Ang tinanghal na Song of the Year para sa ikatlong taon ng A Song of Praise Music Festival: “May Awa ang Dios” na likha ni Louise Lyle Robles at binigyang buhay ni Beverly Caimen. (Rovic Balunsay / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines – Nagpapasalamat ang mga premyadong performer, composer at musician sa Philippine music industry sa pagkakataong maimbitahan bilang mga hurado sa grand finals night ng A Song of Praise Music Festival (ASOP) Year 3.
Ayon sa singer at composer na si Danny Javier, hinahanggaan nila ang UNTV (Your Public Service Channel) sa pagkakaroon ng natatanging programa sa telebisyon tulad ng ASOP.
“Maligayang-maligaya ang pakiramdam ko sa gabing ito, kasi may palatuntunan pa lang ganito na nagbibigay-daan sa likas na kakayahan ng Pilipino na maglikha ng awitin at ang tema pa ay ang pagpupuri sa Panginoon.”
(Left-Right) Ang mga nagsilbing hurado para sa grand finals night ng A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 3 na sina Dr. Mon Del Rosario, Wency Cornejo, Danny Javier, Willie Nepumuceno, Danny Tan at Alvin De Vera. (MADZ MILANA / Photoville International)
“From beginning to end, I didn’t regret a single second being here, it was an unforgettable experience. I don’t know what to say, na-touch ako, akala ko it will just be an ordinary thing for me like judging a competition, hindi pala ganuon, na-involve ako bigla, parang na-feel ko talaga siya,” nakangiting pahayag ng “Master Impersonator” at batikang performer na si Willy Nepumuceno.
“Congratulations, it was very wonderful, ituloy ninyo ito hanggang ASOP 10,000 times,” dagdag pa nito.
Itinuturing naman ni Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon ang ASOP bilang kauna-unahang song of praise writing competition sa telebisyon.
“Kung mayroon mang higit na dapat pag-alayan ng ating mga tinig, ng atin mga talent, walang iba kundi yung pinanggalingan po nito,” pahayag ni Kuya Daniel.
“I’m confident that this is the first song writing competition on TV that gives glory and thanksgiving to God.” — Kuya Daniel Razon (Rovic Balunsay / PHOTOVILLE International)
Samantala, nagkamit ng plake ng pagkilala at cash prize na P500,000 ang kompositor ng awiting “May Awa ang Dios” na si Jouise Lyle Robles bilang kampyeon.
First runner up ang “Sa Bawat Araw” sa komposisyon ni Marlon Nabia at inawit ni Shanne Velasco.
Shanne Velasco — Sa Bawat Araw interpreter (PHOTOVILLE International)
Second runner up ang komposisyong “Tanging Gabay” ni Arniel Villagonza at inawit ni Rachelle Alejandro. At third runner up ang awiting “Biyaya” na komposisyon ni Meldin Nabia at inawit ni Bayang Barrios.
(Left-Right) Si Rachel Alejandro para sa awiting Tanging Gabay at si Bayang Barrios para sa awiting Biyaya. (Jonathan Adizas / Photoville International)
Nasungkit naman ng awiting “Hangga’t May Tinig Ako” ang People’s Choice award sa panulat ni Jinnie Adilan, habang itinanghal bilang “Best Interpreter” ang world singing champion na si Beverly Caimen.
(Left-Right) Si Darryl Ong para sa “Hanggang May Tinig Ako” at si Beverly Caimen para sa “May Awa ang Dios”. (Kristine Leigh Domingo / Photoville International)
Dahil sa ganda ng mga likhang-awit, maging ang mga hurado sa ASOP Year 3 grand finals ay umaming nahirapan sa pagpili ng mananalo.
Ayon kay Danny Javier, “Mahirap manghusga, mahirap talaga manghusga, kaya mabuti na lang marami kami.”
Samantala, maging ang mga nanood ay todo ang suporta sa mga finalist at masayang-masaya sa mga naggagandahang papuring awit sa Panginoon.
“Masayang-masaya ako at higit sa lahat, naantig ang puso ko, kasi praising song yun eh, naririnig mo palang para ka na ring nagdarasal, basta umaawit yung puso mo,” pahayag ni Teresita Purisima, isa sa mga nanood sa ASOP grand finals. (Rosalie Coz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
Ang isa sa mga miyembro ng APO Hiking Society na si Mr. Danny Javier habang ginagampanan ang pagiging hurado sa ASOP Grand Finals Year 3. (Photoville International)
Visually impaired composer bags finals spot at ASOP songwriting contest
Aspiring songwriter John Paul Salazar speaks at the September second weekly elimination in A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 | PVI/Jayjay Galamay
A Song of Praise Music Festival on Sunday (September 30) named John Paul Salazar as the 11th grand finalist for this year’s grand finale.
