Real-life couple Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana once again emerged as the Philippine Popular (Philpop) Music Festival's grand prize winner with their upbeat song "Triangulo." The song delves into the struggles of being involved in a love triangle. They themselves interpreted the song with fellow singer-songwriter Jeric Medina during the 2015 grand finals night held at the Meralco Theater last July 25. They first garnered their victory in 2013 with their song "Dati."
Alfaro and Lacsamana said this win is more meaningful than their first victory. "Every single time we enter a competition, we make it a point to outdo ourselves. Mas mahirap ang dinaanan namin putting together this song kaya mas masarap sa pakiramdam." The power tandem declared a moratorium from joining the competition in the next five years. Alfaro said, "Pahinga muna kami. Okay na muna ito. Nakadalawa na. We are very happy."
The most prestigious annual songwriting competition in the country, the Philippine Popular (Philpop) Music Festival 2015, will be concluding this year's vibrant competition at the Grand Finals on July 25 at the Meralco Theater. The event will be airing on TV5 at 10 PM.
Hosts for the event's culminating spectacle are Viva talents Mark Bautista, Bela Padilla Sam Pinto, and Chris Schneider. Special performances are lined up during the night. The artists who will be featured in production numbers are Andrew E., Mark Bautista, Dingdong Avanzado, Jennifer Lee, and the 2014 World Hip Hop Champions, ATeam.
As music videos of its finalists have become an integral part of the Philippine Popular Music Festival, the PhilPOP Foundation together with its partner Viva Entertainment saw it fitting to include a Best Music Video Award for the first time in the four-year history of the country's premier songwriting competition.
"The millions of views generated by PhilPOP entries in YouTube over the last four years is a testament to the power of the video streaming medium as a significant factor in promoting not only PhilPOP but also Original Pilipino Music as a whole," noted PhilPOP Executive Director Ryan Cayabyab.
The Philippine Popular (Philpop) Music Festival 2015 edition gets even more exciting as Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is made alive with the fresh batch of 12 original compositions by the cream of Filipino songwriters' crop. The 12 finalists are gearing up for the much-awaited Finals Night on July 25 as Philpop officially opened the voting period for the Philpop 2015 People's Choice Award.
Voting commenced last July 13 at 12:01 AM and is ongoing til 12 PM of July 25, 2015, the day of the grand finals. Voting is open to all network subscribers: Globe, TM, SMART, and Sun, providing everyone with an even opportunity to support and give credit to their favorite Philpop 2015 finalist.
As the premier songwriting competition in the country, Philpop has challenged budding, occasional and professional composers and has amassed nearly 9,000 entries since it started from Filipinos here and abroad. Today, it is regarded as the breeding ground and ultimate recognition for brilliant, excellently made songs.
The Philpop 2014 Top 12 songs are:
Babalikan Mo Rin Ako
Qrush On You
Song on a Broken String
The Only One
Kung Akin Ang Langit
Awit Mo'y Nandito Pa
Philpop is about crafting music and quality, masterful sound which resonates not just around the country, but around the world. With our rich musical heritage and unique vibe, Philpop pushes for our great music to get PLAYED, loud and proud!
This is how great music is; PLAYABLE. On radio, on stage, on youtube, on karaoke, in the car, and even in the listener's head. It's about amplification, and being heard by the masses.
The Philpop MusicFest Foundation launches the Philpop2014 songwriting competition which will accept entries for three and a half months - from November 15, 2013 till February 28, 2014 on its website, www.philpop.com.ph
The Philpop 2013 songs are enjoying tremendous success. Not only has the album achieved its Gold Record status soon after it was launched, the songs are also certified radio hits and will soon get even greater exposure.
"Dati", the grand prize winning entry by the youngest finalist Thyro Alfaro and his partner Yumi Lacsamana, interpreted by Sam Concepcion, Tippy dos Santos, and Quest was the most requested local song on Magic 89.9's countdown and held that position for some time.
There is a daily countdown and a weekly countdown on 95.5 Pinas FM based on listeners' requests. In the weekly countdown, Dati was #1 while Time Machine, the entry by skateboarder from Laguna Kennard Faraon and interpreted by Six Part Invention, was #3. In the daily countdown, Dati was #1 while Time Machine was #2 and they kept those spots for weeks.
PHILPOP GOES AROUND THE COUNTRY CARRYING ITS MUSIC ADVOCACY
The vision of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab is to have songwriters that will not just be inspired to create great music, but a generation of composers who will be even better than them at this craft. That kind of legacy is shared by his fellow Philpop board members and vanguards of the music industry Ogie Alcasid and Noel Cabangon.
The Philpop MusicFest Foundation, an organization that seeks to educate this and future generations on the importance of our music to our cultural identity, and market Filipino music to the world, has been the force behind the most illustrious songwriting competition in the country that encourages both amateur and professional songwriters to use their genre, their theme, their song to inspire and affect others.
The 2013 Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPOP), the country's leading songwriting competition, won a Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for excellence in communication management and advocacy communication.
PhilPOP was cited for its role in giving rise to an artistic revival of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and showcasing rich Filipino talent. The 2013 PhilPOP generated over 3,000 entries from Filipinos in various countries, and produced 14 song finalists that were produced into a top-selling music CD.
Receiving the award are PhilPOP MusicFest Foundation executive director Ryan Cayabyab (center), associate executive director and Maynilad head for advocacy and marketing Patricia B. Hizon (right) and Marketing officer Kris Jose.