by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Song of the Year: Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan. Composed by Christian Malinias and interpreted by Leah Patricio (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
Yet another night of heavenly music was witnessed by a crowd of at least 8,000 at the Big Dome last night as A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival held its 4th Grand Finals.
Twelve original entries penned by amateur songwriters vied for grand prizes such as Song of the Year and People’s Choice award.
(Left to Right) ASOP Year 4 Grand Finals interpreter Ruth Regine Reyno for “DAKILA KA AMA”, Reymond Sajor for “DINGGIN MO, OH DIOS”, Leah Patricio for “KUNG PAG-IBIG MO’Y ULAN”, Ney Dimaculangan for “SABIK SA’YO”, Jojo Alejar for “SALAMAT PO, AMA”, Jeffrey Hidalgo for “ALABOK”, Philippe Go for “PAHINTULUTAN MO”, RJ Buena for “JESUS, I LOVE YOU”, Betong Sumaya for “IKAW NA LANG MAG-DRIVE NG BUHAY KO”, Nino Alejandro for “PAKAMAMAHALIN DIN KITA”, Sabrina for “MAHAL MO AKO” and Maki Ricafort for “WALANG HANGGAN”. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
Gracing the event were celebrated personalities in the local music scene which include Sitti Navarro, Lilet, Jonalyn Viray, Ima Castro, Marc Tupaz, Top Suzara, Kris Lawrence and the Side-A band. Each performed a track from the competition’s 1st and 2nd commemorative albums.
Also featured in the event were Bo Cerrudo, Daryl Ong, Mcoy Fundales, Beverly Caimen, Shanne Velasco and Rachel Alejandro who performed a medley of the tracks from the 3rd album.
It was also a reunion of previous ASOP Grand Finals interpreters like MCoy Fundales, Jonalyn Viray and Rachel Alejandro as they performed the medley of past grand finals. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
ASOP YEAR 4 GRAND FINALS WINNERS
Composer Christian Malinias bagged the grand title Song of The Year for his composition “Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan” which he wrote during a strong typhoon. Malinias received a plaque and Php 500,000 cash.
List of awardees:
1st Runner Up Pakakamahalin Din Kita Composed by Dennis Avenido
2nd Runner Up Jesus I Love You Composed by Timothy Joseph Cardona
3rd Runner Up Pahintulutan Mo Composed by Leonardo De Jesus III
People’s Choice Award Dakila Ka Ama Composed by Ella Mae Septimo
Best Music Video Sabik Sa’yo by Joseph Bolinas
Best Interpreter Leah Patricio
BMPI-UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon awarding Ms. Leah Patricio for being the best interpreter of the year. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
All non-winning entries received Php 20,000 consolation price.
This season’s participants were judged by acclaimed icons of the Philippine music industry, namely, Celeste Legaspi; The Dawn frontman, Jett Pangan; Lachmi Baviera of Warner Philippines; and award-winning composers, Mon del Rosario, Ryan Cayabyab and Jungee Marcelo.
(Left-Right) This year grand finals of A Song of Praise Music Festival was judged by Jett Pangan, Lachmi Baviera, Mon del Rosario, Ryan Cayabyab, Celeste Legaspi, and Jungee Marcelo. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
Part of Kuya Daniel Razon’s message for the night, “It is indeed a humbling feeling that in our own small ways para po makaabot sa ating mga kababayan. Alam natin na nakakapagturo rin tayo, one way or the other para po mabuksan ang kaisipan ng maraming tao, magkaroon ng pag-asam, ganun din sa mga manlilikha ng awit na may mas mataas na level ng paggawa at pag-compose ng awit, yun ay ang pagbibigay ng awit para sa lahat ng Pinanggalingan ng lahat ng mga bagay.”
(It is indeed a humbling feeling that in our own small ways, we are able to reach out to our fellowmen. We know that we are able to teach, one way or the other, to open the minds of the people, to have hope. The same with all composers of songs at the higher level of composing and that is singing songs of praises to the creator of everything.)
The man behind A Song of Praise Music Festival Kuya Daniel Razon having light moments with ASOP hosts Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda during the awarding of plaques. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
The festivity won’t be complete without words of wisdom from the Bible as delivered by Bro. Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan, “May nagagawa ang music kapag ito’y ipinagpupuri natin sa Panginoon. Nakakapagpabalik ito ng ating pananampalataya, it can strengthen our faith, it can give hope to us and other people as well.”
