Philpop 2016 winners celebrate with MVP

PHILPOP CHAIRMAN Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) was paid a courtesy visit by the prestigious winners of the PhilPop 2016 at his Meralco office in Pasig City last Aug 15.

The occasion also marked the celebration of the outstanding Filipino musical talent embodied through the winners of the premiere music competition. The winners also received their respective cash prizes that afternoon.

'Di Na Muli by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolala won the PhilPop 2016 Grand Prize

Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolala bagged the grand prize during the jampacked finals night of Philpop 2016, bringing home the one- million peso grand prize and the much-coveted Orlina trophy for their song "'Di Na Muli," interpreted by Jazz's band, Itchyworms.

Winning the 2nd place was Soc Villanueva's entry "Lahat," interpreted by Jason Dy, and 3rd place went to Paolo and Miguel Guico for the song "Tinatangi," interpreted by Bayang Barrios and Cooky Chua featuring the Benjamins.

PhilPop 2016 Finals Night: A wonderful celebration of Filipino musicality

Come July 23, at 6 p.m., all roads will once again lead to the country’s most prestigious songwriting competition, PhilPop 2016 Finals Night at the KIA Theater in Cubao, Quezon City.

With a million-peso grand prize winning, including much-coveted Orlina and Castrillo trophies to boot, the best man or woman to trump his opponents in this night of musical excellence will be all set to join a legion of most talented songwriters held in high esteem by their peers and respected by the industry as a whole.

PhilPop 2016 reveals interpreters; launches commemorative book, digital album

The country's premier songwriting competition, PhilPop, in its 2016 edition, has revealed the exciting line up of celebrity interpreters this year.

Simultaneously, PhilPop also launched the 2016 digital album on Spotify and the PhilPop 2016 Commemorative Special Edition Book at a press conference held last May 27 at Hive Hotel in Quezon City.

New Blood vs. Veterans: Philpop Announces This Year's Top 12 Finalists

After weeks of sifting through thousands of song entries, the Top 12 finalists for PhilPop 2016 have finally been chosen. From thousands of submissions from all parts of the country and abroad, the final contestants to represent different genres of music including rock, folk, ballad, and hiphop will be given the chance to have their music shared and enjoyed by a much wider audience.

The overwhelming response since the first competition call-out shows just how much talent Filipinos have.

Philpop 2016 Top 12

Finally, the long wait is over. We are very proud to present to you this year's batch of finalists.

You are all already winners for besting thousands of entries. Congratulations for a job well done!

Top 31 Now Out!

The 106 songs were further screened in yet another round to come up with the top 30 songs. Congratulations to all those who made it this far. Good job to all of you!

Is your song among the best? YOU could be the next winner! Find out here.

Did your entry survive the first two rounds?

Thank you to all of you who joined Philpop 2016. We are now tasked to sift through the entries to find the best songs. And, after two rounds of tedious screening by forty adjudicators at the Meralco Little Theater, we finally have the list of our Top 100 entries.

Find out if your song is still in the running for the next Million Peso winner of Philpop 2016! Read the full list here.

PHILPOP 2016: Loud, proud, ours

The country´s biggest songwriting competition is back. PhilPop has officially announced its call for entries for 2016. Original songs in English, Filipino or other Philippine languages are welcome. On 4th year, the PhilPop MusicFest Foundation promises that Philpop will be bigger, better, and louder than ever. A refreshed look, a world-class line-up of judges, and all-new twists are in store for fans of Philippine music.

This year, PhilPop undergoes a major design makeover. The bright, sparkly logo of previous years has been replaced with a sleek new look. According to PhilPopy´s new brand creator, acclaimed director Paul Basinilio, the logo change was commissioned to update the PhilPop brand. Choose only whaty´s important, from the font to the color scheme – this is the principle behind the revamped logo.

James Reid's Musikaw is Titanium at SBS POPASIA

Singing heartthrob James Reid’s recording of Musikaw, went Titanium at SBS Pop Asia today. Reid bested South Korean pop acts VIXX and EXO to attain the honor. A song was declared Titanium if it has stayed in the number one slot in the Hashtag Hits show for eight consecutive days. Eight songs plus a challenger vie for the Titanium award everyday. Results come from Twitter and Facebook votes by fans.

SBS Pop Asia is the home of all things Asian pop in Sydney, NSW, Australia. It broadcasts Asian pop hits daily from countries like South Korea, Japan, Republic of China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma and the Philippines on digital radio, online and on mobile devices. Previous Titanium winners were Super Junior M, Swing; GOT7 A; Beast, Good Luck; Infinite, Last Romeo; Super Junior, Mamacita; and Infinite, Beck.

Sweeter the second time around: Songwriting duo Thyro and Yumi score second victory in PhilPop

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."

Music and star power at PhilPop 2015 Grand Finals

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.

PhilPOP to award Best Music Video for the first time in four-year history

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.

PhilPop 2015 People's Choice Award voting is ongoing

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.


Top 12 Revealed

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:

Dear Heart
Torpe Song
Babalikan Mo Rin Ako

Qrush On You
Langit Umaawit
Song on a Broken String
The Only One

Kung Akin Ang Langit
Hangout Lang
Awit Mo'y Nandito Pa


PhilPop 2014: Press Play

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,

PhilPop Songs Enjoy Success

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.

Song Writing with the Maestro


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.

It's a Quill for PhilPOP

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.