PhilPop, the country’s premier songwriting competition, is now on its fifth year.
The annual music competition has produced some of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed recordings of the last five years, including "Dati" (PhilPop 2013 Grand Winner, composed by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana and interpreted by Sam Concepcion, Tippy Do Santos ft. Quest) and "Di Na Muli" (PhilPop 2016 Grand Winner, composed by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola and interpreted by Itchyworms). This year, PhilPop opened its doors to entries written in different languages—a very first in Philippine songwriting history—with entries from regions and cities outside of Metro Manila.
And after narrowing down hundreds of entries to 30 semi-finalists, PhilPop now presents its top 10 finalists for 2018. The top 10 finalists, together with the interpreters, will showcase their original songs on December 2, Sunday, at the PhilPop Festival Finals Night that will be held at Capitol Commons in Pasig City.
Check them out below:
Composed by Jeriko Buenafe and interpreted by Feel Day feat. Hans Dimayuga.
"Di Ko Man"
Composed by Ferdinand Aragon and interpreted by Ferdinand Aragon himself.
"Isang Gabing Pag-
Composed by Carlo Angelo David and interpreted by Jex De Castro.
Composed by Philip Arvin Jarilla and interpreted by Acapellago.
Composed by Elmar Bolaño and Donel Trasporto Tigbauan and interpreted by Kakai Bautista.
"Loco De Amor!"
Composed by Ed Miraflor Jr. and interpreted by BennyBunnyBand.
Composed by Chud Festejo and interpreted by Chud Festejo.
Composed by Sean Gabriel Cedro and John Ray Reodique and interpreted by Julian Trono.
Composed by Michael Rodriguez and Jeanne Columbine Rodriguez and interpreted by Katrina Velarde.
Composed by Donnalyn Onilongo and interpreted by Gracenote.
According to PhilPop, this year's finalists offer a diverse crop of entries that represent different musical styles, ranging from contemporary hit music to folk, Latin-flavored pop to R&B/soul, rock to easy listening music. “Instead of focusing on personalities, the latest edition banks on envelope-pushing compositions that have the potential to penetrate the local music market and create a lasting impression to the Filipino audience,” they said.
PhilPop 2018 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. This year's PhilPop is co-presented by MAYNILAD, and is supported by MERALCO (major sponsor), Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists, Inc., NYXSYS (official OOH partner), SMART, VIVA Records (official record label partner), Ortigas and Co., PETA (production partner), Coke Studio, NCCA, OPM, TAGA-ALOG, Rappler (official media partner), Pinnacle (official agency integrator partner), and Gabi Na Naman Productions (official promo partner).
Votes are still ongoing. Log on to www.philpop.com.ph for the complete instruction on how to vote for your favorite songs via SMS or Twitter.