(“Music can do something especially if it is offered to the lord. It restores our faith, it can strengthen our faith, it can give hope to us and other people as well.”)
Bro. Eli Soriano, over-all servant of Members Church of God International (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
From left to right – Mr. Homer Flores (not in photo), Ms. Carla Martinez, Mr. Dingdong Avanzado, Dr. Mon del Rosario, Atty. Marivic Benedicto and The Company’s Mr. Moy Ortiz make up this year’s ASOP 6 Grand Finals’ judges. The difficult task of selecting this year’s best praise song is left in their capable hands. (Charlie Miñon / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — Five new judges scrutinized the 12 song entries at the grand finals of the A Song of Praise (ASOP) Year 6.
According to Atty. Marivic Benedicto, the president of the Phil. Association of the Record Industry Incorporated (PARI), she did not expect such a singing competition that gives praise to God. She noted that ASOP is a competition that is truly world class.
“Everything is beautiful. I was impressed because the songs composed were all beautiful. And the production was so good. Everybody was so organized. The orchestra is great and this is a topnotch production and I am really impressed by what you’ve done. Congratulations to everyone,” said Benedicto.
Musical director and composer Homer Flores said he considers ASOP as one of a kind because of the messages its song entries carry.
“I read the lyrics and these all good. It’s like my problems are all gone. The feeling that the songs are different,” said the musical director.
With enchanting voices and graceful choreography, ASOP Year 6 interpreters with bubbly hosts Mr. Richard Reynoso and Ms. Toni Rose Gayda, perform ASOP’s theme song for the past 6 years titled “Enrich the Spirit”. (Marjhon Obsioma / Photoville International)
Also among the judges were Moi Ortiz, record producer and member of the music group, The Company; actress and singer Carla Martinez, and TV host, composer and multi-platinum recording artist Dingdong Avanzado.
Although nervous, the guest performers and interpreters of the previous ASOP Music Festival were all proud to be able to sing again for God’s glory.
“I feel so blessed at the same time I feel so honored to perform again at ASOP Music Festival. It’s always a privilege for me to sing,” said Bugoy Drilon, a guest performer.
“The feeling here is different because of most of the time in our work, we always please other people to make the show successful. But this different, because we are doing this to glorify God,” said Jason Fernandez.
Setting the mood for tonight’s event to one that’s colorful and memorable, ASOP 6 interpreters exhibit their dancing talents while performing the lively opening number. (Webster Moldez / Photoville International)
“The nervousness is still there. The emotions I have before are still here. The joy, the excitement on stage. I am so thankful because they continue to patronize this song,” said Mela.
“My heart is full of joy because this night is full of praises for God,” said Leah Patricio.
Kuya Daniel Razon has once again implied the importance of singing praises to God.
“We have songs for the country, for our loved ones. But we do not give focus on dedicating songs to God. That’s why it’s to him that we should dedicate more songs because he has been the source of our voices,” said Kuya Daniel Razon. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
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.
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.
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.
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.
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – A Song of Praise (ASOP) Grand Finals is just a few days away.
The program’s resident judge, Doc Mon del Rosario said ASOP Year 6 grand finals will surely be exciting especially since the song entries level up every year.
“When I say ‘improving’, in terms of storytelling, the story is clear. And in terms of musicality, the structure is good. In terms of their rhyming schemes, exploring different genres, it becomes more aggressive. So I can say they are maturing,” Del Rosario said.
Doktor Musiko added he has witnessed how ASOP contributed in the country’s music industry in the past 6 years.
“Having worked with a lot of talented composers, a lot of very talented interpreters, I feel heartened. In fact, I feel very encouraged; my hopes get higher every year. If you think of praise music in the Philippines, it’s impossible to not think of ASOP. That’s ASOP contribution,” Del Rosario added.
To support your favorite song entry this year, just visit www.asoptv.com/poll and click vote.
You may also view its recording video uploaded on the ASOP TV YouTube channel.
50% of the score for the People’s Choice Award will come from the online votes while the remaining 50% will be from the power views.
Voting and power viewing will close on Nov. 13 at 12 noon.
Later in the evening will be the ASOP year 6 Grand Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue
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