music.

As the singer walked down memory lane and revisited his music throughout the years, he expressed gratitude to Wish 107.5’s innovator Kuya Daniel Razon.

“Thank you for granting my greatest wish – to have my own solo concert. Thank you for this great opportunity to show my talent,” said Bugoy.

Above all, he said he is thankful to God for the gift of singing, a talent he can share with the world.

For Kuya Daniel, a staunch supporter of Original Pinoy Music (OPM), the show is part of Wish 1075’s commitment to be the Filipino talents’ gateway to the world.

The concert concluded with Bugoy’s power performance of Matisyahu’s “One Day”, a song he first performed as a Wishclusive rendition in the Wish Bus with over 80 million views on YouTube. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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