Philpop 2013 finalist: Johnoy Danao

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Johnoy Danao's Philpop 2013 entry tries to capture the best of romance

JOHNOY DANAO. He is a finalist of Philpop Music Festival 2013. Screenshot from YouTube (Rappler)

MANILA, Philippines – Johnoy Danao borrowed his first guitar from his uncle when he was 16, and it has since then become his best friend. Although he claims to have only a vague concept of a “best friend,” he would have to give that title to his guitar, his companion in musical expression.

His song, “Kung ‘Di Man” (Otherwise), is inspired by his loving relationship with his girlfriend. It’s a love song meant to woo and capture all the passion, giddiness and depth of romance.

“Kung ‘Di Man” is performed by Ney Dimaculangan. 

Video transcript:

Unang gitara ko? Sixteen ako noon. Hiniram ko sa uncle ko, naging akin na. Wala akong masyadong konsepto ng best friend eh, pero ‘yung gitara ko, best friend ko ‘yun.

When it comes to a musician, ‘yung sarili mong gitara, ‘yung makakasama mo siya eh, sa tugtugan eh. Makakasama mo sa first attempt mo to write a song.

Gaano ka-importante sa akin ang musika? Sabihin na natin na siya ang dahilan kung bakit ako babangon sa umaga. Kung bakit ako umiibig. Kung bakit ako nasasaktan. Every aspect of my life, pwede mong kantahin.

Meron akong nobya ngayon, tsaka mahal na mahal ko siya. Kaya ko naisulat yung “Kung ‘Di Man.” 

(Singing) Buksan mo pa ang aking dibdib, basahin mo ang talambuhay ko. (Singing stops)

Sinulat ko yung “Kung ‘Di Man” kasi nami-miss ko na makarinig or makabasa ng awitin na talagang nanliligaw.

(Singing) Timbangin mo aking damdamin, habang buhay ko itong papasanin. Wala akong magagawa, ako’y para sa ‘yo. (Singing stops)

Watch and listen to the music video:


– With reports from Sai Villafuerte/Rappler.com


Here are the profiles of the Philpop 2013 finalists:


1. Ganny Brown
Song: “Askal”
Interpreted by: Jose and Wally


2. Joey Ayala
Song: “Papel”
Interpreted by: Joey Ayala, Gloc-9 featuring Denise Barbacena


3. Johnoy Danao
Song: “Kung ‘Di Man”
Interpreted by: Ney Dimaculangan


4. Jungee Marcelo
Song: “Pansamantagal”
Interpreted by: Sitti and Julianne Tarroja


5. Kennard Faraon
Song: “Time Machine”
Interpreted by: Six Part Invention


6. Lara Maigue
Song: “Sa ‘Yo Na Lang Ako”
Interpreted by: Karylle


7. Marlon Barnuevo
Song: “Araw, Ulap, Langit”
Interpreted by: Christian Bautista

 


8. Myrus Apacible
Song: “Sana Pinatay Mo Na Lang Ako”
Interpreted by: Kimpoy Feliciano


9. Nino Regalado and Adrienne Buenaventura
Song: “Sometimes That Happens”
Interpreted by: Ace Libre of Never The Strangers


10. Paul Armesin
Song: “Segundo”
Interpreted by: Yael Yuzon of Sponge Cola


11. Raffy Calicdan
Song: “Space”
Interpreted by: Kean Cipriano of Callalily and Kleggy of Banda Ni Kleggy


12. Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana
Song: “Dati”
Interpreted by: Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Quest

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