‘Salamat sa Dios’ composer wins 1st weekly eliminations of ASOP Year 8 for August
Aileen Cerrudo • August 6, 2019 • 512
‘Salamat sa Dios’ composer has won the 1st weekly eliminations of A Song of Praise (ASOP) Year 8 for August.
This is not the first time composer Rudielyn Chua entered ASOP. She already submitted two of her compositions but they did not make the cut.
However, Rudielyn said her failures are not the reason for her to stop writing songs of praises.
“Naisulat ko po iyong kanta dahil sa experience ko po sa buhay. Mula sa pagkabata ko po, naranasan ko po iyong kabutihan ng Dios kaya po iyong simpleng mayroon po akong buhay, lakas—iyong pag-iingat sa araw-araw, talaga pong ipinagpapasalamat ko po iyon sa Kaniya, (I wrote the song because I experienced it in my life. Ever since I was a child, I experienced the goodness of God. For simple things that I am alive, I have strength, I thank God for guiding me everyday)” she said.
The judges were amazed by the song.
“I agree na malaki, malakas iyong recall ng ‘Salamat sa Dios’, and naiintindihan ko rin na talagang sobrang grateful iyong gumawa ng ating kanta, (I agree, the recall of ‘Salamat sa Dios’ is great and I understoodthat the composer really feels grateful)” according to ASOP judge Sheryl Cruz.
In November, 12 original worship song compositions will attempt to capture the hearts of the viewers at the ASOP Year 8 Grand Finals.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
A Song of Praise Year 8 will have its finals night on November 10 at the New Frontier Theater.
Competitions have always been tough. Contestants would always feel intense pressure especially after putting in a lot of time and effort in being the best they can be.
But for ASOP’s composer finalists, winning is only a bonus.
Pau Ortiz, who co-wrote “Alay Ko” with Madonna Rosas, said he feels no pressure from the competition. Pau would even listen happily to all of the entries and was able to memorize some of them.
“Kasi po naniniwala po kami na ang star po ng competition ay si God, bonus na lang po talaga in case na magkaroon ka ng praise or manalo ka sa competition (Because we believe that the star of the competition is God. Recognition from winning the competition is just a bonus),” Pau said during a press conference on Tuesday (November 5).
Most of the finalists took their inspiration from personal experiences and the vision of having their song become a source of hope for those who are struggling in life.
“We wrote this song for the reason that maraming taong nawawalan ng pag-asa, nakakalimutang magpasalamat sa Dios (A lot of people are losing hope and forget to thank God). It’s all about—whatever comes our way, it is His will. We should always be thankful to God everyday,” according to Roman Cundangan, co-composer of “God Has His Purpose”.
“Sagwan” composer, Aiza Narag said suicide is one of the serious issues nowadays and she wants to remind people they are not alone.
“Para lang po mapaalala sa mga tao na mayroon pong Dios na kasama tayo sa mga pagsubok, (So that people will remember that there is a God who is always with us during trying times),” she said.
Rinz Ruiz, composer of song “Tahan Na”, recalled his friend who was the inspiration for his song. His friend suffered severe depression after his mother died, he suffered from a grave illness and he lost the will work.
“Sinulat ko po itong kanta para subukang pagaangin iyong nararamdaman niya, (I wrote the song in order to try and ease his burden)” he said.
The composers also said there is no need to write more sad songs. Amid the competition, all of them are united towards one goal — to provide hope and positive vibes through their songs.
“Bakit pa tayo magsusulat ng something na magdi-drive sa tao na magpakamatay (Why would we write something that will drive people to take their lives?). Instead, inspire them tapos use God kasi Siya lang naman ang absolute na answer (Inspire them instead by using God because He is the absolute answer) every time we are going through obstacles,” Pau said.—AAC
ASOP Year 6 Grand Finals interpreters with hosts Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda after the performance of the traditional opening song “Enrich The Spirit”. (Aaron Ricafrente / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — This year, Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Inc.’s songwriting competition, A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival finals ended on a grand note after a new set of worship anthems filled the hearts of the crowd with uplifting heavenly music Monday night at the Big Dome. The grand finale drew thousands of ASOP fans of all ages.
