2016 Winners

Song Title: Di Na Muli

Songwriters: Jazz Nicolas Wally Acolola

Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola are best friend who have been writing music since they were in grade school. Having grown up in a musical home, Jazz has always found comfort and inspiration in music. He was influenced by his late father, Sonny Nicolas of “Mr. Musikero” fame. And he has in turn been a big influence on Wally. In high school, Jazz formed a band with a few high school friends, including Wally and today he is best known for being the lead singer and drummer of the hit band Itchyworms. 

Song Title: Lahat

Songwriter: Soc Villanueva

Soc Villanueva is a respected name in the Philippine music industry, with many years of working behind the scenes to produce a body of work that has benefited many vocalists today. His popular hits, include, Kung Ako Na Lang Sana, his 2012 PhilPop winning song, Kontrabida and his 2015 PhilPop entry, Lahat. The composer, now the chief financial officer of a property development firm based in Perth, Australia believes that competing with the best musical minds in the industry, you and old, can only deliver one thing, and that is to bring out the best in what he does, and recognizing the enormous potential of what can still be done. 

Song Title: Tinatangi

Songwriters: Paolo & Miguel Guico

Ben&Ben is a folk-pop group made up of twin singer-songwriters Paolo and Miguel Guico. Formed in 2015, their music has evolved from experimenting with different styles in order to create original songs that uplift and inspire people. Recently, they bagged the 2nd Runner-Up Award along with the Best Music Video Award in the Philippine Popular Music Festival 2016 for their songs “Tinatangi” which they composed and performed along with Philippine Music veterans Bayang Barrios and Cooky Chua. Performing in both major and minor production all over the Philippines, Paolo and Miguel are also alumni of the Elements Singing-Songwriting camp. Ben & Ben is ready to break out in the music scene with the release of the self-titled EP last December 2016.

2015 Winners

Song Title: Triangulo

Songwriters: Thryo Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana

Thyro and Yumi is a prolific duo that is responsible for the hits, Kilometro, Hanap-Hanap, Bahala Na and No Erase among others. They were also the winners of PhilPop 2013 with their song “Dati” and PhilPop 2015 with their entry “Traingulo”. Known for their mastery of words and distinct sound, you will surely hear more from this duo.  

Song Title: Paratingin Mo Na Siya

Songwriter: Davey Langit

Davey Langit is a singer-songwriter that first appeared in Pinoy Dream Academy back in 2006, but it wasn’t until he released Selfie Song that catapulted him to social media fame. Today, he has written hits including Himig Handog 2016 winning song, Dalawang Letra and his PhilPop 2015 song, Paratingin Mo Na Siya. 

Song Title: Sa Ibang Mundo

Songwriter: Mark Villar

Mark Villar (born January 4, 1985), is a filipino composer, audio engineer, producer, arranger and guitarist. His best known work is Sa Ibang Mundo that won 3rd place and People's Choice Award for Philippine Pop Music Festival 2015. It was performed by Kean Cipriano and Nadine Lustre.

Mark's career started as a guitarist for cover bands. Playing local tours for showbands at the age of 17. In 2002, he joined Mapua Institute of Technology to take computer engineering. He dropped out 3 years later to pursue his musical ambitions. He joined School of Audio Engineering (SAE Institute Dubai) in 2005, took the Audio Engineering program and graduated top of his class. Right after, he continued his studies in Middlesex University in 2006 to take Recording Arts and graduated cum laude. He formed Butterspoon Experiment, a rock trio with his siblings, and focused on writing original materials including Lie to Me, Artifical Eve and Lazyman. The band was active until 2008 having played gigs for X-Games and Dubai Original Music Festival.

He came back to Philippines in 2009 to give the local music industry a shot. This would lead him to GMA 7 Network as an audio technician and later on at Hit Productions Inc., a top recording studio in the country, as an audio engineer. This was a catalyst in his career as he would be mixing award-winning ads and songs from Cannes to Philpop2012 (Bawat Hakbang by Mark Bautista and Akafellas) to Awit Awards (Dear Heart by Kiana Valenciana). In 2015, he joined the prestigious Philpop with his entry Sa Ibang Mundo that won 3rd place and People's Choice Award simultaneously for the first time in the competition. This landed him a contract with Viva Records as a composer. His most recent composition is Sabi Mo Sa Akin from Sarah G.'s The Great Unkown album and his latest engineered work is Ebe Dancel's Bawat Daan album. He is currently working at Hit Productions Inc. as a senior audio engineer, composer, arranger, session guitarist and music producer.

