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Wednesday, October 07, 2020

PhilPop completes its Top 15 finalists with six participants from Luzon!

09/24/2020 10:58:35 PM

Weeks after initially announcing its first cluster of songwriting finalists, the 15 contenders for the 2020 PhilPop Festival is now complete.

This came after the songwriting foundation has announced the last batch of finalists from North Luzon, South Luzon, and Metro Manila clusters during the livestream of PhilPop Q&A and Kuwentuhan Sessions last September 23, 2020 (Wednesday).  The six contestants will join nine others from the Visayas and Mindanao clusters as part of the competition. 

Here are the finalists from the Luzon areas:

North Luzon:
Abegail Esteban and TJ Paeldon – “Agsardeng”
Lolito Go – “Balikan”
Angelic Mateo – “Paos” 

South Luzon:
Kulas Basilonia – “Para Kay Catriona”
Chochay Magno – “Lunod”
Princess Roselle C. Germina – “Bitaw”

Metro Manila:
Kian Dionisio – “Huling Sayaw”
Aikee – “Bestiny”
Aikee – “Mapa”

Out of the thousands of submissions, these 15 final entries went through multiple rounds of adjudication process headed by Festival Chair and PhilPop Musicfest National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, as well as Foundation Board Members, adjudicators, partners, and Warner Music Philippines Executives such as PhilPop Musicfest Foundation President Victorico P. Vargas, Festival Co-Chair and PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Board Member Noel Cabangon, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Executive Director Dinah A. Remolacio, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Lead Adjudicators Jungee Marcelo and Trina Belamide, Warner Music Philippines Managing Director Ian Monsod, MinPop Musicfest Director and Mindanao Cluster Partner Jeremy Sarmiento, Kadasig Founder and Visayas Cluster Partner Jude Gitamondoc, UP Jammers Club Alumnus’ Resident Producer and South Luzon Cluster Partner Caio Cadiz, and A.M. Studios’ Resident Producer and North Luzon Cluster Partner Melvin Moralles. 

In a press statement, Cadiz specifically handpicked songs that not only stand out in terms of melodic elements, but also entries that deliver quality and envelope-pushing lyrics.

“songs with a unique way of presenting their topics and themes are highly preferred, as well as how they use their words to create an image of what they want to communicate. Also, the overall theme of their demo is a factor for me as a producer, but the team also recognize that it is but merely a glimpse of what the songwriter was going for, so the quality of the demo's production is negligible. It’s really more of the quality and dynamics of the melody, and most importantly the lyrics,” he added. 

Melvin Moralles shares the same sentiment, but points out the importance of choosing the best song that would represent his cluster. “Personally, it's all about the totality of the package, and how it would best resonate to a diverse but broader listening public: from students to adults, regional folks to international music fans.”

PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 is made possible through the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan, with this year being co-presented by SMART, MERALCO, and MAYNILAD, with official partners, Warner Music Philippines, Kadasig, and MinPop.

Author: slickmaster | © 2020 The SlickMaster's Files

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