ASOP Year 4 grand winner named

admin   •   October 14, 2015   •   11082

Song of the Year: Kung Pag-ibig Mo'y Ulan. Composed by Christian Malinias and interpreted by Leah Patricio (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

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)

(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)

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)

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)


(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 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)

Bro. Eli Soriano, over-all servant of Members Church of God International (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

New challenge for composers participating in ASOP Music Festival Year 9

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 12, 2019

After the recently concluded ASOP Year 8 on November 10, there is a new challenge for composers who want to participate in the A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 9.

The song ‘Sa ‘Di Mabilang Na Tala’, written by Carlo David and interpreted by Gidget Dela Llana, was hailed as the ASOP Year 8 winner.

For the upcoming ASOP Festivals, International Televangelist and the man behind the concept of ASOP, Bro. Eli Soriano calls on composers to write a song that can be sung by the whole Christian community.

“Let us create songs na hindi para lang sana sa individual singers, parang sa group singing, para bang congregational song (Let us create song that are not just for individual singers but also for group singing, like a congregational song),” he said.

He also prepared to increase the grand prize for the next ASOP Festivals.

“I will share some of my hard-earned money. Kung mayroon sanang magandang awit na pang congregational, I will come up with P2 million grand prize sa susunod nating mga ASOP (If there is a good congregational song, I will come up with P2 million grand prize for the next ASOP [Festivals]),” he added.

Meanwhile, ASOP resident judge Mon Del Rosario said the new concept for the upcoming ASOP competition is challenging and exciting at the same time.

“That is a good direction, dahil nga competition ito, may tendency ang mga songwriter na sumulat ng mga competition type na mga kanta (Because this is a competition, there is a tendency for songwriters to write competition-type songs),” Del Rosario said.

Del Rosario said they will adjust the mechanics of the competition to fit congregational songs in the ASOP Music Festival.

To participate in the ASOP Festival visit the program’s social media websites and asoptv.com—AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

ASOP Year 8 composers go beyond competition

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2019

A Song of Praise Year 8 finalists with their interpreters at a press conference

A Song of Praise Year 8 will have its finals night on November 10 at the New Frontier Theater.

Competitions have always been tough. Contestants would always feel intense pressure especially after putting in a lot of time and effort in being the best they can be.

But for ASOP’s composer finalists, winning is only a bonus.

Pau Ortiz, who co-wrote “Alay Ko” with Madonna Rosas, said he feels no pressure from the competition. Pau would even listen happily to all of the entries and was able to memorize some of them.

“Kasi po naniniwala po kami na ang star po ng competition ay si God, bonus na lang po talaga in case na magkaroon ka ng praise or manalo ka sa competition (Because we believe that the star of the competition is God. Recognition from winning the competition is just a bonus),Pau said during a press conference on Tuesday (November 5).

Most of the finalists took their inspiration from personal experiences and the vision of having their song become a source of hope for those who are struggling in life.

“We wrote this song for the reason that maraming taong nawawalan ng pag-asa, nakakalimutang magpasalamat sa Dios (A lot of people are losing hope and forget to thank God). It’s all about—whatever comes our way, it is His will. We should always be thankful to God everyday,” according to Roman Cundangan, co-composer of “God Has His Purpose”.

“Sagwan” composer, Aiza Narag said suicide is one of the serious issues nowadays and she wants to remind people they are not alone.

“Para lang po mapaalala sa mga tao na mayroon pong Dios na kasama tayo sa mga pagsubok, (So that people will remember that there is a God who is always with us during trying times),” she said.

Rinz Ruiz, composer of song “Tahan Na”, recalled his friend who was the inspiration for his song. His friend suffered severe depression after his mother died, he suffered from a grave illness and he lost the will work.

“Sinulat ko po itong kanta para subukang pagaangin iyong nararamdaman niya, (I wrote the song in order to try and ease his burden)” he said.

The composers also said there is no need to write more sad songs. Amid the competition, all of them are united towards one goal — to provide hope and positive vibes through their songs.

“Bakit pa tayo magsusulat ng something na magdi-drive sa tao na magpakamatay (Why would we write something that will drive people to take their lives?). Instead, inspire them tapos use God kasi Siya lang naman ang absolute na answer (Inspire them instead by using God because He is the absolute answer) every time we are going through obstacles,” Pau said.—AAC

Reminisce over ASOP’s Best Songs of Praise

UNTV News   •   October 16, 2019

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.

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