It started out with this year’s interpreters’ adrenaline-pumping musical number of “Enrich The Spirit” accompanied by the tight harmony of ASOP chorale. The spirit of praise and worship was felt in the power production number.
The gospel fest named ASOP interpreter-turned-composer, Carlo David’s original praise song entitled “Dahil Sa Iyo” as the “Song of the Year”.
RnB King, Jay-R effortlessly delivered a smooth rendition of “Dahil Sa Iyo,” earning himself the Best Interpreter Award for his performance.
While many of the songs in this year’s line-up are emotional ballads, “Dahil Sa Iyo” is on the upbeat side.
The meaningful and inspiring worship anthem’s most memorable lyrics include: “Dahil Sa Iyo/ Ama, natuto akong mabuhay ng may pagmamahal/ At ang pagsunod sa Iyong salita ang siyang gabay/ Dahil sa Iyo namulat ako/ Sang-ayon sa ‘Yong paghahangad/ Ngayo’y buo, ako ay buo/ Dahil sa Iyo.”
Based on his real life story of finding completion and meaning in life after discovering God, the song inspires gratitude and sets out to send happy vibes through praise and worship.
A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 6 Grand Champion “Dahil Sa Iyo” composer Carlo David and interpreter Jay-R perform the Song of the Year after recieving the award.(Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)
Grateful and overwhelmed, Carlo thanked ASOP for the opportunity to showcase his songwriting skills.
“I’ve already joined a lot of big competitions but ASOP is totally different because there is a purpose. I believe that through God’s grace, I was able to write ‘Dahil Sa Iyo’. The last line gives a gist of the song: I’m complete because of You’ and only Him, not because of my beautiful wife and family. Thank you ASOP for the opportunity,” said Carlo in an interview.
“It’s not the money. I have been playing music. I will continue,” he said.
3rd Runner-up: “Hallelujah To The One” Composer: Zion Aquino Interpreter: Gail Blanco Cash prize: Php 100,000
Best Interpreter: Jay R Cash prize: Php 50,000
People’s Choice: Carry On Composers: Nonie Ramos, PA Atienza and Nino Cristobal Interpreter: Sam Mangubat Cash prize: Php 50,000
Non-winning entries each received Php 20,000.
Apart from setting the stage for the 12 powerhouse songs of praise, the gospel fest also led the audience down memory lane revisiting the best praise songs for the past years, bringing back the familiar gospel feels in a medley performed by today’s talented performers: Bugoy Drilon, Mela, Gidget Dela Llana, Leah Patricio, Tim Pavino, Jason Dy, Marielle Montellano, Jex De Castro with Carlo David.
(L-R) The intense production number of last year’s ASOP People Choice entries stirred everyone at the Big Dome as Marielle Montellano, Jex de Castro, Tim Pavino, Leah Patricio, and Jason Dy lend their beautiful voices to make the delightful event more memorable. (Charlie Minon / Photoville International)
The event also paid tribute to the late singer-actress Isabel Granada, who had been a guest judge at the songwriting tilt.
Renowned hitmaker and resident judge Mon Del Rosario said that ASOP is evolving out of the traditional gospel music. According the highly regarded physician-composer and music producer, the sixth edition of ASOP is a drama-inducing album that features genres of RNB, jazz, pop rock, power ballad and EDM.
Moreover, he said that ASOP always gives him hope over all the problems of the music industry.
“I think that more than any other project in the praise music genre, ASOP stands out. If you think of praise music in the Philippines, it’s impossible not to think of ASOP,” Del Rosario said.
In his speech, BMPI Inc. CEO and President, Kuya Daniel Razon took the opportunity to thank all those who have been a part of the program: The songwriters who took part in the year-round competition for sharing their passion and music, the judges who critiqued song entries and advised composers and the audience who participated and applauded, the production for their hard work and most of all to the Almighty, the one who deserves all of our praises.
Part of Bro. Eli Soriano’s inspiring message for the night echoed the show’s aspiration to awaken the minds and hearts of the people through gospel music.
“My dream for ASOP is to be an international competition,” he said as he encourages everyone to compose songs with themes of unexplored angles about praise and worship, including thanking the Almighty for having parents who are of God.
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