Pinoys can agree that nothing quite compares to the crisp sound and unique style of Original Pilipino Music (OPM). From its soothing tunes to its heartfelt ballads, OPM has established itself in the minds and hearts of Pinoys everywhere.
This year, PhilPop foundation hopes to further nurture our countrymen’s love for OPM by providing an avenue for talented singer-songwriters to showcase their original works. Through the 2018 PhilPop songwriting competition, artists nationwide are able to express their creativity in crafting original OPM pieces.
Last July 24, the PhilPop foundation revealed the top 30 finalists for the competition. The following lists down the contestants and the pieces that earned them a spot in the finals:
From these 30 finalists, only ten will be chosen to compete in the PhilPop Finals night happening on November 30, 2018, at the Capitol Commons in Pasig City.
Here’s why you should be pumped to witness the much-awaited finale to this prestigious competition:
You’ll enjoy the diverse collection of entries
As you can see from the top 30, the competition extends to songwriters from all over the country. In fact, PhilPop encourages participants to write in the vernacular of their respective provinces.
“The [PhilPop] foundation’s pivot to change the format and competition timing was imperative to encourage more songwriters outside Luzon and the greater Metro Manila to join the festival,” PhilPop Executive Director Dinah Remolacio explains.
Because of this, more OPM fans can be exposed to songs in Hiligaynon, Bisaya, and other native languages.
Each finalist has been comprehensively trained in the PhilPop boot camp
When the finalists were chosen in this competition, they were each trained at the PhilPop boot camps under the guidance of esteemed instructors Ryan Cayabyab and Noel Cabangon. This was done in an effort to further develop the skills and capabilities of these songwriters.
“[PhilPop] embraces the biennial campaign by starting with the songwriting boot camps. And then the festival proper was implemented to arm songwriters with the knowledge and songwriting essentials that will push them to be confident to showcase their masterpieces, even those written in local language,” Remolacio adds.
You’ll better appreciate how OPM is made
As many of us know, a lot of OPM is streamed via mainstream media. But through this competition, OPM fans can better appreciate how music is made – from the songwriting stage to the actual recording of the song. Plus, this will even give them the chance to enjoy some more new OPM music!
Get a glimpse of the 2018 PhilPop Festival through our #InqPOPSessions episode with PhilPop semi-finalists Sarah Bulahan, Jeriko Buenafe, and Aikee:
LIVE: #INQPOPSessions with PhilPop Semi-finalists Sabu, Feel Day, and Aikee together with Yumi Lacsamana#PhilPop2018#PhilPopMusicPower
Posted by InqPOP on Tuesday, August 7, 2018