MANILA, Philippines – Who are the best songwriters and composers in the Philippines?
Music lovers will find out on July 20 at the Meralco Theater when the grand prize winner of Philpop Music Festival 2013 will be revealed.
Launched in 2012, Philpop is an annual songwriting contest open to amateur and professional Filipino songwriters residing in the Philippines. Contestants can submit up to two original songs that may be written in Filipino, a Philippine regional language or dialect, English or a combination of these.
The judging panel, composed of musicians, record label executives, composers, artists and radio personalities, select the finalists. Popular artists are then chosen by the Philpop organizers, headed by the esteemed Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, to perform the song.
Netizens can listen to the songs online and vote for their favorite finalist via text. On finals night, the artists perform the songs of the finalists in front of a live audience.
The finalist with the most text votes by finals night is proclaimed the winner.
Last year’s winner is former Akafellas member Karl Villuga with his song, “Bawat Hakbang.” It was performed by Villuga along with his former groupmates and balladeer Mark Bautista.
The 2012 finalist songs were compiled in an album which hit platinum that same year.
Support the 2013 finalists
This 2013, the music festival accepted a whopping 3,383 entries. Out of these, 12 songs were selected. [You can listen to all 12 songs here.]
Get to know the 14 songwriters behind the songs through Rappler’s video profiles. Click the names of the finalists listed below to watch the video and pick a reaction:
These reaction buttons will not affect the text votes and final outcome of the competition.
As of 3pm on July 20, voting on Rappler’s Philpop pages has stopped.
Here are the profiles of the Philpop 2013 finalists:
LIVE poll results
If you want to know how your favorite finalist is faring in the votes, check the live poll results below. On the finals night on July 20, we’ll find out if your votes are correct!
This is a Rappler special project and not an official Philpop 2013 Music Festival activity.