His victory proves that passion knows no bounds as the 24-year old musician from Valenzuela suffers from blurry vision due to stage 3 glaucoma.
Salazar’s original worship hymn entitled “Tugtog”, bested Lucky Sorreda’s “Sa ‘Yo Ako’y Panatag” and Arthur John Estrada’s “Sa’Yo Lamang Panginoon”.
OPM trio Bradz as they interpret John Paul Salazar’s originally-penned gospel track “Tugtog” in A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7| PVI/Jayjay Galamay
The smooth vocal harmonies of OPM trio Bradz, complemented out “Tugtog’s” contemporary sound and rich imagery that won the hearts of judges.
Songwriting has become Salazar’s hobby since his condition compels him to stay he stay home most of the time. Though troubled by his condition as he has difficulty seeing what he writes down, he still spends time composing songs, memorizing them word for word.
“Nai-in love ako sa mga nangyayari lalo na habang tinutugtog yung gawa kong kanta; natutuwa ako. Napakalaking bagay para sakin ito kasi maitatago ko ito habang buhay at puwede ko ‘tong balikan kung sakaling lumuluma na siya,” said Salazar. — Yssa Jalmasco
Bugoy to Wish FM’s Kuya Daniel: ‘Thank you for granting my greatest wish’
Bugoy Drilon in his sold-out first major solo concert, “Bugoy: One Day, One Decade” at the KIA Theater, September 25, 2018
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — OPM act Bugoy Drilon marked a decade of musical journey with his sold-out first major solo concert, “Bugoy: One Day, One Decade” at the KIA Theater last Tuesday, September 25.
Performing before a jam-packed house, the 28-year old recording artist showcased his versatility by rendering hits from various music genres — reggae, retro, ballad and pop.
Produced by Wish 107.5, with the support of its partners UNTV, Radyo La Verdad, Star Music, and Star Events, Drilon’s anniversary show impressed with a star-studded line-up of guest performers, including his music buddies, R&B crooners Daryl Ong and Michael Pangilinan, pop-rock superstar Yeng Constantino, soul supreme KZ Tandingan, The Voice runner-up and pop belter Klarisse De Guzman, Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 scholars Liezel Garcia, Cris Pastor, Hansen Nichols and Miguel Mendoza, Wishcovery’s grand champion Princess Sevillena and runners-up Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala, Carmela Ariola, and Ace Bartolome.
Bugoy Drilon performing with Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan
From his humble beginnings as a farmer and a maintenance worker to recording artist, Bugoy has come a long way with his passion for music.
As the singer walked down memory lane and revisited his music throughout the years, he expressed gratitude to Wish 107.5’s innovator Kuya Daniel Razon.
“Thank you for granting my greatest wish – to have my own solo concert. Thank you for this great opportunity to show my talent,” said Bugoy.
Above all, he said he is thankful to God for the gift of singing, a talent he can share with the world.
For Kuya Daniel, a staunch supporter of Original Pinoy Music (OPM), the show is part of Wish 1075’s commitment to be the Filipino talents’ gateway to the world.
The concert concluded with Bugoy’s power performance of Matisyahu’s “One Day”, a song he first performed as a Wishclusive rendition in the Wish Bus with over 80 million views on YouTube. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Mon Jocson)
ASOP: Passion takes graphic designer into music writing
(L-R) Wishcovery Wishful Vien King and composer Arthur John Estrada during the third September weekly elimination at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7
A 21-year old graphic designer’s passion for music has guided him toward joining A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7— the only praise songwriting festival on Philippine television.
Arthur John Estrada’s original worship hymn, “Sa ‘Yo Lamang, Panginoon” has triumphed over the gospel collaboration of Trevis Marquez and Leo Calma’s “Mahal Kita Dahil Sa Kaniya” and Jonald Tolentino’s song entry “Pangarap” in the third September weekly elimination of the music festival.
The winning Song of the Week was interpreted by Wishcovery Wishful Vien King.
Interpreter Vien King as he delivers a heartfelt rendition of Arthur John Estrada’s original worship hymn “Sa’Yo Lamang, Panginoon”
With its well-written lyrics, calming and soothing melody, the song expresses one’s praise and glory for the Lord for His loving kindness.
“When I write praise songs, there is this feeling that breaks through your heart. Through that song, I am able to release that feeling… there is joy and fulfillment in my heart. That is what I gain from writing praise songs,” Estrada said when asked about his thoughts on songwriting.
At the elimination round, his composition received positive comments from the board of judges.
Grateful and humbled, the aspiring composer said he gives his success back to the Lord through his songs.
(L-R) On ASOP stage: Mr. Richard Reynoso, interpreter Vien King, composer Arthur John Estrada, and Ms. Toni Rose Gayda
As ASOP continues its search for the 11th song entry for the grand finale, the composer is set to compete for the monthly finals on September 30. —Yssa Jalmasco