Visually impaired composer bags finals spot at ASOP songwriting contest

admin   •   October 1, 2018   •   4251

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

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 The written songs should be unpublished or have not yet been performed or distributed in any platform.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)

New challenge for composers participating in ASOP Music Festival Year 9

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 12, 2019

After the recently concluded ASOP Year 8 on November 10, there is a new challenge for composers who want to participate in the A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 9.

The song ‘Sa ‘Di Mabilang Na Tala’, written by Carlo David and interpreted by Gidget Dela Llana, was hailed as the ASOP Year 8 winner.

For the upcoming ASOP Festivals, International Televangelist and the man behind the concept of ASOP, Bro. Eli Soriano calls on composers to write a song that can be sung by the whole Christian community.

“Let us create songs na hindi para lang sana sa individual singers, parang sa group singing, para bang congregational song (Let us create song that are not just for individual singers but also for group singing, like a congregational song),” he said.

He also prepared to increase the grand prize for the next ASOP Festivals.

“I will share some of my hard-earned money. Kung mayroon sanang magandang awit na pang congregational, I will come up with P2 million grand prize sa susunod nating mga ASOP (If there is a good congregational song, I will come up with P2 million grand prize for the next ASOP [Festivals]),” he added.

Meanwhile, ASOP resident judge Mon Del Rosario said the new concept for the upcoming ASOP competition is challenging and exciting at the same time.

“That is a good direction, dahil nga competition ito, may tendency ang mga songwriter na sumulat ng mga competition type na mga kanta (Because this is a competition, there is a tendency for songwriters to write competition-type songs),” Del Rosario said.

Del Rosario said they will adjust the mechanics of the competition to fit congregational songs in the ASOP Music Festival.

To participate in the ASOP Festival visit the program’s social media websites and asoptv.com—AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

ASOP Year 8 composers go beyond competition

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2019

A Song of Praise Year 8 finalists with their interpreters at a press conference

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

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