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)
Over the years, A Song of Praise Music Festival —the country’s first and only praise songwriting tilt on Philippine television — has stirred us back to the heart of worship and closer to God with uplifting music.
Let’s take a look back at the best songs of praise from ASOP.
ASOP Year 1: PURIHIN MO ANG DIOS, O PILIPINAS
“Purihin mo ang Dios, O Pilipinas Isigaw Mo ang kadakilaan ng pangalan Niya Bawat Pilipino’y magsama-sama Anomang wika o kulay…”
Sung by power ballad diva, Gail Blanco, “Purihin Mo Ang Dios, O Pilipinas” (Praise God, Oh Philippines), by Anton Estrella Jr., is a stirring gospel track giving the Almighty all the praise, honor, and glory.
The song talks about the Philippines as the pearl of the Orient Seas and a blessed nation with its diverse language landscape and colorful mix of cultures.
ASOP Year 2: IKAW
Ang alay Mo’y patawad ‘Di man ako karapat-dapat Ikaw ang Kaibigan kong tapat
Power belter Jona belts our her heartfelt praises in “Ikaw” (You). Penned by professional songwriter Boy Christopher Ramos, the song is another powerful worship anthem that delves deeper into God’s faithfulness and everlasting love as our true and eternal friend.
ASOP Year 3: MAY AWA ANG DIOS
“Sa t’wing tila ‘di na makakayanan Pagsubok na aking pinagdadaanan Ang tanging pag-asang pinanghahawakan May awa ang Dios.”
“May Awa ang Dios” (God Has Mercy), a worship anthem written by Louise Lyle Robles, is an exceptionally dramatic song that uplifts a heavy heart from pain and suffering.
With her clear and delicate vocals, belter Beverly Caimen sings about trusting God’s mercy amid storms in our lives.
ASOP Year 4: KUNG PAG-IBIG MO’Y ULAN
“Ibinuhos Mo ang pag-ibig Mo At nilunod Mo’ng bawat kirot sa aking puso Ang pag-ibig Mo’y parang ulan“
A poetic gospel track, “Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan” (If Your Love were Rain) by Christian Malinias, emotionally portrays God’s great love as a pouring rain.
As power belter Leah Patricio sings, “Ibinuhos Mo ang pag-ibig Mo at nilunod Mo’ng bawat kirot sa aking puso,” words of peace and comfort rest gently upon our troubled hearts.
ASOP Year 5: KUMAPIT KA LANG
“Huwag kang hihinto, ituloy ang takbo Huwag kang mapagod Tayo ay maglalakbay sa daan ng buhay Kasama ang Dios na lumalang.”
An upbeat slice from this list, “Kumapit Ka Lang” (Just Hold On), by Noemi Ocio, is a gospel pop track about keeping our faith in God during hard times.
Lady belter Mela in this motivational piece inspires every person to keep going when they’re on the brink giving up.
ASOP Year 6: DAHIL SA IYO
“Sa mga oras na sarili ang kalaban Pag-ibig Mo O Dios ang tangi kong sandalan Handa akong ipagsigawan ang ‘Yong Ngalan.”
Performed by RnB royalty, Jay-R, “Dahil Sa Iyo” (Because of You), sets out to send happy vibes with its meaningful lyrics of becoming complete in God.
More than just being an ASOP interpreter, OPM artist Carlo David showcased his songwriting skills with the EDM-laced RnB gospel track.
ASOP Year 7: TUGTOG
“Sa araw-araw ko Ikaw ang musika Na nagpapaindak sa aking puso at Nagbibigay sa akin ng sigla O Panginoon ko, Ikaw ang akin ligaya.”
A song that stirred the music in our hearts, Tugtog (Music) was written by visually-impaired songwriter John Paul Salazar.
Performed by OPM trio Bradz, the worship hymn uses contemporary sound and rich imagery to describe God as the metaphorical music that stirs our heart and enliven our soul.
Last August 25 (Sunday), A Song of Praise Music Festival named its newest grand finalist for Year 8.
With her worship anthem titled “Sagwan” (Paddle), 31-year old school registrar Aiza Narag secured a spot at the eighth edition of one-of-a-kind music revelry celebrating praise music.
Sung by rising belter Louie Anne Culala of The Wishfuls, the praise song paints a picture of a long journey at the heart of the sea while huge waves and fierce winds roar, encouraging us to trust God to be able to make it to the shores of hope.
This year’s grand finals’ entries comprise of the following:
NOVEMBER: “O Ama” by Jhoter Jone Villan
DECEMBER: “Alay Ko” by Maddonna Rosas and Pau Ortiz
JANUARY: “Ikaw ay Ikaw” by Vanduane Badua
FEBRUARY: “Don’t Give Up” by Cherry Labating
MARCH: “Dios ng Katotohanan” by Darrel Joseph Villanueva
APRIL: “Pupurihin Kita” by Chris Givenchi Edejer
MAY: “Libo-libong Tala” by Carlo David
JUNE: “You are Wonderful” by Franz Loren Bigcas
JULY: “God Has His Purpose” by Lambert Reyes Jr. and Roman Cundangan
AUGUST: “Sagwan: by Aiza Narag
Two more tracks are set to complete the list of this year’s best praise songs.
Last year, visually-impaired songwriter John Paul Salazar bagged the Song of the Year title with P500,000 cash prize tax-free.
Performed by OPM trio Bradz, his masterpiece titled “Tugtog”, is an upbeat gospel track about music as the sound of a praiseful heart for God.