2014 Winners

Song Title: Salbabida

Songwriter: Jungee Marcelo

Jungee is a music producer, songwriter, composer/ lyricist, jungle-writer, arranger. His hits include “Hataw Na” & “Sa Yaweh ang Syaw” by Gary V. “Ako Nalang” by Zia Quizon “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” by Daniel Padilla. Popular jingles – Talk N text’s “Panalo” by Jericho Rosales, Robin Padilla & Marian Rivera. P&G’s “ Sa Iyong Pag-aalaga” by Lea Salonga, Rejoice Shampoo’s “Ayos” by Kim Chiu. He is also a broadcaster, television host. His weekly music + talk show airs via Light TV33 & GMA News TV “This Is My Story, This Is My Song”. Jungee is also a dance director, hiphop dancer & choreographer, instructor, coach. He was also the President of the Hiphop Dance Federation of the Philippines and the Commissioner of the 1st UAAP Streetdance Competition. 

Song Title: Awit Mo'y Nandito Pa

Songwriter: Toto Sorioso

Toto Sorioso is an award-winning singer-songwriter and recording artist.

His music is a spectrum of influences from alternative, folk, rock, rhythm and blues, jazz and pop. His original compositions ranges from heart-wrenching ballads to upbeat guitar-driven songs. Toto Sorioso was the Grand Prize winner of the first FILSCAP songwriting competition with his song of hope entitled, "Wag Mong Isipin". He also won first runner up in the Philippine Popular Music Festival back in 2012 and 2014 with his songs, "Tayo- Tayo Lang" and "Awit Mo'y Nandito Pa". Since the release of his debut album, Totoismo, under MCA Music Inc, Toto Sorioso has had two singles out: "Gupit" and "Himala ay Nawala". Both of which have enjoyed airplay in FM radio and have charted in local music video channel, MYX. A versatile acoustic performer with a soothing voice, Toto gives his own take on contemporary and classic hits.

He is known for his revival of "Stay" by 90's icon, Lisa Loeb. Toto's music video of "Stay" was actually seen by Lisa Loeb herself. Impressed by his performance, she mentioned and commended Toto's version on her twitter. Toto Sorioso is also the voice behind the revival of Bryan White's "God Gave Me You". Giving a sentimental ballad approach to the song, Toto's version has won over Filipino listeners and has enjoyed much airplay on radio.
 

Song Title: Torpe

Songwriter: Daryl Ong

Daryl Ong is known to many as the voice behind various sound tracks in primetime shows. He was part of Team APL in the second season of The Voice of the Philippines. He recently won the Aliw Awards for the Best New Artist, Male Category. He was also PhilPop 2014’s 2nd Runner Up with his song Torpe. 

2013 Winners

Song Title: Dati

Songwriters: Thryo Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana

Thyro and Yumi is a prolific duo that is responsible for the hits, Kilometro, Hanap-Hanap, Bahala Na and No Erase among others. They were also the winners of PhilPop 2013 with their song “Dati” and PhilPop 2015 with their entry “Traingulo”. Known for their mastery of words and distinct sound, you will surely hear more from this duo.  

Song Title: Kung Di Man

Songwriter: Johnoy Danao

His voice is the soft patter of rain as you sip a cup of coffee. It’s reminiscent of a cool summer wind when the heat seems unbearable. It’s what you would want to hear playing on the radio as you spend a lazy, quite Sunday afternoon-- alone or with someone you are wildly in love with. This is the voice of Johnoy Danao. But through out the various reincarnations of his career as a musician, one thing has remained the same: his signature which is his voice. With many aspiring to be vocalists, none can truly compare with how enthralling Johnoy’s voice could be with its throaty sexiness that seems to conjure pillow talks and whispered conversations even while conveying passion and intensity. This combined with his song writing prowess and his originality and creativity fueled by powerhouse collaborations has produced an album that truly redefines easy-listening. His entry for the 2013 Philpop 'Kung Di Man' placed 1st runner-up and and was awarded as the People's Coice. He bagged two Awit Awards for his album under Universal Records, Samu't-Sari (Best Male Performance, Best World Recording), and is now recording his third solo album to be released under the same label.

