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
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
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)