May sakit na anak, inspirasyon ng ASOP weekly winner
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Si Arniel Villagonza (gitna) ang composer ng “Tanging Gabay” na tinanghal na Song of the Week sa A Song of Praise Music Festival nitong Linggo. Nasa larawan din ang kanyang interpreter na si Gian Gloria (kaliwa) at si Ms. Toni Rose Gayda. (CHARLIE MIÑON / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — Ang karamdaman ng anak ang naging inspirasyon ng baguhang kompositor na si Arniel Villagonza na mula sa Butuan City upang lumikha ng papuring awit at tanghaling weekly winner sa A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival, Linggo, March 23.
Ayon kay Arniel, nabuo niya ang awiting “Tanging Gabay” dahil sa naramdamang paggabay ng Maykapal sa pagharap nito sa mga problema sa buhay.
Sa labis na pagpasalamat sa Dios at sa programa, inialay din nito ang kanyang pagkapanalo sa kanyang kaisa-isang anak na lalaki na may cerebral palsy.
“Inspirasyon ko po ‘yung ASOP kaya nagawa ko ang kanta po. Tapos syempre ‘yung anak ko, para sa kanya ito tsaka kay Lord po. Maraming salamat po,” saad nito.
Nakatulong din upang mas mapansin ng hurado ang naturang awit ang emosyonal na rendisyon ng ASOP year 2 interpreter at theater singer na si Gian Gloria. (CHARLIE MIÑON / Photoville International)
Ayon kay Gian, “Nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord kasi ako ‘yung napiling mag-interpret nung song na ginawa ni Kuya Arniel for his kid. Sana maraming ma-inspire na tao dito sa kantang ‘to.”
Dinaig ng “Tanging Gabay” ang mga awiting “Kaloob Mo” ni Emmanuel Locso sa rendisyon ng bokalistang si Michael Artita at “It’s You” ni Joana Marie Valenzuela sa interpretasyon naman ni Nica Del Rosario. (Adjes Carreon / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
(L-R) Kasamang naupo sa judge’s panel ng regular na huradong si ‘Dr. Musiko’ Mon Del Rosario, ang OPM’s undisputed juke box queen na si Imelda Papin at ang sikat na mang-aawit noong dekada 70 na si Eugene Villaluz. (CHARLIE MIÑON / Photoville International)
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
MANILA — Hailed as Song of the Month (April) is the composition of an Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artist and A Song of Praise Year 5 interpreter Carlo David.
David’s masterpiece, “Dahil Sa Iyo” , (Because of You) edged the songs “Dahil Mayrong Ikaw” (Because There Was You) of Mart Ilagan from Lucena City and “Pag-ibig Mo Na Walang Hanggan” (Your Everlasting Love) of Nataniel Cabañero from Ireland.
According to Carlo, “Dahil Sa Iyo” is based on his own life story.
“I went to the stage na kinukuwestyon ko. Marami akong doubts. Tapos nung nalinawan ako, Siya pala yung dahilan ng lahat. Ba’t pa ko nagtatanong? Ba’t pa ko nagda-doubt?” he said.
(I went to the stage with questions and doubts. Then I was enlightened. I realized that God is the reason for everything. So why should I continue to question and doubt?)
The winning composer added that he was too nervous because the songs in the monthly finals were all good.
“From the start, naman hindi ako nage-expect pero lalo na when I heard the second and the third songs. Sabi ko, sobrang ganda ng kanta… tapos yung birit pa sa huli. Talagang nalalaglag talaga ako sa upuan. Pero ayun, I guess may purpose ito. Itong pagkapanalo na ‘to. Sana may maabot yung kanta. Maraming taong ma-inspire…”
(From the start, I really didn’t expect to win, moreso when I heard the second and the third songs. I told myself, those songs are so beautiful… then there was vocal belting in the last part. I was on the edge of my seat. But I guess this has a purpose, my winning the Song of the Month ( grand finalist). I hope this song will reach far and inspire many people.)
Meanwhile, according to the winning song interpreter, Kevin Yadao, Carlo David’s meticulousness enabled him to give justice to the song and deliver a moving performance.
“Well, unang-una may pressure, pero mas maganda kasi mas hands on na siya (Well, first of all, there is pressure. But that’s good because he is hands on) ,” said Yadao.
According to the ASOP judges, the winning song, “Dahil Sa Iyo” was really deserving.
Panel judge, Jackie Lou Blanco said, “This is the first time na ganitong tempo yung narinig ko. It’s very now, it’s very chill.”
(This the first time I’m hearing this kind of tempo. It’s very now, it’s very chill.)
