For the past 2 years I’ve been following the Philpop Songwriting Competition, an annual contest open for all Filipino amateur and professional songwriters. Ever since I watched the 2013 winning song’s music video which was “Dati”, composed by Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana and interpreted by Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Quest, I started to keep tabs on the next songs that will be showcased in the coming years.
Last June, they released the lyric videos for the entries of this year that made it in the finals, followed by the official music videos weeks after. I must say that the batch of songs this year is by far the best one yet (at least in my opinion)! Then yesterday, July 25, the grand finals night was held and the winners for the 2015 Philpop Songwriting Competition were announced! And it was just as I have predicted, my top 3 bets were the top 3 songs!! 🙂
2nd Runner-up: “Sa Ibang Mundo” by Mark Villar (interpreted by Kean Cipriano and Nadine Lustre)
So Kean is a rocker. On the other hand, Nadine is known for her teen pop songs. Who would’ve thought that they would go so well together in a collaboration?? To whoever who paired this two up for this song, you sir/ma’am are the real MVP! 😉
It’s also refreshing to see Nadine perform a duet with someone other than James Reid (her on-screen leading man who also has an entry in Philpop 2015), and such a pleasant surprise that her vocals were highlighted beautifully here. And of course, major props to Callalily frontman Kean Cipriano for an equally great performance. 🙂 This entry was also selected as People’s Choice.
The song is about falling in love with someone you can’t have. And thus the title “Sa Ibang Mundo” (or in English, “In Another World”), because the song talks about two people who think that maybe if they were in another world or lifetime, they would’ve ended up together.
1st Runner-up: “Paratingin Mo Na Siya” by Davey Langit
It’s catchy. It’s right in the feels. It’s VERY RELATABLE (hello single people!!! :p)! Davey Langit’s song captured the struggle of the average twenty-something looking for love. WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MR./MS. RIGHT?! I loved this song the moment I heard the first line.
“Paratingin Mo Na Siya” is a song wherein the person is praying to God (actually, even pleading) to let him (in this case Davey, the singer) meet the one who’s destined to be his love, because he’s getting tired of being single and all his failed relationships in the past.
Grand Winner: “Triangulo” by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana (interpreted with Jeric Medina)
NO SURPRISE THERE!! As expected from the winners of the 2013 Philpop Competition. I can’t even begin to describe how clever the lyrics were written. Personally, I was hoping that Mark Villar’s song would be hailed as the winner, but Thyro & Yumi’s victory is well-deserved. The harmony the trio had was topnotch and of course, the lyrics! Well played, Thyro & Yumi, well played indeed. *Slow clap*
“Triangulo” (in English “Triangle”), is about a woman who has a boyfriend, but it still has feelings for her ex. She has to choose between the two of them, however, she remains very confused. And it also talks about that love can only be for two.
Here are other entries that I really liked:
“Edge of the World” by Johann Garcia (interpreted by Josh Padilla and Yassi Pressman)
“Musikaw” by Melchor Magno (interpreted by James Reid feat. Pio)
“Walang Hanggan” by Ramiru Matano (interpreted with Donnalyn Bartolome)
“Nasaan” by Lara Maigue
I hope that there’ll be more variety of songs that will make it in the finals of Philpop next year! Philippines has many talented musicians, songwriters and SINGERS, without a doubt. This contest is definitely a big help in keeping the Philippine music industry alive.
To know more about Philpop or how the contest works (for those who are interested to join), go to this link.
Long live OPM!