“‘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.
A first from last year, ASOP launched its Bro. Eli Soriano’s Choice with “Hiling” as the winning song written by Jeffrey Lim, also by a visually-impaired aspiring songwriter.
Conceptualized by Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon and Filipino televangelist Bro. Eli Soriano, ASOP is set to upgrade its prizes for each year.
As another year-long singing of praises to the Almighty comes to a close, the grand winner will take home P800,000 while the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, will get P500,000, P200,000, and P100,000 cash prizes, respectively.
Over the years, amateur and professional songwriters have ventured into the heart of crafting songs for the Almighty.
True to its advocacy of bringing back praise music in people’s lives, the first and only praise songwriting tilt on Philippine television continues to inspire talents and celebrate gospel music dedicated all for the glory of God.
Apart from celebrating inspiring talents, ASOP is also set to stage top-notch OPM acts.
Watch out for the grand finals of ASOP Year 8 in November.
For more information about ASOP Music Festival, visit its official website at https://www.asoptv.com. You can follow ASOP on Facebook via facebook.com/asoptv, Twitter at twitter.com/asoptv and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/asoptv/.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A rare bonding moment, the best program, a very good project.
This was how veteran composers described Wish FM’s reality talent search, Wishcovery, during the finals night on Tuesday (February 27) at the Araneta Coliseum.
“Itong programa na ito ang pinaka the best kasi ito ay naglalayon (na ang) mga composer magkasama-sama na hindi naman usually nagagawa ng ibang programa, ng ibang projects. Pero ito, napakaganda ng proyektong ito,” expressed Boy Christopher Ramos.
“Itong project ni Kuya Daniel (ay) napakaganda kasi iyong bonding naming mga songwriters actually I don’t treat it as a competition,” said veteran composer Vehnee Saturno.
“I really truly enjoy my time with the other songwriters singing all their hits and getting to know that they were the ones who wrote the songs,” US-based Odette Quesada, one of the most prolific songwriters of her generation, said.
The hitmakers hyped the crowd up when they rendered their respective masterpieces in a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration that literally turned the Big Dome into a huge jukebox.
It was like ‘a trip down memory lane’ when Odette Quesada sang her legacy song ‘Friend of Mine’ then crooner Rannie Raymundo with his 90’s hit song ‘Why Can’t It Be’ and Vehnee Saturno with his pop R&B crossover hit ‘Sana Kahit Minsan’.
Millennials then joined the jamming jamboree as song masters Moy Ortiz, Top Suzara, Noel Cabangon, Boy Christopher Dizon, and Jungee Marcelo belted out their compositions ‘Pakisabi na Lang’, ‘Before I Let You Go’, ‘Kanlungan’, ‘Bawal na Gamot’ and ‘Ako na Lang’, respectively.
They themselves were overwhelmed by their own performances and how the audience of mixed generations responded.
“It’s wonderful. Natutuwa ako dahil I wrote ‘Pakisabi na Lang’ in 1994 so that makes it 25 years and not all songs have the blessing of long legs, of longevity. When you (are) here (at) Araneta Coliseum singing a 25-year-old song and it was not forced, a good song does not have an expiration date ” said The Company’s Moy Ortiz.
“Humbly I would like to say, that’s a fact. If it’s a good song, it will outlast us especially if the situation is never over generationally,” said Moy’s best friend and fellow songwriter Top Suzara.
“Bawa’t generation may nasasaktan. Bawa’t generation mayroong minamahal pero hindi niya alam. Universal kasi iyong sitwasyon and the situation gets passed along generation to generation. It doesn’t matter what age you are,” he added.
“Actually, I was kind of afraid because bawa’t isa sumi-sing-along, tumitili. (Then) inilagay pa ako sa huli kasi they want to end up na masaya,” said producer-songwriter Jungee Marcelo of the audience’s reactions when he performed his part of the collaboration.
“First line ko ay may nag- react (then) pagdating sa chorus, kumakanta ako, kumanta sila. (I said) okay, I guess it can be considered a hit,” he added.
The composer-coaches admitted that despite the fact that they were technically into a competition, they all agreed over the common goal of honing new breed of talents who would pass on the prestige of OPM to future generations.
“It’s always a pleasure. It’s an honor to be singing our songs to the public, for the audience. Again, thank you Wish for the adventure. It’s really a very good project, (a) very good platform,” said pop singer and composer Noel Cabangon.
Wish 107.5’s innovator and the man behind Wishcovery, Daniel Razon, said this season’s concept was established not only to discover new talents but also to honor the songwriters who, for the longest time, usually stay hidden from the limelight.
“There are so many top hitmakers but are not really recognized doon sa song mismo nila kasi parang mas nare-recognize iyong mga singers,” he said.
“Tonight, we pay tribute to both the singer and the songwriters. Palakpakan naman po natin sila. Salamat po sa musika ninyo. Salamat po sa pamana ninyo sa aming kabataan,” he added.
Kuya Daniel said the hitmakers committed to collaborate with Wish 107.5 in producing more exciting projects in the future that Wish fanatics can look forward to.
“It’s overwhelming. Maraming salamat sa pagparito ninyo sa Araneta (at) kailangan ibigay natin ang lahat ng karangalan doon sa nasa itaas, salamat sa Panginoon,” he said.
“Kanina po noong kumakanta iyong mga composers natin. sabi ko may kasunod na tayo. I really am so proud to be a Filipino. To be watching you perform here. Ang galing,” the veteran broadcast journalist concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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