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Saturday, January 02, 2021

Bilingual pop track Suyo wins PhilPop 2020

12/22/2020 01:20:37 AM

PhilPop 2020 Songwriting Festival concluded by the weekend before Christmas, and new songs has ruled the competition, with the bilingual pop anthem “Suyo” leading the way.

The collaboration track of Noah Alejandre and Reanna Borela – collectively as reon – bagged the top prize of the songwriting festival on PhilPop's annual finals night, an event that served as a culmination for a week-long celebration of PhilPop which also involves podcast documentaries, a series of radio guesting, and music video premieres.

Meanwhile, two top entries who bested 12 other contestants in the finale were Aikee’s “Bestiny” (first runner-up; interpreted by Kevin Yadao and Jr. Crown) and Sherwin Fugoso’s “Pahuway” (second runner-up; interpreted by Ferdinand Aragon); winning P500,000 and P250,000, respectively.

Breaking Borders

With #MusicBreakingBorders as its newest tagline, PhilPop 2020 is committed to championing the diversity and global appeal of Filipino music across the country. All entries were chosen for their outstanding contribution to the contemporary Pinoy pop canon and its potential in bringing the unique value of Filipino culture and experience to the international music arena. 

Despite the challenges of the new normal, the country’s premier songwriting competition managed to step up its game by mounting a virtual Finals Night that honors the finest in homegrown pop songwriting this year. 

Smart People's Choice

Meanwhile, a special award was established and it was determined based on the cumulative number of streams and views via Spotify and YouTube, was also handed out to the standouts in every cluster: “Kasadya,” composed and interpreted by XT on Sax with Jay-ar VaƱo for Mindanao; “Suyo,” composed and interpreted by reon for Visayas; “Para Kay Catriona,” composed by Kulas Basilonia and interpreted by I Belong to the Zoo for South Luzon; “Balikan,” composed by Lolito Go and interpreted by Benj Manalo for North Luzon; and “Huling Sayaw,” composed by Kian Dionisio and interpreted by Nyoy Volante for Metro Manila.

Week-long celebration

While the annual grand finals – though held only live through online – was PhilPop 2020's icing to the cake, the week-long PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 kicked off its celebration by holding a series of online events featuring the 15 finalists. 

Connect, a digital media agency based in the Philippines, produced a 5-part series called “PhilPop 2020 Podcast.” The digital documentary put a spotlight on the finalists per cluster and the stories behind every song. 

The episodes run for 5 days, from December 12 – 18, with each day focusing on each cluster, the song themes and the entries themselves:

Episode 1 for Mindanao: New Voices, New Stories
Episode 2 for Visayas: Feelings and Songwriting
Episode 3 for North Luzon: Songs for the Voiceless
Episode 4 for South Luzon: Bitter and Sweet Music
Episode 5 for Metro Manila: Breaking Our Borders

Aside from that, the finalists also guested at Wish 107.5’s Connect to talk about their respective entries in the competition.

And charging prior to the big day, PhilPop 2020 also debuted the music videos of the PhilPop finalists. The visuals for each song are now available on Warner Music Philippines’ official YouTube account.

PhilPop 2020 Songwriting Festival is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. This year's PhilPop is co-presented by SMART, MERALCO, MAYNILAD, WARNER MUSIC PHILIPPINES, MULTISYS, and CONNECT PRODUCTIONS.

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