 

Song Title: Pansamantagal

Songwriter: Jungee Marcelo

Jungee is a music producer, songwriter, composer/ lyricist, jungle-writer, arranger. His hits include “Hataw Na” & “Sa Yaweh ang Syaw” by Gary V. “Ako Nalang” by Zia Quizon “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” by Daniel Padilla. Popular jingles – Talk N text’s “Panalo” by Jericho Rosales, Robin Padilla & Marian Rivera. P&G’s “ Sa Iyong Pag-aalaga” by Lea Salonga, Rejoice Shampoo’s “Ayos” by Kim Chiu. He is also a broadcaster, television host. His weekly music + talk show airs via Light TV33 & GMA News TV “This Is My Story, This Is My Song”. Jungee is also a dance director, hiphop dancer & choreographer, instructor, coach. He was also the President of the Hiphop Dance Federation of the Philippines and the Commissioner of the 1st UAAP Streetdance Competition. 

2012 Winner

Song Title: Bawat Hakbang

Songwriter: Karl Villuga

Karl is an original member of the Akafellas, Philippine premier pop-capella group. He was the group’s musical director, vocal arranger/ compoer and a lead vocalist since 2000. As part of the Akafellas, Karl recorded lead vocals for “Bside You” 2003 Metropop Song Festival Finalist, “My Imagination” “2004 Awit Award for Best Performance. Karl was a commercial voice recording talent, lending his vocals in numerous TV and radio advertisments. He was grand prize winner of the 2012 PhilPop Music Festival. Karl currently resides in Singapore and works as an international banker after completing his MBA degree from INSEAD.  

Song Title: Tayo-Tayo Lang

Songwriter: Toto Sorioso

Toto Sorioso is an award-winning singer-songwriter and recording artist.

His music is a spectrum of influences from alternative, folk, rock, rhythm and blues, jazz and pop. His original compositions ranges from heart-wrenching ballads to upbeat guitar-driven songs. Toto Sorioso was the Grand Prize winner of the first FILSCAP songwriting competition with his song of hope entitled, "Wag Mong Isipin". He also won first runner up in the Philippine Popular Music Festival back in 2012 and 2014 with his songs, "Tayo- Tayo Lang" and "Awit Mo'y Nandito Pa". Since the release of his debut album, Totoismo, under MCA Music Inc, Toto Sorioso has had two singles out: "Gupit" and "Himala ay Nawala". Both of which have enjoyed airplay in FM radio and have charted in local music video channel, MYX. A versatile acoustic performer with a soothing voice, Toto gives his own take on contemporary and classic hits.

He is known for his revival of "Stay" by 90's icon, Lisa Loeb. Toto's music video of "Stay" was actually seen by Lisa Loeb herself. Impressed by his performance, she mentioned and commended Toto's version on her twitter. Toto Sorioso is also the voice behind the revival of Bryan White's "God Gave Me You". Giving a sentimental ballad approach to the song, Toto's version has won over Filipino listeners and has enjoyed much airplay on radio.

 

Song Title: Kontrabida

Songwriter: Soc Villanueva

Soc Villanueva 9is a respected name in the Philippine music industry, with many years of working behind the scenes to produce a body of work that has benefited many vocalists today. His popular hits, include, Kung Ako Na Lang Sana, his 2012 PhilPop winning song, Kontrabida and his 2015 PhilPop entry, Lahat. The composer, now the chief financial officer of a property development firm based in Perth, Australia believes that competing with the best musical minds in the industry, you and old, can only deliver one thing, and that is to bring out the best in what he does, and recognizing the enormous potential of what can still be done.