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/.
Former UNTV Cup Season 5 champion PNP Responders must win against the multi-season finalist Malacañang-PSC Kamao on Sunday (October 20) at Pasig City Sports Center to keep their bid for the next round in the league of public servants.
As a winless team in Group B, the Responders share the bottom two spot with the GSIS Furies.
After the first-round elimination, only the top four from each group will advance to the next round. The lowest two teams in each bracket will go on vacation early.
Tough as it may seem, they cannot afford to lose their three remaining games. But what they will be facing are the unbeaten Malacañang-PSC which flashes solid offense and defense prowess in all of its 3 games, the GSIS Furies and the reinforced two-time champion Judiciary Magis.
The Responders will basically still rely on Ollan Omiping, Anton Tolentino with the support from Richard Villanueva and rookie Mariano Flormata Jr.
While the Raffy Gonzales-coached Malacañang-PSC Kamao will be led by Eric dela Cuesta, the Javier brothers, Visnu and Narayan, Myk Jimenez, Ian Garrido with solid supporting cast: Joseph Besa, Michael Ignario and rookies Joseph Roque, Jeff Punzalan.
The PNP- Malacañang-PSC bout will take place at 5:00 pm, Sunday.
An explosive 2nd game is also expected as the multi-season champion AFP Cavaliers will take on the revitalized Department of Agriculture Food Masters.
At the helm of the Food Masters team is PBA Legend Rodney Santos who takes pride of hard-fought victories in their first two encounters against PITC Global Traders and Ombudsman Graft Busters.
In the other games, rookie team SSS Kabalikat will take on sophomore UNTV Cup team PITC Global Traders at 2pm.
SSS Kabalikat, being win-less also, need to win all their remaining games to prevent early eviction.
UNTV Cup can be seen live at Pasig City Sports Center for free or via Facebook and YouTube accounts and of course via UNTV channel and UNTV website.
GROUP A AFP Cavaliers 3-0 Agriculture Food Masters 2-0 Ombudsman Graftbusters 1-2 PITC Global Traders 1-2 PhilHealth Plus 1-2 SSS Kabalikat 0-2
GROUP B Malacañan PSC Kamao 3-0 DENR Warriors 2-0 NHA Builders 2-1 Judiciary Magis 1-2 GSIS Furies 0-3 PNP Responders 0-2
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.
The winless teams, PhilHealth Plus and GSIS Furies must defeat their opponents this coming Sunday as they are on the verge of early elimination being on the bottom two in their respective groups.
In the first game of the triple-header, GSIS Furies would have to breach the tough defense of Malacanang-PSC Kamao head-on.
It’s going to be a big task for the Rene Banzali and Roger Yap-led team to even demoralize their opponent because Coach Raffy Gonzales’ Kamao team has the perfect winning momentum; on the other hand they will come from two-straight sorry loses.
The battle between the President’s men and the government-worker insurers is slated at 2 pm at Pasig City Sports Center.
In the other game, PhilHealth Plus must triumph against the Ombudsman Graft Busters led by its big man tandem of Bernzon Franco and Samuel Ignacio and the reinforcement playing coach of Edsel del Rosario.
The Health Insurers and “Tanod Bayan” face off is scheduled at 3:30 in the afternoon.
And in the main card of UNTV Cup Sunday games, Judiciary Magis and NHA Builders are eager to get the win that will decide their ranking in Group B with both having a 1-1 record.
Judiciary comes from a victorious game against GSIS last September 29.
Coach Joey Yabut said, “Sabi ko sa mga players, kailangan nating manalo kasi kapag nadalawang sunod tayo, mahirap na tayo bumawi kasi tatlong malalakas pa yung kalaban natin.”
NHA Builders Coach Benett Palad says, “Kailangan naming manalo doon para pumasok kami sa taas … yung team ko kasi ngayon nagkakaroon na ng camaraderie at teamwork so mas gumaganda yung takbuhan. Konting konti na lang ang i-aadjust ko na mali nila.” — Bernard Dadis
Aside from NHA, the Magis is slated to face DENR and PNP.
While the NHA Builders are determined to bounce back from a disheartening loss from Malacanang-PSC Kamao two-weeks ago.
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