Her co-judge Moi Ortiz of The Company said, “Intro pa lang, sabi ko, ‘ Iba ‘to kasi yung chord changes iba eh'(From the intro alone, I said to myself, ‘This song is different; the chord changes are different).”
Resident judge, Doc Mon del Rosario commended, “I did see na maganda din ang pagkakaposition ng title line, ‘Dahil sa Iyo.’ Inilagay siya sa very strong position ng chorus, first at last line.”
(I did see also that the positioning of the title line “Dahil Sa Iyo” was placed at a very strong position of the chorus’ first and last lines.)
A Song of Praise Music Festival can be watched every Sunday at 7 PM.
Archives of the past episodes are on its official website www.ASOPTV.com — Mon Jocson |UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, April 6th, 2017
CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines — Praise song entry “Dahil Sa’Yo” of OPM artist and composer Carlo David was hailed as the 1st song of the week this April on A Song of Praise Music Festival (ASOP).
Carlo is the son of award-winning US-based Filipino jazz drummer and singer Mon David.
Coincidentally, he was one of the interpreters at the last ASOP Grand Finals. But this time Carlo wants to be in the finals as a finalist composer. This is why he is determined to win the monthly elimination round.
“Overjoyed. Maraming maraming salamat. Maraming salamat po sa ASOP. (I am overjoyed. Thank you very much, thank you ASOP). I’m looking forward to the next episode, I have to battle again and improve the song.”
Carlo has chosen Kevin Yadao as the interpreter for his composition.
Kevin Yadao said, “Nagulat din ako, eh. Natuwa ako kasi he trusted me with the song and dun sa medyo last parts binigyan na ‘ko ng freedom para mag-adlib (I am also surprised. I am happy that he trusted me with the song and at the last parts, Carlo gave me freedom to do adlibs).”
Yadao also commended the contest, “Sobrang amazing ng ginagawa ng ASOP kasi ‘yun naniniwala ako na there’s a festival na buhay ang music natin. Tapos unique siya kasi it’s about praise, about sa ating Lord ang nabibigay ‘yung message naman (A Song of Praise Music Festival did an amazing job because I believe that there’s a festival that our music is alive. Then, it’s so unique that it’s about praising the Lord and the music is really delivered.) .”
ASOP judges were all praises for Carlo David’s song.
Judge Trina Belamide said, “One of the things, I like most about this song was overall ‘yung music flavor niya… eto, iba ‘yung tunog niya, iba ‘yung chord progressions (One of the things, I like most about this song was its overall flavor. The sound is different as well as the chord progressions.) .”
Judge Mon Del Rosario said, “Honestly, nagulat ako… hindi ko akalain na ‘yung level ng song writing ni Carlo ay ganito na (Honestly, I was surprised. I didn’t know that Carlo’s song writing level has reached this far).”
Carlo’s composition had an edge with the songs “Ready and Free” of Romnick Salvador and Carlito Carrascal’s “Where I Belong.” — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Interpreter Dan Billano (left) sings Joyner Dizon’s (right) composition, ‘Awa’ in 3rd weekly eliminations of A song of Praise Music Festival Year 6.
After losing in the previous season of A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival songwriting competition, former call center agent Joyner Dizon decided to follow all the suggestions of ASOP judges from past episodes and applied it to his new entry entitled, “Awa”.
“Bukod sa nakakapagpuri ka na sa Dios sa pagsali dito, uuwi ka pa may dagdag kang kaalaman mula sa lahat – sa judges, sa interpreters at sa buong ASOP team,” said Dizon.
(Aside from praising God by joining this contest, I was able to learn new things from everyone, including the judges, interpreters and the entire ASOP team.)
He also personally picked his interpreter, Dan Billano, who, incidentally, performed the song that beat his entry last time.
“Napansin ko po ‘yung pagkanta niya, may puso. So, ‘yun po kasi ‘yung pinakaimportante sa musician, may puso,” Dizon added.
(I noticed that he sang the song with all his heart. That’s what’s important for musicians, putting his heart on what she or he sings.)
For Billano’s part, he said, he tries to understand first the meaning of the song when interpreting it especially when he’s not familiar with it.
All efforts paid off as Dizon’s “Awa” was declared the last weekly winner for the month of December.
“Awa” defeated the entries “Aking Dios” written by Ronald Diez and sang by Raynal Simon, and “Amang Mahabagin” composed by Israel Sapitan and Arvin Agustin and interpreted by Walton Zerrudo.
The judges included Dingdong Avanzado, Jackie Lou Blanco and Jungee Marcelo who temporarily replaced resident judge Mon ‘Doktor Musiko’ del Rosario.
ASOP songwriting competition is aired every Sunday, at 7 p.m. on UNTV. — Adjes Carreon | UNTV News & Rescue
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