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Philippine Popular Music Festival Finals Night

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It was a night full of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) at the Philippine International Convention Center(PICC) last July 14, 2012 as the 14 finalists showed the crowd their compositions interpreted by distinguished artists in the Philippine’s music industry in the very first…

The said festival was hosted by the beautiful Nikki Gil and singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid.  Other  local singing artists were there and showed their support for the said festival…

Here are the 14 finalists of the very first Philippine Popular Music Festival(in chronological order 1st performer to last).


Composer: Mike Villegas

Song Entry Title: ”Negastar”

Interpreted by: Cathy Go

Composer: Noel Zuniga Cabalquinito

Song Entry Title: ”Dulo ng Dila”

Interpreted by: JayR and DJ Poblete


Composer: Kennard Faraon

Song Entry Title: ”Slowdancing”

Interpreted by: Nyoy Volante


Composer: Gary Granada

Song Entry Title: ”Minsa’y Isang Bansa”

Interpreted by: Gary Granada


Composer: Toto Sorioso

Song Entry Title: ”Tayo Tayo Lang”

Interpreted by: Ebe Dancel

Composer: Keiko Necesario

Song Entry Title: ”3:AM”

Interpreted by:  Marie Digby


Composer: Byron Ricamara

Song Entry Title: ”Takusa”

Interpreted by: Teddy Corpus and Rocksteady


Composer:  Thyro Alfaro

Song Entry Title: ”Himig ng Panahon”

Interpreted by: Duncan Ramos, Luke Mejares, and Yumi and Loonie


Composer: Soc Villanueva

Song Entry Title: ”Kontrabida”

Interpreted by: Sam Concepcion

 Composer: Karl Vincent H. Villuga

Song Entry Title: ”Bawat Hakbang ”

Interpreted by: Mark Bautista

Composer: Edwin Marollano

Song Entry Title: ”Kesa”

Interpreted by: Daniel Grospe

Composer: Trina Belamide

Song Entry Title: ”Big Time”

Interpreted by: Baihana


Composer: James B. Leyte

Song Entry Title: ”Brown”

Interpreted by: Brownman Revival

Composer: Krist B. Melecio

Song Entry Title: ”Piso”

Interpreted by: Joey Ayala

Here’s the preview of each song entry(just a sneak):

Comedic Duo Wally and Jose were there to add entertainment for the crowd, showing their talent in singing.(will upload the video later).


Here are the winners of the 1st Philippine Popular Music Festival


Grand Prize Winner

”Bawat Hakbang ”

Composer: Karl Vincent H. Villuga

Interpreted by: Mark Bautista


1st Runner-Up

 ”Tayo Tayo Lang”

Composer: Toto Sorioso

Interpreted by: Ebe Dancel

2nd Runner-Up


Composer: Soc Villanueva

Interpreted by: Sam Concepcion


The PhilPop grand prize winner will take home a whopping 1 Million Pesos and the runners-up will each receive 500,000 pesos and 250,000 respectively. Each winner will also have a very beautiful trophy made by the world renowned  Filipino sculptor Ramon Orlina.

Maestro Mr. Ryan Cayabyab said, “The CD is wonderful, Ang gaganda ng mga kanta. I have never heard anything so uniformly, highly musical in performance. The arrangement themselves are excellent. I believe there will be several hits that will be spawned by this collection. I am thrilled by the fact that these new Pinoy songs are fresh, new sounds with new lyrical concepts, or  even if they are not new concepts, the approach is definitely new and the performances of the interpreters are indeed jems!, Hindi pa man contest proper , panalo na tayong lahat. This is a major collection and I am very proud to be a part off the Philippine Popular Music Festival.”

If you want to listen to the top 14 finalist’s songs, grab a copy of the CD compilation of PhilPop exclusively produced by Vic Valenciano and distributed by Ivory Records. You can also buy the songs in iTunes.


***Personally, My bets are Himig ng Panahon, 3:AM, and  Tayo Tayo lang.



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