Davao singer-songwriter wins Wishcovery Originals

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2021   •   309

MANILA, Philippines— Davao singer-songwriter Peniel Roxas has been hailed as the grand champion of Wishcovery Originals for her original composition, ‘Poet’s Path’.

The Wish 107.5-produced singing-songwriting competition returned to the center stage after a year of pandemic-induced lockdowns to showcase the talent of Filipino songwriters and performers.

The 20-year-old alternative folk musician won the hearts of judges and listeners with her musical masterpiece during the final showdown on Sunday (November 7) at the LausGroup Event Centre in Pampanga.

Her grand finals entry, according to Roxas, is about her complicated relationship with songwriting.

“I have a bit of a complicated relationship with [writing]. As much as it helps me make sense of what I’m feeling, it’s still a bit hard, especially when [I] write something down and realize that there’s kind of a bittersweet feeling or anticlimactic feeling to it — Okay, now what? But at the end of the day, I would still turn to it. I would still turn to the poet’s path,” she said.

Roxas bested six other contenders from across the country. During the grand finals, their live performances comprised 80% of their final score while the remaining 20% came from the views on their Wishclusive videos during the power-viewing period from October 25 to November 5.

After winning at the grand finals, Roxas took home P1 million in cash, a P1 million-worth of recording contract under KDR Music House, a house and lot and a brand-new car.

Mei Teves of San Juan City was 1st runner-up and received P500,000 while Agusan del Sur-based acoustic band, White Caps, placed 2nd runner-up but still brought home a whopping P300,000.

The panel of judges was composed of Mayonnaise frontman Monty Macalino, multi-awarded composer Jungee Marcelo and the Philippines’ King of RnB JayR.

Meanwhile, Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) CEO and president, Daniel Razon believes that in the coming years, the Philippine music industry “will reap bountiful musical harvest” from the talent and hardwork of the contenders in the Wishcovery Originals

“With God’s help and mercy we’re finally here to celebrate artistry and raw talent of our grand finalists […] through the years we have become our local artists’ gateway to the world, a platform for both aspiring and legendary acts can perform inside the iconic Wish Bus and share their songs, their messages to the world. This is exactly what we want for our grand finalists to experience,” Razon said.

Sa pamamagitan ng Wishcovery Orginals, layon po namin na magtanim ng mga binhi ng magagaling na singer songwriters para sa kinabukasan ng OPM, (through Wishcovery Originals, it is our goal to cultivate talented singer-songwriters for the future of OPM),” he added. AAC

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)

Wish USA Special features global Filipino talents for month-long Independence Day celebration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 7, 2021

Wish USA has a lot in store for the month-long celebration of the Philippine Independence Day, featuring global Filipino talents.

During the celebration opening on Friday (June 4), Morgan Ashley also known as DJ Mo sang a heartwarming cover of “Til My Heartaches End” inside the Wish USA Bus.

DJ Mo said singing the song brought out a lot of emotions and that she is happy to have performed it.

“I’m very excited, I love bringing the whole Filipino culture to the next level. I feel honored that I am being a part of it,” she said.

Stay tuned for more Wishclusive performances as Wish USA celebrates Philippine Independence Day for the whole month of June.

Every Friday at 3:00 a.m., a Wishclusive performance will be featured on Wish USA YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, on June 10, singer-songwriter Raining Sorrow or RS will perform an original song.

American singer Noelle Lydyoff will also sing “With a Smile” by Eraserheads.

“There will be an end to this COVID. It’s not going to last forever. We will be back to normal sometime and that you can persevere through it. And as the song said, there will be people that can be alongside you and help you go through hard times like this,” she said. AAC (with reports from Sonny Cos)

Wish 107.5, Asian-American rappers celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Wish 107.5 and several Asian-American rappers banded together to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

A group of Asian-American rappers released a 15-track album called ‘Face Value’, an Asian-American history on record. The song contains tracks that depicts the history, and experiences of discrimination in previous years.

In a virtual conference hosted by Wish 107.5, Jason Chu said they are trying to put Asian-American history on record. He also said that it is also important that their music is also supported by their own community.

“I’m sure many of you are aware of how deeply impacted the global Asian Community has been by COVID-19 right this pandemic is attacking not only our bodies but our communities there have been so much racism and we didn’t want to just you know approach it. We wanted to dig in a little bit more right and we wanted to tell the history of our communities,” he said.

Among the composers is rapper Alan Z who wrote ‘Model Minority’ sung by Filipino-American singer-songwriter AJ Rafael. The song is about the violence experienced by a Filipino in New York City.

“It was really cool because it was my first time working with AJ on like a writing level and to hear him perform and executed the way like I had in my head with the melody it’s magical. That’s one of those kind of moments you’ll cherish knowing that you work with somebody of that stature,” according to Alan Z.

Neela, one of the artists, said there is a need to bring communities and culture together through music.

“There is so much division within all of the community sometimes and as part of the younger generation, I feel like we really have the power to bring all of our communities together and let you know the effects of colonialism that I’ve kind of divided our communities really unite each other and I think music is a great way to do that,” she said.

Songs in Face Value were performed by Crazy Rich Asians actor Ronny Chieng, rapper Chow Mane, Ruby Ibarra, and many others.  (With reports from Sonny Cos)

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