Compositions and overall-production amaze first-time ASOP judges, performers

admin   •   November 16, 2017   •   6221

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)

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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)

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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

Wish 107.5 celebrates 7th year with music and 7 ‘Gifts of Love’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — In its seventh year, Wish highlighted seven different charitable acts benefiting the underprivileged across the country to make the celebration more meaningful.

These charities included a seven-day food caravan to 100 children with disabilities in Cavite; the installation of free potable water supply for a community in Barangay Vinapor, Agusan Del Norte; installation of 30 solar lamps for the Dumagat Tribe of Sitio Tala in Tanay, Rizal; and distribution of free grocery items to 740 indigents nationwide.

The station also granted a food cart business to three deserving breadwinners from the National Capital Region;  donated printers and paper supplies to five schools in Bicol, Rizal, and Quezon for the printing of modules; and the construction of a new home for a single parent in Mauban, Quezon who has never had a permanent shelter for four years.

Hindi nga po ako makapaniwala na bahay namin ito. Sabi ko, sa mga apo ko, masayang masaya ako. At least, kapag nabagyo, ang mga anak ko hindi na kailangan pang lumikas. Dito na lang sa akin pupunta,” said beneficiary Yolanda Garcia.

(Translation: I still can’t believe that this house is ours. I told my grandchildren how happy I am. At least, during typhoons, my children won’t need to evacuate. They can just stay with me.)

Sunday’s anniversary was the second time Wish 107.5 held a virtual anniversary concert that featured OPM artists to give back and entertain their fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPM stars who graced the occasion included Asia’s phoenix, Morissette Amon; singer-songwriter Moira dela Torre; indie-pop duo, Leanne and Naara; alternative rock and pop band Magnus Haven; R&B band Soul Republiq; and solo performances from Arthur Nery, Janine Teñoso and Zild.

“I will always be grateful to my Wish family for continuing to believe in me and for allowing me to share my music on their platform since the beginning. Because of a lot of my Wishclusives, I was able to get recognition from all over the world and that has opened up so many opportunities not just for me but for so many OPM artists as well,” Morissette said as she recalled how Wish 107.5 played a role in her career.

“I will always be proud to have grown with the station and witness its early years to what it is now,” she added.

The innovator and the man behind Wish 107.5, Kuya Daniel Razon, said the station hopes to continue to be of service to our fellow men through music and acts of charity, with the help and mercy of God.

“We at Wish 107.5 will continue to spend our God-given time as wisely as we can, sa tulong po at sa awa ng Panginoon (with God’s help and mercy),” he said.

“We will continue to grab every opportunity to share the amazing talent of our Filipino artists all over the world and to spread love and compassion to everyone. And in the coming years, we will continue to be of service to Filipino artists and our fellowmen in need. It’s because we believe in good music, hopeful wishes and more importantly good works are worth spending time on,” Razon said.

ASOP songwriting festival goes international

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Singers, songwriters from across the globe now has a stage to showcase their masterpiece as A Song of Praise (ASOP) goes international.

The new season of ASOP welcomes amateur or professional songwriters from around the world to write songs of praises for God.

Interested contestants may submit their songs in any language, provided there will be an English translation. The written songs should be unpublished or have not yet been performed or distributed in any platform. Contestants should also submit an MP4 format of their song.

Opening ASOP Music Festival to the international scene was a long-time vision of Bro. Eli Soriano, the man behind the songwriting competition.

During the opening of ASOP International on Sunday (June 6), Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon said that the launch of the new season is very timely in the face of a pandemic.

“Sa paraan na ito, I guess ay maipararating natin ngayon sa ating mga kapwa tao na dumaranas—hindi lamang sa Pilipinas kundi maging sa buong mundo—ng ating kasalukuyang panahon ng pandemya, na sa pamamagitan ng ASOP International maibsan ang mga depression, anxiety maipakilala ang pagtitiwala sa Panginoon. Maiparating na mayroong Dios at sa bawat awit nakakakita tayo ng nagre-recognize ng kabutihan ng Dios,” he said.

