Philpop 2015 Winners Declared!

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!! ūüôā

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! ūüėČ

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. ūüôā 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!




My Heart is Breaking Again; Urbandub Decides To Disband

Just when I thought I’m already depressed enough when Kamikazee announced their split, another rock group again is about to part ways, and their last gig is scheduled this¬†coming May 9th.


Here is just one of the many badass songs the band has released in the past 15 years as a rock group:


Now, please excuse me while I drown myself in Urbandub songs… (T___T)

This song by Jensen Gomez definitely deserves more views

A beautiful acoustic ballad by Filipino artist Jensen Gomez called “Umpisa” (“Beginning”).

It’s about a person who wishes to restore his/her relationship, wondering if they could go back to the¬†way they were before.

Watch the solo version:

The second video is the version he did with artist Tippy Dos Santos:

Enjoy! ūüôā


Did I Just See HALE In The Line-up for Wanderland??!

Hale is back!
Hale is back!


In my previous post, I was all sad because of Kamikazee’s separation, but as one group disbanded, another reunited!!! Hale is together again! And they’re one of the artists who’ll be performing in the anticipated Wanderland Music & Arts Festival this April 25.

The Filipino alternative rock band¬†is known for their songs such as¬†“Broken Sonnet”, “The Day You Said Goodnight”, “Kahit Pa”, “Kung Wala Ka”, “Blue Sky”, “Shooting Star”and “Leap Of Faith”.

Their first single since their reunion, “See You”, debuted last January 27. Check their lyric video below.

Aside from Hale, Kid Cudi will also perform in Wanderland Music & Arts festival as the head line act, along with various local and international indie artists. This year will be the third running of the said festival.

Early bird tickets are now available at SM Tickets.

A day of mourning for OPM fans: Kamikazee bids farewell

I could remember during my high school days when OPM (stands for Orginal Pilipino/Pinoy Music) bands were at its highest peak, long before the advent of Kpop (disclaimer: I’m no hater) and the outburst of other pop acts. My classmates and I would jam to our favorite OPM songs, and Kamikazee is definitely one of those bands that I can say made my high school memories even more nostalgic and inspired many of my peers to pick up a guitar.

Kamikazee, composed of Jay Contreras, Jomal Linao, Led Tuyay, Puto Astete and Bords Burdeos,¬†debuted with their first album in 2002, but it wasn’t until the release of their rock anthem hit Narda last 2006 from their second album, Maharot,¬†that the band achieved mainstream success. Not long after that, they¬†had an immediate following and their fan base grew even more with the release of their other hits like¬†Chicksilog, Director’s Cut, Unang Tikim and¬†Huling Sayaw.

These guys are known for their high energy performances and wacky personalities, while at the same time, not failing to deliver some solid rock music.

Here’s what they posted in their official Facebook page¬†as a goodbye message to their fans:

According to them, their disbandment was a mutual decision and that each member wanted to explore life outside the band which they cited as the reason for their breakup. On a happier note, they dropped hints of a possible reunion in the future. I sure as hell hope that this is just an indefinite hiatus (although the chances are quite slim). T__T

To those who have not heard of them before, you can watch the videos below..

*cries* Goodbye Kamikazee!! We hope to see you reunited again!


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