Philpop 2013 finalist: Marlon Barnuevo

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Marlon Barnuevo's Philpop 2013 entry is written for his fiancée

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

MANILA, Philippines – Despite being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome — a neuropsychiatric disorder that causes physical or motor tics — Marlon Barnuevo continues to pursue his musical ambition and is all the more grateful for his success.  

Those diagnosed with Tourette syndrome often struggle to find acceptance from their family, friends and workmates. With the help of music, Barnuevo is able to reach out and send his message across without fear of judgment.

Barnuevo devotes “Araw, Ulap, Langit” to his fiancée, and describes the process of its composition as an “intense” undertaking.

For Barnuevo, his success at Philpop 2013 can inspire others who have his condition.

“Araw, Ulap, Langit” is performed by Christian Bautista.

Video transcript:

I was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome when I was 7 or 8 years old. Tourette syndrome is a neurological condition. I exhibit a lot of facial tics, motor and vocal tics, body tics na rin.

People with Tourette’s will often have trouble with acceptance from their family, sa trabaho. Well, music has in many ways uplifted me; how people see me as a musician, more than seeing me as a person with Tourette syndrome.

It feels liberating because, at times, when I perform or when I write songs, or kahit sa loob lang ng studio, you get to spend your time in a small world na ikaw lang talaga.

The song I wrote for Philpop is entitled “Araw, Ulap, Langit.” I have been an OPM freak since I was a kid, and I want to be a part of Philpop’s endeavor of reviving OPM.

I wrote that song for my fiancée, it was really intense for me; and when my song got into Philpop, it somehow affirmed that intensity.

I think, primarily, I would represent the people with Tourette syndrome, and all other people with physical difficulties. It’s my way of telling them that they can make it here to where I am right now, or they can make it to wherever they want to go.

Feeling ko ‘yung mararamdaman ko, mararamdaman din nung makakarinig nung kanta.

Watch and listen to the music video:

– With reports from Sai Villafuerte/

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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