(Through this, I guess we can bring [the songs] to those experiencing—not just in the Philippines, but to the rest of the world—challenges in this pandemic. That through ASOP International it would alleviate their depression, anxiety and teach them to trust in the Lord. Let them know there is a God and that His goodness will be recognized through the songs.) AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

6th Wish Music Awards pioneers a groundbreaking new normal for PH music industry

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s top FM station Wish 107.5 staged another milestone in the Philippine music industry with a concert inside not just any venue but at the Big Dome on Sunday (January 17).

The radio station of the famed Wish Bus, once again proved that it is truly “breaking boundaries”, that despite the pandemic it was able to pull off a grand concert for a cause and gathered some of the top Filipino artists at the 6th Wish Music Awards hosted by celebrity-athlete Gretchen Ho and “Asia’s Romantic Balladeer,” Christian Bautista. 

“It’s so nice to see people get a chance again to perform for their fans live, to just have a feel of the stage again,” said Ho.

Attendees underwent swab testing, while health protocols and proper sanitation procedures were strictly observed.

Each of the hosts and performing artists was given a microphone for their exclusive use throughout the event.

For the RT-PCR and antigen tests, Wish 107.5 partnered with Maxicare Health Corporation.

Only attendees with negative results were allowed to enter the venue.

The entire Big Dome also underwent massive disinfection for the safety of the attendees.

All productions and technical crew were required to use face masks and face shield throughout the event and floor markings were placed to guide them of the proper social distance.

The event at the Big Dome was not opened to the public, but fans and supporters were still able to enjoy the show as it was streamed live through Wish 107.5’s official YouTube channel.

Viewers on Sunday night reached to over 40,000 and the event hashtag #WishMusicAwards trended on Twitter with almost 200,000 tweets.

This year, the station gave two prestigious awards to individuals who made major contributions to the Philippine music industry, starting off with OPM legend and renowned lyricist, Rey Valera and Journey frontman and singer-philanthropist, Arnel Pineda.

“It is an honor to be bestowed this prestigious award; the prize money you’re going to give to us will definitely make a difference to the lives of our beneficiaries,” Pineda said, receiving the KDR Icon of Music and Philanthropy award.

“Salamat sa Kuya Daniel. Natutuwa ako puro kabataan ang nakikita ko. Nakikita ko ang kinabukasan ng OPM. Napakinggan ko ang mga lyrics nila. Importante sa akin iyon. Gusto kong mangyari kung ano ang mangyayari bukas,” Valera said receiving the KDR Icon of Musical Excellence award.

Winners in this year’s Wish Music Awards received P25,000 each while their chosen charities received P100, 000 each.

Among the highlights at Sunday’s event was the debut performance at the Wish Awards of OPM royalty, ‘Parokya ni Edgar’ and the award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian.

Wish 107.5’s creator and innovator Kuya Daniel Razon, who on Sunday graced the event inside the Wish Bus, expressed his gratitude to all OPM artists for keeping their music alive to heal, to inspire and to give hope in the face of a pandemic. 

“I wish to tell all of you, that your endeavors are very much appreciated,” noted Kuya Daniel, President and CEO of BMPI-UNTV which manages Wish 107.5.

“Ang inyong mga awitin at musika ay nanatili para patuloy na umaliw, patuloy na dumamay, sa bawat lumbay, sa bawat pangamba at sa bawat takot. Mayroon pong mga titik, mayroong tinig at tunog na palaging nagbibigay buhay at kahulugan sa mga damdaming ito. I would like to thank you all for being our hidden heroes during this difficult time,” he added.

Kuya Daniel vows to continue helping more Filipino artists by providing an avenue for the promotion of their music and an opportunity to spread goodwill through Wish 107.5. MNP (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

READ: 6th Wish 107.5 Music Awards: Complete List of Winners

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